THE OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION OF VERITAS PAROCHIAL SCHOOL VOL. 15 NO. 1 1ST SEMESTER SY 2011-2012
NOT QUITE A MILLION ROSES, BUT A ROSARY FOR MILLIONS
The VPS Living Rosary In this issue: DOPPSA champs * Operation Kindness * Preschoolers of the Month R e t r e a t s & F i e l d Tr i p s * C a r e e r E x p l o * M o d e l U n i t e d N a t i o n s C l a s s r o o m Te c h * A l u m n i Tr a c k s * J o i n t E f f o r t To w a r d s S t e w a r d s h i p Big Happy Families * Poetry & Graphic Novel * More...
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On Pacman, Crabs, & Leadership Last Sunday, November 13, 2011, my colleagues and I from the RYLA Camp finally got back home to Manila from Laguna. I noticed that there was barely any traffic and I was wondering how Manila could possibly have nearly no traffic, until I remembered that by that time, most if not all Filipinos were probably glued to their seats, watching the 3rd fight between our own Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. It is such a heartwarming, yet funny sight to see my entire family, literally all of them, sitting in our sala, all tuned in to one tv channel, not arguing about which show to watch. I sat in front of my laptop, doing some school work and checking updates on the fight on the internet. I don’t normally watch Pacman’s fights anymore, because the way I see it, boxing has become boring and pointless and he wins every single time so it’s not that exciting anymore. Besides, it’s such a bore to see him fight the same guy 3 times. My heart dropped though when I saw my Facebook and Twitter page. There were so many posts by disappointed Filipinos which said the Pacman lost! I found it unbelievable. But later on, they changed their posts as it was declared that Pacman won due to the judges’ decision. But the ranting went on and on for hours. Filipinos were very disappointed, if not disgusted that Pacman won. There were posts which said “Luto yung laban.” And that Marquez should’ve won. Some even blamed the government officials for letting Pacquiao win and some blamed Pacquiao. For the first time, our nation was divided into two after watching Pacman’s fight, which is ironic because Pacman’s fights seem to unite Filipinos most of the time. Most Filipinos thought and still believe that Marquez should’ve won. The ranting became so pathetic Filipinos were blaming Pacquiao for the “hindi pag-asenso ng Pilipnas”. But aren’t we the reason our country isn’t moving forward? We act as if we have the right to judge what went on during the fight when we weren’t even in Las Vegas to watch blow by blow live. We aren’t even boxing professionals or experts to tell how they scored the fight. We’d rather humiliate and pull the people who bring honor to our country or succeed down by scandalizing them and gossiping about them instead of praising them and thanking them for all of their effort. We always to try to look for something wrong in people and judge them based on their looks, class in society or actions instead of appreciating what we do for one another. We are so selfish and indifferent that instead of encouraging one another, we destroy one another. We ourselves think that our country is hopeless and would rather work abroad in the land of milk and honey. This is the reason our country is going downhill; We’re all suffering from a fatal disease called Crab Mentality which is the need to pull others down for our own selfish enjoyment and benefit. This is a disease that needs a cure—fast. As the young and the young at heart, we ourselves fail to see the blessings around us and instead always try to look for something wrong. We always fail to appreciate and choose to detract. We backstab even our closest friends and gossip about the lives of people who sometimes don’t even know us instead of paying attention to what’s going on with our lives and our country. Instead of going on and on about what’s WRONG, why not do something to fix or correct it? Like what our lolos and lolas always say, “Puro ka salita, kulang ka naman sa gawa.”. As appreciative Filipinos, let’s all congratulate and pray for the well-being of as well all other Filipinos getting pummeled—literally and figuratively—for family and country.Stop being just a spectator, and instead be the actor, initiator, leader. Be the change you want to see in the world.
The Veritas Family Welcomes Its New School Director, Monci Manny!
Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel
Mojah Shanel Galit Editor-in-Chief
Welcome to http://veritasschool.edu.ph o After nearly three years in the drawing board, the school’s official website is now live in cyberspace. The site is designed and maintained by VPS alum Mark Chester Obligado, with technical support from MIS Coordinator Mr. Eugene Sembrana, and content supervision from Principal Miss Millette Espiritu. The site is still in its early stages, as more content on the school’s Catholic nature, its programs, affiliations, facilities and personnel will be added. Feeds from the school’s official social network pages, twitter and facebook, are available for the most updated news and announcements. “As the site grows, we want it to be more interactive, with forums, student, teacher and parent blogs, and livestreaming of lessons and students at work. This will be a school website unlike any other school website”, Miss Espiritu promises.
Mojah Shanel Zsahara Nekazyawieh Galit Editor-in-Chief Madeleine Jewel B. Maog Associate Editor Patricia Joyce O. Belza Managing Editor Myca Alexandra C. Aguilar News Editor Krisha Pabalan Features Editor
Jan Elisha Pillerva Literary Editor JusƟne Arela Dioanna Mendoza Jhosua Quintans Paul John Carmona Editors
Maxine Maog Aira Texon Angel Salazar Photographers
Editorial Board & Staff SY 2011-2012 Andrea Yares Ranee Marasigan Ana Patricia De Ala Nika Eralino Princess Palmares Danice Silva Marinela Santos Ms. Chiqui Lacerna Ms. June Maog
Contribu ng Writers
Julia Sangalang Klaire Pabalan Andrei Go Correspondents
Mr. Eugene Sembrana Technical Consultant Mr. Mark Chester Obligado Graphic & Layout Designer Ms. Mellissa R. Espiritu Coordinator
VERITANS GIVE LIFE TO THE ROSARY, JOIN THE WORLD IN PRAYER Ms. Chiqui Alexis S. Lacerna CIE Coordinator o1 The Living Rosary in full color
o2Angelica Roma offering flowers o3 Elementary & High School choirs serenade with Marian songs
An integral part of the life and existence of Veritas Parochial School is the fervent devo on to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. In fact, as part of the school’s spiritual forma on is the Marian Visita on held every Wednesday to begin the day’s ac vity. Yearly, in the month of October, we are blessed to have the image of the Mother of the Eucharist and Our Lady of Grace for a weeklong visit in our school. In thanksgiving for Our Lady’s un-
failing maternal protec on over the years, the en re VPS community commemorated this year with a Living Rosary and prayed together on October 26, 2011 inside the Resurrec on of Our Lord Parish. Seventy selected pupils and students from Grade 3 to Year IV made up the human rosary. The solemn prayer of the rosary was made more significant through the rendi on of Marian songs by the combined eﬀort of the VPS Chorale and Children’s
Roses for the World” 2011 to 2012, a pledge to pray one rosary for one na on each day. The objec ves of the prayer-event are: to unite the VPS Community in prayer and thanksgiving, to be one in praying for peace for our na on and the whole world, and to deepen the devo on to the Blessed Virgin Mary through the communal praying of the rosary. “Hail Mary, full of grace!” Like Mary, the Veritas school community is imbued with unending grace because of its belief that “the Lord is with Us”. All Veritans manifest its convicon by its wholehearted support and par cipa on in praying the rosary throughout the year for peace in our school, our na on, and the whole world.
Choir headed by Sir Julius and Sir Victor with the dance interpreta on of Ysabela Ysmael to end the Five Glorious Mysteries. The ceremony ended with an oﬀering of red roses, a sign of fervent love to Mary, of each human bead in the rosary accompanied by VPS Drum & Lyre. This year’s theme of the VPS Corps The Living Rosary was based on the Theme: “A Million
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o4 Sophia Tiong prays the rosary
o5 Pia and her basket of flowers for Mama Mary o6 Chona gets ready to offer her roses o7 Ms Bobie and Ms Tina pay their respects o8 Leyton leads schoolmates in praying the rosary
photos by Aira Texon & Angel Salazar
DOPPSA LITERARY & MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA
VPS RULES DANCESPORT, SPEECH COMPETITIONS
Once again, Team Veritas brings home multiple medals and trophies from the Diocese of Paranaque Parochial Schools Association’s (DOPPSA) annual Literary and Musical Extravaganza. The dancing pairs, Mojah Galit / Jay-R Allera, and Precious Grace Reonisto / Miguel Lacupanto swept the dancesport competitions, winning golds in their respective events. Mojah Galit was also named champion of the English extemporaneous speaking contest, while Precious Reonisto grabbed 2nd place in the Filipino division. 4th grader Lester Buitizon took second place in the Filipino declamation contest, while Katherine Arzadon was awarded third in the English declamation category. Veritas also fielded talented Veritans in the elementary street dance contest, the vocal solo and vocal duet for grade school and high school. “As one of the participants, I am very happy that the whole school community supported us, especially our parents and guardians who were cheering for us during the performance.Though [our dance team] lost, we would be always in the memories and in the heart of every Veritan”, says Andrei Go, a fourth grader who was part of the elementary dance club managed by Mr. Marvin Geraneo. Coaches Julius Sangalang (music), Charline Villaceran, Jenny Olazo (speech contests) and Student Activity Coordinator Fernando Lapira accompanied the team.
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o1 Mojah & Jay-R doing the Jive o2 o3 Cheska & Dorothy groove to the music o4 Precious Grace and Miguel do the tango o5 Charyjoy & Jouvann’s duet o6 Hannah & Macky sing a duet from Miss Saigon o7Kathleen receives her award from Fr. Rosello o8 Lester is congratulated by Fr Rosello o9 Julia, grade school soloist o10 Michelle, high school soloist
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The Veritas Immersion Program (VIP), now on its second year under the leadership of Chris an Living teacher Mr. George Jimenez, has extended its scope this school year with the launching of J.E.T.S., or Joint Eﬀort Towards Stewardship. The VIP-JETS ‘ aim is to unite the school, the barangay (BF Homes) and the Parish of the Resurrecon of Our Lord (ROLP) as one towards helping out the less fortunate members of the community. Students have thus far par cipated ac vely in the program by dona ng books to Barangay BF Homes’ day care centers and schools, hos ng the World Food Day feeding of Ipil and Clinic sites children a er catechesis, and sponsoring a hygiene-educa on day for the children of Barangay BF’s day care center. Other high school teams have beefed up their funds by baking and selling cupcakes and selling ckets for quarterly film showing. It all started with the success of last year’s Immersion program. It was held in five diﬀerent places (The Haven for Ba ered Women, The Haven for Ba ered Children, among others).
