- December 19, 2017 2:19 PM
Chiang Kai Shek College emerged victorious in the year 2017 as it has been granted level III accreditation status by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PPASCU), and has been awarded the Excellence in Educational Transformation award (EETA) Outstanding Innovations in Leadership, Governance, and Management by the Bayan Academy for Social Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Development, Department of Education (DepEd), Rex Bookstore, and ABS-CBN station.
Following the accreditation for both grade school and high school, CKS College now has the authority to innovate without the need to seek approval from the DepEd Regional Office and is free from visitation, inspection, and supervision by DepEd representatives as mandated by DepEd Order no. 32, series of 2006.
In celebration of the school’s success, a feast was held in the CKS College gymnasium followed by a program in the auditorium on August 31. The event was graced with the presence of the college president, Dr. Dory Poa, members of the alumni association, current and former administrators, faculty and staff, and students.
- December 19, 2017 2:17 PM
God does not roll dice; there is no such thing as a coincidence. At least, that was what I used to believe when my mother left my brothers and me. The pain of hearing a mother tell her children that they are useless in a world of chance, the pain of leaving us to my father and my grandmother—it was all unbearable. This was the time that I learned when to sleep late or worse, I never slept. I cried as I agonized in pain, and I asked God why these unfair circumstances. Although my mother told me never to run away from her, she was the one who estranged and distanced herself away from us.
“When it rains, God is angry. He is sad, and all those rained upon have done evil to one another.” I never believed that God was the rain, but He was in the rain. God smiled upon us when rain poured down; He was saying that there is a rainbow after the rain, that there is beauty in chaos, and that there is bliss after every hardship toppled over, but why is it that after a long rainy day had passed, the next day yet poured another? Why is there a storm after a rainy day? I shouted my grief in rain, got down on my knees and cried a river. Father told me to bury the hatchet and forget all the memories I had spent with my mother, but pain opened the door for itself and had etched a mark in my heart.
A wise person said that to travel to anew ocean, you must learn to leave the shore. The only things for you to bring are your attitude, your courage, and your will to forgive. The water that we sail on is the river of life, the river of chance, and the river of hardships. We must learn that the storm will pour because fate will keep on strengthening until we reach a sunny day and a safe harbor. I could never forget my mother because she was the ocean; she was the one who raised the tides. Now that I docked my ship on the shore, the ocean is now my ink for what I write. Although every vein in my body wishes to release my anger towards my mother, I myself can’t afford to do so. The woman that I had once hated was now a woman I adored in my memories. She was the woman who never returned albeit the promise to return.
To you who I am writing this, how do you say those things left unsaid? Have you already found a way? Or is there pain that still remains in your heart? I have been searching for it myself, only to find out that I am lost.
I wish I had lived my life to the fullest, and I wish you do so too.
- December 19, 2017 2:16 PM
“He backs me up against the wall, his bloodshot eyes glowing in the darkness of the dingy alley. I squirm, I scream, but it is all in vain. His trembling hands, however shaky, grip me like iron. I have no choice but to stare into the depths of his eyes, and in the moonlight I see his flushed skin. Everything is a blur of pain, and soon I am screaming, shaking; everything is unbearable. Far off lights gleam in the distance, so far from my reach. Everything slowly grows fuliginous and faint, as I am unable to think. The last thing I feel through the endless pain is his hands. Nothing but hands, hands, hands everywhere. Then the darkness of the alley envelops my consciousness, and everything goes dark. I awake after an everlasting nightmare, to find my nightmare is far from over. I feel the soreness between my legs, I feel my teenage innocence being ripped from my grasp. I look around, the gravity of my situation not really sinking in. Then the memories, all of it- in all their horror- come rushing back to me, and I reel in disgust of what I have become. I have become an object, and it is as terrifying as I would have assumed it to be. His eyes are forever stuck in my memory, the feel of his greedy hands permanently imprinted into my skin- and as another wave of pure exhaustion comes, and I slip into unconsciousness.”
This was narrated by a fourteen-year-old rape victim from Davao City. Her case is only one of the 885,445 crimes committed every year as of record. A study shows that for every three children in the Philippines, one suffers from sexual and/or physical abuse. According to the National Demographic Health Survey, one in five women aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence since age fifteen, 14.4 percent of married women have experienced physical abuse from their husbands, and more than 37% of separated women are victims of exploitation. The causers of these horrors? Drug users.
The Philippine National Police may be doing their bests to eradicate these criminals from the Philippines, but they cannot do it fully without support from the citizens of the country. We all know that this has to stop. We can’t let this happen forever. More and more lives are being affected every day, and although we claim to have nothing to do with it, it is in fact our fault that we are not taking action. Innocence is no longer something you will find in youth today. However, people are so unaware that girls are being ripped from the childhoods they deserve, that they need to have.
