At Mary the Queen Academy of Pampanga: Staying healthy, loving the environment

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

OVER the weekend, the House of David Multi-Purpose Hall at the Cabalantian, Bacolor campus of Mary the Queen Academy of Pampanga (MQAP) was teeming with eager students and parents excitedly waiting as to who will be crowned the school’s first ever Mr. and Ms. Ecology.

The unique pageant culminated MQAP’s celebration of national Nutrition Month themed "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!" "Kalamidad Paghandaan: Gutom at Malnutrisyon Agapan!", fittingly complemented by many other intertwined nutrition-ecological programs that included, among others, cook fests, still-life drawing, quiz bee, science exhibits and vegetable-eating for the kids from the elementary department’s Grade 5 to seniors from the academy’s high school.

"What makes the pageant unique is that instead of the way usual way of measuring 'votes' through tickets, the contestants and their supporters for Mr. and Ms. Ecology were made to collect empty plastic bottles. These were in turn sold to junkshops, the proceeds of which they will use for their science projects. But what is more important in that is they were able to grasp the meaning of how to take care of the environment in relation to being prepared for calamities, as well as being healthy," shared MQAP Principal Helen Dagdag.


MQAP, being one of few schools in Pampanga practicing sound solid waste management, also has teachers who inspire the students to love nature and keep clean surroundings both at school and at home for a healthy life.

“We walk the talk and teach our students the basics of segregation that we do at MQAP. We would like to start them young---especially with multiple intelligences-- in these advocacies of environmental protection and nutrition,” she added.

Aside from these, Dagdag said that MQAP students have learned the methods of recycling and have been challenged to craft the best creative gown and other usable stuff from recycled materials.

“What makes us additionally happy is that the parents of the students have joined us in these endeavors. Like one truly big family at MQAP, we learn together as we work together,” quipped Dagdag.---JTD

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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 03, 2014.


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