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JHS Leaders Challenged to Become Shepherds

“How would you lead others if you cannot lead yourself?”

Rooted in the ideology of John Maxwell that “Everyone wanted to change the world, but no one wanted to change himself,” Mr. Nelberth Magbanua, JHS Faculty, challenged the Bridgetine Integrated Student Association (BISA), Class and Club Officers of the JHS Level in the Leadership Trainings held at Morrisey Hall, July 7 and August 4.

“Self-leadership is the process by which you influence yourself to achieve your objectives.”

Mr. Magbanua stressed the importance of self-leadership which is an “inside-out” leadership. He also emphasized that leaders should have self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-efficacy which he then called the ACE of self-leadership.

“To lead is to become a shepherd…”

Using Jesus Christ as the greatest leader and shepherd, Mr. Magbanua also asked everyone to become a good shepherd. He highlighted that to become one needs to have boundaries, to be a good example, to become trustworthy, to have provision, to be sacrificial, to be devoted, to be relational, and to be visionary.

Moreover, student-leaders also participated in the different activities that strengthened their camaraderie and leadership skills. They also experienced games that honed their cooperation and enthusiasm in helping others in need.

“Being a leader is not just about telling them what to do but showing them the real essence of being a leader – being a good influencer”, said Geraldine Jur Macatangay, BISA President.

Knowing that being a leader entails a lot of responsibility, she declared that she should be a role model to everyone. She also mentioned that the most striking lesson that she got from the training is that a leader needs to be alert at all times.

Organized by BISA and Student Activities Coordinators, Mrs. Julieta Macalalad and Mrs. Diosa Dimaunahan, the said leadership trainings ended with a challenge asking everyone to lead with good intentions while thinking the influence and impact they would bring the school.

Furthermore, Mr. Armando de Chavez Jr., an SK official, joined Mr. Magbanua in facilitating the training on July 7.



College Department celebrates St. Mary Euphrasia’s 222nd birthday

As a sign of support, College Department participated the thanksgiving mass as part of the institutional celebration of SME’s 222nd birthday at SBC Gymnasium, Jul. 31.

                Fr. Bladimir Calingasan, Archdiocesan Director for Vocation, mass presider, shared his personal accounts and experiences about priesthood. He also highlighted the different purposes of vocations in humanity during the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist Mass.

After the mass, different congregations were introduced by Gilbert Manalo, Youth On Paschal Exodus (YOPE) Moderator, such as St. Francis de Sales Seminary, Order of Minims, Religious of the Good Shepherd, Missionary Catechist of the Sacred Heart, Franciscan Missionary Sister of the Infant Jesus, Sister of St. Paul Congregation and Missionary Sister of Catechism.

College Department also conducted class encounter with the invited congregations. All congregations prepared booths which the students explored by course to emphasize how they serve God according to their missions, teachings and values of their vocation. They also answered the students’ queries about the vocation.

The celebration ended with the awarding of certificates and tokens given to the different congregations.

Prior to the celebration, YOPE, St. Mary Euphrasia Organization (SMEO), faculty and staff, and students conducted a triduum for SME.

-Glaicel S. Dimaano, BEEd4

Journey with us. Sisters from invited congregation, Missionary Catechist of the Sacred Heart, as they share their vocations to College Bridgetines during the celebration of St. Mary Euphrasia’s 222nd birthday.

Macalalad heads the new set of DPSC officers

Ready to lead!

Earning the highest number of votes, Anton Marco Macalalad, BSSW1, leads the new set of Daop-Palad Student Council (DPSC) officers for the A.Y. 2018-2019 during the DPSC Election at St. Bridget College, College Department, Aug. 03.

Completing the set of officers are Airene Catipan, BSEd1, Vice President, Hazel Joyce Biscocho, BEEd1, Secretary, and Maria Erliza Caraig, BSSW1, Treasurer.

Prior to the election, Meeting de Avance was conducted by the former officers wherein the candidates of each partylist presented their objectives and platforms, and answered questions raised by the student body.

