Let’s Build a New World by Alexander Lacson

Something’s destroying our world
And ‘tis fed by reasons manifold – –
Greed, lust for power, vanity and fear
All causing a global social cancer.

They’re evil and fuel each other
Yes, this greed, lust for power, vanity and fear
Add extreme patriotism and religious fanaticism
And ours is a world divided with deeper chasm.

But this world is not only for the few
Not only for the moneyed, nor for the mighty crew
‘Tis also for the ordinary, for me and you
That’s God’s desire, and I believe it to be true.

We’re all an integral, essential part of the whole
We’re all part of the world’s human puzzle
The world’s not complete without you and me
All of us, we’re meant to be here and to be free.

Thus, we all have equal right and claim
To all nature’s blessings and beauty stream
To all life’s essentials including prosperity
that come and evolve from the universe’s bounty.

We’re all an equal part of one human family
Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, the spirit-free
And all those who believe otherwise in good
Brethren we all are, in need of love and a hood.

So share kindness and love
Spread the sunshine above
Let’s open and grow our hearts
And live as one family of many parts. 

For those who have but a few years in sight
T’is not too late to pursue the light
Though older, we’ve yet much to offer
Though weaker, we yet can see much better.

Come my friends, let’s heed the light
T’is not too late to dream of a world that’s right
With a single purpose at heart and in mind
We can yet build a better world for all humankind.

 

A business for the common good
A politics of love and brethrenhood
A society with a soul
A peaceful world for one and all.

We’re all architects of the future
We’re all builders of humanity’s lore
Our children’s future’s too important I stress
To be left alone to those in politics and business.

Come brethren, from far and near
You and I, we can do this together
Along with the fiery hearts of a billion other
Let’s build this new world for one another! 

Alex Lacson
In “Five Hundred Years Without Love”
July 2020

 

Reaction:

I really like the poem and its message. People do need to work together to make a better world. We can’t do it by ourselves. The thing that is destroying the world is us. It’s a harsh but true sentence. We are the ones who caused the problems that we face now. Power, money, lust, and other feelings/desires are what’s pushing others to trample one another for a position that they deem important. They don’t care who will suffer, all they care about are themselves and what they can gain in the end.

I agree that we are all essential in this world so, we must share and distribute what is being given to us equally and fairly. It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, smart or dumb, or beautiful or ugly. What matters is who you are, and you are a person. Someone who has feelings, rights, relevance, and power to change the world.

It’s never too late to do the right thing. No matter how young or old you are, you can still make a difference and learn/share something new. We are the puzzle pieces that form what the world is today, tomorrow, and always.

That is the message that I have seen in the poem and it made me realize how important unity is. The world is not only something that our God has created, but also something that is being shaped by our

  • Samantha Gomez, Grade 10

First and foremost, I highly appreciate the overall message of the poem. With everything that’s been happening lately, reading that poem gives us something to think about—change begins with us. We, the people who started this chaos, can be the ones to bring all this mayhem to an end, that is, if we choose to. Truly, this poem is relevant not only for today’s society and generation, but rather, for times long past and times yet to come.

As for the structure of the poem itself, I can see that the writer is using an AABB CCDD EEFF (and so on) rhyme scheme. There are only a few imagery devices utilized; I can also see a few metaphors present here and there. The writer’s tone gives me a sense of straightforwardness—what you read is what you get—though I do not mean this in a negative light! Rather, I believe his style of writing is able to get his point across quite evenly without need for debate regarding some hidden meaning. It’s not heavily obscured to the point where one’s interpretation of it could differ from another’s.

Normally, I like reading poems that leave me wondering or questioning about its shrouded connotations; but I believe that “Let’s Build a New World” is written the way it is because it caters to all people. In fact, its straightforwardness is what makes it so easy for people to understand the author’s theme—almost like a wake-up call, so to speak.

In conclusion, I enjoyed reading this poem, no doubt about that. I believe it to be very insightful and relevant, and I highly recommend it for everyone to read. It touches on topics so many of us choose to turn a blind eye to, with the excuse that any effort we make would still not be enough. Read this poem, and it shall remind you that you are capable of bringing a change and making a difference. The first step is yours to take.

