Saturday, January 31, 2009
Ok, so I'm a part of the steering committee for Cinemagis however, I cant help but admire the students of MSU-IDS for creating beautiful works. Having to watch and scrutinize all 20+ short films in a single night proved to be challenge for those of us involved in the prejudging.
Even the students at the high school were inspired of their work. In the end everyone involved got to learn more from each other and that's what I believe matters most.
Ukit - There is something about the point of view of the film that makes it fresh and appealing to the audience.
Kiss the Rain - I like how something local can look so foreign without having to try very hard.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Test takers who score at the HIGH level, typically
|Listening Skills||Level||Your Performance|
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When listening to lectures and conversations like these, test takers at the HIGH level typically can
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Your responses indicate an ability to communicate your personal experiences and opinions effectively in English. Overall, your speech is clear and fluent. Your use of vocabulary and grammar is effective with only minor errors. Your ideas are generally well developed and expressed coherently.
|Speaking about campus situations||Good(3.5 - 4.0)|| |
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|Speaking about academic course content||Fair(2.5 - 3.0)|| |
Your responses demonstrate that you are able to speak in English about academic reading and lecture material, with only minor communication problems. For the most part, your speech is clear and easy to understand. However, some problems with pronunciation and intonation may occasionally cause difficulty for the listener. Your use of grammar and vocabulary is adequate to talk about the topics, but some ideas are not fully developed or are inaccurate.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009
My back aches and I seem to have something wrong with my eyesight. They say its psychosomatic. I say I need to clean up the mess I have in my workplace.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
My sister and I never said a thing. We were munching tikoy and we were taught not to talk when our mouths are full.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
"To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Cinemagis will harvest the film making potentials and will give venue for a creative and developmental film making festival through a competition that allows our film making enthusiasts to address and reflect on Mindanao experiences, voices, aspirations and issues.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
One can't even see Mindanao from up there! Again, classes are suspended and I have this feeling that I'm actually getting the hang of this - until I was reminded by my mother to cook spaghetti for dinner.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Everything has been so messed up since the start of the year and so I bumped into this very beautiful song last year when I saw the film version of Curious George. I never thought listening to it again could lighten my spirit. Despite the drenched surroundings outside my house today, having to see this songwriter, singer and surfer in this picture sure makes you feel like something bright is coming (although they say things are going to get worse since it will still rain until the weekend.)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
This actually isn't right anymore. The weather forecast never mentioned of any tropical depression nor typhoon. This was just suppose to be a cold front. But the heavy and continuous rainfall alarmed everyone in the city. Recently, CDO had one of its worse flooding with a sudden water surge just a week ago and I can't see why it felt like the city is not prepared for emergencies like this.
It was already 10 in the morning and it was time to go back home. I called and my sister said the heavy rain already made the streets of Nazareth impassable. I said I wanted to get sleep so I would rather get wet. Although it was raining hard, Jake and I were able to hail a taxi along Patag and we couldn't pass through Liceo because the street was already flooded. Then we tried to go pass Tejero and the main highway, but both were also flooded. Flood waters near the Bulua terminar was waist deep. It was like being in an action-suspense movie where we tried to find a way where we could go downtown. The taxi driver was very kind and patient with us even if there was heavy traffic everywhere.
We still had one option, and that was to make use of the Macapagal Road. We thought of going uphill and go to Masterson and use the new bridge and be able to go downtown from Macasandig. We thought of that as our last course of action. When we got to the area, there were a lot of landslide prone areas and mudflow was evident. Unfortunately, we still couldn't pass through because that part there was also flooded. I felt like there really wasn't any way out of it. The taxi driver said he had exhausted all ways to get us to Divisoria and said he will have to drop us back to Patag. We even laughed at the whole idea since it looked like we just has a joyride around and back (of course we had to pay him). He said we should try taking the jeep because they are more elevated.
And so we did and this we encountered. The jeep was able to cross the Liceo area but it was really slow.
I prayed the jeepney would be able to pass through successfully. These student police came from their school in Patag and did most of the traffic monitoring and getting rid of debris of what were washed away from the rain.
The flood was actually everywhere - even in Carmen market. We were able to reach Divisoria and i was able to reach home by 2pm.
I got a text message a friend had to leave their house because of the flood in Barra Opol. I also got a message that there would be no class tomorrow.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I have heard from people that I have to study for it, while some said it would just be a breeze. Well, I got myself the book for the new year (along with the $23 price tag). Aside from the start of the classes from the holidays, CINEMAGIS, GMA Kapuso Foundation Relief Support, English Month preparations, and the upcoming JBEC Meeting I am trying very hard to get some time to make use of whats inside the book before doomsday. I am scheduled to take the TOEFL-iBT on Saturday.
I received the email which included the toefl voucher (the $170 cost for the exam) and the instructions as to how to register online. Checking the site, I found out that they already have a testing center here in CDO. A colleague of mine had to take her exam in Davao and another one took hers in Cebu. I was spared to spend more for traveling far just to take it. I went to check with the testing center ( just to make sure I dont get lost on my way to the place) and they told me I will be one of the first test takers who will use their facilities (I think I just saw some people painting their walls white). I hope the fumes don't put me to sleep while I sweat my way through the TOEFL-iBT.
Test taking itself is a skill and I want to learn the nuances of the TOEFL-iBT test. Although it covers the basic 4 macro-skills of the language, they are done in such a way that they are combining two or more skills in one test. Integrative means it will be more challenging.
