Scribes triumph in DSPC 2016

   Armed with skills and confidence and strengthened by trainings and staff works, Beacon staffers and editors snatched awards in the 2016 Division Schools Press Conference held at the Batangas City South Elementary School, September 27-30.

   Claire Bathan of 10-Obedience and Tristan Joseph Alcantara of 10-Humility won first in their respective categories, Feature and Editorial Writing English.
Moreover, Christine Dorothy de Chavez of 10-Benevolence bagged 4th in Editorial Writing English and Jairus Oswin Anog of 10-Nationalism got 6th in Editorial Writing English.

   In addition, Julianne Katrina Dapdap of 10-Service won 8th place in Copyreading and Headline Writing English.
Meanwhile, in the collaborative desktop publishing held at University of Batangas, Bridgetine representatives from The Beacon grabbed 2nd place.

   Bjanca Nicole Castro, Mark Raven Bool, Marion Therese Florentino, Amanda Noelle Medina, Kiersten Rose Mercado, Lara Ermionnee Bulalacao, Timothy Amiel Catilo won 2nd Best in Editorial Page, 2nd Best in Sports, 2nd Best in Lay-out and 2nd Best in Overall in the Collaborative Desktop Publishing in English.

– Christine Dorothy de Chavez

ELEM, HS unite

After years of being regarded as dichotomous departments, the elementary and high school departments united as one and formed the Integrated Basic Education (IBEd), SY 2016-2017.

“With the integrated basic education, we are certain that our children will benefit from it since a more holistic and spiral progression of knowledge, competencies and values will be provided to them. Through home and school collaboration, our children will reach their maximum potential,” said Mrs. Rossana P. Bagon, IBEd Principal.

The Rationale

DSC_0027The main objective of the integration is to ensure that quality education will be delivered to the students. Through the integration, the spiral progression of the K-12 curriculum can happen. The sharing of resources between the elementary and junior high school level can be made more possible. The unification will also strengthen the common norms and standards between the two levels.

IBEd Front liners

Heading the pioneer year of the IBEd is Mrs. Rossana P. Bagon, principal. Meanwhile, the assistant principals are Mrs. Jesabel Medina for the elementary level and Mrs. Ma. Socorro Lalap for the junior high school level.

The subject area coordinators of the elementary DSC_0018and junior high school are the following: Mrs. Maila Buhat and Mrs. Lea Abacan, English; Mrs. Mayette Abante and Ms. Daisy Aguda, Mathematics; Mrs. Mayette Abante and Mrs. Marietta Suarez, Science; Mrs. Diosa Dimaunahan and Ms. Hazel Dimaano, Values Education; Ms. Sabina Marasigan and Mrs. Leonora Rosales, Filipino; Mrs. Pauline Marasigan and Mrs. Monina Gato, Social Studies; Ms. Sabina Marasigan and Mr. Lenard Atienza, Technology and Livelihood Education; Mrs. Pauline Marasigan and Mr. Luther Jose Eroa, MAPEH; Mrs. Pauline Marasigan and Mrs. Marietta Suarez, Computer and Ms. Marita Castillo, Pre-elementary.

On the other hand, the non-academic coordinators are: Mrs. Melba Comendador and Mrs. Nora Cabatay, Prefects of Discipline; Mrs. Gigi Macalalad and Mr. Garry Siyangbigay, Coordinators of Activities; Mrs. Josefina Montalbo and Mrs. Julieta Medrano, Registrars; Mrs. Ma. Loida Fabregas and Ms. Diane Jane Magtibay, Librarians; and Mrs. Grace Lorraine Pelingon, Head of Guidance and Counseling.

– Christine Dorothy De Chavez

Catholic education, pagtitibayin ng Catholic School Standard

Ipinatupad ng Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines o CEAP kung saan miyembro and St. Bridget College ang Philippine Catholic School Standard na magiging pamantayan ng mga pribadong Katolikong paaralan, kolehiyo at unibersidad sa bansa.

