Reading of Honors

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

On June 28, 2017, the Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech community acknowledged the fourth-quarter and the annual academic awardees in school year 2017-2018. These students embody the ideal image of an ERDAnian who strives to become the best that he/she can be. Kudos to the awardees for their hard work and strong dedication to their studies and to their dreams in life.

 Fourth-Quarter Academic Awardees:

GRADE 10 – KALAYAAN

First Honors: Coleen Zaima Felix

Second Honors: Florence Kate De Leon, Owen Patrick Moral

Honorable Mention: Xian Juilliard Oquendo, Geanne Samson

GRADE 10 – KAPAYAPAAN

First Honors: Joyce Ann Busante

Honorable Mention: Ivann Matthew Azarcon, Harvey Jaze Dalmacio, Caitlin Anne Elise Bercilla

GRADE 11 – ST. PEDRO CALUNGSOD

First Honors: Karla Lizette Bolanos, Christ Anne Jovy Regonios

Second Honors: Alexis Agoncillo, Daryl Isabel Marcelo

Honorable Mention: Jerel Vien Aboy, Sofia Marie Misolas

GRADE 11 – ST. LORENZO RUIZ

First Honors: Charisse Lapinig, Mujahid Basiman

Second Honors: Jocelyn Adato, Shane Steffanie Allera

Honorable Mention: Giane Kyle Trajano, Zandra Loraine Quisao, Zachkia Angela Pascual, Mary Jorge Roncesvalles, Rachel Sofia Candoy

GRADE 11 – ST. DOMINIC SAVIO

Second Honors: Sonnie Boy Guevara, Ronalyn Tejada

Honorable Mention: Mark Jacob Funtalva, Nathaniel Joseph Santos, Francyne Jhaie Segovia, Gabriel Ignacio

Annual Academic Awardees:

GRADE 10 – KALAYAAN

Second Honors: Coleen Zaima Felix

Honorable Mention: Florence Kate De Leon, Geanne Samson

GRADE 10 – KAPAYAPAAN

First Honors: Joyce Ann Busante

Honorable Mention: Ivann Matthew Azarcon

GRADE 11 – ST. PEDRO CALUNGSOD

Second Honors: Christ Anne Jovy Regonios,

Honorable Mention: Alexis Agoncillo, Karla Lizette Bolanos, Daryl Isabel Marcelo, Erica La Torre

GRADE 11 – ST. LORENZO RUIZ

Honorable Mention: Charisse Lapinig, Mujahid Basiman, Jocelyn Adato, Shane Steffanie Allera, Rachel Sofia Candoy

GRADE 11 – ST. DOMINIC SAVIO

Honorable Mention: Gabriel Ignacio

For Your Information

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

The school’s various departments and offices are keeping the school community well-informed about activities, policies, programs, and many other relevant things through their respective bulletin boards. Kudos to the faculty and staff for taking the time to post on their boards and periodically update these. This is truly one way to ensure the closer relationship of the various sectors of the school community as it seeks to fulfill its mission.

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.

 

It’s About Time

Six-Day Cycle

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

Beginning school year 2017-2018, Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech is adopting the six-day cycle for its class schedule. This is composed of Day 1, Day 2, Day W (Wednesday, which has a fixed schedule of classes), Day 3, Day 4, and Day 5. The first day of classes, June 5, 2017 followed the Day 1 schedule, and so on. In case there will be a holiday or any other interruption of classes, the cycle will just continue with the next day on the line-up. This system prevents a particular day from being disadvantaged because of such interruptions. In the previous school years when the school observed the Monday to Friday schedule, the interruptions usually took its toll on the Monday and Friday classes. Thankfully, that problem is now a thing of the past. Another benefit of the cycle is that it makes possible an earlier dismissal time for the students (from 4:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.) which then allows more time for remedial classes, tutorial sessions, consultation meetings, practices and preparations for school events, and others. The implementation of the six-day cycle is yet another manifestation of the school’s firm commitment to become the best that it can be and to fulfill its vision and mission more effectively.

A Man on a Mission

Mr. Christian J. Bumatayo

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

Beginning school year 2017-2018, Mr. Christian J. Bumatayo joins ERDA Tech as the Assistant for Academics. He is the successor of Mr. Ernesto R. Chua, Jr. who is currently on leave. Seconded by Xavier School San Juan, Mr. Bumatayo has been in the field of education ever since he graduated from the University of the Philippines in Diliman in 2001. At Xavier, he taught high school English for ten years, after which he became the chairperson of the department. He then moved on to the Campus Ministry before coming over to ERDA Tech.

