Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier of Christ

Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI РERDA Tech, Additional Photos by Rowena B. Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, FPTI РERDA Tech and Christian J. Bumatayo, Assistant for Academics, FPTI РERDA Tech

Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech held its first-ever Jesuit Heritage Days event to honor the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola. The activities included the Memory Walk wherein tarpaulins about St. Ignatius and the Jesuits were placed all around the campus, the Spot Iggy contest which is about Ignatius’s life and works and whose winners had the privilege of having lunch with Jesuits, a talk by Brother Leonard Mah, SJ from the Arrupe House at the Ateneo de Manila University campus, and an Ignatius wall in every classroom which featured a chosen Jesuit character and each class’s expression and interpretation of the character.

The highlights of the celebration were an institutional mass at FPTI – ERDA Tech on Wednesday, July 26 and an even bigger mass at the Ateneo de Manila University on Sunday, July 30.

The school-wide mass was concelebrated by Fr. Aristotle Dy, SJ, Fr. Arturo Borja, SJ, Fr. Munching De Guzman, SJ, and newly-ordained priest Fr. Martin Licup who is currently assigned to the Philippine General Hospital Apostolate. After the mass came the turnover and oath-taking ceremonies of past and new officers of the Student Body Organization (SBO) and the Parents’ Auxiliary, which was followed by a very lively and interactive jamming with Jesuit Brothers from Singapore, China, and Sri Lanka. Joining the brothers was former French volunteer Miss Valentine de Druille.

On July 30, the FPTI – ERDA Tech students, faculty, and staff joined other Jesuit schools, organizations, apostolates, friends, and supporters in the annual feast day mass for Saint Ignatius by the Jesuits held at the covered courts of the Ateneo High School. ERDA Tech had a booth showcasing handheld crosses made by students themselves and promoting the school to possible donors and benefactors. The Jesuits, led by its outgoing provincial Fr. Antonio Moreno, SJ came in full force. After the mass, everyone was treated to free meals and ice cream.

Welcome to ERDA Tech, Brother!

Brother Leonard Mah and the ERDAnians

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 had the privilege of meeting Brother Leonard Mah of the Society of Jesus on July 19, 2017. Brother Leonard, who comes from Singapore, currently stays at the Arrupe House at the Ateneo de Manila campus for his formation.

Speaking at the St. Ignatius of Loyola Hall to the grade 11 students, and to the grade 12 batch during their Basic Christian Living classes, he gladly and willingly shared the story of his life, especially how he became a Jesuit brother. During lunch time, he, together with Fr. Munching De Guzman, SJ and former French volunteer to ERDA Tech Valentine de Druille, ate and bonded with the winners of the Spot Iggy Contest for the Jesuit Heritage Days event. These fortunate ERDAnians were Ryan Charles Binuya of Grade 11 – St. Pedro Calungsod, Coleen Zaima Felix and Mahaleth Ferrer both from Grade 11 – St. Dominic Savio, Courtney Gwen Dela Cruz of Gr. 12 – St. Peter Faber, and Mark Anthony Sucajil and Jessa Jasmin Ulpindo from Gr. 12 – St. Francis Xavier.