NSPC: Four Persevering Years in the Making

Cookery, housekeeping, ICT or drafting? When I was in Grade 9, I didn’t see myself in these elective classes so I enlisted in Journalism. It was a spontaneous decision. Years later, I would find myself competing in the Olympics of Campus Journalism — the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC). Despite the COVID-19 scare, I recently…

Public Schools: A Teacher’s Checklist of Concerns

As a student, I would dream of new pens, bags, shoes and sets of our school uniform every June. My heart would light up whenever I ran the palm of my hand on a thick and smooth pad paper, remembering those carefree moments: no stress, unbound by responsibilities, oblivious of unpaid bills but conscientious when it comes…

Lumads of Davao del Sur: Students without a School

“Tak tak tak.” It’s the sound of a bolo hitting the chopping block, reducing rotten and rejected bananas from the plantation into small, circular pieces. The chopping would go on all afternoon until the sun turned golden and the shadows of the banana trees envelop the little town of Hagonoy, Davao del Sur. Three boys would…