SBC re-launches Year of the Youth

“It’s ok to say I need help!’  – Fr. Kyrios

“I can’t do this anymore; I need help! – There’s nothing wrong in saying this.”

Thus said by Rev. Fr. Kyrios Hafid Concordia, Youth Spiritual Director and Parochial Vicar of the Parish of the Most Holy Trinity, in his homily during the SBC’s re-launching of the Year of the Youth which was in solidarity to the church’s year-long celebration at St. Bridget College Pastor’s Field, March 1.

“Ang mali ay ang sabihin mong wala ka nang magagawa…”

Fr. Kyrios emphasized the value of determination and perseverance among the youth today. He shared that when faced with problems, it’s all right for the youth to get exhausted but it’s wrong to say that they can’t do anything more. They are entitled to get help, so they need to ask for it.

“It will never be enough… This world will never be enough. And you’ll ask yourselves, is there something more?”

Fr. Kyrios also reminded the students that there is always something more – that they need not stop and limit themselves in doing great things. He also stressed out that the youth should believe that they are designed to do good things expected of them.

Fr. Kyrios ended his homily with three important things youth should remember: there is always something more; they need to do the best that they can be; and when they can’t take it anymore, ask help.

Attended by IBED and SHS students, the unveiling of the logo and the Patron of the Filipino Youth St. Padre Calungsod’s statue also highlighted the event. After the mass, students grooved to the Year of the Youth theme song “One in Mission.”

Animation dances by grade levels such as “Say Yes”, “Jam”, “Kaya Ko Ang Pagbabago”, and “High Five Para Kay Maria” were also performed. Four live bands composed of students and teachers also graced the event as they performed songs favored and sung by the youth today.

Moreover, symposiums emphasizing the theme “Filipino Youth in Mission: Beloved. Gifted. Empowered.” were held. Facilitated by college students, Grade 5 and Grade 6 pupils convened at the Holy Family Hall and IBED Conference room while the JHS students, facilitated by Youth Formator Kuya Mio Mayuga, gathered at the gym. After series of activities, Bridgetines were then encouraged to serve God and their fellow youth as they continue to show the world how and why they are beloved, gifted and empowered. As part of the 9-year journey for the 5th centenary of the arrival of Christianity in 2021, The Year of the Youth was officially opened on Dec.2, 2018 and will close on Nov.29, 2019. Activities both in the national and diocesan levels are aimed on at least four objectives: youth in formation, youth in community, Church and society, youth in mission, and youth ministry and youth ministers (Vatican News, 2019).

— Kristine P. Jabat

BRIDGETINES UNITE; WE ARE THE BLUE AND WHITE

BRIDGET SCHOOLS FIRST ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

With the theme, “Pagbubuklod para sa Iisang Misyon,” Bridget Schools   participated in their first annual assembly, Feb. 1.

Lay mission partners from St. Bridget College-Batangas, St. Bridget School-Quezon City and St. Bridget College- Alitagtag gathered at SBS Quezon City to celebrate the First Annual Assembly of Bridget Schools.

The event was opened through a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. Cirio “Serg” Kabamalan, CJM emphasized on the assembly’s theme, pagbubuklod, by comparing Bridgetines to a round of applause- loud and clear when together.

“It delights me to see the gymnasium filled with Bridgetines now unrecognizable for everybody is wearing blue… walang taga-Batangas City, Alitagtag o Quezon City…only Bridgetines,” Sr. Ananita Borbon, RGS stated during her introductory remarks. In her message, Sr. Anya unveiled the Good Shepherd Staff which represents the relationship among three Bridget Schools as supported by the Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters. “This will be passed to the next school to host our annual assembly,” she added.

Likewise, Ms. Jennylin Asuncion, SBS Principal, expressed her excitement and gratefulness to the entire Bridgetine community as she welcomed each one in SBS, this year’s host school, in her message.

Sr. Regina Kuizon, RGS, the Province Leader gave an inspirational message in form of proudly sharing to the crowd the roots of SBC, SBS and SBCA and how these chapters shine as one happy family of St. Bridget College today.          

Creative chants invigorated the event as teams danced and yelled their hearts out. This was followed by a talk on the country’s situation in Pres.  Duterte’s administration by Fr. Oliver Castor, CSsR.