CHRONICLES OF THE VERITAS IMMERSION PROGRAM
The students who visited the venues were mostly seniors who brought goods and prepared entertainment numbers for young and old alike. Upon Principal Mille e Espiritu’s encouragement, Mr Jimenez formed a team of teachers to oversee the various projects that VIP-JETS will be undertaking this school year, and the next years to come. Mr Jimenez sought the help of Barangay Secretary Josel Gaston, and together, they conceptualized the core of the program and the ac vi es that followed. Some
Wor l d Fo o d Day: The Fun of Fe e d i n g Others Andrea Yares
The St. Lorenzo Ruiz students, are so glad and thankful for the success of our feeding program, which was held on October 16, 2011 (Sunday) at IPIL Site, BF Homes. Many of us were really nervous at first because there were so many of them, and because it was our first time to have a project outside the school that involves helping out our fellow Filipinos, especially those children who attend our parish’s catechism classes. When we saw the faces of those hopeful children, our
Madeleine Jewel B. Maog
hearts were enlightened and we began to have hope too. HOPE certainly guided us through the program. After we introduced ourselves, as part of the program, we had our first ice breaker, which is the ‘Balay’ Dance. In this ice breaker every group shall have two representatives to dance the ‘Balay’ Dance. The pair who will dance best will receive a prize (bag of candies). They all danced well and gave so much effort so we decided to give all the representatives their prizes. The next ice breaker we had was The Boat is Sinking. If this is a story, I think this will be our climax. In other words this is the funniest and the most enjoyable game we had. contd. on p. 17
VESPA oﬃcers have also joined in the planning sessions, and plans are shaping up for future fund-raising projects and more opportuni es to serve the “last, the least, and the lost.” “I have no expecta ons,” says Mr .George Jimenez, now the coordinator for the VIP program. He believes that this whole idea came from God. There are no expecta ons because he doesn’t want to own it; he only invites the people to join in God’s plan. In fact, in his prayers, he acknowledges that God is the owner of the project and that everything may go according to His plan.
URBAN GARDENING: An Opportunity for Stewardship Wikipedia defines stewardship as “an ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources. The concept has been applied in diverse realms, including with respect to environment, economics, health, property, information, and religion, and is linked to the concept of sustainability.” History tells us that stewardship initially pertained to the responsibility given to household servants in bringing food and drinks which was later on expanded to indicate a household employee’s responsibility for managing domestic affairs. Later on, the meaning further expanded to the responsibility of taking care of passengers’ domestic needs on public means of transport such as ships, trains or airplanes, and even the management of
Ms. June B. Maog Science Coordinator
Photo taken by Ms June Maog at Kahariam Organic Farm in Ibaan, Batangas
services extended to diners in a restaurant. Nowadays, stewardship is more generally defined as the responsibility to take care of something that belongs to someone else. Someone who performs this responsibility is known as a steward. As a Catholic institution, VPS has the responsibility to mold young people to be Christ-like individuals who offer unconditional service for others. Under the Veritas Immersion Program, students are given the chance
to go out of their comfort zones and reach out to others and help out in their own little way through outreach programs. One such project is the Urban Gardening Project. For the longest time, VPS has been dreaming of an alternative classroom via a school garden where pupils and students get to experience nature first hand. This dream has been realized with the turn-over of the empty lot behind the ROLP Adoration Chapel by the former school director, Monsi Mario, to the Science and LE Departments this October during the Institutional Planning. Monsi Mario has already started a garden on the area and it is now the responsibility of the students to maintain it and propagate more plants. Last Nov. 9, the Eco-Valiants Club with the special participation of Ms. contd. on p. 17
HIGH SCHOOLERS EXPLORE FUTURE CAREERS This year, the Guidance Department headed by Ms. Lourdes Lacupanto, hosted a series of career talks for high schoolers. This is called “The Career Exploration Program”. For the graduating students, the Seniors, the guidance department invited representatives from colleges and universities to conduct career talks and overviews of courses. These schools are MAPUA, TIP, Manila Tytana Colleges, Adamson University, University of Perpetual Help, Colegio De San Juan De Letran, University of the East, De LaSalle Health Sciences, Emilio Aguinaldo College and Informatics. During the career talks of these schools, the seniors participated well, amazed when some of these schools prepared a video presentation about their program offerings, as well their facilities, and they even prepared some questions and
story by Myca Alexandra C. Aguilar photos by Ms. Lely Galura
gave freebies for the seniors seniors. The Guidance Department also invited guest speakers for the career guidance program for undergraduates. The Seniors were mainstays of these programs. The Freshmen and Seniors were the ones who were given a chance to have a career talk conducted by Mr. Richard Gosengfiao of Guidance NGO. He conducted a career talk on choosing the
right i ht schools h l for f the th desired d i d programs of the students. He also explained how can they find the best school and how can they be assured if that is the best school for their desired courses. He also opened the eyes of the students on the current and future cost of college education, and that preparation and right decision-making are key to successful college life and future careers.
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o1 Career Talk by UE Rep o2 Guidance & Career Guru Ms Dess Lacupanto o3 & 4 “Choices” Talk to Year I o5 “Show Me The Money” slide o6 Thea H mulls over her future o7Year II & IV listen intently o8 Mr. Bengco of Colayco Foundation with VESPA officers o9Mr Bengco talks about financial literacy o10 UE materials distributed to Seniors o11 Seniors serious about their career o12 Jolo Ito asks a question o13Precious answers a question o14 Mr Bengco interviews Junior Nicky Baillo
For F the th JJuniors i and Seniors, there was a highly motivational talk by Mr. Armand Bengco of Colayco Foundation. Also known as “The Money Man” , Mr Bengco taught the students how to save money at an early age and he also taught the students on how to set their priorities in life. Finally, the Seniors were joined by the Sophomores as they listened to Mr. Christian R.
Esteban, a young filmmaker with vast experiences in media communications. He talked about filmmaking, the film industry, and he also shared his experiences while he was studying in America. He also facilitated a lively acting and directing workshop which brought out the students’ hidden talents. He made the students realize that in choosing the right programs or courses they should think twice and they should make sure that they truly want their desired programs. With Veritas’ excellent career guidance programs, students are able to explore endless possibilities, wisely narrow down their options, and develop in themselves the discipline of studying hard and preparing for their future.
BECOMING A YOUTH LEADER Mojah Shanel Zsahara Nekazyawieh Galit Leaders aren’t born; they choose and are made to be leaders. Interactors, Rotaractors and young leaders of the District 3830 gathered together last November 11-13, 2011 at the RYLA Camp, sponsored by the host Rotary Clubs. The RYLA camp was held at the Caliraya Resort in Lumban, Laguna. VPS Interact President Jeremy Revereza and Mojah Shanel Zsahara Nekazyawieh Galit, Service Committee Director, were very privileged to have gone to this picturesque resort and event. Mojah Galit recalls her mixed feelings about the event: “ We were briefed on what was to be done and given room assignments with people I didn’t know at all (which made it more nerve-wrecking). I stuck to my companion Jeremy, out of fear of not blending in with the others who came. But upon going to my room and meeting my roommates, I thought it’s not so bad after all. Everyone at the RYLA Camp, though from different walks of life, was all very welcoming and nice to me. They all really treated me as if they are my ate’s and kuya’s (being older than me) and it was very heartwarming. “ The first session on Friday afternoon was conducted by My Masterpiece Movement. They were very innovative by using the arts to lecture us on leadership and communication skills. It was very effective and everyone learned so much from Teacher Anna, Teacher Kara, Teacher Heather, Teacher Nika and Teacher Erika. “I personally discovered so much about myself and learned so much more on how to effectively communicate. Our session ended with a Drum Circle, which was a very different but fun activity. Everyone had dinner after and were given time to use the facilities of the resort freely. It was definitely a
REVEREZA, GALIT & VICARIO REPRESENT VPS-INTERACT IN ROTARY’S ICON Mojah Shanel Zsahara Nekazyawieh Galit
In celebration of World Interact Week, Interactors of District 3830 of the Rotary Club gathered together at the ICON, (Interact Conference) at the Citimotors Auditorium last November 5, 2011. The delegates from Veritas Parochial School were Interact Club President and District Interact Club Treasurer Jeremy Revereza, Interact Service Director Mojah Galit and Interact International Relations Director Joanne Vicario together with Interact Club Moderator Sir Fernando Lapira. It was a very fruitful afternoon with seminars on leadership, the 4-way test and A Million Smiles a Day Campaign given by Rotarians and performances given by Interactors. Everyone who attended also won raffle prizes, thanks to the generosity of the Rotarians.
FUN, ADVENTUROUS afternoon where everyone got to BOND”, says Mojah. On Saturday morning, the delegates received a visit from our District Governor, Gen. Billy Villareal. The second session was conducted by Rotaractors Kuya Menen, Ate Cathy and Ate Camille. The SIGE (Seminar on Integrated Group Empowerment) taught the participants how to be team players, what are needed in a group for it to function, how to lead groups and how to communicate ion groups. It was very exciting since we also had fun and games which also taught us life lessons. At the end of the session, 57 delegates who did not know each other at all at first, gave a hug and a handshake to everyone else like one BIG RYLA FAMILY. The sessions might have been finished, but the fun was not over. Fellowship night by the bonfire was filled with fun and prizes! At the cheering competition, everyone gave it their all and really enjoyed performing (not competing ). The Chu-Chu Dora team won first prize. The FAB Group won 2nd prize and the Aligaga group and Innovative Group won prizes anyway. No one left the Fellowship night empty-handed since every single person won at least one raffle prize, thanks to the generosity of the Rotarians. “This experience was very different for me. It was not my typical seminar. It was a camp that brought a new family together, a new network of people who inspired one another and a new community that’s all bound to change the world”, concludes Mojah, who is already planning to replicate her experience to her schoolmates in 2012 as an SEB-Interact project.
A MILLION SMILES A DAY MAKES THE WORLD OK! Mojah Shanel Zsahara Nekazyawieh Galit
The Interact Club of VPS sponsored by Rotary Club of ParanaqueMetro launched its newest project, the A Million Smiles a Day Project in commemoration of the Rotary International A Million Smiles a Day campaign. Greeters are assigned along the corridors to put smiles on the Veritan faces early in the morning. But this project is not just about literally making people smile. A smile is a good deed one can do to make the lives of others easier (e.g. carrying your little schoolmates’ bags). Interactors believe that to make a million smiles a day will make the world a better and an easier place to live in. In partnership with the Guidance Department’s OK! Campaign, VPS Interactors, as students in a Parochial School and as the youth of today, aim to develop in each and every Veritan SERVICE ABOVE SELF and the virtue of being a blessing everyday.
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DELEGATES SHINE IN VERITAS MODEL UNITED NATIONS Patricia Joyce O. Belza
On its second year, the Veritas Model United Nations (VMUN) spearheaded by Secretary General and VPS alumnus Vincent Naval (2007) has opened its doors to more high school students, and training sessions, or “boot camps” have become extensive and impressive. “It’s not your typical debate class where you can easily say your opinions. Let’s say, VMUN has more class to begin with since you need both time and preparation if you have to answer in a caucus or defend your stand
in the debate itself”, says one delegate. Supervised by Ms Maricon Emperado, High School Academic Coordinator, Ms. Teresita Suzara, Social Studies Coordinator, and the high school SS and English teachers, this year’s VMUN explores the world further, given the challenges of globalization and the problems and issues faced by the world’s diverse countries. In VMUN, delegates familiarize themselves with the procedures that actually happen in United Nations assemblies. The par-
ticipants of this VMUN had experienced a 3-Saturday boot camp where they had been trained in the ‘ways of the MUN’. Participants gained not only additional knowledge and/or experience but also new friends and mentors. The VMUN’s activities do not solely circulate in debates, as Mr. Naval had provided enjoyable quizzes and games that developed the participants’ interpersonal relationship skills as well. There is also a strict dress code--business attire-to make the proceedings
truly formal and serious. The participants fervently participated in the VMUN not only in school but also at home, with the gift of technology, because of their occasional online simulations that not only practiced their fast typing skills but also their knack of suggesting their opinions and giving out motions of order. VMUN’s practices is just like what the UN does so it gives a new light for the participants in how to answer formally in a political debate since the participants have to first recog-
nize their Chair, a person who passes motions. This exercise develops diplomacy, something that students can practice in real life especially in situations of conflict. The VMUN culminated in a whole-day assembly, and in the end, Mr Naval and his staff gave out awards to delegates who demonstrated exceptional diplomatic, research, and communication skills, and who--over-all--best embodied the principles of the United Nations.
to others, in word and deed, the Guidance Department headed by its Coordinator, Ms. Lourdes Lacupanto, has formed a panel that will review all nominations for the Kindest
Veritan. The top awards will be given in November in celebration of World Kindness Day. The second wave will begin in December, and concluded in February during the school’s Foundation Day.
