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Act as One Family: The Southridge Way By Javi Vilchez, 7B The Junior Ridge promises to honor kids, and make sure that they benefit from this newspaper. It promises never to bore any of the readers, and to make sure they always come back for more. It promises to make them learn, and at the same time, have fun. Editor-in-Chief Javi Vilchez Associate Editors Joax Santos Don Ligones Contributors Arnald Paguio Jag Dagelet Jake Tabuena Raphael Morallo Teddy Padilla Justin De Leon Neil Alquiros Jared De Silva Onch Adizon Andrew Banaag Rocco De Castro Teddy Peralta Teo Eugenio Jaime Santos Paolo Sandejas Joaquin Fernandez Justin Medalla Gino Yang Gerry Hernandez Joseph Marasigan Moderator Mr. Jason Parado Design and Printing Inkwell Publishing Co., Inc. The Junior Ridge is the official Grade School Publication of PAREF-Southridge School. It comes out as a supplement of the Ridge for the Grade School students.
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One Word. Six Letters. Twelve Different Dictionary Definitions. This word can define a sub-group of numbers, dialects that stem from a root language, and natural constants related by infinite measures of time and space. But God designed family differently: a family is a gift so that we don’t have to be alone in a world that is not our true home. A family is manifested in the special relationships its members share with each other. A family does not operate on a system based on emotions or feelings but should operate on unconditional love. A family is where each individual looks out for the good of others above themselves. What makes a family? You could have a broken family but still enjoy a whole family. You could even be kicked out of your biological family and welcomed into another. That is the beauty of family- it is not restricted to a group of people- it is a free gift that all have the right and privilege to be a part of. “Move as one body, and act as one family to make our vision a reality…” This is the oath we, as Southridge gentlemen, hold ourselves to every student assembly. Even if you do not realize it, you are part of an extended family. That is, the Southridge family. Whoever
you are reading this: whether a parent, teacher, student, or auxiliary staff member, you are part of this family. So how do we exemplify our unity as one family? When we gather together for familyoriented activities like Fathers’ Day or the Father-Son Outing, when we rally as one to help the poor or in need in outreach missions, when we cooperate to design floral carpets, when we honor our Lord as one Grade School, when we work as a team every Intramurals or Sports Fest, when we bond every student seminar, and when our voices ring with every note of the national anthem—we show those around us that we have the capacity to work together and make our visions realities. The only way a family is a true, real family is if it glorifies the name of God in all it does. Joshua 24:15 states, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Even if we can be divided by values, attitudes, ethics, ideals, hobbies, sports, and religions- we will always be united by the bond of brotherhood we share. As a Southridge student, a member of a family I love with all of my heart and soul, and as a son of God—I want the Junior Ridge to be an instrument of blessing to teach all of us what the true meaning of acting as a family really is.
Principal 's Message
It gives me a great pleasure to present to you this issue of the Junior Ridge. The publication of this issue went through a long process and through the dedication and commitment of the Junior Ridge staff and moderator we managed to come up with an issue that highlights the various memorable events, brilliant initiatives and successful activities of the Southridge Grade School this school year. This issue also showcases a few of the many well written reflections of students on the Virtue of the Month and outputs of students from some Writing classes. In effect, this issue shows the reasons why we all consider school year 2011-2012 as one of the Grade School’s banner years. As you read this issue of the Junior Ridge, you can only conclude that: the whole Grade School community of parents, teachers and students worked together, as a group concerned primarily with the school’s welfare and preserving its long tradition of excellence. School year 2011-12 has been a year of achievements. Academic progress has continued and sporting successes have been outstanding. The competitions, the participation of students in various activities in and outside the school, the collaborative work of the parents and the enthusiasm of the faculty and staff have all been responsible for the great upsurge in school tone and spirit. One
very pleasing aspect of school life this year has been the magnificent response of our students to charitable appeals like the fund raising drive for the typhoon victims, our outreach activities in Bulacan and for the old nuns of the Daughters of Charity, our fund raising activity to raise money from our own allowances for the refurbishment of our school monstrance, our involvement in the One Million Lights campaign to help bring lighting to poor areas in the country, and many more. This has been a year of cooperation and I thank you all for
another remarkable school year. We did a great job! Congratulations to all of us.
A Student Empowered School Letter from the Grade School Student Council Chairman By Mito Hizon That’s our job, to make the students more active and to instill in their minds right judgment. The Grade School Student Council does this, to make the school a great environment for the parents, teachers, and students. I personally think this is an effective way of leading students because school is a student-to-student thing! School is based on relationships. School should be a family. We, the Student Council, devote a lot of our time to this school. The officers of the Student Council also learn to balance our academics and our extra-curricular activities. We want to show that not only teachers can help the school, but so can students! We would like to promote student welfare because I think schools need this unity to stand out. Without the cooperation and leadership from the students themselves, there would be an unfilled hole. One thing is for sure, it really is a fun thing! Doing our project— such as tutoring fellow students, book campaigns, awareness campaigns, and outreaches—it really feels fulfilling. Through the whole student council experience there are things we must expect though. For one, it would definitely not be an easy thing. Number two, we must all expect problems and disappointments to arise, but after going through
all those things, we get something good out of it. We get something 10 times better than what we expect. After all, you cannot expect an easy win without going through losses. So fellow Admirals, keep doing what you do best, to be a Southridge Gentleman! We have a reputation that each of us vows not to ruin. “I am a Southridge Gentleman and I dedicate myself to our mission, of strengthening the family and of forming people according to the Christian Ideal. To be pious and sporting and spirit, to hone myself in the sciences and the arts, to equip myself with leadership and interpersonal skills, to serve others especially the needy, to have zest for learning and virtue...” And most especially, “Act As One Family”. Remember guys, “VIRILITTER AGITE” – “BE A MAN”. This whole GSSC experience has been a blast and a headache. I know that this has helped form and mold me into the character God wants me to develop. I can say for a fact that I’ve learned so much from this and I would like to thank all you students for supporting and helping in whatever way you could to make our projects a success! Well done, Admirals!
Welcome to the Family! By Jared De Silva New teachers also mean new things to learn, new things to be shared, and new experiences to be made. Knowing them well would be very important because in that way, we will be able to approach them easier. Teachers are our parents in school—we have to treat them with respect and care like they are our own family members. In a survey, we asked our five new teachers of our grade school some questions that would let us get to know them better.
