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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The month of August is also known as "Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa"


As we all know, the month of August is also known as "Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa." In this month we commemorate the different ethnic dances, costumes, folk songs, and all kinds of Filipino poetry.

It is also the time in commemorating the wonderful deeds of Manuel L. Quezon, "Ama ng Wikang Pambansa." Here in MNSHS, the culmination for Buwan ng Wika is to be celebrated every year, especially in the month of August.

The culmination for Buwan ng Wika is very memorable for the reason that MNSHS will strictly celebrate with its theme "Wikang Filipino Mula Baler Hanggang Buong Pilipinas."

It will be hosted by Justine Faith Basilla, the KAMAGFIL president (Kapisan ng mga Mag-aaral sa Filipino) and Debbie Ellis Daniel, the KAMAGFIL representative.

The program will start with two wonderful speeches to be given by Madame Eutiquia S. Alday, the MNSHS' principal and Ms. Tresa Cantutay,  MAPEH coordinator and Filipino teacher.

Students from different year levels will present spectacular events in Buwan ng Wika. The 4th year Uranium will render a wonderful speech choir. It will be followed with a classical song by the 3rd year Zinc and a pop song by the 1st year Gold. The section Lead presenters from 2nd year level will spearhead a funny Drama which is intended for everyone regarding a Filipino language fluency. The 1st year Copper will render another version of  a Filipino song entitled "Ako'y Isang Pinoy."

The 3rd year Nickel will recite a poem "Sa Aking mga Kababata" which is to be followed by the 2nd year Silver students who will sing together "Ako ay Pilipino." 

Before the program ends, Patricia Claire Castañeres will recite a lovely poem while the 4th year Platinum will present a dramatic speech choir.

The program will end by a thanksgiving speech to be given by Justine Faith Basilla, the KAMAGFIL president.

The principal said, “Although it is not in the month of August, we must put in our hearts that Filipino culture should be practiced everywhere. We should be proud of it and lastly, we should not take this for granted."

Welcome! Enchanté de faire votre connaissance

Welcome!
 
Bonjour à tous. Comment allez-vous? Enchanté de faire votre connaissance. Bienvenue à “Blog: Personal Views.” Je m’appelle Jun. Je suis très heureux d’échanger des informations et de partager avec vous mes expériences. A bientôt.

Although the preceding language is differently expressed in this personal blog of mine, but the message is very clear. It’s about greeting and communication.

Please bear in mind that sharing information with others and apprising the latest updates of the world today give emphasis to the importance of global communication, i.e. free communication and freedom of expression. It relinquishes our rights from “self-seclusion and self-inhibition” to help people unfurl their inundating mind streams and open out into something that results in a rich harvest of ideas from them.

To commence with, here it goes …

Communication is likened to an open beach and it is very important in the sense that a lot of people will be informed and can share with one another regarding the issues and other things that can be beneficial for everybody or for “the common good.” Communication is something that can bridge you between the unknown world and the known world with sufficient information to dish out. Likewise, it’s about expressing and conveying your thoughts, emotions, notions and concepts with another human beings.  

The ideal outcome of the event will animadvert upon itself and it will boomerang to the concerned persons if things are not properly addressed. It reciprocates best communication skills that can aid in keeping one’s head and confidently taking charge of unfamiliar situations. 

People are more likely to listen to you, whatever you have to utter, if you can express yourself well, and this is particularly useful in influencing and negotiating significant personal, social and business matters.

To elaborate further about communication as an advantage over the other sub-categorized implications and cognitive-voluntary schemas with communicative approaches. The opposite sides are taken into account. Say for instance, a communication as regards the utilization of idiomatic expression like “between the devil and the deep blue sea” which connotatively emphasizes its true color and veritable symbolism. 

In this expression, if you are between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a scenario where there are two equally unpleasant options or alternatives. For example, “When the new product didn’t take off, the management was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea: develop a new marketing campaign or drop the product.”

In this open communication, as well as distinct scenario of the two comparable objects, each object will liken metaphorically to a different perspective. It comes in handy in working out the involution or rising actions and dealing with difficult people. 

Open communication is said to be fathomed, unparalleled, and incomprehensible closed-doors gaps that sometimes implicate many dimensions, from something that is facile or so simple and something that is more complicated.  Besides, it is “something” that is potentially complex to comprehend the pros and cons of a subtle and particular human being’s intervention.

To enlighten anew about the open communication and open alternative views, communication itself mainly connects to the human mind. It carries a heavy burden with consciousness and sub-consciousness. The open mind is also susceptible to “a lack of conviction.” 

Too many conflicting viewpoints can enter an open mind and cause indecision and unfair treatment.  With regard also to any standpoint, it is indispensable now and then to conceal the mind from reality and connect it to the real world where individuals do utterly communicate, disallow any more input, make a decision and act.  

Perhaps, more significant than having an open mind is having a mind that is capable of being open or closed. The hinges of our mind are our capability to act upon. We can decide to accept or reject information depending upon the fair judgment, trials and animadversions from the people around. It might be local or international. 

Finally, anybody in this planet must shun from putting a gap; otherwise, open communication will vanish into thin air and a covert communication channel will be thwarted at once without question, and it should be dished out with correct acceptance and unmistakable honor to pin down.

Ms. Minglanilla won special and major awards that made her a grand slam winner


Ms. Claudine Nicole Librando won special and major awards that made her a grand slam winner: Ms. Pepsi Cola, Ms. Prime Asia, Ms. DermStreet, 2nd Best in Talent and Best in School Uniform. Another student from the same school, Ms. Krizia Marie Gabrielle Dosdos, 15 years old, 4th year – Platinum got the 1st runner up.

The Municipality of Minglanilla made its successful town fiesta and yearly made a tremendous celebration for beauty pageant among high school students from different schools (both private and public), namely, Minglanilla National Science High School, Tubod National High School, Lipata National High School, Tungkop National High School, Tulay National High School, Camp 7 National High School, Guindaruhan National High School, University of the Visayas (Minglanilla Campus), Southern Bethany Christian School and Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy.