THE SEARCH FOR “THE KINDEST VERITAN” Mojah Galit IS ON In a world full of chaos, hatred and politics, all Veritans and officers of the Guidance Department wish that all Veritans imbibe the love of life and of one another through acts of kindness and respect. Operation Kindness is seen as the first step to fighting BULLYING, which causes many problems worldwide especially among young students.
Every month, Veritans, including teachers and staff, nominate their classmate or student who did acts of kindness to them. Examples of such acts of kindness reported by students and teachers are: helping classmates understand the lesson,
helping carry someone’s things, fixing chairs, books and other things, sharing baon, and others. In recognition of students who have shown kindness
7 As this feature article g o e s t o p r e s s, t h e technolog y represented in the photos will have surely been upgraded. I n t o d a y ’s Ve r i t a s c l a s s r o o m s, i t ’s n o t h o w f a s t w e ke e p p a c e w i t h t e c h n o l o g y ; i t ’s how smartly we use it to help teachers teach better and students lear n more.
[ ] Mr Gerzon Mascarinas has just finished explaining the process of changing improper fractions to mixed numbers to his fourth grade class. One student wanted to clarify something--a step in the process that was discussed midway through the lesson. Sir Gerzon simply clicked back to the slide in question, and, red marker in hand, he deftly and patiently showed the student how it was done--again. After a few more Q & A’s, class was over. A typical day for 6-year Veritas Math teacher Sir Gerzon. Much has been said, announced, explained and illustrated about Veritas’ brave, bold step into classroom interactive and multimedia technology. Now on its third year in operation, high school classrooms light up with teachers’ engaging videos and students’ creative multimedia reports. In school year 2009-2010, the Ve r i t a s School Parents Association (VESPA) acquired for the school what was then the cutting-edge mimio interactive bar, which made use of infrared technology to make lessons jump out of the whiteboard and into the students’ imaginations. Believing in the boundless potential of this technology tool, the next VESPA set of officers raised funds to outfit ALL elementary classrooms with interactive whiteboards. Currently, 6 such whiteboards (or UPICs) have been deployed to the grade school department, and the school has responded by installing LCD projectors in every classroom, and providing teachers--through a budget-friendly loan program--laptops to match the UPICs. The results may be slow in coming, but the potential continues to grow, as teachers report that students are more engaged in the learning
by Ms. Mellissa R. Espiritu Principal
process. Miss Andrea Jarani, Science teacher, recalls how her fifth grade pupils thoroughly enjoyed one such technology-aided class. I have used it myself as moderator of the religious organization St. Isidore’s Friends of the Internet. The eleven members of my org would always fall all over themselves, wanting to use the stylus as we navigated websites like EWTN for Kids and freerice.com. One parent even said that her daughter couldn’t wait for Thursdays because that was their org day. At the very least, if technology excites students to attend classes, then it is successful. Of course, we know that today’s most awesome technology could be tomorrow’s hasbeen. That is why we don’t just jump on the bandwagon and proclaim that Brand S or Brand A is the next big thing that we should purchase. Textbooks are NOT in danger of extinction, and good old-fashioned writing with pen/pencil and paper is STILL the preferred method of learning transfer and retention. But the school is also very open to cloud computing and online collaboration, simply because this is now the language of global industries. contd. on p. 17
a special feature on family life by krisha pabalan
BIG HAPPY FAMILIES The Casao Family
Way back 2003, you rolled on the floor laughing to Steve Mar n and Bonnie Hunt’s Cheaper by the Dozen. It is a funny, quirky story about how parents handle family situaons when you have one big family. Well let’s do Cheaper by the Dozen Veritan style. The Casaos, Ipsiocos, Mendozas and Hopkins are the big happy families of Veritas. Having many children in a family is quite unique nowadays and you must be wondering how they cope with their daily acvi es. I was very fortunate to be able to spend me with them and ask them few quesons I think you are excited to know.
They may be different, but they have one thing in common:
So here’s what each family had to say while we are taking their family pictures:
G o d i s t h e c e n t e r o f t h e i r f a m i l y.
3. How do you spend/celebrate your holidays together? Do you have any “Special TradiƟons”?
1. Was it hard for you being a big family? Why or Why Not?
I’m most proud of, especially when they’re studying well and keeping their grades up. Other than that I want to see them happy in what they’re doing and seeing them achieve in what they want to achieve. And also every weekend we do things together. The kids and I either go outside of the house and go to malls, a end holy mass and other places we spend me together and have a great me.”
The Casao Family Said: “Maybe it is hard being a big family, because as we know it our country is experiencing a lot of problems today. Just like in any ordinary family, we all experience the same financial problems. We try to explain to the kids as simple as we can on what we are facing at the present me, which it is hard to have a big family when it comes to financial ma ers. But then again, who would compare it to the feeling of happiness when you see them play, their bonding, telling stories of what happened during the day and telling jokes at the same me before going to sleep. That is for us parents the best feeling in world.” The Ipsioco Family: “For us we would say no, because we really understand each other. We don’t really have much trouble in being a family; even though we stay at our grandparent’s house we pre y much care for each single day of our lives. And for the children I don’t see them struggling with anything so I guess it isn’t hard for us living together.” The Hopkins Family: “Well there are mes when we have trouble in raising them up and mes when we don’t feel like its bringing us down as a family. During the mes we raise our kids it was
children were born; when we found out that we were going to be parents, as a mom I was an cipa ng it because when I got my first child I was already 27 and I was ready to have children, having already experienced enough freedom and ready to enter the parenthood life. Seeing our children grow up, it seemed like yesterday that we first found out that I was pregnant and we both agree that as parents we are very proud to have watched our kids grow up to be what they are now.”
The Hopkins Family:
The Ipsioco Family a hand d full but as me goes by you see them all growing up, maturing and some of the childish acts are fading it gets easier. As one big family we are blessed to have each other by our sides.” The Mendoza Family: “If we say no, that would be a lie because of course there are troubles in life that makes life hard but if you asked whether we accepted that life, we have now accepted it… before I would’ve said no, but as life goes on I’m star ng to accept it. We have a lot of problems in our family but because of those problems we’ve become who we are now, be er persons. We are not perfect but that is what makes life worth living, living and learning to
accept everyone for who they are and what they are no matter what.” 2. What was the proudest moment for you as a parent? The Casao Family: “Seeing our kids achieve their goals in everyday life. Seeing your kids growing up, carrying with them the values you have taught them and seeing them valuing the family they have. They may have arguments and fights but in the end you can s ll see their love and bonding with one another.” The Ipsioco Family: “Well being with them is one of the things we like to do. Of course there are li le things
“First of all I want to say that I’ m very blessed in having my wife and my five children with me, and I’ am very proud for that they are always by my side. For us we are already proud of our kids in what they do. Seeing them healthy and ac ve almost every day gives a sign that there doing well on their own. Plus watching them achieve their goals on their own when they’re in school is very heartwarming, to see them happy when they’ve done their very best. Especially when they were able to adapt easily and learn the Philippine language and its rich cultures since we transferred here from England. This was really one of the most proud moments for me. “ The Mendoza Family: “We will be very proud when they have graduated and become successful, generous, kind hearted, God-fearing children of ours and parents to their children. Our proudest moments were when our
The Casao Family Said: “We also celebrate holidays just like any other families do. We make sure that everyone is there. We spend it together, even if there is one important ma er that needs to be personally handled. We s ll see to it that we all have me to spend it altogether.” The Ipsioco Family: “We just normally have a feast at home and celebrate as a family, nothing special at all. It may be simple but s ll we spend it together happily.” The Hopkins Family: “Actually we have, especially when it comes to celebra ng Christmas. Since my family is half Pinoy and half English so we prac cally have two kinds of tradi ons when we spend Christmas together. In the Philippines you celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December while back in England we celebrate Christmas on the 24th. And mostly when it comes to the food we usually have mixed food all together, like we would have Turkey during the feast and others as well. In other holidays such as occasionally Birthdays we would just throw out a birthday bash normally as people do to celebrate their special day. And that’s pre y much it. “ The Mendoza Family: “Nothing special, our holidays are usually spent with our rela ves either on my mom or dad’s side. We are a religious family so when there are fiestas related to the church we a end them. We have a lot of rela ves so when we have a
9 FEATURE reunion it’s like a gathering of a whole Barangay. My dad has 10 siblings while my mom has 11.”
me they don’t get to give it to him that much. He’s adorable and mischievous but he’s s ll loved by all.
4. Describe the personaliƟes of each family member.
Julianne, the second to the youngest, is a bookworm. She has an independent personality; when she’s made up her mind or she’s lazy or believes she knows she’s right, she’ll s ck to her word. She has a high pride but when she’s in a good mood and becomes real nice you wouldn’t have even guessed that it was the stubborn girl you met or know. She’s full of surprises and she’s the wisest among the 4 and has a deep and a large amount of spiritual energy within her. She matured early but acts mighty like her brother.
The Casao Family: “We do everything (daily acvi es) together. We have different characteris cs or traits. Some are crea ve, some likes to read a lot and others like to play the Sony PSP but some of them are pa ent, obedient, one cries a lot, industrious and helpful. They are some mes mischievous, but s ll they get along and just be fine. “ The Ipsioco Family: “In the family we have Gio the eldest among the siblings he is the shy type of person but friendly, loves to play a lot of games and he is a very good follower. Pat is the second eldest among them, she loves to sing and is a part of VPS Choir, she’s very helpful in the house, and one of the best talents she has is when she oﬀers us for her special massage. Pia the third child who really loves to eat mostly but she’s the type who is always concerned; From me to me she would ask if anyone of us has eaten, or asking if we were okay and stuﬀ like that. She’s a real good kid. And lastly Gale the youngest among the 4, she’s the most talka ve one in the family, she has many friends, plus she is one of the most ac ve in class and loves to recite during lectures.”
