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When I Talk, You Listen!

Interracial Work Atmosphere

We bring you a story from one alumna (aka Loida) currently working abroad. It’s about her experience at work and how she managed to survive amidst cultural and interracial diversity.

Loida was leading a career as a plant supervisor for one manufacturing company in the far West. She supervised 10 positions along with some entry-levels and had to push hard just to meet company targets and deadlines. To make her story short, she has to rise above all obstacles just to get there.

How she do it? Well, that’s the thing she shared with us here.

Loida said that the first time she gets into that position she has to prove lots of things. Yeah, lots and lots of things. First to herself, that she has all the capabilities to carry out the job. Second to her immediate superior for entrusting the job without hesitations; and third to her colleagues who manifested random reservations which hamper the proper delivery of tasks she want to assign them.

Loida was working in an international company where she has no choice but to deal with people in different cultural background, races and colors. After giving everything to her job, Loida gradually win their trust, not just the superior’s faith but her subordinates too. Eventually, Loida enjoyed the acquaintances and warmth reception of everyone in the company.

She still maintains her grace up to now and asked what is it that makes you do all those things. She said, there is only one thing that I always said to my colleague when I am calling them for departmental meetings, discussions, or even in ordinary talks and that’s… “when I talk, you listen!” She also explained that she is not trying to portray stern persona as every time she said it to someone, she revert it with… “same thing I will do to you that when you talk, I listen!”

To us, it is quite a privilege to know someone like Loida who belongs to our alumni community and who has the courage to venture life away from home and away from her comfort zone.

To Loida, we know it’s not easy to go through different challenges and enduring it alone in the foreign land. Keep it up and we are proud of you. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

To those who wish to share their story about work, please email us at And we promise that when you talk your story with us, we will definitely listen.


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We want to share our deep appreciation to all alumni who have continuously sent their feedbacks to us about high school.

Memories from high school came to us at once and reading all your feedbacks steer away our very emotions. We concluded our reading of all feedbacks we received in joyous state.

It is incredible what one can share on through cherished memories at BNHS, encouragement passed by our teachers – their words so uplifting that emotions become necessary.

To other alumni out there, if you have something to tell about your previous teachers at BNHS or words of gratitude you wish to express but have no guts to say it in person please do not hesitate to make us… as your messenger. We promise to post it here and ensure that the concerned teacher will read it.

Or if you have some unfinished business with your classmates, fond memories of your friends in high school, subjects you like or find unexciting, love experiences in high school or any topic in particular, please do not hesitate to share it with us.

We will treasure every feedback we receive for it is something that we need to have and to hold in our alumni community.

For high school memories are indeed priceless!

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Marketing & Communications: BNHS Alumni Newsletters


Reviving the Alumni Pulse Newsletters
Poblacion, Borbon, Cebu

BNHS ALUMNI PULSE, edited by BNHS Borbon and fellow alumni, is an independent newsletters for the alumni community of Borbon National High School. The first issue released on January, 2011 was distributed with limited copies.

To provide our alumni community with regular newsletter and as our way of promoting camaraderie among graduates of Borbon National High School, we would like to invite everyone to contribute your stories, views, opinions, comments or feedbacks with us. We believe that we have too much to share and this newsletter is an effective way to bring together our intentions.

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We would love to be able to stay in touch with you and help you connect with your alumni population! We would like to share more information which you may find helpful. For instance, we have been compiling pictures and information of some alumni and introduce them in our alumni community under the Who’s Who Section. If you would like to be on this list, please update your information and be sure to include your complete name if you’d like to be added on our email & facebook list. Please also update your contact preferences (for instance, if you don’t want us to e-mail you and we have been).

Besides updating your contact information with us, we highly recommend that you join the official Alumni Association of Borbon National High School. The Alumni Association is more active than ever. They are getting together alumni in all kinds of fun ways and providing a lot of useful information on their own.

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You can check on any of the following groups in facebook to join:
BNHS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (created in 2010 by BNHS Borbon as unofficial group and an avenue for the Alumni Community of Borbon National High School)
Borbon National High School Alumni Association (created as an official group in 2013, mandated by 2013 Alumni Homecoming Officers & sanctioned by the school administration)

Also join our group at Facebook to see what fellow alumni have been doing (see the Alumni Facebook page for more information). For instance, check out who are the set of officers elected after that 2013 Grand Alumni Homecoming and 25th Anniversary celebration of our school.

Plus if you join you get to maintain your personal connection with other alumni which is a great way to stay in touch with them as they move from place to place.

