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.

All for the Mission

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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.

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.

The Rock

Introduction by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation and Founder’s Week 2016 Committee Chair, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Text by Rachel Sofia D. Candoy, Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

This essay won first place, grade 11 category in the contest held by the Founder’s Week 2016 Committee, with Miss Reichelle Torricer heading the Subcommittee on Essay Writing. The theme of the contest is “A Man of Vision, A Man for Others”.

He, with the eyes that see nothing but goodness in people and hands that touch the hearts and lives of the ones who know him, once said that to give children education is to give them hope. Who would have thought that a man named Pierre Tritz coming from France would be able to achieve things far greater than the miles he travelled? Indeed, he is a man whose name has been given justice by his actions.

Fr. Pierre Tritz, SJ not only had a vision but also a heart ready to turn his vision into concrete actions. He travelled from France to China, somewhere he was originally designated and where he once thought he would be in his fruitful lifetime. However, it was fate, and thank God that it was when he was sent to the Philippines due to the war in China. With more or less 11 miles of distance covered, he had yet to go on a journey farther than what he has already travelled. Truly living up to his name which means rock in French, he soon founded the Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation with a mission to help those who are in severe need. He became the rock that the poor can rely on, the foundation of the children’s dreams that suddenly became possible for them to reach. He is strong and durable like a rock. Not even the harshest of hurricanes has been able to weaken him and lead him away from the path he was meant to take.

To speak so highly of someone means to know him well. I was able to say everything because I am one of the children whose dream is coming true through his help. I am proud to say that my rock, at the age of 101, remains strong and is still continuing his legacy. He has given me hope, and in return, I promise to pass on that burning sliver of hope to more people when I am already as strong as he is to do so.

Helping is not a matter of nationality but of humanity. It is not about how full one’s pocket is but about how huge and generous one’s heart is. A man who barely had nothing but his faith and his friends who are like him, compassionate and good, is building a bridge for me to walk on in achieving my dreams. He is a man, a man of God to be exact, not looking for recognition but for the fulfillment of the dreams of people who are victims of poverty.

Time and time again, it has been proven to us that the world is not so bad after all. With Fr. Tritz blessing our lives, we are, in every aspect, lucky. We may have no idea what the future holds, but with someone like Fr. Pierre Tritz, SJ helping and guiding us, I do believe that he and The One he is working with have already switched on the lights for us.

 

The Man on a Mission

Introduction by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation and Founder’s Week 2016 Committee Chair, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Text by Owen Patrick L. Moral, Grade 10 – Kalayaan

This essay won first place, grade 10 category in the contest held by the Founder’s Week 2016 Committee, with Miss Reichelle Torricer as the head of the Subcommittee on Essay Writing. The theme of the contest is “A Man of Vision, A Man for Others”.

If I were to live past the age of 80, I would most probably be retired at that age. Fr. Tritz though, when he was 80, was still a man on a mission. He still had something in mind, a vision to help us Filipinos. He built a school at age 80, a school we now know as Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech.

He did not even doubt whether the school would be successful or not. It was a very ambitious move, but he only thought of how he was going to help the poor. He knew that to help the poor was to educate them, not simply to give something to them, and make them ask for more. That was his vision, to help us stand on our own feet. To me, Fr. Tritz is a selfless, humble man. He values others more than himself. He has spent most of his life helping people. On many occasions, I heard the story of Fr. Tritz, and I was amazed at his selflessness. They say he travels around the world to gain benefactors for us, not to have leisure time. He even became a Filipino citizen. Now that is someone who is really eager to help, and all of the hard work he did paid off. The school he envisioned has already helped a lot of poor families. Whenever I see or hear an alumnus/alumna, I always think that they now have better lives than before. All of them are genuinely grateful to one man, Fr. Tritz.

For us ERDAnians, Fr. Tritz is the living saint of ERDA Tech. Like Mother Teresa, his sole mission is to help others. Fr. Tritz, at the age of 101, probably does not plan to stop helping others. Every year, when I see Fr. Tritz in school, his smile tells me a lot of things. He is probably thinking about the people he helped and the lives he made better. To think that one man can help uplift my life, that much makes me realize and wonder how I can repay him, though I know that Fr. Tritz does not ask for anything in return. That also made me realize that I should also be selfless and help others without asking for anything. In that way, I can repay Fr. Tritz for what he has done.

To wrap it all up, I will describe Fr. Tritz in two words: selfless hero. He has a little bit of Saint Ignatius in him. He is the man on a mission, a mission to help. It is not for himself, but for others. He is inviting us to help him help people, to provide a better place for them. The world he imagines is not impossible, and we can help by doing what Fr. Tritz does best, help others.

