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.

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.