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Another First in Iloilo: scoreH1GH! English Proficiency Centre: Top Performing IELTS Test Preparation Center in the Philippines

WACKY. Team ScoreHigh poses after receiving the two distinctions as Top Performing IELTS Test Preparation (Review) Center in the Region and in the Philippines

WACKY. Team ScoreHigh poses after receiving the two distinctions as Top Performing IELTS Test Preparation (Review) Center in the Region and in the Philippines

A few of ScoreHigh! Topnotchers representing various schools

A few of ScoreHigh! Topnotchers representing various schools

by Rhea B. Peñaflor

This year is different from all previous years for ScoreHigh! English Proficiency Center. This 2015, ScoreHigh! not only garnered the distinction of being consistently Top Performing International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test Preparation Center in the whole region; it is now distinguished as Top Performing and Most Preferred IELTS Test Preparation Center in the Philippines.

This award is conferred by the country’s leading IELTS Test Administrator: IDP Education Pty. Ltd.  This is indeed, another first for Iloilo—another worthy of commendation.

IELTS is an English proficiency test required of everyone who wants to study, work or live in English-speaking countries like the UK, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, USA, and Australia. Constantly adjudged as Top Performing IELTS Test Agent in Western Visayas since 2010, ScoreHigh! English Proficiency Centre’s secret is not novel.

ScoreHigh! and its battery of expert faculty is academically directed by Grace Tan-Novilla, who valued excellence ever since her college days when she served her university then as its Student Council Chairman and as Student Regent.  She is also the first Bachelor of Arts majoring in English at West Visayas State University (WVSU) to graduate summa cum laude. She was, at the same time, named as Jose Rizal Model Student of the Philippines (JRMSP 2001), Ayala Young Leader (AYLC 2000) awardee, Outstanding Alumna of the 21st century at the Iloilo National High School (INHS), a consistent UP Presidential Scholar and an Outstanding UP Iskolar ng Bayan awardee.

ScoreHigh!’s Academic and Operations Director Grace-Tan Novilla also shares, At ScoreHigh!, we don’t allow you to self-review. This is best done outside of the review center. When you are in our premises, we make sure we guide you through each of the tasks and process them for you and with you. We understand why you’re here. You need help.”

Lectures are conducted daily to ensure retention of the principles that the student needs on test day. An experienced and IELTS-trained coach is with the student each day for his consultation needs. Individualized and small-group coaching sessions are regularly conducted to boost the speaking and writing skills of the reviewee.

Novilla adds, “A reviewee needs expert advice from experienced and IELTS-trained coaches. We have 6 because you can only learn so much from just 1 or 2.”

Indeed, IELTS Success Stories happen only at ScoreHigh!

Featured each week is a test topnotcher in its Facebook page (IELTS ScoreHigh English Proficiency Centre). Every week, ScoreHigh also features its alumni who already are living their dreams in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Canada and the UK.

Truly, these results speak louder than words. Res ipsa loquitor.

To Ilonggos, ScoreHigh! is yet another first to be proud of!

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Posted by on September 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


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IPPO’s 1st Personal Enhancement Training and Organizational Development

IPPO’s 1st Personal Enhancement Training and Organizational Development

By Rhea B. Peñaflor

            Philippine National Police’s Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) headed by Police Chief Inspector (PCI) Rubenie B. Grandeza of the Women and Children’s Desk recently held the 1st Personal Enhancement Training and Organizational Development.

            This two-day seminar held at Marbuena, a private island resort in Ajuy, Iloilo has long been planned but it was just now that the IPPO has gathered its 63 women members from different municipalities and towns in Iloilo Province including not only from the Women and Children’s Desk but other women staff as well.

            Ajuy municipal mayor Juan Alvarez expressed his strong support on the police force in his message during the opening program.  He further stressed the significance of police visibility in the promotion of a peaceful municipality, city or town. 

            PCI Grandeza on the other hand, explains that the training has long been overdue because there is a need for this kind of training of women police officers because they need to know themselves first before they can help others.

            “Personal clarification is the key especially that we are handling serious and emotional cases in the Women and Children’s Desk.  This training will certainly enhance the personality of our women police force and at the same time, this will strengthen our camaraderie in the Iloilo Province,” adds Grandeza.

            The resource speakers for this training are Angie Tanongtanong, the Regional Youth Coordinator of Commission on Population (POPCOM) Region VI and Rhea Peñaflor, a trained POPCOM VI peer counselor and international scholar.

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Posted by on June 7, 2012 in Uncategorized


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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,000 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 9 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 37 posts. There were 3 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 7mb.

The busiest day of the year was March 29th with 95 views. The most popular post that day was LEX REVIEWS AND SEMINARS, INC now accepts enrollees for regular Bar Review Class in Iloilo City for 2010 Bar.

