Wednesday, December 26, 2007


Congratulations to the OLLCS Parents Coordinating Board for the successful event it organized: "THE FAMILY DAY". The officers of the PCB headed by its active and energetic President Gigi Modesto, parents, teachers and students bonded together to celebrate the affair last December 15, 2007. A mass calisthenics, dance presentation, basketball and volleyball event were held. The students belonging to the different school organizations and their parents set up their booths to sell their respective products. It was such a success that many parents were already contemplating to bring in more goods and products for the next year's event. It was the first of its kind at OLLCS.

E.L. Amusement of Neneng Castillo was tapped by the PCB to undertake the Binggo Socials to raise fund for the intended covered pathwalk project of the PCB with the blessing of Father Albert N. Delvo, the School Director. Coca-Cola sponsored the booth, while Greenwich Pizza Zabarte also participated in the affair.

Undersecretary Robert T. Rivera, Undersecretary for Operations, Office of the Press Secretary, Office of the President and host of Pilipinas Ngayon Na!, a multi-awarded T.V. show aired at NBN-Channel 4 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Saturdays, partly sponsored the video production to document the affair and launched it in You Tube. We would like also to thank Bishop Antonio R. Tobias of the Diocese of Novaliches for His unwavering support including Fr. Albert N. Delvo, Med Sanchez, the school Principal, and all the teachers who helped organized the affair. Finally the parents, students and pupils, in whose honor the event was dedicated.


Monday, December 10, 2007


December 8 was the feast of Mama Mary. It is the time when we reflect for our sins and ask forgiveness before the birth of Christ.

The children of Our Lady of Lourdes took time off for their reflection in preparation for their First Communion the next day. They went to Villa Consuelo Retreat House. With them were Teacher Ronelli (Badian)and Edith with Brother Ryan, a seminarian, who conducted the lecture with another assistant teacher. Thereafter, the children enjoyed playing. What a nice way of welcoming our children into the Christian world.

Monday, November 12, 2007


The OLLCS Parents-Teachers Association headed by its Presdient, Gigi Modesto, held its meeting at the School Library on November 11, 2007. Among the agenda discussed were: the proposed P 100.00 yearly membership dues of the members irregardless of the number of their children studting at OLLCS; proposed fund raising activities.

It has been agreed that the PTA should implement simple and effective fund raising projects. It was also agreed that a Family Day be held on December to be participated by Parents, Teachers and students. To encourage everybody's active participation, it was proposed that a BINGO social be held to raise fund and encourage everybody's attendance where parents, teachers and student shall perform during intermission, aside from participating in games.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


It was October 5, 2007 and I have a flight to Kalibo at 3:00 p.m. to attend to my Uncle’s funeral. However, I promised my son to cover their affair, a school play in English subject entiled "Mushroom in the Rain". I have been asking his teacher and some parents to contact me as to what help we could provide. To make the story short, I decided to go on undertime to attend to my son’s last day practice then help straighten things out. Unlike full time parents or housewife, both me and my wife are working. Nevertheless, I offered my services and shelled out a little cash from our savings to make things move, out of the meager resources we have for the production.

Producing a number is costly. Lightings, props, design and choreography are not easy things to do and it needs a budget. I admire the parents as they were the ones who pushed for their children's props and everything. A class split into three groups becomes a contest with the parents trying to make the best for their children's talents to pour out. It’s not a love hate relationship between parents or teacher for such hasty preparation, which snowballed into a contest. It was just that some parents wanted to know what really was it is all about in this project which turned into a contest. It doesn’t mean, however, that we hate whosoever. It's just that some dislikes surprises. After all, its the parents that shells out for whatever expenses for the kids. It only means that we wanted to know what really is the objective of the project that turned into a contest. It’s water under the bridge anyway, so we did the most of what we can for both children and parents alike and it turned successful anyway.

Mushroom in the rain is a story of how five beings (animals and insects) sheltered under a mushroom to keep them dry and warm. It tells us a story of how they cooperate with each other to give room to one another so that they can all fit into the mushroom to save them from getting wet. It is the message of the story that counts most and we hope that our children shall internalize the lesson behind the play, aside of course, from building their self-confidence and to develop their talents. It’s about cooperation, giving and sharing. It was providential, as the site we developed for our relatives and friends in Aklan upon my return was a documentary dealing with the subject of giving and helping the disabled children of the Aklan Elementary School II Special Education Center, in honor of my late Uncle Napoleon Arrieta.