Mr. Bon Atienza
One word that would describe your stay in Southridge: Marvelous Subject you are currently teaching: English (Reading & Language) Subject you want to teach in the near future: Civics & History Hidden talents: singing Hobbies: Reading novels (especially those about literature) and watching movies
Mr. Donato Banaag
One word that would describe your stay in Southridge: “Sosyal” or Elegant Subject you are currently teaching: Filipino
Subject you want to teach in the near future: Religion Hidden talents: He can type in the keyboard sixty words per minute without looking. Hobbies: participating in church or parish activities. (He’s a member of Legion of Mary.)
Mr. Delmar Guillermo
One word that would describe your stay in Southridge: “Masarap!” (“compared to other schools, the students here are nicer and friendlier.”) Subject you are currently teaching: Filipino Subject you want to teach in the near future: Civics & History Hidden talents: Cooking meals Hobbies: Hanging out with his “barkada”
Mr. Rob Enriquez
One word that would describe your stay in Southridge: Amazing Subject you are currently teaching: Hele
The Best for the Greatest By Neil Alquiros, 7A When Jesus was born, three kings visited Jesus Christ and each gave a gift. First was frankincense, second myrrh, and third was gold. Like the three kings we can give a small offering to God. How? We can do this by donating a small amount of our money and giving it for the improvement of the Southridge chapel’s Monstrance. The goal of this project is to raise enough money to make the monstrance more dignified. After all it is for our Lord, the Blessed Sacrament. The Monstrance is used during the Eucharistic processions and benedictions. Like the gift of gold from one of the three kings, we would want to make the Monstrance gold-plated to make it more fitting for God. The goal is to raise around Php 50,000.00. With this amount of money we would first make the Monstrance gold-plated. And with the excess money we would embellish the Monstrance by adding more artistic decorations like precious stones. After all, our Lords deserves the best.
Subject you want to teach in the near future: Science Hidden talents: He can speak Spanish Hobbies: Blogging and Social networking
Mr. Francis Lee
One word that would describe your stay in Southridge: Lovely Subject you are currently teaching: English Subject you want to teach in the near future: Either Religion or Latin Hidden talents: playing football (Soccer) Hobbies: playing video games on his PC or Mac such as Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 As the students of this school, we would all want to say, welcome to the family!
Southridge Shines in MTAP 2011-2012 by Joax Santos
Bingo Bowling! by Don Ligones, 7C On November 24, 2011, the students of Batch of 2016 brought their dads to Palms Country Club for a round of Bingo Bowling. The event was organized by Ricky Dagelet, the father of our very own Jag Dagelet, and the moms of the batch served as judges. Six teams of sons and dads squared off in a game of skill and luck. Each team was given a card and would have had to score the specific number to win. It was the first time people got disappointed to get a strike and leapt for joy when they hit the fewest pins! The game all depended on chance. It was a change from the usual camping and outdoors, and both fathers and sons had a grand time. Competition was fierce and everyone had trouble scoring the dreaded two. In the end however, everyone had fun and that’s all that matters. Aside from simply going through the motions, the Bingo Bowling gave each father and son the opportunity to bond with one another and work as a team—which is one of the fundamental aspects of schooling here in Southridge School. That’s why we have Father and Son Activities. It is not rudimentarily an event with games, booths, and friends from other schools coming to hang out but, at its earliest origins, an event created on the basis of the father-son relationship. When we say “Act as One Family”, it should remind us that we should never forget to maintain and strengthen our own personal relationships with our family members because they are God’s gift to us.
During this school year’s Metrobank Dep-Ed Math Challenge (MTAP), Southridge sent teams from each Grade School level to compete against other students from other schools in a battle for mathematical supremacy. In the Primary School, all of the teams advanced with the Grades 1 and 3 teams taking the top spot and the Grade 2 team finishing in third place. In the Intermediate School, only the Grade 7 team advanced to the next stage having finished in fourth. Unfortunately, Grades 4, 5, and 6 finished out of qualifying position. In the Sectoral Team Finals, our Grade 1 team finished fourth, the Grade 3 team in fifth, and the Grade 2 team in first place. The Sectoral Individual finals had us see Noah Limlengco of Grade 1 finish in eighth, and Juanpa Abola collecting his second Gold medal of the competition. For the Intermediate School, our Grade 7 team finished fifth in the Sectoral Team Finals and advance to the Regional Finals. Unfortunately, none of our Primary School teams were able to win the Regional Finals and represent the region. Grade 1 finished in third, Grade 2 in second, and Grade 3 in third. In the Individual Finals, Juanpa Abola won his third gold and will move on to the National Competition. The Grade 7 team will compete in the Regional Finals on March 20, Tuesday with a chance to advance to the National stage. Southridge is extremely proud of everyone who took part in the contest. Keep up the good work! MTAP Merit Awardees Grade 1 Noah Limlengco–2nd Honor Emilio Lorenzo–3rd Honor Golden Sison-3rd Honor
Miguel Fermin–2nd Honor Jake Peralta–2nd Honor
Juanpa Abola–1st Honor Bruce Ancheta-2nd Honor
Team Members Grade 1
Noah Limlengco Emilio Lorenzo Matthew Katigbak Coach-Jon Gonzalez
Miguel Fermin Jake Peralta Alden Saludez Coach-Dann Barcelona
Grade 3 Juanpa Abola Bruce Ancheta Golden Sison Coach-Doy Tuppal
Grade 6 Grade 7
Jacob Tambunting Jaime Santos Miko Tansingco Coach-Jojo Dequito Ivan Castaneda
Daniel Oliveros Dino Mendoza Justin Medalla Coach-Miggy Quinto
Rocco De Castro Teo Eugenio Gerard Kawada Coach-Jess Dones
Rafael Santiago Raphael Morallo Josh Miller Coach-Ed Arceo
Making Sure that No Child is Left Behind By Raphael Morallo, 7B
Imagine, the long tests are coming and you have no idea what your teacher is trying to instruct you. Plus, you have no access to other people who can help you at home. Of course, you wouldn’t let that just happen, and neither will your classmates. This is why the NCLB or “No Child Left Behind” project was made. It is a tutoring program wherein students having reasonable academic difficulty can be tutored at crucial times before tests, or to simply improve their grades. This is not done by teachers, but by student volunteers. So why have this program? This is because we wanted the tutees to be able to trust and learn from their classmates and for the tutors to learn to share their knowledge to others. This program was made because we want to ensure that everyone, without any exception, will move on to the next school level. This program, launched by the Grade School Student Council as early as June 2011, has also helped the personal formation of the students because the students are able to build virtues such as patience, diligence, confidence and prudence since some students have sacrificed their time to study instead of wasting time getting into foolish and less important matters. The results of this program so far are very positive. Those people who chose to join the program and to continue participating whenever available have been able to boost their grades and get off the failing list. For example, one of the regular
participants, Dexter Napolitano, is able to devote time to this program despite his pre-planned schedule. It’s because of his participation that he has now been able to improve in his academics and had as well improved his study habits. “Last November, after semestral break and during our student seminar, I realized that I should not have been ashamed for who I wanted to be. I did not want to be the pasaway (wayward) boy I was, I wanted to practice, ‘Viriliter Agite’. I wanted to stand up and be a man.” That week, Dexter won the “Most Improved Student Award”. As his school-mates, I think we will all agree that Dexter has dramatically improved academically and morally thanks to the practice of the virtue of discipline, whi is something he can use in his NCLB sessions. With this project, students have learned not only about their subjects, but also about using time wisely and sharing talents with others. It is just one way in creating a more compassionate and successful student body in Southridge. Sessions are held every Monday and Thursday after dismissal in the 7B Classroom which is from 3:45 to 4:30 PM at the latest. For more details about this program, you can approach any of the current GSSC officers. If you ever need help with your studies, no matter what grade school level you belong to, you can trust the student tutors to help you understand you lessons in a new light. See you there!
