Goodbye for Now, Good Daughter of God

Gigi Buendia

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, Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech, and Jeffgerarld T. Tan, Purchasing Staff and IT Network Technician, FPTI – ERDA Tech

The saying, “Big things come in small packages” is true for Miss Jesselyn “Gigi” Buendia, Campus Ministry Coordinator of Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech. This diminutive lady is one of the kindest members of the school community and has a very big heart for others, especially the students.

Miss Buendia first came to ERDA Tech in March 2014 to help then outgoing Campus Ministry Coordinator and fellow Notre Dame de Vie lay consecrated woman Marcy Calipay in the Baccalaureate Mass for Batch 16, Class of 2014. Since then, Gigi has actively led the Campus Ministry in carrying out its spiritual and values formation programs for the school community.

She heads Serviam, a special enrichment group (club) composed of altar servers, lectors, commentators, and instrumentalists which assists her in masses, paraliturgies, and other spiritual activities. In addition, she teaches Basic Christian Living (BCL) to the grade 11 batch. Gigi is also part of the Counseling Team, along with volunteer guidance counselor Miss Everdina Ruiz.

Possessing a vibrant personality and a deep spirituality, Miss Buendia is able to draw out the best in others, particularly the students. Her patience and dedication have paid off several times when she was able to boost the self-confidence and spark the interest of students through their involvement in Campus Ministry tasks, conversations, and counseling sessions.

In November 2017, Gigi shall go to France for a year of immersion and reflection as she goes to a higher level in her spiritual formation under Notre Dame de Vie, an organization of religious and lay people founded in 1932 in Venasque, France by Carmelite priest Venerable Marie-Eugene committed to upholding the Roman Catholic faith and rendering service to others, especially the less fortunate through their various apostolates.

Indeed, Gigi shall be dearly missed by the school community whom she has touched and inspired to live more like Christ and to strive to be the best that they can be. In all earnestness, they shall await her return.

Good luck! Good health! God bless you, Gigi!

 

A-Day to Remember

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 and Marielle D. Reyes, Student, Grade 12 – St. Peter Faber

Faculty and staff of Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech were pleasantly surprised on Friday, October 13, 2017. As each of them entered the main building, the Student Body Organization (SBO) members led by chairperson Coleen Felix of Grade 11 – St. Dominic Savio and ably guided by their moderator, Mr. Mark Rivera, sang Appreciation Day greetings and gave them a blue bag with sweet goodies inside.

After class, the faculty and staff gathered at the St. Ignatius of Loyola Hall for a fun afternoon courtesy again of the SBO, with Courtney Gwen Dela Cruz of Grade 12 – St. Peter Faber and Xian Juilliard Oquendo of Grade 11 – St. Lorenzo Ruiz as the masters of ceremonies. Divided into five teams, the faculty and staff happily let their hair down as they competed in two games, the first one charades-like and about the various activities and practices in school, and the second one a balloon race.

Interspersed with the games were performances by ERDAnians. James Rohbin Besa and Princess Kyle Girado of Grade 11 – St. Pedro Calungsod sang “I Learned From You” by Miley Cyrus. Zaldy James Madrid of Grade 12 – St. Francis Xavier sang a classic, Louie Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” to a ukelele accompaniment by Alexis Agoncillo of Grade 12 – St. Francis Xavier. Marielle Reyes of Grade 12- St. Peter Faber recited a poem. Zandra Loraine Quisao, Mujahid Basiman, Melanie Santiano, Erica La Torre, and Jason Vista, all from Grade 12 – St. Peter Faber, danced to Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song”.

The afternoon was made more exciting and energizing when everyone danced the Zumba.

As the faculty and staff ate their snacks, they were treated to an audiovisual presentation and were given their souvenirs and letters from the students. To cap the event, the community posed for group photos.

Indeed, it was a memorable Friday, A-Day to remember.

A Fun Friday

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, Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech, and Hazelyn M. Verdejo, Science and Research Teacher, FPTI – ERDA Tech

ERDAnians had a double treat on Friday, September 29, 2017. In the morning and the afternoon, team-building activities were held, and in the evening, there was the disco, Fusion 2017.

