2016, A Year Filled with Renewed Hopes and Wishes By: Vannesa Lu, Grade 9

The year 2015 was a year full of wonderful memories. Now, we look forward to a brand new year with new hopes and wishes. It is always a good idea to plan our new year’s resolutions and our wishes for us to have goals to work on for 2016. Here are some of the teachers’ and students’ wishes for 2016:
“Good health, good career, and a chance to study another course as a way to improve my life”- Teacher Ryan (Grade 8 Adviser)
“I want to continually grow professionally because I believe that as a teacher, I am dedicated to teach with passion and love.” – Teacher Diane (Grade 10 Adviser)
“I see 2016 as a year for continued happiness, build great memories, and have a better understanding in life because living is a foundation of all these.” – Jade Tio (Grade 9 Student)
“For this year, I want to become a better person, I hope for world peace and I would want to be an instrument of achieving world peace. This will all start with me because I felt that I have not done my best for the past year.” – Jonalynne Salbo (Grade 10 Student)
“I hope and pray for world peace because it is very important for young children to grow up in a peaceful place.” – Kenji Co (Grade 6 student)
“I hope and pray for everyone to be happy within my family and in the school because peace and happiness are two important things to achieve happiness.” – Rehsia Gadrinab (Grade 4 Student)
These were some of the amazing hopes and wishes that were gathered from these dynamic people in the school. It is with hope that with the support of everyone, we can all make that needed change. We can achieve these hopes a day at a time. From now till the next new year, we have about 360 days to work for these to happen. Every little thing can make a big difference. Let’s start now!

“We Can Be Inventors!” By: Shaun Cuesta, Grade 10

During the primordial times, everything was a possibility by the young minds, the young minds being the primitive minds of the homo habilis of our past. So what is stopping us now? Many of our civilized lives have sent our evolutionary advantage (our minds) down the highway because we are always so focused on just being able to reach the goal and not actually going beyond it. We live our sedentary lives going about thinking about the philosophies of our world (if you say no, then you are a liar) at least once, but never actually tried to place our thinking into perspective. How do you expect to grow if you hold yourself back?
Science takes shape in many forms. It can be how an atom is torn apart due to an induced fission reaction to why the sky is blue. Anyone can be an inventor, be it for something practical or for something that is just for fun. You see, inventing is not limited. It can be anything you can imagine it to be, maybe a new dance move that no one has seen before or a new style of cooking that no one has heard of.
The school celebrated the Science Week last November with the theme on Saving our Environment. There were contests done among the different grade levels from the Preschool to the High School that focused on the theme. For the High School, it was a contest on inventions. It was a challenge to be a part of this contest. To make the invention aligned to the theme, I readjusted a plethora of ideas and concepts being developed here and there because to me, the concern of how we can stop pollution is to find another way, if we were to stop the factories, power plants, and vehicles to “save” our planet. It is like jumping into a deep hole without even knowing if there is something to catch you at the bottom. I developed a concept known as the “Eco-Lab Garden.” The Eco- Lab Garden is a compact, multi-staged, climate controlled garden that is self-sufficient using solar energy, but not through solar panels but through something known as a BPV device (Bio-Photovoltaic Device). It harnesses the power of photosynthesis that not only growing the plants can benefit but also capturing the free flowing electrons that would have been wasted in the process of photosynthesis.
These rush of ideas from the Eco Lab Garden came at the last moment. Maybe with more time, a refinement of the initial ideas can be done to make the invention workable. The gathering of a plethora of ideas from the past and in the future to create the most efficient, important, and capable concept to help tackle the distress in our homes and in our environment is the greatest contribution that any inventor can do. Time, patience, perseverance, knowledge, and creativity can make any INVENTOR.
My name is Shaun Cuesta, I am a doubter, philosopher, idealist, and I am an inventor.