Moreover, to energize the afternoon, select faculty and staff from the three Bridget schools, together with students from SBS, staged for their most anticipated creative performances.

To further develop the bond among Bridgetines, a teambuilding activity was spearheaded, together with the Volleyball and Basketball games in which delegates from St. Bridget College Batangas were hailed as champions.

As part of the closing ceremony, the winners in the On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest were recognized. A Closing Ritual led by Mrs. Bernadette Manalo, College Dean, and Mrs. Socorro Lalap, SINET, marked the end of the assembly.

SBC at 106: Continuing its mission in celebration of the foundation day

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Celebrating as one, the St. Bridget College (SBC) community continued its mission of cherishing its legacy, shepherding with compassion and enkindling the fire of justice and peace as it commenced its 106th founding anniversary through different activities, Feb. 4.

With the theme “SBC sa ika-106 na Taon, Kasama/Kaagapay ang Kabataan sa Misyon”, Bridgetines from different departments gathered for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist led by Fr. Angel Pastor in gratitude for the continuous blessings for the whole institution and the triumphant years of the school upon establishment.

Afterwards, SBC students and some faculty members from grade school to college showed some of their groove and moves through their field demonstration followed by a community dance in the tune of “One in Mission,” the official theme song for the Year of the Youth.

In line with the celebration, Bridgetines proved their musical prowess in the first-ever “Battle of the Bands” participated by different competing bands composed of students from the Junior High School Department and the Senior High School Level.

The Traffic Jam Band was hailed as the champion composed of Erick Gabriel Reyes & Miguel Honorio Reyes of STEM 4 – Mo. Marguerite O’Keilley and Emmanuel James Musico & Sean Matthew Fernando Ubarro from HUMSS 2 – Sr. Mary Elizabeth O’Dowd.

Meanwhile, The Banding Band of STEM 2 – Mo. Dorothy O’Connor seated as the 2nd runner up represented by Anjelo Raphael Argente, Jhemier Stephen Ibanez, Kian Hendrix Manalo, Kian Troy Masilang, Isaac Gerald Alcantara, Vernice Ivan Cueto, and Adrian Josef Dimaano.

Film viewing at the Morrisey Hall and Grade School Conference Room, parlor games at the classrooms and magic show at the Holy Family hall were also held in celebration of the foundation day. As concluding rites, the second year of the President’s cup was launched.

By: Sheena Mae Comia

SBC faculty garner awards in int’l research conference

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Luceat lux vestra in mundo!

These words captured the experience of two Bridgetine faculty as they presented researches and garnered awards in the 1st World Conference on Education, Law, and Technology (WCELT) 2019 in Almeroz Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, January 30-31, 2019.

Prof. Amor L. Borbon, Institutional Research Planning and Publications (IRPP) officer, garnered the Best Abstract in Education Award and Best in Oral Presentation for her research titled “Appraisal of Multicultural Education in Higher Education: The Case of St. Bridget College.”

On the other hand, Dr. Imelda B. Vergara, Education Program Chairperson, was adjudged Best in Oral Presentation for her research presentation on Synergy in Trifold Functions of Teacher Education Faculty as Basis for Performance Intensification Framework. She also served as session chair in one of the conference sessions.

The said mentors presented their studies together with other researchers and presenters from Thailand, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Philippines.

Aside from research presentations, the mentors, together with other participants, also had the opportunity to visit Thammasat University, one of the best known and respected institutions in Thailand and second oldest university in the country, for benchmarking.  They also explored the city and neighboring places in a tour to its popular tourist destinations.

The event was organized by the International Organization of Educators and Researchers, Inc. (IOER). Highlighting the theme “Amalgamation of Knowledge Across the Globe Towards Success”, it intended to intensify collaboration, expand partnership and share innovative ideas, practices, experiences and research results from various disciplines.

By: IV

College Bridgetines attend Seminar on Effective Communication

With the theme, “The Role of Effective Communication in Career Empowerment,” college students attended a seminar about effective communication at SBC Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, Sept. 21.

Rona May Lim, a contributor of Regional Training Center-Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, resource speaker, shared her knowledge about communicating effectively. She emphasized the importance of English language in different fields and gave tips on how to be a successful and effective communicator of the language.

