GA Field Trip: A learning experience outside the classroom
Like all the other strands, GA also has a school sanctioned Field Trip, and like the other strands, they went to a different set of locations for this. 4:00 Friday, December 9, 2016, it was dark, everyone was waiting in the cafeteria, waiting for the time to enter the buses and start the field trip they have been waiting for. Field trips were always a highlight, due to the fact that it was always a different place, places which most of the students have not been to yet. According to some students, Grade 8’s Field Trip was one of the best, because the place they went to was Enchanted Kingdom, for the entire day. However, due to the nature of Grade 11, the locations for the Field Trip this year had to be different for each strand. The locations that GA went to were the Shrine of Divine Mercy and Salikeneta Farm. As per usual, the bus has to stop over at a gas station, for those who need to take a leak at the restroom. This is also the best time to stretch after a long time being in the cramped bus. After another ride in the bus, the students have reached the National Shrine of Divine Mercy, a large church at Marilou, Bulacan that is a hotspot for the faithful in the Philippines, especially those who live near it. The back of the church boasts many things, like life-sized stations of the Cross, a grotto dedicated to Jesus’ resurrection, an entire museum built about Pope John Paul II, the church where St. Faustina Kowalska had a vision of the Divine Mercy, and the prison cell where St. Maximillian Kolbe had been martyred. There was also a gift shop for those who are interested in buying such things as healing water and the like. After a tour around this, and a talk within the actual church, GA then headed out to their next destination, Salikneta Farm, a farm that houses DSLU’s AgriVet Sciences Institute. Once getting out of the Buses, GA had been separated into groups that went to different areas of the farm to do different things like fishing, planting, herding a carabao, milking cows, among others, and after a few minutes had to rotate with the other groups. There was even a store there, selling various products like milk and the like. After a few hours there, it was time to head home, and GA had got back to Ateneo at a reasonably early time.