#NEWS: Grade 10 celebrates PSHS Humanities Festival 2018

by Toby Maningas and Kissy Tapat

Last November 14 to 16, Grade 10 students participated in the Humanities Festival (HumFest) with the theme “In Pursuit of Truth in a Post Truth World,” which was spearheaded by the English Unit.

Dunong Quiz Bee

On the first day, 16 students from all Grade 10 sections were chosen to compete in Dunong, the Social Science Quiz Bee.

The event had two rounds, the first being the elimination round and the second being the finals round. The audience also participated via the audience question where they made an on-the-spot essay on a video presented to them and the two sections with the best essay had their representatives revived.

The event was hosted by Eduard Perez-Bellen and fellow batchmates in compliance with their SCALE (Service, Creativity, Action, and Leadership Enhancement) requirement.

“The Dunong Intersection Quiz Bee Series is a prototype project.” Bellen said as he was talking about the event. But he also mentioned that even though the Dunong Intersection Quiz Bee Series was a series of events, it won’t be held again for the Grade 10. It will only be done for the Grade 9 once again. “The socsci Dunong that we had for [Grade 10] was just an auxiliary quiz bee [requested by the] HumFest steering [committee].”

Bellen also explained how they applied the event to the theme of Humanities Week.

“To have enough time, plinan namin sila isingit sa HumFest and YMSAT. And then work with the emerging themes from there. For instance, may short Vox vid[eo] kaming pinapanood about Civil War historical revisionism by the [United Daughters of the Confederacy] and had a question about that,“ continued Bellen.

Bellen also mentioned that the Dunong was held to promote excellence in the humanities subjects. “Kasi sa batch namin “mathlords” at “chemlords” lang ang nagbibida-bida. We have batchmates who are real history geeks and [literature] nerds and if we only had avenues, magbibida bida sila. So essentially, we want to provide avenues to students who can show excellence in their respective fields in a fun way.”

Students participate in Dunong. Photo by Caitlin Pascasio.

The event lasted for two hours before declaring Colin Rosales of 10-Truth as the champion, Aaron Yu of 10-Photon as the first runner-up, and Ardy Tagle of 10-Graviton as second runner-up.

According to the winners, they only had minimal studying to prepare for the event.

When asked about the preparations done for the quiz bee, Yu replied, “I didn’t really prepare that much, I just read a couple of Wikipedia articles and the rest was up to my memory.”

The winning students also had a very good experience participating in the competition.

“It was certainly fun and good because I get to take part in a humanities contest and it’s good to show that students from a science high school can be competent in humanities,” said Rosales.

“All the congrats that I have received made me feel really happy since they were the same people who believed in me,” remarked Tagle.

Human Library

Their next activity was the Human Library where students chose two speakers from twenty six speakers. Each speaker gave a different talk about their expertise.

The talks were about specific topics such as teaching as a vocation, student leadership, activism, and much more.

Each talk lasted for one hour and consisted of the speaker giving a brief introduction about themselves and their topic. After the introduction, the speakers would then answer questions from the students.

Pubmats located outside classrooms where each talk took place. Photo by Chen Adrien Thor.

“I had a relatively small group of around 10–15 people per session. I made it a point to make them more involved in my story as well. I tried to sneak in a few jokes and references so they could relate more and not feel too bored. Basically, my talk was one big story time wherein people could ask questions anytime in between,” explained Marla Abao of Batch 2018 and the speaker for “Student Leadership”.

When asked about how she prepared for the event, Ma’am Christine Joy Aguila explained, “Istorya ko kasi yung kwinento ko roon tsaka yung napanalunan kong award kaya gumawa ako ng PowerPoint. Nagpakita [rin] ako ng mga pictures doon sa mga nashare-an ko na students ng Grade 10. So, yun masaya naman ako kasi feeling ko may nashare naman ako.”

After the first talk, the students would then move to the second talk of their choice.

Some students, however, were disappointed that the event was short on time.

“It was kinda disappointing and kinda boring. The speakers were late,” said RJ Limbaga of 10-Tau.

“It was okay, even if the speaker’s cut short of the time,” remarked Julian Santos of 10-Tau.

The event’s concept was interesting according to students.

“It was very enlightening since we took a peek into the lives of people that may or may not be our future,” said Red Loste of 10-Tau.

“Interesting! Maganda yung concept na you get speakers with experience on various fields to share their knowledge,” said Samantha Carpio of 10-Graviton.


On the second day of the festival, each section presented their tragedy in the 4th floor auditorium, which was based on a project they did in the first quarter.

The judges of the event were Sir Jason Alvarez of the Physics unit, Sir Francis Nelson Infante of the Mathematics unit, and Ma’am Dawn Crisologo of the Biology Unit. The event was hosted by Grade 10 English teachers Sir Brian Villanueva and Sir Joey Arguelles.

10-Graviton performing “Maloret.” Photo by Angelo Adriano.

The winning teams were Electron in first place, Graviton in second place, and Photon in third place.

“Overall, we had fun together learning how to improve ourselves. This experience taught me that we may be science-oriented but the tragedies of all the sections prove that we can be more than scientists,” said Maxine Mallari, Electron’s tragedy director.

When asked about what her reaction to winning was like, Cathleen Baroy, one of the directors of Graviton’s tragedy, said, “As for winning, well it was fun, definitely! Siyempre, wala naman[g] tao ayaw manalo. But, overall, seeing your script to life and watching the culmination of the hard work your cast and crew has done in the past few weeks is the real victory for me.”

After being asked about her experience in the event, Therese Ureta, Photon’s director, said, “Directing was fun and very lax. Our group only had a few practices together and it was mostly self-rehearsed, so the times we had actual runs were easy.”