Ayon kay Bishop Roberto Mallari, CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education chairman, malaki ang maitutulong ng “Catholic School Standard” upang matukoy ang katayuan ng mga paaralan at magkaroon ng nagkakaisang pagkakakilanlan batay sa katangian ng Simbahang Katolika na banal, iisa, panlahat at apostolika. “Napakahalagang magkaisa ang bawat administrator ng mga katolikong paaralan para sa pagpapaunlad ng kamalayan ng mga kabataan.”, dagdag ng obispo.

Matatandaan na sa katatapos lamang na ika-75 anibersaryo at National Convention ng CEAP na ginanap sa Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City ay naihalal bilang bagong pangulo ng organisasyon si Ateneo de Davao president Rev. Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ.

– Juaquin Andre Pineda

Sublian Festival, pinatingkad ang kulturang Batangueño

Kaakibat ang temang “Sublian Festival: May Panibagong Sigla”, ginawang sentro ng pagdiriwang ng ika-47 na taon ng pagkakatatag ng Batangas City ang pagpapahalaga sa kulturang Batangueño sa harap ng kaunlaran at hamon ng modernisasyon.

Inorganisa ng lokal na pamahalaan ang samu’t saring mga patimpalak katulad ng Dobol Kwartet, Triple Trio, Pagsayaw ng Alitaptap, Jota Batangueña, Jota Rizal, Polka sa Nayon, Subli at ilan pang mga kompetisyon na sinalihan ng mga paaralan, mga organisasyon at mga mamamayan.

Tinanghal na kampeon sa Triple Trio ang mga mag-aaral sa Junior High School ng St. Bridget College na sina Lexter Anne Santos, Arriane Yzabel Panopio, Catherine Gwyneth Reyes ng 8-Prudence; Ashley Collene Silang ng 8-Piety; Daniela Marie Mitra ng 9-Amity; Kristina Mendoza mula sa 9-Industry; Jan Jilliene Alday at Julia Marie Medrano mula sa 9-Simplicity; at Carlos Miguel Parto ng 10-Sanctity matapos kantahin ang Magtipon sa Tahanan ng Diyos ng batikang Batangueñong kompositor na si Augusto Espino.

Si G. Rafael Aquino Hagos ang naging tagapagsanay ng mga mag-aaral.

Pinatingkad din ng taunang Fluvial Parafa ang pagdiriwang kung saan ipinakita ang tradisyunal  na pagbibigay tanaw sa Mahal na Poong Sto. Niño at Sta. Cruz.

Kinilala naman ng National Commission for Culture and Arts ang pagpapahalagang ginagawa ng mga taga-lungsod ng Batangas.

– Jon Mikael Ales

Blessing and Ribbon-Cutting for the new SBC Senior High Building

St. Bridget College Batangas held a blessing and a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, May 7, 2016 for its newly constructed Senior High School building. The program was held outside the new SHS building and the right of blessing was offered by Rev. Fr. Oscar “Odong” Dimaapi, the Basilica of the Immaculate Concepcion Parish priest.

“May the Lord bless this building so that the new wave of Bridgetines who will seek learning under its roof may continue to transform our society into a loving and compassionate community of God, ever willing to let their light shine brilliantly to any part of the country and the world,” said Sr. Bernadette.

School PresidentA host of well-wishers, RGS from the Good Shepherd Provincialate and other countries like  Italy, Myanmar, Japan and Indonesia attended the blessing. Sr. Mary Lydia Ebora, RGS, predecessor to Sr. Mary Bernadette Guzman, who initiated the construction also graced the occasion.

Sr. Regina Kuizon, RGS expressed her joy and hope for the new building as she emphasized: “this new building will carry on our evangelical mission.”

Senior High School Blessing


A ceremonial ribbon cutting by Sr. Mary Regina Kuizon, RGS, Province Leader assisted by Sr. Mary Bernadette Guzman, RGS, Ph.D and other school administrators ended the event, which was followed by a reception at the newly opened building.

