Class Spirit of the Year Award, Grade 5-A, SY 2016-2017

Finally, my son’s class last year, Grade 5-A, received the much-coveted Class Spirit of the Year Award (CSYA)!

Photo credit: Ay-Ay Salgado-Tanalgo

According to the LSGH Pupils’ Handbook, the CSYA is “a special citation given to the section that has demonstrated its outstanding support to the major activities of the Grade School Student Council. This includes the newspaper (R34T) drive, Christmas Drive (Pamaskong Pambalot), Cleanliness Drive, Class Conduct, Intramurals, Interclass Contest, LRC Book Borrowers, and Penmanship contests. This award highlights and affirms the solidarity and unity of the whole section, a value espoused by Lasallian schools all over the country.”

The victorious boys of Grade 5-A with their homeroom adviser, Ms. Dash

The CSYA was given to the whole class during the LSGH Undergraduates’ Recognition Day last July. Their class has been vying for this award since Grade 4 but they only came in a close second that year. Last year, though, the parents and students of Grade 5-A, exerted all efforts to finally clinch the award. And they did it, under the loving guidance of their homeroom adviser, Ms. Ma. Dachelle C. Acierto a.k.a. Ms. Dash.

The class was given a gold plaque that lists the names of all the members of the class, as well as that of their homeroom adviser. The plaque would be permanently hung on LSGH walls.

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Natural Ways to De-stress Your Hair

Creating a good work-life balance is no easy feat as it requires hard work and dedication. Having worked full-time for more than two decades, I know for a fact how taxing it is to juggle family and career. It is so stressful!

According to studies, the common causes of stress is interrelationships, like having to deal with work issues and family-related complications. If left unresolved over time, stress could weaken our immune, showing signs of disruption in our body like hair loss.

I personally know someone who suffered from stress-induced alopecia areata. It’s a condition where white blood cells attack hair follicles, which causes hair to fall out. Anxiety could also drive our mane into a prolonged resting phase called telogen effluvium.

If not addressed properly, hair loss caused by stress and anxiety could lead to baldness. It’s not a hopeless case, however. You can beat stress and hair loss by doing the following:

Never underestimate the power of sleep. When your stress gets too much to handle, choose to rest it off for a while and recharge.

Get physical. Exercising helps release endorphins or happy hormones that help relieve tension.

Eat more fruits and veggies. Having fruits and vegetables in your diet will boost your immune system to keep diseases at bay and to knock out stress.

Reward yourself. Treat yourself to something special once in a while. Why not watch the timeless story of Tony and Maria in the electrifying classic WEST SIDE STORY musical, for instance? It premieres at The Theatre at Solaire on August 10. Read more about it here.

These simple regimens are best complemented with a topical solution that’s safe to keep your crowning glory at its robust state. NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, is made up of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help remedy stress-related hair loss and promote healthy tress and scalp.

We can prevent hair problems by keeping our locks healthy with proper care and letting it grow naturally without resorting to the use of harmful chemicals for temporary relief.

NOVUHAIR contains natural extracts, herbal oils and essences, such as lavender that is also known to relieve stress. It also has a scent that leaves a calming effect.

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Code the Future with Cartoon Network

Cartoon Network Philippines partnered with SparkleLAB PH for a campaign that introduces coding fundamentals to Pinoy kids in a fun and interactive way.

Code the Future with Cartoon Network was formally launched last Saturday at SparkleLAB PH in San Juan City. Targeting to reach more than 7,000 kids aged 8-10 in Metro Manila, the campaign aims to empower youths through hands-on workshops that promote imagination, experimentation and collaboration, as well as creative and critical thinking.

Present during the launch were Nicole Schneiderjohn, Turner’s Country Lead in the Philippines and Rosanna Lopez, Founder of SparkleLAB PH.

“Integrating Cartoon Network’s well-known characters with coding concepts is a great way to engage kids beyond traditional entertainment and provide an introduction to this valuable life skill,” shared Nicole. “We’re making coding fun, and we’re excited to collaborate with partners like SparkeLAB to bring these ideas to life.”

