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January,2020

2020/01/05 18:26 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2020/01/05 18:28 に更新しました ]

Dear ACE students,

 

 The tinsel is away, the Christmas lights are down and 2 weeks into the New Year most people have already broken their new year’s resolutions! Kimura sensei had so much fun traveling to the Philippines for the very first time. 

 I feel ecstatic that she could visit my hometown and experienced the simple life of the people who reside there. 

Together, we visited several places, including the very famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol which is located in Cebu, a very countryside like that reminds me of my childhood days. 

 It was also my first time to visit Cebu though I’m a Filipino and I can say that Cebu is one of the places that I can recommend to everyone because most people can speak English and has an easy access to Taxi everywhere with the low cost fare. 

 We also visited Hundred Islands in Pangasinan which takes about 1 hour and half drive from where my family lives. My hometown is still in the process of developing its beauty to help the people who live there with their job opportunities and to foster their livelihood in near future.

 One of the things, I noticed with our trip is that most of the malls we visited have been using paper bags which is a big help to the environment. 

 It is impossible to have zero plastic bags in local municipalities. However the government in the Philippines made this rule to encourage people to reduce the garbage on the streets.

 I heard that Japanese people are fond of the “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” Policy is a very smart idea. Thank you for being the best example of everyone in cleanliness and discipline.

 


 We are reducing our use of plastics!

 We have significantly reduced our usage of plastic carrier bags in favor of re-usable shopping bags and crates. Nowadays, many malls and supermarkets in the Philippines refrain from giving plastic bags to customers to carry their items. 

 Some malls exclusively offer mall-goers with brown-bags and “eco-bags” in any time of the week. 

 Although plastic bags could carry a lot of weight and a number of items, the disadvantages and environmental hazards outweigh its benefits. 

 It has raised alarm in those people who are concerned about the negative effects on the environment and global warming. 

 There’s not much wasted things if we will all adopt this kind of rules and regulations. Paper saves animals. 

 Plastic wastes which include plastic bags are one of the main reasons for many marine and land creatures to die. Each individual can contribute to the society in simple ways.

 

Sincerely,

 

Lovely Ventanilla

 

December,2019

2019/12/03 16:14 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2019/12/12 18:59 に更新しました ]

Dear ACE students,


To talk about joy, Christmas holiday is coming that we`ve been waiting for. 
I asked several students recently what they`re looking forward to 
having on Christmas day and most of them answered me ``Christmas cake``. 

It sounds to me that cake is like a reward from all those hardship we had this year. Christmas customs in the Philippines are a mixture of western and native Filipino traditions.
 Christianity became widely known in the Philippines in the 1500`s when missionaries from countries like Portugal and Spain traveled to the Philippines. 

So people there have Santa Claus, Christmas trees, Christmas card and Christmas Carols from western countries. 
The Noche Buena (Spanish, means Christmas eve) that is usually held on December 25 evening is a big, open house celebration with family, friends and neighbors dropping in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. 

Most households have several dishes laid out. 
The home plays an important role in many countries’ New Year’s traditions, 
which can involve everything from intense cleaning sessions to inviting special guests. 

Kimura sensei and I will be celebrating the Christmas and New year`s day in the Philippines this year. 
Filipino New year`s round is all the rage. 

People eat round foods, carry coin in their pockets, and wear clothing with lots of polka dots. The round shape symbolizes luck and is believed to boost the finances for the next year. 

I think that whatever customs and traditions we may have, 
It`s all about the little things that make us have joy in our hearts.
It’s true, it is the little things that matter the most and leave the biggest impressions. 

I remember my dad saying Do good things (even a little) wherever you are``. 
Just the act of doing for others, no matter how small, will help cheer you up as well, no matter how big the challenges you’re facing. 

We hope you will all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.




Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla



 

November,2019

2019/12/03 16:09 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE Students, 


We hope that you all had a joyful day in October. There have been lots of activities and learnings we had in the past months. We truly had a wonderful time spending the Halloween party which was held on October 25 and 26 at ACE. We deeply appreciated all the students who wore their prepared or handmade Halloween costumes. They were all fantastic costumes. Seeing the smile on each and every one playing the Halloween games and receiving the gifts made the party successful and fun. We look forward to the fun activities in the future.

I’ve been loving the weather here especially this time of the year. The fall season is one of my favorites. What about you? I`d love to hear your answers to our lessons. Please let us know your favorite season and why you love it. Feel free to express yourself and we are here to help you learn more English in the best way we can.
 
I`ve been searching on how we can best help students learn more about English with ease even you are at home. I found several websites that might help you with your listening and some vocabularies in different levels starting at level 1 to level 3. Please feel free to click the link below and enjoy learning. 
https://www.newsinlevels.com/


Sincerely, 
Lovely Ventanilla 

October,2019

2019/09/30 20:04 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE Students,

 

The seasons are well-respected in Japan, governing not only the weather but what people are getting up to. With each season, different festivities are put on and different foods eaten. Autumn is the season of gorgeous fall foliage, traditional festivals, and delicious food. Autumn is particularly special. For the most part, anyone travelling to Japan in October will be too early to see the spectacular autumn leaves. It’s been a year since I first experienced the autumn season and I can’t wait for it. I love watching the leaves change color. The Halloween is big in Japan! In America and some other countries tend to go in for trick and treating and they need much persuading to dress up but not much here in Japan. In the land of cost play, anime and manga, Halloween is a big deal. Most especially in Tokyo area. There are lots of events and festivals to enjoy this season and I’m sure that most everyone loves this time of the year because of the beautiful sceneries and pleasant temperature.

 

I read an article on japan times website which talks about the Value added Tax that says the reason why we will have the tax increase from 8% to 10 this October “Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already postponed the tax increase twice, he may feel the increase needs to happen this time to secure the financial resources for his new initiatives, namely increased financial support for child rearing. The government should have waited for the country’s complete emergence from deflation in order to consolidate the fiscal conditions to provide financial resources for new policies.” Philippines has 12% Value added Tax. This is alarming to everyone especially to workers who don’t earn that much but in my opinion I think that the government need the cooperation of everyone to support the needy and for the future of Japan. The important is everyone is safe and happy always.

 

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

September,2019

2019/09/03 22:21 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE Students,

 

Congratulations to the winners and everyone who participated in the Recitation contest. Words can’t express how much we appreciate all your efforts and preparation to deliver your recitations. It might be really frightening to be in front but you did a very great job by showing much courage and confidence. We are really impressed by your performances. You have made your parents and us very proud. We know that by your little efforts each day to learn and practice English, you will surely achieve your goal and dream to be fluent in it and even travel to your dreamland. Each day in our lives is a chance to improve ourselves so never give up on your dreams.

 

We know that many of you started school. Others are busy preparing for the school festival. We hope that you won`t be pressured by having lots of homework but will enjoy every moment. Please remember that `there`s always sunshine after the rain`. Just smile and always give it a try.  Each of you has the quality and talent that others don’t have. Be confident and share your talents with others. We believe in your capability to become successful.

 

We will have a week holiday this September and we look forward to hearing your wonderful experiences from your school or vacation trip.

 

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

 

August,2019

2019/07/31 6:43 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear Ace Students,

 

I am sure that you are all having a good time because summer has begun in Japan.  Do you already have plans for your summer holidays? I heard that some of you are looking forward to seeing your family come home from far apart. What a wonderful thing to look forward to. I had a great time visiting my family last month to attend my brother`s wedding and I can tell you that there`s no place of happiness like you will have with your family. I had the chance to see all my siblings, mom, and relatives whom I hadn’t seen for a while. After the wedding, we went to an island together to unwind and had some time to relax and talk. It`s been pretty hot and humid like in my country, the Philippines so please stay hydrated. Bring water with you wherever you are.