The beauty pageant occurred last August 20, 2007 at the New Minglanilla Sports Complex. People from all walks of life were all filled with awe by the astonishing performances done by the twenty lovely candidates who were all proudly representing their respective schools, according to the organizer.

For each school within the Municipality of Minglanilla, two ladies were given such an opportunity to represent their school. Only the aforementioned ten schools joined in the search for Ms. High School Minglanilla this school year 2007-2008.

The said contest was truly a tough job for each candidate due to the consecutive practices they had while busy catching up with the lessons in school. Besides, workshops, seminars, campus tours and other sort of interactions were conducted in order to boost the confidence and self-esteem of every candidate. But, despite the pressures and stress, all of them were very happy with experiences they had gained and earned for even so short a time.

“When this game is over, I’m sure I’m going to miss this type of bonding that we are all experiencing now,” this was the usual line that would pop out from each mouth of the candidates.

“And the Miss High School Minglanilla ’07 is…” this was the statement from the host that gave the audience the thrill and excitement for the reason that the two candidates of Minglanilla National Science High School were the only ones left on stage and who successfully made it up for that big and final announcement.

That was surely the pride of each MNSHS student who attended the event that evening. It was Krizia Marie Gabrielle Dosdos, 15 years old, 4th year – Platinum got the 1st runner up position. And the lady who brought home the crown was none other than Claudine Nicole Librando, 16 years old, 4th year – Uranium. In addition to that, Claudine also won special and major awards that made her a grand slam winner: Ms. Pepsi Cola, Ms. Prime Asia, Ms. DermStreet, 2nd Best in Talent and Best in School Uniform.

The importance of global communication

“Please bear in mind that sharing information with others and apprising the latest updates of the world today give emphasis to the importance of global communication, i.e. free communication and freedom of expression. It relinquishes our rights from “self-seclusion and self-inhibition” to help people unfurl their inundating mind streams and open out into something that results in a rich harvest of ideas from them.”



The isolated beauty and tranquility of the place connote open communication and progress. With the ambiance of the surroundings, you can feel figuratively the essence of reaching out to other people and do  communicate with them regardless of races around the world through “vital and candid information.”

Communication serves as a bridge between the family and the community — working together for a unified stand on the issue and for a solid foundation to come by the common goals and for the amelioration of one’s life.

Metaphorically, it is likened to an open beach because it is very important to all of us in this planet who ought to shun from putting a gap; otherwise, open communication will vanish into thin air and a covert communication channel will be thwarted at once without question.

The main reason for this is that people have the right to be informed and they have to share with one another regarding the issues and other things that can be beneficial for everybody in order to reach ultimately for “the common good.”

Communication is something that can bridge you between the unknown world and the known world with sufficient information to dish out. Likewise, it’s about expressing and conveying your thoughts, emotions, notions and concepts with another human beings.

The ideal outcome of the event will animadvert upon itself and it will boomerang to the concerned persons if things are not properly addressed. It reciprocates best communication skills that can aid in keeping one’s head and confidently taking charge of unfamiliar situations.

People are more likely to listen to you, whatever you have to utter, if you can express yourself well, and this is particularly useful in influencing and negotiating significant personal, social and business matters.

To elaborate further about communication as an advantage over the other sub-categorized implications and cognitive-voluntary schema with communicative approaches. The opposite sides are taken into account.

Say for instance, a communication as regards the utilization of idiomatic expression like “between the devil and the deep blue sea” which figuratively emphasizes its true color and veritable sense of implicit meaning.  In this expression, if you are between the devil and the deep blue sea, you are in a scenario where there are two equally unpleasant options or alternatives.

For example, “When the new product didn’t take off, the management was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea: develop a new marketing campaign or drop the product.” In this open communication, as well as distinct scenario of the two comparable objects, each object will liken metaphorically to a different perspective. It comes in handy in working out the involution or rising actions and dealing with difficult people.

Open communication is said to be fathomed, unparalleled, and incomprehensible closed-doors gaps that sometimes implicate many dimensions, from something that is facile or so simple and something that is more complicated.

Besides, it is “something” that is potentially complex to comprehend the pros and cons of a subtle and particular human being’s intervention.

To enlighten anew about the open communication and open alternative views, communication itself mainly connects to the human mind. It carries a heavy burden with consciousness and sub-consciousness.

The open mind is also susceptible to “a lack of conviction.” Too many conflicting viewpoints can enter an open mind and cause indecision and unfair treatment.  With regard also to any standpoint, it is indispensable now and then to conceal the mind from reality and connect it to the real world where individuals do utterly communicate, disallow any more input, make a decision and act.

Perchance, more significant than having an open mind is having a mind that is capable of being open or closed. The hinges of our mind are our capability to act upon. We can decide to accept or reject information depending upon the fair judgment, trials and animadversions from the people around. It might be local or international.

Finally, information should be dished out with correct acceptance and unmistakable honor to divulge and pin down with laurels.

Mingscians as campus journalists go into raptures over MDGs in the Philippines!

 
“Campus Journalism as a Catalyst for Change: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015” is a challenge of every campus writer in the Philippines to have cognizance about the MDGs. According to study, the all eight MDGs are indeed measurable, quantifiable and realistic. To support its claim, each of the eight goals has a set of targets. These targets are quantified through indicators that will be set as the benchmark for measuring each country’s progress.

DepEd memorandum expresses its journalistic stand and goes into raptures over the eight MDGs. The campus journalists demonstrate understanding of the MDGs’ importance to the masses by expressing them through varied journalistic forms and approaches, demonstrate commitment to support MDGs by advocating and integrating them in related school community initiatives and enhance journalistic competence through healthy and friendly competitions such as individual, group, as well as radio broadcasting and scriptwriting contests.

