Keep the Torch Burning

Photo Owen 6 - April 7, 2018

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Incoming Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Additional Photos by Joel S. Sulit, Outgoing Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Incoming Social Services and Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

The Torch-FPTI-ERDA Tech group ended school year 2017-2018 with a closing activity held at the Xavier School San Juan campus on Saturday, April 7, 2018. ERDAnians from Batches 16 to 20, together with the faculty and staff: Mr. Mark Rivera, Mrs. Rowena Dela Cruz, Mr. Felix Pangan, Mr. Joel Sulit, Mr. Noe Libradilla, and this writer and their counterparts from the Torch Group: Xavier alumni and faculty attended this event.

The day fittingly began with a mass officiated by Fr. Art Borja, S.J.. The ERDAnians were then grouped and assigned facilitators per group. A funny icebreaker which involved creativity and quick thinking using animal sounds was followed by a very exciting Amazing Race game which took the ERDAnians and their facis to various parts of the campus.

A boodle-fight style lunch courtesy of Torch member and chef Noah Esguerra was welcomed by everyone as they were tired but happy still. After lunch, the Batch 19 students who had just graduated, were given the customary tokens of appreciation by the Torch Group.

Sometime in the early afternoon, everyone called it a day and went their respective ways, but with happy expectations of more interactions in the months to come.

The Torch Group is composed of Xavier alumni such as Oliver Ang, Alvin Ang, Juan Santos, Noah Esguerra, Timothy Chua, and a lot more, including their families and friends, as well as current students who have undergone the Days with the Lord retreat in the third year of high school and set up an apostolate catering to ERDAnians.

As always, the Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech community is very grateful to them for their continuing support and belief in the mission started by the late Fr. Pierre T. Tritz.

Service Recognition 2018

Service Recognition 2018

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Additional Photos by Tracy Ann G. Rotarta, Prefect of Discipline, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Right after the senior high school graduation held at the roof deck of the main building of Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech on Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018, the faculty and staff of the school rushed to Audiovisual Rooms 1 and 2 for the Fourth Service Recognition Awards.

This year’s awardees include:

10 Years in Service: Mrs. Tracy Ann G. Rotarta

15 Years in Service: Mr. Jeffgerarld T. Tan

15 Years in Service: Mrs. Michelle G. Testa

20 Years in Service: Mr. Rogelio “Jun” J. Alegria, Jr.

20 Years in Service: Mr. Victor A. Victoria

The awards were given by Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., school president and Mr. Peter Marc D. Magsalin, school principal.

Hosting the event were veteran teachers and past awardees, Mr. Elmer B. Bueno and Mr. Mark F. Rivera.

The presentors were school nurse Mrs. Asminda Mendoza, RN and the writer.

Grade 11 – St. Pedro Calungsod student Princess Kyle Girado enthralled the audience with her golden voice as she sang Adelle’s “All I Ask”.

The faculty and staff also had a surprise belated birthday greeting to Fr. Dy, and they gifted him with a chocolate-flavored cake as a token of appreciation for all his hard work for ERDA Tech.

Everyone then enjoyed a hearty lunch and then shortly afterwards went on their separate ways to enjoy the rest of the day.

Congratulations to all the awardees! Keep on being the BEST you can be.

Senior High School Graduation 2018

Graduation 2018

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, Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech, and Marielle D. Reyes, Batch 19, Class of 2018

On Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018, Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech held its first-ever senior school graduation under the K to 12 program with the theme: Sulong: Moving forward, equipped with the skills, in the spirit of service. The event began with a mass concelebrated by Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., school president, and Fr. Munching De Guzman, S.J., school chaplain.

Afterwards, the graduation proper began with a processional by the graduating students followed by the faculty, staff, administrators, and the guest speaker, ERDA Tech alumnus Valentine O. Dula of Batch 11, Class of 2009.

Mr. Valentine Dula gave a very moving speech, emphasizing the importance of critical thinking, reading, writing, and lifelong friendships. It was indeed an eye-opener and a challenge to the millenial generation to which Batch 19, Class of 2018 belongs.

This year’s awardees include the following:

With High Honors

Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Charisse B. Lapinig (Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier)

With Honors

Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier

Shane Steffanie A. Allera

Jansen Keifer D. Dela Paz

Alexis Agoncillo

Gabriel M. Ignacio

Racheal Joy Danao

Mark Christian A. Cura

Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola

Christ Anne Jovy B. Regonios

Jocelyn M. Adato

Rachel Sofia D. Candoy

Daryl Isabel N. Marcelo

Giane Kyle R. Trajano

Francyne Jhaie U. Segovia

Jeehan L. Morales

Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber

Karla Lizette B. Bolanos

Zandra Loraine T. Quisao

Ralleign Jazz E. Enriquez

Ronalyn S. Tejada

Courtney Gwen Dela Cruz

Sofia Marie M. Misolas

Erica Daniel La Torre

Jerel Vien G. Aboy

Nathaniel Joseph Q. Santos

Awards were also given to those with an outstanding performance in specific disciplines and to those who deserve special recognition.

