1. Description of Our Community
'City of Seven Lakes', this is how San Pablo City is otherwise known. Located 87 kilometres south of Manila, the Philippines capital, the city is known for its famous seven lakes, coconut industry, fresh water products, and developing industrial and commercial industries.
Consisting of 80 barangays and populated by 207,927 people (NSO may 1, 2000 Census), this city is the home of thriving commerce. As such, new establishments were put up as a testimony to its progress. Ironically though, several old buildings and landmarks has been restored, others preserved, linking the past with the present.
San Pablo City is truly a wonder, not only because it is the only city that lay claim to having seven crater lakes, but also because of in complexity in heritage. With the researches made on some old structures, vital information has been unearthed, making the city a contributor to the country’s rich history.
2. Summary of Our Project
San Pablo City is not only famous for its fresh water lakes, but also for its historical buildings and structures that had seen the world as it turns from decade after decade.
This project was conceived to impart information as to the rich history these buildings have. Some of the information presented were the buildings’ kind of design, their architects and what relevance they have on the people who had lived or worked in these structures, as well as to the community.
People have been seeing and passing these buildings without even giving them a second glance, unaware of the importance that they had contributed to the society. With this web page, it is hoped that the next time people see these structures, they will see it in a whole new light, with the knowledge that our city is the home of rich culture and heritage.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
“There’s a rainbow always after the rain”, so goes a line of a famous original Filipino Music. This line came into the minds of those who have participated in the completion of this project. The road in reaching the goal wasn’t easy, but seeing the project complete has been worth it.
One of the most pressing problems that the team had was the schedule of each member of the team. They had to work on their schedules so they can work in harmony. Scheduling with interviewees also posed as a problem. Being busy people, they had to really squeeze in the time to accommodate the team members.
Gathering information about long forgotten buildings, or buildings taken for granted by most dwellers hasn’t been an easy one. Looking for possible interviewees, someone who knows information about the structure in question took a lot of time. Even if a person managed to impart information, there are still some facts that needed to be dug, hence, another search for a probable interviewees will ensue. Not a lot of written information is available in the internet or even in local libraries of information offices so the best recourse was really to look for interviewees.
Weather hasn’t been that cooperative. Distribution of correspondences and interviews were reset if the weather is bad. It made the progress of the project slower than is originally set.
However, all these difficulties had been overcome and finally the project was completed.
The team is very thankful to all the students, teachers and the person that we interviewed because if they render their assistance, they couldn’t have been successful in presenting to the rest of the world a part of our history and culture.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Mute witnesses to the passing of time. This best expresses the project’s contents. The structures that were featured in this project may appear “old and depleted” to most people, but they have outlived the previous owners and have stood the test of time, making them the witness to our history. With modernization comes change. Constructions of new business establishments and development of housing facilities oftentimes also means tearing down “old buildings”. It is unfortunate that some structures bearing a huge treasure of culture and heritage had been torn down to give way to more modern ones. This project is here to show the world that despite o these modern changes, San Pableños have still managed to preserve the structures that have been a part of the country’s heritage and culture.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Experience is the best teacher. Learning can be acquired outside the four corners of the classroom. This Cyberfair project has served as a good venue to learn more about the community featured. The data gained certainly can not be easily found in the pages of the nest available book or magazine.
The Cyberfair Project served as a proper channel for us to follow the required curriculum guidelines as we explored, investigated, and observed. It developed skills that are better learned in the process such as critical thinking skills, as we analyzed, synthesized and evaluated data gathered. Communication skills were also highly developed as we interact with different sectors of society, from the very learned ones to the common people of the community.
It has served as a guideline to a better learning not only to a good education but to a good learning to a better way of life. It made the team members realize the essence of teamwork, cooperation and patience which are the main ingredients of good life.