“As a DPSC officer and as a first year student, I will impose discipline to seniors by approaching them personally and by telling them that they must serve as role models of the first year students,” said Macalalad when asked.

This is the first time that the DPSCPresident is a first year student.

-Joseph Renel M. Suarez, BSEd4

We’re here to serve you. From left to right, Anton Marco Macalalad, Hazel Joyce Biscocho, Airene Catipan, and Maria Eliza Caraig pose after being declared as the new DPSC officers.

Seniors set foot on Tuy

In partnership with Lipa Archdiocesan Social Action Commission (LASAC), graduating students taking up RS 8 subject participated in the immersion in five barangays of Tuy, Batangas, July 16-19.

The five barangays are Brgy. Lumbangan, Brgy. Talon, Brgy. Magahis, Brgy. Dalima, and Brgy. San Jose. Mr. Gilbert Manalo, Mr. Jerome Geli, Mr. Sherwin Bagon, Mr. Ace Sheridan Gutierrez, and Miss Monica Abaya served as the advising teachers.

The immersionists gathered at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish where they were sent by barangay officials to their designated barangays.

Different activities were done by the students in each barangay such as home visitation, group sharing and reflection.

To show their sincerest appreciation, immersionists gave simple token to their adoptive families.

This spiritual activity is done annually to continue to develop the spiritual aspect of the college students.

Thanksgiving mass concluded the four-day immersion.

-Leonesa Marina Tornea, BEEd 4

Touch down. Fourth year students  take pose after arriving in St. Vincent Ferrer Parish at Tuy, Batangas during the annual immersion.

College Bridgetines victorious in Patimpalak Parangal kay Apolinario Mabini

College Bridgetines won in various competitions during the 49th celebration of Batangas City Foundation Day and in Patimpalak Parangal kay Apolinario Mabini at Batangas City Convention Center, Jul. 19.

Different schools from Batangas Province joined competitions which included folk dances and the singing of songs of Batangueño compositor.

In “Magtipon sa Tahanan ng Diyos” by Augusto Espino for tertiary level, the triple trio of College Department, Teresa Fernando, BSBA1, Dianne Tobias, BSED1, Shiela Mae Bayani, Jazel Paula Blanco, Carren Dahab, Rosette Soriano, and Jannica Divine Vino, BSED4, and Aira Grantoza and Ruby Ocon, BEED4, placed 2nd runner up. University of Batangas and Batangas State University got the first and second place respectively.

On the other hand, in “Sayaw ng Komintang”, college Bridgetines, Arthenian De Los Reyes, Christian John Antenor, Airene Catipan, Lou Austin Cuenza, Dave Dimalaluan and Christian Paul Valenzuela, BSED1, and Yannah Suzanne Acosta, Kathleen Joy Lorraine Alda, Julie Ann Barquilla, Annaliza Macatangay, Loi Cedrick Ramos and Wella Williams, ranked 1st runner up. Batangas State University was hailed as champion while Sta. Teresa College placed 2nd runner up.

Trophies and cash prizes were given to the winners.

-Jean Valerie S. Collera, BSEd4

Strike a pose then smile. College Bridgetines as they pose and smile after being hailed as 1st runner up in Sayaw ng Komintang during Batangas City Foundation Day.

SBC Carries Out its 1st Commencement Exercise for the SHS Level

With the theme “Children of God: Journeying Together in Discipleship”, St. Bridget College performed its very 1st Commencement Exercise for the Senior High School Level at the Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, May 24.

The processional march signaled the beginning of the program. The candidates for graduation were the first group to march on followed by the faculty and staff. The Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS) Sisters along with the SBC administrators and guests came in last.

The entrance of colors executed by the Boy Scouts of the Senior High School came next in the program which was immediately followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

Afterwards, a Eucharistic celebration was held with the purpose of blessing the candidates for graduation and their diplomas and awards. This was led by Rev. Fr. Joseph Mendoza of St. Michael de Archangel Parish in Lobo, Batangas. The mass preceded the presentation of graduates by Dr. Dolores Borras. Meanwhile, Sr. Mary Claire Bagot, RGS gave a heart-warming message to the graduates.

