SPOKEN POWER. Alliah Erin Cabiscuelas of STEM 7- Mary Consuelo Chuidian receives the certificate and cash prize for winning 2nd place in the Spoken Poetry Contest sponsored by JCI Batangas Caballero, August 31. (photo posted from facebook – Alliah Cabiscuelas)
With the theme, “Kwentong Frontliner sa Panahon ng Pandemya”, Alliah Erin Cabiscuelas of STEM – Sr. Mary Consuelo Chuidian showed excellence in delivering an original spoken poetry piece as she was hailed second last August 31, 2020.
This is the third year run of the spoken poetry contest during the celebration of Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa initiated by Board Member Claudette Ambida along with JCI Batangas Caballero and the Provincial Government of Batangas.
Cabiscuelas stood out as second place from the 16 participants from different public and private schools in Batangas City and received a trophy, cash prize, and an educational assistance from the Provincial Government of Batangas.
Board Member Ambida handed the prizes to her and Mr. John Rey Banlasan, who coached her, last September 4, 2020 in St. Bridget College.
Victory Emmanuelle “Yoel” Lualhati, who served as the SHEEP President last S.Y. 2019-2020, was awarded the Youth Leadership Excellence Award by JCI Batangas Caballero, a nonprofit organization, last July 10, 2020 during the Virtual Youth Leadership Seminar.
She is one of the 25 ‘young and excellent youth leaders’ by JCI for 2020 and was qualified for the award during her tenure as the SHEEP President last school year.
The other youth leaders who bagged the award came from different public and private schools in Batangas City.
“Yung mga kasama ko doon, are not just leaders in school but also active leaders in their communities,” she said.
The award is a national award, but recipients were per sector.
Youth leaders from different schools and universities can be eligible for the award.
“The award itself is also a responsibility, since after the awarding we attended another seminar regarding Coral Bleaching,” she clarified.
YOEL ON YOUTH LEADERSHIP
When asked how the members of the youth today can act as leaders in today’s world, she stated that the youth, particularly the Generation Z, is in a fight against conformity.
“What I meant by conformity is, we are in a fight against traditions that appear to be oppressive,” she stated.
For her, the members of the youth have the power, and they are no longer in the era of not using it. When asked on the youth’s power, she reminded them to “Be strong, assertive, and bold. Most importantly, register and VOTE!”
YOUTH POWER. This is what former SHEEP President and SBC Alumna Yoel Lualhati portrayed enabling her to be awarded JCI’s Youth Leadership Excellence Award on JCI Batangas Caballero’s Virtual Youth Leadership Seminar last July 10, 2020.
Before public schools across the country were set to open online classes last October 5, 2020, other private schools have already done so, particularly St. Bridget College.
In its very first, the St. Bridget College Senior High School level opened its online classes last August 25, 2020.
Students were warmly welcomed virtually by their respective advisers in their homeroom sessions and afterwards, they are immediately immersed into the virtual discussions with their respective subject teachers.
Activities that are aimed at improving the learning competencies of the students were given by the subject teachers to their students during the first week of online classes.
Before the formal opening of online classes, online orientations were held from August 12-14, 2020.
Last August 12, an online orientation with the respective class advisers and the administrative team was held in which students had the chance to virtually meet their class advisers and listen to important reminders from the strand coordinators, the prefect of discipline, and the school principal. Two online orientations with subject teachers were held from August 13-14. The students had the chance to know their different subject teachers, plans for the 1st semester, and other important agendas.
Streaming of the Holy Rosary Celebration And Participants
Last October 29, 2020, St. Bridget College Senior High school level celebrated the Culmination of the Month of the Holy Rosary through Facebook Live.
Facilitators, other speakers, and sharers who participated in the said celebration used the video conferencing platform Zoom to conduct all activities of the celebration.
Educators and administration staff who served as facilitators in the celebration were Mr. Edwin Castillote, Ms. Lea Chariz Castillo, Mr. Isidro Pelingon, Ms. Jazel Paula Blanco, Mrs. Geraldin Vergara, Dr. Dolores Borras, and others.
The Virtual Celebration
The virtual celebration started with a welcoming message by Dr. Dolores Borras where she highlighted the 3Ps that revolved around the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which were ‘Pakikinig’ or listening, ‘Pananalangin’ or praying, and ‘Pagtalima’ or obeying.
The introduction of the Holy Rosary was led by the Religion and Values Educations instructors, faculty members, and student leaders.
During the praying of the holy rosary, presentations from different sections of the Senior High School level regarding the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary were presented.
On the other hand, the First and Second Luminous Mysteries had sharers who imparted important lessons and experiences regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Rosary.
The first sharer, Kim Abigail Abag from HUMSS, gave an acronym about the Blessed Virgin Mary in which M represented Meaningful, A for Arise, R for Reflect, and Y for Yield.
Mr. John Rey Banlasan, meanwhile, narrated his habit of praying the Holy Rosary when going to school from his home, how he lost the habit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how his COVID-19 quarantine experience had him hold tightly to his devotion to praying the rosary.