Father Albert N. Delvo, to whom we made missions before, may have been busy taking care of the Schools under the Diocese's supervision. We, however, move on continuing with the vision we have been espousing almost five years ago about this digital technology, now becoming a reality.

In our simple way, we would like to share among the parents, this humble presentation of our children. "Mushroom in the Rain" in You Tube:


This is Part II of the play of the Grade 2 pupils entitled Mushroom in the Rain. It's a low cost production for the children, their parents and relatives outside of Metro Manila to watch:

Monday, October 1, 2007

JILLIANE Daniele's 7th Birthday

My son Michael was invited by his classmate, Julliane, on her 7th Birthday on September 30, 2007. I met with other parents, whose children attended the party.

As most parents do, we usually celebrate our children's Baptism, 1st and 7th Birthday with a Bang! As our children enjoys the party, we were talking about their presentation this October. I was informed that it has turned into a contest between the four groups of Grade 2 pupils. They told me that it was not actually intended to be a contest among the Grade 2 pupils, the intention was only to prepare them for a school presentation. I wonder if it was really part of the scheduled activity as the children's main activity.

With the cost of living today, every activity needs a corresponding budget. Even assignments should be given in advance if possible, especially those that needs to be bought or which is not right away available at home. I hope they realize that working parents usually goes home late, in fact they work double time just to make both ends meet and at the same time attend their children's needs in school. To some, they work almost on three shifts a day! It's good that there is now this internet, which teachers, students, parents and even school officials can interact to communicate for the betterment of all.

As early as three years ago, I was envisioning a cyber space for the children of Our Lady of Lourdes with the advent of digital technology. It's good the Sacred Heart, where Jose Mathew, Michael's elder brother already has their own. Mathew's the administrator of one of the sites. For one reason or another, however, years of painstaking documentation, which I intend to upload with this present technology halted for reasons beyond our control. God, however, has His own way of making things happen. A good and noble advocacy always finds it way to see the light of day, its just a matter perseverance.

Now, part of it has been realized. Children and parents alike even their relatives and friends worlwide can readily view their activities.

Herewith is a part of the video we took from Jilliane's Birthday, in You Tube:

Saturday, September 8, 2007


Our role as parents does not end after sending our kids to school each day. As their mind begins to mold, they start to learn appreciating things from what they see, hear or what others do - they begin to wonder what parenting means to their lives, environment and community. Let us give them what they deserve by joining hands for their betterment. Let us let them realize that responsible parenting does not end at home, but extends and continues beyond the four corners of their classroom.

The present trend of technological advancement today poses a threat to our children's future and we cannot do away with this reality. Communication so fast and efficient if used by others to exploit our children's mind if given opportunity, shall take away our children from us, without us even knowing it. On the other hand, technology also proposes an opportunity that can be taken advantage before it's too late.

It is in this regard that I accepted the challenge to be nominated and elected as President of the Home Room Class of Section II-A (Diocese of Lucena), Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School of Camarin. With me is Cristina San Juan as Treasurer and Sally Madelo as our Secretary. Higher interest dictates that we share whatever God given talents we have for the benefit of many.

Let us join hand by actively participating in this project, by posting our comments and sharing our ideas for the better future of our children. Let us join hand in this project entitled : "The Homeroom Project" of OLLCS. Let us show to our children and all the children in the world what parenting means irregardless of distance. This is may be one of its kind in a school, in our country, and even the whole world, which we should be proud of as a Pilipino. Join us in this journey . . . a journey to the future. Let us start with a step and let God lead us the way.



The production cost of this project is for free. However, we welcome any donation you may give directly to the Treasurer of the Homeroom representative of the Diocese of Lucena, to be duly accounted for, as our seed money for whatever projects we shall undertake in the future. We also welcome sponsors for this site which will be promoted to thousands of viewers in other sites including site designs, announcements or special events, the proceeds of which shall form part of the funds of the Diocese of Lucena. You may contact the author of this site. Hoping for your benevolent support.