For the second time this month, an earthquake drill was conducted last Tuesday, June 16, but this time, it was unannounced.  Mr. Ramon Belizario, who  managed the practice evactuation, said “This is to test the alertness and preparedness of both teachers and students.”

Noticing that the students were doing it wrong, the earthquake drill was repeated until they got it right.

A fire drill followed where a bonfire was lit and some teachers and students were asked to extinguish the flames to demonstrate to the  general assembly the proper way of putting out a fire.  Several fire extinguishers were consumed as the exercise was done repeatedly to immerse the Casans in the experience.

The Principal, Mr. Richard Pustasa, commented that this was being done to prepare the students for disasters that might come in the future.  More of these drills will be done throughout the school.

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During the summer months of April and May 2015, the Casa del Niño SDO led by Coach Dennis Cabanban continued its programs for both Basketball and Volleyball teams by fielding new trainees to augment the remaining players who have not yet graduated.

The summer-long training was held to sustain the momentum of both teams which showed outstanding performances throughout the previous school year.  Worth noting was the excellent showing of the Volleyball teams led by Coach Mikko Gako whose players were champions in both the Boys and Girls Divisions.

Coach Mikko Gako emphasizes a point during the summer clinic for volleyball trainees.

Coach Mikko Gako emphasizes a point during the summer clinic for volleyball trainees.

The SDO complements the academic pursuits of the institution by making sure that Casans show excellence not only within the four corners of the classroom.  It has been noted that during the last couple of years, Casa del Niño has re-emerged as a formidable presence in athletic meets not only in San Pedro City but in the whole province of Laguna as well.


Basketball trainees jog around the quadrangle before the clinic held last summer at the CDN Arena.

According to Coach Dennis and Coach Mikko, the intramurals will be held early this school year to discover more potential players among the students.  With their energy and willingness to advance the athleticism of Casans, it is almost assured that our varsity teams will continue the superiority that was displayed last year and even surpass it.



With DepEd’s implementation of the K to 12 program in 2012, Casa del Niño has been preparing since then  for the additional Grade 11 level starting next school year.  The past school year 2014-2015 in particular has been a frenzy of research and exploration with the administration, teachers and staff delving into the expected issues that might come with the new situations pertinent to the new level.

CDN Pacita's Subject Coordinators and Admin Members headed by Ms. Farah Acierto - Cabanban CEO of CDNSSI together with the Senior High School Officials of University of Makati during the Senior High School Bench Marking Program of University of Makati.

CDN Pacita’s Subject Coordinators and Admin Members headed by Ms. Farah Acierto – Cabanban CEO of CDNSSI together with the Senior High School Officials of University of Makati during the Senior High School Bench Marking Program.

Teachers and staff of CDN have already undergone seminars and relevant immersion programs to be fully aware of the different new systems that have been prescribed by the DepEd.  One example is the team that visited the University of Makati last May to experience the various laboratories and equipment that have to be acquired by the school to be fully functional for the said new strands or grade levels.


During that immersion program, speakers and resource persons instructed the attendees on the different aspects of the K to 12 curriculum and the new courses that have been integrated in both Grades 11 & 12 levels.

Having been apprised of the new subjects that will be introduced in the next two years, several teachers are now enrolled in classes in other institutions to be prepared for new courses such as electrical, bookkeeping and other courses.  During the summer, seminars in our Pacita 2 campus were also held to train our teachers in relevant methods and approaches in anticipation of the expected trends.

On the part of the administration, several rooms are now being prepared to accommodate the Grade 11 students who will be enrolling next school year.

It is worth noting that several students from other schools have now transferred to CDN because of our preparedness for the K to 12 curricula as against other schools who will not continue on with Grades 11 & 12 due to foreseen constraints such as lack of rooms and teachers for said program.

As the CEO of CDNSSI, Ms. Farah Acierto-Cabanban is ready to uphold the status of our institution as a leader in our community.  “We should move on with the times and adapt to the necessary changes for the benefit of our clients, our students who will take our place in the future,” she emphatically stated.



After several postponements, the search for Mr. & Ms. Science 2013 finally culminated last Monday, October 14, at the CDN Arena in what the avid critiques say was the most high-tech pageant in our school’s history ever.

3rd year student David Kingston was proclaimed Mr. Science 2013 and was crowned by outgoing titlist Mark June Rodriguez.  Kingston also won the Mr. Photogenic award.  In the female division, Nicole de Mesa passed on her title to senior student Daisherene Driza as Ms. Science 2013 after winning two other  awards, Best in Costume and Best in Talent Show.

