Goodbye for Now, Good Daughter of God

Gigi Buendia

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 Jeffgerarld T. Tan, Purchasing Staff and IT Network Technician, FPTI – ERDA Tech

The saying, “Big things come in small packages” is true for Miss Jesselyn “Gigi” Buendia, Campus Ministry Coordinator of Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech. This diminutive lady is one of the kindest members of the school community and has a very big heart for others, especially the students.

Miss Buendia first came to ERDA Tech in March 2014 to help then outgoing Campus Ministry Coordinator and fellow Notre Dame de Vie lay consecrated woman Marcy Calipay in the Baccalaureate Mass for Batch 16, Class of 2014. Since then, Gigi has actively led the Campus Ministry in carrying out its spiritual and values formation programs for the school community.

She heads Serviam, a special enrichment group (club) composed of altar servers, lectors, commentators, and instrumentalists which assists her in masses, paraliturgies, and other spiritual activities. In addition, she teaches Basic Christian Living (BCL) to the grade 11 batch. Gigi is also part of the Counseling Team, along with volunteer guidance counselor Miss Everdina Ruiz.

Possessing a vibrant personality and a deep spirituality, Miss Buendia is able to draw out the best in others, particularly the students. Her patience and dedication have paid off several times when she was able to boost the self-confidence and spark the interest of students through their involvement in Campus Ministry tasks, conversations, and counseling sessions.

In November 2017, Gigi shall go to France for a year of immersion and reflection as she goes to a higher level in her spiritual formation under Notre Dame de Vie, an organization of religious and lay people founded in 1932 in Venasque, France by Carmelite priest Venerable Marie-Eugene committed to upholding the Roman Catholic faith and rendering service to others, especially the less fortunate through their various apostolates.

Indeed, Gigi shall be dearly missed by the school community whom she has touched and inspired to live more like Christ and to strive to be the best that they can be. In all earnestness, they shall await her return.

Good luck! Good health! God bless you, Gigi!

 

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.

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.

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!

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.

My “Ang Galing” Program Experience

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ni Mujahid Abdurrazzaq M. Basiman, Mag-aaral ng Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz at Chairperson ng Student Body Organization (SBO), Larawan mula kay Bb. Marilyn Benedicto, Student Activities Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Nitong Sabado, Agosto 20, 2016, si Bb. Marilyn Benedicto, ang Student Activities Program Coordinator (SAPC) ng ERDA Tech, at ako ay pumunta sa Manila North Cemetery bilang mga volunteer sa “Ang Galing” program. Ito ay ginaganap tuwing Sabado, 9:30 ng umaga sa isa sa mga libingang pagmamay-ari ng pamilya Torres. Mga batang babae at lalaki mula anim hanggang labing-apat na taon ang kasama sa Basic Literacy tutorial. Sila ay mga anak ng mga naninirahan sa sementeryo.

Kasama namin ni Bb. Benedicto ang mga volunteer galing sa iba pang pangkat, na tulad namin ay unang beses pa lamang makapaglilingkod sa ilalim ng naturang programa. Ang namamahala sa programa, si Bb. Mae-ann, ay nagbigay muna ng orientation at pagkatapos niyon ay nagsimula na kami sa pagtuturo.

Ang mga bata ang siyang pumipili ng volunteer na magtuturo sa kanya. Ang batang pumili sa akin ay si Kaizer, isang aktibong anim na taong batang lalaki. Binigay sa akin ni Bb. Mae-ann ang kwaderno ni Kaizer na naglalaman ng mga isinulat niya at pati na rin ang isinulat ng mga volunteer na humawak sa kanya tungkol sa kanyang paghusay sa kanyang mga aralin sa pagdaraan ng mga araw.

Tinuruan ko si Kaizer na magsulat ng pangalan niya dahil medyo nahihirapan siya rito. Kahit medyo matagal, nagawa rin niyang isulat ang kanyang pangalan. Tinuruan ko rin siya ng mga salitang may mga titik M, S, A, at I dahil iyon daw muna ang mga dapat ituro sa batang tulad ni Kaizer. Magiliw niya akong sinunod, ngunit dahil nga sa bata pa siya, madaling nawawala ang atensyon niya sa ginagawa namin. Bilang guro niya, hahabulin ko siya at kukunin ang atensyon niya nang may ngiti upang hindi naman siya matakot sa akin. Mahirap talaga ang pagtuturo pero mahalaga naman ito.

Pagkatapos ng session ko kay Kaizer, ang batang si Vincent naman ang tinuruan ko. Magaling siyang bata. Kahit ilang beses siyang nagkakamali, sumusubok pa rin siya. Pagkatapos ng session na ito, nagpaalam na ako sa mga bata at umalis na kami ni Bb. Benedicto nang may ngiti at masarap na pakiramdam dahil nakatulong kami sa aming mga kapwa.

Masasabi kong ang karanasan kong ito ay masaya at nakapagpapataba ng puso. Napagtanto ko kung gaano ako kaswerte dahil kahit hindi marangya ang pamumuhay ng aking pamilya, nakakakain pa rin ako nang sapat at nakapag-aaral pa rin ako sa isang magandang paaralan.  Sa ginawa namin, napatunayan kong ang pagbibigay at pagtulong ay hindi lamang tungkol sa mga materyal na bagay, bagkus, maaari din tayong magbigay ng ating oras at kaalaman upang maturuan ang mga bata at ihanda sila para sa isang magandang kinabukasan.

Maaaring para sa iba ay maliit na bagay lamang ang pagtuturo ng basic literacy, ngunit para sa akin, malaki at importante iyon dahil nabubuo at napagtitibay ang pundasyon ng mga bata. Dahil din dito, naipakita ko ang pagiging mapagbigay at mapagkalinga ng mga ERDAnian. Ang mga ito ay ipinamalas din ni Father Pierre Tritz nang itinatag niya ang ERDA Tech na napakarami nang kabataang natulungan magmula pa noong 1994. Tulad ni Fr. Tritz, tumulong din ako sa mga bata sa larangan ng edukasyon.

Maliit man sa marami ang ginawa ko, malaking bagay naman ito para sa mga batang aking natulungan. Sana, maulit muli ang karanasan kong ito dahil alam kong masaya at makabuluhan ito.

Welcome, New Students!

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As part of the enculturation to ERDA Tech, our SHS and G10 transferees are introduced for the first time to their “guardian angels” this school year herein represented by our student leaders.

This 3-day gathering aims to introduce to our new students the various school practices and standards they need to observe. The highlight of this event is a recollection on the last day.