MDGs and campus journalism go hand in hand for the development and gradual progress to gauge the veracity of societal needs, as far as global population is concerned. The student-writers have responsibility and awareness about the dissemination campaign to cater to the needs of the majority through sustention of the eight MDGs to become fully operational without delays.

For the information of everybody, Millennium Development Goals consist of the eight goals, and the acronym itself MDG is a familiar buzzword. However, there is little or no awareness of this global agenda agreed upon by 191 nations in 2000. In fact, a number of journalists who attended a recent media forum said they had not heard of the MDGs despite the fact that the Philippines has been an active participant in the drafting of many protocols involving human rights.

In a press release published recently in a national daily newspaper, it emphasized the importance of each MDG. It described as a roadmap in fighting poverty, and as a partnership between developed and developing countries in the attainment of these eight goals. To reprint these goals, they are as follows:


On the other hand, despite some clamors circulating around the country, some young journalists keep on rallying behind the proponents of MDGs. In fact, some questions have raised: Do they resolve global problems? Do the teachers impart savvy of journalism with regard to MDGs on the campus?

By all accounts, fundamentally, the better way to teach journalism is to train them to write for life. Perhaps, that’s a motherhood phrase. What the writer has really wanted to utter is to go beyond the competition mode. The holding of competitions to put something through its paces with the  students’ skills on campus journalism might have drudged to a certain echelon.

But making the students practice campus journalism more might do miracles and nose around more youth to the craft of factual “fourth estate.” This is not an animadversion on DepEd’s practice of holding schools press conferences in the country. This is only an overall standpoint of the Editorial Board and Staff of The Access school paper.

Whether we like it or not, the truth is that … campus journalism really works in dishing out information entirely about MDGs! It gradually resolves the problems that have already been addressed, particularly to the concerned countries with the eight MDGs to tag along.

Journalism gives emphasis to the importance of valuable information with the help of various media. Each student-writer must use extreme campus journalism as a means of making the people become fully aware of what is really happening around us today. If the people increase total awareness and heighten participation, the plans of development seem to realize and the MDGs will be successfully carried out.

As a result, significant decrease in poverty and amplified a much-needed boost in national economy will come to follow. The people will go hand in hand for the betterment of economy, and work with the heart to upgrade the conditions of the general public. It is inevitable that all of us are living in this labyrinth-filled nature and cycle of ups and downs by which the globe of our fate revolves in stages.

Our conditions at present are not still sustainable, not enough to cope with the demands and needs of society; ergo, we have to come to “grips” with the MDGs and apply draconian measures in order to accentuate the adequacy of our living conditions.

Through journalism, campus writers go into raptures over MDGs, especially in the Philippines!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Top-level officials visit MNSHS and observe French classes

DESPITE the circumstances of the great language diversities, the observation of French classes at Minglanilla National Science High School (MNSHS) took place last September 28, 2010 with some attendance, coming from DepEd officials (Central, Regional & Division Offices), French Embassy Linguistic Attaché, Alliance Française de Manille and Alliance Française de Cebu directors of studies, and other foreign language coordinators involved in the special program.

Regional SPFL-F Coordinator Ms. Marcelita S. Dignos through the memorandum issued by Director Recaredo G. Borgonia said  the visit and observation of French classes are geared towards reviewing progress of implementation of the SPFL-F, focusing on the agreed outputs and outcomes within the SPFL-F results framework including the terms in the MOA between the Embassy of France and DepEd which was signed last September 28, 2009, and reviewing actions taken on the recommendations formulated during the conference on start-up activities for the implementation of the teaching of French as a second foreign language SY 2010-2011 in selected Science High Schools in Region VII held last May 28, 2010.

 The propagators of French language in the Philippines.

Linguistic Attaché Emilie Flambeaux of the French Embassy to the Philippines emphasized the fact that French was the second international language and a key to prepare Filipino students “for their role as global citizens”. During the special visit at MNSHS, the visitors congratulated the French teachers, faculty members and the head of school Eutiquia S. Alday in their efforts to promote cultural and linguistic diversity. 

On the other hand, DepEd Undersecretary for Programs and Projects Dr. Vilma Labrador during the language assessment and planning workshop held last February 16-19, 2010 at the Tagaytay International Convention Center, reminded the audience that the choice of science high schools was made since science is a key field for both French and Philippine governments. She said French has been already introduced in 13 science high schools from NCR and Region VII. 21 teachers are currently undergoing training in the two French cultural centers, Alliance Française in Manila and Alliance Française in Cebu.

The agreement signifies the important role of DepEd-learning institution as a privileged partner of the Embassy, in terms of the promotion of French culture, language and education in Cebu and the rest of the Visayas and Mindanao, according to Emilie Flambeaux. She also added that Alliance Française has four objectives: to promote the French language, France, Europe and the 70 countries which are members of the French-speaking community; to encourage intellectual exchange and debate; to support Filipino artists and intellectuals, and to advise Filipino students who wish to study French culture and/or study in France. 

 TOP-LEVEL OFFICIALS. The photo shows the local "top-level officials" from diverse sectors of society as French language advocates in the Philippines.

DepEd Coordinator for Special Program on Foreign Language (French) Ana Maria Hernandez expressed her profound gratitude to the principal Eutiquia S. Alday in her active role and support to the foreign language, together with faculty members for their hospitality, French teachers Dr. Ermetes F. Adolfo, Jr. and Jacqueline F. Bucao, and the 3rd year and 4th year students for their active participation during demo-lessons and their concerted efforts and interests to learn French language.




Top-seeded seniors overturned sophomores at 51-49

By Franzis Mari Lawas

SPORTS EVENTS.  The Mingscians listened to the instructions
as they were ready for the different sports events.