Finalists included Miguel Luis de Guzman & Janelle Mitra (1st Runners Up), Tyrone Salcedo & Denise Molo (2nd Runners Up), Stephen dela Cruz & Stephanie Tornea (3rd Runners Up) and Mclywane Prepotente & Naomi dela Cruz (4th Runners Up).

Other special awards were presented that night, namely:  Best Costume to the designer of Janelle Mitra (Dann Seterra and Ranelson Espaldon); Best in Uniform to Tyrone Salcedo and Stephanie Tornea; Teachers’ Choice to Stephen dela Cruz and Stephanie Tornea;  Netizens’ Choice to Tyrone Salcedo and Denise Molo;  Best in Costume to Tyrone Salcedo and Daisherenne Driza; Mr. & Ms. Friendship to Mclywane Prepotente and Janelle Mitra; Best in Talent Show to Mclywane Prepotente and Daisherenne Driza; Students’ Choice to Michael Ramirez and Janelle Mitra; Best in Casual Wear to Stephen dela Cruz and Naomi dela Cruz; Mr. & Ms. Photogenic to David Kingston and Naomi dela Cruz; Director’s Choice to Michael Ramirez and Coolyn Camat; Mr. & Ms. Personality to Tyrone Salcedo and Stephanie Tornea; and Best in Formal Wear to Miguel de Guzman and Coolyn Camat.

Center of the audience’s attention was the huge LED video wall that made the event more colorful and awe-inspiring thanks to Ms. Joanne dela Cruz who sponsored the high-tech VideoSonic equipment .  Special thanks to the able VideoSonic staff who worked from very early in the morning until everyone was gone that evening.

Other sponsors were Jay Carlo Olaguer who was the official photographer of the event,  My Coolection Shoppe for the Netizens’ Choice winners, Pevonia Botanica who gave gift packs for the winners care of Ms. Marie Elaine Palapag and Anthologie of the Scarf care of Ms. Logie Tonacao who provided scarves for the candidates.

CASAn Cavaliers

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Here are some of the Activities of the Casan Cavalier. For More info about the club visit their facebook page

CASANs! We are Phenomenal

Written by: Mariella Talan

II-Darwin, ‘13


 It has been more than three decades since Casa del Nino started to inculcate students how to bring out the best in their minds, bodies and souls. Through the years, children were taught with arithmetic , grammar and many more. But as a current student of this institution, I believe that none of these things is a basis of being a True Casan at all. Because if you’re a real one, you should possess the greatest lesson this institution has taught us all. It is a True Casan’s strongest armor and greatest victory. It is something that we have all in our hearts. And it is nothing but best character, I suppose. Nothing but the greatest character.


But one question binds us all. What does it take to be a real Casan? Who is a real Casan? Are you even a real one? There are several Casans out there, but only a few are true. Only a few strives to be the best. Only a few strives to be phenomenal. But I believe that being a True Casan is not all about being great at anything or being academically powerful, because a real Casan’s power lies within his heart. It’s all about his values and his character. And the True Casan’s biggest mission? It is to inspire other Casans to be like them. It is to have the best lineage of Casans. It is to have every Casan the best in his own way. It is to have every Casan an inspiration to others. It is to have every Casan phenomenal.


And in the end, we Casans should unite and unleash the power that lies within us. The domination of True Casans shall prevail. A Casan that loves. A Casan that hopes. A Casan that inspires. We are True Casans in our own ways. Therefore, we are phenomenal. It is the greatest prodigy of our generation. It is the Casan Phenomena. And as a Phenomenal Casan, I have a big question for you. Do you think you are one of us?


Thank You CASAns!

Official Press Release 12 February 2013

Thank God the fire was contained last night. Nobody was hurt. The classrooms are safe and secured. Only the laboratory rooms and the Social Hall were damaged.

Our heartfelt thanks to those who came last night to help us out and to those who Prayed. GOD INDEED HAS SENT THE RAIN!

Special thanks to the firemen who responded. THANK YOU CASANS FOR THE LOVING THOUGHTS.  To all the stakeholders of Casa Del Niño Montessori and Science High School let us join hands in Thanking and Praising God.

Something bad happened, He has something better for us.

Give a book, give hope this Christmas

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By TIPPY KINTANAR, Contributor
November 10, 2012, 11:35am

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Libraries build dreamers. Dreamers build the nation.

