1. Description of Our Community
Our community, Quezon City is located on Luzon, the biggest island of the Philippines. Quezon City was the capital of the Philippines from 1948 to 1976. Today it constitutes one of the sixteen cities that make up Metro Manila / National Capital Region of the Philippines. Quezon City is named after Past President Manuel L. Quezon. The city has four congressional districts under each of which are barangays. Quezon City boasts of the two most notable institutions of higher learning in the country: the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University, and two notable public high schools : Philippine Science High School Main Campus and Quezon City Science High School. It also has the largest number of private elementary and secondary schools in Metro Manila. Located within our community are many of the top hospitals including Philippine Heart Center, the Lung Center of the Philippines, National Kidney and Transplant Institute and St. Luke’s Medical Center. A few kilometers away from our school is the 'Batasang Pambansa' or the House of Representatives where our chosen local leader, World Boxing Champion and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, fights another battle like that of eliminating poverty and human trafficking. Our school, Claret School of Quezon City is located in the heart of the city and a few blocks away from the city’s seat of governance. Our school is exclusive for boys. It has a student population of about 4000 from pre-school, elementary and high school. In addition to the regular academic offerings, our school offers many extra-curricular activities which the students can join in order to hone their talents and inclinations. One of its many activities is participating in various competitions, both academics and non-academics, among which is the National and International Schools CyberFair.
2. Summary of Our Project
Manny Pacquiao is one of the best boxers who entered the ring. Although many know that Manny Pacquiao rose from humble beginnings, very few people really know how poor Manny Pacquiao and his family were back when he was a little boy. To learn about what his childhood was really like, to know how he beat hardship and poverty in order to become what and who he is today, is a moving and awe-inspiring tale to show and tell. Congressman Manny Pacquiao is a living testament of how hard work and dedication leads to success. He is already a hero in the eyes of his fellow Filipinos because he has brought pride and honor to the Philippines. Filipinos all around the globe celebrate with him in his victories for they believe his achievements are theirs as well. He is a man of great faith, knowing everything comes from God. He has never forgotten to give something back, especially to his community. He became a public servant; becoming a congressman for the province of Saranggani. He is also very vocal when it comes to the controversial RH Bill, supporting those who are against it. His life is very inspiring and motivates the younger generations to be like him - a person who values excellence, humility, fear of God and service to others. His story is what our team will try to do justice to – the story of the man who dared to dream.
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:4-6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6
E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):
The team used computers both in school and at home. More than 75% of the students in our school have internet connection at their respective homes. In school we have more than 6 workstations with Internet access in the classroom. Claret school has been wired to the internet since 1999 and uses a dedicated connection with PLDT DSDL as its Internet provider. There are four computer laboratories with 50 workstations in each lab. Each laboratory is equipped with IBM computer units, 2.4GHz, 256 MB of RAM
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We have joined CyberFair of Schools in the past and have had our share of problems. However this year, we almost did not get to make our CyberFair dream a reality. We are all fourth year high school students, that is, we are graduating from high school and hence have been bogged down with academics, entrance exams to the universities, exams in school, numerous project deadlines and a horde of extra-curricular activities - all of which had on multiple occasions hindered our progress in completing the work needed here for this competition. We really brought the meaning of ‘time-constraints’ and ‘deadlines’ to the fullest. However, as this year’s theme goes, “Dream and Unite”. And that is exactly what we did – dreamed of what we would like our project to be like, and work closely together with our different skills to build and complete this project and make it worthy enough to realize our dream of earning a slot in the prestigious list of winners.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Through this project we aim to make our fellow students, our school and our community realize that hard work, sheer determination and God’s Grace can make one’s dreams become a reality as Manny Pacquiao has humbly exemplified. With this project, we pay tribute to him, the People’s Champ in more ways than one.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
The International Schools CyberFair Project involves activities which are integrated in many of our school’s and the country’s Department of Education’s curriculum. The work we did in accomplishing this project involved learning done in the fields of Computer education, the English language, Creative Arts, Social Studies, Research and Values education. Equally important in the production of our work are the real life values we learned which have helped and will help us in future. By these we mean teamwork, camaraderie, sportsmanship, perseverance, humility and respect for each other’s opinions and work. In addition, this year we ventured into areas of skills which are new to us like using a programming language for the navigation bar and incorporating a flash slide show as a banner, things which we did not use before.