Bridgetine Math whiz grabs bronze (12th International Mathematics Competition)

“Whatever I get, I know it is God’s plan, so I will just accept it,” uttered the Bridgetine Math Wizard before the awarding ceremony commenced.

Ethan Lestat Tiongson, a grade 6 pupil, reaped the bronze medal in the 12th International Mathematics Competition held in the Institute of Technical Education Ang Mo Kio, Singapore, July 29 – 31.

The Philippine team where Tiongson is a member is composed of 363 delegates from the elementary and junior high school division. The Philippine team brought home 26 gold none of which were from Upper Primary, 50 silver and 132 bronze medals. The Philippines emerged as the most bemedaled country in the said competition with 208 medals and 120 merit awards.

More than 1000 students from 12 countries participated in the competition including China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Singapore.

Tiongson followed the footsteps of a fellow Bridgetine, Mark Ranielle Cueto who also won in the IMC. Like Cueto, Tiongson had undergone three stages of training which were facilitated by Mathematics Trainers Guild. The first in the Mathematical Challenge for Filipino Kids Training Program (MCFKTP), which took place over 12 Saturdays and was held in Tanauan City. Tiongson bagged the 3rd honors in the said program. He also attended the Young Mathematicians’ In-House Intensive Training Program for further scrutiny. Finally, the student attended the Mathematics Olympiad Summer Training Program at Hope Christian School in Manila for further training.

Meanwhile, Lara Athena F. Recuenco, a grade 3 pupil was also a recipient of merit award in the International Mathematics Challenge Wizards in Bangkok Thailand, July 20 – 24.

– Ethan Lestat Tiongson

CDRRMO observes emergency drill

At 8:50 a.m., a short ringing of the bell, followed by a long one was heard all over the campus, October 12. After the last sound of the bell, Bridgetines hurriedly flocked to the Julian Pastor’s Field, the designated evacuation area for the elementary and high school pupils.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) together with representatives from Department of Education (DepED), Public Information Office (PIO), City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) scrutinized the emergency drill conducted.

During the conference, Mr. Rodrigo Dela Roca, head of the CDRMMO, said it was the most organized drill that was conducted among schools. However, he pointed out the following areas to be improved: reporting system, coordination with local units, the role of communication with local units, the role of communication officer, provision of bulletin board for reports and procurement of spine board, first aid kit for rescuers, spleen and brace neck. EARTHQUAKE DRILL TURNS INTO REAL

The conference was not yet over when the evacuation committee and the visiting team were alarmed by a group of junior high school students going down in haste. There was an earthquake. The emergency evacuation committee once again moved to do their respective assignments. Everybody was able to evacuate the building. A few had minor injuries while others experienced motion sickness.

According to reports, the intensity of the earthquake was 4.5 in Abra de Ilog, Mindoro and 5.2 in Tingloy, Batangas City.


SBC community says “No” to extrajudicial killings; prayer and moment of silence offered

To every Bridgetine , 3 PM is a sacred time devoted for Divine Mercy prayer. But starting August 25, the day the school president’s memorandum No.8 was released, 3 PM is also a time for Bridgetines to show their opposition  to the consistent surge in number of extrajudicial killings.

At 3 PM while the bell is ringing, the SBC community in unison with the members of the Association of Major Religious Superiors (AMRS) in the Philippines, stops to pray and offer a moment of silence to show its support to the stand of AMRS on extrajudicial killings.

In the official statement released by AMRS, their members acknowledged their active role in being a visible and a prophetic voice in participating in social life, in working for the common good.

As stated, “It is this role that we exercise when we look around at what has been happening in our country in these past two months: we have seen a consistent surge in the number of extrajudicial killings, now about a thousand and counting. Most of these deaths are related to the problem of illegal drugs – alleged drug pushers or users being put to death in the name of “vigilante” justice, but all these bereft of warrant of arrest or proof of guilt. “

Through they support the government crusade against the very serious problem of illegal drugs in the country, they are alarmed at the continued extrajudicial killings which seem to go unchecked, without trial or investigation.