She also discussed the different barriers in effective communication and imparted pieces of advice on how to become a competent person. Lim highlighted that communication becomes effective only if people listen, understand and collaborate.

Moreover, she prepared some activities which enhanced the students’ grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation skills.

In addition to this, she challenged everyone to say the world’s hardest tongue twister.

Lim ended the seminar with a quotation of Mary Kay Ash, “If you think you can, YOU CAN! And if you think you can’t, YOU’RE RIGHT!” which served as a motivation for students to believe that they can accomplish things through positive thinking and valuable effort.

Chosen Senior High School representatives also attended the said seminar.

 

-Abigail Mayate, BSEd 1

Collera, Encepto, Matienzo dominate the Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators Region IV- CALABARZON 11th Annual Quiz Bee

Bridgetines shine throughout CALABARZON!

Proving their excellence, Jean Valerie Collera, Sharlaine Jaide Encepto, both BSEd4, and Jannelle Matienzo, BEEd4, dominated the PAFTE Quiz Bee 2018 held at Sta. Rosa City Multi- Purpose Complex, Laguna, Sept. 27.

With the theme “CALABARZON Pre- Service Teachers as Shapers of the 21st Century Learners”, 82 schools from all over the region participated the celebration. 17 schools were from the province of Cavite, 24 from Laguna, 19 from Batangas, and 11 schools from Rizal and Quezon province.

Out of 72 competing schools in the Education Quiz Bee, St. Bridget College bagged first place while Laguna State Polytechnic University- San Pablo ranked second place and Leon Guinto Memorial College- Quezon got third place.

The winners of Quiz Bee received trophy, cash prize and certificates of recognition.

Prior to the quiz bee, the celebration started with the seminar about the trends and updates in education.

In her talk, Jenny V. Jocson, Senior Program Manager of Philippine National Research Center for Teacher Quality (RCTQ) at Philippine Normal University, emphasized the importance of Paradigm Shift in education.

“If you think being a teacher is easy, you are gravely mistaken. We keep on forgetting what have changed. Our system of education has changed so as a teacher, you must also change your approaches and strategies. That’s what we call the Paradigm Shift,” she said.

Jocson also discussed the Philippine Professional Standards for Teachers (PPST) and stressed that it will be used to evaluate new teachers, so they must attain the competencies required by it. She also emphasized that being a teacher is not all about knowledge but also skills.

– Sharlaine Jaide M. Encepto, BSEd4

We are the Champion.  Sharlaine Jaide Encepto, Jean Valerie Collera and Janelle Matienzo, with their coach, Dr. Imelda Vergara proudly smiling after receiving their trophy and certificates for being the champion of the 11th PAFTE Quiz Bee, Sept. 27.

Bridgetines bag 3rd Best Research on the 3rd International Research Forum

Bridgetines bagged 3rd Best Research on the 3rd International Research Forum held at Development Academy of the Philippines, Tagaytay City, Nov. 28-29.

Through collaboration, teamwork and exertion, Jean Valerie S. Collera, Jonalyn D. Escartin, Ailory E. Magboo and Cristine I. Untalan, all BSED4- Mathematics, made it to the third spot with the best research among eight studies of the collegiate level. The group presented their study entitled “Mathematics Anxiety Manifestation of Grade 7 Science Class Students of Batangas National High School”.

Meanwhile, the studies “Security of Online Banking as Perceived by Young Professionals” from University of San Agustin, Iloilo City, and “Physical Education Program of Augustinian Schools in Negros Occidental for Ay 2017-2018” from Colegio San Agustin Bacolod were recognized as the first and second  Best Research respectively.

The two-day forum, which focused on the theme “Exploring Possibilities through Multidisciplinary Research”, was organized by the Association of Philippine Private School Administrators and Mentors (APPSAM). Researchers from different levels, regions and other countries gathered to present their research in different fields such as education, arts, business, science, philosophy, medicine and sociology. The presentation is divided into three categories: senior high school, college and faculty level.

“Research will take us to the next generation. It will open new opportunities, avenue in learning especially in the Philippines,” said by Dr. Loureli C. Siy, APPSAM President, after welcoming all participants.

The aim of the said forum is to provide student and faculty participants an avenue to disseminate their findings on their researches.