  • Andrea Eloise Rentuza, Grade 10

Alex Lacson begins his poem by addressing what he calls “a global social cancer” that is caused by people’s “greed, lust for power, vanity, and fear.” In my opinion, when he said this, I realized that almost every human being has had these vices or has thought of these thoughts. I realized that these emotions come so easily in our heads. He says that these negative emotions are evil and fuel each other. I reflected on those times that I felt these emotions, and I understood what he meant. When I thought only of myself, felt jealous, wanted to take over the task for myself, or focused so much on flaws–it felt terrible.

I thought to myself that every human feels this. That is why when he says “We are all an equal part of  one human family”, it really made sense to me that if we all cause this problem, we all can fix this problem together. He said something about how there are so many things that divide us. There are political views, business wars, religion, and social classes. And yet, because we are human there are things that make us all similar, and that is our need for love and a need for a hood(home).

Truthfully, I believe that anyone who reads this poem believes he is right when he tells everyone to spread kindness and love to one another. He addresses the young and old, the rich the poor, the weak and the strong in this poem. It is a poem that can reach anyone’s heart no matter who they are or whatever power they have, because as he has said: “We’re all architects of the future.” So we should really build a world that we want to live in. Not just for ourselves, but for the future generation.

Speaking as a person who imagines a future world for my (imaginary) future children, I would want them to live in a world where they could play with anyone in any place without the fear of getting hurt, taken away, or being in any form of danger. Easily, I can agree with him when he talked about the future of children and how we should never leave it to politics and businesses alone to help us achieve the world we want. We should all achieve this goal together as one team.

Overall, after reading this poem, I feel as if I came out of a meeting. In the meeting, they stated a problem. They stated a solution that was possible. They told us the benefits. And now I feel as though I should go about my days working towards this solution along with everyone else. And to be very clear, if I feel this way, it means that it was a very influential meeting that will stick with me.

  • Jhirlymarie Tio, Grade 10

Peace Poem

 

CELEBRATING PEACE WITH THE WORLD

By: Russelle Sampang

Grade 8

 

Did you know that the International Peace Day is one of the yearly celebrations Childlink has observed since its early years in 1997? And now, many years later, Linkers still carry on the tradition to continuously renew our commitment to seeking peace in the community.

Last September 2020, the Linkers celebrated the peace month by doing acts of peace in their Homeroom Guidance Activities. One of the activities was to create a peace poem wherein each student must give his or her meaning of peace. Each student did contribute a line to make one beautiful poem about PEACE. Each class was able to create a masterpiece.

Some may wonder, what is the point of celebrating Peace Day? Will it even make a difference? To which, we Linkers would answer: with all the violence and problems we face in society, this is all the more reason to continue celebrating it because it’s just one of the ways we can continue to devote ourselves to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people from different places. In the words of our principal, Maria Theresa Tio, “Each one of you can make ripples, and these ripples will eventually become waves.”

 

Z Club of Childlink celebrates “Int’l Day of the Girl Child” via art

 

CEBU CITY – Students of the Z Club of Childlink High School celebrated the “International Day of the Girl Child” 2020 in a very special way via art and painting to express their thoughts and to appeal to the adults to join them create the future they want and deserve, a future that they envision where the gender gap is narrowed and gender equity is achieved.

The “International Day of the Girl Child” is observed every year on October 11 and the members of Zonta Club of Cebu II marked the event with a virtual activity that expressed the hope to see the day that every girl shall have safe spaces to grow up in, where girls have the same opportunities to obtain education, as boys, and where chances for a bright future abound.

The United Nations’ theme for this year’s celebration is “My voice, our equal future” that focuses on how girls globally are leading the way.  It encouraged the young members of Z Club of Childlink High School to seize the opportunity to be inspired by what adolescent girls see as the change they want, and the solutions they envision, that will bring them closer to their goals.

What better far-reaching expression of dreams and  aspirations of a better future that these young people want and deserve is there than through art? The paintings are part of the students’ class in Social Studies where they are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings and communicate through their paintings the emotions that cannot be expressed in words.

