Add more to the hummed or sung Star-Spangled Banner and God Save the Queen.

In time for the celebration of the United Nations week in the month of October, the Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) Department of the Junior High School brought back the inter-class national anthem singing competition which was dubbed ‘Pambansang Awitan’.

The AP teachers assigned the learning groups (sections) countries whose national anthem the students sang according to the criteria set.

“Although the task to the students may seem difficult, it was a way for students to appreciate and know by heart the anthem and the context of the anthem,” Ms. Christine Nullan-Panen, an AP teacher handling Grade 10 classes, said.

Ms. Panen added, “The activity primes the students grow more in awareness of a global community, which requires exposure to and appreciation of other cultures.”

The AP teachers collaborated with the Music teachers of the MAPEH Department and a few faculty members who have inclination to music to pick the winners in the choral singing competition held at the Covered Courts.

For this year, Grade 7 classes were assigned Asian countries; Grade 8 classes were given European countries; Grade 9 classes had South American countries; and Grade 10 classes sand anthems from Africa and the Pacific.

More than the victory in the contest and performance level, the students are primed to appreciate the value of teamwork and camaraderie in the class. (M. Tatel)

Photos by Mr. Hilton Nepomuceno