Sunday, August 22, 2010

From Who we are: Volunteers


In 2007 Antonio, Rogelio, and Marissa worked together as volunteers to assist a group of teachers how to facilitate and conduct online learning. This collaboration led to the creation of StrongARM Team which simply means Antonio, Rogelio, and Marissa.

Mr. Antonio Levy “Toni” S. Ingles Jr., Mr. Rogelio “Tugel” B. dela Cruz Jr., and Ms. Marissa “Witay” A. Rodriguez are faculty members of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, teaching theology, social science, and natural science respectively. They are among the six pioneer graduates of De La Salle University Manila's Master in Learning and Teaching (MaLT) program, the second masters degree successfully completed by all three. Their mentors include, among others, Dr. Allan I. Bernardo, Dr. Auxencia A. Limjap, Dr. Miguel Q. Rapatan, and Dr. Barbara F. Wong.

The MaLT curriculum provides students with a strong theoretical understanding of learning principles and learner-centered pedagogical practices. It also allows teachers to explore innovative instructional strategies such as technology-supported learning, and differentiated instruction. The StrongARM has extensive experience in facilitating learner-centered teaching and online learning, serving as the College's resource persons in the areas of instruction, research, and instructional technologies. Toni, Tugel and Witay are members of key committees, whose tasks are related to student learning, faculty development, and curriculum design.

I, (Antonio Ingles, Jr.) as Aral Pinoy's convenor, believe that the work we have started will evolve into helping more schools, teachers and students out there in the future. Aral Pinoy was conceived to continue what was once a simple collaborative effort to help an important request to conduct an online seminar, and now an advocacy dedicated to education for life-giving relationships.

On March 25, 2009, Mr. Eduardo Barrantes Verzosa generously shared his website design talent and web hosting free of charge for Aral Pinoy (AP). Edward is a Pinoy professional web/graphic designer based in Norway (

On March 29, 2009 I (Antonio Ingles, Jr.) as Aral Pinoy's convenor had an initial exchange with Mr. Santiago Flora, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs of Quezon City Polytechnic University ( Aral Pinoy agreed to partner with QCPU through Alagang Silid-Aralan (adopt and nurture a classroom). Mr. Santiago is very muchwilling to even name the classroom to whoever (group or individual) who would be part of this endeavor. I will ask him to name one classroom to Mr. Verzosa.

On April 13, 2009, Daphne Oliveros gave Aral Pinoy (AP) official website the permission to use her photographs about the different faces of Pinoy children. You may visit her site at or

On April 16, 2009, Aral Pinoy launched its official website http://www.aralpinoy.orgon the Feast Day of St. Bernadette Soubirous. May the Immaculate Concepcion direct and guide Aral Pinoy's every endeavor.

On April 21, 2009, Vonnaire Menchate gave Aral Pinoy (AP) official website the permission to use his Kinitang Barya Sa Divisoria Documentary. You may visit his weblog at

On April 25, 2009, DYNAMIC TEEN COMPANY gave Aral Pinoy (AP) official website the permission to use DTC Video Clips found in You Tube. You may visit DTC - Making A Difference at 1177 Julian Felipe Blvd. BGY 17 Caridad, Cavite City 4100 Philippines, Tel. no. (6346)431-8586 / Mobile +63917-558-8586, website:

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