The Senior High School Students of SSIS Malarayat have conducted a 20-minute Zumba session held last February 7, 2017, at the SSIS gym.


There is no other inTENse way to start the tenth year anniversary of the school than to boost the energy levels and heart rates of the SSIS community as one and at its maximum. Physical Education taught us that fitness is a necessary component to our daily lives, one which keeps our body and minds healthy and functioning at its best. And as part of our requirements for the subject, the class have come up to organize a fitness event – Zumba.

Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that incorporates interval training – alternating fast and slow rhythms – and resistance training. Likewise, our Zumba session included five (5) sets: the warm-up, dance 1, dance 2 by Ms. Rizchel, dance 3, and the cool down. The steps we’ve come up for each set grooved to the beats of The Club Can’t Handle Me Down, Fire Burning, a mash-up, Trumpets, and All of Me respectively.

Just like any other activities for the foundation week, our Zumba session took us several days of preparation with enormous amounts of efforts and energy, as well as the trust in the entire process. Of course, we first made sure that we were fit enough to organize such event. And so, we took up one Zumba session of our own as a class. It was definitely exhausting, too exhausting – it became great. The next days were alotted for event planning and designing. The class was divided into two groups: the first one was assigned for the warm-up and dance 1, while the second one was in charge of dance 2 and the cool down. I was part of the first group and it took us a process before we could get everything and everyone in fitness and in finesse. It was at first difficult because for most of us, dancing on stage isn’t what we can be confident of. Yet, we were able to overcome and make it through with what was dragging us down because what’s an SSIS king without the mantra: “No Hesitation”.

February 7, 2017

I think something as wonderful as the feedbacks of the SSIS community about our Zumba session deserves a highlight in this post. So allow me to share with you some of them:

“What I can say about your Zumba session is that Zumba is good for the heart, and the event itself was a very enjoyable way to exercise as you were dancing with a crowd. And lastly, as for your level, you did your best in establishing the Zumba as you care to reach out and help our school kick-off its tenth year with fun and healthiness.” Ian Iglesia (Grade 7)

“The Zumba was great! It was fun and I enjoyed doing it. It was nice to see everyone exercising and working hard but, having fun as well. It was very relaxing and calming and my body felt really refreshed after. I am looking forward to the next time we do Zumba.” Victoria Vistan (Grade 8)

“Zumba was fun though it didn’t last that long. I saw how everyone enjoyed it because I was assigned to cover it. It was a blast.” Shayanne Distura (Grade 9)

“It was very beneficial because it was not only fun, the Zumba also helped us exercise. On the routine, in particular, the steps were more on stretching and it was nice because stretching in the morning helps in keeping the body loose for the whole day.” Stephanie Fong (Grade 10)

“I believe that it was a success since everyone enjoyed the dance moves” Rennier Cuevas (Grade 11)

“After the Zumba, I felt energized. It really feels great to stretch and exercise especially with this weather.” Ms. Jeanne Marie Lago (PE Teacher)

As for me, it took me a hard time to compose a reflection regarding the fitness event that we had; it was even harder than making the dance steps because I was injured and absent on the day of our Zumba session. But what I have learned and what I can share with you is that YOU can be fit because you are born to be one. From what we have experienced and heard, you don’t need to be a great dancer to feel welcomed in a Zumba session. It was all through a mantra and a process. Zumba is for people of all ages! And indeed, it enables us to perform up to our potential.

Even though the class had one less person that day, the fitness event was overall successful. Not only did it show what the class is capable of, but it has also garnered the hearts of everyone.

Cheers to Stonyhurst Southville International School Malarayat’s 10th Year Anniversary!






Proof, Power, and Passion

“What is out there? How did we get here? What is the world made of?”

The ideas, achievements, and results of science are all human endeavors;  built in our search to answer questions about what makes up everything in the world.  “The Story of Science” is a series that attempts to explain this concept. It shows us a story that moves from the debunked theories of the Greeks and the crazy assumptions of the alchemists in their secret laboratories to the understanding of atoms and its subatomic particles and onto the inventions that has had significant impacts on humanity. Likewise, “The Story of Science” is a human endeavor in proof, power, and passion.


Alchemy is mainly concerned with the attempts of converting base metals such as lead into gold, the purest metal. A process termed as transmutation. Hennig Brand, an alchemist, theorized that the philosopher’s stone, a substance that reputedly turned base metals into gold, will be extracted from human urine. However, the philosopher’s stone was never found in his experiment, but it produced an element called Phosphorus.

Another scientist in the history of science was philosopher Joseph Priestly. He studied air by heating different substances. One example is red calx or mercuric oxide. In his experiment, mercury turned into a shiny metal and the rest were good air with fiery properties. This air was later named as Oxygen by Antoine Lavoisier. Antoine Lavoisier is a monarch who also discovered another air which is Hydrogen. But unlike Oxygen, it is inflammable. It was obtained after breaking apart Hydrogen and Oxygen from water.

One important process explained in the Story of Science was electrolysis. It is a process that splits a substance by passing an electric current.  Through the electrolysis of potash, performed by the chemist and poet Humphry Davy, he was able to get the element Potassium.

Aside from the discoveries of some elements, the Story of Science also gave proof on the atomic structure. The idea of electrons was first shown by William Crooke’s model or Crooke’s Tube which apparently was not convincing as compared to Joseph John Thomson’s Cathode Ray Tube Experiment. JJ Thomson accurately and delicately explained that electrons made the tube glow and the paddle wheel to spin in the tube.


More importantly, these bodies of knowledge have generated change in the world.  The alchemists contributed the use of intricate laboratory tools and equipment. The roots of a scientific investigation lie in their secret laboratories. Hennig Brand’s discovery of Phosphorus is used to make matches. Furthermore, Lavoisier did Priestly’s experiment in reverse order and found out that after combining the shiny metal and the good air, the red calx or mercuric oxide was again formed exactly the same as before.  This is a fundamental concept that we have today – the law of conservation of energy. Moreover, the discovery of Hydrogen has brought about hot air balloons, which encouraged Napoleon to create a military of it. It is thirteen times lighter than normal air, less dangerous, has huge lifting power, and therefore, it is powerful in today’s society.

The best defense for malaria was also discovered in the history of science. The quinine in the bark of the cinchona tree is the key ingredient against the disease. Because of the failed attempt at the synthesis of quinine, William Perkin was able to create the dye. The production of dye became massive and for that, William Perkin is known as the father of industrial chemistry. Other industrial chemists, on the other hand, have worked out on ammonia which is essential in artificial fertilizers which help in sustaining the global population.

The invention of valves and its evolution to transistors and finally to the microprocessors that we have today were also told in the Story of Science. These inventions came into power because of the understanding of the quantum theory or how electrons behave. Valves, transistors, and microprocessors are used to control the flow of electrons; it amplifies electrical signals in radios, televisions, telephones, etc.


Though scientists of the history of science had different inventions or even contradicting perspectives such as Niels Bohr’s and Albert Einstein’s, I believe that they all had one thing in common: Passion. A passion for discovering new things from strange and unbelievable concepts. A passion that lead to the spawn of technological advancements. Even though alchemists were described as crazy for their idea of transforming lead into gold, their works have also helped shape the world. Their ideas, achievements, and results were built on their strong sense of enthusiasm and determination to answer questions about what makes up everything in the world. Though the quest they had may seem abstract and theoretical in most cases, it has had the greatest impact on humanity.