Keep the Torch Burning

Photo Owen 6 - April 7, 2018

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Incoming Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Additional Photos by Joel S. Sulit, Outgoing Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Incoming Social Services and Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

The Torch-FPTI-ERDA Tech group ended school year 2017-2018 with a closing activity held at the Xavier School San Juan campus on Saturday, April 7, 2018. ERDAnians from Batches 16 to 20, together with the faculty and staff: Mr. Mark Rivera, Mrs. Rowena Dela Cruz, Mr. Felix Pangan, Mr. Joel Sulit, Mr. Noe Libradilla, and this writer and their counterparts from the Torch Group: Xavier alumni and faculty attended this event.

The day fittingly began with a mass officiated by Fr. Art Borja, S.J.. The ERDAnians were then grouped and assigned facilitators per group. A funny icebreaker which involved creativity and quick thinking using animal sounds was followed by a very exciting Amazing Race game which took the ERDAnians and their facis to various parts of the campus.

A boodle-fight style lunch courtesy of Torch member and chef Noah Esguerra was welcomed by everyone as they were tired but happy still. After lunch, the Batch 19 students who had just graduated, were given the customary tokens of appreciation by the Torch Group.

Sometime in the early afternoon, everyone called it a day and went their respective ways, but with happy expectations of more interactions in the months to come.

The Torch Group is composed of Xavier alumni such as Oliver Ang, Alvin Ang, Juan Santos, Noah Esguerra, Timothy Chua, and a lot more, including their families and friends, as well as current students who have undergone the Days with the Lord retreat in the third year of high school and set up an apostolate catering to ERDAnians.

As always, the Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech community is very grateful to them for their continuing support and belief in the mission started by the late Fr. Pierre T. Tritz.

Service Recognition 2018

Service Recognition 2018

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Additional Photos by Tracy Ann G. Rotarta, Prefect of Discipline, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Right after the senior high school graduation held at the roof deck of the main building of Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018, the faculty and staff of the school rushed to Audiovisual Rooms 1 and 2 for the Fourth Service Recognition Awards.

This year’s awardees include:

10 Years in Service: Mrs. Tracy Ann G. Rotarta

15 Years in Service: Mr. Jeffgerarld T. Tan

15 Years in Service: Mrs. Michelle G. Testa

20 Years in Service: Mr. Rogelio “Jun” J. Alegria, Jr.

20 Years in Service: Mr. Victor A. Victoria

The awards were given by Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., school president and Mr. Peter Marc D. Magsalin, school principal.

Hosting the event were veteran teachers and past awardees, Mr. Elmer B. Bueno and Mr. Mark F. Rivera.

The presentors were school nurse Mrs. Asminda Mendoza, RN and the writer.

Grade 11 – St. Pedro Calungsod student Princess Kyle Girado enthralled the audience with her golden voice as she sang Adelle’s “All I Ask”.

The faculty and staff also had a surprise belated birthday greeting to Fr. Dy, and they gifted him with a chocolate-flavored cake as a token of appreciation for all his hard work for ERDA Tech.

Everyone then enjoyed a hearty lunch and then shortly afterwards went on their separate ways to enjoy the rest of the day.

Congratulations to all the awardees! Keep on being the BEST you can be.

Senior High School Graduation 2018

Graduation 2018

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Additional Photos by Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech, and Marielle D. Reyes, Batch 19, Class of 2018

On Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018, Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech held its first-ever senior school graduation under the K to 12 program with the theme: Sulong: Moving forward, equipped with the skills, in the spirit of service. The event began with a mass concelebrated by Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., school president, and Fr. Munching De Guzman, S.J., school chaplain.

Afterwards, the graduation proper began with a processional by the graduating students followed by the faculty, staff, administrators, and the guest speaker, ERDA Tech alumnus Valentine O. Dula of Batch 11, Class of 2009.

Mr. Valentine Dula gave a very moving speech, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking, reading, writing, and lifelong friendships. It was indeed an eye-opener and a challenge to the millenial generation to which Batch 19, Class of 2018 belongs.

This year’s awardees include the following:

With High Honors

Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Charisse B. Lapinig (Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier)

With Honors

Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier

Shane Steffanie A. Allera

Jansen Keifer D. Dela Paz

Alexis Agoncillo

Gabriel M. Ignacio

Racheal Joy Danao

Mark Christian A. Cura

Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola

Christ Anne Jovy B. Regonios

Jocelyn M. Adato

Rachel Sofia D. Candoy

Daryl Isabel N. Marcelo

Giane Kyle R. Trajano

Francyne Jhaie U. Segovia

Jeehan L. Morales

Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber

Karla Lizette B. Bolanos

Zandra Loraine T. Quisao

Ralleign Jazz E. Enriquez

Ronalyn S. Tejada

Courtney Gwen Dela Cruz

Sofia Marie M. Misolas

Erica Daniel La Torre

Jerel Vien G. Aboy

Nathaniel Joseph Q. Santos

Awards were also given to those with an outstanding performance in specific disciplines and to those who deserve special recognition.

