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.

XSPA – FPTI – ERDA Tech Kumustahan: A Meeting of the Hearts

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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.

Shoes and a Show

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by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech, Photos by Peter Marc D. Magsalin, Principal, FPTI -ERDA Tech and Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech

“Thank you,” we sincerely say,

For blessings that come our way,

For gifts that we receive,

From those who in us believe.

 

Beloved Megaworld,

Their banner of goodness unfurled,

Brought shoes for our feet,

Our needs they aptly meet.

 

Dearest Attorney Yu,

He’s generous, it’s true,

Made it possible for us,

To ride an air-conditioned bus.

 

To watch a musical play,

To cap our wonderful day,

Inspired and amazed, indeed, we were,

Now every tomorrow we’ll face, whatever will be there.

 

We in ERDA Tech are grateful,

To our benefactors so delightful,

In our own ways to others we will give back,

Help them address whatever they may lack.

 

 

Isusulat Kita

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Tula ni Shane Steffanie A. Allera ng Grade 11 – Saint Lorenzo Ruiz para kay Father Pierre T. Tritz, Larawan mula kay Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Isusulat kita
Nang walang pag-aalinlangan
Nang walang takot at pangamba
Hayaang ang damdamin ko ang bumuo ng mga salita
Ipaubaya sa papel at tinta.

Isusulat kita
Sapagkat nais kong ikaw ay maging tula
At ako ang may akda.

Ngunit tanungin mo muna ako
Tanungin kung ano ka sa buhay ko
Tanungin kung paano mo binago ang daloy ng istorya ko.

Handa akong sagutin ang mga ito
Kahit paulit-ulit, gusto ko lang makasigurado
Makasiguradong lahat ng ito’y maririnig mo
Dahil walang hanggang pasasalamat ang nais na iparating ng puso ko.

Hayaan mong ilahad ko
Kung paano mo binigyan ng liwanag ang mga buhay ng lahat ng nandirito
Kung paano mo binigyan ng pag-asa ang katulad ko.

Sa napakaraming taong nakalipas,
Pagmamahal mo kailanma’y di kumupas
At kahit hindi ito ang kinalakihan mong bayan,
Misyon mo kailanma’y di tinalikuran.

Ikaw ang dahilan kung bakit naging malinaw ang akala nami’y tuluyan nang lumabo.

Salamat sa mga ngiti, tawa, at sayang inihatid mo,
Salamat sa pag-asang ibinigay mo,
Salamat sa pagiging ama sa lahat ng nandirito,
Salamat sa pag-ibig mo.

Salamat sa sakripisyo
Salamat sa pagtulong mo
Salamat sa pagtitiwala,
Salamat sa ‘yo.

At kung may mga pagkakataon,
Sa mga darating na panahon,
May mga taong sa aki’y magtanong kung sino ako,
Walang pag-aalinlangang sasabihin, na ako ay produkto ng mga sakripisyo mo.

Maraming Salamat Fr. Pierre Tritz!
Ito’y hindi paalam,
Bagkus, ito’y hanggang sa muling pagkikita.

An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary Heart

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This is the eulogy given by Mr. Elmer Bueno of ERDA Tech during the wake of Father Pierre T. Tritz, SJ at Xavier School San Juan. Photo by Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI – ERDA Tech

Good evening brothers and sisters.  I am Elmer Bueno, Accounting Staff of ERDA Tech and Choir Moderator of the ERDA Tech Chorale.  I joined the family of ERDA Tech on November 5, 1998 as Music Teacher from First Year to Fourth Year.  As a newbie in the community, I did not know Fr. Tritz in person, kasi hindi naman siya laging nasa ERDA Tech, but I remember, during our in-service preparation in summer, our principal then, Mrs. Estelita S. Marzan, would give us the historical background of the school, how it was established by Fr. Tritz and who were the people who helped him in his mission for the youth.  Sa ganitong paraan ko lang nakilala si Fr. Tritz, from the sharings of my colleagues.

Sometime in January of 1999, Fr. Tritz visited ERDA Tech.  It was announced to the community but I was teaching a class, so hindi ko alam na darating siya.  After my classes, I went down to the Faculty Room. May pinagkakaguluhan sila roon na akala mo isang artista.  I saw Fr. Tritz for the first time but I did not know it was him. Ang alam ko lang, may isang foreigner na bumisita sa amin.  Then I asked a fellow teacher, “Sino siya?”, and she said, “Yan si Fr. Tritz.” When I looked at him again, ang nasabi ko lang ay, “Ah, ok.” Ganoon lang…I thought he was just an ordinary person, an ordinary priest, but when I was introduced to him by my department head and shook his hand, parang uminit ang pakiramdam ko at kinilabutan ako.  I felt a certain energy that flowed from his hand into my whole body and I was teary-eyed then.  Tapos sabi niya, “Good! We have a Music Teacher!” Then we had a one-on-one talk with him in his office.  Doon ko lang lubusang nakilala si Fr. Tritz.  He said, “Thank you very much for helping me in this mission.  Whenever I go to other countries begging for money, I always think about the welfare of our students and the needs of the teachers.”

Doon po ako nagsimulang maging interesado sa buhay ni Fr. Tritz.  I started reading about his life and work.  Only then did I realize that, yes, he is just an ordinary man, but with an extraordinary heart for the poor.  He inspired me to work hard for our students to become better persons.  Iyon naman talaga ang vision at mission niya sa buhay, ang maiangat ang antas at dignidad ng mga kabataan bilang tao.  Mula noon I always looked forward to Fr. Tritz’s visits to ERDA Tech.  Very special sa amin ang September because we know na makikita namin muli si Father.  I remember how happy he was during his centennial celebration at ERDA Tech.  Tuwang-tuwa siya sa napakaraming balloons na pinalipad ng mga estudyante namin.  Doon ko lang nakita si Father na hindi nawawala ang smile sa kanyang mukha.  He was very happy habang nagkakagulo ang mga estudyante namin sa pagkuha ng kanyang kamay para magmano. He was very happy while our students were greeting him and taking pictures with him.  Looking at him, nasabi ko sa sarili ko, he is one of them.  Parang nakikigulo rin siya sa mga kabataang nakapaligid sa kanya. O hindi ba ganoon naman talaga si Fr. Tritz?  Because of his unwavering love for the poor, especially for the young, he wanted to be one of them, and indeed, he became one of us.

Every time Fr. Tritz visited ERDA Tech, I would always tell our students, “Lapitan n’yo si Father, batiin n’yo, mag-bless kayo.  Magiging santo yan.” Kapag si Father ay naging santo, proud ako kasi nahawakan ko na ang kamay niya, but now, I realized, matagal na pala akong humahawak sa isang santo, matagal na pala akong nakakausap ng isang santo, and I am very blessed because I believe that Fr. Tritz is already a saint, kahit na small letter “s” pa lang ang saint niya.

Fr. Tritz’s life is a celebration – a celebration of faith for his life is truly a witnessing of God’s Word. A celebration of hope for he brought life to thousands of young people by giving them the opportunity to become better individuals.  A celebration of love for his selfless sacrifices for all of us. He is indeed Christ in our midst. Thank you very much, Fr. Tritz for all the sacrifices you have done for us.  Thank you very much for letting us feel the love of God through your works and deeds.  Thank you very much for letting us experience Christ through your life.  We love you very much, Fr. Tritz.  Adieu et vous revoir. Farewell and until we meet again.