Rosanna added, “Through this collaboration, we wish to spark an interest in coding among kids — encouraging young people to become producers and not just consumers of media. We are happy to partner with Cartoon Network, an organization that shares our passion for creating experiences that delight, captivate the imagination, spur creativity and make learning extraordinary.”

Code the Future with Cartoon Network will teach kids the fundamentals of coding using characters from popular Cartoon Network shows like Ben 10, Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears.

Participants will learn about the Cartesian plane, conditional statements and how to make characters move and groove. All of these concepts we recombined in a culminating activity to see how these are applied on screen.

The collaboration between Cartoon Network and SparkleLAB PH likewise enlisted the help of young and talented Filipino “coding ambassadors” Nico Jorge and Faith Khoo. Nico is passionate about building and playing games, while Faith relies on her creativity to develop games for school projects. Both are extremely motivated to help their communities by inspiring their peers to learn how to code.

“Using coding to create worlds for people to interact with and for people to interact with each other, gives me a great sense of purpose,” said Nico.

According to Turner’s New Generations 2017 survey, “Fifty-seven percent of Manila-based kids aged 4-14 learned coding in schools with 87% of them enjoying the subject. Cartoon Network dominates the kids’ space in the Philippines, hosting regular branded events, developing games and apps for local fans, and continues to be the leading international kids channel on TV.

For more information about Code the Future with Cartoon Network, visit

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How to Create a Mosquito-Free Environment during Rainy Days

Earlier this month, Discovery used its global reach to focus the world’s attention on the single greatest agent of death in modern human history: the mosquito. The international crisis was highlighted in the worldwide premiere of the Discovery Impact film MOSQUITO last July 6th at 9:50pm on Discovery Channel and Discovery Networks around the world.

Here in the Philippines, the rainy season has officially begun and as much as we enjoy the cold weather, the wet season poses a potential threat to all in the form of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease which is mostly seen during the rainy season. A minor bite from this tiny creature can be more fatal than we think.

Recent news around the world has reported various cases of mosquito-borne diseases like Zika, Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya and Dengue. The question is: How do we get rid of mosquitoes in our homes? Below is a list of safety measures we can take to stay healthy and make our homes clean, safe and mosquito-free:

Get rid of stagnant or standing water.
Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, we need to clean up our area and eliminate stagnant water inside and around the house. We should also clean containers that could possibly be a breeding nest for mosquitoes such as vases, pots and basins.

Apply mosquito repellent.
Mosquito repellents come in different forms (arm bands, necklace and strips), but the most effective mosquito repellents are those applied to the skin. Whenever you leave the house, make sure you are protected by wearing good mosquito repellents.

Wear proper clothing.
To protect yourself from mosquito bites, wear long sleeves and pants, especially when travelling or going out of town. Tight-fitting clothes are not advisable as disease-carrying mosquitoes are able to bite through this type of clothing.

Watch your scent.
Mosquitoes are attracted to old sweat and not the fresh and odorless one that our body produces after exercising. Sweat begins to smell when mixed with bacteria, which creates chemical compounds that attract mosquitoes.

Keep away from dirty water.
Avoid getting near clogged gutters and flooded areas as these are commonly present during the rainy season.

Plant mosquito-repellent herbs in your garden.
Best to place plants like basil, citronella, lemon balm, and garlic in your garden. Aside from beautifying your home, these plants will drive mosquitoes away because of their smell.

Spray insecticide.
Spray insecticide in the dark corners of the house. As much as possible, spray during daytime and use water-based sprays which are safe to humans and toxic-free.

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LSGH Undergraduates’ Recognition Day 2017

The LSGH Undergraduates’ Recognition Day for School Year 2016-2017 was held at the Brother Rafael Donato Center for Performing Arts last June 23.

Our son received the following Grade 5 awards:
General Excellence: Bronze
Academic Awards: Filipino (Gold), Math (Silver), Reading (Bronze)
Special Subject Area Awards: Art (Gold), Practical Arts (Silver), Penmanship (Silver), Mandarin (Bronze)
Brother Rafael-Louis Rafiringa Honors’ Circle Award (for being a consistent recipient of the quarterly honors citation).

Congratulations, Justin! Keep up the good work!

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