Do You have a Pioneering Heart?

I have listened to the podcast of Brian Houston of Hillsong countless times about having a pioneering heart. I have taken notes, and at some point, got bored with it so I played around with words and colors. 

Who are the pioneers?

What are the characteristics of those with a pioneering heart?

Lastly, what’s in it for us if we have a pioneering heart?

Exhibit: Purpose Unveiled

Meriam-Webster Dictionary (2015) defines exhibit as

an object or a collection of objects that have been put out in a public space for people to look at.

An exhibit is basically a visual medium. As a medium, it transmits the message of the sender to a particular receiver. As a visual medium, its verbal or textual explanation are usually minimal and the visual elements do almost all the work. It presents an info quickly and convincingly using photos, or in other cases, paintings. Exhibits can either include panel board, bulletin board, or point-of-purchase sale displays.

Steve McCurry Exhibit
babasteve / Foter / CC BY-NC

Purpose of an Exhibit:
A good exhibit tells a story. The story should be in order, told with simplicity, unity and progression. With this in mind, the amount of detail presented in an exhibit must depend on its size so as to achieve this.

In addition, most exhibits appeal to one of human motives, which are:

  • health
  • utility
  • economy of time
  • safety
  • pleasure
  • comfort
  • information

As the exhibit tells a story, its function is to influence people towards an action. These actions can either be one or more of the following:

1) Teach Facts (give info)
2) Show Process (teach how to do)
3) Promote (encourage participation and raise money)
4) Recognition (show quality, raise standards)

Just remember:

A good exhibit has about 60 seconds to:
1) attract and inform
2) create public interest
3) produce favorable action

Why? Because people will just come and go to the public space where the exhibit is available. More often than not, exhibits only allow the viewers a bit of their time and attention so it is important that in a glance, the exhibit is able to relay its purpose.

Reference: Meriam Webster Dictionary (2015). Exhibit. Last retrieved 13 February 2015.

Subject-Verb Agreement

Back in college, we write so many reflection papers, essays, and submission articles. Our grade does not only rely on the substancial content but also on its structure. Thus, knowing the basic of all — the subject and verb agreement, is very essential.

I came across on my high school handouts on the subject-verb agreement and I think keeping a copy here in my hub might just help. This is a version I’ve paraphrased then according to my understanding so it would be easy to memorize. 🙂

1. A singular subject takes a singular verb; a plural subject takes a plural verb.
Ex. John skips meals.

2. The number of the subject is not changed by a prepositional phrase after the subject.
Ex. One of the delagates comes from Mindanao.

3. The following indefinite pronouns are singular: each, either, neither, one, everybody, no one, nobody, anyone, anybody, someone, somebody.
Ex. Everyone seems fulfilled.

4. The words a few, many, both, several take plural verbs.
Ex. Several men are in the office.

5. When the words some, any, none and all are followed by a phrase, the verb agrees with the phrase.
Ex. Some of the food was served.
       Some of the children are playing.

6. Nouns plural in form but singular in meaning such as physics, economics, mathematics, measles, civics, news, etc. take singular verb.
Ex. Mathematics is our subject.

7. Agreement with compound subjects:

a. A compund subject connected by and generally takes plural verb.
Ex. My bestfriend and my nephew visit me everyday.

b. Compound subjects that are closely related or that refer to the same person or thing take a singular verb.
Ex. Paper and ballpen comes in handy together.

c. A compound subject involving the use of each or every takes a singular verb.
Ex. Every man and woman has the ability to forgive others.

d. Compound subjects joined by either-or and neither-nor take singular verbs depending upon the nearer subject.
Ex. Either the students or the teacher complains to the school administration.

8. Intervening words like together with, in addition to, as well as, including and similar constructions following the subject do not affect the number of the subject.
Ex. Mrs. Tina Pakan, together with her children, has left for Brgy. Dinaanan.

9. Words or phrases expressing periods of time, weights, measurement and amounts of money are usually regarded as singular.
Ex. Five pesos is enough to buy some bread.

10. Fractions may take singular or plural verbs depending on the of-phrase.
Ex. Three-halves of the beans were cooked.

11.Collective nouns take singular verbs when they are used to denote a unit; they take plural verbs when used to refer to the individual members of the group.
Ex. The family is leaving for abroad.
      The family are discussing departure plans.