A Hero Arrives at Southridge By Teo Eugenio, 6C
Last January 13, 2012, noticeably Friday the 13th, was quite the opposite of unlucky. On that day, Efren “Kuya F” Peñaflorida visited our very own PAREF Southride School. Efren “Kuya F” Peñaflorida was born in the city slums of Cavite. While he was studying in elementary school, he would often be bullied by gangs. Once he reached high school, he started the Dynamic Teen Company together with a few of his classmates. The DTC aimed to help less fortunate kids to stay away from gangs and to study. He does this by going around and pushing karetons that were transformed into mobile classrooms and teaching children who are unable go to school. To start off with the day’s events, Kuya F together with his two companions, Kez and Christian, were picked up in Immaculate Conception Academy and brought to Southridge, where the Grade School Student Council stood waiting in the main lobby. He was led to the Parent’s Room where he and his hosts waited for lunch. When lunch was prepared, they headed to the Executive Lounge in the cafeteria to eat. After lunch, he was given a quick tour by Mito Hizon and Josh Miller, and then he was escorted to the Auditorium for the Special Student Assembly. When he gave his talk, he spoke about the hardships that he had gone through before he formed his Dynamic Teen Company and started helping less fortunate children. He talked about dealing with the gangs and bullies in his neighborhood while he was young and his experiences with children that he met when he taught in their neighborhoods. The audience was moved by his speech and his videos. The students enjoyed his talk, and some even wanted to volunteer to help him push his karetons. After the assembly, it was time for goodbyes, but Kuya F did not leave empty-handed. He was given 20 boxes of Jack n’ Jill products and a balikbayan box of school supplies to help his foundation. For me, the day was a huge success for both the school and Kuya F. Southridge was left with the memory of Kuya F’s visit and his words from the assembly, and Kuya F was given a box of supplies, 20 more boxes of food, and a great experience.
Charity in Action
By Teddy Padilla and Javi Vilchez The old lady squints, trying to remember what had happened, and then it finally comes back. It was during the storm when all this took place. A typhoon was coming, but the rain was already being felt. Sensing that a flood was in the works, the old lady and her children carried all their belongings to their roof saving whatever they could, even if it meant lifting a sack of raw rice. When the typhoon finally arrived it howled and blew everything in sight with ferocity, testing the courage of the family. Fortunately, the flood, although quite massive, was not able to reach them. The local government, however, playing cautious, decided not to allow them and others in the area, to stay there in fear of their getting swept away. The old lady and her children were sent to a shelter that would take care of them for the days to come, but what about all their belongings, their home, their food? The solution decided by the family was for the father of the children to stay on the roof until the rest of the family had returned. He was to guard against thieves, make sure that the family clothes and other personal belongings were well kept secure and that the rice would stay dry despite the downpour. The typhoon came and left. After the floods subsided, the family was reunited. Despite the loss in money, in belongings, and many other things, the family was blessed to have each other, their most important treasure. Some stories are not as heartwarming. Others weep of physical, material, and financial woes. A 76 year-old woman, Mona Angeles, claims to have evacuated her 92-year old sister Melingalang to the relief site in a bathtub amidst the floods. She told a volunteer, Javier Vilchez, that she was glad that four of her children did not have to suffer this trial: they were dead from heart diseases. These are stories from typhoon victims of Bagyong Pedring in Paombong, Bulacan. They were some of those interviewed during the Southridge Outreach Program by our Seventh Grade Religion teacher, Mr. Rutch Regencia. I was part of the group of students who went to that outreach project, and I can say that we all had a memorable experience. This adventure happened last November, at the end of the School’s second quarter. While many grade seven students opted to
have an early semestral break, a few students stayed for just one more day, the day we went to Paombong, Bulacan. From the start, the trip was intended to be both an outreach project and a pilgrimage. After an hour and a half on the road from Southridge, we reached our destination- which was the church of San Martin de Porres. Starting the day with a pilgrimage was good as it helped us bring God into our hearts through prayers for ourselves and others. After the prayers, we proceeded to Saint Martin de Porres Elementary School next door and it was there where we helped the people by giving out the supplies that we had packed the day before. The Sisters who run the school were continually impressed with the conduct of Southridge students and even visited our campus twice. The supplies included canned meat, instant noodles, toothpaste, water, and clothes such as shirts and socks. We also provided them with styro-foam packed meals thanks to McDonald’s. While we did that, we got the opportunity to hear individual experiences of the wrath of typhoon Pedring. While the details of each personal experience may have been different, a common theme of these stories was the hardship, despair and even adventure of those who were affected by the typhoon. And one clear conclusion we all shared was that the people were in clear need of help. “I was really saddened when I heard these stories” Paul Raagas, a member of the team of volunteers, was said in an interview. “After listening, the only good thing for us to do is to help.” After our stay at the St. Martin de Porres Church and adjoining school, we left for another institution. This time we went to a pre-school administered by the family of our Grade School Principal. As was the case with the previous school, we gave the students of this school our donations and had lunch provided by the faculty running the school. Finally we went to our last destination, Barasoain church. In Barasoain Church we ended both our adventure and our pilgrimage by praying the rosary. After our glorious time we headed back to school with a new heart and new stories to tell. I conclude that our Bulacan outreach was a definite success. We were able to both help others and ourselves.