Jamarie, the second to the eldest, is quiet, shy and doesn’t easily trust people. When you haven’t go en her trust she’s real stubborn, and won’t talk at all. She has a beau ful voice
and has talents that she’s too shy to share. She’s the kindest and most forgiving. She may be annoying but her generosity can pass all that annoyance. She’s real strong both emo onally and physically; she’s been pressured a lot but she s ll sustains that bright and cocky aura of hers. And if you’re ea ng in an all-youcan-eat-restaurant you won’t regret her ea ng with you. Dioanna, she’s the eldest, and if our other children are stubborn and lazy she’s doubled that, but she is quite producve and resourceful when she’s in the mood. She has matured dras cally compared to when she started high school, she was okay in grade school, but when she entered high school she rebelled a lot but we’re grateful that she’s changed to who she is now but she’s s ll lazy and quite stubborn. She is not very affec onate to her younger sib-
lings but during mes of crisis she is a bridge over troubled waters.” 5. If given another chance to choose another family would you change it? Why or why not? The Casao Family: “Families although are wellplanned, some mes we tend to move in diﬀerent paths. As for ours, we accept what we have since we also believe that God has plans for us and that God has given this family. So no, we wouldn’t change any of it. It’s one big happy family. “ The Ipsioco Family: “To be honest there is nothing really to change us as a family. We are very happy just the way we are.” The Hopkins Family: “No, I really wouldn’t change
The Hopkins Family
The Mendoza Family: “No, we wouldn’t want to change our family; even though there are a lot of problems we believe that it is part of life. We are grateful for them but not overjoyed by their occurrences in our life. Grateful because those obstacles help our family bonds become stronger but because they’re problems they make our family uneasy and awkward among each other that is why we strive to have a happy, frui ul and fun life. We also keep in mind that the Lord does not give us troubles that we cannot resolve and that in these problems God wants to show u us something, if we reflect on it deeper we’ll find the answer w when we work together. We sshould not give up because a ffamily is all about teamwork, u unity, care and love. Even aftter death and if I get a chance tto live again I’ll choose to have tthis family, always. It’s beccause we have acknowledged eeach and every good and bad sside of each other and also beccause we love one another.”
The Hopkins Family: “Here in our family we are just a loving, beau ful and a simple family. We could say that the kids have diﬀerent characteris cs or traits. Elianne our eldest daughter who loves to sing a lot, Jian the second eldest who loves to watch a lot of football games and plays a lot of video games, Kyra the girl who loves to sing and dance and to perform, while Angelo and Gadiel loves to play but some mes they can be a bit naughty but aside from their personali es I would say from what I see from them is that they are very special to me.”
anything, not even the niest detail about my family; we are just a perfect family. Our family has been through ups and downs but we s ll are united with love as a whole. Plus we make each other very happy so there’s no point in changing anyone in the family.”
“It is hard to have a big family when it comes to financial matters. But then again, who would compare it to the feeling of happiness when you see them play, their bonding , telling stories of what happened during the day and telling jokes at the same time before going to sleep? That is for us parents the best feeling in world.”
Having to spend me with H o featured families, I realour iz that they are so blessed ized in many ways. Even if they do struggle with their daily acvi es, they are all contented on how their kids are growing up well and how Veritas helps mold them to be Christ-like bearers of truth. Aside from talking about being a happy family they also said that they are so blessed in having one another. There is just one common denominator for all of our big families: God is the center of their family. We all believe that when a family prays together, they really do stay together.
The Mendoza Family: “Jens, he’s the youngest, he is always full of energy except when he’s sleeping, well some mes he moves a lot when he sleeps. He is a bright kid; you’ll understand what we mean when you talk to him. When he talks it’s like he’s migh er than everyone, like a stubborn spoiled prince. But he is a kind kid who only wants a en on, but because his sisters are busy most of the
The Mendoza Family
The Casao, Hopkins, Ipsioco and Mendoza families are the “Baker” families of Veritas and I can assure you that these families are very unique and very special in so many ways. They may have diﬀerences, but they are very similar in one thing; They all belong to One Big Happy Family, and that’s the Veritas family!
F E A T U R E 12 Veritas is proud of its Alumni not only for their academic achievements, but also for their continuous development as “dynamic bearers of truth and valiant advocates of social tranformation.” As they tread different paths and pursue different careers, they continue to be true Veritans at heart. Here are some of their stories. Paolo Q. Bernardo
Jaime MarƟn P. Candelaria
The Veritas Wire Editor-in-Chief 2007-2008 3rd Year BS Management Engineering Ateneo de Manila University answering it may feel a li le too awkward. Don’t kill me if I admit I feel uneasy when saying I’m a Veritan—I can’t help it some mes, not that I am discrimina ng Veritas in any way, but because of reac ons I might receive which turn out to be rather predictable. My advice to Veritan high school grads? When you enter college (unless it’s near), don’t expect anyone—as in anyone—you’ve seen for the first me to give even the slightest recogni on for Veritas (save for a few Manresans or students from other DOPPSA schools).
“Veritas Parochial School,” I answer. “Ahh, Sa’n ‘yun?” is the usual reply. A surge of relief fills me when upon men oning it’s in Parañaque, I begin to hear more enlightened ‘Ahh’s. Perhaps, the reason why the cultured and cerebral flock consis ng of Xavierians, Povedans, ICAns, Paulinians, La Sallians (Zobel or Greenhills), Ateneans (high school), students from St. Jude Catholic School, Chiang Kai Shek, Philippine Science “Pisay” High School and what-not can answer the ever trivial ques on “What high school did you come from?” with much pride and convic on is that there is a whole bunch of them here in the Ateneo. The number of students high schools are able to send to the country’s top universi es surely says a lot about them academically. But for one who happens to be the only one (or one of two to be precise) from his alma mater in the en re university,
Veritas has miles, perhaps even light-years, to go before it can iden fy itself to be among the ranks of Xavier School, St. Paul’s College, Ateneo High School, Poveda, various science high schools and more, both private and public. Veritas is a small school—literally and figura vely. That’s given. For a Veritan, entering college may feel a li le too overwhelming, like being transferred from the safe confines of the aquarium to the limitless depths of the sea. ‘Major, major’, as Venus Raj puts it. I have been asked what high school I came from many mes already. Once, I have thought (have been tempted?) of saying I’m from Ateneo High School (like what others thought, too). Just for fun. They wouldn’t really know—I certainly could pass the look, the stance, the aura, and the vibe of an ‘Ateneo boy’ anyway. I entertain the thought merrily, imagining how people could
possibly react—surely diﬀerent from the way they’d react &upon hearing an unfamiliar answer. But wait. Pause. What am I thinking? That would be so unbecoming of me. Coming back to my senses, I hear a voice me saying, “No. I am a Veritan”. Doing so might be the greatest form of disloyalty I could do for my alma mater. It would feel like bi ng the hand that fed me for 12 long, nourishing years. I wouldn’t dare. I o en think how I really wished I could have gone to a bigger, more popular, more competent school. I know and I’m very certain my batchmates are thinking just the same. I imagine life seldom, if not never, having to feel inferior among others, of most likely dealing with college with more ease, or simply being more intellectually prepared for the rigors of college life. But then I’m not ingrate—my Veritan blood infuses in me a deep sense of utang na loob. It was Veritas that gave me the skill, the capacity, the competence to conquer the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET), and the x-factor, so to speak, in surviving what is labeled as the Ateneo’s most diﬃcult course. It was Veritas that gave me 12 memorable years of youth, 10 shiny medals in our gradua on ceremonies, the irreplaceable joys of a high school student, the hardships and rewards of being the constant leader, and life’s invaluable lessons as embodied by the most selfless educators in the world. It was Veritas that brought forth the person I am today. It was that small, impercep ble corner of the world that inculcated in me the valiant a tude to always go for big things in life. If there’s one thing in me that is truly Veritan, then that would be the drive to never give up. So Veritan, when stepping into college somebody asks you
Veritas Valedictorian 2006-2007 AB Political Science 2011 University of the Philippines-Diliman U.P. College of Law Freshman
U.P.,U.P., & AWAY!
Most people know UP because of one thing: guys running buck-naked on campus (the Obla on Run). Contrary to popular opinion, not everyone who goes to UP takes oﬀ his clothes— though I imagine that confirma on of entry into the country’s premier, na onal university would be enough to inspire a guy to run around, celebra ng without clothing, for a moment. No, only the members of a par cular fraternity perform the run as their tradi on. Most everyone in UP, a popula on of thousands, is not even part of a fraternity. It is unfortunate that thing most people generalize about UP really apply to a very small sector of its very diverse, liberal and intellectual popula on. I will tell you what UP is really like. Amidst its vast lands and sprawling trees lies a community that
is—in an almost eerie way—accurately reflec ve of Philippine society. Rich or poor, Chris an or Muslim, Filipino or Foreigner—all can be found here, each taking the challenge of gaining honor and intellectual excellence. Studying in UP gave me a good taste of the “real” world. The academic ins tu on had le me largely to my own devices—in gaining subjects (which we select and line up for), in passing subjects (some can truly be diﬃcult), even in gaining friends (it is a large community, and people’s schedules inherently vary extensively). A friend described this social challenge succinctly: “it is only in UP where you some mes have to eat alone.” Among all these diﬃcul es, however, it is also in UP where I found the best professors, the most beau ful
Confessions of a Cheerleader Ma. Janice Marcella J. Maglasang
Never in my life did I picture myself as a cheerleader in college, but that is who I’ve been my en re stay in De La Salle University-Manila. It has been a crazy rollercoaster ride because along with my very hec c schedule as a cheerleader, I was also balancing it with my academics, my other extra co-curriculars in school, freelance work, and not to men on, my personal life. Being a cheerleader in a UAAP school is synonymous with “busy as a bee”. You’d think it would be a piece of cake, just wear a short skirt, wave your pompoms and smile like a luna c, but 4 years into this sport, I’ve eaten my words so many mes. Not only are we expected to a end and cheer during UAAP games, we also perform during hal ime, compete in various compe ons, perform at all sorts of events, do charity work, guest on TV shows, all that and that doesn’t
even include training
I’ve always been an athlete, but training for volleyball and badminton didn’t prepare me for the intensity of collegiate level cheerleading. Our training schedule was roughly 6-10pm, including weekends. Every night I went home with new bruises on me, my unfortunate reward for learning new skills/ stunts for that day. It was, and s ll is painful, but that is the price you pay to be er yourself in any cra .
All-Girl line-up for NCC (Na onal Cheerleading Championship). Even if being a cheerleader ate up almost all of my me, I don’t regret any of my choices. Thanks to DLSU Animo Squad, hundreds of doors of opportuni es have been presented to me. Things I never even imagined I could experience before. I’ve been seen on TV a lot of mes, I’ve performed in the most exclusive of events, and my most favourite part? I was able to meet and perform with my idol, Gary V.
I spent my fair share of me working hard and improving Many wonder how I was able myself, and I am proud of where I to handle everything I had on my am now. I am now oﬃcially choreoplate, and s ll keep my sanity intact graphing for my squad, I do all of along with my social and personal the squad’s oﬃcial video releases life, especially since my for media concerning course is Communica on Veritas’ Best in Co-Curricular Devt 2006-2007 our events and best of Arts, which entails that AB CommunicaƟon Arts 2011 all, I’m now captain of I constantly do producDe La Salle University the DLSU Animo Squad’s on work. Even in DLSU-
Manila, not everyone can do what I can do, so I am given more workload than others normally have. Others may find my life very hec c and such a hassle, but I’ve learned and understood the best secret there is out there. All you have to do to be able to survive anything, no ma er how diﬃcult it is to manage, is to love what you are doing. If you are passionate about something, no ma er how much work there is to be done, you’ll always find a way to not only finish your workload but ensure that they are of good quality. So no ma er what you choose to do in college, make sure that your heart is in it. With a truckload of determina on, a dash of bravado, a hint of pa ence, a huge heart, and not to men on, surrounding yourself with the best support team, nothing can ever stop you from succeeding in doing what you want to do. Remember that, and you will be unstoppable.
