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(Listen to Mr. Walsh read this.)
Sometimes in Mr Walsh's class we will
with highschools from different parts of the world. One of these
schools is Gulod National Highschool.
Gulod National Highschool is in the village
Gulod, in the town of Cabuyao, in the province of Laguna,
on the island of Luzon, the biggest island. (
Click here for a page with a map.) Gulod is about 45 kilometers
from Manila, the capital
of the Philippines. Although it is very near the city, it has many
and nature around it. It has lots and lots of fresh air and
beautiful, and the warm weather all year round makes it a very pleasant
and relaxing place.
The students of Gulod National Highschool are very good at
and can write very well. They also like things like music, singing,
dancing, and acting. Many of the students go on to good colleges like The Philippine Women's University.
They like to study, and work very hard because they are taught that the
youth is the hope of the nation.
Like some highschools in Japan, every student must wear a
at Gulod National High School. The
uniform is the symbol of being a
highschool student. The girls wear long green striped skirts and white
short sleeved blouses all year round because the weather in the
Philippines is almost the same all year round. The boys wear white
collared shirts and khaki
pants, just like me! They also have other uniforms for special
occasions like the red uniforms when they danced (see picture below)
and when they have to
perform shows for special guests from different schools.
Eighty five percent of the people in the Philippines are
Catholic, so religion is a part of the curriculum. Students are taught
to pray before school starts, and sometimes before every
class! In Mindanao, the southermost island of the Philippines,
some people are Muslim but there are also many other religions like
Protestant, Iglesia ni Kristo, Jehova's witnesses and even Church of
The dance that you see in the picture below is a typical country
dance that projects what young people wore in the past during harvest
season or planting season.
Most of the teachers are women, including the principal. Men
and women are treated equal in society. One of the teachers in
Gulod National High School is very famous because she became the
Laguna. As a matter of fact, she is still the current Governor of
Laguna, having won the national
election on May 10,2004. The election is a big day in
because everyone wants to enjoy and use their right to vote. She
became very famous because prior to becoming the Governor she
Vice-governor for two consecutive terms, which is equivalent to eight
Unfortunately, the school has a very small library,
but most of the
books were donated to the school by volunteer organizations. It also
has a computer room but there are only 15 computers for the 1700
students that go there. There is no internet because it is too
The teachers and students of Gulod Highschool are very
interested in Japan, and want to know more about school life in Japan.
Let's communicate with them and learn about each other!
The students have not so much in terms of material things but I noticed
that in spite of this, they all smile and their smiles are full