CyberFair Project ID: 4080

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Simbahan
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: STI Academy High School Department
    Las Piñas City, Metro Manila, Philippines

23 students, ages 13-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 7, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2004, 2005

Classes and Teachers: Ms. Marissa C. Nogaliza

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

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.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

Our stay here in STI High School Academy has provided us quality education especially in the field of Information Technology wherein a broad range of technology tools needed for the website making is being used by us. The computer laboratory which is the working place for our team is composed of 34 computers all in working condition using Windows 98 and Windows XP as the operating system. Scanners and Printers are also present which we used to print answer sheets for the interview and the scanner for us to input the pictures. Digital cameras were also used in taking pictures. In addition to this, we made use of possible website making/ enhancing programs for designing the site. As for the information tools we used brochures, posters, newsletters, coffee table magazines and the internet as a source of information regarding our articles.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

Our CyberFair Team is divided into groups, each assigned with leaders with different targets and responsibilities. These responsibilities could never been accomplished without the outstanding support and leadership of each individual.

Living in different places in Las Piñas City, we had broad and thorough communication and connection with the different churches nearby our homes. With this kind of connection, we had less trouble on contacting the churches, thus, making the interview sessions easy to conduct and accomplish.

Each and every member of our CyberFair Team was given the chance to interact with the churches involved with the project. From the actual personal interviews of all 13 parishes to the encoding, editing, and online uploading, each and every one of us were able to react and suggest our own ideas, thus, we have all acted as ambassadors and spokespersons in our CyberFair project.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

The churches that we have visited often asked questions on what our project is all about and what the project is for. After having a brief discussion with the church’s personnel, they’ve been very grateful and proud that their church was included in our project.

Before each group of the team leaves the churches assigned to them, they have noticed that the parish priest and staff whole-heartedly showed their gratitude for visiting their church and for the help that we had offered by getting their contact details and their services. For the fact that their details were going to be posted on a website, many people could read their offered services and locate these churches if ever they would like to enjoy the a special occasion in one of the beautiful Catholic churches of Las Piñas City.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

Some of us were not familiar about the location of the church assigned to us, so we asked for some directions. It was a big help though because without those people we wouldn’t be able to go to the place were supposed to go and get the website done, it was worth our time. The interviewees played a big part of our project because they gave us the information needed without any hesitation. We are thankful that some people though they are not parishioners also gave us some additional information regarding the church and its community, while some offered to tour us around.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We were asked to do a research on the different churches found here, in the Las Piñas area . Getting there, interviewing some of the church’s personnel and getting the information needed from the church (like its history, missions, active communities & etc.) was the easy part. Getting in touch with the parish priests sure was a difficult task because most of them are out for some certain reasons. But that wasn’t the hardest part, it was yet to come. Documenting and the summarization of the information gathered by the different groups was the most excruciating part for us. Most of us are pre-occupied by a lot of things that caused to delay the site encoding and so time pressure was upon us. But seeing the site finished from an optimistic view, gave us the hope of finishing it on time. Making an entry for the Cyber Fair indeed is a difficult job yet rewarding. It has inspired us to do our best and it has taught us a lot of things.

We have discovered that there is no such thing as impossible as long as you have faith and hope in everything that you do. And from that, we have discovered that every church is unique and to appreciate it made us see the beauty that lies not only within the church but what comprises it. Having understand the value of time, to be able to love our work, having patience and cooperation in the team is all that it takes to come up with a very interesting website called Simbahan.


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