After the advisory period, the four teams: Blue, with coaches Mrs. Eden Baltazar and Mr. David Reyes; Red, with coaches Mr. Joel Sulit and Miss Chyryz Valiente; Yellow, with coaches Miss Hazelyn Verdejo and Mr. Noe Libradilla; and Green, with coaches Mrs. Michelle Testa and Mr. Ramon Christopher Ricafrente assembled along the corridors and then paraded from the main building to the basketball court. The teams are a mix of grade 11 and grade 12 students.

After the opening ceremony, the various games began in different venues on campus. These included volleyball, group march, team bucket, tug of war, solidarity tower, water balloon, dodgeball, adventure time, minute to win it, and basketball.

In the afternoon, the Mr. and Ms. Vocation 2017 was held at the Saint Ignatius of Loyola Hall. Each team had a pair of representatives, one male and one female. Mujahid Basiman (Grade 12 – St. Peter Faber) from the Yellow Team won as Mr. Vocation while Zandra Loraine Quisao (Grade 12 – St. Peter Faber) from the Blue Team was proclaimed Miss Vocation.

When evening came, the ERDAnians danced their hearts out in Fusion 2017 as their teachers fondly watched over them. By 9:30 p.m., the event ended, but the wonderful memories the students gained from this fun Friday will remain in their minds and hearts.

Mr. Mark Rivera, the Student Activities Program Coordinator, together with the ever-reliable and dedicated Student Body Organization (SBO) team led by its chairperson, Coleen Felix of Grade 11 – St. Dominic Savio deserve the full appreciation and admiration of the school community, most especially the students, for making all these possible.

 

All for the Mission

ERDA Tech Faculty and Staff - SY 2017-2018

Text by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Photos by Peter Marc D. Magsalin, Principal, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Tracy Ann G. Rotarta, Prefect of Discipline, FPTI – ERDA Tech, and Elmer Bueno, Founder’s Week 2017 Committee Chair, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Imparting knowledge, teaching skills,

Molding hearts, forming character,

All of these,

For the mission.

Every effort, each step,

Each sweat, every ache,

All of these,

For the mission.

Fr. Tritz, our inspiration,

Humble hero, hardworking till the end,

Selfless and tireless,

For the mission.

We are thankful, ever grateful,

To be able to serve, guide, and nurture,

The hope of our land,

For the mission.

Remembering Fr. Pierre Tritz

Memoirs of His Legacy

Text by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Photos courtesy of the Founder’s Week 2017 Committee, Peter Marc D. Magsalin, Principal, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Joel Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech, and Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

In September 2017, Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech commemorates the first death anniversary and the 103rd birthday of its founder, Fr. Pierre T. Tritz. The institutional mass held on September 13 was concelebrated by OIC President and Xavier School Campus Minister Fr. Xavier Olin, SJ, Xavier School Chaplain Fr. Arturo Borja, SJ, and FPTI – ERDA Tech Chaplain Fr. Munching De Guzman, SJ.

“Pierre’s Corner”, wherein the school community may place photos, letters, and other tokens of remembrance, was set up first at Cafe Tritz and then later on at St. Ignatius of Loyola Hall. “Memoirs of His Legacy”, whose objective is similar to “Pierre’s Corner”, was also launched on Facebook.

During lunch breaks, students, faculty, and staff shared their musical talents via “ET Jammin'”. Specialization classes attended training sessions and visited company partners to enhance their knowledge and skills.

On September 19, Fr. Tritz’s birthday, a special prayer was recited instead of the usual morning prayer. The following day, a mini-concert, “ET Unplugged” was held at the St. Ignatius Hall. Three enrichment groups: ET Chorale, String Gravity, and ET Dance Club performed. Messages were also given by the writer and the school principal, Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin. The finale of the show featured former Xavier School volunteer to ERDA Tech Miss Kris Carla (KC) Lawenko and current Xavier High School English Department Chair Mr. Paolo Suapengco who are both artists of the group “Hangad” of the Jesuit Music Ministry. The school community, most especially the students were mesmerized and awed by the beautiful voices of the two guests.

The upcoming activities are a mass and get-together by the ERDA Tech alumni on Saturday, September 23, as well as the students’ team-building events and the disco (Fusion 2017) on September 29.

