Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Agusan Elementary School Batch 1984 Visited Cugman Elementry School

Alumni of Agusan Elementary School (Batch 1984), Agusan, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, 9000 visited Cugman Elementary School last December 30, 2009 for a possible project in Cugman Elementary School.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Fourteen (14) classrooms or 35 percent of Cugman Elementary School were affected by flood due typhoon Urduja last November 25, 2009 at Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, 9000.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Master and Miss Peace

A very lovely pose of Dr. Valentina A. Gaabucayan, DepEd District Supervisor of East District I, Division of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines with the School Principal of Cugman Elemenetary School Dr. Arlan Paul R. Reyes and the Master Peace Mark Gil Puno and Miss Peace Hazel Grace Ramiso of Cugman Elementary School with the Runners-Up last November 13, 2009 during the Coronation Day of Master and Miss 2009.


Teamwork is the key to success of Cugman Elementary School who garnered 1st place on the event observe and remember, 2nd place on the horseback riding and 3rd place on the grasshopper race during the BSP - Boy Scouts of the Philippines Rally of Cagayan de Oro Council held at Iponan, Cagayan de Oro last October 15-16, 2009. The KAB Scouts of Cugman Elementary School were rained by Mrs. Anita Cañete, Mrs. Merlyn Chan and Mr. Rolando Fuego.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Three Angels

Early morning on October 21, 2009 three pupils came to my Office and handed over two pieces of jack and jill magic coated choco cracker sandwich with a greeting "Happy Birthday Sir". Though It was a simple gift coming from them but I was touched on their sincerity and thoughtfulness that they showed. I almost cried on that day but very happy because of the three pupils whom I considered as the three angels who visited me on my Birthday.

Thank you for those people who shared their blessings on my Natal Day. Thank you Cugman Elementary School Teachers.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Three stars and the sun

To all Filipinos, how does it feel when you see the three stars and the sun with a blue, red and white colors on it. In spite of everything you are part of the three stars and the sun. Be proud my friend.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Scouting Month Celebration

October is a Scouting Month. Public and Private Schools in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines are now busy preparing their Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for any scouting activities. Scouts are now internalizing the Scout Oath and Law and start to feel the scouting spirit. One famous saying: Once a scout always a scout. Thank you very much Lord Baden Powell.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


At age 4 Kim Reyes joined different beauty and brain contest. The pictures are the Regional Final of SM Miss Little Stars 2008 wherein Kim is one of the finalists. The proud mother Aerine Marie R. Reyes always supports Kim's dream and ambition. Kim is now an Honor Preschool pupil of Holy Rosary Kindergarten School at Agusan, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

World Teachers Day

My Beloved Teachers:

I see that you are very tired, sometimes bored and worried. But I will tell you to keep on doing good things for your pupils and students. Don't put down your lesson plans and keep your lessons on the right trail. Don't worry about your pupils and students after all it is not your own battle, it is ours. You are not working alone to make them fully educated and morally straight, but rather you and me working it out to shape it. Just do your best and I will take the rest. Happy World Teachers Day.

Your Real School Principal,


Sunday, October 4, 2009

We are the Champion.

Divided we fall, united we stand is a very popular sayings to every leader of the group and of the country as a whole. Every nation, organization, family and team always demand for teamwork and cooperation. A failure of one is a failure of all, and a success of one is a success of all. Teamwork made the Cugman Elementary School athletic team a champion during the district meet last Sept.18, 2009.Coaches and athletes work together harmoniously, shared ideas and techniques on how to improve ones performance on a certain event. Friends and relatives shared their own ways and means to bring the athletes to the fullest. The principal showed his own manner of supporting the athletes by giving them the necessary sporting goods like shoes, for them to work hard for the school. GPTCA officials promised to give rewards for the winners so that they will be motivated to give their best during the game. Teachers prepared and served the food to the athletes while some are paramedics ready to give first aid. The success of the CES team is through the efforts and perseverance of all the people that showed concern and love to the athletes.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Lapasan Lions Club, gives eyeglasses.

Cagayan de Oro City, Lapasan Lions Club District 301-E,Philippines conducted their final check-up for those pupils in the public schools who experienced visual problems, last September 8,2009. The program “ Sight for Kids” was headed by Mr. Washington Limwatek, the district governor of the Lions Club, together with the medical team of the Division of Cagayan de Oro City. “ We are on our 3rd year of helping the visually impaired pupils in the public schools from grades III-VI”, said Dr. Leo Generalao project chairman of the Lions Club District 301-E. Optometrist Dr. Aurora Catajoy, conducted the final check-up of the pupils’ eyes. The child with vision problem will be given a free eyeglasses. “I am so happy that at last I will be given a free eyeglasses so that I can see clearly the words on my book,” said Kamylle Miera Valdehueza, a grade V pupil of Cugman Elementary School, Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Congressman Rodriguez Feeding Program launches