Coming next in the program, the students were handed the fruit of their labor, their diploma. They were presented by their respective strand coordinator, Mr. Angelito Jareño for the HUMSS, Mrs. Grace Contreras for ABM and Mrs. Cenen Chavez for STEM.

The non-academic awardees presented by Mrs. Geraldin Vergara, Student Affairs Coordinator received recognition and medals for their excellence in various fields.

Exemplifying the spirit of St. Mary Euphrasia in her works and behavior, Carol Hilary Bobis was hailed as the St. Mary Euphrasia Awardee.

Meanwhile, with the consistent exhibition of his math prowess in various competitions, Dave Samaniego was given a medal for being a Math Achiever. Furthermore, Carol Hilary Bobis, Anne Christle Garcia, Ira Claire Marasigan and Allyssa Vita Marie Silang were recognized for their most active participation in school affairs. While Katrina Marie Afurong, Mikhaela Marie Aguila, Diane Ernabel Añonuevo, Al Apolito, Euclid Reign Beredo, Azel Beatrice Cabiscuelas, Jisha Calingasan, Virgi Vladi Caringal, Ria Janelle Castillo, Aramis Espina, Perse Lior Evangelio, Danielle Hernandez, Danielle Marquez, Darylle Mendoza, Ren Christian Panganiban, Dave Samaniego, Marie Andrea Sulit, Cheene Torino, and Kristine Villena on the other hand were awarded for their active participation in school affairs.

With their consistent service to their local church, LJ Noreen Abu, Miguel Brian Aguila, Ernesto Aguinaldo III, Adriel Luiz Arañez, Renz Andrei Badillo, Euclid Reign Beredo, Carol Hilary Bobis, Erlisa Caraig, Kaithea Franchette Castor, Miguel Jose Dimapilis, Bianca Riezel Garcia, Carmela Ysabelle Gutierrez, Danielle Hernandez,Winfred Gail Hernandez, Ferdinand Ian Laureta, Rica Mae Magsino, Andreu Kheilko Manalo, Don Lorenzo Mauhay, Meynard Orbino, Cheene Torino, Ellen May Virtucio and Angela Marie Ylagan became the social apostolate awardees.

Exposing their outstanding skills in leadership, Euclid Reign Beredo, Anne Christle Garcia, Kristine Lei Ilagan, and Cheene Torino were given the merit award for leadership. Meanwhile, Diane Ernabel Añonuevo, Ferdinand Ian Laureta, and Don Christian Ramos received citation for leadership. Furthermore, with his consistent leadership in the institutional organization of St. Bridget College, Joshua Glen De Villa was given a medal for cultural leadership award.

On the other hand, the academic awardees were presented by Mrs. Amor Borbon, Assistant Principal. The academic awardees were topped by the students who achieved with high honors who are Katrina Marie Afurong, Bianca Riezel Garcia, Kristine Ilagan, Danielle Marquez and Allyssa Vita Marie Silang.

Besides the scholastic performance award, special recognitions were also given. The best research for the STEM strand was bagged by the group of Milca AJ Arce, Denice Nicole Cruzat, Criss Darylle Mendoza, Hamid Bin Maclesh Salic, and Allyssa Vita Marie Silang; the set of Sofia Anne Abaya, Lovely Princess Del Mundo, Kristine Lei Ilagan, Le-an Puertollano and Cheene Torino for the ABM strand; and, the group of Erika Len Banaag, Euclid Reign Beredo, Ramon Derrick Chavez and Julie Anne Matugas for the HUMSS strand. In addition, the best innovation was given to the group of Nica Angela Blanco, Ellaine Christine Ramos, Jansen Andrei Domingo, Paul Randolph Uy and Angela Denise Viceral.

Students who excelled in their work immersion in Creotec Philippines were also given distinctions, Frances Lorraine Anglo for STEM, Cheene Torino for ABM and Maria Cecilia Makalintal.