 

Of Posters and Essays (A Tribute to Fr. Pierre Tritz)

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by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation and Founder’s Week 2016 Committee Chair, FPTI – ERDA Tech, 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 Jonathan S. Lacson

Last month, students participated in the poster-making and essay-writing contests for the Founder’s Week celebration this school year. With the theme “A Man of Vision, A Man for Others”, the ERDAnians paid tribute to the late Fr. Pierre Tritz, SJ who founded ERDA Tech 22 years ago with the aim of providing the underprivileged but deserving Filipino youth with technical-vocational skills to enable them to find jobs which can in turn ensure a bright future for them and for their families. This was long before the adoption by the Philippines of the K to 12 system of education.

This month, the school acknowledged with certificates of commendation the winners of both contests. They are as follows:

Poster-Making Contest

Grade 10 Category:

First Place – Arlen T. Wayan – Grade 10 – Kalayaan

Second Place – Ivann Matthew L. Azarcon – Grade 10 – Kapayapaan

Third Place – Aubrey R. Nime – Grade 10 – Kalayaan

Grade 11 Category:

First Place – Racheal Joy Danao – Grade 11 – Saint Dominic Savio

Second Place – Zandra Loraine T. Quisao – Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

Third Place – Job C. Libradilla – Grade 11 – Saint Pedro Calungsod

Essay-Writing Contest

Grade 10 Category:

First Place – Owen Patrick L. Moral – Grade 10 – Kalayaan

Second Place – Joyce Ann V. Busante – Grade 10 – Kapayapaan

Third Place – Anna Dominique A. Dimaculangan – Grade 10 – Kalayaan

Third Place – Yshie Reine M. Valera – Grade 10 – Kalayaan

Grade 11 Category:

First Place – Rachel Sofia D. Candoy – Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

Second Place – Erwin A. Lucio – Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

Third Place – Charisse B. Lapinig – Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

Likewise, the school gave certificates of participation to the other students who joined the said competitions.

Hopefully, activities such as these contests will help keep the legacy of Fr. Pierre Tritz alive in the hearts and minds of the ERDA Tech community, most specially the students.

 

 

 

A Meeting of the Minds

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

The second activity of the Xavier-Torch-ERDA Tech family was held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 when they visited the Mind Museum at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City, Metro Manila. As early as 6:30 a.m., the ERDAnians were already waiting eagerly for another fun-filled and heartwarming experience with their brothers and sisters in their partner groups.

True enough, the visit proved very fruitful and happy. At the museum, there were various exhibits covering the areas of Science such as Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Technology. Many of these exhibits were interactive, thus providing the museum-goers, specially the students, the chance to try these out and make learning more meaningful and effective.

Aside from the exhibits, there were also demonstration classes and film showings. Many among the ERDAnians watched a film about the origins of life.

After the tour, the Torch group treated the ERDAnians and their teachers with a hearty lunch from Jollibee.

The ERDA Tech group was composed of 64 ERDAnians (current students and alumni) and six teachers led by the Student Activities Program Coordinator, Miss Marilyn Benedicto; Assistant to the Student Activities Program Coordinator, Mr. Joel Sulit; Math Teacher and Grade 10 – Kapayapaan Class Adviser, Mr. Victor Victoria; Computer Laboratory Staff and Purchaser, Mr. Jeffgerarld Tan; Automotive Servicing Teacher and ERDA Tech Alumnus (Batch 13, Class of 2011), Mr. Noe Libradilla; and Assistant Principal for Formation, Mr. Jonathan Lacson.

Till the next adventure!

 

A Milkload of Happiness

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

The ERDA Tech school community is indeed very fortunate because blessings come pouring in one after another, the most recent of which is the very generous donation of Chuckie Chocolate Milk by dairy products giant Nestle Philippines. At midday, the faculty and staff were already given their allotment, and then at dismissal time in the afternoon, the students got their share. Everybody was delighted with the sweet treat from Nestle as they went back to their respective homes to tell their loved ones the good news and to share with them the delicious drink as well.

 

Farewell, Priscille!

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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

On Friday, August 13, 2016, the ERDA Tech community bid farewell to its French volunteer, Priscille Colin in a simple yet heartwarming get-together held at AVRs 1 and 2.

A video featuring a compilation of Priscille’s past and present photos was shown, after which the school gave her a certificate of appreciation and other tokens of gratitude.

Priscille then gave her message of thanks to everyone, and later on, everybody partook of a delicious merienda consisting of pansit palabok, lumpia, puto, and soda.

Having been in ERDA Tech for almost a year (September 2015 to August 2016), Priscille taught Internet Computing Fundamentals (ICF) and Arts. She also did Campus Ministry and library work, co-moderated the Scouts Enrichment Group with the principal, Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, and helped create ERDA Tech’s own website which will hopefully be made public soon.

The ERDA Tech community has indeed been fortunate to have had the company of Priscille as it fulfills its mission of giving a very good education and a solid character formation to its students.