13 F E A T U R E students in their school colors waving banners, balloons, and signs all ƉƌĂŝƐŝŶŐ ĂŶĚ ƐŚŽǁŝŶŐ ƚŚĞŝƌ E/DK ƐƉŝƌŝƚ ĂůŽŶŐ dĂŌ ǀĞŶƵĞ ƚŽ ƉĂƐƐŝŶŐ vehicles and occasionally to the ridĞƌƐ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ >Zd͘ dŚŽƐĞ ǁŚŽ ƉĂƌƟĐŝƉĂƚĞĚ ŝŶ ƚŚĞ 'ƌĞĞŶ DŝůĞ ƉĞƌĨŽƌŵĞĚ ĂŶŽƚŚĞƌ&ůĂƐŚDŽďĂůŽŶŐdĂŌǀĞŶƵĞ while other students were preparing inside the campus.
Mark Chester Obligado sĞƌŝƚĂƐĂƚĐŚϮϬϬϯ
ŌĞƌ ƚŚĞ ŇĂƐŚ ŵŽď͕ Ă showcase of Lasallian talent was given by the DLSU Pep Squad, Innersoul, the Lasallian Dance Company showing their talent, followed by perforŵĂŶĐĞƐ ĨƌŽŵ ĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚ ůŽĐĂů ďĂŶĚƐ like Sandwhich and Kwjan.
One Blood! One Spirit! One La Salle! By Michelle Lojo ;/ŶƐĞƌƚƌĞĚĞŶƟĂůƐŚĞƌĞͿ
A lot of people have told me how blessed I am to be part of the Centennial year of La Salle. (Same can be said to my fellow Veritans who were part of the UST 400 years). I would have to agree because last :ƵŶĞϭϲǁĂƐũƵƐƚƚŚĞƟŵĞŽĨŵǇůŝĨĞ͘ June 16 marked the Centennial Year of De La Salle University which I am currently enrolled in as a ^WƐǇĐŚŽůŽŐǇŵĂũŽƌ͘/ƚǁĂƐƚŚĞĮƌƐƚ ĚĂǇŽĨĂǇĞĂƌůŽŶŐĐĞůĞďƌĂƟŽŶƚŚĂƚĂ hundred years ago, Lasallian Brothers arrived in the Philippines and esƚĂďůŝƐŚĞĚĂŶŝŶƐƟƚƵƟŽŶŽĨ>Ă^ĂůůĞ͘ The 13th of June marked ƚŚĞ ĮƌƐƚ ĚĂǇ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ĞŶƚĞŶŶŝĂů Ăzaar which Lasallians had so dubbed “taga-ubos ng pera”, which was very true. Anywhere you look, you would ĮŶĚ ƐŚŝƌƚƐ͕ ĂĐĐĞƐƐŽƌŝĞƐ͕ ůŽƚƐ ŽĨ ǀĂƌŝety of foods and a lot of Centennial memorabilia. The great thing about this bazaar was that it gave student entrepreneurs a very good business opportunity and I saw that most of the stalls were all student owned. >ĂƐƚ:ƵŶĞϭϱ͕ƚŚĞĮƌƐƚĐůĂƐƐ ƌĞůŝĐ ŽĨ ^ƚ͘ :ŽŚŶ ĂƉƟƐƚ Ğ >Ă ^ĂůůĞ ĂƌƌŝǀĞĚŝŶƚŚĞhŶŝǀĞƌƐŝƚǇ͘/ƚŝƐĂĮƌƐƚͲ class relic because it is part of the physical remains of St. La Salle himself. The 292 year old relic was sent ƚŽ ƚŚĞ WŚŝůŝƉƉŝŶĞƐ ĂƐ Ă ŐŝŌ ĨƌŽŵ ƚŚĞ Lasallian Generate in Rome to commemorate the DLSU Centennial celĞďƌĂƟŽŶĂŶĚǁŝůůƚŽƵƌĂůůƚŚĞ>Ă^ĂůůĞ schools in the country. Everyone was welcomed to venerate over them and on that day two masses were heard in honor of St. John’s relic. One the day itself, the ĐĞůĞďƌĂƟŽŶ ƐƚĂƌƚĞĚ ǀĞƌǇ ĞĂƌůǇ͘ ƚ around 5 a.m. on June 16, everyone ǁĂƐƉƌĞƉƉŝŶŐĨŽƌƚŚĞĮƌƐƚ&ůĂƐŚDŽď ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ĚĂǇ͘ ;&ůĂƐŚ DŽď ŝƐ Ă ƉƵďůŝĐ ĚŝƐƉůĂǇ ŽĨ ĞŶƚĞƌƚĂŝŶŵĞŶƚ͘Ϳ dŚĞ ŇĂƐŚ mob was a very big dance number to the song “Live It Up” the Lasallian Centennial Dance Anthem which feaƚƵƌĞƐ ƐŝŶŐĞƌƐ ĨƌŽŵ ƚŚĞ ŽƌŐĂŶŝǌĂƟŽŶ DLSU Innersoul. It’s one of the things
people would have seen if they were ƵƉ ĂůƌĞĂĚǇ ĂŶĚ ǁĂƚĐŚŝŶŐ 'D ϳ͛Ɛ Unang Hirit. Unang Hirit’s hosts Edu DĂŶǌĂŶŽ͕ ƌĞǁ ƌĞůůĂŶŽ ĂŶĚ >ǇŶ Ching-Pascual, who are also Lasallian ůƵŵŶŝƐ͕ǁĞƌĞŝŶĐĂŵƉƵƐƉƌŽŵŽƟŶŐ Lasallian achievements like the DLSU ^ŝŶĂŐǁŚŝĐŚŝƐƚŚĞĮƌƐƚĞǀĞƌƐŽůĂƌĐĂƌ in the Philippines. The next was the openŝŶŐDĂƐƐĨŽƌƚŚĞĐĞůĞďƌĂƟŽŶ͘DĂŶŝůĂ DĂǇŽƌ ůĨƌĞĚŽ >ŝŵ ǁĂƐ ƉƌĞƐĞŶƚ ŝŶ ƚŚĞĨĞƐƟǀŝƟĞƐĂƐǁĞůůĞƉĂƌƚŵĞŶƚŽĨ ĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ^ĞĐƌĞƚĂƌǇƌŽ͘ƌŵŝŶ>ƵŝƐƚro, who was the previous DLSU President. The mass was presided by His Eminence Gaudencio B. Cardinal RoƐĂůĞƐ͘͘ƌĐŚďŝƐŚŽƉŽĨDĂŶŝůĂ͘dŚĞ ŚŽŵŝůǇǁĂƐŐŝǀĞŶďǇDŽƐƚZĞǀĞƌĞŶĚ Luis Antonio G. Tagle, D.D. Bishop of Imus. Later during the mass, President Beningno Aquino III arrived and said how he was a bit scared in entering Lasalle territory, seeing as he was a Blue Eagle. Kidding aside, President Noynoy thanked the Lasallian Brothers for their undying love for the country and for their aid in Philippine ĞĚƵĐĂƟŽŶ͘ Then the countdown for the Centennial year was about. Roars of “TEN, NINE, EIGHT…’ could ďĞ ŚĞĂƌĚ ĂƐ ƚŚĞ ŽĸĐŝĂů ĞŶƚĞŶŶŝĂů countdown descendant to a zero. DLSU Innersoul started the CentenŶŝĂůzĞĂƌǁŝƚŚĂŵĂƐŚͲƵƉŽĨĚŝīĞƌĞŶƚ Lasallian songs. Everyone had a good lunch with the community salu-salo were anyone could get free food and a lot of sponsors gave away free ice cream and drinks. Lasallian stuĚĞŶƚƐ͕ƐƚĂīĂŶĚĞǀĞŶŽƵƚƐŝĚĞƌƐĂůŝŬĞ showed their Animo spirit by wearing the exact shade of green that we, Archers take pride in. DƵůƟƉůǇĞǀĞŶƚƐƚŚĞŶƐƚĂƌƚĞĚ͘dŚĞƉůĂŶƟŶŐŽĨƚŚĞϭ͕ϬϬϬ͕ϬϬϬƚŚ ƚƌĞĞ ĨŽƌ ƚŚĞ >^h ƉƌŽũĞĐƚ KŶĞ Dŝůlion trees and beyond was done inside the DLSU Campus grounds while ƉƌĞƉĂƌĂƟŽŶƐ ĨŽƌ ƚŚĞ 'ƌĞĞŶ DŝůĞ͕ Ă Lasallian Human Chain was going on. dŚĞ'ƌĞĞŶDŝůĞƐŚŽǁĐĂƐĞĚ>ĂƐĂůůŝĂŶ
ƚϳƉŵ͕ĨĂŶƐŽĨƚŚĞĞ>Ă Salle Youth Orchestra could listen to the students in their “Strings and ^ƚĂŶǌĂƐ͟ ƐŚŽǁ͘ tŚŝůĞ Ăƚ ϳ͗ϯϬ Ɖŵ͕ fans of Lasallian Alumni could go to the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium and watch the “Isang Daan: Sangandaan: The All-Star Lasallian Centennial Concert” which was directed by ZŽǁĞůů^ĂŶƟĂŐŽĂŶĚŚĞĂĚĞĚďǇ'ĂƌǇ Valenciano. On the other hand, students could rock out with the Animo Street Party featuring more local artists. By 10 pm, local band The Dawn rocked out for the students as well as giving us Lasallians brief but very inĨŽƌŵĂƟǀĞŚŝƐƚŽƌŝĐĂůĨĂĐƚƐĂďŽƵƚ>^h since the lead singer of The Dawn is also an Alumnus. As promised, by 10:30 pm, ƚŚĞ ĂǁŶ ĮŶŝƐŚĞĚ ƚŚĞŝƌ ƐŚŽǁ͕ ĂŶĚ ǁŝƚŚ ƚŚĞ ĐƌŽǁĚ ƐŚŽƵƟŶŐ Ăƚ ƚŚĞ ƚŽƉ of their lungs with one of the DLSU cheers, “Live It Up” played again and the pyromusical commenced. Green literally lit the sky up as Lasallians cheered the Centennial Year just beginning. ŌĞƌ ƚŚĞ ĮƌĞǁŽƌŬƐ͕ 'ĂƌǇ Valenciano and the rest of the ceůĞďƌŝƟĞƐĨƌŽŵƚŚĞ͞/ƐĂŶŐĂĂŶ͟ƐŚŽǁ came down to the Amphitheater and as Gary Valenciano puts it, the best way to end the night was by singing ŽƵƌůŵĂDĂƚĞƌĂƐůŽƵĚĂƐǁĞĐŽƵůĚ͕ ƚŚĂƚŶŽƚũƵƐƚŝŶDĂŶŝůĂŽƌ<ĂƟƉƵŶĂŶ will it be heard, but in the whole world. And I would have to say