Beloved, Gifted and Empowered: Seniors shine in SBC-SHS’s 2nd Commencement Exercise

Karol Mari Ebreo

Second batch of the Senior High School Level shine in their 2nd Commencement Exercises with the theme “Bridgetine in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered” held at the SBC Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, April 16.

               319 candidates for graduation were welcomed as they marched down the aisle followed by the SBC SHS Faculty, staff, maintenance, SBC Administrators, and the Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) sisters.

                Rev. Fr. Randy Marquez, OSJ presided the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and also blessed the candidates for graduation, their diplomas, and their awards.

               While the entrance of colors was executed by select Grade 11 students followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

                Presentation of candidates for graduation was performed by Dr. Dolores D. Borras, SHS Principal and was followed by the confirmation of graduates carried out by Dr. Victoria G. Fababier, School Governance and Operation Division Chief from the Department of Education.

               Afterwards, the graduates were given their diploma, the fruit of their labor during their SHS years as they were presented by their respective strand coordinator, Mr. Angelito Jareño for the Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) strand, Mrs. Grace Contreras for the Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) strand, and Ms. Daisy Aguda for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) strand. Moreover, students who contributed in promoting excellence in various fields and who worked tirelessly to win and garner honors for the school were acknowledged during the conferring of the Non-Academic awards such as Social Apostolate Award, Leadership Award, Participation in School Affairs, Institutional Culture and Arts Program(ICAP) Award of Merit and Cultural Leadership Award. There were presented by the Student Affairs Coordinator, Mrs. Geraldine Vergara and were given by Sr. Mary Clare Bagot, RGS, the School President together with Dr. Dolores D. Borras. The awardees were accompanied by their parents/guardians in receiving their respective awards.

                Academic Excellence Awards were also handed over to graduates who have attained the required proficiency and have maintained high scholastic performance. The said awards include Math Achiever Award, Science Achiever Award, Best in Arts Award, Best Research Award, Best Innovation Award and Best in Work Immersion.

               Furthermore, 92 students received the title of “With Honors” while eight students were awarded with the title of “With High Honors.”

               A message of gratitude was delivered by Mark Jolo Mendoza, With High Honors, followed by the oath-taking of the graduates led by Claire Bathan, With High Honors.

               Singing of the graduation song came next along with the induction of the graduates as new member of the St. Bridget College Alumni Association (SBCAA) which was facilitated by the SBCAA President, Dr. Ana Maria Clara Palacios.

               Before leaving the blue gate, SBC hymn was sung by the graduates that was succeeded by the exit of colors and the recessional march of the graduates making the end of the celebration.

St. John Eudes awardee tops the 297 graduates

“Never give up for we are the future of this nation and even of the entire world.”
Jaedon Ericho Villena, rank 1 and St. John Eudes awardee posed this challenge as he delivered his farewell address during the 99th commencement exercises held at SBC Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, April 12.
The other pupils who were awarded as with high honors were Reinald Arne Bool, rank 2, Julien Airam Contreras, rank 3, Elysa Macaraig, rank 4 and Joyce Jane Javier, rank 5. They got an average of 95-97 with no grade lower than 88.
Meanwhile, 80 pupils were also awarded as with honors. They garnered an average of 90-94 with no grade lower than 88.
St. Bridget College also gave medals to 20 pupils who excelled in the different subject areas.
Villena received the St. John Eudes (SJE) award while Zoe Alyssa Ysabela Eroa was the recipient of St. Mary Euphrasia (SME) award. SJE award is given to a male graduate who has exemplified the spirit of St. John Eudes, the founder of Our Lady of Charity of the Refuge while SME is awarded to a female graduate who exemplifies the spirit of St. Mary Euphrasia, the foundress of Our Lady of the Good Shepherd.
Furthermore, SBC also recognized its employees for their dedication and commitment as lay mission partners. Mrs. Diosa Dimaunahan and Mrs. Janneth Sunto received plaque of appreciation for their 20 years of service. Ms. Fermina Marasigan was also awarded for her 40 years of contributing significantly in the fulfillment of the school’s vision and mission.
Dra. Anna Maria Clara Palacios led the graduates in their oath taking to the alumni association.
The Holy Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Ephraim Cabrera, parish priest of Nuestra Señora Dela Merced in Taysan, Batangas, and the graduation ceremony focused on the theme “Bridgetine in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, Empowered”.

Baja leads 349 JHS Completers

Having received the laurel as the symbol of excellence, Ashley Rezel Baja led the 349 completers as she was recognized as Rank 1 in the recently culminated SBC JHS 4th Moving Up Ceremony, held at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum on April 10.

“Every ending is just a start of a new beginning. The sun will shine again tomorrow to remind us that every day is a chance for us to start anew. Each day will pass to make us older and more mature individuals. The memories brought by the sun’s warmth would also remind us to our colorful past dominated by the blazing color of red,” Baja, in her welcome address, stated.

More to that, she emphasized that every individual is beloved, gifted, and empowered and she also expressed her gratitude to all people and the Almighty Father for making it possible.

Furthermore, Daniella Kristina Cueto was recognized as Rank 2 while Lara Ermionnee Bulalacao, Ralph Jerome Amores, and Angelee Atienza were acknowledged as Ranks 3, 4, and 5.

Chrieshna Chelcea Declaro, Karlen Nicole Aldover, Chelsey Yang, Alliah Erin Cabiscuelas, and Justin Rae Casao were Ranks 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, respectively.

In addition, 5 were recognized with high honors, 109 with honors, 20 subject awardees, 114 non-academic awardees, and 72 NCII Cookery passers.

Moreover, faculty members and employees who had shown an exemplary work and loyalty to the institution were also recognized. Mrs. Maria Leonor Mauhay, Ms. Angelica Fe Liwag, Mrs. Laila Ramirez, Mrs. Desiree Borillo, Mrs. Elisa Silang, and Mrs. Yolanda Curato were acknowledged for their 10 years of service while Mrs. Shirlie Ayalin was also awarded for her 20 years of service.

Rev. Fr. Estelito Africa Jr. presided the baccalaureate mass which was then followed by the rites of the Moving Up Ceremony. Culminating their final year in the Junior High School, the Grade 10 students marched with the theme “Bridgetine in Mission: Beloved, Gifted, and Empowered.”

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