What better fertile ground to sow the seeds of awareness about gender equality than in the young minds of students, who have been sensitized to action by the school with social responsibility in mind.

Childlink High School students who made artworks for the International Day of the Girl Child included Alcyone Torrecampo, Andrea Eloise Rentuza, Andrei Jose Ignacio, Breinard Torrecampo, Chen Chit Ying, Galia Eve Casino, Goeun Jang, Jhirlymarie Lloyd Tio, Katrina Isabelle Chua, Lance Andrei Ong, Russelle Sampang, Beau Kristoff Cataluna, Dexie Bernice Estrella, Jamela Aranduque, Jessemarie Lloyd Tio, Renzo Isaiah Bernabe, Eugenie Villamor and Rehsia Therese Gadrinab.

Childlink Postpones School Play

For the first time in 19 years, Childlink has had to postpone its largest annual student activity: the Childlink School Play.

Last Friday, March 13, 2020, was a sad day for the Linkers when the school administration had to announce that it was heeding the call of Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella to completely suspend classes for the school year. The news was received with shock and one question immediately turned up in everyone’s mind: “What would happen to the school play?”

This year, Childlink was set to hold “Kultura: A Celebration of the Eight Subcultures that Shape the Filipino Nation” on March 21, 2020, at the Guang Ming Institute of Performing Arts. The play, which was in the format of a variety show, intends to highlight the colorful aspects of the Filipino culture and history, and allow its audience to witness songs and dances to folk music, kundimans, Filipino pop music, and so on. However, because of the announced class suspension, it has been postponed indefinitely.

The School Play has become a tradition for everyone in the Childlink community. It’s the most highspirited and most fun time of the year. Everyone gets to have a short break from classes in a day to cultivate their talents for music and performing arts. There’s a lot of practice that goes into every performance but it’s still so much fun because students also have more opportunities to make friends with students from other year levels.

All those weeks of hard work and practice leading up to two performances on the stage are the most enjoyable times for students and teachers alike. It doesn’t even matter if the production ends up looking like a broadway show or not because there Mommy and Daddy are in the audience with Lolo and Lola and they’re smiling and watching and the Linkers there up on stage, smiling and performing the best they can in their colorful costumes. To any Linker, it really is the best experience. To have it taken away, even indefinitely caused a lot of heartbreak. But it had to be done in order to keep our tight-knit community safe from the looming danger of COVID-19. Despite the need though, there really was scarcely a dry eye as everyone was forced to abruptly say their goodbyes for the summer.

Unfortunately, there is still no set date yet for the staging of our annual school play. Just be sure to keep posted, Linkers! Stay safe at home and continue to pray for better news in the days ahead.

Childlink Daycare Program

No Caretaker for your Child? No problem! The Childlink Daycare program is reopening in Cebu!

Nowadays, parents and families are increasingly growing dependent on having dual incomes – this means both father and mother have to work jobs to earn for the family and the home. While it’s great to see the gap in male and female responsibilities grow smaller, this kind of set up may also prove to be difficult for raising children. Numerous studies show that work-life conflicts are most felt when there are children. It doesn’t help either that, according to many parents come to our school, that it’s becoming harder and harder to find “trustworthy” caretakers (also known as kasambahay or yaya, in our vernacular). Other parents are also simply unwilling to leave their young child with a stranger in their house every day; sadly, not every couple is able to find a relative willing to take care of their toddler/s eight hours a day, five days a week, while they’re working!

If this setup sounds familiar to you or if you are experiencing this yourself, then you might want to consider enrolling your child in our Childlink Daycare program. The Childlink daycare program will be reopening in Cebu and will cater to children aged 1.5 years to 6 years old and will be operating from Monday to Friday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

This program was specifically developed for busy parents to have a safe and nurturing place to leave their children while they work. Childlink has, for many years, been recognized as a quality and trusted early childhood education provider; we are equipped with qualified personnel, clean and airconditioned facilities, and a fun, positive school culture. As far as safety goes, we have security guards posted at our entrance 24/7 and all our rooms have CCTV cameras installed so parents need not worry too much.

If you’re interested, our enrollment is now open! For any inquiries about the Daycare program, feel free to contact us.

