Monthly Archives: July 2013

August 19 2013 – Quezon City Day holiday

The Philippines will be the marking this August 19 the 135th birth anniversary of Manuel L. Quezon, the country’s second president. The day, which falls on a Monday, is a special non-working holiday in Quezon City, as well as in Aurora and Quezon provinces.

This is in accordance to Republic Act (RA) 6741, which was signed by then-President Corazon Aquino back in 1988. August 19 is a special working holiday elsewhere in the country. Read the full text of RA 6741 here.

Provincial seal of Quezon, Philippines.

Provincial seal of Quezon, Philippines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Quezon City and Quezon province were both named after the man who led the country from 1935 to 1944, while Aurora province in Region III was named after his wife. Quezon died of tuberculosis in the United States in 1944 while his wife was killed in an ambush in 1949.

Residents or the aforementioned areas will have two more holidays for the month – Ninoy Aquino Day on August 21 and National Heroes’ Day on August 26.

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Bullying in Fort Bonifacio High School – Makati

A bullying incident in Fort Bonifacio High School (FBHS) that was caught on camera has gone viral over the Internet the past few days. In the 34 second clip, Abigail Dalundon can be seen being slapped and physically attacked by a group of female students (they have a male companion).

Also in the video, an onlooker can be also heard saying “huwag niyong pagtulungan” repeatedly to the  attackers. The incident transpired in the school’s wash room. The video, which has originally been shared in Facebook last July 20, has now been shared almost 40,000 times. Watch it in this link.

bullying in fort bonifacio high school

Bullying in Fort Bonifacio High School, caught on video

Here’s what happened according to Hitomi Dalundon, the victim’s sister and the original uploader of the video.

 Ako po si HITOMI kapatid ni ABIGAIL DALUNDON.
Kapatid ko po yung naging biktima sa video na to ng pang bubully
nung JULY 17, 2013 sa CR ng pambabae FORTH BONIFACIO HIGH SCHOOL!
Ang kwento po ng kapatid ko sa amin nung July 16, 2013
nakachat nya yung isang classmate nya na nag ngangalang
ANDREA GARCIA (pango’ Bansot) na naghamon ng away sa kanya…
Si ANDREA yung babaeng sumampal sa kapatid ko sa video na toh.
Siya rin daw yung laging nag aaya sa kapatid ko na MAG CUTTING sa klase.
At pag di siya sumama ay aabangan daw siya sa labas at bubugbugin…
Sa takot ng kapatid kong si ABIGAIL dahil pinagmamali ni ANDREA na kasali siya sa PRAT.
Sumunod nalang siya sa gusto ni ANDREA na mag cutting nung WEDNESDAY,
Dahil binantaan ni ANDREA na sasapukin, ipapabugbog daw at aabangan sa labas ng schoolL….
Nag cutting si ABIGAIL nung Wednesday ng 8am kasabay ng mga iba nyang classmate na nasa video…
Sinabi daw ni ANDREA na pag di daw nag cutting si ABIGAIL ippabugbog daw siya sa labas ng school.
sa takot ni ABIGAIL na mabugbog siya pumayag siya at sumunod nlang ke ANDREA…
Sabi din ng ibang estudyante na si ANDREA daw ang pinaka matapang sa loob ng class room nila.
Dahil si ANDREA ay kasali daw sa PRATERNITY SA LOOB NG SCHOOL!!!
GRAND GOONS FAMILY (G.G.F) daw yung grupong kinatatakutan ng iba pang estudyante sa school…

Gusto ko lng din ho sana itanung kung bakit po WALANG NAKAKITA KAHIT TEACHER,
OMNI O KAHIT GUARD sa lugar ng pinangyarihan…

Class suspensions in Quezon City – July 22 2013

President Benigno Aquino III is scheduled to give his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) tomorrow, July 22, before the joint session of the 16th Congress. In line with this, the city government of Quezon City, where the House of Representatives is located, has announced that classes in preschool, elementary, and high school will be suspended on Monday.

English: The official seal of Quezon City in t...

English: The official seal of Quezon City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In a brief announcement posted on the city government’s website, it was noted that Mayor Herbert Bautista made the decision “for the safety and security of the students and to minimize the congestion of traffic particularly near the SONA venue.” The Division of City Schools, the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS), and the Quezon City Police Ditrict (QCPD) endorsed the move to Bautista during the Executive Committee meeting held last July 17.

Classes in schools within the vicinity of Batasang Pambansa are normally suspended during this time of the year. Meanwhile, the city government also said that it is up to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to suspend classes in the tertiary level.

In a related development, Quezon City Polytechnic University (QCPU) Vice President for Administration Melanie Pisig announced that classes in their university’s Batasan Hills campus will be suspended for July 22.

(Note: The Filipino Scribe was given accreditation to cover President Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy)‘s State of the Nation this year.)

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Voter registration for 2013 Barangay Elections – July 22 to 31

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) will once again receive applications for new voters’ registration for the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections from July 22 to 31.  The barangay and SK polls are scheduled to be held on October 28 according to COMELEC Resolution 9715.

