1. Description of Our Community
San Pablo City is one of the oldest cities of the country and the oldest city of Laguna. It is 87 kilometers south of Manila which is the capital of the Philippines. In terms of land area, San Pablo City covers the biggest part of Laguna which measures 21, 400 hectares. The great portion of it is distributed in 80 barangays and forested area. It also includes huge plantations of coconut trees. Based on August 1, 2007 urban population census, San Pablo City is inhabited by 237,259 people and as of 2010, 134, 486 citizens of this city are registered. This city is known as a first class city and also the city of the coconut trees. Being a part of San Pableños tradition, the city celebrates Coco Festival every year; one of the highlights of which is the Street Dancing competition participated in by students from different schools in the city. These students dance along the street to the beat of up beat music specially prepared for this occasion while donned in colorful costumes adorned with coconut parts. San Pablo City is the only city in the world which boasts of seven crater lakes, thus earning it the moniker “City Of Seven Lakes”. The seven lakes- Sampaloc, Bunot, Palakpakin, Muhikap, Yambo, Pandin and Kalibato, with its breath taking views of nature lure many people, locals and tourists alike, to experience its beauty.. Most notable is of the seven Lakes is the Sampaloc Lake which is also the largest. These seven lakes is the landmark of San Pablo to the country, not only for its beautiful views, but it also serves as the fishing grounds for marginal fishermen and support the production of Tilapia.
2. Summary of Our Project
A place for relaxation, reflection and recreation, among others, Sampaloc Lake is considered a haven for the people of San Pablo City. Needless to say, it is one of our pride and joy. When you roam around the lake, you will see mini parks constructed around it. These mini parks didn’t only function as “attraction” to tourists, but also gave San Pableño families a cheap place for fun and for their bonding moments. In our 2004 Cyberfair Project under the Environmental Issues and Awareness Category, we discussed how Sampaloc Lake suffered a near death and how it has undergone rehabilitation. Now that its beauty is restored, with the help of different NGO’s, private individuals, and some local officials, the dying lake became a prominent tourist spot of the city. Our dream is to preserve this lake so it can further serve the citizens of the next generation. The natural beauty of the lake coupled with the mini parks constructed around it will set forth its potential to be a famous and world class tourist spot not only in Laguna, but also to our country. It is our hope that those who will see this web page will appreciate the beauty of our lake and will discover the potentials of this lake to attract people from all over the world. We also want other people to see that, through the efforts and unity displayed by the people of San Pablo, what we consider to be our local paradise will also serve as a paradise to our city’s visitors, albeit for a short time.
3. Our Computer and Internet Access
A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%
B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
Our school’s internet access is powered by MSC.net. The school has its own server.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
The completion of this project is very enjoyable and profitable although it is no easy task. Conflicting schedule of the students and their interviewees affected the completion of our project. Our class schedule coincides with the office hours of the employees and other interviewees. In addition to this, it is difficult to find the time to spend in completing this project because of schoolwork. We have to meet every Saturday so we can work on this project. It was also hard to find the people who can supply us with the information we need. We have to ask other people until they can refer to us the proper people to interview. The unpredictable weather condition we are experiencing these days is also a factor that made completion of our project a difficult one. The rain hinders us to go immediately to the person we were about to interview or from taking pictures. With the resourcefulness, hard work, cooperation, and dedication of the members of the team, this project came into fruition.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
“We dreamed, we believed, we united” The San Pableños dreamt once, as is evident in our 2004 cyberfair project, and we have seen how or belief that we can be instruments of change came into fruition; and that with collective effort, our dream can transform into reality. We continue to dream- that our Sampaloc Lake will no longer suffer the fate that has once befallen it and that it will never cease to be our pride and joy…. our window to the world.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The activities done are in adherence of the set curriculum. Research, team work, outbound education, learning with relevance, theme teaching and learning- they are within the learning modes that helped in further formation of the students. Research work in and out of the classroom, finding resource speakers, interviewing, interacting with members of the community are tasks that were successfully executed. Working on this project taught us valuable lessons such as being responsible and accountable for the work assigned to us. We also realized the value of team work, sense of responsibility, and leadership. Respect for other people, patience and commitment were also some of values that were further instilled in us. These lessons learned compensated to the difficulties and obstacles that we have encountered along the way. This cyberfair project paved the way for us to follow the required curriculum guidelines as we explored, investigated, and observed. It enhanced skills which are better learned through process such as critical thinking. This is brought to the fore as we analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information gathered. Our communication skills were put to a test as we interacted with members of the community, from government officials and employees to the common people. We learned that through our collective effort and dedication, tasks which seem insurmountable can be achieved. The importance of technology was even more inculcated as we relied on its benefits to find answers, communicate and develop our intellects. Our creativity was further challenged as we sought for excellence in showcasing our project all over the world. All these ignited more our appreciation to the educational system’s efforts in visualizing the needs of the future generation. Our appreciation is given to the organizers of this cyberfair competition for being a venue for us to express our value as citizens of this world.