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Compositions such as songs, stories and poems are some of the things you can share here. You can also include videos and that is what we called VIDEO BLOGGING.

Share something that is informative and useful.  SPEAK your MIND before it blows! 

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Time Management Tips for Students

Posted by GNHS on September 26, 2011 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Managing your time well is an important element of success — especially if you’re a student. If you set priorities that fit your needs and lifestyle, you'll have a better chance of achieving your goals.

Here are some tips for taking control of your time and organizing your life.

1. Make a To-Do List Every Day.Put things that are most important at the top and do them first. And don't forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments.

2. Use Spare Minutes Wisely.When you’re commuting on the bus or train, use the time to get some reading done.

3. It's Okay to Say No.If your friend asks you to go to a movie on a Thursday night and you have an exam the next morning, realize that it's okay to say no. Keep your short- and long-term priorities in mind.

4. Find the Right Time.You'll work more efficiently if you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your brain handles math better in the afternoon, don't wait to do it until late at night.

5. Review Your Notes Every Day.Reviewing helps you reinforce what you've learned, so you need less time to study before a test. You'll also be ready if you get called on in class or have to take a pop quiz.

6. Get a Good Night's Sleep.Your brain needs rest to perform at its peak. Lack of sleep makes the day seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult.

7. Communicate Your Schedule to Others.If phone calls or text messages are proving to be a distraction, tell your friends that you are only available at certain times of day and not to expect a response at other times.

8. Become a Taskmaster.Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities accordingly. Figure out how much free time you have each week before you add any commitments.

9. Don't Waste Time Agonizing.Instead of agonizing and procrastinating, just do it. Wasting an entire evening worrying about something that you're supposed to be doing is not productive, and can increase your stress.

10. Determine Your Priorities.You can’t do everything at once. Establish the importance of each item. Then set realistic goals that are attainable.


DepED Exam for Out-of-School Youth

Posted by GNHS on September 26, 2011 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

From DepED - September 21, 2011


DepEd sets exam for out-of-school youth in November


The Department of Education through the National Education Testing and Research Center announces that the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) will be held on November 20, 2011 for Luzon and on November 27, 2011 for Visayas and Mindanao.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the PEPT aims to retrieve out-of-school youth and place them in the formal school system if they so desire. “ Through PEPT, we would also like to  validate and accredit knowledge and skills in academic areas gained through informal and non-formal means. In the end, PEPT will pave the way for their  re-entry into formal schooling, job promotion, job training and  employment,” added Luistro.

PEPT targets Filipino citizens who are dropouts from  elementary and secondary schools for at least one  year. It is also for those  who never attended a formal school but can read and write, or those  presently employed but  need to  upgrade their academic level whether  elementary or high school. Moreover, applicants must be at least one year overage for their supposed grade/year level in the formal school system.

Applicants must bring their birth certificate  issued by the NSO or Local Civil Registrar duly authenticated (original and 2 photo-copies),  2 pieces ID picture  and recently taken (size 1”x1”) and school  record  --  original and 2 photocopies  -- of  Form 137 (Transcript of Records with school seal and signature of principal/registrar)  or Form 138 (Report Card with school seal and signature of principal/registrar) for elementary level and  Form 137 for secondary.

PEPT takers will pay P50 for the regular test given every November in designated testing centers all over the country  or P200 for walk-in or special administration which is conducted from January to June at DepEd- NETRC in Pasig City.

For elementary level, the test coverage is Science, Mathematics, HeKaSi (Heograpiya, Kasaysayan at Sibika), Filipino and English. In the secondary level, the exam for first year covers General Science, Elementary Algebra, Philippine History (Kasaysayan at Pamahalaan ng Pilipinas), English I and Filipino I; for second year, the coverage include Biology, Intermediate Algebra, Asian History (Kasaysayan ng mga Bansang Asyano), English II and Filipino II; for third year, the subjects  covered are Chemistry, Geometry, World History (Kasaysayan ng Daigdig), English III and Filipino III; for fourth year, the exam will touch on  Physics, Advance Algebra, Trigo-nometry, Statistics, Economics, English IV and Filipino IV.

