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.


Synapse Ms. Earth

Twenty-nine foreign candidates in the search for Ms. Earth 2014 together with the reigning queen, Alyz Henrich from Venezuela, visited Casa del Niño Science High School last Wednesday, 19 November 2014.

As soon as they disembarked from the bus, they were met by preschoolers at the gate who escorted them to the CDN Arena where hundreds of Casans met them with enthusiastic applause.  A very short welcome ceremony including a song from Malebox was followed by a flawless speech from Preschooler Anya Perfecto whose warmhearted welcome address was well received by the candidates who gave her a standing ovation and hugs after she descended the stage.

The candidates then gave the audience a photo opportunity at the arena after which they helped in feeding snacks to their escorts at the school canteen where more picture taking occurred.  After the refreshments, the beautiful ladies had to say goodbye as they boarded the bus en route to another destination.

CDNSSI President Dr. Rosario Acierto helps the candidates serve snacks for the kids.

CDNSSI President Dr. Rosario Acierto helps the candidates serve snacks for the kids.

It was evident that the ladies fell in love with their escorts and the Casans in general as they were reluctant to leave them behind.

The officials of CDNSSI are proud of the fact that of all the schools in the community, Carousel Productions, organizer of Ms. Earth, chose to bring the candidates only to Casa del Niño Montessori & Science High School.


Winners of the recent search for Mr. & Ms. Science 2014 pose for photographers after the coronation rites.  Standing from left to right are Charles Albrecht & Hillary Faith Hervias (4th RU), Aldrin Miñosa & Iris Tomboc (2nd RU), Rajesh James de Leon & Joyce Mitra (Mr. & Ms. Science 2014), Junell Gotico & Irah Cullado (1st RU) and Gabriel Avena & Hillary Faith Hervias (3rd RU).

Winners of the recent search for Mr. & Ms. Science 2014 pose for photographers after the coronation rites. Standing from left to right are Charles Albrecht & Hillary Faith Hervias (4th RU), Aldrin Miñosa & Iris Tomboc (2nd RU), Rajesh James de Leon & Joyce Mitra (Mr. & Ms. Science 2014), Junell Gotico & Irah Cullado (1st RU) and Gabriel Avena & Hillary Faith Hervias (3rd RU).


CDN Pacita , San Pedro, Laguna – Winning 8 out of 12 special awards including Best in Talent and Best in Uniform which are the most sought after prizes, 4th year student Rajesh James de Leon was the favorite to win the title and at the end of the pageant, he was crowned Mr. Science 2014 at the CDN Arena last October 4.  Another senior, Joyce Mitra, was also proclaimed Ms. Science 2014 and was crowned by Dr. Mark G. Acierto and his wife Ms. Sarah S. Acierto.

Joining Rajesh and Joyce in the winning circle were Junell Gotico & Irah Cullado (1st Runners Up), Aldrin Miñosa & Iris Tomboc (2nd Runners Up) Gabriel Avena & Mary Viem Delizo (3rd Runners Up) and Charles Albrecht & Hillary Faith Hervias (4th Runners Up)

Aldin Miñosa’s Engineering attire was the over-all best costume and a certificate was given to his designer at the start of the show.  Other winners of special awards given were:  BEST IN SCHOOL UNIFORM – Rajesh James de Leon & Irah Cullado; TEACHERS’ CHOICE – Charles Albrecht & Irah Cullado; STUDENTS’ CHOICE – Dominic Palatolon & Julia Basangan; BEST IN COSTUME – Rajesh James de Leon & Mary Viem Delizo; MR. & MS. FRIENDSHIP – Rajesh James de Leon & Mary Viem Delizo; BEST IN TALENT SHOW – Rajesh James de Leon & Hillary Faith Hervias;  NETIZENS’ CHOICE – Dominic Palatolon & Mia Alexa Guinto; BEST IN CASUAL WEAR – Rajesh James de Leon & Joyce Mitra; MR. & MS. PHOTOGENIC – Rajesh James de Leon & Irah Cullado; DIRECTOR’S CHOICE – Gabriel Avena & Iris Tomboc;

MR. & MS. PERSONALITY – Rajesh James de Leon & Rouie Anne Sacdalan; BEST IN FORMAL WEAR – Rajesh James de Leon & Joyce Mitra.

Judges during the pageant were former Ms. Science Karen Huervas Caro, former Mr. Science Raphael Soliman, actor Gio Alvarez, beauty queen Mia Narvaja Pondare and pageant enthusiast Charison Abadier.

Outgoing titlists David Kingston and college student Daisherene Driza were also on hand to relinquish their crowns as Mr. & Ms. Science 2013.

