1. Description of Our Team
Our team joined together for this project to inculcate to the people the idea of simplicity in lifestyle through introducing a Nipa Hut which is an icon of Philippine culture as it represents the Filipino value of “bayanihan”, which refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective and simplicity in structures. The work had been divided equally. Each contributed and gave the best we can. The members of our team are the following: Adurenzo – is recognized to be the on proficient in English. He is a funny guy and whatever mood you have can make you laugh and smile. He is also a faithful and reliable man. He shares what he has to everyone. He is a friendly, young, wild and free.
Kelli – as everyone describes her, Kelli is known to be “the one”. Whenever she smiles, the whole world becomes brighter. Behind all her imperfections is a girl that shines within. She dances Ballet and is engaged in Wushu and Table Tennis. But not only in these co-curricular activities thus have she excelled, also in the field of academics.
Grace – “the leader of the hour”, that’s what perfectly describes her by everyone. You don’t have to remind or even tell Grace what to do. Before you say it, she actually finished everything. That’s how cool she is. She does her duties as a president of our class smooth and perfectly. She has the power to rule but still, respect is her virtue. She may be vulnerable but strong to face all challenges.
Kai – “the charming one”, may be silent at first but when you get to know her more, she’s outgoing. She’s sweet and gay. She loves blogging and photography. You can sense that she’s coming because of her signature scent that everyone can’t help but to smell her goodness. Kai is unique and totally different among the others.
2. Summary of Our Project
The 'bahay kubo', most commonly know as the nipa hut, is an indigenous shelter utilized in the Philippines. It is a shelter made out of bamboo and palm leaves. It is indeed a lovely place to rest and eat typical food in the farm because of its material which allows good ventilation. The roof of the first Philippine houses, nipa huts, or bahay kubo, were high inclined and typically open gabled to allow for ventilation. The steeply sloping pitch also protected from the wind and rain in the typhoon season. The roof also provides wide extension roof space to provide shade from the hot sun. The native house has traditionally been constructed with bamboo tied together and covered with a thatched roof using nipa/anahaw leaves. Nipa huts were the native houses of the indigenous people of the Philippines before the Spaniards arrived. They are still used today, especially in rural areas. Different architectural designs are present among the different ethno linguistic groups in the country. Nipa Hut is considered as one of the Philippines' cozy and pleasurable places to relax. It is widely used in the Philippine resorts and has airy surroundings. One reason why most of the foreigners who stayed here in the Philippines prefer nipa huts on the sea sides rather than choosing concrete structures is because it’s comfortable and more relaxing in the inside. Resort owners choose nipa huts as their rooms because they aren't expensive and easy and thrifty to maintain. With construction costs and property values soaring into the stratosphere, a “dream home” remains just that for most of us – a dream. We want to promote the beauty of what Philippines have like this Nipa Hut.
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:more than 6
C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection
D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
We haven’t encountered major problems during the making of this project except for one. We lack of time. The project was given about 2 weeks or 1 before our third Quarter Examination. Everyone’s rushing to complete such requirements in different subjects. Other than that, we also have to prepare for the said examination. At the beginning, we were all worried and irritated. We still have to compel with things are ought to do prior to the given project. Time kills us at that time but there’s one serious situation that disturbed us. After a couple of days that our coach is absent, he finally attended one of our meetings. We were happy and welcomed him with a smile. We noticed that he became pale and thin. On a serious note, he confessed something. The reason why he was absent was because of stress that triggers his disease. He said he is thinking twice of resigning. We were shocked and were speechless. Some said “sir, kaya mo yan” and some had an empty face. This situation made us think of becoming more considerate. We decided to devote ourselves and pursue this project, so in away we can make our beloved coach happy. We made a time table and schedule of the things we have to do. Even if it’s hectic, we still doesn’t forget being happy and enjoy life. We consider this a challenge and not just a task to be done. We set first set aside playing for now we need to act mature.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
“Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” – Albert Einstein “Every decision you make is not a decision about what to do. It’s a decision about who you are.” – Steve Chadler “A plan is a list of actions arranged in whatever sequence is thought likely to achieve an object.” – John Argenti “Man is not born to solve the problems of the universe, but to find out what has to do… within the limit of his comprehension” – Unknown
6. How did your activities and research for this Doors to Diplomacy Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our project addressed the value of our topic that it may teach how it was formed, constructed and developed to serve as an inspiration to others. This project fits in our school because it upholds the value of simplicity and a spirit of communal unity. And we manifest this all over the world. Students learned to prioritize what’s important and also learned to collaborate and share ideas. These skills are being practiced often that’s why we resulted to a successful project because of skills we can perfect. Our group concept practiced a concept which all can contribute their ideas and knowledge. We work hand in hand for the success of this project. We dedicate our full effort that satisfies the expectations of others. Diplomacy and international issues as we understand is a profession of managing relations between the governments of different countries. This time, we experience some country rivalry and because of this, it leads to race discrimination. To the help of Doors to Diplomacy, we build up a nice relationship between other countries. We discovered that even if we are4 still students learning, we can contribute to the betterment of our society and of our own country. We are able to apply what we learn in school and at the same time help for the improvement of our culture here in the Philippines. The use of Internet for teaching and learning had been more effective than traditional methods because now, we can see what it was like. Not like before that we still need to visualize every thing just to understand what we’re learning.