1. Description of Our Community
Las Piñas, ‘the pineapple’ in Spanish – is our very own metropolis name. Though it only became a city in 1997 by legislative flat, it is said to be a first-class municipality as it turned into a major catch basin for new urbanites. Home of The Bamboo Organ; one of the many Philippine Treasures, can be found at the Parish Church of Saint Joseph along Diego Cera Avenue Poblasyon, Las Piñas City.
Well known for having the most clean and green surroundings in Metro Manila, Las Piñas City is a warm community that is surely a home to it’s people. From its public facilities like the several newly constructed overpass escalators located at Alabang - Zapote road to the convenient “Friendship Routes” which serves as shortcuts to Alabang and Paranaque which helps avoid the endless traffic jams on the main road.
We also consider BF Resort Village our community simply because this is where our very own school is located.
As students, we do not just consider our city and village as our community, but also our school simply because this is where our second home is found. STI Academy High School is a computer-based school. Its foundation is bounded by its high-technology standard. Our teachers - which we consider as our second parents, teaches us the value of teamwork, determination and commitment to one’s work.
Las Piñas is surely a beautiful city where you can find everything you may ask for. Many may not know that here, you will be able to find various churches and religious communities. And in these places one may surely withhold all the beautiful experiences, personal growth and comfort God may bless you with.
2. Summary of Our Project
Our project is all about several Catholic churches here in our community; Las Piñas and the all people involved. The project is not just about religious and spiritual aspects of a certain church; it also covers the churches’ background and its founders. You can find certain information that would interest a variety of people. It contains churches’ outreach programs for less fortunate, the parish’s calendar of events, mass schedules, office hours and more. It also displays the different pictures of the each of the church’s structure and facilities.
Our project also covers the church’s Parish Priest‘s visualization for the church, photos and their background. Included in this project are the ministries of the Parish Church like the choir groups, lector and commentator group, altar servers, lay ministries, other parish ministries and its respective members. Being part of the community, it is our responsibility to value the Catholic churches in Las Piñas and show how grateful we are to make this project possible.
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:4-6
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We, like any other team in a prestigious competition like this, has experienced several problems. One of the many conflicts that we encountered was the overlapping of our schedules. Due to the busy line-up of each of the parishes’ activities, it was hard for us to get in touch with the different priests and other members of the church. Another major problem was that in one church that we have featured in our website suddenly changed their parish priest and staff members. But for the accuracy of our site, though we were through a hectic schedule, we were able to get the up-to-date information we needed. But, through it all we thank God, the Almighty Father that we have successfully overcome all of these problems for we believed in ourselves. We learned a lot from this exhausting yet surely liberating experience.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
The CyberFair Team 2005 of STI Academy High School Department had all agreed about the concept of famous churches in Las Piñas City to be the entry for the Cyberfair this year.
To get things started for the project, our team had come up with several names for the website. Last year’s entry was named “The Calling” which was about church ministries of Mary Immaculate Parish Nature Church. These were the Couple’s for Christ (CFC), Singles for Christ (SFC), and Youth for Christ (YFC). This year’s entry is named “Simbahan” which is all about the different churches located in the city, their church ministries, services, charity works, and projects.
Our main goal for this project is to get the necessary information about the churches assigned to each group of the team and to finish the website as early as January, so that by February, we will be able to upload the website on the internet.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
This year’s CyberFair Project was indeed a tough and challenging one. Truly, two virtues came our way which is teamwork, and organization. Definitely, these were toughly required in making and completing the project with ease and efficiency. In the project making these two virtues were essential to the team in reaching its completion. Each member dedicated himself and sacrificed certain things to support the project’s standards. With this CyberFair project, each of us definitely learned or somehow discovered our hidden talents & skills, in editing, writing compositions, and constructing a very broad, yet informational website. In teaching and learning fields, the Internet is surely a big help. But using traditional methods should never be worn down. Yet, we say that both methods are greatly effective in teaching and in the same time learning.