1. Description of Our Community
Profiled like a seahorse, Antique is one of the six provinces that make up the Western Visayas Region. It is made up of 18 towns where 14 are coastal, 3 inland and one island. Known as the place “where mountains meet the sea,” Antique has a rustic scenario of tranquil locality. From south to north, the lushness of greeneries and cool crystal blue waters of the sea can be seen and numerous promising tourist spots ranging from exotic islands, pristine waterfalls, adventure-filled caves, century old landmarks, panoramic mountain resorts, healing waters of cold and hot springs and free-flowing rivers which are perfect for vacations.
Antique is an agricultural and fishing province. Modern and advanced technologies start to grow in the province. A number of banks and growing business and commercial establishments can be found, especially in San Jose. Transportation is not a problem when going to the province. Tricycles, jeepneys, air-conditioned vans and big buses are the common forms of transportation. The seaport is operational with 3 trips a week from San Jose to Manila and vice versa. The domestic airport is also under construction. In terms of communication, the number of growing cell sites and telephone companies show that it is not a problem. The growing numbers of Internet cafes and numerous computer shops also shows how Antique is coping up with the new changes.
Despite the fact that Antique is now on its development stage, along with various changes that occur, the Antiqueños preserve its treasures for the future generations to appreciate and enjoy. The endangered floras and faunas are under protection by international treaties. Municipal ordinances are strictly implemented to make sure that the Antiqueños will take good care of these treasures
2. Summary of Our Project
This is a research project on the local natural and manmade attractions of the province of Antique. We, the students, wish to know more about our province and to discover its hidden assets. The main aim of this website is to help- uplift the local tourism industry of the province and to encourage the members of the community particularly the youths to make them more aware of the community they have and also to make them vigilant in protecting its resources
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
The number of computers in our school are limited that is why only Special Science Class (SP) have a computer subject. There are times that 3 students use one computer. Some computer units need check up and repair. Our Internet connection is in the college building and we can use it for a limited time because classes are also held there.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Since this is the first time we join this contest, and due to the fact that we were notified late about the contest, it was necessary for us to double our efforts in order to accomplish this project within a limited time frame. Even then, we still have to overcome many problems in the process of making this endeavor. One of these problems is the High School Computer Lab, has no Internet connection, the most important tool in joining this contest. It was a big problem because every time that we had to work on this project, we had to waste time in going back and forth to the college building.
There were also technical problems we encountered that was beyond our control, like globe lines communication failure that could not established our connection and frequent power interruptions.
Another problem that we encountered was the schedule of the students because those involved with this project belong to the Special Science Class (SP). And SP students in our school have hectic schedules and many other activities are being prepared for them. The only time that these students could do the project was during their free time and after class. There were also times that some pictures were blurred and sometimes misplaced or were accidentally erased in the computer files.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Once you have a taste of what we have, you can’t get enough.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The activity for this CyberFair project was a good way of practicing our skills and applying the things we learned in our research, computer education, and in journalism. The knowledge learned through the Internet, photo editing, web designing are the new skills we acquired in the duration of the activities for this CyberFair project.
The different activities we have performed helped strengthen our self-esteem and taught us valuable lessons in interpersonal relationships both inside and outside the classroom, lessons that were very helpful to us during the times when we were searching for the information to be placed in the web page.
These lessons helped us muster the confidence and the courage to ask and interview officials in the tourism office, the DENR, and other resource persons about the topic. The Internet has helped us to be efficient in the use of the Web. It taught us a lot of things and gave us access into the information superhighway.
The project has provided the school community and the students with the motivation and the sense of awareness. We are filled with a yearning to know and discover about the different natural resources and wealth of our beloved Antique.
We were engulfed in the task of letting the people know about its beauty, taught the value of service and the responsibility of teaching what we have learned. “We learned to love what is ours, in all of its beauty and splendor”.