No child should grow with abuse. It is important to the mental and physical health of every kid to have a happy childhood. It is the basis for something greater. We have to take in consideration that these kids are the future of our country, and it is not right to have them affected and abused. Take for example Adolf Hitler, who had such a violent early life that his experiences as being an abused and put down youngster led him to affect the lives of millions. Do we want that to happen again?
Quoting from the 2006 movie “The Departed”, Jack Nicholson says, “I don’t want to be a product of my environment, I want my environment to be a product of me.” It is the responsibility of every student and citizen to make sure the Philippines, their environment, a better place. Who would want to live unsafely and uncomfortably? To do this, people will need to become vigilant. Being vigilant means knowing what’s happening in the community and staying informed on the latest violent happenings in the country. It also means being keen for danger and staying alert at all times. Let us all solemnly remember that one of these girls could be our very own child. Anything can happen, and by being careful, we can prevent anything horrible from happening. Anyone can help, even in the littlest ways. It is especially hard for the millennials, since they are unable to do many things- but it is possible to help in the PNP’s Anti-Illegal Drug Campaign.
“Whoever controls the media, controls the minds,” says Jim Morrison. Media is now one of the most booming businesses in the world, and it is also so influential that the public’s opinion depends on it. As much as youth should be careful with what they believe in, social networking and blogging is a popular way to express oneself in today’s fast-paced style of living. Once they have grasped the media, they have basically already convinced people. As the great Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” The majority of the population is so ignorant to what is happening that the PNP and other government organizations are in the fight alone. Media can motivate people to action and the reality is, even the strongest people need help. Their helpers just could be the youth of this generation.
As Dan Buettner said, “The people you surround yourself with influence your behaviors, so choose friends who have healthy habits.” Another thing that is important is being a good role model. Slowly but surely, more minds will be focused on doing good and productive things rather than crimes. Birds of the same feather flock together, and a busy mind is a happy one. Joining school organizations and encouraging their peers to do the same is something small that could make a big change. “Little things make big things happen.” In this situation, this may very well be true.
“I was never the same. My life was changed forever, and I am eternally scarred. The horrific experience is something I shall never forget, which is a tragedy- because I would do absolutely anything to erase the memory from my mind,” said the fourteen-year-old.
There are thousands like her, and we can surely bring those numbers down by doing simple things. It is not an option to remain ignorant. Again, these teenagers are the future of our country. Let’s all make the world a safer place, and for future generations to come.
- December 19, 2017 2:15 PM
Pure mayhem as people are forbidden from coming home, are labeled as terrorists, are banned from seeking refuge, and are made to either wait or look for a temporary residence without prior notice.
This was what the United States looked like when President Donald Trump banned citizens from seven countries from entering the country. He believes that forcing people to stay away from his land of rule just because they’re Muslims by faith would result to a terror-free future. Hooray for racism!
The person you’d wave hello to, live next to, is friends with – forced out because of his or her religion and race by a racist, homophobic, chauvinist.
Now, even refugees from war-stricken places are prohibited from entering the country for four months by the president. These people struck by terror are denied protection because they themselves might bring it upon the poor, scared, helpless Americans.
Is this really the right way to spread injustice and make people suffer? Is it best to judge a group of innocent people who are the very victims of violence by some despicable human being?
As the ruler of the most powerful country in the world, Donald Trump is, so far, doing an awful job. He spreads racism across the country using unnecessary measures in his lousy, ineffective way of making America great again.
Instead of making citizens feel safe, Trump seems to be going the other way around. He has duties and responsibilities as the president which he should do in a careful style and not in a reckless, instantaneous method, and yet he is doing the latter.
This new hero is bent on eradicating terrorism in his country. He hasn’t even realized who the biggest terrorist is and that is himself.
- December 19, 2017 2:14 PM
Photo by James Patrick Kok
- December 19, 2017 2:12 PM
Editorial Cartoon by Trisha Danielle Sia
- September 9, 2015 11:37 AM
The CKS high school girls volleyball team won 2nd Place in the Cherifer AXN Volleyball @ the Mall held last September 5 and 6, 2015 at Robinson's Place Manila. The competition was participated in by 32 schools.
In the same competition, Mikaela Ramirez also won as most valuable player and best attacker, while team mate Alyssandra Ong won the best blocker award.
The team was recognized during the junior high school flag ceremony on September 8 by CKS College President, Dr. Dory Poa.
Mr. Kirk Ong coached the team.
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