            Top-seeded seniors overturned sophomores at 51-49 on the MNSHS Intramurals’ Basketball Championship housed at Minglanilla Sports Complex last July 18.
            Since the first half, seniors ruled over sophomores. Their point guard Kevin Dico showed up his outstanding rebounds and killing defenses. Seniors forward Mhar Kevin Ubas made a mischievous block against Delfin’s attempted rebound.
            Sophomores struck their revenge on the second half. Betito and Largo made back-to-back shots that resulted in the fight close. Captain Antilegando took hard to guard them. Above all, seniors achieved victory with the help of Caño’s hot lay-ups and three-point shots.
            “The game is hot! Finally, we proved our best. It’s overwhelming,” coach Ojober Rebojo proudly said.
            Seniors singled out to represent Minglanilla National Science High School on the Sports Municipal Meet. It held at the same venue last year.

Philippine economic growth is the main objective in making the policy and in designing the investment projects

 In many developing countries like the Philippines, economic growth is the main objective in making the policy and in designing the investment projects. However, how can we realize growth without economic stability? It is intuitive that growth without stability can be inefficient and limited. The economic experience of the Philippines is a prime example of how stability is essential for effective and long term growth.  

The constantly changing atmosphere conforms to the progression of countries’ economic stability. Time is a factor of change that brings humanity at the edge of the borders and further separates the truth and deception. It is entailed in the term of fortune by which a human being believes in and carries the lucks of cards which are usually used by the fortunetellers to decipher one's future life. It shows that most human beings care only for the present and future lucks without even trying to look behind their backs to seek for verification of the things they are doing.
          The classification of people intends to separate society, loosing the hopes that it would be united. The diverse people within the global community, from all walks of life, have brought to greater heights every time the clock strikes its second-hand. The doors of hopes have been closed inside the citizen's heart since discrimination and corruption have brought about poverty into fame. The prominent term, poverty, which has been used by the majority that is commonly living under-bridge, squatter’s area, or along the seashores and even at the dumpsite generally blinded by the people to foresee the forthcoming "blurred future." How can a bright future be attained if the determined and optimistic hopes of the people have been taken away just because of poverty?
          How can be the youth build the bride to future if majority of them are hungry at this present dispensation? It maybe easy to answer verbally but very difficult to solve. It is like a labyrinth of questions that need critical analogy to unravel.
          Perhaps, in these gloomy times, it is very rare that we can encounter a true noble man like our heroes of the past who are willing to sacrifice for the sake of the people as citizens of the country. How rare also to see the honest people returning bags full of money sincerely to the owner without an exchange? But why it is easy to find the blind people singing along the road, asking for just a piece of what we have or even an innocent child asking for a coin to buy something to eat?. How ironic that we are saved by our God from the sins that had been committed by our ancestors--to sacrifice His own life and to redeem mankind for the inequities? Either one of us is unable to extend help to those in need. Why is it very difficult to open the doors whenever someone has knocked on it? Why is it very difficult to share what we have to those less fortunate brothers and sisters of Christ? Why are our values slowly fading as modernization conquers through breakthroughs? Is there any solution that our leaders initiate peaceful moves to end these problems and start integration of diverse societies?
 And that’s the purpose of a leader--to govern and build bridges that will help his country to progress along with the citizens. To cope with all the requirements for regional integration, the Philippines needs to narrow its development gaps and to closely pave the way for the other countries to invest in. The Philippines needs support for the development of sub-regional growth areas and facilitates bridging these development gaps. 

Furthermore, the government must harmonize with whatever implementing programs to impose upon the citizens to help eradicate poverty and unite with linguistic diversities. As the saying goes “external problems can never be solved if there are conflicts within themselves,” so government should focus first on the problems inside its territory so that the key to another level can be obtained and at that time it would be easy to cope with the economic development.
Having different philosophies in life is not a problem but a challenge that our leaders must carry the torch of guidance and lead us to empower and sustain the momentum of equitable rights and responsibility-- blending unlike notions to create dynamic answers to the problems of mankind. As the economic boom of each country may help promote common values and norms of living connecting diverse cultures, the Philippines may help bridge the future of a new generation to be safe, peaceful, united and progressive society.
          It is the fervent hope that the humanity surpasses excellence, reaches beyond the horizon and searches for the fields of the unexplained. Therefore initiating within ourselves is a great help because we may have wielded power and influence over our neighbors by any means. We could have better economy that emerges from every community but our country in general extends its help and the government officials know that the young minds of today’s generation will merely converge "theories" and practically build a prolific community of sharing societies in order to be economically progressive in the future.


War employs weapons of death and destruction

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY is usually found everywhere in this world which is encompassed in the realm of an artistic war. It is a manifestation of such strategic attempts and desires of artistic killings to encompass superpower and to invade cultures of other people. In this era, the world seems experienced chaos and disharmony and the world truly hungers for peace!

Technological advances are different; to the same extent, it is also viable from what the modern war is unleashing about. It is different from the war in the past. War now employs weapons of death and destruction which are incomparably more effective than those of the past weapons because of technological advances. It is consequently the worst thing to do as what we have expected to take place.

It could be regarded as evil to which government officials must resign themselves because it serves as annihilation to mankind and not the progress as what they say. One could argue that due to war the people with the strongest virtues have survived, thus determining the course of history. It would seem then that, in the past, war could operate on the sly in order to win while the people are totally against it. Despite other claims that modern war is an agent of progress. The evil unlocks and embodies it more heavily on us, the inhabitants of the world.

Let us dare face the situation. Man has become a superman because of scientific and technological advances. He is a superman because he does not only have at his own disposal to go beyond the innate physical forces, but also to command, and that is the reason for him to thank to what is the so-called scientific and technological advances worldwide. The latent forces of nature invade somebody to wield over the others in giving direct supervisions and responsibilities. To kill at a distance, man has used solely his own savvy to rely on his physical strength, to bend the bow and to release the arrow.

The superman has progressed till the final stage where there are superpower to encompass, and device to design for the purpose. On the other hand, man can use his energy to release with combustion of mixed chemical products. This enables him to employ a much more effective projectile and to propel it over the other devices with greater distances. Man has become a superman on his own volition to suppress and conquer others, but not a friendly one when he uses destructive weapons to kill other people.

