ERDAnians at the Crossroads

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

The talk on work values and options by Mr. Marvin Estorninos, a recruitment manager for a British-owned firm in Makati City, is the latest in a series of activities aimed at helping the ERDAnians, especially the grade 12 students, develop the discipline and the character needed in the workplace as well as make well-informed decisions on which path to take after senior high school.

Career guidance is crucial in high school, most particularly in its last two years (senior high school), hence, the school has been purposefully pushing for greater awareness among its students of the various opportunities that await them when they leave their alma mater.

Being a technical-vocational school, ERDA Tech prioritizes the option of working right after graduation or pursuing higher tech-voc education through its partners, Toyota School of Technology in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) in Pasig but soon-to-be in Laguna. Alumni such as Izthifen Gonzales (Batch 17, Class of 2015) who has recently completed his studies at Toyota and is now working in the same company, as well as Kim Carlo Rosita and Geraldine Salonga (both from Batch 18, Class of 2016) who are finishing their studies at GBF have given inspirational talks to the younger batches of ERDAnians. Likewise, the franchise owner of Ziebart Paco, an industry partner of ERDA Tech, spoke to the ERDAnians. ERDA Tech also has Work Ethics and Spirituality of Work classes in grade 12 which have been very helpful.

The students have also had field trips to companies and attended tech-voc fairs. In addition, they have been taking the mandated National Certification Exams to assess their capabilities and increase their qualifications.

Although it is a tech-voc school, ERDA Tech still supports the other options such as working while studying in college or pursuing a college education right away. In October, ERDA Tech shall open its doors to the colleges and universities to guide the students on choosing and applying for a college course.

Moreover, the option of going into business is strengthened through the Entrepreneurship classes and also the annual WIWAG Business Seminar which helps the students plan and manage their own businesses.

Choosing which way to go after high school is indeed essential for it will have a bearing on one’s future. Thus, the school has committed itself to extending to the students all the possible support.

First-Quarter Formation Awards for School Year 2017-2018

First-Quarter Formation Awards - SY 2017-2018 - Oliver Bartolata and Karla Lizette Bolanos

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

The first-quarter formation awards was held during the general assembly on July 19, 2017. These awards recognize ERDAnians who come very early to school as a sign of their commitment to their education and formation. Oliver Bartolata of Grade 11 – St. Dominic Savio and Karla Lizette Bolanos of Grade 12 – St. Peter Faber received certificates of appreciation and goodies for being the first male and female students, respectively, to arrive in school on the first day of the first quarter and the new school year, June 5, 2017. Congratulations to these two remarkable ERDAnians!

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!

XSPA – FPTI – ERDA Tech Kumustahan: A Meeting of the Hearts

Kumustahan Big Group Photo

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

ERDAnians and their sponsors from Xavier School San Juan held their annual kumustahan on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Fr. Rafael Cortina Sports Center. Twenty-two grade 10 students and 37 grade 11 students are being sponsored by parents of Xaverians this school year.

Over a sumptuous dinner, the students and their sponsors spoke with each other, the ERDAnians updating their benefactors on their performance in school and the Xavier parents also sharing something about themselves.

Ceddie Domondon of Batch 15, Class of 2013 joined his fellow ERDAnians and gave a heartfelt testimony of his struggles and successes first as a high school student at  ERDA Tech and then later as a working student. He is currently a third-year Civil Engineering student at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM).

Erwin Lucio and Shane Steffanie Allera of Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz composed and read a poem in Filipino expressing the ERDAnians’ gratitude to their sponsors and their commitment to do their very best in their studies and be successful in the future.

To the great surprise and delight of the Xavier audience in the event, which included Xavier School and FPTI – ERDA Tech president, Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ, the ERDAnians sang “The Moon Represents My Heart”, a Mandarin song by popular Chinese singer Teresa Teng. Despite the very limited time of the students to practice with the help of their Music teacher, Mr. Elmer Bueno, the students were able to perform well.

The ERDAnians gave their sponsors small wooden crosses made by the Machining students as a token of appreciation for the help they have been receiving. Likewise, the parents gave blue bags to the students and turned over to FPTI – ERDA Tech more than two million pesos from the earnings of their fund-raising activities such as the yearly Stallion Family Fun Run. Just recently, they gave industrial shoes to all the 182 students of the school.

