The General Academic STRAND The official ga strand magazine Published by MALABON GANG SOCIETY


The implementation of the K-12 program, introduced changes to the Philippine education. One of the changes that K-12 has carried out, is the 4 different strands of the senior high school. STEM, ABM, HUMMS, and GA are the four different strands senior high school students can choose from to be able to get the kind of education they want and need for college. The General Academics Strand in particular, focuses on students who are still in the process and still unfamiliar of what strand they want and what course to take up in college. This strand provides students with basic electives from the other 3 strands to help them get a feel of what the different strands and courses have to offer.

“Never Get Bored With the Basics”

By: Gino Yatco

“Never Get Bored With the Basics”Alan Stein, Jr. quotes retired NBA star, Kobe Bryant saying, “The best never get bored with the basics.” For others the General Academic strand may mean ‘ordinary’ or ‘common’ which others may presume as not special, unsophisticated, or even inferior. Others may also think the General Academic strand contains the fundamentals, the basic foundation to our specialties, opinions vary. There are times when strands are generalized; each and every strand carries with it a reputation, for GA, people may know the strand as sporty or basic, and may see other strands as more intelligent or talented. But for many students, the GA strand is very important, it is a strand for the undecided, where a student may explore more on what course he or she may want when entering college. The General Academic strand is a way to further form our fundamentals, as Kobe Bryant said “the best never get bored with the basics,” after all the basics are the foundation of unique abilities, and GA students are still forming their fundamentals to best serve their community, until they can make up their minds and decide on what track to take up, the General Academic strand is there to guide them.

GA Students Breaking Boundaries

By: Janfrey Loiz

Senior High School under the K-12 program started with a lot of pressure and expectations to them acknowledging the students as the pioneer batch of this proposed program. Strands were introduced to most schools, which separates students according to their choice of course. Mentioning the new environments, culture shocks, and new educational programs, nervousness and pressure are inevitable not just to the students of different strands but also to the teachers who belong to this program. One strand had a rough start this first school year, which started on June 2016 following the issues of discrimination and early stereotypes thrown at them because of the rejected students, and those who didn't pass the ASHAPE forcing them to be placed in GA strand. This issue was researched qualitatively by a group of students last semester explaining the effects of it to the involved students. During the course of the past semester, the GA strand students who also bagged numerous academic awards in math, debate, and essay contests together with the other strands proved this issue wrong. They were also competitors in both academic and extracurricular activities particularly sports, which is also a characteristic embodied by the other strands. They chose to stand up and proved that entrance exams or past grades do not measure an individual's capabilities. They've set an example to the senior high school, breaking boundaries despite the issues thrown at them.

GA students competing in different activities

A Trip to Remember

By: EJ Medalla

Last December the GA strand went on a field trip which was held in Bulacan specifically in the Divine mercy church located in Marilao and Salikneta Farm in San Nose Del Monte. In the Divine Mercy Church the GA strand went around and observed the religous culture present in the church. After this a talk was held by one of the officials and talked about the history of the church. The next destination which is the Salikneta farm. Here in the farm we went around and were showed the different kinds of plants and how they are grown. There were also different kinds of animals that were present and some were given a chance to milk cows. After all the activities everyone went back to their respective busses and returned to the Ateneo.

GA Field Trip 2016

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