ƚŚĂƚ/ŚĂǀĞŶĞǀĞƌŚĞĂƌĚƚŚĞůŵĂDĂter Hymn sung that loud before. Live It Up played once again as students, ƚĞĂĐŚĞƌƐ͕ĂŶĚĂĚŵŝŶŝƐƚƌĂƚŽƌƐƉĂƌƟĞĚ the night away. dŚĞĮŶĂůĞǀĞŶƚǁĂƐŚĞůĚŽŶ Sunday, with a retelling of the story of the Lasallian brothers’ bravery during the Second World War. The ĂŶƚĂƚĂ͕ĞŶƟƚůĞĚ͞&ŝƌĞŝŶdŚĞ^ŽƵů͟ ǁĂƐ Ă ĐŽŵŵĞŵŽƌĂƟŽŶ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ƐĂĐƌŝĮĐĞ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ >ĂƐĂůůŝĂŶ ďƌŽƚŚĞƌƐ ǁŚŝůĞ housing war refugees. The play took place at the same exact place were ƚŚĞ ŵĂƐƐĂĐƌĞ ŽĐĐƵƌƌĞĚ͕ Ăƚ ƚŚĞ DŽƐƚ Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the St. La Salle building of the De La Salle University. I have already experienced a lot since I have studied in DLSU. I’ve ĞǆƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞĚŚĂǀŝŶŐĂĐůĂƐƐƟůůĂƌŽƵŶĚ ϳŝŶƚŚĞĞǀĞŶŝŶŐ͘/͛ǀĞĞǆƉĞƌŝĞŶĐĞĚĂůmost being stranded in school due to ŚŝŐŚŇŽŽĚƐ͘/͛ǀĞŵĞƚĂůŽƚŽĨŐŽǀĞƌŶŵĞŶƚŽĸĐŝĂůƐďĞĐĂƵƐĞŽĨďĞŝŶŐƉĂƌƚ of the Student Government, but being part of history, being part of the Centennial Year sure tops all of it. And to think, that was just ƚŚĞ ĮƌƐƚ ĚĂǇ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ĞŶƚĞŶŶŝĂů zĞĂƌ and there are more things to come that Lasallians are all excited for. But as of now, Happy Centennial, fellow Green Archers! EϭDK>^>>͊
This whole running thing: / ĚŽŶ͛ƚ ůŝŬĞ ŝƚ͘ / ĮŶĚ ŝƚ ďŽƌŝŶŐ͕ ŐŽing on foot for hours is kind of insane, and everything about it is absurd. Also, a lot of people asked me: “Why do you run?”, “Bakit ka takbo ng takbo? Pinapagod mo lang sarili mo eh”. Well, yeah...I agree that I’m ƟƌŝŶŐ ŵǇƐĞůĨ ĨŽƌ ƌƵŶŶŝŶŐ ϭͲϮ ŚŽƵƌƐ Ă ĚĂǇ͕ ϯ ƟŵĞƐ Ă ǁĞĞŬ͕ ŶŽƚ ƚŽ ŵĞŶƟŽŶƚŚĂƚŵĞƚƌĂŝŶŝŶŐůŝŬĞƚŚĞƌĞŝƐŶŽ ƚŽŵŽƌƌŽǁ ƚŽ ĮŶŝƐŚ Ă ŵĂƌĂƚŚŽŶ͕ ŽŶ which I did few weeks back, is just plain stupid for an average guy who weigh 153 pounds. But there is this reason on why I’m running and its ŵŽƌĞƚŚĂŶũƵƐƚŐĞƫŶŐďĂĐŬƚŽƐŚĂƉĞ͕ keeping myself healthy or just brag my achievements on facebook. 12 years ago, I was an average kid and I do what kids usually do, to play outside. Since I am a stubborn person, I had a bicycle accident one day and the worst thing is that I can’t remember what happened after my head bumped on the cement ŇŽŽƌ͕ ďƵƚ ŽŶĞ ƚŚŝŶŐ͛Ɛ ĨŽƌ ƐƵƌĞ͗ ƚŚĞ ŵŽŵĞŶƚ/ŐŽƚĂĨĞǀĞƌĨĞǁĚĂǇƐĂŌĞƌ the bump and I had a seizure, At the age of 12, I already knew that I’m ƐĐƌĞǁĞĚ͘ŌĞƌĂůŽƚŽĨŵĞĚŝĐĂůƚĞƐƚƐ͕ I was diagnosed with epilepsy. Basically when you have ĞƉŝůĞƉƐǇ͕ǇŽƵĂƌĞĂŚĂŶĚŝĐĂƉ͘dŚĞĮƌƐƚ thing you lose is your independence: I am prohibited to do everything that ĐĂŶ ƚƌŝŐŐĞƌ ĂŶǇ ƐĞŝǌƵƌĞ ĂƩĂĐŬƐ ůŝŬĞ playing sports, long walks, going to ŽǀĞƌŶŝŐŚƚŽƵƟŶŐƐ͕ƐƚƌĞƐƐĨƵůĂĐƟǀŝƟĞƐ ĂŶĚƐƵĐŚ͘EŽƚƚŽŵĞŶƟŽŶƚŚĂƚ/ŚĂǀĞ to take pills to control the seizure ďƵƚ ŚĂƐ ƚŚŝƐ ƐŝĚĞͲĞīĞĐƚƐ ƚŚĂƚ ŵĂŬĞƐ you nauseous. &ĂƐƚĨŽƌǁĂƌĚƚŽϮϬϬϳ͕ǁŝƚŚ ĂůůŵǇĞīŽƌƚƚŽďĞŽŶĞŽĨƚŚĞďĞƐƚ ƐƚƵĚĞŶƚƐŝŶŵǇďĂƚĐŚ͕/ĮŶĂůůǇŵĂĚĞ it. I graduated in college with the degree of BSIT-digital arts. But the betƚĞƌŶĞǁƐŚĂƉƉĞŶĞĚĨĞǁĚĂǇƐĂŌĞƌŵǇ ŐƌĂĚƵĂƟŽŶ͖ / ĐŚĞĐŬĞĚ ŵǇ ĐŽŶĚŝƟŽŶ again with my neurologist, and while ƚĂůŬŝŶŐƚŽŚŝŵĂŌĞƌĐŚĞĐŬŝŶŐŵǇ' results, he said that I’m cleared from epilepsy and deep inside I celebrated, but there’s one problem: I am not Įƚ͘/ǁĞŝŐŚϭϴϬƉŽƵŶĚƐ͕/ĂŵĂƐĂĚĨĂƚ slob because I let myself become a basement dweller with a daily rouƟŶĞŽĨƉůĂǇŝŶŐǀŝĚĞŽŐĂŵĞƐŽƌǁĂƚĐŚ anime at least 5 hours a day, I am connected to the internet all day that I became a human encyclopedia of some sorts, I rarely see the sunlight ĂŶĚ/ĐĂŶ͛ƚŚĂǀĞĂŐŽŽĚĐŽŶǀĞƌƐĂƟŽŶ
ǁŝƚŚĂĚĞůŝǀĞƌǇŚŽƚůŝŶĞ͕ĂƌĞĐĞƉƟŽŶŝƐƚ or someone that I hardly knew. Because of that, I started running. To tell you the truth, running is not fun especially if you are running alone to train. waking up early in the morning is really not pleasant if you’re not a morning person and pounding on the pavement for a long ƟŵĞ ŵĂǇ ůĞĂĚ ǇŽƵ ƚŽ ŵƵůƟƉůĞ ŝŶũƵries, but I kept going and I lost weight ĨƌŽŵϭϴϬƉŽƵŶĚƐƚŽϭϲϬƚŚĞŶǁŚĞŶ/ ƚƌĂŝŶĞĚĨŽƌĂ&ƵůůDĂƌĂƚŚŽŶ;ϰϮŬͿŵǇ weight even dropped to 150 pounds. I started to appreciate running and I want to take a challenge that is so abƐƵƌĚƐŽ/ũŽŝŶĞĚƚŚĞDŝůŽDĂƌĂƚŚŽŶ͘ dŚĞ ĚĂǇ ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ϯϱƚŚ DŝůŽ DĂƌĂƚŚŽŶĐŽŵĞƐĂŶĚ/͛ŵĂůůƉƵŵƉĞĚ up at 4 in the morning. The race starts and it was raining hard. The ĮƌƐƚ Ϯϭ ŬŝůŽŵĞƚĞƌƐ ǁĂƐ ŽŬ͕ ƉƌŽďĂďůǇ the product of the hard work and ƚƌĂŝŶŝŶŐ/ĚŝĚ͕ďƵƚĂŌĞƌ/ĐƌŽƐƐĞĚŬŝůŽŵĞƚĞƌϮϱŐŽŝŶŐƚŽdĂŐƵŝŐĨƌŽŵDŽ ĂŶĚ ĂĐůĂƌĂŶ͕ /͛ŵ ƐůŽǁůǇ ŚŝƫŶŐ ƚŚĞ ͞ǁĂůů͗͟ Ă ƐŝƚƵĂƟŽŶ ǁŚĞŶ ǇŽƵƌ ďŽĚǇ starts to fail against your will. It was a complete hell even the coldness ŽĨ ƚŚĞ ƌĂŝŶ ĐĂŶ͛ƚ ƐĂǀĞ ŵĞ͘ DǇ ŵŝŶĚ ŝƐƐƚĂƌƟŶŐƚŽŐĞƚĐƌĂǌǇ͗/ůĂƵŐŚƚŽƚŚĞ insanity of the distance, I wonder the ƚŚŝŶŐƐ/ĐĂŶĚŽĂƚƚŚŝƐƟŵĞŝĨ/͛ŵŶŽƚ ƌƵŶŶŝŶŐ͕ďƵƚĂƚƚŚĞƐĂŵĞƟŵĞ/ĨĞĞů frustrated that I wanted to rip of my race bib then quit, but no, I need to keep moving forward. ƚ ƚŚĞ ĮŶĂů ƐƚƌĞƚĐŚ͕ Ăůů / ŚĂǀĞůĞŌŝƐƚŚĞĚĞƚĞƌŵŝŶĂƟŽŶƚŽĮŶŝƐŚƚŚŝƐĂďƐƵƌĚƌĂĐĞ͘dŚŝƐŝƐƚŚĞĮƌƐƚ ƟŵĞƚŚĂƚ/ƐƚƌƵŐŐůĞĚƚŚŝƐŚĂƌĚƚŽƌƵŶ a kilometer and I don’t know what to do. But I saw some afro guy on my ƌŝŐŚƚ ƐŝĚĞ͖ ŝƚ ǁĂƐ ZŝŽ ĞůĂ ƌƵǌ͕ ƚŚĞ organizer and founder of RunRio. He clapped his hand and he looked at me. He shouted “Go Go Go! You can do it!” As we crossed paths, I rub my head while trying to hold of my tears not knowing why I’m tearing up. I instantly covered my face with both ŵǇŚĂŶĚƐ͘/ĚŝĚŶ͛ƚƌĞŚĞĂƌƐĞƚŚŝƐ͖/͛ŵ ũƵƐƚƚĞƌƌŝĮĞĚŽŶŚŽǁŐŽŽĚƚŚŝƐĨĞĞůƐ͘ &ŝŶŝƐŚŝŶŐĂƌĂĐĞŝƐŶĞǀĞƌƐƵƉƉŽƐĞĚƚŽ ĨĞĞůƚŚŝƐŐŽŽĚ͘ƌŽƐƐŝŶŐƚŚĞĮŶŝƐŚůŝŶĞ ŝƐŶĞǀĞƌƚŽŵĂƩĞƌƚŚŝƐŵƵĐŚ͘Ƶƚŝƚ ĚŽĞƐ͘/͛ŵŽǀĞƌũŽǇĞĚ͘/ĮŶŝƐŚĞĚĂŵĂƌĂƚŚŽŶ ĂŌĞƌ ƌƵŶŶŝŶŐ ǁŚŝůĞ ƐƵīĞƌŝŶŐ ŝŶƉĂŝŶĨŽƌϱŚŽƵƌƐĂŶĚϮϳŵŝŶƵƚĞƐ͘/ grabbed my medal, my loot bag then /ǁĞŶƚƐƚƌĂŝŐŚƚƚŽƚŚĞĮƌƐƚĂŝĚďŽŽƚŚ to treat my cramps and blisters but I ĚŽŶ͛ƚĐĂƌĞĂďŽƵƚƚŚĞƉĂŝŶ /ƐƵīĞƌĞĚ because I’m now a marathoner.