We have handed out the recitation poems to our elementary students for the preparation of the recitation contest that will be held in the last week of August. We are thrilled to watch the participants present their recitations. We know you can do it as you practice. We’re behind you, cheering you on to the finish line. You might be feeling stressed, overwhelmed and confused. We understand that, but keep going. Give it everything you’ve got. You’re nearly there and know that whatever happens next, you’ve got what it takes for an amazing performance. 

The potential in you is breathtaking, whether you’ve realized it yet or not.  Education is powerful, but some of the most powerful things your time at learning would have given you won’t be found anywhere or in any book. Your education has given you the capacity to have a voice and a presence whether that’s through the way you use words, the way you create, the way you play a sport or perform or maybe it’s something else. Hopefully, above all else, it’s taught you that you can learn anything and do anything when you put in the effort.

It’s important to work hard and give it everything you’ve got but know that there are so many more things about you that will determine the life you have. Most of the things that will make you successful, happy and give you a wonderful life are being yourself, contentment and appreciating what you have.

Know that we’re behind you all the way learn English.

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

 

July,2019

2019/06/26 17:42 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE Students,

We can enjoy varieties of events and festivals each month which Japan has to offer.
 Japan is filled with countless places that inspire and enchant us.
The government here in Japan encourages everyone, not to overwork and take some time to enjoy life by visiting lots of beautiful sceneries here despite our busy schedules at work or school. Aren`t we all lucky to have these privileges?
I went to Inujima Island last month with Kimura sensei and have truly enjoyed the Historical area of a Copper miner.
It is really impressive to see each flower bloom in every season here and that's one thing I`ve enjoyed seeing.
 

Summertime is the perfect time to enjoy hanging out with family and friends and make sure to bring umbrellas with you.
I learned that the month of July is known as `Tsuyu` or rainy days in Japan. It is a time of constant rain and even typhoons.
This month is also the start of the wet season in the Philippines.
The Philippines enjoys a tropical climate that is for the most part hot and humid year-round,
but can be roughly divided into a dry season between November and May, and a wet season between June and October. Although in recent years, due to climate change, summers have been extended into June and July.

I will be flying to the Philippines on the 4th of July for a week to attend my brother`s wedding.
I`m hoping for your kind consideration.
It`s been 7 years that I and my siblings haven’t been completed and I’m really excited to see all of them.
 I`ll be sharing with you how the Filipino people celebrate their wedding when I come back.
I hope you all have a wonderful day each day and I invite you all to remember the simple things you are grateful for.

 

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

June,2019

2019/06/05 6:53 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE Students,

 

As a foreigner in your country, I do admire and appreciate all the hospitality and kindness of the people here. Most of the things that foreigners expect are here in Japan like for examples, the disciplines and manners of everyone toward respecting the environment and other people personal matters. Even the nature itself are really beautiful and captivating. We are already halfway point the year 2019. The time has passed by so quickly that we can’t even imagine how days went by so fast and that summer has begun. We all need liquids especially water to quench our thirst from the heat and for all of us to avoid dehydration.

 

One of the most significant dates in the Philippine’s history is Independence Day because it marks the nation’s independence from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. Filipinos celebrate it annually on June 12. Philippines was colonized by Spaniards for 333 years. The US granted independence to the Philippines on 4 July 1946 through the Treaty of Manila. July 4, the date intentionally chosen by the United States because it corresponds to its Independence Day, was observed in the Philippines as Independence Day until 1962. On 12 May 1962, President Diosdado Macapagal issued Presidential Proclamation No. 28, which declared on June 12 a special public holiday throughout the Philippines. As this is the national Independence Day the day is spent with family bonding with friends and relatives and outdoor and indoor activities. All government offices are closed on that day as this is a national holiday and so also are schools (June marks the start of the school year) and private enterprises save for commercial establishments. As required by law the Flag of the Philippines, first flown on that day in 1898, flies proudly in homes and establishments from as early as May 28, Flag Day, to the 30th of the month. Fireworks displays are the norm in Manila on that day as well as other patriotic displays nationwide. 