DepEd issues guidelines on anti-measles campaign

Official Press Release

PASIG CITY— In response to the increase in the number of individuals contracting measles, the Department of Education (DepEd) has issued DepEd Memo No. 03 s.2014 on Thursday regarding the implementation of the anti-measles campaign in public schools. Following the advisory of the Department of Health (DOH), DepEd has ordered the Schools Division Superintendents (SDSs) and the Regional Directors (RDs) to oversee the smooth execution of the campaign.

School heads have been instructed to send home students exhibiting flu-like symptoms to rest and recuperate.

The DepEd is also asking schools to disseminate information about measles and immunization procedures as well as report identified cases to concerned local health units. They have also been advised to coordinate with the local government health units for the complete vaccination of children.

The systematic relay of information regarding students’ and teachers’ state of health is expected to be operationalized through the Preventive Alert System in Schools (PASS). Under the system, school principals must conduct, monitor, and maintain records of students and personnel’s daily health inspection. Pertinent information must be relayed to the SDS and to the DepEd central office for review and appropriate action.

Authorities recommend addressing any signs of measles at the onset. Measles are rapidly transmitted through air or direct contact, and when ignored it can cause diarrhea, dehydration, pneumonia, encephalitis, blindness, and deafness. It is especially hazardous for very young and undernourished children.


by Jose Gabriel Escorial, 7-Kepler


A CASAN is a good title

And I will tell you why.

Don’t take it for granted in a while

Otherwise, soar high.


C is for Character

In everything you do.

Whether in the Alma Mater

Or a simple place for you.


A is for Academic Excellence

Do you perform well in class?

Do you have enough common sense

To make yourself last?


S is for Scientific Mind

Think logically, you should.

Don’t think blind

And think like a scientist would.


A is for Achievement

To achieve your goal.

Not only award attainment

But to make your life whole.


For a CASAN,

CASA is everything.

Take CASA away from CASAN,

You would be “N”, which stands for Nothing.


Do everything right

And make your future bright.

Hail to the red, the blue, and white

Resembling love, peace, and light.



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.


In the recently concluded Buwan ng Wika Celebration mounted by the San Pedro Tourism Council, the CDN Children’s Choir and CadeBox from the Elementary and Science High School Departments respectively were proclaimed Champions in the Sayawit competitions held last September 30 at the Pacita Astrodome in San Pedro City, Laguna.


The CDN Children’s Choir rendered their contest piece “Para Sa Iyo Bayani” and choice song “Piliin Mo Ang Pilipinas” with their choir master Mr. Kennedy Tabon at the helm.  With their angelic voice and masterful performance, the kids won over the judges and audience alike and thunderous applause followed after they sung their last notes.  It was clear that the group was going to win which was confirmed by a unanimous decision from the judges.

Later in the afternoon, CadeBox (a combination of Cadence and Malebox) performed the contest piece “Ka Bayani” together with “Isang Gabing Maliwanag ang Buwan”, an original composition by Mr. Chito Maramag who trained the group.  It was a close fight as there were so many excellent performances from the competing choirs.  However, CadeBox got the nod from the judges noting that aside from the vocals, they also considered the other important criteria namely, choreography, costumes, props and concept.  Despite the split decision, the group was proclaimed winner after an intense deliberation.


The weeks prior to the competition were stressful to say the least as typhoons caused class suspensions and several delays.  However, it was well worth it as Casa del Niño proved once again that it is indeed the home of chorale champions despite the naysayers.

Credits go to Mr. Jaspher Payag  who designed the filipiniana inspired costumes, choreographed the movements of the children’s choir and also helped in the makeup of the CadeBox girls.  Special thanks to Ms. Katherine Trangco and the Himig Sanghaya Chorale for a workshop before the competition.



Last July 13, the Casa del Niño Science High School students held their acquaintance party at the CDN Arena, Pacita 2 Campus, San Pedro, Laguna.  The first big event of the school year, billed as “Groovy Ca Sa Party, Baby!”, was a well attended vintage-themed affair.  Aside from the party, it merged competitions for the freshmen and the oath-taking ceremonies of Club and Student Council Officers who spearheaded the occasion.

Mr. Richard A. Pustasa, CDNSHS Principal, welcomed the students which included Casans from the Sta. Rosa Campus who have been invited to the party for many years now.  “This event is not just a venue for fun but also a way to unite students from both campuses,” the school head said.  Ashley Papas Rinonos, a senior student, delivered her inaugural address as President of the Student Council.


Winners of the Mr. & Ms. Freshman Pageant pose with alumni judges: Ms. Science 2012 Nicole de Mesa, Mr. Freshman 2009 Kevin Perez and Mr. Science 2012 Mark June Rodriguez, 5th, 6th & 9th from the left respectively.