F E A T U R E 14
One Last Retreat
able lesson after another: how to value our family, what roles we should play in the family, and why and how how we should value ourselves. His stories have touched each and every one of us. He made us realize that we must value ourselves in order to value others.
On the 1st day of our retreat He taught us the four words that start with “A” –which are Appreciation, Affirmation, Acceptance and Attention. This four “A’s” help us to understand everything that’s happening in our life and how we should handle everything that we might face in the future. He sets some examples and human experiences that we all reflected on. Our Senior retreat We have opened our minds and hearts and we’ve come to realize how lucky we are to have was held at Mary all the blessings we have and how we should appreciate them now before it’s too late. Help of Christians Center of Spirituality On the 2nd day of our retreat I find our batch very L-U-C-K-Y because we get to go to where in Batulao, Batangas. Mother Mary appeared which is called the “Apparition Site”! It was a long walk but it was Our retreat master is all worth it because we got to the see with our own eyes and touch the water which they say Father Renato Mo- was miraculous. After the long walk going back we all gathered inside the reception hall lina, Rector of the where we had our confession and we all opened our hearts to each and every one and we retreat house. From said sorry for those people who we’ve hurt and forgave those people who have hurt us. This the very start, Father was the time where we all had peace in our hearts and mind, where everyone were sisters imparted one valu- and brothers again. Also on that 2nd day of our retreat at night we get to gather around the lecture hall and we had this activity called “Letting God come in to our Garden”. This activity was a reflective sharing between us and our family. This activity was very emotional and everyone was all carried away by what Father Renato was saying. It’s his way of letting us appreciate more what we have and that we should be thankful for every blessings we have. And at the night we all had a good night sleep with peace in our hearts and minds. The 3rd day of our retreat was a beautiful morning. We were all gathered inside the lecture hall then Father Renato asked us to write letters to our parents. After writing, we all gathered inside the Church we had mass and our letters were gathered on the table of the altar so that they will be blessed. and after the mass we had picture taking and we said our sweet goodbyes to Father Renato. We knew that each and every one of us would never forget him. One of the best parts of our retreat is that we never got hungry. They really serve good foods. And we also had discovered that the venue of our retreat was also known as the ‘Chapel on the Hill and the Labyrinth. Why is called the Labyrinth? Because on the floor of the church there was a labyrinth. It is said that the labyrinth is a sacred circle with a single path that leads to its center. Walking the path lends itself to prayer and meditation. Some seniors tried this after hearing the mass on the 3rd day. I wish we’d get to experience this again in college, but if not, it’s alright, as the lessons learned, the experiences gained, and the relationships mended will remain in my heart forever.
MY RETREAT LETTER to SENIOR BATCH 2012 To My Dearest Fellow Seniors, Looking at our retreat and other pictures together, sometimes we, the seniors, wish we could go back to such carefree days. But at the same, time moving on with our lives, making new memories, and gaining independence have become exciting realities that were once ideas that seemed so far away. Since sixth grade we have counted down the days until graduation. Now as the day approaches we are still anxious. The pictures of us together remind us of the people we once were and still are, the friends we have grown up with and also whom we will graduate with. Surviving the past 12 years wasn’t easy, but in that time we had some of the best experiences of our lives. Those times are what made it worthwhile. It’s hard to believe I’ve walked these halls for the past almost 12 years. Most of the people that have passed me every day I don’t even know. Those I do know and know well are friends I will have forever. A life lesson: you will pass many in your travels and only a select few you will truly know. Don’t judge those you only pass … respect those you do know. There are some things from our high school experiences that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives and some memories that we choose to forget. Butt when we look back at those experiences, we’ll see ourr d friends … the ones who got us through everything and we’ll realize how lucky we are to have them. We will soon pick up our caps and gowns and alll that senior stuff that’s supposed to help us remember the good old days, but some of the things that you rememberr the most, can’t be put on paper. That day finally came, and you sat there with all the friends you had made over the years … you looked out at your family and deep down, you knew that this was a once in a lifetime moment. It was the last time in your life that all these people would be together in one place. Yeah, there would be reunions, but there was always the chance that one person wouldn’t make it there. You looked back on your time with these people and realized it was short lived and that it didn’t seem as if there was enough time for everything that you wanted to accomplish … sports, activities, ACP, this retreat, and all that good stuff. Then you said good-bye … maybe to your town, and to your school and to your friends. You know that you can go back to visit, but there will be strangers in the halls and it’s not the same. It’s different … you’re different … but it’s not the end. In fact, everything is just the beginning.
All my Love, Ranee
photos by Ranee Marasigan & Jolo Ito
15 F E A T U R E For 7 years, Msgr. Mario F. Martinez has been our parish priest and director. His stay with us has been very productive. Under his direction, Veritas Parochial School has improved in many ways.All highschool classrooms are equipped with projectors, and we have become a model school for classroom technology. But Monci was much more than that. He was also our Tatay Monsi, our Idol, our Hero, our Best friend and our Mentor. Preschool’s Tatay Monsi The preschool students performed an excerpt from their Flying Vinta performance for their Tatay Monsi. They looked very adoable in their costumes as they took Monsi by the hand and swayed and danced with him.
Grade School’s Idol Monsi & Hero Monci Monsi was a hero
to the gradeschoolers. gradesch Their presentation started with a song. The Then the grade schoolers told Monsi how he was a hero to them. After Aft that was a dance presentapre tion and a surprise; su people on bikes. bike This was because Monsi liked riding bikes and because of his hobby, they gave him a helmet helme as a gift. Monsi came up to thank everyone, followed follow by
ly performance. ance. In my ns, Monsi observations, n tune with also sang in the VPS Choir with a smile. Itt was fisi’s turn nally Monsi’s to speak after the es and performances some of thee VESPA both present fficers and past officers hankspoke thanking him forr the angvarious changes that were eridone in Verieptas and keepye o n ing an eye ltheir chilcondren, hee them fessed to about that he was to say somehe was thing but by the stopped e m o sudden flooded tions that his inside him. He shared insights on the various performances that he said that saw and hee felt really speechless and thankful. He ero; he’s just a regular Leader like all of them., aleader who was he isn’t a hero; ve, not to be served. Being Hero was a high pedestal for him to there to serve, rue hero was on the cross and for him that was what a Hero is take. Our true just like Jesus. He ended his speech saying that everything that Veritas is now and were, including the structural and values and moral of Veritas, was not done by only
tatay monci pictak-
t u r e ing. The cool thing about this surprise was that there were some students in superhero costumes! There was a little boy dressed as SpiderMonsi, and another as SuperMonsi.
him alone but mostly everyone was to be accredited for since he was only a Leader that only has to
High School’s Best Friend Monci Monsi was a Best friend to the High school students, relating to them and their teenage dilemmas. Every High school student welcomed Monsi, singing “I’ll be there for you” by the Remembrandts. To thank Monsi who was like our “katropa” and “kabarkada” a video presentation was shown as every student was singing “One Friend” along with the high school band. Monsi was given gifts: two gift certificates, a scrapbook filled with pictures and letters from all highschool students, and a giant framed mosaic picture of Monsi. That simple act of gratitude must have definitely touched Monsi. He came up front to thank the students, but all teary-eyed Monsi could say was thank you. Faculty & Staff’s Mentor Monci After the Highschool’s grand surprise, the only stop that was to be made for Monsi was at the AVR where the faculty had the last performance just for him. After the entrance speech of Ms. Milette to Monsi, their performance started! It turns out to be very surprising to say the least, it was a song and dance performance but even so, the faculty made it very enjoyable. They sang the song “To Sir with Love”, harmoniously and selected faculty members sang solos like Ms. Noreen, Ms. Mellissa, Sir Ronald and Sir Marvin and was choreographed by Sir Dong Lapira. The others sang and danced with emotions. In my observations, Monsi was very happy as various emotions filled his face. After the faculty’s performance, it was the VPS Choir’s turn, they didn’t disappoint the expectations of their audience especially Monsi. Our very own Choir sang the Filipino song “Handog ng Pilipino” and they reenacted the Filipino Madrigal Singer’s performance “Superman” with an entertaining and also, a live-
Madeleine Jewel B. Maog Mojah Shanel Galit Patricia Joyce O. Belza
lead and criticize any mistakes that were done. After that, Lunch unch was served as others hers chatted for a whilee a bit but one thing’s for sure Monsi won’t fororget this faculty easily. ly. Though Monsi nsi hasn’t been with us for a very long time, e, he has definitely y left a mark in ourr lives and we know w for sure that he’ll be doing more good and inspiring more people as he has been an inspiration to all of us. We’ll surely miss you, Tatay Monsi, and you’ll be forever in our
F E A T U R E 16
OUR WINNING POSTER FOR “WALANG PLASTIKAN SA B.F.” P.J. Carmona, Nela Santos, & Daniel Vera
We are very happy that we had an opportunity to express our awareness about protecting Mother Earth via a poster-making contest, and fortunately, our poster was chosen as winner. As students of Veritas Parochial School, we are called to help not just our fellowmen, but also our surroundings most especially our mother earth. Being part of BF Homes, we can proudly say that we are lucky since we have a campaign, "Walang Plastikan sa BF" and within ourselves, that is what we envision. This campaign or project is unique and interesting since it aims to eliminate the use of harmful plastics. It is a well-known fact that plastics, particularly “sando” bags, are very harmful to our environment and improper disposal of them can really destroy the earth and its creatures. We were really motivated to do our best by expressing our ideas through making a poster that would have a great impact on those who would see it. At first, we didn't have any ideas on what to draw or how to begin our poster, but then we had a brainstorming session and were able to come up with a simple yet unique and meaningful poster that is truly Filipino. The man wearing a native hat represents PNOY (President Aquino) because we believe that the change of our country starts with AND within him; that he should lead by example. The girl who is holding a paper bag and the boy holding a banner represent our countrymen following what is right and promoting a worthwhile project. The globe represents our world, a much beautiful world without plastic bags. The people around the globe symbolize the people of BF UNITING AS ONE. We drew this because we are dedicated to help our mother earth be clean and healthy because it has provided us with all our basic needs and necessities. In this simple poster, our aim is to encourage people here in BF Homes to minimize, if not totally eradicate, the use of harmful plastics. We hope to show our appreciation and stewardship for the Lord's creations and gratitude for everything He has done and made for us. We see this poster as hope for a better future, that it may show everyone that if we work together, anything is possible to have a better tomorrow. Our poster shows that WITH UNITY, WE CAN HEAL MOTHER EARTH.