Bridgetines who were also selected to present their study entitled “Content Analysis on Grammar Lapses in Facebook Posts” are Aena Kimberly Fortu, Angelika Macatangay, Loi Cedrick Ramos and Jannica Divine Vino, all BSED4-English.

Dr. Imelda Vergara, Education Program Chairperson, trained and assisted the participants.

-Loi Cedrick P. Ramos, BSED4

IBED gives back through Christmas outreach activities

Filled with gratitude to God for all the blessings received throughout the year, the Integrated Basic Education Department (IBED)  gave back through its annual outreach activities.

DECEMBER 15 – Around 80 children coming from SBC’s adopted communities of Libjo, Malitam and Brgy. 1 and 2, felt the spirit of Christmas as Student Council Office (SCO) and Bridgetine Integrated Student Association (BISA) officers together with class and club officers organized a Christmas party for them.

In her message to the children, Mrs. Rossana Bagon, IBED principal, emphasized that there is Christmas because of Jesus. The children were also entertained by song and dance numbers of Bridgetines. Jollibee mascot also brought fun as it danced and mingled with the children. After the program, cheers coming from the children playing different parlor games filled the atmosphere. Snacks were also served to the children prior to the distribution of goods.

As the students were bringing joy to the children, the faculty also brought Christmas cheers to the 100 members of the Basic Ecclesial Community, another adopted community of SBC. Prior to gift giving, an advent recollection facilitated by Bro. Ronnie Gool and  parlor games facilitated by the teachers took place.

In the afternoon, the outreach activity for 150 special women of the Gabayan Program commenced through a Holy Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Gerard Macalinao.  The faculty prepared a simple program, games and snacks for them. Goods were also given to the attendees.

DECEMBER 20 – Spreading the Christmas spirit to a wider community, the faculty reached out to 60 patients in the Batangas Medical Center, 75 women inmates in the Batangas City Jail and 150 inmates in the provincial jail. In the city jail, a prayer service that reminds the love of God to each of His creation was conducted. Some inmates were in tears during the prayer service. A Holy Mass was celebrated in the provincial jail. Goods were given to the inmates and patients.

Through the generosity of the students and their parents, IBED employees and the administration, the outreach activities for this school year were materialized.

J. MEDINA

SCO and BISA officers perform a number for the children.

Special women compete in the ball relay.

Family Day 2018 highlights talents of pupils and parents, strengthens family bond

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Five hundred eighty-four family members and pre-elementary pupils discovered the joy of togetherness during the pre-elem family day, November 17.

Dressed in their chosen career costumes, pre-kinder and kinder pupils and their family members attended the Holy Mass in the Basilica of Immaculate Concepcion.  Rev. Fr. Aurelio Dimaaapi, mass presider, highlighted the significance of family day and showed appreciation to the effort of the school to give time for families to be together.

This was followed by a program which highlighted the talents of the pupils and the parents as well. Dressed in their school uniform, “Give Thanks” was interpreted by select pre-elem pupils as opening prayer. Amidst their eager parents, pre-elem pupils in their chosen career costume sashayed from the back of the auditorium to the stage. The children’s career costume varied as they became young nun, priests, beauty queen, bank manager, doctors, nurses, law enforcers, soldiers, engineers, architects, pilot, flight stewardess, scientist, astronaut, firefighters, chefs and teachers. One-hundred seventy-seven pupils expressed their gratitude to their parents through the song “Journey”. Songs expressing their hopes and dreams were likewise rendered by each section. Pre-elem pupils also wowed their audience with  recent dance hits such as “Bam”.

A lively dance number coming from the parents brought memories of their younger years. The singing families were also applauded by the audience with their interpretations of their own chosen songs.

Blue, yellow, green and red colors competed in varied games. Green had a head start as their team placed 1st in the flag raising. Ping-Pong challenge was won by red team. Yellow team landed first in the “tied-up relay” while the Blue team won the “fish relay” challenge. All tied with 10 points each, the last game, the hula-hoop relay became the deciding game. With only few seconds ahead with red team, the yellow team came up triumphant and was declared champion of Family Day 2018.

Rosary tokens were given to each family believing that a family that prays together, stays together.

In the welcome message of Mrs. Rossana Bagon, IBED principal, she stressed that the family plays an important role in the growth of the children. She said that family day can strengthen family bond and conducting one is the way of the school to help the children.

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