Mr. Bumatayo is no stranger to ERDA Tech. In fact, during the early 2000s, he was part of the team of Xavier School students, faculty, and staff that regularly went to the said school to conduct tutorials of ERDAnians under the Para Kay Kiko program. Today, he comes full circle as he returns to ERDA Tech. Aside from supervising the academic subject teachers, he will also teach English for Academic and Professional Purposes (EAPP) to two grade 11 classes, St. Lorenzo Ruiz and St. Dominic Savio.

Very much a welcome addition to the ERDA Tech community, Mr. Bumatayo shall play a key role as the school becomes a stand-alone senior high school this school year. His extensive experience in education and formation, together with his wit, sense of humor, and compassionate heart will truly benefit his colleagues as well as the ERDAnians.

Maligayang pagdating sa ERDA Tech, Ginoong Bumatayo! You are indeed a man for others, a man on a mission.

Parents’ Orientation

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 held an orientation for parents on June 1, 2017. The event began with a plenary session at the St. Ignatius of Loyola Hall wherein the principal, Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin; the assistant for academics, Mr. Christian Bumatayo; the assistant for tech-voc education, Mr. Felix Pangan; and the industry linkage coordinator, Miss Marilyn Benedicto spoke to the parents about the school’s accomplishments, vision-mission, future plans, curriculum, class schedule, grading system, and in-plant training, among other things. All the faculty and the staff were also introduced.

After the open forum, the parents then proceeded to their children’s classrooms where they got to know the class advisers and the assistant class advisers (buddies) as well. The line-up of class advisers and buddies for school year 2017-2018 is as follows:

Grade 11 – St. Pedro Calungsod – (CA) Mrs. Eden Baltazar, (Buddy) Mrs. Michelle Testa

Grade 11 – St. Lorenzo Ruiz – (CA) Miss Hazelyn Verdejo, (Buddy) Mr. David Reyes

Grade 11 – St. Dominic Savio – (CA) Mr. Pierce Gallego, (Buddy) Miss Chyryz Valiente

Grade 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola – (CA) Mr. Victor Victoria, (Buddy) Mr. Ramon Ricafrente

Grade 12 – St. Peter Faber – (CA) Mr. Joel Sulit, (Buddy) Mr. Felix Pangan

Grade 12 – St. Francis Xavier – (CA) Miss Reichelle Torricer, (Buddy) Mr. Noe Libradilla

The parents were also informed about concerns regarding the opening of classes (haircut inspection, proper uniform, etc.). Moreover, each class elected two officers: a president and a secretary.

The impressive attendance figures for this day shows that the parents value their partnership with the school in the education and the formation of their children. Indeed, the continuing support of parents is essential for the school to successfully carry out its vision and mission.

Batch 20’s Moving Up

Batch 20

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

ERDA Tech’s last batch of grade 10 students had their moving up ceremony on Thursday, March 30, 2017. The event began with a mass concelebrated by Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ, Xavier School San Juan, Xavier School Nuvali, and Fr.  Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech President; Fr. Xavier Olin, SJ, Xavier School Campus Minister; and Fr. Sigmund De Guzman, School Chaplain.

It was  then followed by the ceremony proper, during which Florence Kate De Leon and Joyce Ann Busante gave their messages of thanks and gratitude in behalf of their batchmates. An audiovisual presentation featuring the evolution of the batch from being small and wide-eyed youngsters in grade seven to being more mature and confident young men and ladies of grade 10 was shown. After each student has gotten his/her certificate of junior high school completion, the students, together with the administrators, faculty, staff, and friends of ERDA Tech had their picture-taking.

This school year’s Moving Up Committee was composed of Miss Hazelyn Verdejo, Chair; Mrs. Tracy Ann Rotarta, Co-Chair; and Members: Miss Marilyn Benedicto, Miss Jesselyn Buendia, Mrs. Margie Antonio, Miss Crisalyn Ballenas, Mr. Felixberto Pangan, and Mr. Ernesto Chua, Jr..

Congratulations, Batch 20, Class of 2019!

 

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.