 

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

 

May,2019

2019/04/26 2:05 に 明美木村 が投稿   [ 2019/04/26 14:02 に更新しました ]

Dear Ace Students, 
I’ve heard lots of wonderful stories from you and other people in the beginning of this school year about how teachers here in Japan get to know their students more by visiting them in their houses during the 1st 2 weeks of classes. That really fascinate and inspire me to learn more about the education and how the teachers build a strong relationship with students here in Japan. As I mention in my April message that students in the Philippines usually finish the school year in April. On the contrary, they enjoy their long holidays from mid-April to 1st week of June. 

Although the spring season is long over in most parts of Japan, May is one of the most attractive times of year for travel. It is an absolutely delightful month to travel with the family and enjoy outdoor activities with warm and comfortable weather. The beginning of May is holiday season here in Japan called Golden Week and every touristic spot gets extremely packed. For sure that we will see lots of foreigners from other countries visiting Japan because Golden week is the one of the most popular travel season of the year and thus extremely crowded. One thing that I love about May is that we do have lots of Festivals in the Philippines. One of it is the “Pista’y Dayat “in my own dialect which means “Beach Festival” which usually held in my own hometown Lingayen on May 1st. This is a day of thanksgiving for bountiful harvests and abundant fishing observed all over Pangasinan on beautiful beaches and fluvial parades.  Fluvial parade is a procession of people celebrating a special occasion riding or aboard in boats or ships. I do enjoy that a lot because I live near the beach in the Philippines.   Traveling is a good way to unwind and to find out more about different places or countries with different traditions and customs. Some traveler prefer to spend in one place just a few days or one day and then leave for another place. This way of traveling allows us to visit more countries in less days.

I hope you all enjoy your Golden week and visit some places that you haven’t been yet with your family.  


Sincerely, 
Lovely 
Fluvial Parade in Lingayen Pangasinan

Sand Sculpting Competition usually held on April 30. 

Fluvial Parade in Lingayen Pangasinan


Sand Sculpting Competition usually held on April 30.






April,2019

2019/04/03 2:50 に 明美木村 が投稿

Dear ACE Students,

 

How are you all doing? I hope you all enjoying your spring vacation with your family and friends. I’ve been so fascinated seeing different kinds of flowers abloom everywhere I go. They are truly eye catching. As I mention in my previous message that this is my very first time to experience spring here in Japan and I had never seen such many beautiful flowers.

 

Spring is so closely associated with new beginnings for most of students here in Japan. It’s really exciting to start this school year with hope and enthusiasm. Let’s do our best to learn something new each day.  School year starts in April and ends in March here in Japan. I would like to share with you the education system in the Philippines.

 

Education in the Philippines is offered through formal and non-formal systems.  Formal education typically spans 14 years and is structured in a 6+4+4 system:  6 years of primary school education, 4 years of secondary school education, and 4 years of higher education, leading to a bachelor’s degree.  This is one of the shortest terms of formal education in the world.

In the Philippines, the academic school year begins in June and concludes in April, a period that covers a total of 40 weeks.  All higher education institutions operate on a semester system—fall semester, winter semester and an optional summer term.  Schooling is compulsory for 6 years, beginning at age 7 and culminating at age 12.  These 6 years represent a child’s primary school education. Although English was the sole language of instruction in the Philippines form 1935 to 1987, the new constitution prescribed that both Filipino (Tagalog) and English are the official language of instruction and communication.  After primary school, however, the language of instruction is almost always English, especially in the country’s urban areas and at most of the nation’s universities.

 

Sincerely,

Lovely Ventanilla

 

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