Early before, when there were two places engaged in war, they sent only their best soldiers. The soldiers representing each homeland fought until they achieve victory. The soldier, who won the fight, determines the victory of his homeland. But nowadays, war now involves killing all the people in an area where the innocent people peacefully live in.

As long as the place is recognized as a place for the enemies, it must be bombarded without question and it must be annihilated at once so that no one will go against them.

Just like a puzzle, world peace can be put back together, and all it needs is a helping hand. It only takes one person to end the indignant, and end the greedy. The world peace can't be written down on a piece of paper, but it can be seen through man’s daily actions. No matter what the flag you have pledged under, but we are all the same.

What the present world needs is love and understanding. People can promote peace in their community just by cooperating, lending a hand or giving a smile. A good heart is what it helps us create peace in our community on earth. To have the people find peace and progress, each and every one of us must try and find the good deeds for everyone’s heart.

In the Philippines, we need to have an organized and powerful team to stop all kinds of criminality.  Just like what our ancestors did themselves when they were all in need during the war that they asked for help. The world at present is on the right foot to be working towards a nonviolent environment and trying to end those difficult situations so we can have the chance to improve our surroundings.

By following the footsteps of Gandhi we can achieve equal rights and we will resort to cease such a racial segregation. There are really two-steps in working towards total world peace. The first step is to treat others as you would want yourself to be treated and secondly to stop the fighting no matter what it costs.

Fighting only makes situations worse. We should always have our hearts to open and be ready to give out. So, to end the indignant and the greedy, it only takes one person to embark on peace and end the war by paving the way to start the peace at all times if the government officials understand the essence of life--there is a chance to resort to it after all.

Having faith in our Creator is a great advantage to all of us because we can refrain from starting the arguments and conflicts among individuals. We must also learn to respect others so that they will also respect us in return.

Figuratively, the dove is the symbol of peace and we should also recognize and grab the scenario for God’s sake.

Lastly, we can find peace in Jesus Christ; in the Holy Eucharist, we can see that the dove is placed above the chalice showing that  Jesus Christ is sharing peace to the world.

Outsourcing success depends on your knowledge and information


Most of us might think of something that is not connected anymore in IT business or perhaps think of other things like manual work to provide our daily living for the family. If you are aware of the outsourcing business you will give an edge over the others because the savvy that you have possessed will bank on the skills and abilities to make you ahead of the other applicants. Yes, it is true that outsourcing success will depend on the knowledge and information that you have acquired so that your advantage over the others will affect tremendously without skepticism. 

In fact, one must take cognizance about the recent studies of outsourcing industry in the Philippines or other countries that engage in this kind of business. There has been so much interest in savvy sharing between the service receiver and provider through an outsourcing partnership and its effect on information systems’ outsourcing success. This study scrutinizes the relationship between savvy sharing and outsourcing success. 

The outcome of knowledge and ability of the service receiver to absorb the needed savvy with the companies to build a partnership on these relationships are modeled and the hypotheses are defined. These were tested using a sample of 195 public sector organizations at random, not only in the Philippines but also in other country like South Korea. Information or findings have shown or indicated that all hypothesized ways or techniques in the model are indispensable.

What is outsourcing success? Here in the Philippines, we have a large pool of information technology – a call center to do business with. We can communicate well with other country in terms of telecommunication because of this outsourcing business. English is the universal language, that’s the main reason why the Filipinos are adept at speaking in English. English uttered by them (Filipinos) is based on American and British accents. Like all the companies that hired skilled workers in IT, English is the main source of outsourcing industry that provides us with greater advantage over the other country as far as telecommunication is concerned. 

We have fixed and variable costs and targets to make a daily profit. Our country and its outsourcing industry are rapidly emerging when they are being talked about. The first thing that comes to people’s mind is call center outsourcing business. Information Technology is in the field of outsourcing, and it is paving its way to success. This is considered as the newest one in business today. One’s success in outsourcing industry will rely on the knowledge and skills. Besides, information will follow after gaining momentum in the field of information and technology in the Philippines.

A lot of people will ask about things regarding success in outsourcing industry. By all means and by all accounts, it gives the ability or skill in communications – both oral and written communications in English for the Filipinos. English is only the medium of communication in the Philippines where outsourcing industry is the source of livelihood and it commences from its economic growth to pan out. Candidly speaking, to commence with a business and run it successfully, a range of essential entrepreneurial skills are indispensable. If success is what you are after, then it stands to reason that you acquire most of the indispensable skills or come by them before you set out your business, especially if you want to run the business yourself. The other options or alternative will be to take in a partner as co-employee who seems to acquire a particular skill that you are lacking or deficient in. What then are the important entrepreneurial skills the person should possess in outsourcing business? The question will boomerang to you because you know how talented or skillful you are. It also differs in degrees of savvy or talent that a business entrepreneur has taken advantage of due to personal reasons. 

Take note that good planning should be able to excogitate, predict and foresee the changing market conditions and adopt suitable strategies to counter or take advantage of them. They should also explore possibilities of adding new products or services to keep up with the changing times and circumstances and beat the IT match. Skills in areas such as recruitment, team building, motivation, knowledge of employment, law and health and safety requirements are all part of management skills in IT industry.

Finally, the savvy of these skills gives way to prosperity in outsourcing industry. To implement it judiciously will help you build a team of motivated employees working for the success of your outsourcing enterprise in the global market.




What are the knowledge and skills required and needed by call center agents?

Based on the experiences, knowledge, skills, customary ways and practices here in the Philippines, a lot of things, being involved in outsourcing industry, will take into account and will greatly ease the tension of a call center agent himself/herself. It is inevitable to have engaged in telecommunications and sometimes, a call center agent makes experience something awful and something odd.