The PEPT can also be administered to individuals with visual impairment whether Braille or non-Braille readers.

Source: Department of Education.


Test-Taking Tips for Students

Posted by GNHS on September 26, 2011 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are the top ten tips to success!

1. Have a Positive Attitude

Approach the big test as you'd approach a giant jigsaw puzzle. It might be tough, but you can do it! A positive attitude goes a long way toward success.

2. Make a Plan

The week before the test, ask your teacher what the test is going to cover. Is it from the textbook only? Class notes? Can you use your calculator? If you've been absent, talk to friends about material you may have missed. Make a list of the most important topics to be covered and use that as a guide when you study. Circle items that you know will require extra time. Be sure to plan extra time to study the most challenging topics.

3. The Night Before

Cramming doesn't work. If you've followed a study plan, the night before the test you should do a quick review and get to bed early. Remember, your brain and body need sleep to function well, so don't stay up late!

4. The Morning of the Test

Did you know that you think better when you have a full stomach? So don't skip breakfast the morning of the test. Get to school early and do a ten-minute power study right before the test, so your brain is turned on and tuned up.

5. Test Time

Before the test begins, make sure you have everything you'll need - scratch paper, extra pencils, your calculator (if you're allowed to use it). Understand how the test is scored: Do you lose points for incorrect answers? Or is it better to make guesses when you're not sure of the answer? Read the instructions! You want to make sure you are marking answers correctly.

6. Manage Your Time

Scan through the test quickly before starting. Answering the easy questions first can be a time saver and a confidence builder. Plus, it saves more time in the end for you to focus on the hard stuff.

7. I'm Stuck!

Those tricky problems can knock you off balance. Don't get worried or frustrated. Reread the question to make sure you understand it, and then try to solve it the best way you know how. If you're still stuck, circle it and move on. You can come back to it later. What if you have no idea about the answer? Review your options and make the best guess you can, but only if you don't lose points for wrong answers.

8. Multiple-Choice Questions

The process of elimination can help you choose the correct answer in a multiple-choice question. Start by crossing off the answers that couldn't be right. Then spend your time focusing on the possible correct choices before selecting your answer.

9. Neatness Counts

If your 4s look like 9s, it could be a problem. Be sure that your writing is legible and that you erase your mistakes. For machine-scored tests, fill in the spaces carefully.

10. I'm Done!

Not so fast - when you complete the last item on the test, remember that you're not done yet. First, check the clock and go back to review your answers, making sure that you didn't make any careless mistakes (such as putting the right answer in the wrong place or skipping a question). Spend the last remaining minutes going over the hardest problems before you turn in your test.

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Letter To A Teacher

Posted by GNHS on August 26, 2011 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Letter To A Teacher Inspirational Letter Written by Abraham Lincoln Read the inspiring letter written by Abraham Lincoln which was sent to the headmaster of a school where his son was attending.

 A must read for all teachers.


 Letter To A Teacher

by Abraham Lincoln

He will have to learn, I know,
that all men are not just, all men are not true.
But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician, there is a dedicated leader
Teach him for every enemy there is a friend,

Steer him away from envy, if you can,
teach him the secret of quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick
Teach him, if you can, the wonder of books
But also give him quiet time
to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky,
bees in the sun, and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him
it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat
Teach him to have faith in his own ideas,
even if everyone tells him they are wrong
Teach him to be gentle with gentle people,
and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd
when everyone is getting on the band wagon
Teach him to listen to all men
but teach him also to filter
all he hears on a screen of truth,
and take only the good that comes through.

Teach him if you can,how to laugh when he is sad
Teach him there is no shame in tears,
Teach him to scoff at cynics
and to beware of too much sweetness
Teach him to sell his brawn and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob
and to stand and fight if he thinks he's right.
Treat him gently,but do not cuddle him,
because only the test of fire makes fine steel.

Let him have the courage to be impatient
let him have the patience to be brave.
Teach him always to have sublime faith in himself,
because then he will have sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order,but see what you can do
He is such a fine little fellow,my son!