 

Cebu Summer Class at Childlink Learning Center!

A little girl performing “Pearly Shells” during the Summer Class 2019 culminating activity

The holidays are long over and summer is just around the corner! If you’re one of the parents who don’t like the thought of your child or children just staying at home for two months then you might be a little bit more alarmed to know that they can really begin to forget lessons they’ve learned and proficiency in skills they’ve built over the past year. This is a real phenomenon called the “summer slide” and it’s been reported and observed in various scientific studies.

Thankfully, there is a way to prevent your child from going through the dreaded summer slide and that’s to give them opportunities to continuously engage in educational activities over the summer.

Summer class is also a great opportunity to give children a chance at a new, more relaxed environment. This kind of environment can be optimal for learning especially for those who struggle and find it hard to relax during the regular school year. The different approach that summer classes have for learning can not only improve their knowledge on certain topics but also give them the needed boost in confidence and positive attitude toward school in general — things they will need to help them get ahead!

Childlink continues to offer its Academic Advancement Program this summer which is a comprehensive 4-week study program that will help Elementary and High School students develop proficiency in their area of choice. For our little ones, we also have a Reading Readiness Program to build their literacy (a skill that defines future success!).

Some kids will probably greatly resist you at the mere mention of summer class though, and that’s understandable! Young ones like to treat summer as their time to reflect and refuel after a grueling school year and this is an important time for them, but that doesn’t mean they should be unproductive! You can also help your child hone their creative interests and enroll them in our Music and Arts summer program!

So what are you waiting for? Childlink Learning Center is now accepting enrollees for all Summer Classes in the 2020 Program. Classes start on May 11, 2020. Reserve your slot now while they’re still available!

See our full list of Classes offered below:

A STORY ABOUT TIME AND MONEY WITH A DAD AND SON

A man came home from work late, tired and irritated, to find his 5-year old son waiting for him at the door.


Son: Daddy, may I ask you a question?
Dad: Yeah sure, what is it?

Son: Daddy, how much do you make an hour?
Dad: (Angrily)That’s none of your business! Why do you ask such a thing?
Son: I just want to know. Please tell me, how much do you make an hour?
Dad: If you must know, I make $50 an hour.
Son: (Bowing his head dejectedly) Oh….

There was a  short silence as his son thought.

Son: Daddy, may I please borrow $25?

The father was furious, “If the only reason you asked that is so you can borrow some money to buy a silly toy or some other nonsense, then you march yourself straight to your room and go to bed. Think about why you are being so selfish. I don’t work hard every day for such childish frivolities.”

The little boy quietly went to his room and shut the door.

The man sat down and started to get even angrier about the little boy’s questions. How dare he ask such questions only to get some money!

After about an hour or so, the man had calmed down, and started to think:
Maybe there was something he really needed to buy with that $25.00 and he really didn’t ask for money very often. The man went to the door of the little boy’s room and opened the door.

 

“Are you asleep, son?” He asked.

“No daddy, I’m awake,” replied the boy.

“I’ve been thinking, maybe I was too hard on you earlier,” said the man. “It’s been a long day and I took out my aggravation on you. Here’s the $25 you asked for…”

The little boy sat straight up, smiling. “Oh, thank you, daddy!” he yelled. Then, reaching under his pillow he pulled out some crumpled-up bills.

The man saw that the boy already had money, started to get angry again.

The little boy slowly counted out his money and then looked up at his father.

“Why do you want more money if you already have some?” the father grumbled.

“Because I didn’t have enough, but now I do,” the little boy replied. “Daddy, I have $50 now. Can I buy an hour of your time? Please come home early tomorrow. I would like to have dinner with you.”

Upon hearing this, the father felt crushed. He put his arms around his little son, and he begged for his forgiveness.

Taken from: https://www.littlethings.com/8-year-old-buys-some-of-dads-time/

 

Have you been spending enough time with your families? When was the last time you did something together without any distractions from work, school, social media, etc.? With the celebration of Family Month last September concluding not too long ago, we wanted to share this story with our Childlink community to remind our families that nothing, no money or precious stones in the world, could ever replace the LOVE of family.