Communication Arts

Charisse B. Lapinig (Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier)

Rachel Sofia D. Candoy (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Science – Christ Anne Jovy B. Regonios (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Social Science – Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Math – Karla Lizette B. Bolanos (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

MAPEH – Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Automotive Servicing – Jansen Keifer D. Dela Paz (Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier)

Food Trades – Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Machining – Christ Anne Jovy B. Regonios (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Electrical Installation and Maintenance – Giane Kyle R. Trajano (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola)

Leadership Award – Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman (Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber)

Outstanding Performance in Work Immersion – Christ Anne Jovy B. Regonios (Gr. 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola) 

Academic Excellence Awards for Technical-Vocational Subjects were given to the following students:

Food Trades

Jasper Keith M. Balueta

Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman

Rachel Sofia D. Candoy

Shawn Angelo L. Megino

Danica A. Ocampo

Courtney Gwen Dela Cruz

John Ver S. Equipado

Gabriel M. Ignacio

Charisse B. Lapinig

Sofia Marie M. Misolas

Justine Pauleen C. Padolina

Zandra Loraine T. Quisao

Christine Grace B. Salamanca

Mark Anthony G. Sucajil

Critchimae Allen Z. Vallan

Steffanie Shane A. Allera

Eunice L. Castro

Job C. Libradilla

Jenny Macasa

Melanie A. Santiano

One of the moving moments of the ceremony was when the students sang their graduation song, “Paalam Lang, Walang Iwanan”, an original composition by two of the students: Justine Pauleen Padolina and Philip Edward Salonga, with the melody by their batchmate, Mark Darylle Infante.

Shortly after they were declared graduates, the ERDAnians were then inducted into the alumni association by Mark D. Ison of Batch 15, Class of 2013.

Congratulations, Batch 19, Class of 2018! Keep on being the BEST you can be.

 

Kumusta Po Kayo?

Kumustahan - March 19, 2018

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

It was a fun and memorable night on Monday, March 19, 2018 as the annual Sponsors and Scholars’ Appreciation Night, more commonly called the Kumustahan, was held at the Function Room of the Fr. Rafael Cortina Sports Center in Xavier School San Juan.

The event organized by the Xavier School Parents Auxiliary brought together 59 students from Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech and their sponsors who are parents of Xavier School students. Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., president of both Xavier School San Juan and ERDA Tech, as well as Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, current principal of ERDA Tech, thanked the Xavier parents for their continuing support in the education of the less fortunate youth, and encouraged them to also support the establishment of ERDA Tech’s new campus in Tanauan, Batangas which is set to open in school year 2019-2020.

Machining student Mark Darylle Infante of Grade 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola (Batch 19, Class of 2018) and alumnus Izthifen Lord Gonzales (Batch 17, Class of 2015) shared their experiences as ERDAnians and the valuable lessons they have learned and are applying in their lives. They also expressed their gratitude to all those who have helped them acquire their ERDA Tech education.

Likewise, the parents, through the XSPA reaffirmed their commitment to help ERDA Tech by turning over to the school their most recent cash donations.

The ERDAnians showcased their artistic side through their rendition of the song “My Heart Will Go On”, the theme song of the hit film “Titanic” in the late 1990s. This number was extra special since the students sang certain portions of the song in Chinese, to the surprise and joy of the audience.

After a delightful night of fun, food, conversations, and exchange of tokens: handheld crosses from the students, food containers from the Xavier parents, the sponsors and the scholars parted ways, all with fond memories of this event which they will treasure.

Mr. Johnny Lu, a childhood friend and batchmate of Fr. Ari Dy, is this year’s chair of the XSPA Kumustahan Committee. Mrs. Tess Andres, Mrs. Rowena Dela Cruz, Mr. Elmer Bueno, and Mrs. Margie Antonio handled the preparations from the end of ERDA Tech.

Aside from the Xavier School-seconded teachers to ERDA Tech: Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, Mr. Christian Bumatayo, Mr. Felix Pangan, and this writer, administrators of the elementary and high school departments of Xavier School San Juan: Mrs. Flora Alfonso, Miss Joanne Clarissa Pusta, and Mr. Alvin Ang were also present at the event.

Ash Wednesday Mass

Ash Wednesday Mass

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

The school community observed the beginning of the season of Lent with a mass presided by Fr. Munching De Guzman, S.J.. In this time of conversion through God’s guidance, Fr. Munching emphasized praying, fasting, and giving not for the approval and admiration of others but for a genuine desire to make oneself closer to God and more compassionate toward others.

Twice the Fun and the Learning

Fun Run and TEDx 2018

Text by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech; Photos by Tracy Ann G. Rotarta, Prefect of Discipline, FPTI – ERDA Tech and Joel S. Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

For two successive Saturdays, January 20 and 27, 2018, the ERDA Tech community participated in events sponsored by Xavier School San Juan: the Xavier Stallion Family Fun Run 2018 and TEDx.

