Let’s keep God’s light shining in us– Sr. Celeste Yuzon, RGS

In her statement during the 109th Foundation Day program, last February 4, Sr. Celeste Yuzon, RGS, Batangas Local Community Leader, reminded the students to face the challenges hand in hand to keep God’s light shining amidst the hardships in the pandemic.

 Last Feb. 4, St. Bridget College celebrated its foundation day with the theme “Tracing the roots. Expressing Gratitude. Crafting the future. ” alongside with the sisters from the Maryridge Retreat and Renewal Center, Tagaytay, and Bukid Kabataan Shelter.

“We will not be able to face the challenges of the future if we will not be grateful to those who built this institution… Sana hand in hand, we will face the challenges… Let’s move on, let’s keep God’s light shining in us, wherever we are, wherever we go,” Sr. Yuzon shared during the Q and A sessions with the sisters.

The celebration started with a Eucharistic mass presided by Fr. Angel Pastor, who shared his gratitude to the institution for its service to the community and elaborated the theme of the celebration.

“Sa Eukaristiya, magkakaugnay po ang nakaraan, ang ngayon, at saka ang kinabukasan – ang hinaharap, magkakaugnay po ‘yan, kagaya ng ating topic, tracing the roots that is the past, we refer to the past, expressing gratitude edi from the present, we are enjoying the fruits of the labours of the past so from the present we offer thanksgiving because of the past, because of the graces that we are enjoying in the present and the present is we are looking forward to the future, ” Fr. Pastor shared in his sermon.

The day continued as Dr. Dolores Borras, the SHS Principal, welcomed everyone in the virtual meeting. She expressed her joy for the opportunity of the students being able to meet with the Good Shepherd sisters from other RGS ministry.

“This meeting is hoped to broaden your knowledge of the RGS’s other ministries which go beyond mere evangelical formation of the youth through formal education. Ngayong umaga makakatagpo ninyo ang mga Madre ng Mabuting Pastol sa iba pa nilang gawain di lamang pampaaralan,” Dr. Borras greeted.

Through a video presentation, the program showcased Bukid ng Kabataan Center, managed by the Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters and professionals, dedicated partners in mission, which serves as a home for girl’s survivors of gender-based violence and street life perpetuated by their own family members. The center provides a homey atmosphere and environmentally friendly ambiance that is conducive for healing and renewal of body, mind, and spirit.

The hosts then introduced the Sisters from Maryridge Bahay Pastulan Community namely Sr. M. Regina T. Kuizon, Sr. M. Christina Sevilla, Sr. M. Lorenza Sangalang, Sr. M. Ludila Panaligan, Sr. M. Milagros Santos, and Sr. M. Jeva C. Sumbillo. The previous residence-school for girls is now an income-generating project known for their soaps and buko pie.

            The short introduction was followed by an intermission number by the PAO- Repertory Brigid and a game of “GIMME-FIVE” where the sisters from Maryridge and Sr. Celeste Yuzon were to name 5 things under a certain category where to their surprise, the students found out that one of the non-negotiable things inside an RGS sister’s bag was a calculator, when asked, they claimed that it is crucial for buying groceries “…siyempre pang-compute, pag namamalengke”

            Next off was the Q&A whereas questions from sections and individual students were entertained. As the program draw to an end, STEM Coordinator Dr. Daisy Aguda left an inspiring message for the students and all the lay mission partners, “We hope that Senior High School Bridgetines, that SBC had equipped you with competencies, skills, and Bridgetine spirit and values that you need to be useful citizen for a better future, again, happy 109th foundation day to us, to St. Bridget College, so cheers to more Bridgetine graduates letting their light shine the brightest.”

Teresa Claire Agtay and Miguel Tolentino

SBC imposes week-long Health Break

One week after the reopening of classes, St. Bridget College implemented a “Health Break” last January 17 up until January 24 to give students and staffs time to rest as threats from COVID-19 infections increase.

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines soared after the holidays starting on December 3, with 2,961 reported cases to 39,004 new cases last January 15, according to the latest data from the Department of Health.

This sudden rise of COVID cases and concerns about the worsening health condition of most teachers and students prompted different schools in the Philippines to implement a break from academic work.

The health break allotted for Bridgetine faculty, staff, and students was originally from January 17-19, then was extended up to January 24 to give more time for those who got sick to recover.

“The implementation of health break allowed me to take care of my health and recover from the symptoms that I’ve experienced. Also, it allowed me to recharge and regain my focus for the 2nd semester since I’m a graduating student and I’ve been really bothered by the sudden increase of Covid cases.” Paula Gabrielle Acosta from STEM 7 – Sr. M. Consuelo Chuidian stated.

