Leader Shepherds equip themselves with IPHONE

By Lou Austin Cuenza, BSED 2

Integrity, Proactivity, Humility, Objectivity, Nobility and Excellence are the principles of leaders with character as discussed during the LS Leadership Training held at Villa Marines Resort, Ibaan, Batangas last September 14, 2019.

With the theme “iLead: SBC “Shepherd, Believe, Collaborate” the guest facilitator, Nelberth Magbanua, organized series of discussions and activities that united and strengthened the leadership skills of the leader shepherds. The program started with an ice breaker “Walk and Stop” that highlighted the questions “What is leadership?” and “Who is the great leader you have known?”.

The activity highlighted self-leadership, character and personality, principles of a good leader and the essence of IPHONE.

“It was leading oneself first before going our and leading others. It was an inside out leadership that starts within you before sharing it to you constituents.” – Nelberth Magbanua The event also paved way to planning of activities for the present school year and team building activities which strengthened the bond of the Leader Shepherds.

ALL FOR ONE. Showcasing their unity and cooperation as a team, a group of Leader Shepherds helping one of their members hand in hand to reach her dream written in a small piece of paper. -HAZEL BISCOCHO

Huseng Batute: Balagtasan highlights Filipino literary culture

By Jhoanna Marie B. Vergara, BSED I

Depicting the richness of Filipino literary culture and outlining the brilliant life of Jose Corazon De Jesus, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) presented the Balagtasan Play “Ang Pagbabalik-Tanaw sa Unang Hari ng Balagtasan” at the Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, St. Bridget College, Batangas City, August 14.

Atty. Sylvia M. Marasigan, chief of the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, stressed in her opening remarks that Batangeños are devoted to the art of De Jesus, Balagtasan. In addition to that, she stated that the audience are privileged to witness the play, not only because it is for free, but also it is the first time for CCP to present outside their center.

The event highlighted the Balagtasan piece of Bulaklak ng Lahing Kalinis-linisan, in which the actors mixed modern lines and actions. The play also showcased various masterpieces of Jose Corazon de Jesus, popularly known as “Huseng Batute” such as poems like Pakpak, Pakiusap, Dalagang Pilipina, Isang Punong Kahoy and Ang Pamana. Additionally, songs, music and speeches like Arimunding-mundin, Manggagawa, Anak ng Dalita, Aking Bayan, Madaling Araw and Bayan Ko were also exhibited during the presentation.

The event ended with a remark by Jose Antonio S. Leviste II, Vice Governor of Batangas, wherein he emphasized that there is no better way to promote language than to appreciate it.

The play was organized by the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office in partnership with St. Bridget College, Rotary Club of Downtown City, Samahang Batangueña, Batangas Medical Society. The event was hosted by multi-awarded performers and artists, Vim Nadera and Elle Velasco.

Bridgetine Nasyonalismo 2019: Unveils Talents and Boosts Camaraderie

By Camille Bianzon BSSW 2

With the aim of uplifting the spirit and showcasing the talents of college Bridgetines, St. Bridget College, College Department celebrated the annual “Pagdiriwang ng Nasyonalismo” at the SBC Gymnasium, August 28.

Integrating the theme “Wikang Katutubo: Tungo sa Bansang Filipino”, College Department conducted three talent competitions namely, Paligsahan sa OPM (Duet), Paligsahan sa Kundiman (Solo), and Paligsahan sa Spoken Work Poetrywhich promoted patriotism and nationalism among students.

BSSW dominated the talent competitions garnering 2 out of 3 golds. Adrian Zoleta and Camille Bianzon were victorious in Paligsahan sa OPM, and Alysha Paula Marticio was hailed as champion in “Paligsahan sa Kundiman”. Meanwhile, BSED grabbed the remaining gold as Erika Lairie Balmes topped the Spoken Word Poetry Competition.