Very early in the morning of January 20, the ERDA Tech delegation composed of 37 grade 11 students, three grade 12 students, and 21 faculty and staff arrived at the Xavier School San Juan campus for the fun run. They joined the segment of their choice: 1K, 3K, 5K, and 10K and, together with the Xavier School family and friends, ran and/or walked their hearts out for the sake of good health and bonding with one another. At the end of the run, the participants then enjoyed making the rounds of the various sponsors to get their freebies.

On January 27, the ERDA Tech community was once again in Xavier School, this time to attend the TEDx which featured speakers from different fields of expertise. This year’s theme is Stories in Motion. Attending this event were 10 grade 11 students and six teachers. Adding to the wealth of knowledge and wisdom that the participants obtained were ample food and delightful freebies as well.

Indeed, ERDA Tech is very blessed to have been close to the heart of the Xavier School community. In return, it does its best to excel in the field of technical-vocational education and to extend any form of assistance to Xavier.

 

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.

 

Grade 12 Salu-Salo

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

On December 20, 2017, the fourth in-school reporting day of the grade 12 students who are undergoing their work immersion in the second semester, the school prepared something special for them. Instead of the usual input and discussion at the Audiovisual Room and the sharing sessions in the various mentoring venues on campus afterward, Batch 19, together with their mentors, school administrators, and volunteer guidance counselor, Miss Everdina Ruiz, gathered at Cafe Tritz.

The event began with a paraliturgy led by Mr. Elmer Bueno, Campus Ministry Coordinator. Miss Marilyn Benedicto, Industry Linkage Coordinator gave the opening remarks. After an ice-breaker facilitated by Mr. Mark Rivera, everyone ate lunch consisting of spaghetti, chicken, leche flan, and iced tea.

It was a joyous moment as the students, who had not seen one another for a week because of their respective duties in their work immersion companies, shared their stories over lunch.

Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, school principal, gave the closing remarks, wherein he acknowledged the 11 grade 12 students who shall be starting their studies at the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) in January 2018, and whose remaining work immersion hours shall be waived.

Earlier, on Saturday, December 16, 2017, a smaller group of students had their salu-salo. This is the group that reports to school on Saturdays since their employers require them to report to work on Wednesdays.

With both happiness and sadness, the students, clutching their annual Christmas baskets courtesy of the very hardworking and dedicated Atty. Charlemagne Yu of the school’s board of trustees, bade goodbye to each other as the salu-salo ended, looking forward to the next time they can once again gather as a batch.

In-School Reporting

by Marilyn Benedicto, Industry Linkage Coordinator, FPTI-ERDA Tech

As part of the Work Immersion Program of the Grade 12 students during the second semester, a once-a-week In-School Reporting (ISR) is allotted for mentoring sessions as well as inputs on Spirituality of Work.

At the moment, the Grade 12 students have already had four ISR days. Majority of the students report to school on Wednesdays while the rest have theirs on Saturdays as part of a special arrangements with the employers of the latter.

Students are grouped randomly and assigned to a specific mentor to whom they can freely share their experiences, whether good or not-so-good, at the workplace.

It is a good opportunity for students to share with their mentors and batchmates  the joys of their training, the new things they learned, and the new friendships they have made.

Students also talk about their challenges and concerns such as commuting to and from work, dealing with coworkers, supervisors, and clients, as well as difficulties with their tasks.

The weekly meeting in school is helpful to motivate students as they take this new endeavor. It is also a time for students to be reunited with everyone.

The Work Immersion Program is not just a requirement of the K+12 Senior High School Curriculum for TVL but is also a meaningful program that will ensure students’ enhancement of skills, acquisition of new knowledge and competencies, as well as development of a positive work attitude.

 

 

Pilgrimage 2017

Pilgrimage Prayer

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

The Serviam Club of Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech embarked on a pilgrimage on Sunday, October 29, 2017. The group, composed of altar servers, lectors, and commentators and led by its moderator, Mr. Elmer Bueno, together with the school’s Social Services Staff, Mrs. Tess Andres; Sponsorship Program Coordinator, Mrs. Rowena Dela Cruz; and the writer, visited four historical churches in Manila: Sta. Cruz Church, Binondo Church, Manila Cathedral, and San Agustin Church.

Each visit began with a pilgrimage prayer, after which Mr. Bueno spoke about the history of the church and explained details about the Holy Eucharist. The group had the chance to attend mass at the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral in Intramuros.

The longest part of the tour was at San Agustin Church which has a museum as well. The variety of the exhibits, the vastness of the church compound, and the labyrinthine paths added to the awe and the excitement felt by everyone.

The activity had been a plan of the Campus Ministry for some time before it finally saw fruition this year. Hopefully, another pilgrimage will push through next year as this is a very enriching, edifying, and enlightening experience, enabling the ERDAnians to become more grateful and committed in their work for the Lord.