Communication Arts

Charisse B. Lapinig (Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier)

Rachel Sofia D. Candoy (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Science – Christ Anne Jovy B. Regonios (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Social Science – Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Math – Karla Lizette B. Bolanos (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

MAPEH – Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Automotive Servicing – Jansen Keifer D. Dela Paz (Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier)

Food Trades – Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Machining – Christ Anne Jovy B. Regonios (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Electrical Installation and Maintenance – Giane Kyle R. Trajano (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Leadership Award – Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Outstanding Performance in Work Immersion – Christ Anne Jovy B. Regonios (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola) 

Academic Excellence Awards for Technical-Vocational Subjects were given to the following students:

Food Trades

Jasper Keith M. Balueta

Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman

Rachel Sofia D. Candoy

Shawn Angelo L. Megino

Danica A. Ocampo

Courtney Gwen Dela Cruz

John Ver S. Equipado

Gabriel M. Ignacio

Charisse B. Lapinig

Sofia Marie M. Misolas

Justine Pauleen C. Padolina

Zandra Loraine T. Quisao

Christine Grace B. Salamanca

Mark Anthony G. Sucajil

Critchimae Allen Z. Vallan

Steffanie Shane A. Allera

Eunice L. Castro

Job C. Libradilla

Jenny Macasa

Melanie A. Santiano

One of the moving moments of the ceremony was when the students sang their graduation song, “Paalam Lang, Walang Iwanan”, an original composition by two of the students: Justine Pauleen Padolina and Philip Edward Salonga, with the melody by their batchmate, Mark Darylle Infante.

Shortly after they were declared graduates, the ERDAnians were then inducted into the alumni association by Mark D. Ison of Batch 15, Class of 2013.

Congratulations, Batch 19, Class of 2018! Keep on being the BEST you can be.

 

Kumusta Po Kayo?

Kumustahan - March 19, 2018

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech

It was a fun and memorable night on Monday, March 19, 2018 as the annual Sponsors and Scholars’ Appreciation Night, more commonly called the Kumustahan, was held at the Function Room of the Fr. Rafael Cortina Sports Center in Xavier School San Juan.

The event organized by the Xavier School Parents Auxiliary brought together 59 students from Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech and their sponsors who are parents of Xavier School students. Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., president of both Xavier School San Juan and ERDA Tech, as well as Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, current principal of ERDA Tech, thanked the Xavier parents for their continuing support in the education of the less fortunate youth, and encouraged them to also support the establishment of ERDA Tech’s new campus in Tanauan, Batangas which is set to open in school year 2019-2020.

Machining student Mark Darylle Infante of Grade 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola (Batch 19, Class of 2018) and alumnus Izthifen Lord Gonzales (Batch 17, Class of 2015) shared their experiences as ERDAnians and the valuable lessons they have learned and are applying in their lives. They also expressed their gratitude to all those who have helped them acquire their ERDA Tech education.

Likewise, the parents, through the XSPA reaffirmed their commitment to help ERDA Tech by turning over to the school their most recent cash donations.

The ERDAnians showcased their artistic side through their rendition of the song “My Heart Will Go On”, the theme song of the hit film “Titanic” in the late 1990s. This number was extra special since the students sang certain portions of the song in Chinese, to the surprise and joy of the audience.

After a delightful night of fun, food, conversations, and exchange of tokens: handheld crosses from the students, food containers from the Xavier parents, the sponsors and the scholars parted ways, all with fond memories of this event which they will treasure.

Mr. Johnny Lu, a childhood friend and batchmate of Fr. Ari Dy, is this year’s chair of the XSPA Kumustahan Committee. Mrs. Tess Andres, Mrs. Rowena Dela Cruz, Mr. Elmer Bueno, and Mrs. Margie Antonio handled the preparations from the end of ERDA Tech.

Aside from the Xavier School-seconded teachers to ERDA Tech: Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, Mr. Christian Bumatayo, Mr. Felix Pangan, and this writer, administrators of the elementary and high school departments of Xavier School San Juan: Mrs. Flora Alfonso, Miss Joanne Clarissa Pusta, and Mr. Alvin Ang were also present at the event.

