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.

CASAn Cavaliers

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DepEd: Hold your horses on Sept. school opening

Moving the school opening to September would need a thorough study and consultations with education stakeholders and disaster management agencies, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Thursday.

DepEd Communications Director Tina Ganzon made the statement following renewed calls toreset the school opening to September from June to avoid the onset of the rainy season.

Ganzon, however, cited a survey that said more people favored retaining the opening of the school year in June, the traditional start of classes in the country.

“A survey conducted among parents, students and teachers in 2009 showed that the majority still preferred a June opening,” Ganzon told the Inquirer Thursday.

“But we are not saying no to the proposal to move it to September. This would need further study and consultations as we need to take into consideration a lot of factors including climate change,” she said.

A perennial proposal that never got anywhere, calls to move the class opening to September cropped up again following severe flooding in many parts of Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon that caused the suspension of classes earlier this week.

But strong storms and typhoons also hit the country in September, like “Ondoy,” which flooded Metro Manila in 2009 and “Sendong,” which devastated Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in 2011.

In the 1960s, the school opening was moved to September in a three-year process but this was quickly returned to June in the fourth year after students complained that they could notconcentrate on their school work due to the hot summer weather in April and May, and the fact that farmers in the provinces could not enlist their children’s help in bringing in the harvestsbecause they were in school.