Support our outreach projects by purchasing the 2012 JETS Calendar. P50 only! Available at the CIE Office (VPS ground floor, in front of Prefect’s Office).
The Team Valiants Jacket is here!
P 1,500 only! Available at the Business Office.
contd. from “Urban Gardening”, p.4
Teresita Suzara, started the clean-up of the garden and will continue to do so regularly. The VPS Boy Scouts under Sir Gerzon Mascariñas will soon be putting up bamboo fences around the area to keep out unwanted predators, like stray animals. Ultimately, the responsibility for taking care of this dream garden lies on the hands of not just one department but the concerted effort of the whole school community. It gives us a wonderful opportunity to jointly care for something that will not only benefit the school but the community we belong to as well. It has opened doors
The VPS Chorale will have 2 Christmas mini-concerts on December 15 and 17. Tickets available at the D VPS Business Office.
contd. from “World Food Day”, ay”, p.4
for us to give back to God what He has lavishly and unselfishly lent to us. As the Bible says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms (1 Peter 4:9-11). contd. from “Say It”, p. 12 “What high school did you come from?”, stand up and say with as much courage as you can the name of the ins tu on that gave you educa on like no other—educa on in Christ’s truth. If with dignity you are able to do this, then you truly are a Veritan.
All of them were really participating and enjoying the game, even the ones in our section whom you can’t expect to participate, were also participating. In the end, we had 14 winners because we really can’t tear them apart. And of course our last game was Pinoy Henyo. We really had a hard time starting the game because all the children wanted to play. In addition to this, it was difficult to maintain the silence of the place because there were so many children. But later on, we managed to keep them quiet. With all the fuss being taken cared of, the game went
contd. from “Teachnology”, p. 14
well and the kids enjoyed it. Then we served them spaghetti and orange juice which we ourselves prepared back in Veritas. We were sad that only those children with numbers were given the food and because there were still many of them outside the chapel that were looking inside. We realized that we are lucky to have what we have now. But it opened our eyes that we can still help if we want to. We pray that we will be given a chance to help our less fortunate brothers and sister. By doing so, we know that God is happy for us too.
To ensure balance and costefficiency, a multisectoral team composed of administrators, teachers, parents and students are constantly pilot-testing different classroom tech tools. Feedbacks are culled from other schools and other industries. Some teachers spend hours downloading educational apps and testing them for viability in their lessons. Others are building e-book libraries (nearly all classic novels already have free pdf formats). So for next school year, we may be looking at tablet PCs in the hands of students. Or maybe not.
17 F E A T U R E
T h e G r e a t Christmas survey
by K l a i r e Pa b a l a n , A n d r e i G o, & Ju l i a S a n g a l a n g
We a l l k n ow t h a t Je s u s i s t h e Re a s o n f o r C h r i s t m a s. I t ’s h i s b i r t h d ay, a f t e r a l l ! I f yo u we r e i nv i t e d t o h i s b i r t h d ay p a r t y o n D e c e m b e r 2 5 , w h a t g i f t wo u l d yo u g ive h i m ? ” “My gift for Jesus is to be a good girl/child, to be honest... For Jesus is the Son of God. I will be good just like Him.” ~Geraldine Ong "I WILL GIVE JESUS THE LOVE THAT I HAD ALWAYS GIVEN HIM NOT JUST THIS CHRISTMAS, BUT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE." ~HIROKO KRIS FUKUTA
I will bake a special chocolate cake for Him. I want him to make a wish and I will do his wish. –Sir Angelo Monillas
Since He already has everything, Ill probably give Him a stress ball... I cannot imagine the stress that He must go through every minute of every day -Ms. June Maog (via fb)
I will give Jesus a very Tight Hug...for sure a million hugs would not be enough for the love that He gave to us \(*_*)/ -Ms. Chiqui Lacerna (via fb)
“ I would probably give Jesus a recorder to record all of our laughters, tears, griefs and joys and for him to remember how a certain person stayed with him and believed that everything will be fine 3 :” - Jhude Salvador (via fb)
“I would go to mass and be nice and pray and I would do my best not to offend Him” ~Julliane Estrada.
To be honest I dont really know at all. But the best answer I could probably think of at the moment, is imperfection. Its the only thing in the universe that he doesn’t have and is also the one thing that makes us human. Its the one thing that allows us to evolve and is the reason why people keep on living. If we were perfect I dont think human beings would experience the roller coaster of life, nor search for God, nor interact with each other. If not for the imperfection God allows us all to have we wouldn’t need each other and I wouldnt be typing this. -Mikaela Valencia (Batch 2010-2011, Freshman, College of St. Benilde, via fb)
Fireworks,Because Every Christmas fireworks are shown to Us And Since we like it I think He will also like it. tennta a -Marco Setenta
A Teddy Bear that holds a letter that says “WE All LOVE YOU JESUS!” -Ami Uto
I Will Give Him A Storybook About his Nativity. -Ayla MIkaela Valbuena Gr.3-St. Martha
A Tea Set, I’ve been making myself busy on so many things I’ve been busy thinking about many things in my life and since it’s his birthday anywaywell just talk over tea and I will sit next to him and just listen to him. -Ms. Ms. Ana A Patana
L i t e r a t u r e
haiku by Lucia Gomez artwork by Jan Pillerva
-Ashley Policarpio, I - St. Lorenzo Ruiz
I love summer days I like to go to the beach I wish it is May -Kenneth Petate, I - St. Maria Gorretti
5 Tula Para Sa Ika-150 Anibersaryo ng Pagkabayani ni
Si Jose Rizal, dakilang manunulat Kasamaan ng Prayle’y isiniwalat Ipinaglaban ang ating kalayaan Minamahal ang baya’t di pinabayaan
Siya’y sumulat ng La Solidaridad Pahayagang nagtaas ng dignidad Ng mga Pilipinong nais pumantay Sa mga Kastilang pilit umaangat Ginamit niya ang malikhaing kamay Sa pakikipaglaban sa ating mga kaaway Talino at malikhaing pagsulat Ay tinaglay upang tayo ay imulat Si Rizal ay binansagang bayani Dahil sa kaalamang naani Kabilang siya sa naging instrumento Upang ibalik ang minimithing respeto
-Princess Irish Palmares III-St. John Bosco
Ang ating bayani ay si Jose Rizal Isinuko ang lahat pati ang dangal Edukado’t walang kinatatakutan Pakikipaglaba’y sa pagsulat idinaan Ang Isipan ng Pilipino’y inimulat Gamit ang kanyang talento’t kaalaman Si Rizal ay hinangaan ng lahat Kinasuklaman naman ng kalaban Mula nang kabataa’y nangingibabaw Ang pagmamahal sa kaalaman Ginamit niya ito sa tamang paraan Sumulat para sa Pilipinong uhaw
-Ana Patricia de Ala IV- St. Therese
The beauty of stars Brightly shines on my night sk y And sets me at ease -Ellaiza Gelac
io, I - St. Loren
Si Jose Rizal
Rizal: Kasama natin tungo sa pagkakaisa Mayro’ng isang bayani na isinilang, Isang kakaiba, at kagalanggalang, Na pinagkalooban ng mabuting asal, Isang dakila, siya’y si Jose Rizal. SIya’y kabilang sa mga instrumento, Na nagpalaya sa ating mga Pilipino, Para sa pagkakaisa’t kapayapaan, Kanyang ipinaglaban, ating kalayaan Siya’y bayani na nagbigay ng malay, Sa mga mapang-aping kamay ng kaaway. Aklat at panulat ang kanyang panlaban, Kasabay ng katapanga’t kagitingan. Si Simoun at Ibarra, aking idolo, ‘Pinadala ng Diyos upang maging sugo, Tayo’y nandito para sa pagdiriwang, Para sa kanyang munting kabayanihan -Paul John Carmona IV- St. Therese
Intelihente, magiting, may prinsipyo Taguri sa bayani ng Pilipino. Siya’y isang di-malilimutang bayani, Inialay ang buhay para sa lipi.
Si Jose Rizal ay isang manunulat Naglakas-loob na sa atin ay ipamulat Ang walang humpay na kasamaan Ng mga Espanyol sa ating sambayanan
Halimbawa nito’y si Gat Jose Rizal. Ginamit ang panulat para sa ating dangal. Malayang pagsusulat, ipinaglaban. Upang makamit ng bansa ang kalayaan.
Siya man ay hindi nagtagumpay Sa atin naman ay kanyang ipamana Na tayong lahat ay dapat mag ing matibay Sa bansa natin na sagana
Higit tatlong daan taong nakakulong Mga Pilipino’y lubog sa kumunoy Pasakit ng Kastila’y pinagdaanan Inalipusta sa sariling bayan
Siya ay nagtiis, nag-hirap, at nagsakripisyo Maging kanyang pagkatao pagkatao ay hinusgahan Ang puso niya’y dinurog at dangal ay tinapak-tapakan Dahil sa pakikipaglaban para sa ikabubuti ng Pilipino
Sa panahong iyon, Rizal ay lumaban Hindi nag-alinlangan para sa bayan Buhay’ binuwis para sa kalayaan Tunay na Pinoy para sa sambayanan
Na sa ating bansa’y may katahimikan Na madama natin ang tunay na buhay Mga minimithi niya; Wala na sigurong mas hihigit pa roon Ang katapat niya’y pagmama hal ng ating Panginoon.
-Danice Dream Silva III- St. John Vianney
-Nika Mae Eralino IV- St. Augustine
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About the Author: Jan Elisha T. Pillerva (born June 17, 1997) started drawing ever since she could hold a pencil and was introduced to the wonderful invention of the paper. At the age of nine, she was inspired to become a writer that she has written a multitude of short stories and poems, plus a nineteen-chaptered childrenâ€™s novel. She is currently working on her current project, The Purple Portal, while going through the hoops and hurdles of her second year in high school.
the little live wire news from the preschool house
uni ted nati ons day
wE HAD F U N W E A R IN G O U R IN TE R NATIO NA L C O STUM E S , DA N C IN G & SI N GI N G , AN D TA STIN G F O O D F R O M DIF F E R E N T PA RTS O F TH E W O R L D!
buwan ng w i k ang F i li pi no
Pinoy ako, Pinoy! Ipakita sa mundo!
A D AY W WII T H T H E D EN T I S T, D O C N O EL
BIG BROTHER, BIG B I SISTER CLUB
Dr. Noel Francisco demonstrates the proper way to brush our teeth. That’s Don Carlo, our teeth model!
FRUIT FRUI FR F RUIT RU UII T SALAD S ALAD SHARING SH HAR HA ARIN A R IN NG N G DAY DA D AY
Our High School “big sisters” giving us a piggy back ride !
f ea st of a r c ha h n gel s For the feast day of our archangels, we wore white and angel’s wings!
For Nutrition Month, we had lots n’ lotsof fruits!
A n d t h e m o s t E X C I T I N G o f a l l : O u r F i e l d T r i p to d o l l j o y, a r k a v i l o n z o o , a n d c a s a s a n t a ( w i s h yo u w e r e t h e r e : ) !
Published on Jan 31, 2012