Meanwhile, an inspirational message was given by Sr. Mary Celeste Yuzon, RGS after the praying of the Holy Rosary. In her message, she emphasized how the world will change if the youth will change, and we should never stop in praying the Holy Rosary.
“Kaya, sana, hindi tayo magsawa sa pagdarasal ng ating Santo Rosaryo. Ito ang magdadala sa atin patungo kay Kristo,” Sr. Celeste said. Sr. Mary Clare Bagot, RGS, the School President, concluded the celebration by giving the celebration a final blessing.
CONNECTED THROUGH FAITH. Last October 29, 2020, the senior high school level celebrated the month of the Holy Rosary through the online platform zoom headed by Mr. Edwin Castillote, Ms. Lea Chariz Castillo, Mr. Isidro Pelingon, Ms. Jazel Paula Blanco, Mrs. Geraldin Vergara, and Dr. Dolores Borras, and others.
three weeks, three typhoons and super typhoon namely Typhoon Quinta, Super
Typhoon Rolly and Typhoon Ulysses entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility
which greatly affected wide part of the country including Batangas. There were
Barangays covered by floods, roads, bridges and infrastructures were destroyed,
agricultural and cropland were damaged, power lines were downed and there were
per assessment, there were students, lay mission partners and even alumni who
were greatly affected by the typhoons. St. Bridget’s Community Center, Inc.
(SBCCI), which is the outreach arm of St. Bridget College, together with the
Good Shepherd Sisters, Batangas Community and St. Bridget College, initiated a
From November 16 to November 19, 2020 they served 111 students, alumni and lay mission partners within Batangas Province through relief distribution.
23 IBED students,18 SHS students, 7 College students, 43 Alumni, 6 lay mission partners and 6 needy families in Tierra Verde received cleaning and disinfection materials
1 College student, 2 IBED faculty, 3 retired faculty/ resigned staff, 1 college alumnus, 2 faculty/ maintenance and 5 staff/maintenance received cash assistance amounting Php 1,500.00 to Php 5,000.00.
their current situation, some parents of the students who received donation
gave way and shared to others who are much in need. They also expressed their
thankfulness for the effort and care they received from the institution.
the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, the country is placed under quarantine since
March 16, 2020. It greatly affects our country especially the vulnerable
families who have no other means to earn a living and to provide food for their
families. It also put our front liners at risk every day they come to work and attend
to the needs of those who are entrusted to their care.
now, things are slowly going back to normal however the number of COVID-19
cases is still rising and it still distresses the country and its people. The COVID-19 pandemic is a great challenge that we are
all experiencing and immediate help is needed by those greatly affected and
left vulnerable to hunger.
The St. Bridget’s Community Center, Inc. (SBCCI),
which is the outreach arm of St. Bridget College, together with the
Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, and the St. Bridget
College and its benefactors initiated the COVID-19 relief efforts and outreach
In order to reach out to the vulnerable families and affected
frontliners, SBCCI had a fund drive activity entitled “St. Bridget’s against
COVID-19 Campaign”. Mr. Cir-Anthon Paolo C. Garing, Director of SBC Performing
Arts Office initiated an online fundraising concert, “JUANalangin” and “KantaJUAN”.
It is an online donation campaign of SBC Performing Arts Office primarily to
help the Bajau communities, adopted families of St. Bridget’s Community Center,
Inc and Batangas City frontliners.
From March 24 – July 7, 2020 they served 3,991
families and front liners through relief distribution from the support of
fundraising activity and other benefactors who gave in-kind and in-cash donations
to help others.
– 3,848 families received food packs and toiletries
including 18 SBC college students who were stranded in their boarding house and
Gabayan women working in entertainment establishments such as clubs, videoke
bar and beer houses
– 28 families received financial assistance including
12 SBC college students and some Gabayan women
– 40 crew of cargo ship called Super Shuttle Roro
under quarantine in Batangas Bay received fresh vegetables, meat, rice, gallons
of mineral water and toiletries
– 75 medical frontliners of Batangas Medical Center
(BatMC) received food packs and medical supplies such as surgical mask and NK95
They also did referral services to Provincial and City
Social Welfare and LGUs to prioritize community members of SBC adopted
communities especially Bajau communities to SAP, PAPAC, TUPAD and other
assistance to help them during this pandemic.
Despite of the unseen threat of the COVID-19, the SBC employees
and volunteers continue to serve others by participating in the campaign
through planning, coordination, mobilization of resources and prayer. The St.
Bridget College also ensured the safety of its people and remain compliant in
the safety measures and protocols of the government.
These outreach activities also became possible because
of the support of RGS benefactors, friends, SBC alumni, faculty, students and
partner agencies. The RGS sisters, the SBCC and the SBC are really grateful to
them. In this challenging time, we will heal as one.
“Help one another with the generosity of the Lord and
despise no one. When you have the opportunity to do good, do not let it go by.”
– St. Polycarp of Smyrna