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

For Saints Only

November 1 or All Saints Day has always been celebrated by having Halloween parties and visiting the dead. Yet, although it is called All Saints Day many seem to have forgotten to commemorate the saints.

As declared by Pope Gregory III this day should be solely for the saints. However, it has turned into a day of parties, costumes, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating for kids and adults. The spookier, the scarier, the merrier… This has been the theme of costume parties.

In 2019, St. Bridget College started the Parade of Saints to honor the saints and to start a new way of celebrating All Saints Day. Students dressed up as their favorite saint and went to parade from the Immaculate Conception of Basilica to the city and back. Last year, the March of Saints went virtual due to pandemic.

This year, SBC will have the online march of saints on November 3, 2021, with the theme SANCTUS: A Virtual Walk with the Saints. They will be featuring six saints namely St. Mary Euphrasia, St. Pedro Calungsod, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Joseph, St. Francis of Assissi and Blessed Carlo Acutis. Fr. Cyrus Gonzales, OSJ and an alumnus will dress up as St. Joseph together with students from the elementary, junior high school , senior high school and college students who will also try to dress up the mentioned saints.

The lives of the saints including their prayer life, and a reflection on their lives will be the highlights in Sanctus.

According to the organizers, aside from reclaiming the sacredness of All Saints Day, the march of saints is a reminder of our destiny as Christians, to be holy and to be saints.

May this tradition continues and spread so that November 1 will really be for Saints only.

Emilia Vitalyanna Dalangin

ISSA REYES: HOMEMAKING IS FOR EVERYONE

Anchored on Marie Kondo’s concept that tidying is universal, Ms. Issa Guico Reyes, a professional home organizer and KonMari consultant, campaigned its advocacy that homemaking is for everyone during the Neat Obsession webinar for parents and guardians, September 29.

Ms. Reyes, enlightened and inspired individuals in tidying-up and making their homes and work places a better place.

She shared the Homeward Technique designed for Filipinos with the following three steps: sorting, detaching, and rehoming. Sorting is knowing what you have and creating a category while not over thinking of throwing everything away. Detaching on the other hand is a more in-depth process wherein there’s a need to understand what you need, involving emotional but manageable questions on practicing ownership based on certain role. While, rehoming is accepting what is left, being intentional with your space, practicing creativity, using the right tools to help with efficiency and having the ability to tell a story.

Techniques and tips were also given like adapting with the ever-changing season, maximizing the vacant walls like making peg-boards as inspiration and exercising creativity like turning a simple caddy organizer into a multifunctional one.

Ms. Reyes also shared that if there is one thing you must have control in your life, it should be the things that you own. Never let it overpower you mentally and emotionally. As ending, she shared that one must embrace his/her season and to simply just enjoy the process of homemaking.

Ms. Reyes, an alumna of St. Bridget College also published the book, “Neat Obsessions”.

Angelika Sophia L. Iturralde

Human Library breaks stereotypes

Grades 4 to 6 pupils participated in the virtual Human Library event, one of the highlights of the Literacy Week, Sept.16.

After the prayer led by Mrs. Wilma Andal, Grades 5 and 6 English teacher, Mrs. Jesabel Medina, the IBED Assistant Principal reminded everyone the purpose of Literacy Week which are to develop a passion for reading and writing for younger levels and to hone information literacy skills such as research skills, critical thinking skills, computer technology skills and communication skills for upper levels.

Select students read the chosen story of the intermediate level “My Mother Only Had One Eye”, aheartwarming story of a disabled mother’s love for her son.

Mrs. Anabel Arellano, thereafter, introduced the resource speaker, Mr. Dexter Medallion, a person withdisability (PWD) who shared about his similar experiences with the boy in the story. His bravery and dedicationenabled him to pursue his dreams and finish his education. Books, his teachers throughout the time he was notable to stay in school, opened his eyes to the world. Despite the discrimination, bullying and hardships he faced,he maintained focused and determined on obtaining his goals. Thus, he was accelerated from first year to fourthyear in his high school years. He believes that disability does not deter individuals from achieving their dreams.

Learners were also given the opportunity to further know Mr. Medallon through a question and answer activity.

“Reading one book is like eating one potato chip,” Mr. Medallion stated. He truly encouraged the children with reading books as it will help them broaden their horizons and help them appreciate the world around them.

Certificate of appreciation was presented to Mr. Medallon. Thalia Vannah Franceis Israel, Student Councilpresident uttered the message of gratitude for Mr. Medallon while Mrs. Lea Abacan, the English Coordinator inher closing remarks asked everyone to spread love and acceptance.

Emilia Vitalyanna Lat Dalangin

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