Everything is part of the job once you are paid to do business in outsourcing company. Your main job is to have the telephone with you because this is mainly connected with your daily task as a call center agent. You have to possess the knowledge and skills in order for you not to put behind the others because telecommunication business is a competition so you have to prepare for it and be knowledgeable of everything in outsourcing business.

As far as the telephones are concerned, they are used as an everyday part of business and often aided in your customers a first impression of your company that you are connected with. You have to possess and identify telephone skills needed to be successful and more professional. It provides strategies to enable you to give your callers the quality service they deserve. You have to influence your customers with great pride and perception of the company. Once you are hired, you have to look after the savvy and skills that you have possessed yourself. You may use them in day-to-day activities in the outsourcing company. What is the call center? Why is it connected to the outsourcing industry?

The call center is a dynamic and fast-paced department. It's a highly-structured operating environment where constant change is the norm. Having said that, a typical call center agent should possess and have the  profile that includes himself/herself the following skill set requirements: 1) Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; 2) Professional and courteous demeanor; 3)  Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, high-volume environment; 4) Excellent problem-resolution skills; 5) Strong systems skills; 6) Ability to meet established productivity, effectiveness, training, sales (if applicable) and quality goals; 7) Ability to work in a highly-structured environment; and 8) Ability to accept and learn whatever tasks are given to him/her without complaints for personal advantage and promotion.

Besides, a call center agent should know things, put the things into proper way and give them highlights in doing the tasks daily. He/She must possess and have the:


1. Savvy and Scheming Outsourcing Skill.

Work savvy and scheming skills are the basic first step you should undertake when you commence with a new business. Feasibility of the business, marketing of the product, local competition and funding are some of the important aspects that should be studied diligently and carefully. Furthermore, it is utterly important to keep on updating your knowledge by reading books/periodicals and attending seminars to keep abreast of times and ahead of other competitors.



2. Technical or IT Outsourcing Skill.

It is very important to have the skill like this because it helps you a lot in putting forward in your perspective or viewpoint in life as a call center agent. You should possess the necessary skills to produce what you’ve got. Experience has gained a lot in working in similar work places or a professional qualification that will stand you in good stead. In certain types of businesses, experience is not indispensable but to satisfy your clients and provide a good service, you have to exert efforts to please and satisfy them. Thus, technical skills play an important role in outsourcing business.

3. Business/Financial Outsourcing Skill.

Business is very important in dealing with customers. It all depends on the strategy/technique, success or failure of your business. It is the process of identifying your potential customers and persuading them to buy your products or services. Sales, promotions, etc. are some of the skills that are an essential part of business. Mishandling or negligence of this aspect can lead to failure. Financial skills play also a major role in the running of a business big or small. Negligence of this aspect can lead to recurring cash flow problems such as inability to purchase goods, non payment to suppliers, etc. It is ambiguous that with these problems no entrepreneur can pan out or have peace of mind in running a business.


4. Management Outsourcing Skill.

Management is part of growth and development of the company. See to it that you should know how to deal with others so that no disagreement or chaotic problems will occur in your business. The need for management skills becomes indispensable. Skills in areas such as (1) recruitment, team building, and motivation; (2) knowledge of employment and safety requirements are all part of management outsourcing skills. You should acquire the skills in possessing humanitarian aspects in dealing with the people around you.



The abstract and technical analysis

 
“The abstract and technical analysis are just the benchmarks in analyzing a particular literary piece, either that literary piece is a short story, a novel or a drama. If you want to expand the level of interpretation and the level of higher thinking skills, you may use additional literary parts to come by clearer and more emphasized technically-analyzed stories. This is a modern approach to study literature because the readers get pleasure and contentment in entering into a new world so diverse from our present world. The readers obtain pleasure of reading and they obtain pleasure of having their emotions and imaginations stimulated.”

The core in story-and-drama-analysis stems from a local interest story of personal experiences based on literary works in Philippine literature. There are full-length interpretative analyses in story-plot, drama-synopsis and other fictional and nonfictional literary pieces. Interpolated herewith are thus compacted information and functions of abstract and technical analysis.

I will give a sample of a topic outline regarding the abstract and technical analysis in Philippine context. It will serve as a guide for the teachers and students in analyzing the plot, theme, point of view, story interpretation, symbolism and allegory, form and structure, and moral of the story. Here is the topic outline:

I.              Abstract
II.            Technical Analysis
A.      Plot
1.     Exposition
2.     Involution
3.     Climax
4.     Falling Action
5.     Denouement

 The abstract and technical analysis are just the benchmarks in analyzing a particular literary piece, either that literary piece is a short story, a novel or a drama. If you want to expand the level of interpretation and the level of higher thinking skills, you may use additional literary parts to come by clearer and more emphasized technically-analyzed stories.

 This is a modern approach to study literature because the readers get pleasure and contentment in entering into a new world so diverse from our present world. The readers obtain pleasure of reading and they obtain pleasure of having their emotions and imaginations stimulated.

 Most significantly, however, they come to know the nature of man. As a matter of fact, man has a dual nature: he is a dreamer of dreams and a doer of deeds. His dreams and aspirations are jotted down for documentation and his accomplishments are recorded at the same time. And when this is done in vogue which is beyond mere statement of facts, then it becomes literature.

 For literature is history in itself, it further points out the literary works which help in pronouncing to us, especially in all aspects of human life. The Filipino has a passion for the true, the good and the beautiful. In Philippine literature concepts, I would like to share with you the published statements and I reprint: “Man can find it in the sanctuary of Mother Nature. Truth and goodness prevail in all aspects of human life. In his beatific faith and vision, in his love relationships, in his rationalized convictions, man discovers beauty, truth, and virtue. Despite the manifestations of evil, life is fundamentally good.