The said health break also gave the faculty and staff needed time to rest and relax according to Ms. Vanessah Rosas, faculty member from SHS level. “I think it helped a lot. It serves as a breather for us teachers as well na nakakafeel minsan ng burnout. I was able to focus more on my emotions and recollect my thoughts. Salamat at nakapahinga tayong lahat,” Ms. Rosas said.

Miguel Tolentino

Bridgetines finishes strong at the ASMEPPS National Battle of Math and Science Champions

Even with the stress and challenges prompted by online learning, several students secure places for the St. Bridget College Senior High School Department at the 8th year of the ASMEPPS National Battle of Math and Science Champions held virtually last February 19, 2022.

Science Quiz Winners

Ma. Kathryn Grizelda Manalo was hailed as Champion for the Grade 11 category followed by her classmates Godwin Myles Jareno, Eunice Panganiban, Bismark John Marasigan and Rob Jared Viceral of HUMSS 1 – Mother Domitilla Larouse, obtained 5th, 7th, 8th, and 9th place respectively.

For the Grade 12 category, Teresa Claire Agtay and Patrick John Ceazsar Caguete of STEM 6 – Sr. M. Immaculate Concepcion Cahill snatched 5th and 6th place respectively while Kenneth Virgil Borbon of STEM 9 – Sr. Mary Virginia Gonzaga won 9th.

Math Quiz Winners

Breigh Meishel Domingo and Nathaniel Magtibay both from STEM 1 – Mother Constance Phelan bagged 3rd and 8th place respectively in the Grade 11 category.

Moreover, for the Grade 12 category, Paolo Andrew Padilla of STEM 9 – Sr. Mary Virginia Gonzaga placed 3rd followed by Caguete and Ma. Kristine Dawal from STEM 6 – Sr. M. Immaculate Concepcion Cahill earning 6th and 8th place respectively.

Competition proper

“There weren’t many happenings that were notable. Para lang kaming nagsagot sa test, 1 device sa Gmeet, 1 device sa test… …ang notable event ay yung sa ASMEPPS last year kung saan medyo magulo yung system kaya maraming ‘di nakapagsubmit. Dahil don, lahat nalang ng may screenshot ng score nila ay pinaadvance sa national.”, Caguete of STEM 6 – Sr. M. IM. Concepcion Cahill.

On winning

Manalo shared her experience on winning the Grade 11 Science Quiz Bee “I honestly didn’t expect to win the quiz bee dahil mahirap yung questions and national level na ‘yon, especially since hindi rin naman ako nanalo nung regional level. Winning it still feels surreal for me, pero it now made me believe in myself more. Dahil rin doon, mas na-inspire ako na pagbutihin pa lalo yung studies ko and to always do my best because I know now that it will all really pay off in the end.”

Miguel E. Tolentino

Parents Session on Enriching Family’s Mental Health

To strengthen the bonds within families and help them understand each other, parents and guardians attended the annual Virtual Parenting Session with the topic “Enriching Family’s Mental Health” last September 25, 2021.

The webinar started at 10am through a Zoom webinar attended by Grade 11 & 12 students’ parents. The resource speaker, Michele S. Alignay, Ph.D., RP, RGC, talked about the do’s and don’ts that will improve the family members’ mental health, leading to a positive and healthy environment in the household.

“The talk is very effective and is really relatable during these trying times. It made us remember that we should always prioritize our mental health, and it is very important to ask to our children if they’re okay. However, I also saw this as a way for the parents and their children to have a better communication with each other.”, stated Ma. Chelsea Sandra Gonzales, a student from Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM).

“Parenting Session entitled ‘Enriching Family’s Mental Health’ that was held last September 25 was a very big help to us, parents especially in this time of pandemic. Dr. Michele Alignay, the guest speaker, gave us a lot of useful information and very practical ways on how we can handle our children well and make them open up more to us. To sum it up, it was a very enlightening parenting session.”, Lorina Marasigan, a parent, said in an interview.          Through this virtual session, the St. Bridget Senior High School Department aims to improve the mental health of family members and guide them on how to understand and better help one another through this tough time. The talk was organized by the Guidance Office in-charge –Mrs. Rona Manalo, the Counselor and Ms. Patricia Haplos, the Associate Guidance Counselor.

Alyzza Carylle Dimaano

A Sneak Peek to Media Industry

To provide students an idea of what it is like to work in the media industry and to assist them in deciding on their future career, the Senior High School level of St. Bridget College conducted a career talk last October 13 via Zoom meeting.