I have to work on the speaking and the writing components. I don't feel very confident with these two since these are not usually part of standardized tests I have encountered.
Wish me luck!
Monday, January 5, 2009
That must have been one reason why I have also loved the cinema.
I share this passion with my students and infuse it even with my helping them learn in my classes. For my second year class, I showed to them "Not One Less".
This is a story of a girl assigned to substitute for a teacher who was leaving the school. Since the number of students was getting smaller and smaller, she was told that she would get her salary if all students will be there when the teacher comes back. However , one boy goes to the city to work and she had to find her way to the city to find the lost boy. I find the movie very touching and would always start with an introduction by saying, "When you see this film, you'll never waste a single chalk again."
For the fourth year students, I showed them "Crash". Students would scratch their heads and wonder why this film isn't as popular as other Oscar-awarded movies around. Of course they would easily identify that Luda Chris is in this film. Most of them find this and the child scenes very moving.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Among the barangays hardest hit in Cagayan de Oro were Carmen, Macasandig, Tibasak, as well as villages along Burgos Street, Consolacion, Macabalan, and Gusa.
In Iligan, the areas affected were barangays Mahayahay, Tambacan, and sitio Manuang, where four houses were reportedly washed away or damaged, while in Bayug Island in Hinaplanon were trapped due to high waters while th sea waters are on high tide.
Evacuees were temporarily housed in nearby elementary schools and were being assisted by the social welfare offices of the two cities.
Cagayan de Oro city administrator Criselda Joson told GMANews.TV that she could not yet give the number of victims affected as the city government prioritized on providing food, used clothing and medicine to those who have been brought to different evacuation centers.
"This is so sudden and we are still expecting the water to rise on Saturday afternoon. We are closely monitoring the residents especially on Isla de Oro and Isla Bacsan," Joson said.
The two islets are located across barangay Carmen and Burgos Street and Barangays Kauswagan and Consolacion, respectively.
The residents in the different barangays said they were all caught by surprise as water rose to high level at about 7 a.m. on Saturday.
Nilda Bacong said she got a call from her mother who resides in sitio Kala-kala in barangay Tibasak, one of the riverine barangays.
"My mother said that most of them are on top of the roof to seek protection as the water rose high. The last meal they had was on Friday night, and I am worried about their situation," Bacong said.
She disclosed that her relatives of 10 families were affected by the flood. As of this posting, she said the water had gone down, but her relatives could not yet leave the house and they were starving.
Cong Corrales, a reporter in a local daily, said when he woke up he found the toilet in their house already submerged, while three of his neighbors' houses were already under water.
"We have been used to the flood but today, we were all caught by surprise as the water really hit the streets. Residents here in barangay Consolacion recalled that the worst flood occurred on January 1956, another was on January 1986 and this one," Corrales told GMANews.TV.
It was the first time that Corrales experienced the worst flood that hit barangay Consolacion since he lived here in the mid 90s.
Mercelita Jandayan-Labial also got a call from her mother informing her that they were seeking protection on top of a warehouse inside the seed lot of Aberasturi Livestock in sitio Tambo in barangay Macasandig.
"My husband is helping rescue my relatives in Tambo. I was told the water has gone down but the current is still strong preventing them to wade the water," Labial said.
Fanny Pabito, the acting City Social Welfare Officer, said her team was feeding children at the West City Central School in barangay Carmen. Pabito also could not give an initial number of the affected residents.
In Barangay Gusa, seven houses have been totally washed out in Purok 8, which is a remote area near the hills.
The police were the first to respond to the rescue operations. Neighbors who were not affected also helped the families who are starving. Donations coming from private groups arrived first.
Amor Sanchez, a resident in Tibasak and the president of the employees union of the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Co., said power supply for areas affected had been cut off due to the ongoing rescue operations.
"I have organized neighbors here in Tibasak to provide initial help to those houses submerged along the riverbanks," said Sanchez, one of the lucky ones who house was not submerged in the flood.
Nova Chavez, a resident of Sitio Ilang-iliang in Hinaplanon barangay told GMANews.TV that she managed to grab only a bag of personal belongings and her baby after her house was submerged as the Mandulog River overflowed amid heavy rains Friday.
Iligan Mayor Lawrence Lluch Cruz has directed the Iligan City Disaster Coordinating Council, Philippine National Police and rescue teams to mobilize and respond in severely affected areas. The 104th and 403rd Brigades of the Philippine Army were also helping in relief operations.
Officials said the disaster council was still assessing how many families were affected. No casualties were reported as of posting time. - GMANews.TV
Friday, January 2, 2009
Who would have thought that the show that taught me how to memorize the order of the planets (yup, everyone sing with me... My Very Educated Mother, Just Served Us Nine Pizzas!) is now on its 39th episode.
I must say I have learned a lot from the show. Can the kids nowadays say they have learned much from Spongebob? or Barney?
I think I still have my Ernie, Elmo and Bart stuffs (where did I placed them?) I got in a store in Butuan when I got there to visit my sister.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Thanks Lera for being so generous and providing me with something new to read. I so wanted to read Tolle since summer. I have already started to read and appreciate what the book is all about. I hope I can finish it though.
Thanks Fr. Pen for Magis, I started reading Queena's introduction of the book and she has poured out her self in writing about her life struggles.