465 pupils of CES benefited the feeding program of the Hon. Cong. Rufus Rodriguez of the 2nd Congressional District Of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines last Sept. 10, 2009. The said feeding program was officially launched by the Congressman together with the medical team of the division of CDO headed by Dr. Baldomero Mark Meso. Mr. Elmer Cotiamco, GPTCA president and EPP teachers, Mrs. Rebecca Tepait and Celeste Pacheco and the Teachers’ Club president Mrs. Elizabeth Daquilog prepared the foods for the feeding of the undernourished children. The purpose of the said program is to help the underweight children to gain more weight so that they can perform well in school.
“ I love children, because they are the hope of this country,” said the Congressman.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fish Culture (Hito)

Mr. Tirso V. Amper, Education Program Specialist - I of the Division of Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines initiated a workshop- seminar to all Practical Arts Teachers in both Elementary and Secondary level about Fish Culture. This program will help Practical Arts Teachers gain knowledge on hito culture and could initiate urban fishpond on their respective schools in the city. Mrs. Kristine B. Dingco representative from (BFAR) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources explained to the participants on how to handle and raise hito fish in school.

Monday, September 28, 2009


The vision of a man lies on the eyes of a woman. Sometimes our vision clears only after our eyes were washed away with tears. Every woman has a child-like character but this will fade away as time passed by. The woman’s smile makes man feel brand new. Boys don’t cry but real men do for the sake of his relationship to the woman he truly love.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Money …. Money…. Money…...

Tioy Joe (Uncle Joe) loves to collect coin when he was still alive. He collected thousands of pieces of Twenty Five Centavos (Philippine currency). The coin ranges from year 1960 to 1966 . The upper portion of the coin is a Filipina woman and the back portion of it is a Philippine Seal with a “Central Bank of the Philippines” encrypted around its edges.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

St. Anthony de Padua

This image is almost 100 years old. First owned by the mother of Mr. Jose Liñan Lumacang of Tin-ao, Agusan, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Jose Lumacang was a devote of St. Anthony de Padua after her mother turnover the image to him. Jose died last March 16, 2009 at the age of 86. Jose gave this image to his nephew Bobot Raran Reyes 3 days before he died. St. Anthony de Padua feast day will be celebrated every 13th day of June.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Autogrades for Teachers

Autogrades was developed by Arlan Paul R. Reyes last 2006. This autogades will help Public School Teachers compute pupil's grade easily. Some Teachers in the Division of Cagayan de Oro used this tool already. Autogades was created in the Microsoft Excel Program. Teachers can solve grades for One (1) day only on eight (8) subjects.

Free download autogrades

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Division Libray Hub

The Department of Education has embarked a nationwide project called "LIBRARY HUB". Only 10 divisions have been considered for the first batch, and one of these is the Division of Cagayan de Oro City. The Library Hub at Cugman Elementary School, Cagayan de Oro will serve as a wholesome library exclusively servicing 88,000 elementary and secondary pupils and students within the division. Former Congressman Constatino Jaraula now Mayor of Cagayan de Oro donated two (2) Buildings for said project and the division of Cagayan de Oro through former DepEd Assistant Secretary Camilo Miguel Montesa who initially bestowed brand new books worth five (5) million pesos. The Library Hub was inaugurated during the time of former Schools Division Superintendent of Cagayan de Oro DR. Isabelita M. Borres. The Library Hub of Cagayan de Oro is now one of the five (5) finalist on the Search of the Most Functional Library Hub 2009 in the whole Philippines. With the full support of our SDS Dr. Myrna S. Motoomull, CEO V., we can make it.

Monday, September 21, 2009


Congressman Rufus Rudriguez of the 2nd Legislative District of Cagayan de Oro City launches the so called project “ Connecting the 2nd Legislative District Schools to the World”. Congressman RR – Short for Rufus Rodriguez donated one brand-new computer with one (1) year free internet connection through smart company to all schools in the 2nd district of Cagayan de Oro.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Reading at early age.

Parents play an important role in developing the reading capabilities of their child. At early age the child should be trained to read and parents should lead in developing the love for reading habit on their child. Parents will read aloud together with their child most especially before bedtime. Buying books is an investment to the part of their child's early education. See to it that at early age your child could reach / scaffold as many books as they can because by then love for reading will develop.

At the age of six months Carpette Reyes learns to flip books and tries to communicate with his parents in relation to the pictures that he saw in the book(see picture above).

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Crocodile selling shoes

The Buwaya (Crocodile) man in red t-shirt sells his branded second hand shoes to Divisoria Night Café Market at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. Here in Cagayan de Oro we called the shoe repairman who buy and sells used shoes as Buwaya. This shoes were coming from Korea, China, Vietnam and other Asian countries. The Buwaya bought it from an Ukay Ukay store ( Used clothing and shoes store)in retail price here in Cogon Market. They wash, repair and repaint the shoes and sell it to Divisoria Night Café Market every Friday and Saturday night. According to Long Hair not his real name (Buwaya in red t-shirt) this is a good business here in the city considering that people love to have branded shoes that they can afford to buy because the branded brand new shoes are very expensive.

Friday, September 18, 2009

From China with love

May 14-19, 2006 were red-letter days for a struggling administrator like me. I got the chance to travel with SDS Isabelita M. Borres to the country where martial arts, jade, traditional healing and exotic women come close with nature. The sights and sounds of China… It was purely an exhilarating experience.