This year’s committee in charge of the event is led by the chair, Mr. Elmer Bueno, with Mr. Mark Rivera, Mrs. Tracy Ann Rotarta, and Miss Jesselyn “Gigi” Buendia as members.

Buwan ng Wika, Kasaysayan, Sining, at Kultura 2017

Artikulo at mga Larawan mula kay Jonathan S. Lacson, Kaagapay sa Pormasyon, FPTI – ERDA Tech, mga Karagdagang Larawan mula kina Tracy Ann G. Rotarta, Gurong Tagapamahala sa mga Usaping Pandisiplina, FPTI – ERDA Tech at Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Tagapamahala sa Programa ng Sponsorship, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Ang katatapos na buwan ng Agosto ay hitik sa mga gawaing naglalayong paigtingin ang pagmamahal ng pamayanang ERDA Tech bilang mga Pilipino sa kanilang wika, kasaysayan, sining, at kultura.

May inihandang ekshibit at nagdaos ng patimpalak sa pagsulat ng tula tungkol sa papel ng wika sa pagbabago at pag-unlad ng bansa.

Ang mga mag-aaral ng ikalabindalawang baitang ay nagkaroon ng field demo kung saan malikhain nilang pinagsama ang mga galaw at kumpas ng mga folk dance sa saliw ng mga awiting Pilipino. Ganoon din ang ginawa ng mga mag-aaral ng ikalabing-isang baitang na idinaan naman sa isang paligsahan.

Sa patimpalak na “Talentadong ERDAnian”, ipinamalas ng mga kalahok ang iba’t iba nilang galing, talino, at husay sa pagkanta, pagsasayaw, at pagguhit.

Itinampok din ang mga ukit-sabon ng mga mag-aaral ng ikalabindalawang baitang. Nakatutuwang pagmasdan at hawakan ang mga obrang ito; tunay ngang sa isang ordinaryong bagay gaya ng sabon ay uusbong ang mga likha ng sining.

Ang pinakamasarap na bahagi ay ang Pistang Pilipino kung saan ang lahat ay nagtipon sa St. Ignatius of Loyola Hall upang pagsaluhan ang isang tanghaliang puno ng mga pagkaing Pilipino. Sari-saring ulam, inumin, at panghimagas ang pumawi sa gutom at uhaw ng mga mag-aaral, guro, at kawani habang masaya silang nag-uusap, nagtatawanan, at ninanamnam ang bawat sandali na sila ay magkakasama.

Ang selebrasyong ito ng ating pagkaPilipino ay bunga ng pagtutulungan ng mga kahanga-hangang gurong sina Gng. Michelle Testa, G. Christian Bumatayo, Bb. Chyryz Valiente, G. Elmer Bueno, at ng mga piling mag-aaral na tumulong sa mga paghahanda at sa pagsasakatuparan ng mga gawain.

Lahat din ng mga mag-aaral na sumali sa iba’t ibang patimpalak ay kalugod-lugod dahil sa kanilang pagtitiyaga at pagsisikap sa pagsasanay, at sa kanilang buong-pusong pagbabahagi ng kanilang galing sa pamayanang ERDA Tech.

Welcome to ERDA Tech, Brother!

Brother Leonard Mah and the ERDAnians

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

Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech had the privilege of meeting Brother Leonard Mah of the Society of Jesus on July 19, 2017. Brother Leonard, who comes from Singapore, currently stays at the Arrupe House at the Ateneo de Manila campus for his formation.

Speaking at the St. Ignatius of Loyola Hall to the grade 11 students, and to the grade 12 batch during their Basic Christian Living classes, he gladly and willingly shared the story of his life, especially how he became a Jesuit brother. During lunch time, he, together with Fr. Munching De Guzman, SJ and former French volunteer to ERDA Tech Valentine de Druille, ate and bonded with the winners of the Spot Iggy Contest for the Jesuit Heritage Days event. These fortunate ERDAnians were Ryan Charles Binuya of Grade 11 – St. Pedro Calungsod, Coleen Zaima Felix and Mahaleth Ferrer both from Grade 11 – St. Dominic Savio, Courtney Gwen Dela Cruz of Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber, and Mark Anthony Sucajil and Jessa Jasmin Ulpindo from Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier.