After it, the poll body has until September 13 to finalize the voters’ list. According to the Voters Registration Act of 1996 or Republic Act (RA) 8189, Filipinos who are at least 18 years of age, and who shall have resided in the Philippines for at least one year, and in the place wherein they propose to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the election may register as a voter. For example, if you are planning to register in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, you should have living in that community since April, 2013.

2013 sangguniang kabataan elections

Random manual auditing in Cubao Elementary School (credits: Demetrio Ragua)


Prospective new voters can register during the above mentioned days in the nearest local COMELEC office (usually this is in your provincial or municipal hall). The COMELEC usually requires the applicant to show one valid identification card, though it will be more prudent to bring another one plus your birth certificate. Also, don’t forget to photocopy all of those documents in advance so you won’t have to leave the pila.

To know more about voter eligibility rules as well as the requirements for deactivated voters and those who have transferred their place of registration, please visit this link.

The rules for voters in the SK elections are slightly different. According to RA 9164, only those that are 15 years old but are less than 18 years old can participate here. They should also be residing in the barangay where they are seeking to be registered for the past six months. As has been reported, there are persistent efforts in Congress to have the entire SK system abolished.

The Filipino Scribe joins the COMELEC in enjoining all eligible Filipinos to register for  the upcoming barangay and SK polls. Exercise your right to take part in the democracy!


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August 6 2013 Cebu Charter Day holiday

The province of Cebu will be having its 444th charter day anniversary this coming August 6, Tuesday. The day is a special non-working holiday in the entire province, including  Cebu City, Danao, Lapulapu, Mandaue, and Toledo, all of which are considered as highly-urbanized cities.

This is in accordance to Republic Act (RA) 8952, which was enacted during the time of then-President Joseph Estrada. Read the full text of RA 8952 in this link. As we noted in a blog post last year, August 6 became the charter day of Cebu because of a resolution passed by its provincial board back in 1993.

English: Map of Cebu showing the location of M...

Map of Cebu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The resolution states that Spain’s King Philip II, to whom the Philippines is named after, appointed Miguel Lopez de Legaspi as the governor of Cebu on August 6, 1569. This, the declaration noted, “mark(ed) the foundation, although loosely, of a province of Cebu.” Happy charter day to all Cebuanos!

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Eid’l Fitr 2013 Philippine Holiday

August 9 2013 Philippine holiday

UPDATE: President Benigno Aquino III has declared August 9, Friday, a special non-working holiday throughout the country. This is in observance of Eid’l Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims worldwide. Aquino made the announcement through Proclamation 629, which you can read here.

The Philippines will have three national holidays for August 2013. They are the following:

August 9, 2013 – Eid’l Fitr or the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan for Muslims

August 21, 2013 – Ninoy Aquino Day

August 26, 2013 – National Heroes Day

According to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), the end of Ramadhan Fasting and observance of Eid’l Fitr will only be determined after the moon-sighting activity that will be done on August 6, Tuesday. The fasting month of Ramadan officially begun last July 9.

Muslims determine the date for Eid’l Fitr by closely monitoring the different phases of the moon. The NCMF, formerly the Office of Muslim Affairs, has also released the schedule for fasting and praying for Muslims in Metro Manila. It can be accessed in this link.

Eid’l Fitr became a national holiday in the Philippines through Republic Act (RA) 9177, which then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed in May 2002. The said law mandates the NCMF to determine the approximate date for the said holidays “in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.” Read the full text of RA 9177 here.

RA 9177 was used as one of the references in crafting Proclamation 459, which listed all the national holidays for 2013. Click this link for a related blog post.

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Philippine Science High School Application Exam 2014

The country’s most prestigious science high school in the Philippines is once again opening its doors to new applicants for school year 2014-2015. The Philippine Science High School System’s National Competitive Examination (NCE) is scheduled to be held on September 28, and interested parties should be able to file their papers on or before August 2. The school has set the following guidelines for applicants:

1. Must be in his/her 6th year in elementary level (excluding the years spent in nursery and kinder) from a school accredited by the Department of Education
2.  Included in the upper 10% of their batch and with no grade below 80% as officially certified by the school principal or registrar
3. In case the applicant does not belong to the upper 10%, he/she should have a final grade of 85% in Science and Math and 80% in all other subjects

Philippine Science High School Western Visayas...

Philippine Science High School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. A Filipino citizen with no pending application to immigrate to another country
5. Born on or after June 1, 1999
6. In good health and fit to undergo a strenuous academic program for four years
7. Of good conduct and behavior
8. Must not have taken the exam previously

All other information can be accessed in this link. Applicants must submit two copies of the Philippine Science High School application form 2014 (click the link to download it) together with two identical 1X1 photos, a copy of his/her report card for school year 2012-2013, and a non-refundable test fee of P100 for students from private schools. Visit the website of PSHS for more details.

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