By Jake Ta
What is Father’s Day?
All of us students today know it simply as a day of free ice cream, games, live concerts, free ice cream, food booths, game booths, free ice cream, movie showings, alumni and teacher sports’ games, and more free ice cream! There had been much preparation and hype for Father’s Day 2012 Operation: D-Day. Of course the Father’s Day committee made “commercials” to keep the hype going and to get more people excited for the event. These videos went viral after postings on Facebook and YouTube. This year, everyone was pumped up for Father’s Day for another reason. The event was sponsored by Selecta. Two-thousand five-hundred Cornetto disc ice-creams were given to the Southridge committee to promote their new ice-cream. Selecta even filmed a commercial for Father’s Day. Like any other Father’s Day, it starts out with the parade. The Parade for this year followed the theme, which is that of the army. Boy Scouts patrolled the campus and the school buildings were decorated with barbed wire, nets, sacks of rice, wooden tanks- the main gate was even reconstructed as a Quonset Hut! The theme was not based on war, as JV Valerio, the Student Council Chairman, mentioned that the real theme is to “Be a Man”—and this requires discipline, toughness, and unity. This was followed by games of sons and dads working together such as the Tug of War match, Bibbo! Hotdog Eating Contest, and more organized sports. As always, students and fathers were divided under the school’s two houses: Vinta and Helm. Of course, there was plenty of entertainment going on as well on the stage. The Southridge Step Crew, as well
Day 2012: on D-Day
abuena, 7C as the Southridge Dance Co., performed on stage for the event. There were also Southridge bands that performed for the event. At every Father’s Day, people look forward to the booths. A number of new booths definitely went with the Army theme- including an air-gun booth with Justin Bieber’s face as the target! There were also many née additions, which many could not believe, such as the Mechanical Bull Ride, the inflatable Jousting Booth, and the Zipline—which was stretched from the building’s third floor to the oldest tree’s base. There were the usual booths we have every year such as the moon bounce, inflatable slide, The Horror Booth and Laser Tag. Many food booths were spread across the field under large tents including Big Better Burgers, Amici, Reyes Barbecue, and Hot Shots just to name a few. The Grade School was given a magic show in the School’s Auditorium while the High School, and one Grade 7 group, had their Battle of the Bands. Throughout the events, the battles of Helm and Vinta were waged. Of course the main part is the announcement of the House winner for this year’s Father’s Day. They definitely built up the tension as they announced the winners of the games, right until the last moment. As they announced Helm the winner for this year’s Fathers Day, you could hear the Helm members rejoicing. Vinta showed good sportsmanship and congratulated Helm on triumphing this year. The joy was overpowered by the dazzling fireworks display lighting up the sky. To end it all, Southridge got FRANCO, considered the best professional band from Cebu, to perform at the end. People were given lanterns to light up and let fly as their music rocked the school. An estimated 2900 people attended Father’s Day.
Southridge in the Eyes of Mang Dolphy By Arnald Paguio, 7C
Everyday, we students go along doing our usual routine, studying, doing our homework, taking tests, etc. As we do these things we tend to forget about the other people who work here in Southridge—the Janitors. Everyday they work hard to keep our school clean and to help maintain the school’s student-friendly environment. Whenever we enter our classrooms in the morning, we always see it cleaner than it was the day before. If our classrooms were dirty, it would distract us from doing what we must do. We usually take this for granted and forget about the people who keep our school clean. These people are very important to the school, and we never really what they thought of us. To find out, I invited Mang Dolphy, one of the oldest among all the workers in the Auxiliary Staff. He so far, has worked in SR for 28 years now. He started on September 7, 1984 and he was only 24 years old Mang Dolphy, now 56, is the perfect person to ask my question due to his experience. AP: Throughout your stay here in SR, have students been treating you and your co-workers well? MD: Some are kind and some aren’t. I don’t usually talk to students because I’m so busy most of the time. Sometimes they do greet me and I do appreciate it when they do. AP: Have you ever had any student friends in SR? MD: Over the years I have had many friends. Most of them have now graduated already. Most of the students who I befriend are from the Afternoon School but I do have some from the Day School. AP: Do you have any plans of leaving SR? MD: I can’t say because it all depends on the agency. If they want me to leave then I will. I’m 56 years old and I’m very close to 60 so who knows what will happen? Right now, I wouldn’t move away.
AP: Do you enjoy working in SR? MD: I’ve been working in SR for 28 years and it has been part of my life. During that time I have grown attached to the school and working here has been a wonderful experience for me. I’m the only one who knows how to trim the bugangvelia a certain way, and I know this school’s land so well. So I do enjoy working here and I have come to love this school. AP: Would you say that SR students are proper gentlemen in terms of cleanliness and order? MD: Students here are quite disciplined. They do a good job in cleaning their classrooms and cleaning up after eating during lunch time. Overall, they are very neat students. AP: What do students here need to improve on? MD: One thing students can improve on is throwing litter properly. In SR, it’s throwing litter properly. In SR, you can sometimes see litter all around the campus. This makes things harder for me and my fellow co-workers. Maybe they can discipline themselves to throw their trash in the trash bin. Other than that, the students here are very neat. Throughout the interview, it was clear to say the joy in Mr. Dolphy’s eyes. He thoroughly enjoyed talking about the school he loves, but also the fact that students were respecting his opinion. No matter whom we are or who we are with, each and every person deserves respect. Whenever we see our auxiliary staff, maintenance crew, or custodians, we should be reminded of how hard they work to keep our campus clean for our own good. Remember, they expect nothing in return, so would it be too hard if rewarded them with a smile, a wave, or even just meaningful eye contact just to remind them that we appreciate the work they do for us? It’s something to think about.