Several Grade 7 students competed for the traditional Mr. & Ms. Freshman pageant and in the end, two students emerged with the title:  Jake Zavala, Mr. Freshman 2013 and Aaliyah Benizano, Ms. Freshman 2013.  For the other competition, an energetic and graceful group from section Keppler won the Freshman Dance Contest.

Special awards were also given to other deserving students. New Faces of the Year were Grade 7 students Nicole Cortez and Princess Nicole de Mesa while the organizers declared David Kingston and Nica Mendez as Mr. & Ms. Fashionista.  It was deemed that both of them stood out in their vintage-inspired outfits.

The students enjoyed the evening with the blaring music, spell-binding lights and a photo booth that captured the gaiety for posterity.  It was observed that the merrymaking was both riotous and peaceful at the same time from the moment it started at 7 PM until it concluded before midnight.

According to the SC Officers, proceeds from the ticket sales will be used for their proposed projects this school year.


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A multi-purpose structure is now in its early stages of construction at the Casa del Niño Montessori School Phase 6 campus to replace the old one that was razed by a fire last February 11 this year.   The blaze which started from a neighbor’s hut at the back of the school quickly consumed the wood and concrete building that housed the science laboratory, computer room, AVR, music room and dance studio.

The ruins were demolished and cleared during the summer break and now, the foundations are being prepared.  The proposed 2-storey edifice will contain a Students’ Lounge and an Audio-Visual Room at the ground floor which, when needed, may be converted to a social hall with the retraction of partitions.  The second level, according to EVP Dr. Mark G. Acierto, will house a covered basketball court.  “The pupils and parents have long clamored for this facility and now is the time for us to give it to them,” he stated adding that construction will be completed within the year.

New facilities and laboratories are now located in other rooms elsewhere in the campus to replace the ones that were charred by the fire.  Newly purchased scientific equipment and paraphernalia are now being set up in the science laboratory while computer units are about to be delivered in time for the opening of classes in the Elementary Department set for the 17th of June 2013.

“The destruction of the old building has not weakened us,” said the CEO of CDNSSI, Ms. Farah Acierto-Cabanban.  “Instead , it has strengthened our resolve to move forward and look at it as an opportunity to give Casans better and updated facilities,” she added.

The plans for the proposed building were revealed during the summer break.  It is a modern structure with curvilinear walls and primary colors reminiscent of Montessori materials used by the pupils of the campus.

Dr. Rosario G. Acierto, President of CDNSSI, looks at things positively.  “All things happen for a reason and we cannot be derailed by misfortunes,” she declared.  Since her children are now in charge of the school, this is, in a way, a test of their abilities to manage the undertaking.  She says that the construction is symbolic in many ways.  “We also look at the rising of the new building as an indication of the resurgence of Casa del Niño Schools System as one of the best institutions in Southern Tagalog and Northern Luzon,” she concluded.


EVP Dr. Mark G. Acierto welcomes the Casans to the new school year during the first day general assembly at the CDNSHS Arena.

EVP Dr. Mark G. Acierto welcomes the Casans to the new school year during the first day general assembly at the CDNSHS Arena.

The school year 2013-2014 officially started on June 6, 2013 with a general assembly at the Casa del Niño Science High School Arena presided over by the Executive Vice President, Dr. Mark G. Acierto.  With most of the 446 high school enrollees in attendance,  Dr. Acierto welcomed the Casans to the school and reiterated the vision of the institution by inspiring them to think way ahead and preparing for their future today by building on their strengths and interests.

After his opening remarks, the EVP endorsed the new Principal, Mr. Richard Pustasa to the students.  Mr. Pustasa was formerly the Principal of the CDN Sta. Rosa branch but was a faculty member of the main campus for many years before that.  The Principal then introduced the teachers, old and new, to the body.

The four high school levels from Grades 7 and 8 to 3rd Year and 4th year have 3 sections each for a total of 12 classes.  Of the 446 currents enrollees, 218 are males and 228 are females.  The Registrar’s Office reports that there are 67 new students who came from other institutions while 13 Casans who previously transferred to other schools came back this year.  Ms. Yoly Jakosalem, CDN Registrar, is happy to note that the current High School population has exceeded that of last year despite the downward trend that pervades other private institutions.

Dr. Mark G. Acierto ended the opening ceremonies by directing the students to report to their advisers in their respective classrooms.  The EVP is optimistic that this will be a brighter and more fruitful school year not only for the main campus but also for the rest of the schools belonging to Casa del Niño Schools System, Inc.