The Significance of Gender Equality By: Franz Marione Llorente, Grade 9

“Justice, welfare and liberty should not be measured by gender, but by the measure of the person’s actions, and intentions”
It is in the nature of people to tend to see the male as the more reliable people in society; they think men are more capable of doing physical work than women. A majority of the people would agree that women have to be treated well, even though there are people of both genders who are underserving of the action. Majority would say that men are independent, non-emotional, aggressive, tough-skinned, competitive, clumsy, strong, self-confident, and rebellious, while women are dependent, emotional, sensitive, quiet, innocent, and weak, even though all the traits could be said for both genders.
Countless times, people have underestimated women’s abilities on tasks that majority would feel that a man would suffice, and vice-versa. Sharing the responsibility for care within families more equally is good for women who want to work, and for men who want to play a greater role as fathers.
Children learn about gender roles from an early age – from their parents and family, their religion, and their culture, as well as the outside world, including television, magazines, and other media. As children grow, they adopt behaviors that are rewarded by appreciation thus giving them an idea that they should stay that way. They stop or hide behaviors that are ridiculed, shamed, or punished. By the age of three, children have usually learned to prefer toys and clothes that are “appropriate” to their gender. However there are exceptions, which is why the LGBT community exists. During the 3rd seminar workshop on Gender Equality last September 26, 2015, it was explained that the gays and lesbians and many other terms presently used were those people who believed that they were a different person in the inside. It is in human nature to hate what they do not find acceptable. However, these are still people who want to be treated like people and have the rights as a citizen. The young and many of us teenagers still do not understand much of the differences in gender and the issues attached to it. The seminar was therefore necessary to shed light and better understanding on the different reasons regarding the many gender differences and issues.
Gender based violence is one of the pressing gender issues which many of us students and even adults need to understand. Gender-based violence damages the health, autonomy, dignity and security of its victims, yet it remains ignored. Victims of violence can suffer sexual and reproductive health consequences, including forced and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, HIV, and even death. The issue of gender-based violence reaches every corner of the world. The knowledge that we have gained through the seminar entitled Parental Roles in Developing Gender Opportunities in the Work Place for have opened our eyes to many things. Seminars such as this serve as an eye-opener to many and it is my belief that knowledge is one of the ways to equip us students to become better decision makers, better thinkers, and better doers.

Too much information: Good for Parenting? By:Ms. Leofel Gulmatico

If there is one inspiring lesson we learned from these few years of being modern day parents is the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all parenting source. The sooner we realize and accept this fact, the lighter is the burden of that big word PARENTING for us parents.
Every time we attend children’s birthday parties, watch our kids at the play area, attend church activities, pay a visit to the grandparents, check our friends’ Facebook or Twitter accounts, or even just lining up at the cashier in the grocery, we expose ourselves to our vulnerability of comparing with the rest of the parents in the world (in an exaggerated manner). We may have asked ourselves questions such as: Why do they put their kids on the grocery push cart? How can she manage to bring 3 kids while doing a big grocery? Why is he just looking over while his 2 year old kid is struggling to climb the stairs in the play area? Why don’t they stop their kid from crying and shouting? Is reward system the best way to discipline a toddler? When is the best time to potty train? Am I doing a good job as a parent to my child? These are just a handful of the many questions we intrigue ourselves with. Therefore, we resort to several ways to enlighten us about how to be the perfect parents and usually we use technology, the exchange of experiences and the wisdom from our elders.
It is an acceptable fact that as parents, we should continuously learn in order to perform our significant roles very well. Therefore, using references, asking other people or any sort of material that can keep us rooted with the basics and the updates of parenting styles, techniques in child rearing and disciplining are all very much welcome. Furthermore, we realize that in the midst of our parenting experience the receiver of all these is the perfect gauge for our efforts as parents no matter what or who or which sources we base it from, are our children. It is their development that can tell us if we are on the right track or otherwise. In the end, it is them who mirror how we behave towards them and with the people around us. Do they say the magic words as please, thank you and sorry? Do they wait for their turn before they speak, are they sweet, polite, respectful, God fearing, neat, clean, etc.? Then the ball game is easy. Let us look at the recipients of our parenting and that is when we can modify our parenting styles and disciplining techniques.
It is us parents, with our human minds and our big hearts, who are the ultimate processors of information and only we can effectively integrate and synthesize facts in the light of our children.

Holistic learner development at Childlink

ARE you a parent looking for a learning institution that will grant your children a quality education that will mold them into a competent adult in the future? Look no further anymore because Childlink Learning Center (CLC) has all your kids’ learning needs covered.

As an institution that envisions to become the leading training ground for the future leaders of the community, CLC not only boasts of its complete learning facilities and competent teaching workforce but also of its strong dedication to holistic learning. Enrolling your kids to CLC means allowing them the learning experience that will target the development of their values, academic skills, and talents.
CLC directress Maria Theresa Tio shared that there are three crucial sides that dictate a child’s readiness to adulthood which CLC pushes to strengthen in all its learners. These are academic excellence, a learner’s personal values, and a learner’s joy and motivation in being in school. CLC develops its students’ academic excellence by exposing them to academic challenges where they are closely guided by their teachers in discovering their abilities. To hone their values, students are made to participate in advocacy-related activities where they are taught to use their minds and hands to advance the welfare of others. And to give them more reasons to find joy in learning, CLC exposes their students to fun-filled activities such as school plays, fashion shows, sports fests, cultural activities, and an entrepreneurship day where the students are able to channel their interests and creativity while learning along the way.