Posted by Franklin Castulo on August 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (1)

My father was not lucky enough to finish college. He come from a poor family (until now poor parin kami. jeje) with parents who have chosen to be practical or in other words, has stopped dreaming bigger things for their children. Marami naman pong ganyang in our society today. Maybe we can call them irresponsible parents, o minsan, talagang kapos lang and they have to choose not to send their children to school. 

To make the long story short, hanggang grade six lang po ang natapos ng papa ko. But he is an acheiver! Kaso, when his name was called, he has no choice but to go up stage, with his old slippers na sira na at may butas pa raw ang shorts nya. :D  kita ang lubot. 

Pero bisag ing-ana ahong papa, one thing I am proud of about my father is that, he never forget the parts of speech! Hmm. wag kag magkamali. Kung alanganin ka, mapapahiya ka lang sa papa ko if you have graduated a degree and yet you don't know the parts of speech. ;) Another thing I am proud of my father is his capability to do a lot of things para lang may makain ang pamilya everyday. Mag habal2x, mag panday, mangisda, magfarming bisag unsa para makakaon. I even remember sauna mosaka na cja sa balimbing aron ibaligja ang bunga. naa pod mi lansones, impas pod baligja nija bunga kay wa lagi kwarta.

When I was a little boy, I always remember how my father coached my ate to excell in school. From Singing to Poem rendition, to Oration, my ate really excell and even become champion in those fields. That was because of my father. :)

When my sister was one year old, my father wrote a POEM. It was simple yet meaningful. The poem was then used by my ate when she was in elemtary, and won the first prize! :) Until now I still remember how my father coached my ate how to render that poem he wrote and most probably, I will do the same to my kids. :)

I actually wanted to submit the poem to a book publisher. That was my plan, but until now I can't find a good contact, so I decided to share it here.

I just realized we are now in the Month of August and I remember we are celebrating Lingo ng Wika sa buwang ito.  It is a common experience that during this month most schools have  to have lots of contests like Singing OPM songs, Dance competitions, and POEM competitions.

I want to build a legacy for my father. So if you're into a POEM contest, or maybe your KIDS, you may consider using my father's peice and please inform me if you or your child win the contest. =)

Here it goes:


(by: Benjamin Amparo Castulo)
Año 1980

Ama at ina ay dakila
sa tahanan pasan ay problema
lalo't magsiiyak na ang mga anak nila,
sa mukha ng ama't ina ay mababasa ang pag-aalala.

Amang pulubi ay subsob sa pag-saka
inang maralita, sa paglalaba, hirap ng katawan ay 'di alintana
ang pagsisikap nila ay pinagsasama-sama
upang tayong mga anak ay mapalaki nila.

Pulubing ama, maralitang ina
dusa at hirap ay kanilang tinatamasa
halika anak, idilat ang iyong mga mata
gumising sa katotohanan!
igalang at mahalin ang dakilang ama't ina.


So the poem is short right? Easy for kids to learn and memorize.  I recommend you use it in a contest. :)

Come August 31st is my father's birthday and I want to give him a tribute in silence that even if he know next to nothing about this, I know he will be happy and proud if only he knew it. =)

Are you a father of cute kids? Do the same as my father did! Be a good coach, take time to teach them, be their guide for good, and even if they sometimes don't appreciate it in direct manner,  for sure they do, and they will not forget it for the rest of their lives like I do. =)

Alumni Batches List Ready for Download

Posted by GNHS on August 3, 2011 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (1)

We are happy to announce to all the alumni that through the innitiative and cooperation of our very own teachers and Mr. Ramon Escol, our alumni list is now available for download at the GNHS website. Those who already forget their batchmates may now visit GNHS website and download a printable MsWord version of your batch list.

To download, simply navigate to ABOUT > GNHS ALUMNI LIST menu or click the DOWNLOAD LINK that you can see at the RIGHT SIDE of this website.

For the mean time available list covers batches from 1980 up to 1992. More will be added as soon as the encoding is finish.

Thanks to Mr. Ramon Escol for taking time to encode and upload the lists and to all the teachers.