Moreover, proving that Bridgetines excel also in vocal and kinesthetic fields, TaLa singers and dancers showcased their capacities through performing Kundiman and Alitaptap folk dance which both clutched award during the Patimapalak Parangal para kay Apolinario Mabinilast July 2019. A set of Palarong Pinoy was conducted in the afternoon which was participated both by faculty members and studens.

“Will and dedication is the key to successful JOURN-ey” – Ramos

By Camille Bianzon, BSSW 2

Armored with pen and paper, Sibul, the official campus publication of St. Bridget College, College Department held its annual journalism seminar-workshop at 102 SJE Building  last August 23.

With the aim to continuously hone skills of Sibul journalists on news and feature writing, Jerick Ramos, the guest speaker, highlighted the importance of strong will and determination for the success of the publication.

The training highlighted guidelines and tips regarding how news and feature articles should be written which will bring effectivity and interest to the readers. “It is not a necessity that you are born, and you came strong. What’s necessary is you never stopped learning and giving your best until from being underdog, you were able to give life to your publication and fight for what you believe is the truth”, Ramos stated.

According to Ramos, it is important to connect the written piece of the writer to the intended readers of the articles. For feature writing, he pointed out that it arises from non-sensible things and that what makes it interesting is the impact given to the readers by the emotions packed by the writer in his article. Meanwhile, he also emphasized that news articles must be strong, powerful, factual and straight to the point at the same time.


Senior High upholds Ethics on Research

To emphasize data privacy and ethics on research writing and publication, SHS Department facilitated a seminar with Dr. Jake M. Laguador, Center for Research, Innovation & Data Management Director as the speaker. This was held at the SBC- Manuela Q Pastor auditorium, July 29.

The speaker stressed that students are vulnerable when it comes to privacy that they tend to expose too much private information online. The seminar aimed to address the concerns about data information and privacy management among senior student-researchers. The seminar was also joined by the faculty from the IBEd and College departments. The seminar was made possible by the research advisers, Mr. Lander Joseph Ilagan and Mrs. Mellany Joy Panganiban.

-Untalan

Senior High School Level celebrates St Mary Euphrasia’s Feast Day

Through the initiative of the Service Club, SHS Department held a three-day prayer service to commemorate St Mary Euphrasia’s feast day, July 29 – 31.

There was a series of prayers and songs of praise together with offering of roses for SME. This was facilitated and participated by the student body. With the activity, they brought back in to their hearts the teachings and zeal of St. Mary Euphrasia.

-Untalan

Pamana 2019: SHS welcomes new batch of potentials

The freshmen students entered a new chapter of their lives as the Senior High School (SHS) Level of St. Bridget College (SBC) welcomed them with warm approach through the conduct of Pamana 2019. This is an annual activity done by the upperclassmen to officially and gladly receive the new set of learners. The activity was held at the SBC College Lawn, June 17.

With the theme “Stay Hype in Mission, Seniors!”, the SHS level prepared various activities which started with a prayer service and a symbolic candle lighting ceremony, wherein the Grade 12 students lit candles and passed them to the Grade 11 students of their former sections.

Moreover, Dr. Dolores Borras, the SHS Principal, welcomed everyone for the new school year with her opening remarks.  The hype was built as the hosts of the ceremony, Mr. Llander Joseph Illagan and Ms. Jonalyn Ortiz called each section for their own cheer to channel their energy and excitement.

The welcoming rite was concluded with the Grade 12 students giving their ‘’pamana’’, a customized ballpen to the new batch.

Moreover, a general orientation took place at the Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium the following day, June 18. It started off with a quick introduction of the SHS administration, faculty and staff, and was followed by an overview of SHS Level as  part of the K to 12 Curriculum, as presented by Dr. Dolores Borras.

Afterwards, Mrs. Grace Lorraine Pelingon, School’s Guidance Counselor and Mrs. Julieta Medrano, the Registrar gave “fast talks” regarding the services offered by their respective offices. The functions, rules, and services regarding the use of library was discussed by Mrs. Marissa Agtay, the SHS and College Level Chief Librarian.         Furthermore, the orientation was concluded by Mrs. Geraldine Vergara, Prefect of Discipline as she gave a final discussion on the students’ behavior and the rules and regulation of the SHS Level.