CLC has won in several inter-school contests in and outside of Cebu as well, a testament to their commitment to excellence and competence.

To know more about Childlink Learning Center, visit their campus at 530 Zodiacville Englic, V. Rama Avenue, Cebu City or log on to www.childlink.info for more information. CLC is now accepting registrations for academic year 2016-2017.

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What does it take to be a Leader? By: Jademarie Lloyd Tio

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In our community today, we face many challenges, like poverty, corruption, and environmental degradation. Many children cannot afford to go to school, most cannot afford proper medication, and our environment is degrading at a faster pace. It is vital that we choose the right leaders to help us tackle the issues and put a stop to them. The decisions they make could mean that every sick child can go to the hospital, anyone can go to school, that no one would go hungry again, and the prevention of further environmental degradation.
We must choose a leader that is wise, persevering, dedicated, honest, creative, trustworthy, open-minded, and positive. The leaders we choose should have a vision in mind. A leader should be ready to serve and lay himself down for the sake of others. By choosing the right leader, we can build the road to a greater future for ourselves, for our community, and for our country.
Each one of us can be leaders if we choose to develop the abilities we have now. We can show little acts of leadership at home or at school. First, we have to show obedience. A good leader should first learn to obey and follow instructions. Next, we must show responsibility. Taking responsibility for our actions is important when becoming a leader. We have to show humility. When serving others, we must be selfless. We have to show compassion. We have to take account of what others would feel when making a decision. Lastly, we have to show integrity. We should always stand by our morals and our decisions because when being a leader, there is no room for indecisiveness. Each is called for a purpose, so let us take this challenge and be a leader.

“A great leader is not defined by his strengths and abilities but by his dedication to serve others selflessly and honestly.”


It All Started in Childlink

I attended grade school at Childlink Learning Center when I was around 6 years old, and graduated in 2007. Childlink has come a long, long way since then, but allow me to take you back to its early days – where one of the most crucial learning experiences of my life “my formative years” were spent.

The names of some of my teachers are still familiar in my head – Teacher Ada, Teacher Brigette, Teacher Fairy, Teacher Kenneth, Teacher Helene, and of course, Teacher Tess. Life was much simpler back then. My classmates and I didn’t have social media or smartphones to complicate anything (but since I live in Manila now, Facebook is an indispensable tool for catching up with them). I have many fond memories of Childlink, and to this day I am thankful for the many lessons it has imparted to me. I can say with confidence that I wouldn’t be where I am now if it weren’t for Childlink.

When I was in Grade 2, I was tasked to write an article for “Parent Update,” Childlink’s weekly newsletter, about the recent Scouting Investiture. We had graduated from Star Scouts to Girl Scouts, which was momentous in itself, but all my silly 8-year-old self remembered was the heat and so I wrote about that. And as it turned out, people who read it found it funny! I soon realized that I enjoyed stringing words together, and now here I am, dreaming of a career in journalism and publishing. In fact, I’ve already dipped my toes into the water: for two years now, I’ve been writing feature and entertainment articles for Candy Magazine every single month.

But I am most thankful to Childlink for instilling in me my love for musical theatre. As you are all aware of, school plays are an annual Childlink tradition. My first time to join was for Joseph the Dreamer, and then I went on to play the role of Narrator for two or three plays (I can only remember one now: David and Goliath). I played the role of Miss Butterfly in Childlink’s adaptation of the bible story of Jonah, Swallowed by a Fish, and went on to play the role of Mulan in The Heart of Mulan. That was my last play in Childlink, and I remember being so moved by the heroism of Fa Mulan and the sheer euphoria I felt onstage. I even remember shedding silent tears in the dressing room after the show. Despite my young age then, I consider that to be one of the most defining moments of my life. It was then that I discovered what was to become a lifelong passion. I have participated in numerous productions for Trumpets Playshop, and am an active member of the Ateneo Blue Repertory, the premier musical theatre organization of the Ateneo de Manila University (where I am currently an AB Communication junior). Just last July, I played the role of Rona Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for the organization’s season premiere.

I also had the opportunity to hone my leadership skills in Childlink. Be it leading a troop of Girl Scouts or becoming Student Council President, I learned a lot about the importance of accountability and taking care of your team.

Even now, at 18 years old and at the near-final cusp of my college days, I still thank Childlink Learning Center for getting me started on my path towards pursuing my passions and living a life dedicated to success, continuous learning, and compassion for others. To the Linkers of today and tomorrow, consider yourselves truly lucky to be a part of the Childlink Family. You are in very good hands.

Chandra Marie Pepino
Childlink Learning Center GS Batch 2007
AB Communication 2016, Ateneo de Manila University