 All these things or scenarios are sustained by human experiences throughout the world.” To reiterate, literature is history in itself because it records man’s life—everything about him is part of literary works that must be depicted throughout the analytic duration of study. To expand more of the story as far as technical analysis is concerned, here are the additional but optional devices and genres to entail further in the study for in-depth analysis:

B.     Theme
C.     Point of View
1.      First Person Point of View
2.     Second Person Point of View
3.     Third Person Point of View
a.     Limited Point of View
b.    Central Point of View
c.     Omniscient Point of View
D.      Story Levels of Interpretation
1.     Literal Level
2.     Interpretative Level
3.     Evaluative Level
E.      Symbolism and Allegory
F.      Form and Structure
G.      Moral of the Story
H.      Questions with Answers
I.        Schema of the Story
J.       Relevance to Education
K.      Justification

To give important values of abstract and technical analysis in analyzing a story, explanations are herein provided for clarity, emphasis and helpful guides to determine the uses and functions of each part.

Abstract should be written in a third person point of view (see example of the abstract in the 3rd person point of view on the other page below). It is a shortened version of a longer piece of writing that highlights the major points covered, briefly depicting the content and scope of writing, and reviews the writing’s contents in encapsulated form. It is not long and it is only about a paragraph. Six sentences are enough for writing an abstract. 

Technical analysis refers to thinking in a conditioned pattern analyzing comprehensively the uses and functions of the plotted parts of the story. It is the study of literary charts and indicators to determine the progress and chronological order of the story with the use of plotted schema and techniques to examine various aspects of literary levels of interpretation.

Plot is the story line or the structure of a story. It is a series of meaningful events in the story like for example, you have the exposition where all the characters, setting, language and style are recognized and you find the involution or rising action where it may raise to another part and then there is the climax which is where the excitement or interest takes place which where they work out the problem and second to last there is the falling action which commences by degrees to end the story and last there is the denouement or resolution which ends the story.

Exposition is the background information on the characters, setting, language and style explained at the beginning of the story. It will often have information about events that transpired before the story commenced. It is often the very first part of the plot.

Involution of a story is the series of events that build up and create rising action or tension. This tension is an outcome of the fundamental conflict that exists and makes the story interesting. The types of conflict are man vs. nature, man vs. man, man vs. society, man vs. God and man vs. himself.

Climax is when the situation or major part finally gets excited and resolved. It is the turning point and it is where something unexpected will occur and things start going to the falling action and resolution of the story.

Falling action is done after the excitement or turning point of an event; the falling action can seem something of an anti-climax and it is the sequence of events that follow the climax and end in the denouement. This is in contrast to the involution which leads up to the plot’s climax. It can always be found after the climax when it goes down until it reaches the denouement.

Denouement refers to the events following the climax of a drama or novel in which such a resolution or clarification happens. It is the conclusion or final resolution of a dramatic or narrative plot. Denouement is also the resulting outcome from the events and problems throughout the entire story. The ending part of a story is sad, happy, adventurous, comedic or tragic.

Theme is the notion that becomes apparent to the reader when he comes to the ending part of a story. It is a message, a broad concept or moral of a story wherein the message itself indicates life, society or human nature. It is the insight that is worth-keeping and sharing with in-depth analysis in analyzing a meaningful event of a story. It can also be taken into account as subject of discourse, discussion, meditation or composition to be banked on a story.

Point of view refers to the angle from which a story is told. It is the position which the narrator takes in the story or the perspective from which a speaker recounts a narrative. Every author has a genre in apprising or telling a story. He may use his character to relate the incidents or he may tell the story himself. The kinds of point of view are first person point of view, second person point of view, third person point of view (limited, central and omniscient).

Story interpretation is based solely on literal level, interpretative level and evaluative level. It is the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic story performance from something denotative and from something metaphorical or evaluative. The portion of a text will be extracted literally from a book and will be expounded on it according to implicit standpoints.

"Symbolism and allegory" has been used by the teachers as artists since the beginning of time. Symbols are used to represent abstract concept instead of a literal meaning. They will point out as regards the importance of a test symbolically and the allegory is something like a comparison or contrast, more on spiritual aspects. In other words, it has moral, social, religious, or political significance, and characters are often personifications of abstract notions. Thus an allegory is a story with two meanings, a literal meaning and a symbolic meaning. To give more examples of an allegory, say for instance, the apple that Adam receives from Eve is symbolic of the “knowledge of God and Evil” and is thus allegorical. The serpent is often read as an allegory signifying the tempter, or true evil. In the New Testament, the Good Samaritan is an allegory representing the right thinking and compassionate person. This is a precise rhetorical use of an allegory.

Form and structure of a story will determine the overview or perspective of the entire story. Thus, the form can be a comedy, a drama, a narrative or an adventure while the structure is something that recounts and segregates the major events to encapsulate the whole story in a chronological order with prescribed “complete sentences” (from 5 to 10 sentences).

Moral of the story is like giving something, a very important lesson which is extracted implicitly from a book. The moral values are important for the kids to learn: fairytale and happy endings with romance and riches are nice but some family movies and adventures have the best example for bonding together that can further give a moral to the members of the family.  Likewise, the story is moral if it is spiritually injected with some values and inspiring lessons--a few sentences to make the teachers and students publicly known. The teacher will give insightful ideas to his students about morality according to the norms of society and vantage points. 

In giving the opinions about the story, it is understood that the reader must fathom the story precisely based on the levels of interpretation and the abstract itself. The abstract is not too long and it must be based on the third person point of view with limited six sentences in order to come up with a unified and logical paragraph. In reading a full-length story, the reader must underscore the major points only, especially in a series of meaningful events in the story just to come by what we called synopsis. After getting the gist of the story, the technical story analysis will follow. Make sure that the sequence can’t be interchanged in order to have a smooth sailing and orderly manner in expounding on a “rising action or involution” of a story. The readers will only differ in the story levels of interpretation, especially in the plot.