A Reflection on Charity By Joax Santos, 7A
Last December 16th, 2011, students from Grades 5 to 7 went to the Daughters of Charity Convent in Bicutan to visit the sick and aging nuns staying there. Several Grade School teachers including Grade School Principal Mr. Salamat came along as well. Each of the teachers and students was assigned a prayer partner among the nuns to spend the day with in meditation. The students fed them lunch, gave them ice cream, and performed various numbers for them. A program—which included dance numbers by the Grade 7 students and a song from the Grade 6 students—was hosted by Josh Miller and Dexter Napolitano. The students and teachers shared laughs and told the nuns stories from their lives in Southridge. In the end, the nuns promised to not stop praying for each and every one of us. I asked several students to share the experiences that they had and the lessons that they learned during the outreach, and here is what they said: Me: What did you learn about the nuns and as a person? Paolo Sandejas: Well, first I found out that they were waiting for God to take them. Mr. Salamat also told us that prayers are stronger when people are about to die. I sort of felt bad for them because they couldn’t go around and do things anymore. On the other hand, it feels good to know that somebody will never stop praying for you. It’s even more special because they are nuns and their prayers are stronger. Me: How does it feel to know that someone will always pray for you? Rocco de Castro: Of course I felt bad to see the nuns as sick and dependent on people as they were. Nevertheless, it feels really great to realize that these nuns will never forget you and your intentions no matter what. They get to spend more time with God and devote part of their time for you. Me: What was your favorite part of the outreach? Why? Gerry Hernandez: For me, it was definitely meeting the nuns. You can learn a lot from people like them. They are perfect role models for the faith. They remain strong and trust in God. Best of all, they pray for you instead of the pains they experience. All in all, this outreach ended up not only administering to the nuns physically, but strengthened all of us spiritually.
“I AM NUMBER 15” A Profile of an Ideal Southridge Gentleman
By Joaquin Fernandez, 5C
In school, we are constantly reminded to do our best academically. When we work or study hard, we are rewarded with good grades and a good work ethic. But do we all exemplify these attributes outside of school? The National Achievement Test, or NATs, is an example of studying hard and doing our best without the rewards of grades. In last year’s NAT, Southridge School’s very own Joax Santos topped the NAT results in our school and placed 15th overall in the National Capital Region. This is an interview on how kids like us should strive to do our best in everythingespecially outside of school. Joaquin: Did you ever dream of becoming a smart person? Joax: Growing up, every kid dreams of be coming smart or good in sports. In Ridgefield, I wasn’t a particularly extraordinary student. I was just like everyone else, enjoying, having fun. Of course I dreamt of being a great student, but never did I think that God would bless me so much that I would become the student I am now. Joaquin: What drives you to do your best? Joax: My parents said to me once that anyone is capable of doing anything. I guess that the fact that I am doing so well makes me want to do it even longer. Who doesn’t want to be the best? I just keep in mind that there are tons of very deserving people around me and that I’m very blessed to be who I am now. Once you’re on top, you don’t settle for mediocrity. You end up trying your best in everything, and once you try your best, it pays off. Joaquin: Who inspires you to be who you are? Joax: I’m inspired by everyone around me. The support they give me is incredible. I’m talking about family, friends and teachers. I just feel a need to repay them for it. I would feel really spoiled if I just threw them away by not working hard enough.
Joaquin: What do you want to be when you grow up? Joax: To be honest, I have no idea. Since I was little, I’ve wanted to be everything from a Formula 1 driver, to a pro football player, to an NBA player. The weird thing about that though is that I never pictured myself being a scientist or a doctor. These dreams of mine push me to work hard on everything from sports to studies. Joaquin: What is the secret to becoming an extraordinary student? Joax: The “secret” to being an extraordinary student is mainly a workhorse kind of attitude. Don’t stop until the end. You have to be focused and dedicated to whatever craft you are talented at. This involves running drills harder than anyone else, understanding lessons deeper than anyone else and being more creative than anyone else. I’m no perfect at doing these things, but it’s in my mind and I try to get as close to it as possible. Joaquin: What advise will you give to other students? Joax: As I said earlier, it’s about focus. I have practice everyday and homework very often, so I can’t slack off at all. If you add the games I have practically every weekend, my schedule looks tiring and hectic, and it is. Throw in time for friends and family, and it’s even more difficult. When I do these things, I block out everything else and focus one thing at a time. Once I break that focus, everything will overwhelm me. Joaquin: How do you manage your time and schedule? Joax: When I get home from school and practice, I do my homework first, then go through notes, and then I look for the topics I’m confused with and review them more. During exam week, I study in short spans, going through each topic one at a time. After one topic, I take a short break to let everything sink in. I noticed that when I study everything at once, I get a bit confused come test time. Rest is important too but understanding what you need to is the priority. Joax: Are you proud to be a Southridge Admiral? Joaquin: Of course I am! I can’t think of any school that I would move to in the Philippines. The education here is of high standard and the virtues you learn are unmatched. I love it here.
In the Eyes of a New Student By Justin Medalla 5C
Before I came to Southridge, there were many schools to pick from. For a certain reason, my family and I chose this school. We already knew some people in this school and had some relatives before my brother and I even studied here. Having known some of my would-be batch mates from summer soccer practice, I was not wholly alone. When I entered the school campus on my first day of school, I had no idea what to expect. I thought it was going to be hard to make myself comfortable and fit in with new classmates. I felt like backing out because I was very nervous. I felt pressured during every step I took moving closer to my classroom. When I was right beside the door, I told my mother I didn’t feel like this was the right place to be in, but she said this was a place I wanted to be in. Bravely, I took her advice, and stepped inside the classroom. I sort of regretted my move of going in, but later on I realized it was the right choice to make. My classmates were very welcoming. I was lucky that there were students that I knew. The ones who I didn’t know acted like we had been friends for quite a while. Every new school day seemed like a
new opportunity to know new things and to recognize what I can make out of the things I learned. Although there are many challenges and hardships in this school, they all seem to benefit the good of students and the school. I realized that this school was a very unique school. It had many fun and interesting events to enjoy. I was looking forward to the next big event every time. The facilities are well maintained, too. There are many people who help out each other. This school is one school that any student would want to stay in. One example is my first Father’s Day. I didn’t know what it was like, but it turned out to be an extraordinary event. I think the two houses, Vinta and Helm, make the school even more special. Even if my house lost, I enjoyed the experience. But as long as I am an Admiral that’s fine with me. The education is challenging here which some people tend to argue with. If you are learning challenging topics, then use it as your advantage to make yourself smarter. If you are reading this, you are welcome to be a part of our Southridge family.
Hope, what is it? It is the ability to see past the hard parts of our lives. It is what drives us forward through hardships and difficulties. It is the light at the end of the tunnel. It is what makes us get out of bed in the morning. It is what helps us get through our day. It is what gives us purpose in life. Hope gives us a reason to live. Hope can come in many different forms. It can come in material form such as gold and jewels. It can come in a supernatural such as God who guides us through life to Him in Heaven. It can come as a feeling such as determination which can bring you through anything. It can also come as an organization called One Million Lights. One Million Lights is an international, nonprofit organization that provides solar powered lights to impoverished communities all over the world such as Haiti, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia just to name few. It was founded in Palo Alto, California in 2008. Since then, they have distributed tens of thousands of solar powered lights, each having a huge effect on their new owners. For example, these lights have allowed children to study after dark which you might not think matters much, but this opportunity has allowed children to become businessmen, engineers, lawyers, politicians, etc. People from these communities can extend their work hours to nighttime to earn more money.