The said webinar had Mr. Alan Ebora, a TV writer and producer, and an SBC alumnus as the guest speaker. He shared his inspiration in choosing his career path and his experiences while working in the field of media.

“Stories make sense of the world around us… Let’s continue telling and sharing meaningful stories,” Mr. Ebora said as he reminded the students to be critical and passionate in choosing their future careers.

Sir Alan, as he is fondly called also gave a detailed explanation about his career and his life as a travel program and television producer. He further shared the steps involved in producing a television show.

Before ending his talk, the students had an opportunity to ask the guest speaker several questions where he was able to recount some of his most memorable moments as a producer, discuss his thoughts on press freedom, and tell stories about the media personalities with whom he had the opportunity working with.

        Mrs. Gemma Manalo, Humanities and Social Sciences Coordinator, thanked Mr. Ebora for giving his time and insights as the guest speaker. Mrs. Manalo then reminded the students that, when deciding on their future careers and pursuing their passions, they must also examine the purpose and meaning of their chosen path to be of great service to others.

Teresa Claire C. Agtay

Grades 3 to 6 pupils hone leadership skills

With the theme “Jesus as a Model of Servant Leadership”, grades 3 to 6 student leaders attended the leadership training via zoom, Sept. 25.

Eros Nikolai Melo, a Grade 4 pupil led the opening prayer while the IBED assistant principal, Mrs. Jesabel Medina gave a welcome address. She stressed the purpose of leadership training which was to nurture and develop various leadership qualities as the student leaders serve and lead their fellow classmates.

Atty. Alyssa Cruz, one of the city councilors of Batangas City and an alumna of SBC served as the resource person.

“We can be a leader in almost any field we choose as long as we have what it takes to be a leader,” Cruz said.

She added that if one wanted to be an effective leader, one must first learn and know how to be a servant leader.

According to her, all leaders should be servant leaders to ensure better collaboration and strong commitment, trust, and loyalty of members. This in turn will produce skilled, talented, knowledgeable, and motivated employees who will help improve the overall operations and management of the organization.

Her best example of a servant leader is none other than Jesus himself because of his great humility and compassion. She wanted all the student leaders to learn from Jesus that although He is wise and all-knowing He has chosen to be a servant.

“Servant leaders must care for their team on a personal level and acknowledge the importance of their responsibility,” she added.

As a final message, she wished all the student leaders to become effective servants just as Jesus did.

At the end of the program, Thalia Vannah Franceis Israel, a Grade 6 pupil, gave a message of gratitude and appreciation to the guest speaker. A special sending off activity was conducted where all student leaders took their oath as servant leaders in a simple prayer service.

Maria Sophia Andrea I. Dayanghirang

End VAW campaign kicks off on Nov. 25

As violence against women andchildren affects women’s and girls’general well-being, leaving long-termconsequences that hamper them fromachieving full potential, SBC calls itsGood Shepherd mission partners to becommitted to end violence againstwomen and girls in their families andcommunities through varied activitiesstarting Nov. 25.

A prayer will be recited during advisoryperiod for this purpose from Nov.25 toDec.12, 2021. A poster of the campaign willalso be used as background during virtualclasses, meetings and other assembliesthroughout the 18-day campaign period.

On Nov. 25, the kick off day, Dec. 1, World Aids Day commemoration and Dec. 12, Human Rights Day commemoration, students and employees will wear orange shirt as a way of supporting the advocacy.

Students and teachers are also encouraged to make a one-minute infomercial stating their support in the campaign using the hashtag #VAWfreeSBC or #VAWfreePH. This will be uploaded in SBC social media accounts.

Webinars will also be conducted on Dec.10. Building Protective Behavior Online and Offline will be the topic for elementary pupils, Cyber Safety for junior high school students and Child Sexual Abuse prevention for elementary parents

Ritz Emmanuel Giuseppe A. Medina

Green Saturday

Ang mga miyembro ng Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) kasama ang mga lider ng bawatklase at Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) ay nakilahok sa Green Saturday , isang planting activity.

Ang pangunahing layunin ng gawaing ito ay upang matanto ng mga tao ng ating henerasyonang kahalagahan ng mga halaman at puno at paano ang mga ito nakatutulong sa ating bayanupang maging maganda at malinis ang kapaligiran.

“I felt proud because I am helping our mother nature in my own perspective. I think this activity isvery helpful and beneficial for our society,” sabi ng isang miyembro ng GSP. Sinabi rin niya na angpagkakaroon ng maraming halaman at puno sa ating kapaligiran ay makatutulong sa pagpapanatili ng magandang kalidad ng hangin na kakailanganin natin sa paghinga upang mabuhay. Idinagdag niya na ang pagtatanim ay isang magandang hakbang upang maiwasan ang matinding pagbaha sa ating mga lugar..