In the Philippines, only one in every 10 public elementary school students has access to a proper and functional library. Oftentimes, the books found in these libraries are even outdated and in poor condition. It is no surprise then that there are still many public school students who graduate from Grade 6 without knowing how to read.

To help change this unfortunate situation, the Acts of Hope for the Nation (AHON) Foundation has partnered with communities and different stakeholders in developing functional public elementary school libraries. Since 2006, AHON Foundation has helped develop more than 60 libraries in public schools all over the country.

For the Christmas season, AHON Foundation has launched the “Christmas Book Wish List Challenge” campaign to bring books and public elementary school children together. It calls for generous people who want to give the gift of hope and reading. To fill the shelves of the libraries, a donor needs to provide at least three dictionaries, 10 story books, three big books or large-print story books suitable for preschool students, and five young-adult fiction books.

Used books are welcome for as long as they are not dilapidated, too old, and worn out.

The donors who are able to complete the wish list will have his or her name placed on the walls of the AHON adopted library where the books will be given. Donations will go to the public schools that AHON will be working with next year.

For those interested to donate to the Book Wish List Challenge, call Herbel or Tippy at (02) 433-1440 or email

House Acts On Bullying Problem

May 18, 2012, 10:40pm

MANILA, Philippines – BULLYING has been a problem in most schools for sometime now. But it was only recently, after realizing that the growing number of children who drop out or experience physical and emotional harm is attributed to bullying, did we take appropriate action. The Anti-bullying Act of 2012  passed by the House of Representatives addresses the problem  and provides vital information on how bullying can be prevented. While it is found in the early grades, it usually peaks in the later grades and the first years of high school. The Act defines bullying as the “use of written, verbal, or electronic expression or a physical act or gesture or any combination of these by one or more students directed at another student. It has the effect of placing the student in fear of physical or emotional harm.”

A study by Plan International and UNICEF (2008) had shown that 4 of 10 children in Grades 1 to 3, or 7 out of 10 in Grades 4 to 6 and high school were victims of bullying.  Name calling, teasing, physical and verbal threat, shunning, malicious gossip, withdrawal of friendship are the more frequent acts used  by bullies. Boys more often than girls are the bullies or the victims and they derive great satisfaction from inflicting pain on others. Among girls, bullying is more relational and is done through the spread of rumors or social exclusion. But the more serious repercussions are suicide or permanent psychological damage in that after dropping out, the child often refuses to return to school. A 2010 study showed that at least 160,000 children missed school out of fear of being bullied.

Cyber-bullying (over Internet, use of cell phones and other information technologies) has become more rampant. It is reported that about 2.7 million students have been bullied each year by about 2.1 million bullies on cyberspace using the popular social networks such as Facebook. The availability of new technologies, anonymity in cyberspace which works in favor of the abuser who does it with impunity, and the opportunities for sexual abuse and exploitation which the new technologies provide, are seen as factors contributing to the rise of cybercrime. Just recently, Senate Bill 2796, the Anti-Cyberspace bill,  was approved with a few dissenters who invoked the principle of prior restraint against freedom of expression – that morality must not be legislated.

Large classes and poor classroom management that cause discomfort and restlessness had likewise exacerbated  bullying behavior. Bullies are known to have problems at home, such as absentee parents and poor study habits. The bullied are often those coming from social, economic, or background that differs from that of the majority. Lack of confidence and self-worth make them unable to fight back.

Bullying is a system, according to child psychologist Dr. Honey Carandang. This means that we must understand the role of the third component, the “bystander.” In our normal cultural context, the bystander is a passive “usisero” who merely watches. If bullying must be successfully stopped, the bystander should be a concerned and active citizen. The teacher, a member of civil society, government are normally the bystanders in this system. Where there is abuse of power, such as in the example of the Ampatuan clan which planned  the  massacre, the worst case of electoral violence in Maguindanao, the government or the civil society must actively intervene.

Our present socio-economic and political environment, by perpetuating income and other forms of disparities, and by allowing impunity (or “getting away with murder”) to continue, had unwittingly contributed  to creating a culture of bullying. Outside the school, we describe this as intimidation. We see it every day and everywhere – in the corridors of power – in the Legislature, the Judiciary, and Executive offices where the symbols of power and privilege still exist. Thankfully, the “wang-wang has disappeared from the streets, but we still have the pork barrel and the political dynasties with us. We are still helpless in giving due justice to victims of extra-judicial killings and protection of journalists and other endangered species.. My e-mail is