You may think that solar powered lights are just a gimmick to make One Million Lights appealing. People are getting fancy solar powered lights, so what? So what!? They take away the previously necessary risk and expense of using kerosene lamps and candles. The fumes released by the kerosene and candles are toxic. They are also expensive to maintain. According to research, 282,000 people die per year due to kerosene-related fires and toxics. In India alone, 2.5 million people suffer severe and usually debilitating injuries from fumes and burns from kerosene lamps. By using solar-powered LED lights, people won’t have to pay for the constant use of kerosene lamps and can instead use their money for food, clothing, education and other necessities. You may be wondering what this has to do with you. Well, One Million Lights needs help. Each and every peso counts. A peso here, a peso there—it will all build up to save thousands of families. Sacrifice a little to save thousands. Remember, One Million Lights can’t do it alone. They need your help. Together, we can light up the future of tens of thousand of people.
In Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, “The King will replay, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do unto me…” Remember, it is not an accident that you are reading this. In God’s plan, there are no accidents. If you feel compelled to donate goods, materials, or money to One Million Lights—or would personally volunteer in the distribution of solar lights, do not feel shy to approach any of the Grade School Student Council members to coordinate this with the organization.
Journal of a Junior Master Chef By Gino Yang, 5B
Gino Yang is a Grade 5 student chosen as one of the contestant for the 1st Season of Junior Master Chef Philippines. Along with his fellow contestants, he went through many cooking challenges that tested his culinary ingenuity. His stint in the show was cut short so he can attend the CISV in China. Nonetheless, his stay gave him many great insights and experiences. Here is his narrative regarding his experience with the show. Hello, my name is Gino Yang. I am eleven years old. I am a Junior Master Chef. My experience there was very great and memorable. First of all, it was great because it taught me so many new things. Before I started, I had been cooking very simple things, like ham, bacon, brownies, and cookies. When I got into the show, I started to take culinary so much more seriously. I started to make many different dishes, and even came up with my own dishes. Also whenever I find a new recipe I usually modify it according to my taste and the flavor I want it to be. That was why I found culinary so free. The second reason I loved this experience was because of all of my friends. Lots of people think that all of us contestants barely meet each other but actually we’re together for at least 7 hours a day being able to do anything we want. Usually, we just spent time together talking and getting to know each other better. I am not just referring to the contestants. We also stayed together with the crew in their free time and shared some laughs together with them. Last of all I enjoyed it because of my eagerness in the challenges. I was always ready to make new things, to see how my dish came out, how long the time limit is, what the challenges are, and to see who would win.
“Making Christmas More Meaningful” By Jaime Santos, 4C
Christmas is a very joyful day
. We celebrate the birth of Christ. That is the true meaning of Christmas. We need to make sure that other people know this. It’s not about the gifts, it’s not about the delicious food and it’s not about the parties. Christmas is about celebrating Jesus’ birthday! For kids like us, here are some practical ways we can live the Christmas spirit: We must bring the joy of Christ to joy Christ to others. We can do this by sharing our time with the poor. We can visit the orphans, the sick, and even those in prison, these are called corporal works of mercy. These are things Christ himself did and wants us to do. There are other ways of spreading the joy of Christmas. One good way is by singing carols. We can also bring food, clothes and even Christmas presents to those who need them. We can tell those stories, especially about the first Christmas. Then they can learn the true meaning of Christmas. We must also make Christmas more meaningful for the family. We can try to go to Simbang Gabi. It will help us focus on Jesus. This’ll help us acquire more grace and will also strengthen our faith. We can also offer the masses for special intentions. Now isn’t that nice? It may even come true if we complete the novena! On Christmas Eve, we should attend mass as a family. We should sing Christmas songs and feel the goodness of God. We should kiss the baby Jesus with a pure heart. We should say, “Jesus, I love you. Jesus, help us to be better people. Dear Jesus, help us get to heaven.” We must make Jesus the star of the celebration. We need to continue the spirit of Christmas even after the Christmas season is over. I know what you might say, “It’s not Christmas anymore.” But these things you do during Christmas can still be done throughout the year. Christ did not come to start a holiday; He came to die for our sins and to save us. The least we can do is to follow in his footsteps. We can continue to donate things to the needy, do kinds acts to our family and friends, and keep the focus on Jesus. I we live the spirit of Christmas everyday; we will experience the joy of it as well. I hope that the spirit of Christmas will remain in us all, not just during Advent, not just during Christmas, but throughout our entire lives.
But these things you do during Christmas can still be done throughout the year. Christ did not come to start a holiday; He came to die for our sins and to save us. The least we can do is to follow in his footsteps.
A Virtue of the Month Commentary By Javi Vilchez
Generosity is, in today’s society, is considered being helpful and charitable to those in need, or ‘going the extra mile.’ But that is far from the truth. In reality, generosity is giving wholeheartedly in a spirit of love and friendship to help those in need, with full sincerity. Generosity has to be sincere. Sometimes, we just give so we can look better in the eyes of others. Sometimes we give in full view of others to feel good about ourselves. This should not be so, God rewards generous acts done in secret- (Matthew 6:3-4), acts that are sincere, acts that are not inspired by worldly recognition but done in the character of putting others above ourselves. This is true generosity. Now, we all know the story of the feeding of the five thousand. Its the story of how Christ miraculously multiplied five meager loaves of bread and two fish to feed the five thousand men, women, and children gathered by Bethsaida. One overlooked truth in this famous biblical passage was the fact that the little lad who owned the food, probably had his baon for the day, was willing to share all he had with Jesus, he was willing to be used as an instrument of blessing by the Son of God. He displayed a loving, generous heart. Alright, let us think. Imagine if every one of us suddenly had the urge to share our gifts from God, our blessings, to those who are most in need. Look at us, each and every one of us, God has blessed us enough, blessed our parents enough, to send us to this illustrious school. I tell you, not every family has the financial capacity to send their children here. So what do we do with the wealth God has given us? Purchase the new gaming console? Buy another pair of expensive shoes? There is nothing wrong with these because God gives us all things to enjoy. However, there
could be a better way to use our money that could impact many others. If I’m going to be remembered, I don’t want to be known as the kid with the fancy clothes and the newest video games (Again, there’s nothing wrong with that). I want my legacy to be known as the kid who put others above himself. Because in the end, when we all die, we cannot take any of our possessions with us. We leave them behind. And better to leave behind an empty house and a legacy to be proud of rather than a mansion full of riches but to be remembered as someone whose life failed to impact others. In the ultimate act of generosity, Christ died for the sins of us all: hopeless sinners. He died for us. The least we can do is share that gift of life He gave us. Here are some ways we can live out the virtue of generosity: We can spread the love of God by sharing and giving to those who you think need help. I’m sure all of us know someone who does. It can simply be being there for them as a friend and brother. “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity...”—Proverbs 17:17. Here’s an example: Do your helpers’ children need clothes or schoolbooks? We can devote our time to helping around the campus maintenance. After all, its our school, and we should be diligent in keeping it clean. This is being generous with our time. Sometimes, generosity is giving when it hurts, sacrificially. For example—you are hungry and you walk into a fast food restaurant and buy a burger. You walk out and see a child, begging for morsels of food from people passing by. You can give up your burger. Last one—beware, this one’s pretty deep—Feed a hungry man, and he’ll be hungry tomorrow. Provide him with the resources and abilities to fend for himself and his family, and he’ll never go hungry again. Just food for thought.