When asked if his expectations were met, Sir Arguelles said, “I would say, safely, that most of them did [meet expectations], because most of them underwent the process naman talaga in order to get there. Although some of them, in terms of how they were acted before and then how they were presented there, medyo sumablay.”

“In Sir Brian’s classes, he did something else this year. In which we started off the same with five scripts. Yet, from the five scripts, he chose one and that was what the class worked on. So, unlike Ma’am Napoles’ and my sections, we tried to see how all the five plays worked out first. Kasi, even though you have a good script, sometimes it’s not stageable or there are certain problems until you actually see,” added Sir Arguelles.

Truth or Dare (to be ignorant)

Grade 10 students hosted the Truth or Dare (to be ignorant) event which was organized by the Social Science teachers and attended by Grade 7 students.

Each Grade 10 section was split into six groups. Participating Grade 7 students then answered questions made by Grade 10 students based on their assigned topic. The Grade 7 students split off into two groups and were tasked to find the answer using different methods of research.

“It was a fun uplifting experience, watching the future of this country search for the truth and emerging victorious,” said John Janobas of 10-Tau.

When asked about the experience, Shekinah Cruz of 10-Muon said, “Well it was nice kasi I expected the lower years to be bored, but turns out sobrang participative nila, kaya worth din ‘yung stress over the project!”

Sayaw Interpretasyon

Grade 10 students participated in Sayaw Interpretasyon, organized by the Filipino Unit, where students would pick OPM songs to choreograph their interpretation of its meaning.

The event was hosted by Sir Francis Orque and was judged by Sir Adrian Sumalde of the Research Unit, Ma’am Elizabeth Sagucio of the English Unit, Ma’am Herminigilda Salac of the Math Unit.

10-Truth performing in Sayaw Interpretasyon by dancing to “Bayanihan.” Photo by Caitlin Pascasio.

The champion was Photon, followed by Graviton in second place and, finally, Truth as third place.

“I’m just really happy that everything paid off, and that the whole batch got to share their talents,” said Prince Soriano, the head choreographer of Graviton.

Kevin Tejada, the head choreographer of Truth, added, “it was pretty fulfilling to be able to choreograph something and actually see it in real life being performed.”

Magagaling lahat ng performances ng bawat sections. Then nung i-announce na na we won, lahat kami nagulat and tumalon sa sobrang saya,” said Cassandra Granada, the head choreographer of Photon.

“Ang ginawa namin, ay dahil naging limitado nga ang oras, ay ibinigay namin ang oras sa Filipino para sila mismo makahanda sa oras ng klase,” said Sir Orque.

The organizers were also happy with the output of the students. When asked if his expectations were met, Sir Orque replied, “Ay oo naman. Yung buong interpretasyon na nais namin makuha sa mga bata, nagkaroon sila ng kalayaan para ipakita ang kanilang creativity, ang pagiging malikhain nila, kung paano nila mismo binigyan ng sariling interpretasyon yung musika tungo sa pagiging makabayan ay nakita naman na.

Creativity Day

For the first activity of the final day of Humanities Week, students picked one activity from a list of activities scheduled for 8AM-10AM.

Activities include Invictus Debate Open (Audience), Handball Workshop, Exposure Workshop, and much more.

Loste enjoyed the activities’ distance from the sciences, stating that, “It let the students be creative, especially science students, because oftentimes the creative side of being human is not as highlighted as the hard science.”

Another student thought that Creativity Day was the best event. “In my opinion, the Creativity Day this recent humanities week was the best idea ever! I really enjoyed the activity I signed up for with my friends,” said Lance Guinto of 10-Graviton.

Families Living in Violence talk

On the final day at 10am-12nn, Grade 10 students attended a talk entitled “Families Living in Violence” hosted by Ms. Rachelle Parr.

Ms. Parr is a part of MLAC (Mindfulness, Love, and Compassion), an institute for psychological services which worked with families and children who are affected by violence from the drug war.

She gave a two hour talk explaining what she did to help these children and why her job is important. After her talk she gave an open forum to students if they have any more questions about her topic.

“That [talk] was awakening in the sense na when we always just look at people who died in the drug war more often than not we don’t think about those that the deceased left,” said Clarence Bautista of 10-Charm.

Kamille Yap of 10-Tau expressed her sadness from what she learned in the event.

“When you are exposed to so much news about the current affairs of the world, you become desensitized to all the horrible events that happen. Hearing about domestic violence in this talk was no different. It just felt like a normal occurrence. Adding to this sentiment is the fact that nearly everyone present at the talk has experienced some sort of violence in order to be “disciplined”. Honestly, I was deeply disturbed by this,” said Yap.

However despite the talk’s difficult topic, students were still able to be positive.

“I knew and am glad that there were still people listening attentively with the intention to learn about the topic. It served as a reassurance that these families wouldn’t just be forgotten in the greater scheme of things,” said Yap.

The students also saw hope for the families affected.

“It was surprising to me na despite what the kids had gone through they still have a positive outlook upon life. A positive outlook towards solving violence which is to love,” said Bautista.

Satisfactory Conclusion

According to students, the Humanities Festival was a great experience overall.

“I had a great time during the Humanities Festival. I was able to learn about many new things. The talks and workshops were fun and educational at the same time. All in all, I would say that in my three years of HumFest this year was the best,” said Riana Fuentes of 10-Charm.

“It was fun! The HumFest stayed true to its theme and opened my eyes more to the different social issues plaguing our country,” said Nathan Villegas of 10-Electron.

November 30, 8:00 PM — Corrected certain information regarding Dunong.




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