Doors to Diplomacy Project ID: 7239

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Nipa Hut: A Bridge to 'Bayanihan'
Category: 8. Arts and Culture

School: Saint Louis Laboratory High School
    Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines

4 students, ages 15 worked together to complete this Doors to Diplomacy project on March 16, 2012. They have participated in Doors to Diplomacy in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Vincent Tabor, Florida Martin, Adurenzo, Grace, Kai, Kelli

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Project Overview

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.

Project Elements

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

The sources that our group used to accomplish our project are the following: Computer, books, newspapers, etc.

These tools helped us by means of being our sources so it would be easier to gather data and to have an accurate information. We located the tools in our own houses or in our own community. The tools we used should the tools we can afford and are already provided. The tools we used was not donated by any businesses or schools. The most valuable tool that we will use is the internet, of course. We are used to this technology. We used the internet like every minute of our lives. That’s why it would be easier for us to collect data.

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

We balanced individual personality with corporate responsibility. Be ourselves, but be a representative because we’re both. But most importantly, we surely wanted to send the message that we are proud to represent the project and align it with our own identity.

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

This project of ours will strengthen the “relationship” between our school and local community for it will make them appreciate the existence of the introduced topic further. Our project will create a big difference for it not only talks about the category of arts and culture but it also focuses on our treasured creativity as Filipinos and likewise makes it unique for it presents values and morals we could get from this simple yet beautiful art of ours. People in our community might have been already familiar with our topic however I predict that people in other locations might be in wonder as they explore our very unique culture. I believe after this project will be introduced to the community some new working relationships would be established. Possibly, people from other locations will be more interested about the introduced topic for it might be something new or unusual to their culture. I assume our project could help in making the said topic noticed, for the people of other places, and appreciated further especially for the people in our country. Within our community, our project will catch the attention of the eyes of many people and that is only one of the good things our project might do. Our project furthermore will serve as a bridge to any person in discovering the delight of the culture of the country. The said project defines what art and culture truly is all about. With our project, The Nipa Hut, fingers of ours are crossed, hoping to get positive feedbacks from people who will lay their eyes on this project. We would also be hoping that this project can help many people in whatever reason that might be. For instance, young people of today who also would like to share about our country’s national house, or even the elderly ones who are possibly interested in the structure of the house.

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

In our entry, help was not necessary. However, we would still like to thank everyone who somehow became a part of this project and the people who will help us in advance to share us better ideas for a better ouput. We would like to give thanks to the people who helped us gain knowledge, who gave us descriptions for our topic no matter how short their ideas might be, they still made this project complete, without them this might not have been finished. As students we would also like to thank our instructor, Sir Vincent Tabor, for letting each and every one of us to be a part of this. Once again, I would like to thank all the people who shared their ideas, no matter how simple they are, for helping us in finishing our project.


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