-Banlasan / Ascan

Internationalization – SBC’s next goal to enhance its culture of research

Linkages to professional research and internationalization are St. Bridget College’s (SBC) next goals to fulfill after having realizing its dream of holding a research forum, July 12, 2019.

“It is a beginning step to enrich the culture of research in our institution, to give importance not only in the higher education but also in basic education, “ SBC President Sr. Mary Clare Bagot, RGS, said in her opening remarks for SBC’s 1st Research Forum: Strengthening Research Endeavors and Opportunities across Disciplines held at Mary Dominica Function Hall, SME Building.

Eight groups from the college department presented their researches with topics including assessment of student services program, faculty development needs, and college readiness of the 1st Year College Students. Studies on the implementation of gender mainstreaming and multicultural education in the institution were also shared during the event.

Dr. Imelda B. Vergara, Mrs. Lea Abacan, and Dr. Amor L. Borbon presented their individual researches on Synergy in trifold functions of higher education institutions, role of religion on the ecological awareness among the students of the institution, and Outcomes-based Education, respectively.

“It’s a great initiative from the college department for the institution,” Abacan said. It is indeed, she added, the glory which is still “ours.’ Students and faculty researchers all aim for possible engagement in inter-school research for linkages to professional research organizations and internationalization. “The synergy… working together should be evident not only in this event. We hope that we can collectively utilize these researches for they would be a wonderful contribution to our institution,” Vergara said.

By Charmaine Marie Nuqui

IBED PARENTS’ ORIENTATION

SBC president reveals projects for SY 2019-2020

            Facing the expectant new parents of the Integrated Basic Education Department, SBC School president, Sr. Mary Clare Bagot, RGS, revealed projects for the year during the orientation of new parents at SBC Manuela Q. Pastor Auditorium, June 19.

            After extending her warm welcome to parents of Pre-Kinder pupils, Grade 7 students and transferees, Sr. Clare shared the developments in the facilities of the school.

            “With regards to facilities, we tried to meet the demands of our students and mission partners. The renovation and extension of the gymnasium started in April 2019 with the target project completion of three months, “ Sr. Clare shared to the parents.

            She also announced the buy out of the canteen and its turnover on April 16, 2019. Furthermore, she said that food carts will be placed in the upper area of the canteen to decongest the students during recess and lunch break.

            “The extension of the canteen at the back of Mary Victory building will provide more eating place for all,” she added.

            Aside from these two ongoing projects, she also announced that SBC Bookstore will also be put up in order to centralize the selling of the school’s merchandise like school supplies, P.E. and school uniforms.

            After the message of the school president, Mrs. Rossana Bagon, IBED principal also presented the vision and mission of the school and explained its connection to the existing policies and activities of the department. She emphasized that as a Catholic evangelizing educational institution, SBC aims to develop ideal Bridgetines who excel academically and ready to be men and women for others.

            Mrs. Jesabel Medina, assistant principal, discussed the existing curriculum and assessment in the IBED. She shared to the parents that SBC offers an enriched K to 12 curriculum with the following offerings: Christian Living and Values Education subject, add on competencies, special programs like Independent Reading Program (IRP) and Mathscore, robotics, computer an specialized TLE courses for Grades 9 and 10.  Mr. Noel Bathan of Scholastics, provider of IRP and Ms. Algilyn Dolotina of Mathscore, explained the benefits of their respective programs.

Mrs. Grace Lorraine Pelingon, head of the guidance office, gave an overview of the guidance program while Mrs. Julieta Macalalad, Student Activity Program Coordinator, presented the existing clubs for this school year.

Institutional Culture and Arts Program and Repertory Brigid entertained the new parents in their respective production numbers.

-JESABEL A. MEDINA

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.

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