They stressed that the silence of the government, groups and majority of the people in the face of these killings leads to a culture of impunity. Adding that evil prospers where good men are silent.

This they end their official statement, “As religious and consecrated persons, we believe in the sacredness of human like because its Author is God and that no one has the right to take the life of anyone except God.” We also believe that in the government of the state, the wheels of justice should take their course following the proper procedure within the bounds of the law.

– Rob Jared Viceral



Bridgetines participate in 3rd BATANGEcological Summit on Climate Crisis

With a strong will and enthusiasm to be informed about the climate crisis, Bridgetines participated in the 3rd BATANGecological Summit on Climate Crisis held at Provincial Auditorium, Batangas, Batangas City, August 3.

The theme of the event was “3rd BATANGEcological Summit on Climate Crisis: Leading the Journey towards Decarbonization.”

“We should care and protect our mother earth for it is our life. Let us acknowledge the essence of nature for human survival. It is within our hands to save our environment from continuous and disastrous destruction.”

Archbishop Ramon C. Arguelles, challenged the participants during the celebration of the Holy Mass.

Meanwhile, Regina Paz Lopez, secretary of DENR, inspired everyone to continue doing good acts for the sake of the environment. She also stressed the goals of her department in promoting a healthy environment not only in the region but nationwide. She ensured the support of the department expectedly.

Moreover, resource speakers had presentations of their priorities, concerns and shared various information concerning climate crisis. Mr. Erwin M. Buenviaje, discussed about Piglas Batangas for Verde Island Passage; Mr. Roberto Suntay, highlighted the SEA Institute Presentation: Verde Island Passage; Bro. Jaazeal Jakosalem, OAR, emphasized the Climate Change and Laudato Si and Atty. Karen Jimeno, conducted the Reading and Signing of Piglas Batangas Manifesto.

In addition, Mr. Rodne R. Galicha, discussed climate crisis and solution; Mr. Renato Redentor Constantino, shared climate financing; Mr. Ben Muni, underscored energy and mitigation; Atty. Wildred Ramon Penalosa, shared Local Climate Change Adaptation and Best Practices and Mr. Jose Sixto Dantes had creative climate activism respectively.

League of Individuals for Environment (LIFE) members together with all leader shepherds represented the college department in the summit.

– John Rey Banlasan, BSED2

DPSC conducts Disaster Preparedness Seminar

You are warned. Be prepared!

As a sign of support to the national disaster consciousness month campaign of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Daop-Palad Student Council (DPSC) conducted a seminar on disaster preparedness at St. Bridget College, College Department, Multi-Purpose Hall, July 22.

With the theme “Kahandaan at Pagtugon sa Sakuna, Tungkulin ng Bawat Isa,” Mr. Rodrigo Dela Roca, RSW, Head of City Risk Reduction Management Office, guest speaker, stressed the importance of being prepared during disaster.

“We are members of our own family. As the smallest unit in the society, every family should be responsible in ensuring that all members are safe. Because when every family is prepared, the risk of losing too many lives would be lessened,” said Mr. Dela Roca.

According to him, disasters and calamities are still major problems in acquiring a safe and resilient community in our country because we are experiencing several natural and man-made environmental disturbances.

Moreover, he enumerated the safety measures to be done before, during and after if the disaster occurs. He also elaborated the disasters  and calamities which usually hit our country explained the do’s and don’ts towards the occurence of those disasters and calamities.

“Our lives are still at risk. However, being alert and prepared are just some of the many simple ways on how we can prevent numerous loss and great damages. Always remember, our safety lies on our own hands. So now that you are warned, you should be prepared and save your life,”  he concluded.

The seminar ended with an open forum.

John Rey Banlasan, BSED2, served as the master of the ceremony.

– Donavie Vergara, BSED3

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