For Your Information

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

The school’s various departments and offices are keeping the school community well-informed about activities, policies, programs, and many other relevant things through their respective bulletin boards. Kudos to the faculty and staff for taking the time to post on their boards and periodically update these. This is truly one way to ensure the closer relationship of the various sectors of the school community as it seeks to fulfill its mission.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Mass of the Holy Spirit

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

The Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech community gathered on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 for the Mass of the Holy Spirit which Jesuit schools traditionally have at the beginning of a new school year. The mass was concelebrated by Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ, Xavier School and Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech President; Fr. Arturo Borja, SJ, Xavier School Chaplain; and Fr. Xavier Olin, SJ, Xavier School Campus Minister. The blessing of the class symbols: Philippine flags, school flags, crucifixes, and pictures of class patron saints was also done during the mass.

Homily Text by Fr. Aristotle C. Dy, SJ, Xavier School and FPTI – ERDA Tech President

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

I would like to begin by welcoming our new students in Grade 11. In case you are wondering what this Mass is all about, this is our traditional way of opening the academic year in a Catholic and Jesuit school. We start the year by invoking the Holy Spirit upon each one of us so that the Spirit will guide us with knowledge and wisdom throughout the year.

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is unity.  If you recall the story about the Tower of Babel in the Old Testament, the people started speaking different languages after the Lord punished them for trying to build a tower that would reach up to heaven. The result was division.

This division, however, was reversed in the New Testament when the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles after the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus. The apostles began to speak in different tongues, and yet they could understand each other. There was a new unity through their faith in Jesus Christ.

We also pray for unity among ourselves and in our country. St. Paul speaks of other gifts of the Holy Spirit, and this can be unique to each one of us. Just think about it for a moment. Some of you have the gift of reading, like those who proclaimed our Scriptures earlier. Some have the gift of singing, like those in the choir.  Some have the gift of explaining complex subjects, like perhaps our teachers here.

We all have gifts, and the Lord invites us to develop these gifts and use them to serve the community.  Two weeks ago, Mr. Magsalin and I were at the Toyota Training Center in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, for the graduation ceremony of its students who took a two-year technical training program.  Five ERDAnians were among the graduates, and three of them graduated with honors out of the 200 students. We were very proud of them, and we were even told that ERDA Tech graduates are not only competent, but also punctual, respectful, and very diligent.  I hope this is true of all ERDAnians!

Those five ERDAnians who graduated from the Toyota program are now gainfully employed at the Toyota dealerships in Otis and North EDSA. They exemplify for us the vision of our founder, Fr Tritz, for young people like you to learn a technical skill during high school so that you can be employed right away and help your families beat the scourge of poverty.  I hope that you also take this vision to heart, and use your gifts to secure a bright future for yourselves and your families.

Let us pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us with the graces we need to do well this school year, and that we may develop our gifts fully out of a desire to serve others.

 

A Man on a Mission

Mr. Christian J. Bumatayo

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

Beginning school year 2017-2018, Mr. Christian J. Bumatayo joins ERDA Tech as the Assistant for Academics. He is the successor of Mr. Ernesto R. Chua, Jr. who is currently on leave. Seconded by Xavier School San Juan, Mr. Bumatayo has been in the field of education ever since he graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman in 2001. At Xavier, he taught high school English for ten years, after which he became the chairperson of the department. He then moved on to the Campus Ministry before coming over to ERDA Tech.

Mr. Bumatayo is no stranger to ERDA Tech. In fact, during the early 2000s, he was part of the team of Xavier School students, faculty, and staff that regularly went to the said school to conduct tutorials of ERDAnians under the Para Kay Kiko program. Today, he comes full circle as he returns to ERDA Tech. Aside from supervising the academic subject teachers, he will also teach English for Academic and Professional Purposes (EAPP) to two grade 11 classes, St. Lorenzo Ruiz and St. Dominic Savio.

Very much a welcome addition to the ERDA Tech community, Mr. Bumatayo shall play a key role as the school becomes a stand-alone senior high school this school year. His extensive experience in education and formation, together with his wit, sense of humor, and compassionate heart will truly benefit his colleagues as well as the ERDAnians.

Maligayang pagdating sa ERDA Tech, Ginoong Bumatayo! You are indeed a man for others, a man on a mission.