With honor

Photo credit: Prince Kenneth

Written by Averill Pizarro, Manila Bulletin

Let me just come out and say it, so we can get it out of the way already — graduating with honors is overrated.

I graduated from UP Diliman a year ago with a degree in Philosophy, magna cum laude, and this is a lot less impressive than it sounds.

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Faded glory

Photo credit: Alfredo Camba Jr.

Written by Ana Marie Pamintuan, Philippine Star

Many summers ago when my father was still alive, our family visited relatives in Los Baños, Laguna.

My mother proudly told us that her cousin-in-law, a professor at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, was part of the team that developed the so-called “Miracle Rice” at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI).

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Manila’s best high schools

We just stumbled upon this list released by the Department of Education (DepEd-Manila), which contains Manila’s Top 10 public high schools with the highest overall average Mean Percentage Scores (MPS) in the National Achievement Tests (NAT) for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011.

Here they are:

  1. Manila Science  (72.63)
  2. V.  E. Fugoso  (52.30)
  3. Ramon Magsaysay  (51.01)
  4. F. Torres (47.71)
  5. E. Rodriguez Vocational (46.42)
  6. Lakan Dula (46.20)
  7. C. Arellano (46.05)
  8. J. P. Laurel (45.95)
  9. Araullo (45.85)
  10. E. Abada (45.83)

These schools were given cash awards on December 8, 2011 by the city government as incentive for performing consistently well for the last two school years.

[Source: DepEd-Manila.]