“You Me At 6” By Onch Adizon, 7B
Do you like Punk, Pop-punk, Rock, or maybe even Post-Hardcore music? Do you enjoy the sounds of Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, Simple Plan, or All Time Low? Then you’ll definitely enjoy the music of You Me At Six! This British rock band’s melodic alternative/punk sound will definitely be pleasing to your ears. Their enjoyable upbeat songs are something you wouldn’t want to miss. You Me At Six was formed in Weybridge, Surrey on 2004. The band is composed of John Francheschi (Lead Vocals), Max Heyler (Backing Vocals; Rhythm Guitarist), Chris Miller (Lead Guitar), Matt Barnes (Bass), and Dan Flint (Drums). Rising to fame on 2008, after releasing their debut album, Take Off Your Colors, they became the forefront of British Rock Music. Then, on January of 2010, they released their debut album, Hold Me Down, which contained singles such as, Liquid Confidence (which is my favourite You Me at Six song). The album ranked #5 in the UK Charts. They released their most recent album on 2011, Sinners Never Sleep, which marks a shift in their music career. Older, wiser, and with more to say, this album, according to singer, John Fancheschi, is the best album they have made so far, and all this before the age of 21. Most people who think about British rock bands usually think of Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend, and a lot of those other Indie rock
bands. Who knew that the UK would produce pop-punk bands such as You Me at Six? This is one of my favourite bands (along with All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan, etc.). This is a band which I think anyone will enjoy! I like listening to the band’s music because they encourage me to enjoy my life and to not take what I have for granted. I don’t agree in shallow attitudes like ‘living for the moment’ or ‘like there’s no tomorrow’; rather I believe in the mentality that God gave us these opportunities to learn from, to remember, to cherish, and to rejoice in. The wise Master Oogway from Dreamworks’ animated movie KungFu Panda once quoted: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery- but today is a gift, that is why they call it the present.” We should always remember to never take any microsecond of any day in our lives for granted. If each day is a song, we have to learn to sing them well.
“My Side of Music” By Justin De Leon
What is music to you? Does it get you in the mood of something? Does it give you are certain feeling when you here it? In my opinion, Music has certain emotions in every note you would hear in a song. Music is also a person’s expression in many forms through beats, rhythms, and sound. It brings people together as a family because music adds color and definition in life. In this brief space, I would like to tell how music has affected me. Music can come in many different ways such as pop, punk, rock, electric or classical. I play classical music on the piano, and in my batch at school, I am well known for it. In the classical side of music, these are the very cultural, traditional, and of course very old pieces of music. This vast collection includes the masterpieces of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Liszt, Chopin and many others. My journey with classical music started when I was a young boy going up the stairs just listening and watching my sisters take their piano lessons in the house. Just right after their piano lessons, I would go down from the stairs and go to the piano and play exactly what they did—with perfect recollection of the notes. My parents learned about this talent of mine, and at that moment I knew that I had a God-given gift. I, then, went to have piano lessons, to learn and read my first piano notations. During one piano lesson, my mom came home and gave me a CD of Beethoven’s famous pieces and
I was anxious to play it, and after hearing the CD so many times, I was able to play Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” in C# minor and the second movement of his sonata “Pathetique” in A flat major. My parents were surprised and knew that I could do more. My parents moved me to St. Scholastica’s College for piano lessons, and there I learned much more. I was able to experience my very first recital at the college’s auditorium at St. Cecilia’s Hall. After that, I got to play piano in a talent show here in Southridge—and all of these at the age of 8. My talent made me rise up the ranks with speed, and at the age of 10, I was brought to the University of the Philippines College of Music where I had as my teacher Dean Mauricia D. Borromeo. In the College of Music I study the best of classical music, the great works of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and many more. I was able to experience my very first piano competition, and it was a great learning experience. Finally, I have had numerous recitals. Lest you think me old fashioned, I also play more modern music like the songs of today and movie soundtracks. I also play mass songs which is one way for me to give thanks to God. I thank God for giving me such a gift, and this made me realize that the Lord made everyone in this world special. Music truly gives color and emotion to life. All in all, this is my side of music, I hope you have yours.