Grade 12 Closing Salu-Salo

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Additional Photos by Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Four months of work immersion and the accompanying mentoring sessions during the in-school reporting days have quickly flown by, and the grade 12 students (Batch 19, Class of 2018), together with their teachers, found themselves gathered at Cafe Tritz for their closing activity.

Mr. Elmer Bueno, the Campus Ministry Coordinator led the group in a paraliturgy which was followed by the opening remarks by Industry Linkage Coordinator Miss Marilyn Benedicto.

Charlene Versoza (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber), Courtney Gwen Dela Cruz (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber, and Mark Darylle Infante (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola), with instrumentalists Jansen Keifer Dela Paz (Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier) and Mark Jacob Funtalva (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola) then rendered song numbers while Erwin Lucio (Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier) and Jeehan Morales (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola) rendered spoken poetry.

Everyone then had a satisfying meal of spaghetti, burger, turon, juices, and soda over smiles, laughter and conversations that would have lasted forever had there been no time limit. To cap the event, this writer gave the closing remarks.

Best buddies Mujahid Basiman and Zandra Loraine Quisao (both of Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber) were the masters of ceremonies.

This school year’s in-school reporting mentors are Mrs. Eden Baltazar, Mr. Pierce Gallego, Mr. Noe Libradilla, Mr. David Reyes, Mr. Ramon Christopher Ricafrente, Mr. Mark Rivera, Mr. Joel Sulit, and Miss Reichelle Torricer. Valuable inputs on work and life skills were given by Fr. Munching de Guzman, S.J., Mr. Christian Bumatayo, and this writer.

Over the next few days, the grade 12 students shall attend to clearance and graduation preparation concerns in anticipation of their big day: graduation.

Ash Wednesday Mass

Ash Wednesday Mass

Text by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Photos by  Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

The school community observed the beginning of the season of Lent with a mass presided by Fr. Munching De Guzman, S.J.. In this time of conversion through God’s guidance, Fr. Munching emphasized praying, fasting, and giving not for the approval and admiration of others but for a genuine desire to make oneself closer to God and more compassionate toward others.

Twice the Fun and the Learning

Fun Run and TEDx 2018

Text by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Photos by Tracy Ann G. Rotarta, Prefect of Discipline, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

For two successive Saturdays, January 20 and 27, 2018, the ERDA Tech community participated in events sponsored by Xavier School San Juan: the Xavier Stallion Family Fun Run 2018 and TEDx.

Very early in the morning of January 20, the ERDA Tech delegation composed of 37 grade 11 students, three grade 12 students, and 21 faculty and staff arrived at the Xavier School San Juan campus for the fun run. They joined the segment of their choice: 1K, 3K, 5K, and 10K and, together with the Xavier School family and friends, ran and/or walked their hearts out for the sake of good health and bonding with one another. At the end of the run, the participants then enjoyed making the rounds of the various sponsors to get their freebies.

On January 27, the ERDA Tech community was once again in Xavier School, this time to attend the TEDx which featured speakers from different fields of expertise. This year’s theme is Stories in Motion. Attending this event were 10 grade 11 students and six teachers. Adding to the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that the participants obtained were ample food and delightful freebies as well.

Indeed, ERDA Tech is very blessed to have been close to the heart of the Xavier School community. In return, it does its best to excel in the field of technical-vocational education and to extend any form of assistance to Xavier.

 

Viva, Sto. Nino! (Buling-Buling 2018)

Sto. Nino

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Additional Photos by Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Saturday, January 13, 2017 was festive in Pandacan, Manila with the various events in connection with the Feast of the Sto. Nino de Pandacan (Buling-Buling Festival). Though the actual date of the feast is January 21, the Roman Catholic Church opted to hold it a week earlier to merge with the celebration of the Philippine Independent Church (Aglipayan).

The Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech community participated in the event, as it has done so for the past several years. This year, all the dancers in the Buling-Buling Dance Procession were students, ably trained by Mr. Mark Rivera, Student Activities Program Coordinator. The faculty and the staff served as banner bearers, marshals, carrosa bearers, and attendants to the dancers.

After the speeches by the different guests which included city councilors, a paraliturgy was held, and then the procession began. As the ERDA Tech delegation moved to the front of the stage, it was acknowledged for its active participation over the years, the latest being the final time since the school shall be transferring to Tanauan, Batangas in 2019.

With dedication and enthusiasm, the ERDAnian dancers weaved through the streets of Pandacan despite the afternoon heat and certain parts of the route which were narrow because of so many people watching.

The procession ended at the churchyard at about past five in the afternoon, after which the participants headed back to school for a well-deserved early dinner.

