Category Archives: Ages 14-16

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Easter in the Philippines – A Post by Pepa Pig

Last Sunday was a holiday known as Easter which is the most joyful holiday to Christians around the world.

In the Philippines most people follow the Catholic faith and Easter is a very significant holiday. Catholic Filipinos are very passionate about the Easter holiday and fully devote their time to it during “Holy Week” which is the week before Easter.

During this time, people go to church everyday and most people fast by not eating meat or even by drinking liquid alone all week.

Many Filipinos also like re-enacting the event of Jesus’ torture. People do this by whipping their backs, and wearing crowns of thorns during the public celebration. Some even choose to nail their hands and feet to a wooden cross to represent the crucifixion of Jesus.

On Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus, they have ceremonies in the church where they place flower petals on a picture of the Virgin Mary and celebrate how the world has been saved.

As you can see, the celebration of Easter in the Philippines is much different than how most United States Americans celebrate the holiday! The Philippines is famous for this way of celebration and many people from around the world come to see it!

~Pepa Pig

http://www.weekendnotes.com/easter-philippines/ http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Week_in_the_Philippines

Poverty Raises in the Philippines

"Super Typhoon Haiyan and surging rice prices pushed the number of Filipinos living in poverty to 25.8 percent in the first half of last year despite strong economic growth, official data released Friday showed." ~ AFP New

When I think about our economy vs the Philippine's economy, I feel grateful for the small economic stability we have in the United States." 

~ Sparkley Turtle

Why Typhoons Have Two Names

As 2015 begins, there is another typhoon season approaching in the Philippines. An annual cycle of winds causes most typhoons to develop between May and October. In the northwest Pacific Ocean, two different agencies exist to assign names to typhoons. This often results in the tropical storms having two names, like Haiyan/Yolanda. But why are they so different?

One of the agencies is the Japan Meteorological Agency, or JMA. This agency will only name a typhoon if it has wind speeds of at least 65 km/h (or 40 mph) for at least 10 consecutive minutes. This applies to storms which move into or develop anywhere in the Pacific typhoon basin. Tropical cyclone names are chosen from a set of five lists of names set by the JMA’s Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre in Tokyo once the storm reaches tropical storm strength. Members of the ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee contribute the names. Each of the fourteen nations in the Pacific Typhoon Basin submit ten names, which are used in alphabetical order but the official English name of the country. The next tropical storm to be named by the JMA will be Bavi.

The other agency, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, or PAGASA, will assign names to tropical storms which move into or form only in their area of responsibility. This agency will name a typhoon regardless of whether or not it has already been named by JMA, as the agency has its own naming scheme. PAGASA assigns names to tropical depressions from a list of names for the year, in alphabetical order. The next tropical storm to be named by the PAGASA will be Betty.

A tropical cyclone can be labeled any of four divisions, depending on its wind speeds. A Tropical Depression has wind speeds of less than 62 km/h (or less than 39 mph). A Tropical Storm has speeds of between 63 and 88 km/h (or between 39 and 54 mph). A Severe Tropical Storm has wind speeds of between 89 and 117 km/h (or between 55 and 73 mph). A Typhoon is the highest and most dangerous label for a tropical cyclone, having wind speeds of over 118 km/h (or over 74 mph).

Though typhoon season isn’t scheduled to start until May, the Philippines has already been affected by typhoons. In January, a Severe Tropical Storm, named Mekkhala/Amang killed two people and made an airplane crash in Tacloban, although no passengers were killed in the incident. It also disturbed Pope Francis’s visit to the Philippines because of a decision to travel from Tacloban to Manila four hours ahead of the scheduled time.

Mekkhala_2015_track

Severe Tropical Storm Mekkhala/Amang’s path in the Philippines.

In February, Typhoon Higos became the strongest February typhoon on record and the easternmost forming Pacific typhoon. Thankfully, it did not cause any significant damage over any islands. Higos was not named by the PAGASA because it did not enter the Philippines’s area of authority.

~Marci

Peace and Jeopardy

Hello, my name is SirBobSponge.

 I am new to blogging and I would like to tell you a little bit about what happened on January 25, 2015.  I just found out how many heartbreaking events occur in the Philippines, not only do the citizens suffer from horrible natural disasters, but they all suffer from a corrupt government and war like events killing many innocent people.

Here is the event that occurred on January 25, 2015:

A unit of Philippine Police raided four huts in the swamps of Tukanalipao, Mamasapana, Maguindanao, killing Zulkifi Abdhir. He is believed to be the leading member of the central committee. After this event the police believed that bad reactions would come from the rebels in the future, especially from the Islamic freedom fighters who are still in a state of war with the Philippine government. On the other hand the Moro Islamic Liberation Front had just signed a long lasting ceasefire with the government.

With the troops withdrawing, the groups began to exchange fire and troops were cut off. By the time the Ad Hoc Joint Action Group were able to enter the area and stop the fighting it was too late. The groups admitted that 44 commandos were killed and others were wounded. Local Moro Islamic Liberation Front forces claimed that 64 from the others were killed, including local guides and informants.

 

My reaction:

After this I believe that the government should reconsider the peace process. Also, my heart is with the families who lost their beloved and their friends, it is impossible to understand the grief they are going through.

 

Food for Thought:

What do you think could be done to avoid something like this again?

 

Should we continue the peace process or Postpone talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and review the deal?

 

Thanks for reading!

~~~ SirBobSponge~~~