Category Archives: Education

World AIDS Day (Crossroad of the (HIV/AIDS) epidemic)

In observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, I’m reposting Kuya Tino‘s interview with News5 discussing about the present HIV/AIDS situation in the Philippines. Although the interview was conducted in 2014, what the resource person shared about HIV/AIDS remain relevant up to this day. Please listen to the short clip. Thanks.

Video credit:  News5

What Is HIV?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks cells that help the body fight infection, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. It is spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV, most commonly during unprotected sex (sex without a condom or HIV medicine to prevent or treat HIV), or through sharing injection drug equipment.

If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

What Is AIDS?

AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection that occurs when the body’s immune system is badly damaged because of the virus.

In the absence of HIV/AIDS vaccine, people must learn the simple steps or the ABCs of AIDS Prevention:

A – Abstain B – Be faithful C – Condom use

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Wikipedia

Source: https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/about-hiv-and-aids/what-are-hiv-and-aids

Master the English language with online app

What is distance learning? Distance learning is getting your education without having to be physically present in the classroom of a school. Years ago, distance education first started as the form of correspondence courses taken by the student through postage with the schools or universities. With the availability of internet, distance learning has progressed to online learning offering large scale of open courses with interactive participation between students from all over the globe.

Online education is the latest way to obtain a degree without having to enrol into a college or a university. You need not have to commute to and from college, and there is no fixed time lecture schedule to follow. With online learning, students can set aside the time, commitment and discipline to follow through the full courses on his or her own. With the best college learning app, students will go through the same topics as those who enrol as full time students.

Online learning has its advantages and disadvantages. With online learning, students have to have at least a laptop or a mobile phone. Students have to be computer savvy to be able to know how to follow the courses with the use of the app’s features. The biggest hurdle will be lack of self-discipline. Self-discipline is where students struggle to keep in order to follow through the whole course until the end.

If you are a college student, downloading one of the top iTunes online learning apps onto your iPhone will help you tremendously with your studies. For those using Android, you can download the app from Play Store. The app allows you access to more than 8,000 educational videos covering many field by instructors and professors. You can pick any course that you are interested such as History, English language, Maths, Science, etc. You can either learn new subjects or to improve in a particular subject or field.

You can download learn English online app if you are want to improve your English. The learning app enables you to learn at your own pace, anytime and anywhere. The best thing is there is no homework, no tests and no pressure to meet target, etc. You can replay the videos over again and again to catch up with whatever you might have missed.

Pick and download the learning app of your choose. Sign in to enjoy the trial period available. If you want to register, you can do so right in the app.

Late post: K’s reaction paper on SONA 2017 (school assignment)

President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address was for a lack of better words, informative. There were many topics (important ones at that) that were mentioned during his second SONA last Monday afternoon at the House of Representatives, Quezon City but I only picked five, and they are as follows:

One of the (if not the most) relevant topic for us students is the implementation of the K-!2 curriculum. This topic has been discussed countless times but the pros and cons still stand. The pros being that students now have the freedom to choose or think of what they want with more time, so it wouldn’t be abrupt, a smooth transition to college, if you will. Also in his speech, the widened reach of skills training and a significantly increased number of out-of-school youth who have availed the ALS (Alternative Learning System) was mentioned. As for the cons, (although for me this isn’t really that big of a deal, I can’t say the same for other people), adding 2 more years to the high school education means more tuition fee, but like I said, I don’t think this is that big of a deal seeing as there’s vouchers for incoming senior high school students, so that should help a little. This is an example of socialism.

Secondly, he mentioned the implementation or establishment of the official citizen’s complaint hotline (8888). I do think this is a good idea and it seems like this will actually be a good way for people to voice their complaints, grievances or concerns. What I do think negatively about this is that with all the people calling, it will be just that, people calling. I’d be surprised if they actually took the people’s concerns and address it, much less listen to it. This is an example of social democracy.

Third, Duterte said “We have also installed free WIFI internet in almost 400 public places around the country. We hope that the public will use them to access important information and services.” And that’s great. I can’t think of anything negative to say about that. This is an example of liberalism.

Fourth, the war on drugs. This has been the most controversial thing that has come from his presidency, for me at least. He said that the war on drugs “will be unrelenting”, and he’s right about that. The only positive thing I can think of this is at least they’re actually doing something about the drug problem of our country, although I’m not sure if “killing” people is the right way to go about stopping drugs, but like I said, at least they’re doing something. This is an example of fascism.

First and lastly (there’s more than 5 mentioned during the speech, but I don’t understand the rest enough to say anything about it), bringing back death penalty. I’m not really sure where I stand on this, but I think that is barbaric. Of course, in theory, it sounds like a great deterrent for crime but from what I’ve read, it doesn’t really do anything (aside from killing criminals) and there might be a slight percentage that those sentenced to death are actually innocent (not all the time, but it happens).