Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier of Christ

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 Christian J. Bumatayo, Assistant for Academics, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech held its first-ever Jesuit Heritage Days event to honor the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola. The activities included the Memory Walk wherein tarpaulins about St. Ignatius and the Jesuits were placed all around the campus, the Spot Iggy contest which is about Ignatius’s life and works and whose winners had the privilege of having lunch with Jesuits, a talk by Brother Leonard Mah, SJ from the Arrupe House at the Ateneo de Manila University campus, and an Ignatius wall in every classroom which featured a chosen Jesuit character and each class’s expression and interpretation of the character.

The highlights of the celebration were an institutional mass at FPTI – ERDA Tech on Wednesday, July 26 and an even bigger mass at the Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday, July 30.

The school-wide mass was concelebrated by Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ, Fr. Arturo Borja, SJ, Fr. Munching De Guzman, SJ, and newly-ordained priest Fr. Martin Licup who is currently assigned to the Philippine General Hospital Apostolate. After the mass came the turnover and oath-taking ceremonies of past and new officers of the Student Body Organization (SBO) and the Parents’ Auxiliary, which was followed by a very lively and interactive jamming with Jesuit Brothers from Singapore, China, and Sri Lanka. Joining the brothers was former French volunteer Miss Valentine de Druille.

On July 30, the FPTI – ERDA Tech students, faculty, and staff joined other Jesuit schools, organizations, apostolates, friends, and supporters in the annual feast day mass for Saint Ignatius by the Jesuits held at the covered courts of the Ateneo High School. ERDA Tech had a booth showcasing handheld crosses made by students themselves and promoting the school to possible donors and benefactors. The Jesuits, led by its outgoing provincial Fr. Antonio Moreno, SJ came in full force. After the mass, everyone was treated to free meals and ice cream.

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.

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.

 

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!

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

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

On December 8, 2016, the ERDA Tech community honored the Blessed Virgin Mary through a mass celebrated by Fr. Irmo Francis Valeza, SJ.

A few years back, Fr. Valeza, who was still a seminarian at that time, was among three brothers assigned to ERDA Tech. He taught Basic Christian Living (BCL) and facilitated Campus Ministry activities together with Brother Manny Amanence and Brother Tonton Coloma.

May the school community learn from the good example set by Mother Mary. Her faith and patience are indeed very important values and virtues needed in today’s world where materialism, consumerism, and advances in technology exert great influence on our lives.

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 10 Recollection

Grade 10 - Kalayaan Recollection - June 30, 2016

by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, Father Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech | Photos by Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, Father Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech and Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Campus Ministry Coordinator, Father Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech

The recollections of the grade 10 students have begun, with Grade 10 – Kalayaan being the first. On Thursday, June 30, 2016, all 43 of them spent a day learning, reflecting, and sharing about friendship, which is the theme for the grade level’s recollection.

Miss Jesselyn Buendia, the Campus Ministry Coordinator, and Father Sigmund “Munching” de Guzman, SJ, the School Chaplain, gave the inputs and facilitated the discussions. The highlights of the event were the Jewish dance which the students took a real delight in, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

The Kalayaan students ended the day and went home to their families with a deeper understanding of the value of friendship. Tomorrow, July 7, 2016, will be the turn of Grade 10 – Kapayapaan.

Hopefully, the students of this class will also have a very meaningful and memorable experience.