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Net Communication

Internet slang (Internet shorthand, Cyber-slang, netspeak, chatspeak, or translexical phonological abbreviation) refers to a variety of slang languages used by different communities on the internet.

If you have no idea about some words used by netizens nowadays, you will end up being lost in translations. That is why we want to introduce some internet slang that we learn as we keep on meeting bloggers and friends here and around the globe.

But we are not trying to push the idea of jejemon language as we don’t want our discussions to be messed up with words that will confuse rather than understood by every single person.

Besides, our friends from DepEd will surely raise their eyebrows if they see some “jejemon’ words in our blogs… joke!

So shall we ‘ktbr’ or short form for ‘keep the ball rolling’? Oh, spare that word… coined that myself to try how it sound like.

Even linguists and word experts have difficulties to provide a standardized definition of internet slang due to constant changes made to its nature, so why bother.

We’ll bring you some of the common internet lingo that we find very interesting.

Here we go…

XOXO which means to ‘kiss and hug you’ (sa bisaya pa, ‘censored’…sound literally green man gud)

PKOI – a french slang which means “Why?” used in the place of the word pourquoi. (sa bisaya pa, ‘censored’ gihapon… XOXO ug PKOI na jud na)

‘E GAO’ which means an alternative political discourse (sa bisaya pa, mao na na…hehehe)

WYSIWYG (pronounced ‘weeziwig’) which means ‘What you see is what you get’. People would supposedly see something, ponder over what they had seen and realize that it’s probably the opposite of what’s on display.

BAZINGA or MOE – the terms come into common use among slang users to mean something extremely cute and appealing

HAHA / JAJA – onomatopoeic expression of laughter, but the difference in language also meant a different consonant for the same sound to be produced

Siguro nag LOL na ka diha no?

‘LOL’ for laughing out loud gud…pastilan baya!

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‘Pilipinas’ Ba o ‘Filipinas’ Talaga?

Pilipinas o Filipinas

We couldn’t help but comment on the resolution issued by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) on April 12 to revert to the name “Filipinas” instead of the more popular “Pilipinas” and even “Philippines” as the country’s official name.  KWF said the resolution promotes the country’s official and modern name which reflects its history and development as a nation.

The KWF document is already making rounds in social media nearly a month before Buwan ng Wika next month.

But what’s in a name?

  • Filipinas is said to be the original name given by the Spanish colonizers to honour the king of Spain, King Felipe II.
  • Our national artist Virgilio Almario, a former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Arts and letters, highlighted how it is preposterous that citizens of a country known to the world as the Philippines are called Filipinos and not Pilipinos.
  • The 1992 article entitled Patayin ang ‘Pilipinas’ (‘Kill Pilipinas’) said the used of three names—Philippines, Pilipinas and Filipinasleads to “national confusion.”

What is your stake in the KWF resolution?  Alumni react!

Agree, disagree or never mind.

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ALumni 2013

Poblacion, Borbon, Cebu, Philippines – In celebration of the school’s 25th Silver Jubilee, a grand alumni homecoming was organized last May 25, 2013, 8 am at the municipal covered court and school ground.

Carrying the theme, “Reminiscing memories, realizing dreams, continuing achievements,” the event was organized with a huge success.  A holy mass was conducted to start the celebration followed by a vivid motorcade around the town. 

The school alumni honoured Mrs. Lorna Ibo, the pioneering principal who has served the school for more than a decade until her retirement just recently.

BNHS Faculty and staffs along with the overall homecoming committee welcome all alumni at the venue.  All are wearing big smiles while socializing with their previous teachers, classmates and friends.

Showing off at the venue are gaudy tarpaulin designs festooned on each table complemented by colorful batch shirts worn by each class.

Jovial moods wrapped up the very atmosphere. “This is the best Alumni that I ever attended”, uttered by one alumna from Class ‘98. 

Hundreds alumni graced the event starting from the pioneering batch “Class ‘92” to the most recent graduates of BNHS which made the celebration blissful and mottled.

Sumptuous foods and fabulous presentations from different batches highlighted the event which made everybody in high spirits, seeing it for the first time in this 2013 Grand Alumni Homecoming.

More are looking forward for a repeat homecoming, hopefully with a twofold attendance or more.

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“In order to know the end of the road you wish to take, ask those who have been there”.

For BNHS graduates (Batch 2011), we wish to share some rules in life that we think might help in your future struggles.

On the rules of life for graduates of Borbon National High School


Life is not fair; get used to it.


The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.


You will NOT make 100 thousand pesos a month right out of high school OR college. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone, until you earn both.


If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.


Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping; they called it opportunity.


If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.


Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try “delousing” the closet in your own room.


Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.


Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

RULE 10.

Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

RULE 11.

Be nice to nerds. Chances are… you’ll end up working for one.

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You Would Still Be My Favorite Teacher

You never can tell what type of impact you may make on another’s life by your actions or lack of action. Consider this fact in your venture thru life.

Stories like this, always have a way of putting the right perspective on life.  Read and be inspired!


Jean Thompson stood in front of her fifth-grade class on the very first day of school in the fall and told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her pupils and said that she loved them all the same, that she would treat them all alike. And that was impossible because there in front of her, slumped in his seat on the third row, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed he didn’t play well with the other children, that his clothes were unkept and that he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy was unpleasant. It got to the point during the first few months that she would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then marking the F at the top of the paper biggest of all.

Because Teddy was a sullen little boy, no one else seemed to enjoy him, either.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child’s records and put Teddy’s off until last. When she opened his file, she was in for a surprise. His first-grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright, inquisitive child with a ready laugh.” “He does his work neatly and has good manners…he is a joy to be around.” His second-grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent student well-liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.” His third-grade teacher wrote, “Teddy continues to work hard but his mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.” Teddy’s fourth-grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He doesn’t have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class. He is tardy and could become a problem.”

By now Mrs. Thompson realized the problem, but Christmas was coming fast. It was all she could do, with the school play and all, until the day before the holidays began and she was suddenly forced to focus on Teddy Stoddard.

Her children brought her presents, all in beautiful ribbon and bright paper, except for Teddy’s, which was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper of a scissored grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of cologne. She stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume behind the other wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed behind just long enough to say, “Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my mom used to.” After the children left she cried for at least an hour.

On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing, and speaking. Instead, she began to teach children. Jean Thompson paid particular attention to one they all called “Teddy.”

As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. On days where there would be an important test, Mrs. Thompson would remember that cologne. By the end of the year he had become one of the smartest children in the class and…well, he had also become the “pet” of the teacher who had once vowed to love all of her children exactly the same.

A year later she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that of all the teachers he’d had in elementary school, she was his favorite.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still his favorite teacher of all time.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson she was still his favorite teacher.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still his favorite teacher, but that now his name was a little longer. The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.

The story doesn’t end there.

You see, there was yet another letter that Spring. Teddy said he’d met this girl and was to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering…well, if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the pew usually reserved for the mother of the groom.

And guess what, she wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And I bet on that special day, Jean Thompson smelled just like…well, just like the way Teddy remembered his mother smelling on their last Christmas together.

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Is horoscope a real deal? 

True or not, let’s see how the zodiac guides every one of us in 2011. 

Have fun everyone!

ARIES – The Aggressive (March 21 to April 19)
Outgoing. Lovable. Spontaneous. Not one to mess with. Funny… Excellent kisser. EXTREMELY adorable. Loves relationships, and family is very important to an Aries. Aries are known for being generous and giving. Addictive. Loud. Always has the need to be ‘Right’. Aries will argue to prove their point for hours and hours. Aries are some of the most wonderful people in the world.

TAURUS – The Tramp (April 20 to May 20)
Aggressive. Loves being in long relationships. Likes to give a good fight. Fight for what they want. Can be annoying at times, but for the love of attention. Extremely outgoing. Loves to help people in times of need. Good kisser. Good personality. Stubborn. A caring person. They can be self-centred and if they want something they will do anything to get it. They love to sleep and can be lazy. One of a kind. Not one to mess with. Are the most attractive people on earth!

GEMINI – The Twin (May 21 to June 20)
Nice. Love is one of a kind. Great listeners. Very good at confusing people. Lover not a fighter, but will still knock you out. Geminis will not take any crap from anyone. Geminis like to tell people what they should do and get offended easily. They are great at losing things and are forgetful. Geminis can be very sarcastic and childish at times and are very nosey. Trustworthy. Always happy. VERY Loud. Talkative. Outgoing. VERY FORGIVING. Loves to make out. Has a beautiful smile. Generous. Strong. THE MOST IRRESISTIBLE.

CANCER – The Beauty (June 21 to July 22)
MOST AMAZING KISSER. Very high appeal. A Cancer’s love is one of a kind… Very romantic. Most caring person you will ever meet in your life. Entirely creative person, most are artists and insane, respectfully speaking. They perfected sex and do it often. Extremely random. An ultimate freak. Extremely funny and is usually the life of the party. Most Cancers will take you under their wing and into their hearts where you will remain forever. Cancers make love with a passion beyond compare. Spontaneous. Not a fighter, but will kick your ass good if it comes down to it. Someone you should hold on to!