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Posted by on January 2, 2011 in Uncategorized


Oscar buzz – The Hurt Locker vs Avatar

Oscar buzz – The Hurt Locker vs Avatar
By Rhea Penaflor
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Will James Cameron be the King of the World again? Or would the biggest of Academy Awards go to a female director for the first time?
There are many ways The Hurt Locker and Avatar are pitted up against each other, but either way you look at it, both films have 9 nominations and are leading the Oscar buzz. This is how the competition breaks down:

Action/Drama vs. Animation 3D
Kathryn Bigelow vs. her ex-husband, James Cameron
Low budget film vs. Blockbuster film
9 nominations vs. 9 nominations
The Hurt Locker

A catchy title for a film (title of the film is allegedly the idea of a disgruntled 38-year-old sergeant Jeffrey Sarver in the army’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team ), The Hurt Locker is a 131 minute-Action /Drama film by American Director Kathryn Bigelow who introduced a different genre in film (one will feel dizzy after watching the film as the camera keeps on moving unsteadily) set in post-invasion Iraq. The story evolves a portrait of expert trained technicians of a bomb squad disarming roadside explosives on the streets of Baghdad. The film received “universal acclaim” making Bigelow the fourth woman in history to be nominated by the Academy and only the second American woman to receive such honor. On Feb. 21, 2010 she won best director and the film Hurt Locker won best picture at the 63rd British Academy Film Awards.

The Hurt Locker was first shown at the Venice Film Festival in September 2008. The film was released in the US in June 2009. The film stars Jeremy Renner, Brian Geraghty and Anthony Mackie, with Guy Pearce, David Morse and Ralph Fiennes.

Bigelow won the Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures becoming the first woman to win the award. She also received a Golden Globe nomination for her direction.

The Hurt Locker has been subject to a number of controversies and criticisms including the multi-million dollar intellectual property lawsuit coming from Sarver who presented himself at the launch in Michigan. He claims that he was the model for the central character of the film, Will James. James is portrayed by Jeremy Renner who incidentally was nominated in the Best Actor category for this years’ awards.

Sarver further describes The Hurt Locker as a film that did a historic injustice where “Hollywood made billions exploiting veterans.”
Besides being the directed by a woman, the film stirs up more conversation because Bigelow is the ex-wife of James Cameron, her rival in the Best Director category. Not that it has anything to do with the directing or the film itself, but gender bias is likely to be discussed by critics. Critics are saying that if Bigelow wins as Best Director, it is because she is a lady making man’s film (The genre of war films has predominately been thought of as a man’s genre).

Even without any awards, the The Hurt Locker has made history. For the first time in Oscar history, the Academy banned an individual nominee from Oscar night. It reprimanded Nicolas Chartier, one of the The Hurt Locker’s producers and main funders, for an “ethical lapse” for circulating an email before voting ended urging Academy members to back the film and “not a $500M film” – a clear reference to Cameron’s multi-million budgeted Avatar.

Despite the politics and controversy, the film is undeniably good. The film’s 9 nominations speak for themselves. Nominations include: Jeremy Renner – Performance by an actor in a leading role, Cinematography, Directing, Film editing, Original score, Best picture, Sound editing, Sound mixing, and Original screenplay.


Genius Canadian film director James Cameron’s film is the highest grossing film of all time. Avatar is an animated sci-fi film best watched in 3D; the 161 minute film stimulates the viewers visually. Because of the fantastic visual effect, it is hard to comprehend the film not winning the award for Best Visual Effects.

The story takes place in 2154, three decades after a multinational corporation has established a mining colony in Pandora, a planet light years from Earth. A toxic environment and hostile natives (one corporate apparatchik calls the locals “blue monkeys”) forces the conglomerate to engage with Pandora by proxy. Humans dwell in oxygen-drenched cocoons but move out into mines to confront the planet’s hostile creatures in hugely fortified armor and robotics, or avatars.

Cameron and his brilliant visual effects team have created jaw-dropping 3D realism. It is a magical tale about flying dragons, magic plants and trees, little fairies, weirdly hypnotic creepy crawling creatures and untamed dogs rolled up into a rain forest with a highly advanced spiritual design.

Garnering 11 awards in the Oscars in 1998, Cameron’s phenomenal “Titanic” brought back moviegoers to watch and re-watch the film. Cameron did it again this time with Avatar having the highest number of nominations for 2010, same as The Hurt Locker with 9 nominations in categories of Art direction, Cinematography, Directing, Film editing, Original score, Best picture, Sound editing, Sound mixing and Visual effects.

Avatar’s rival then in the 82nd Academy Awards will be The Hurt Locker since they are contenders in 7 of the same categories: Cinematography, Directing, Film editing, Original score, Best picture, Sound editing, Sound mixing. Tune in tonight to find out who the winners will be.


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