The kumustahan session is a project of the Xavier School Parents’ Auxiliary (XSPA) handled this year by Mr. Wilson Sy, XSPA Chairman and Mr. Johnny Lu, XSPA Outreach Committee Chairman and the master of ceremonies for the event. Helping them from FPTI – ERDA Tech were Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, Principal; Mrs. Margie Antonio, Business Office Head and Campus Operations Officer; Mrs. Rowena Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator; and Mrs. Tess Andres, Social Services Coordinator.

Once Upon A Moonlight

Text by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Photos by Jeffgerarld T. Tan,  IT and Purchasing Staff, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Aileen N. Abaa, Grade 11 Parent

As the afternoon slowly moved toward twilight, ERDAnians, looking their very best, arrived in school for a very special occasion, Socialization 2017 which was more fancifully called Clair de Lune. Zandra Loraine Quisao, a Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz student and a member of the Student Body Organization (SBO) which was in charge of the event, thought about using this French phrase which means “moonlight” to aptly capture the atmosphere of this milestone in the students’ lives.

The students, arranged according to grade level and section and walking in pairs, strode along the driveway and into the basketball court where the tables and chairs were set, and, before seating themselves, smiled as they were introduced to the faculty and staff.

After Zandra Quisao’s opening message to her schoolmates, everyone gathered at the Saint Ignatius Hall to watch the enthralling cotillion of selected students, which was followed by games, dinner, and dancing.

Jairhus Zarate of Grade 10 – Kapayapaan and Elijah Feliciano of Grade 11 – Saint won as King and Queen of the Night, respectively.

The young ladies and gentlemen of ERDA Tech enjoyed every moment and made the night last for as long as they could. That night will remain in their hearts. Once upon a moonlight, they were happy and carefree, thanks to the SBO and its moderator, the indefatigable and inspiring Mr. Mark Rivera.

Team-Building Activity on Cooperation

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

ERDAnians had much fun and learned a lot at the same time during their team-building activity on cooperation during the homeroom guidance period on February 20, 2017. In their respective venues on campus, the five classes, each divided into smaller groups, did their very best to transport a ball from one point to another and back using only the designated body parts and nothing else. It was indeed a test of wits, wills, and of course, cooperation.

Ang mga ERDAnian, Mapagmalasakit

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

ERDAnians showed the Pandacan community how much they care by conducting a barangay clean-up on January 24 (Grade 11 – Saint Dominic Savio), January 31 (Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz), and February 7 (Grade 11 – Saint Pedro Calungsod). These events are part of the school’s efforts to promote one of its thrusts for school year 2016-2017, social responsibility, the other one being personal responsibility. Moreover, this outreach program constitutes the experience which is the springboard for the recollection (reflection and processing) of the students.

In the coming school years, ERDA Tech aims to come up with more activities like this to strengthen in the students, as well as the faculty and the staff the sense of service to others as a way of giving back the many blessings the school community receives from its friends and benefactors.

Formation Awards for the Fourth Quarter of SY 2016-2017

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

Mujahid M. Basiman and Norlyn Justine S. Claudio, both from Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz were recognized by the school community during the general assembly on January 30, 2017 for being the first male student and the first female student respectively, to arrive in school on the first day of the fourth quarter, Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

Mujahid, an ERDAnian since his junior high school days, is the current Student Body Organization (SBO) Chairperson while Norlyn is a new student who came from  Mariano Marcos High School in Sta. Ana, Manila. These students are truly worthy of emulation by their schoolmates.

Mabuhay kayo! Keep on being the BEST that you can be.

Formation Awards for the Third Quarter of SY 2016-2017

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Text by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Photo by Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

The ERDA Tech community, through the Formation Unit acknowledged the remarkable behavior of three ERDAnians during the general assembly held on November 28, 2016.

The following are the awardees:

Earliest to Arrive in School on the First Day of the Third Quarter (Male Category) – Philip Edward Salonga, Grade 11 – Saint Dominic Savio

Earliest to Arrive in School on the First Day of the Third Quarter (Female Category) – Jon Manel Bernardo, Grade 10 – Kapayapaan

Helpful ERDAnian – Janella Velez, Grade 11 – Saint Dominic Savio

Kudos to you, dear students of ERDA Tech! May your good example move the school community, specially your schoolmates to strive to be more responsible and committed. 🙂

 

Team-Building Activity on Trust

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

ERDAnians had the opportunity to have fun and at the same time learn about the value of trust as each class held its team-building activity in various areas of the campus. Blindfolded, students walked along an obstacle-ridden path, but verbally guided by  their partners. The school community is small, and it is very crucial that the students are able to trust and depend on one another as they strive to learn, to hone their skills, and to develop their character.