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First Senior High School Research Forum Held

The Basic Education Department (BED) of Cor Jesu College (CJC) held the First Senior High School Research Forum last March 15, 2017 at the CJC Almendras Gymnasium, Digos City, Philippines.

There were 98 senior high school students of Cor Jesu College, including 26 presenters, who participated in the said congress.  Aside from them, teachers and students from public and private schools in the province of Davao del Sur also attended as guests.

In his message, Dr. Alex D. Niez, Vice President for Academic Affairs challenged the participants to continue their passion in the field of research.  “As your principal, I am very proud of what you have done”, Dr. Kirt Anthony R. Diaz, BED principal, shared in his closing remarks.

The presenters were grouped into two clusters.  Each presenter was given 10 minutes for presentation. “March 15, 2017 was a day I will never forget for this day I have proven to myself that I could be a great speaker”, Edgar Maverick Ayag, one of the presenters, said.

The forum aimed not only to disseminate research outputs of students but also to help develop their skills of presenting their paper. “Given the opportunities to present our study, I was able to build up my research skills, communication abilities and confidence”, Nestor Pilapil shared.

After the presentations, the judges declared the winners for Best Oral Presentation and Best Powerpoint Presentation.  The judges were Dr. Raquel Cedeño, principal of Senior High School Department of Digos City National High School, Dr. Kirt Anthony Diaz, principal of CJC Basic Education Department, Dr/Bro. Ernesto Quidet, Jr., Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Leticia Cansancio, Director of Library and Information Resource Center (LIRC), Mrs. Jingle Navarez, BED  Guidance Counselor, Dr. Ma. Elena Morales, dean of the College of Education, Arts and Sciences (CEDAS).

For Best Oral Presentation for Cluster 1, the following were awarded:  Reya Marie Cadion (champion), John Paul Benedict Aves (1st runner up), Arabelle Maunes (2nd runner up), Kirt Emmanuel Diaz (3rd runner upu), and April Grace Miego (4th runner up).

For Best Oral Presentation, Cluster 2, the following were awarded to Ace Lawrence Rañises (champion), Irick Francisco (1st runner up), Hannah Charesse Senarillos (2nd runner up), ren Christian Landero (3rd runner up), and Jumawan (4th runner up).

There were also special awards for Best Powerpoint Presentation.  For Cluster 1, champion was the research entitled “ Rusted Behind Bars:  Unveiling the Concerns of Incarcerated Elderly”  which was authored by Arabelle Maunes, Ma. Theresa Ubungen , Jayson Francis Banlasan, Sofia Denise Asara, Jonathan Cordeta and Joyce Marie Roma.

First runner up was given to the study entitled “Odd-Ones-Out:  How LGBT Students Cope with Homophobic Bullying” which was authored by John Paul Benedict Aves, Maybelle Campomayor, Chia Lauda, Angelo Palmero and Rogie Mae Torres.

The second runner up went to the study entitled “Hidden Faces:  Unraveling the Challenges Behind the Mother of Pregnant Teen” which was authored by Reya Marie Cadion, Jasmin Andrea Pacalna, Kailah Mari Reyes, Vahnny Kisha Brabat and Jeansley Pearl Labadia.

The third runner was awarded to a study entitled “Missing Piece: Struggles and Coping Mechanisms of Students with Overseas Filipino Worker Parents” which was authored by Kirt Emmanuel Diaz, Mildred Sapong, Michelle Plania, Lailah Rose Capunong, Yvonne Joy Fano and Melanie Lovitos.

The fourth runner up was given to a study entitled “A Disgrace They Say:  Sentiments of Illegitimate Children” which was authored by April Gracee Miego, Gryndele Esperat, Riza Paula Bariguit, Monette Genobiagon, Tom Zachary Mariano and Ella Jean Pascua.

For cluster two, the champion for Best Powerpoint Presentation was from a presentation entitled “Out of Place: Exploring the Different World on Non-Catholic Students in a Catholic School” which was authored by Ace Lawrence Rañises, Dave Reducto, Justine Adrian Siao, Mary Grace Tero, April Joy Mabaga, and Kea Rica Flores.

First runner up was given to a presentation entitled “True Colors:  The Adverse Experiences of Students who have Dark Complexion and their Coping Strategies” which was authored by John Marvin Posadas, Hindelyn Parantar, Joebeth Villacarlos, Genevieve Aratan, and Florie Ann Maravillas.

Second runner went to a presentation entitled “Outside the Closet:  The Father’s Experiences on having Gay Children” which was authored by Hannah Charice Senarillos, Frayle Marie Borlaza, Carl James Jaca, Jennyfel Ramos, and Divine Messiah Novela.

Third runner up was awarded to a presentation entitled “Subjugating Distance:  The Challenges of Left Behind Grade 11 Students whose Parents are Working Abroad” which was authored by Ren Christian Landero, Zaica Jusmille Apdian, Giomere Capuyan, Cresnella Jean Tino, and Bridget Irish Orillo.

Fourth runner up was given to a presentation entitled “Exceeding the Usual:  Hardships and Coping Mechanisms of Parents with Differently-abled Children” which was authored by Jans Ariane Jumawan, Mavian Nova Ebar, Nassif Dida-agun, Renlit John Banuelos, and Jo Anthony Villflor.

Aside from these awards, five papers were adjudged as outstanding paper.  These are the following papers:

1. “Odd-Ones-Out:  How LGBT Students Cope with Homophobic Bullying” which was authored by John Paul Benedict Aves, Maybelle Campomayor, Chia Lauda, Angelo Palmero and Rogie Mae Torres.

2. “Burning Ashes:  Struggles of Cigarette Smokers in Smoking Cessation” authored by Thea Chariz Aldeguer, Marie Elane Alberca, Rezel Kyle Cababat, Jan Mark Fongfar, and Karlo Antonio Lopez.

3. “Outside the Closet:  The Father’s Experiences on having Gay Children” which was authored by Hannah Charice Senarillos, Frayle Marie Borlaza, Carl James Jaca, Jennyfel Ramos, and Divine Messiah Novela.

4. “Missing Piece: Struggles and Coping Mechanisms of Students with Overseas Filipino Worker Parents” which was authored by Kirt Emmanuel Diaz, Mildred Sapong, Michelle Plania, Lailah Rose Capunong, Yvonne Joy Fano and Melanie Lovitos.

5. “Exceeding the Usual:  Hardships and Coping Mechanisms of Parents with Differently-abled Children” which was authored by Jans Ariane Jumawan, Mavian Nova Ebar, Nassif Dida-agun, Renlit John Banuelos, and Jo Anthony Villaflor.

The presenters are preparing themselves to participate in the First Regional Congress for Senior High School which will happen on May 19, 2017.