Finally, these are all the devices, techniques and genres in analyzing a story using the technical format and approach. If you think these are helpful, you may press the button for like to indicate that this article helps you also in fathoming a full-length story. Here are the samples of a story based on the aforecited format guide.
I have two samples of the stories submitted to me by my students in first year level of a science high school.

I.              Abstract
Story 1:
In a story entitled “The Piece of String,”  Maitre Hauchecorne picks up a piece of string that gets him into a mess and a world of troubles where he is also criticized unrelentingly for having picked up a piece of string. He has been blamed for picking up a wallet instead of his small innocent piece of string which eventually leads to his death; consequently, he dies from the “injustice pressure” of society, particularly to his detractors, his enemies. His non-ability to handle not being forgiven also contributes to his death and the people are responsible for Hauchecorne’s death because they did not believe him. Monsieur Malandain, Hauchecorne’s rival, told the authorities that Hauchecorne had picked up a lost wallet. The mayor questioned him but did not believe that he had picked up a piece of string out of the mud. The mayor said that Hauchecorne could not persuade him that Monsieur Malandain, who is a man of trust, mistook that piece of string for a wallet.
Story 2:
Miss Brill is set at the Jardins Publiques in France. Every Sunday Miss Brill looks forward to getting dressed up and visiting the park where she could enjoy people watching. Her weekly visits to the park are undoubtedly the highlight of her week, bringing her great joy and satisfaction. There are many illusions in this story and it shows three diverse illusions where Miss Brill uses to make her happy and how her reality is shattered at the end of the story by a chance remark.

II.             Technical Analysis
A.     Plot:
1.     Exposition
a.     Characters (from story 1):
Maitre Hauchecorne, of Breaute -- a humble peasant
 Maitre Malandain – the harness maker at Goderville
Maitre Houlbreque, of Manneville – a woman who lost her black leather pocketbook containing five hundred francs and business papers

Characters (from story 2):
Round characters
--Miss Brill is a middle-aged, unmarried English woman who lives alone in a small apartment in France; she teaches English to students and reads the newspaper to an elderly man several times a week
--The Band
Flat characters
--The young and romantic couple approaches the bench from which Miss Brill is watching the crowd
--The woman in the ermine toque who has been observed by Miss Brill in the park symbolizes the title character herself and her rebuff by a man in a gray suit foreshadowing Miss Brill’s rejection later in the story
--gentleman in gray
--boy and girl who sat where the old couple had been staying
--many other passers-by

b.    Setting (from story 1):
Place – it happened at the market place at Goderville
Time – it took place during “market day”
in the afternoon 

Setting (from story 2):
Place – it took place in the little dark room as compared to a cupboard; the beautiful park
Time – it occurred in the regular Sunday afternoon

c.     Language (from story 1) – modern but British style of  English language

Language (from story 2) – the text is written in the modernist mode

d.    Style (from story 1) -- it was a narrative type of story

Style (from story 2) – the story is written in formal style as Miss Brill presents the interior monologue of a woman on a Sunday trip to the park whose pleasant illusions are shattered when reality infringes on her thoughts

2.     Involution  (from story 1) – man vs. man because Maitre Hauchecorne was accused of taking the pocketbook by Maitre Malandain

Involution (from story 2) – man vs. himself because Miss Brill is struggling in a way that she can be beyond normal and the things what she can do to come by her future

3.     Climax (from story 1) – the turning point was about the next day in the afternoon where Marius Paumelle a farm hand of Maitre Breton, a market gardener at Ymauville returned the pocketbook and its contents  to Maitre Holbreque, of Mainneville. This man said, indeed, that he had found it on the road, but not knowing how to read, he had carried it home and given it to his master. The news spread out to the community; Maitre Hauchecorne was informed and he started off at once and began to relate his story up to the end—he was triumphant!

Climax (from story 2) – Miss Brill thinks of herself as an actress in a play because it gives a great pleasure as well as exhilaration as she thinks she really is. She thinks of the sky and the park as the set of the play; thus, she believes that all of the park patrons weren’t only the audience but also the actors in a great play. When she sees a dog that happens to be walking across the park, she thinks that it is a theatre dog. She also believes that somebody would have noticed if she hadn’t been there for her Sunday performance, and she would be greatly missed. Actually, Miss Brill is not an actress instead she is the one that many people are enjoying in the park with their peak of enthusiasm about her.

4.     Falling action (from story 1) – it took place when the rumors circulated that Maitre Hauchecorne gave the wallet to the other man who spread the news to the community. They accused him of having had the pocketbook with him and brought back by an accomplice, by a confederate.

Falling action (from story 2) – just at that moment, a boy and a girl came and sat down together where the old couple had been staying. They were beautifully dressed and in love. The hero and heroine just arrived from the father’s yacht, made that soundlessly singing and that trembling smile. Miss Brill’s regret did not stop her from surrendering; her illusions came crashing down around her when a young couple makes a rude remark through Miss Brill’s actions—we see how her fantasy is destroyed.

5.     Denouement (from story 1) – the ending part was melancholic because Maitre Hauchecorne died trying to prove himself “not guilty.”

Denouement (from story 2) – it was somewhat imaginative, mysterious but happy because Miss Brill panned out in passing the baker’s by, climbed the stairs, went into the little dark room and sat down on the red eiderdown. She sat there for a long time. The box that the fur came out was on the bed; she unclasped the necklet quickly without looking and laid it inside but when she put the lid on, she thought she heard someone crying.

Continuation from story 1:
B.      Theme – man’s innocence
The theme of the story is proving a man’s innocence. Don’t judge a man if he’s guilty or innocent by the way he acts and by the way he looks.
C.     Point of view – the point of view of the story is the first person narrative mode because the narrator addresses the character as “I” and the narrator feels like he is a character in the story.

If you think the article “Philippine literature: abstract and technical analysis” may find it helpful and interesting to you, you can still keep track of the other article “Philippine literature: abstract and technical analysis part 2” as an avenue and a continuation of each part as particularly mentioned in the preceding texts.











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