Make a Difference

Posted by GNHS on July 29, 2011 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Teaching according to many is the noblest profession. I don't know exactly the reason why and I always end up disagreeing that idea. I am not convinced even though I have experienced teaching.  Not until I found this beatiful inspirational movie every teacher should watch. 

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Teaching indeed is a noble profession. You are changing lives, you are molding people.

So the next time you hold a chalk and talk in front of the students, ask this simple question;

Am I making a Difference as a TEAChER?

well, making a difference is not only a teacher's challenge rather a universal challenge each one should response.  It needs some review of our plans, or the actions we have done.  It demands listening to our inner self, our conscience, so that every time we meet a person, we can ask ourselves, "What good thing can I do to this person to make a difference?"

With this I remember the saying which goes, "Be kind, for every person you meet is fighting a harder battle".  Yes, it is true. Even a rich person we always imagined of having a very good life is fighting a harder battle. Maybe bigger than what you have today. Don't you notice nga mga dato, dinato pod ug mga sakit na? hehe. They are fighting a difficult battle nga usahay makaingon ta, "a maajo pay pobre mongisi na makakaon ug buwad". samot nag sinunubang manok bisaya nga gisaktan ug kamunggay. Bisag buwad ra gani nga nokos sud-an inom2x nag tuba pagkahoman. haha. see? (pero ajawg kumpyansa sa buwad nga nokos kay arang mahala na sa department store. hehe)

As for me, I sometimes always forgot this thing. :D Yes, most of the time we think of ourselves and we forgot that there are significant others that we need to consider more than our selves.

It is a challenge for everyone. Are you ready to face that challenge? Try it today after watching the movie and reading this.  You will be surprised by the result!

Internet Use and the Memory System

Posted by Franklin Castulo on July 26, 2011 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Back to the time when I was yet in high school, I remember how I was burdened by carrying that backpack full of books and notebooks.  I hate to forget even 1 book bcoz I'm always shy to ask favor from my classmate to share his book.  We don't have library that time, no computers, no internet.  All we have were those books provided to us by the Government.

Now a days, the presence of the internet simplify things. Although this may not be true at GHNS, but in some schools they really have computers with internet connection ready for study use. Kung naay assignment, hala internet deritso ug research sa Google. While this might be useful in many cases, there were people who takes time to conduct studies on its effect to human brains specially to our memory system.

Unsa ba ka dugay ang imong pag-gamit sa Internet? That is the question. According to the research, you are not helping your memories, rather, you'll be getting dumber by the minute!

Apparently a new study shows that the internet use is negatively affecting our memories. Kini tungod kay wala na man ka mag effort to memorize those things, rather, you just "cut and paste" it from google.  Like all innovations that made our lives better, it also leads to our dependence on technology.

With the widespread use of search engines (e.g. Google, Bing, MSN, Yahoo) and online databases since the 90’s, the ability to remember information has affected people. The team of scientists, led by Betsy Sparrow, an assistant professor of psychology at Columbia, investigates if people are likely to remember information that is easily available. This is similar to students trying to memorize information for tests and exams.

Dr. Sparrow and her teammates, Daniel M. Wegner of Harvard and Jenny Liu of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, created four different experiments on memory. In the first experiment, participants were sometimes confronted with difficult questions, and people begin to think about searching for answers online. (deritso ra ug search sa google or yahoo or bing without any effort to remember things.)

In another test, participants were asked to remember a trivia piece of information as well as the computer folder this information was stored in. Surprisingly, most were significantly able to recall the folder than the information itself. (ang folder lang ang nahinumdoman ang information wala.)

“That kind of blew my mind,” Dr. Sparrow said in an interview. For these experiments explores an aspect known as transactive memory, a notion that we rely on our family, friends, colleagues and reference materials to store information on our behalf. (In other words, gasalig na lang, wala na gi-retain sa huna2x kay ahhh,,, pila ray pag search sa google.)

On the otherhand, Sparrow believes that this new development may lead to us being smarter, for we will not be spending energy in memorizing information, thereby saving brainpower for the understanding of concepts. “If you take away the mindset of memorization, it might be that people get more information out of what they are reading and they might better remember the concept,” she explained. 

To better understand what Dr. Sparrow said, she use an analogy.

