An Evening with a Virtuoso

Chino Gutierrez

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

The evening of Saturday, September 23, 2017 was a night well spent for 46 ERDAnians and their teachers: Mr. Joel Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator; Mrs. Asminda Mendoza, School Nurse; Miss Crisalyn Ballenas, Administrative Office Staff, and the writer as they watched the concert of musical prodigy Joaquin Maria “Chino” Gutierrez at the Francisco Santiago Hall of the BDO Tower in Makati City. This was made possible through the efforts of Mrs. Belinda Olivares-Cunanan, a long-time member of the ERDA Tech Board of Trustees.

Chino amazed the audience as he, accompanied by seasoned pianist Mary Anne Espina, played one violin piece after another. His deft hands clearly show that his countless hours of practice and his intense devotion to improving his craft are paying off.

Hopefully, the ERDAnians shall remember this night and realize that the patience and dedication that they invest in honing their skills in their respective specializations and developing proper work values will help them achieve their goals in life.

New Students’ Orientation and Recollection

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

The new students of Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech underwent an orientation and recollection on May 22 to 24, 2017 in order for them to know more about the culture and system of the school and to adjust more easily to their new environment. On hand to help them were selected old students who served as their peer guardian angels.

On the first day, the faculty and staff were introduced to the students. The various departments and offices also gave their respective presentations.

Mrs. Tracy Ann Rotarta, the prefect of discipline, guided the new students through the routines, policies, and procedures of the school in the morning of the second day. Moreover, the new students, together with their peer guardian angels, showcased their different talents in the afternoon.

Finally, the Campus Ministry led by Miss Jesselyn Buendia and Mr. Elmer Bueno facilitated the recollection on the third day which centered on looking back at their immediate past, cherishing the memories, and looking forward to a new chapter in their lives with the promise of new friendships and experiences.

Welcome to your new home, new ERDAnians!

A Meeting of the Minds


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

The second activity of the Xavier-Torch-ERDA Tech family was held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 when they visited the Mind Museum at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City, Metro Manila. As early as 6:30 a.m., the ERDAnians were already waiting eagerly for another fun-filled and heartwarming experience with their brothers and sisters in their partner groups.

True enough, the visit proved very fruitful and happy. At the museum, there were various exhibits covering the areas of Science such as Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Technology. Many of these exhibits were interactive, thus providing the museum-goers, specially the students, the chance to try these out and make learning more meaningful and effective.

Aside from the exhibits, there were also demonstration classes and film showings. Many among the ERDAnians watched a film about the origins of life.

After the tour, the Torch group treated the ERDAnians and their teachers with a hearty lunch from Jollibee.

The ERDA Tech group was composed of 64 ERDAnians (current students and alumni) and six teachers led by the Student Activities Program Coordinator, Miss Marilyn Benedicto; Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, Mr. Joel Sulit; Math Teacher and Grade 10 – Kapayapaan Class Adviser, Mr. Victor Victoria; Computer Laboratory Staff and Purchaser, Mr. Jeffgerarld Tan; Automotive Servicing Teacher and ERDA Tech Alumnus (Batch 13, Class of 2011), Mr. Noe Libradilla; and Assistant Principal for Formation, Mr. Jonathan Lacson.

Till the next adventure!


Enterprising ERDAnians


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

On Friday afternoon, October 21, 2016, the grade 10 students of ERDA Tech held their entrepreneurial activity. Twelve groups set up their respective stalls in the driveway, the basketball court, and at Saint Ignatius Hall, and sold a variety of snack foods and drinks. This is part of the training of ERDAnians to become self-reliant in the future through engaging in business ventures. Through this performance task, the students learn how to assess the consumer market, conceptualize a profitable business, attend to the various logistics involved in running an enterprise, relate well to the customers, and cooperate with their fellow team members. This project was made possible through the able guidance of Mrs. Michelle Testa, the students’ Economics teacher.

Get the Ball Rolling


by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Photos by Peter Marc D. Magsalin, Principal, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech

This school year, 2016-2017, Father Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech once again joins the APPSAM-MAPESA (Association of Private Secondary School Administrators of Manila-Manila Association of Private Elementary School Administrators) Basketball Tournament. In its second game held at the Philippine Cultural College (PCC) in Tondo, Manila today, September 27, the team won over its opponent, Maranatha Christian Academy (MCA). Hopefully, this will continue as the team battles it out with the other schools.

The current basketball varsity team is composed of the following students:

Philip Edward Salonga (Grade 11 – Saint Dominic Savio) – Team Captain

John Bryan Aquino (Grade 10 – Kalayaan)

Jairus Kenyon Angelo Daep (Grade 10 – Kalayaan)

Loubert Samson (Grade 10 – Kalayaan)

Rhei Jefferson Sison (Grade 10 – Kalayaan)

J-Skie Laguinday (Grade 10 – Kapayapaan)

Kienth Carlo Reyes (Grade 10 – Kapayapaan)

John Vincent Ederosas (Grade 11 – Saint Pedro Calungsod)

Lemuel Andreza (Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz)

John Andrie Encarguez (Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz)

Matthew Garcia (Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz)

Mark Christian Cura (Grade 11 – Saint Dominic Savio)

Mark Jacob Funtalva (Grade 11 – Saint Dominic Savio)

Mr. Pierce Gallego and Mr. Ramon Ricafrente of the Technical-Vocational Education (TVE) Department are the team’s coach and assistant coach, respectively.

Kudos to you, ERDA Tech Basketball Varsity Team!


Buwan ng Wika at Kasaysayan


by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, Father Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech, Photos by Zandra Loraine T. Quisao, Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, Father Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech

The month of August started on a festive mood with the launching of the “Buwan ng Wika at Kasaysayan” during the morning assembly on Monday, August 1, 2016. It featured an Ati-Atihan dance as well as a speech choir or “Sabayang Pagbigkas” by selected grade 10 and grade 11 students.

Each week of the month, there are poetry readings ang singing competitions, which the school community eagerly looks forward to. The culminating activity for the month will be a “Pistang Bayan” wherein the school community shall eat and celebrate together at the Saint Ignatius Hall.

Indeed, August is one delightful and merry month, thanks to the lead subject areas: Filipino c/o Miss Chryz Valiente and Araling Panlipunan c/o Mrs. Mitch Testa.


Welcome, New Students!



As part of the enculturation to ERDA Tech, our SHS and G10 transferees are introduced for the first time to their “guardian angels” this school year herein represented by our student leaders.

This 3-day gathering aims to introduce to our new students the various school practices and standards they need to observe. The highlight of this event is a recollection on the last day.