Althea Mariz Talain

TLE-LYMPICS 2021

Pinangunahan ng departamento ngTechnology and Livelihood Education (TLE) angkauna-unahang TLE-lympics 2021 na maytemang “Championing Bridgetines’ LivelihoodSkills in the New Normal”,
Nob. 11 – 29.

Ayon kay Gng. Evangeline Buenafe, EPP/TLEKoordineytor ng St. Bridget College (SBC), anglahat ng mga aktibidad ng departamento ng TLE ay nakasentro sa pagsuporta, pagpapalawak atpaglilinang ng mga kasanayan ng mgaBridgetines.

Dagdag pa niya na ang pandemya aymaaaring magbigay ng mga hamon sa atin ngunitpatuloy tayong nabubuhay at nagtatagumpaypara sa kapakanan at sa patuloy na pag-aaralng lahat ng mga Bridgetines.

Sinimulan ang TLE-lympics sa isang skill demonstration webinar sa paggawa ng canapes na dinaluhan ng mahigit 200mag-aaral mula sa ikaapat hanggang ikaanim na baitang, Nob. 11. Si Gng. Jessalyn Noche, isang culinary instructor ngikasiyam at ikasampung baitang ng SBC ang nagbahagi ng kaaalaman at kasanayan tungkol dito.

Sinundan ito ng isa pang webinar na may paksang “Entrepreneurial Skills and Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur” paranaman sa mga mag-aaral ng junior hIgh school, Nob. 12. Si Gng. Pauline P. Bondad, isang alumna at matagumpay nanegosyante ang piling panauhing tagapagsalita sa naturang webinar. Ibinahagi niya kung papaano siya nagsimula at patuloyna pinappaunlad ang kanyang mga negosyo.

Samantala, si Bb. Kristine May Mendoza, isang guro sa TLE ang nagbahagi sa webinar ng ” The Art of Table NapkinFolding” para sa mga mag-aaral ng ikapito at ikawalong baitang, Nob. 12.

Iba’t ibang paligsahan din ang sinalihan ng mga mag-aaral. Kabilang sa mga paligsahan ay ang Sandwich MakingContest para sa ika-apat na baitang, Perfect Sunny Side Up Making Contest para sa ikalimang baitang at Tapa MakingContest para naman sa baitang anim.

Ang mga napiling mag-aaral mula sa ikapitong baitang ay nagpakita ng pagiging malikhain sa Plastic Craft MakingContest. Nagpamalas naman ng galing ang taga-ikawalong baitang sa Fish & Shellfish Processing Contest.Sinubukan namanang husay ng mga mag-aaral ng ika-siyam na baitang sa Cook-off Challenge Appetizer Recipe at Drafting ConventionalDrawing Contest. Samantalang sa Cookery Vlog Competition at Perspective Drawing Contest naman nagpaligsahan ang mgamag-aaral ng ikasampung baitang. Ipinakita rin ng mga mag-aaral ng 9-FBS ang pagiging malikhain sa Table SettingCompetition habang sa Occupational Health & Safety in Restaurant Blog ipinamalas ng mga mag-aaral ng 10-FBS angkanilang galing.

Sa isang programa via FB live pinahayag ang mga nagwagi ng una, ikalawa at ikatlong pwesto sa bawat patimpalak. Sakauna-unahang pagkakataon, isang kakaibang parangal ang iginawad ng TLE-lympics 2021, ang People’s Choice Awardpara sa mga nakakuha o nagkamit ng mataas na boto sa kanilang ginawang podukto o pinakitang kahusayan sa sinalihangpaligsahan.

Maria Sophia Andrea I. Dayanghirang

LUCEAT LUX VESTRA!

St. Bridget College is proud of you Atty. Maria Kristina Conti!

Atty. Maria Kristina “Krissy” Conti received the 2021 Glory Awards last November 27, 2021 through a Virtual Awarding Ceremony. This prestigious award is given by the UP College of Mass Communications to their outstanding alumni in recognition of their excellent work and impact to the communities they serve.

 Atty. Krissy Conti is a human rights advocate who has defended jailed journalists, student activists, political prisoners, urban poor evictees, and quarantine “violators” during the pandemic. She helped prosecute Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, accused in the kidnapping and disappearance of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, leading to his conviction. She also serves in the legal team that is assisting the families of persons killed during the government’s war on drugs. Atty. Krissy Conti was a graduate of St. Bridget College, Grade School Batch 1996

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