12. When the subject and the predicate noun are of different numbers, the verb agrees with the subject, not the predicate noun.
Ex. The ship’s cargo was pineapples.
       Pineapples were the ship’s cargo.

13. The expression the number takes a singular verb; the expression a number takes a plural verb.
Ex. The number of students is big.
      A number of rebellions were on guard.

14. The title of a book, even when plural in form, takes a singular verb.
Ex. Origin of Species is a book written by Charles Darwin.

15. There is/was; Here is/was is followed by a singular noun. There are/were; Here are/were is followed by a plural noun.
Ex. There is a God that sees all.
      There are books that are not worth reading.

Reference: Prentice-Hall, Inc (2004). Grammar and Composition 4. Pearson Education South Asia Pte. Ltd., Jurong, Singapore.

FASTPREP: Instant Reading Program

In the Philippines, literacy difficulty is considered as a national problem. In an article by Pazzibugan (2004), the Department of Education has reported that many of the Filipino high school students are still non-readers. On 100 item competency tests, less than one percent of the 1.2 million incoming freshmen passed the elementary English, Math, and Science and there were less than one percent of the 84,000 examinees who scored at least 75% in tests.

FASTPREP introduces a new category in reading approach named Instant Reading Program which allows children 4 to 6 years old to develop reading skills in a month or less. To identify how their educational communication strategy works, a study was conducted.

Read more.

The effort of Data Gathering


              For the past three weeks, I’ve been conducting my data gathering procedures. Here and there, I would contact essential people needed. My locale for my study includes FASTPREP in San Pablo, Calamba and Los Baños, and I can say that interviewing people is not that easy.

Traveling experience.

             As part of data gathering, I was travelling to different places just to reach my sources. I admit that it really need money, time and patience for this experience J. With all the increasing jeepney fare and the ever scorching heat under the sun while going to your locale, patience, hard work and determination is just what I need to carry on my undergraduate research. Without it, I may have given up even before the start of my data gathering.

Interviewing experience.

             I was able to take pictures in San Pablo and interview the reading tutors during my two-day stay there, except of course overnights J. I was able to meet new people and hence, I was able to handle their personality.


my interview at FASTPREP
my interview at FASTPREP

             There are those who are shy-type and doesn’t want to be interviewed, but through some convincing words, I was able to interview them. There are others who willingly participated and thus, told me lots of what I really need for my study. J There are also those people who really minimize the words they say for they only speak few words after each question. I can understand them because I was entering their property J. In my course of interviewing people, I realized that interviewing is a skill that needs improvement for a communication student like me. It may be hard (for all the setting of appointments and the interview itself) but then, if you really need that crucial information for your article, you should be resourceful in articulating your question and in building a rapport with your interviewee, just like what I experienced. J

        As I was doing my undergraduate research, I learned one thing: NOT TO GIVE UP! My graduation is just two months away and I know it’s not that easy (as I foresee my data analysis). But then, giving up is not my option this time. Not ever again. 🙂


FASTPREP: A New Dimension in Learning to Read

              Currently, I am working on my undergraduate research entitled “Analysis of an Educational Communication Strategy for Developing Reading Skills in a Month or Less Among Kids.” FASTPREP, Inc. Or Fast Track PROTEACH Reading Program is a Filipino-owned company which offers basic and advanced reading lessons among kids ages 4 to 6 in a month or less.

              Originally based in Los Baños, Laguna (Philippines), FASTPREP has now three other branches in San Pablo, Calamba and Sta.Rosa. During mid-2005, its founders have identified immense learning problems of Filipino school children that root down to their early foundations of reading where they have developed a new reading system program that offers a money-back guarantee – a strategy which makes it certain that the program is effective.

me and my fellow reading tutors
me and my fellow reading tutors

             During my early college years, I have worked at FASTPREP as a reading tutor. I taught kids between ages 4 to 6 and I have seen my students read simple sentences and words in as early as 15 days. Their combination of the learning goals and objectives, the lesson curriculum, the communication approach, the educational media, their physical set-up and time allotment as well as their evaluation procedures have made its reading program to enable kids read simple words and sentences in such a short span of time. Moreover, since this company is inclined in providing a solution to the early problems in literacy, specifically in reading, I got an eye for this phenomenon and choose this as topic for my undergraduate research in communication.

            In two months time, I’ll be a full-pledged BS Development Communication graduate. As of now, I’ll be doing my data gathering and analysis to further validate the effectiveness of the program. 🙂