LEO – The Lion (July 23 to August 22)
Great talker. Attractive and passionate. Laid back. Usually happy but when unhappy tend to be grouchy and childish. A Leo’s problem becomes everyone’s problem. Most Leos are very predictable and tend to be monotonous. Knows how to have fun. Is really good at almost anything. Great kisser. Very predictable. Outgoing. Down to earth. Addictive. Attractive. Loud. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Not one to mess with. Rare to find. Good when found.

VIRGO – The One that Waits (August 23 to September 22)Dominant in relationships. Someone loves them right now. Always wants the last word. Caring. Smart. Loud. Loyal. Easy to talk to. Everything you ever wanted. Easy to please. A pushover. Loves to gamble and take chances. Needs to have the last say in everything. They think they know everything and usually do. Respectful to others but you will quickly lose their respect if you do something untrustworthy towards them and never regain respect. They do not forgive and never forget. The one and only.

LIBRA – The Lame One (September 23 to October 22)
Nice to everyone they meet. Their love is one of a kind. Silly, funny and sweet. Have own unique appeal. Most caring person you will ever meet! However, not the kind of person you want to mess with… you might end up crying. Libras can cause as much havoc as they can prevent. Faithful friends to the end. Can hold a grudge for years. Libras are someone you want on your side. Usually great at sports and are extreme sports fanatics. Very creative. A hopeless romantic.

SCORPIO – The Addict
(October 23 to November 21)
EXTREMELY adorable. Loves to joke. Very good sense of humour. Will try almost anything once. Loves to be pampered. Energetic. Predictable. GREAT kisser. Always get what they want. Attractive. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Loves to party but at times to the extreme. Loves the smell and feel of money and is good at making it but just as good at spending it! Very protective over loved ones. HARD workers. Can be a good friend but if is disrespected by a friend, the friendship will end. Romantic. Caring.

SAGITTARIUS – The Promiscuous One (November 22 to December 21)
Spontaneous. High appeal. Rare to find. Great when found. Loves being in long relationships. So much love to give. A loner most of the time. Loses patience easily and will not take crap. If in a bad mood stay FAR away. Gets offended easily and remembers the offence forever. Loves deeply but at times will not show it, feels it is a sign of weakness. Has many fears but will not show it. VERY private person. Defends loved ones with all their abilities. Can be childish often. Not one to mess with. Very pretty. Very romantic. Nice to everyone they meet. Their Love is one of a kind. Silly, fun and sweet. Have own unique appeal. Most caring person you will ever meet! Amazing in bed!!! Not the kind of person you want to mess with- you might end up crying.

CAPRICORN – The Passionate Lover (December 22 to January 19)
Love to bust. Nice. Sassy. Intelligent. Sexy. Grouchy at times and annoying to some.  Lazy and love to take it easy, but when they find a job or something they like to do they put their all into it. Proud, understanding and sweet. Irresistible. Loves being in long relationships. Great talker. Always gets what he or she wants. Cool. Loves to win against other signs in sports, especially Gemini’s. Likes to cook but would rather go out
To eat at good restaurants. Extremely fun. Loves to joke. Smart.

AQUARIUS – Does It in the Water (January 20 to February 18)
Trustworthy. Attractive. Great kisser. One of a kind. Loves being in long-term relationships. Tries hard. Will take on any project. Proud of themselves in whatever they do. Messy and unorganized. Procrastinators. Great lovers, when they’re not sleeping. Extreme thinkers. Loves their pets usually more than their family. Can be VERY irritating to others when they try to explain or tell a story. Unpredictable. Will exceed your expectations. Not a fighter, but will knock your lights out.

PISCES – The Partner for Life (February 19 to March 20)
Caring and kind. Smart. Likes to be the centre of attention. Very organized. High appeal to opposite sex. Likes to have the last word. Good to find, but hard to keep. Passionate, wonderful lovers. Fun to be around. Too trusting at times and gets hurt easily. VERY caring. They always try to do the right thing and sometimes get the short end of the stick. They sometimes get used by others and get hurt because of their trusting. Extremely weird but in a good way. Good sense of humour!!! Thoughtful. Loves to joke. Very popular. Silly, fun and sweet. Good friend to others but needs to be choosy on who they allow their friends to be.

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Our 2nd ALUMNI PULSE Valentine Issue is set to release in February, 2011. We are inviting all alumni out there to contribute their stories with us.

Everyone is welcome to share. 

Email us at registered(underscore_)nurse123@yahoo(dot)com.

A glimpse to our 2nd Alumni Pulse issue… Enjoy!

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