But the highlight of our study was on observing and benchmarking the Teacher Development Program of China. Being one of Asia's soaring economy, the country is known for its principle - centered educational philosophies which are truly worth-emulating . The main objective of the tour was to identify factors of teachers superior performance, best practices and training.

Our group paid a visit to the Philippine Embassy Office and got the chance to meet Ambassador Sonia Cataumber - Braudy. She was a very warm person who gave her vivid observation of the following concerns: The apparent retrogression of the competencies of the elementary /secondary teachers: the poor training/teacher development program: the need to upgrade teachers/teaching skills; to establish inter-country linkages through the DFA; the procedures that the Group will adapt after this observation tour and the possibility of future educational/culture exchange program.

We also visited the Ministry of Education which was facilitated by Mr. Zhu Li, Program Officer. From him, I gained the following insights: the composition of the 14 M tracking form of China of whom 5.9 M are in the elementary schools; 3.7 M for secondary; 1.3 M for teaching education and the rest for vocational - technical schools and graduate studies; Policies related to Hiring of Teachers focused on academic preparation with the necessary certification and the passing of the examination and the Training System involving the a) pre-position TEACHERS; AND THE B) IN-POSITION TEACHERS.

Background Information of Barangay Cugman

Barangay Cugman is located at the Northeastern part of Cagayan de Oro City and is 7.6 kilometers from the Poblacion and has a total land area of 3,122.0584 hectares as per record of the City Assessor’s Office. It is bounded by: North-Macajalar Bay, South-Forest, Zone & Bukidnon Province, East-Cugman River & Barangay Tablon, and West-Bigaan River & Barangay Gusa.

As of 1994 records from the City Assessor’s Office, total taxable land area of Barangay Cugman is 627.0473 hectares and the remaining area are categorized as follows: Residential – 86.7177 has., Commercial – 13.9225 has., Industrial – 18.1271 has., Agricultural – 508.2456 has.. The data was based on the revised Tax Declarations filed and declared by land owners in the City Assessor’s Office.

Barangay Cugman is known for each beautiful beach particularly Chali beach and Bulakenia Resort which are good for indoor and outdoor activities. Another Pride of Cugman is the Eco Village Gardens of Malasag which is situated on the hillside where one could be free from the heat and dust of the city and where one can breathe fresh air, can feast his eyes with the beauty of nature and feel free, relaxed and contented.

The residents of Cugman are engaged in various types of livelihood such as: charcoal production, lumber exporting, fishing, farming and business. Majority of the populace are self-employed, laborers, private and government employees, businessmen and farmers.

Sixty percent (60%) of the residents of Cugman are enjoying the services of the Cagayan de Oro Water District. In terms of transportation, Cugman has many passenger jeepneys running via Cugman Gusa- Cogon Market route. Those residing along the national Highway can ride the passenger jeepneys routing from Bugo, Tagoloan and Villanueva to Cogon Market.

The customs and traditions of the people of Cugman are as follows: (1) Palihi and Padugo. A ritual where people butchered pigs, chicken or goat before foundation of buildings. Coins were also buried beneath each post to ensure good luck. (2) Buhat-Buhat, ritual that offers foods and chants to the spirit of nature that are believed to cause human ailments. (3) Pasaka. Marriage customs where the groom’s relatives go to the bride’s home to ask for her hands. They bring food and drinks with them.

Cugman has various religious sectors: Roman Catholic, Iglesia Filipina Independente, Iglesia ni Cristo, Buddism, Iglesia sa Dios Espiritu Santu, Later Day Saints, Baptist, Jehovah’s Witness, Islam, and Protestants.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Honorable Man

A man truly abundant with love and respect;
A man truly responsible of his words and his deeds;
A man truly loyal to his friends, relatives and family;
A man truly admirable for his kind and soft heart;and
A man noticeably full of wit and wisdom.
That's really what a man is!
A man truly incomparable.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Cugman Elementary School

Cugman Elementary School is under East District 1, Division of Cagayan de Oro City. The school was opened in 1948 with Mrs.LEONARDO LEYRITANA as first school in-charged who handled Grades I and II classes with Mr. Atilano Labuntong who handled Grades III and IV classes. They held their classes in a coconut dryer near the seashore. When there was a heavy downpour, they scampered under nearby houses and held their classes there,

In 1953, more pupils enrolled. The late Mr. Laureano Villanueva, who was then the barangay captain, requested some elderly residents who have finished high school to monitor some children’s activities until the time of formant teachers came. The Parent-Teachers’ Association with the Barangay Officials collaborated their efforts to build the school with complete rooms for the children,

With the effort and interests shown among the people in the community for their children’s education, Cugman Elementary School was realized and made in 1953 with Mr. Julian Salcedo as School Principal.

As years went by, the number of teachers increases. Started from two (2) and now it has forty-five (45) active teachers rendering teaching services with the total population of one thousand seven hundred sixty-five (1,765) pupils under the leadership of Dr. Arlan Paul R. Reyes.