The school’s working committee for this year’s Buling-Buling Festival was composed of Mrs. Tess Andres, chairperson; Mrs. Marge Antonio, assistant chairperson; and members: Mrs. Tracy Ann Rotarta, Mrs. Rowena Dela Cruz, Mr. Joel Sulit, Mr. Felix Pangan, and Mr. Mark Rivera.

The student dancers were James Rohbin Besa, Rubilea Anthonette Pangindian, Ivann Matthew Azarcon, Florence Kate De Leon, Ryan Charles Binuya, Annabelle Lorraine Malic, Danico Danielle Orobia, Princess Kyle Girado, Rhei Jefferson Sison, Arlen Wayan, Darryl Caronan, Dhavie Desabelle Aquino, Mark Jester Pingol, Jersey Wayne Cortez, J-Skie Laguinday, Geoliene Cura, John Paulo Mesa, Gerardene Baltazar, Jeric Gaviola, Blessie Vi Aguilar, Christian Madrid, Abegail Lapinig, John Mark Larracochea, Marjorie Aguja, Raemiel Infante, Kruza Vhryz Sison, Glen Geric Cadion, Justine Baluyot, Olsen Prince Moral, and Red Juzzel Enriquez.

One Community, One Celebration

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Additional Photos by Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

To end the year, Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech held on Friday, December 22 the Holiday Shindig 2017 which was spearheaded by the Student Body Organization (SBO) under the moderatorship of Mr. Mark Rivera, Student Activities Program Coordinator.

The day began with an institutional mass officiated by Fr. Richard Babao, parish priest of the Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish in Punta, Sta. Ana where many ERDAnians reside.

It was followed by a program at the St. Ignatius of Loyola Hall wherein the grade 11 classes gave performances and hosted games for the students, faculty, and staff.

By late morning, everyone was having lunch courtesy of each grade 11 class. The school also provided spaghetti and C2 juice for everybody.

Awards were given to the winning teams and classes in the games and in the classroom decoration contest. In the latter activity, Grade 11 – St. Lorenzo Ruiz under Miss Hazelyn Verdejo won first place, Grade 11 – St. Pedro Calungsod under Mrs. Eden Baltazar got second place, and Grade 11 – St. Dominic Savio under Mr. Pierce Gallego garnered third place.

Exhilarated and looking forward to the final stretch of school year 2017-2018, the members of the school community bade goodbye to one another for a much-needed and well-earned two-week break.

 

Party Time

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Additional Photos by Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

As soon as the last ERDAnian left the campus on December 21, 2017, an afternoon of fun and laughter began for the faculty and the staff of Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech  as they gathered for their yearly Christmas Party.

Interspersed in the event ably and delightfully emceed by Xavier School volunteer and Assistant for Academics Mr. Christian Bumatayo were raffle draws, games, and two surprise activities.

This year’s raffle prizes were bountiful such that each one got something, ranging from household items, food, drinks, and gift checks.

Assigned their respective numbers, the faculty and the staff were randomly called to form groups that would compete in the bottle flipping and the sequencing games.

This year, the White Elephant and the Bato, Bato, Win were introduced to the teachers and the staff. In the former, everyone brought wrapped items which are still worth using. Divided into two groups that would simultaneously play, the players put the items on the tables, and the two-round game began. In the first round, one who gets an odd number after rolling the dice gets nothing while one who gets an even number may get any two items from the bunch. The round ends when there is no more item left unpicked. Everyone then tore the wrappers to reveal the items. In the second round which lasted for 12 minutes, it was a free-for-all which means that, depending on what one would get after rolling the dice (odd – no item, even – one item, two of the same number – two items), anybody may get anything that he/she wanted even if somebody already has possession of the items. It was a frenzied round as everyone was rushing to claim and reclaim items while trying to beat the clock.

As for the latter, the Bato,Bato, Win, the group was divided into pairs. Each one had ten pesos, and with one count of scissors, rock, and paper, the winner got the other one’s money. All initial winners then found another partner, and the cycle was repeated, the group becoming smaller with each cycle, until only one was left victorious, Mrs. Hilda Prago, security personnel.

The abundance of food and drinks (pizza, chicken, barbecue, sweets, butitas, soda, juices) added to the merriment of everybody.

The last and highly-awaited part was the exchange of gifts made exciting by the revelation of who got whose name and which gift would be given.

As always, the faculty and the staff were very pleased, their stress lessened if not entirely removed, and their sagging spirits boosted and re-energized, thanks to the very generous sponsors of ERDA Tech who are worthy of admiration and gratitude.