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.

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.


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.

An Evening with a Virtuoso

Chino Gutierrez

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

The evening of Saturday, September 23, 2017 was a night well spent for 46 ERDAnians and their teachers: Mr. Joel Sulit, Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator; Mrs. Asminda Mendoza, School Nurse; Miss Crisalyn Ballenas, Administrative Office Staff, and the writer as they watched the concert of musical prodigy Joaquin Maria “Chino” Gutierrez at the Francisco Santiago Hall of the BDO Tower in Makati City. This was made possible through the efforts of Mrs. Belinda Olivares-Cunanan, a long-time member of the ERDA Tech Board of Trustees.

Chino amazed the audience as he, accompanied by seasoned pianist Mary Anne Espina, played one violin piece after another. His deft hands clearly show that his countless hours of practice and his intense devotion to improving his craft are paying off.

Hopefully, the ERDAnians shall remember this night and realize that the patience and dedication that they invest in honing their skills in their respective specializations and developing proper work values will help them achieve their goals in life.

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.