Dr. Sparrow said, “I love watching baseball, but I know my husband knows baseball facts, so when I want to know something I ask him, (which is just like searching google for the answer) and I don’t bother to remember it.

” While the Internet’s effects on memory are still largely unexplored, it seems to indicate that the Internet is fast becoming our external storage system.

Karon, asa ka pabor? an empty memory with internet beside you so you don't bother yourself to memorize things and just do search everytime you need it? Or walay internet so you have to read books and retain them in your memory?

Well, this also depends on you as the internet user. What is important is that you are aware not to totally depend on the internet. You shall also dare to read and memorize some of the things you have searched through the internet. But sometimes we are really overwhelmed by the vast information the internet provide and we become so excited about so many  information and forget to retain things in our own memory. "This is where the problem begins. "

Reviewing the President's SONA

Posted by GNHS on July 25, 2011 at 11:09 PM Comments comments (0)

I like the part when the President said, "Kung magkasakit ka at makita mo ang nars na nag-aruga sa iyo, sa halip na magserbisyo sa dayuhan kapalit ng mas malaking suweldo, sabihin mo, “Salamat po.”

In the case of the alumni, our teachers deserved that "THANK YOU" "SALAMAT PO" because in stead of going abroad, they have opted to be here and impart their knowledge to all of us.

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What about you? What can you say about the President's STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS (SONA)?

Ordinary People, Big Minds

Posted by Franklin Castulo on July 21, 2011 at 10:25 PM Comments comments (16)

Believe it or not, ordinary people have big minds! Kinsa man diay ang nagdamgo nga maka balay? dili ba kadtong mga walay balay? Ug kinsa man ang gahuna-huna ug mga dinagko nga butang? Dili ba ang mga tawo nga aduna lamang mga gagmay'ng butang? (sama sa buldozer, pison ug uban pa) lol.

Bitaw, kini tinood jud ug dili ikalimod natong tanan. Way dautan niini tungod kay sa gikaingon na, "LIBRE ANG MANGANDOY"...  

Wa pa naho nakalimti ang atong Principal nga si Maam Jamisola niagi sab niini nga pangandoy.  She has that big vision of GHS having a GYMNASIUM. kahinumdom pa ko adto nga dream ni Maam Jamisola for GHS. 

Siguro, ikaw pod ug kada usa nato dunay pangandoy para sa atong Alma Mater.

Ariel Amoncio my batchmate posted in our facebook group lately. "What about magtukod ta ug Library for GHS Classmates, 300 sq. meters lot is enough", he said.

Corazon Asilo Olano also says, "GHS buildings needs repaint, Let us do it as a project of the alumni."

Walay dautan sa pangandoy. Perti ka nindot pamation nga homan kita na edukar diha sa atong Alma Mater, kita mao na kita karon. What we become now is the fruit of GHS.

As the school motto says, "A Tree is known by its Fruit".  Kini usa ka hagit sa kada usa kanato nga mga produkto sa Guinacot National High School sa pagpalawod ug maghimo ug maayo nga mga butang.  Kinsa ba diay nato ang gusto makabati nga, "Ah kadto si Prokopyo, kawatan man to! ah mao diay sa GHS ra diay to ni graduate". Dili ba lain paminawon?

Dream... and believe in your dreams...

Matuman man kini o dili, walay ma wala sa imong kaugalingon tungod kay wa nay lain pang kina pobrehan sa tawong walay pangandoy.  Kung wa kay pangandoy, Ikaw na jud ang kinaluujan siguro.

But as we plan the 2012 Grand Alumni REUNION, siguro dili lajo nga matuman ang mga damgo nila maam Jamisola, Ayie ug Corazon.  This Grand reunion is not only a challenge of gathering ourselves once again, but also a challenge to give back to our ALMA MATER. Sa kadaghan sa mga seaman ug professionals sa GNHS, siguro dili na ni imposible. Anyway small things matters most, and as long as kinasing-kasing kini,  it is a good start already. 

So what do you think the project will be? A GYMNASIUM? RePainting, or A LIBRARY?

We are the ordinary people, and we have BIG MINDS... :)  GNHS alumni rocks!