Following the program, Kristine Lei Ilagan, with high honors, delivered a message of gratitude to her teachers and her schoolmates. Afterwards, graduates took their oath which was led by Allyssa Vita Marie Silang, with high honors.

The closing ceremonies composed of the singing of the graduation song composed by Ira Claire Marasigan which was dedicated to the parents and guardians of the graduates and the alma mater song, the exit of colors and the recessional concluded the program.

The master of the ceremony was Ms. Fe Babao, SHS faculty.


Aramis Espina

SGPP attends JSWAP Convention 2018

Sangguniang Gabay ng Panlipunang Paglilingkod (SGPP) of St. Bridget College members actively participated on annual 3-day Junior Social Workers’ Association of the Philippines (JSWAP) CALABARZON-MIMAROPA Chapter (JSWAP CMC) Convention held at Freedom Eco-Park in Boac, Marinduque, Feb. 1-3.

The purpose of the convention is to empower and unify students in enhancing full potential of each member towards the development of their professional competence in the Social Work Practice.

Several activities were conducted whereas SGPP representatives Azeah Alcaraz, Ven Micole Atayde and Janela Hainto, all BSSW 3, grabbed 4th place in Quiz Bee. Meanwhile, Siegfred Ian M. Magpile, BSSW3 hailed the crown for Next Tough Model.

Other highlights of the events were forums highlighting Gender Sensitivity Education, problems and struggles of JSWAP, and Extra Judicial Killings. The event was also strengthened by some prepared team-building activities.

JSWAP proposed a constitution and bylaws and was ratified after earning the perfect vote from all of the member schools, followed by the election of new set of officers wherein Kimberly E. Cruz was elected as CALABARZON Vice-President and Janela Hainto as Secretary of the said organization.

Mrs. Anielyn Afable, Social Work Program Chairperson and Ms. Monica Abaya, LIFE Moderator served as the coaches and counselors of the participants.

The activity was participated by social work students from Region IV-A and B, such as Sacred Heart College of Lucena, Occidental Mindoro State Colleges of Occidental Mindoro, St. Mary Magdalene Colleges of Laguna, Palawan State University, Remnant Philippine Colleges, Western Philippine University of Palawan, and Imus Institute of Science and Technology of Cavite.

Marinduque State College hosted this year’s convention.



“The Basic Education program is granted re-accreditation for five years valid until May 2023. Congratulations!”

This was the exact fax message received by Sr. Mary Clare Bagot, RGS, SBC President, from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) on May 30, four months after the resurvey visit on January 29-30.

“This was the ultimate dream ever since the beginning of the integration of the elementary and the high school departments…” said Mrs. Rossana Bagon, IBED principal.

After only two years of being integrated, the IBED Department successfully harvested the fruit of their labor as the basic education program met the PAASCU’s set standards.

“The goal of unifying the basic education is not an easy one. There were plenty of challenges that we faced along the way. With God’s grace, we were able to achieve our target goal of ensuring that St. Bridget College is providing quality Catholic education throughout the year,” added Mrs. Bagon.

Mrs. Bagon also expressed that this achievement would not be possible without the support and cooperation of the lay mission partners especially the members of the Integrated Basic Education Department and the inspiration given by the Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters.

“This success is also attributed to the commitment, dedication, team spirit of the administration, faculty, maintenance, staff and the parents as well. We are united in the aspiration to continue developing learners who are bearers of excellence and men and women of character,” Mrs. Bagon concluded.

Overwhelmed and grateful, Mrs. Bagon thanked everyone for their hard works and full support for the entire preparation months.

On the other hand, Sr. Clare Bagot congratulated all the IBED personnel as she recognized their frustrations when after all their efforts, they were asked to do more, to give more, during their Christmas break, to be able to add to the voluminous appendices.

“You were very conscientious and zealous in the preparations for more than a year. I was aware of all your sweat and tears, sleepless nights, hungry moments, and above all, your worries and apprehensions about what would be the outcome of all your hard work…” said Sr. Bagot.