What True Victory Is By Jag Dagelet, 7C
PAREF-SOUTHRIDGE SCHOOL Varsity Program ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPORTS ACHIEVEMENTS SY 2011- 2012
FOOTBALL PRISAA Champion – Midgets B Football Team Xavier Cup Champion – Midgets E2 and F1 Football Teams Muntinlupa Division Meet 2011 Champion – Midgets B Football Team Champion, Rifa Cumulative-Phase 2 – Midgets E2 and F1 Football Teams 1st runner up, Xavier Cup – Midgets A Football Team 2nd place-Palms Futsal Tournament – Midgets D1 Football Team 2nd place, Xavier Cup 2011 – Midgets A Football Team 2nd place, NCR-Palaro 2012 – Midgets B Football Team 3rd place, Rifa Cumulative-Phase 1 – Midgets E2 and F1 Football Teams 3rd place Rifa Cup 2012 – Midgets E2 and F1 Football Teams 4th place-Palms Futsal Tournament – Midgets D2 Football Team
Finalists. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
The crowd is on its feet, the coaches are screaming, and the players are getting pumped up. Final stretch of the game and we’re down big in the 4th Quarter. Southridge has started to make their last big run. For the first time in a long time, our defense was working to perfection. Despite the slight odds of us winning, we composed ourselves and willed ourselves back into the game. Before we knew it, we had made a comeback, with about four minutes to go in the 2012 LSMS Championship match. In my mind, I thought, “If the game were to end right now, and our dreams of winning a championship would be crushed right before our very eyes, how would I feel about it?” All of us knew we just couldn’t lose no matter what. Eight points separated La Salle Zobel and Southridge. With our stifling defense, we were able to score on the fast break, the lead is down to six. Once again, we were able to get a stop on the defensive end. I quickly brought the ball down court and found one of my teammates streaking to the basket. He finishes an easy layup to cut the lead to just four. The pressure was building on each and every one of us as the game approached the last 2 minutes. A beautiful play designed by coach in the huddle led to a foul, sending me to the line for a couple of free throws. With a chance to make it a one-possession game, the first one rattled out. As I was getting ready for the next shot, he heard a voice from the crowd say, “just relax”. I took the advice but still the shot missed. La Salle called time out. In our huddle, Coach Marlon planned and strategized our defense for the next possession. We gathered for a while and we were ready to go. Our defense was able to stall the opposing from having a good look at the basket until they were able to drive inside and throw up a shot, which nearly went in. Unfortunately, the referee called a foul on us. The Southridge crowd was getting ready to burst, as the player was getting ready to take the first shot. Fellow students were shouting, stomping, and smacking their seats. Parents were screaming, friends and relatives were all cheering. Fitting enough, the player missed both free throws and we had a chance to tie. Coach called our last timeout. With about 20 seconds remaining, the ball in my hands, I drove to the basket with two defenders in my way. I threw the ball up, off balance. It missed but a foul was called on La Salle. I stepped up to the line for two huge free throws. First shot was way off and it missed. Being down two, I knew I had to make this free throw to still give us a chance to win. I put it up, unsure about whether it would miss or not. It rattles out. We are forced to foul, and lose much hope of winning. The opponent sinks both free throws and the game was basically sealed. La Salle had won and we had lost. Many of us cried after the game. I cried out of embarrassment because of how I couldn’t convert my shots throughout the game and especially in crunch time. We also cried because our goal of winning the championship had now been shattered. When the La Salle team raised their Championship trophy in joyous victory,
CHESS Muntinlupa Division Meet 2011 Champion – Midgets Chess Team, Mr. Raphael Miranda, Grade 5 B PRISAA Champion – Midgets Chess Team APSAM Chess Tournament 2011Midgets Chess Team Champion Mr. Jejomar Velante, Grade 6A 1st runner up, MSSA – Juniors Chess Team BASKETBALL 1st runner up, LSMS – Midgets Basketball Team Semi-finalist, MSSA – Midgets Basketball Team 2nd runner up, LSMS – Mini-Midgets Basketball Team BASEBALL Champion, Southern Classic – Pinto Baseball Team 1st runner up Nuvali Cup, Second leg – Bronco Baseball Team 1st runner up, Nuvali Cup, Leg 2 – Bronco Baseball Team 1st runner up, PRISAA – Bronco Baseball Team 2nd place, 3 legs Southern Classic 2011– Mustang Baseball Team 2nd place Nuvali Cup – Mustang Baseball Team TENNIS PRISAA Champion, Singles Lawn Tennis Event – Midgets Tennis Team, Mr. Tomas Puno, 6C Champion, Division Meet, Singles Lawn Tennis Event – Midgets Tennis Team, Mr. Tomas Puno, 6C high and proud, we could do nothing but watch and see what could’ve been accomplished. With our hands on our heads, crying in frustration and depression, coach told us “Great job boys, you played your hearts out and none of you should be crying about anything.” Even though we lost, as a team we thanked the Lord for everything in prayer. We realized that we can learn much from our loss and that there is always going to be a next year. Win or lose, we came out as a team. That is the truth about sports- it’s all about building the team, strengthening the relationships, and keeping our family. They may have won the game, but in the long run, I count that game as a win. *Team Members: Jag Dagelet (Captain), Joax Santos (Co-Captain), Jaime Cabarrus, Keith Peralta, Mateo Gonzalez, Raphael Lustre, Kyle Trinidad, Bright Yoo, Apa Aquino, Nono Arceo, Matt Ty, and Noah Sison
Ending the School Year with a Bang! “The Show” Proves that Southridge Got Talent
March 9, 2012 was the beginning of history. For the first time in the many years of Southridge, one event unified the many talents that the school had to offer. Rightfully dubbed as “The Show”, the show gathered the best of the Grade School, High School and the Afternoon School for one night of performances. The concept for the show was a brainchild of Mr. Ricky Garcia, the Academic Subject Coordinator of the Technology, Music and Arts Department in the Grade School. In its earliest inception, the Show was intended to give an avenue for the performing arts to take center stage. In a school steeped with academic and sport achievements, Mr. Garcia felt that it was high time the hidden talents of the admirals be tapped and shown to the community. This gave Mr. Garcia the determined purpose to pursue this idea. With the backing of the Principal’s Council, Mr. Garcia then formed the team that will help him realize this endeavor. His core committee consists of the tireless Mr. Kits Falcis, Mr. Denz Holgado, Mr. Howie Viernes, Mr. Arnel Bueno, Mr. Francis Lee and Mr. Jason Parado. This team worked towards the successful staging of the entire Show. The Show started off with the audition phase wherein the many talents of Southridge flocked to be assessed by the expert eyes of the Core Committee. The talents that auditioned were many and this presented the organizers a good problem. The organizers then proceeded to choose only the best of the pool of talent. After this phase, came the long practice sessions in preparation for the big night. March 9, Friday – Show Date. Performing to a capacity crowd in the school’s auditorium, the many performers gave it their all to give the audience a really wonderful show. The Show featured many song numbers by many groups and solo acts of the school. There were also a number of instrument performances and
dance performances that capped off the night. The performers of the night are: Justin De Leon in Solo Piano Jalen and Joven Dagdagan Guitar/Violin and Drum performance RJ Paderayon’s Song and Dance Number Teachers’ Band Hearts and Stars Band Mr. F. Lee’s Instrumental Ensemble Joseph Marasigan Piano Solo, Aftershock Band Hadriel Isidro’s solo song number SR Boys’ Choir SR Teachers’ Choir, High School Choir Southridge Angklung Ensemble Jed Bellon Afternoon School Dance group – The Southridge Boys Crew Paolo Gironella’s solo song number Afternoon School Band Gab Estrella’s Drum Solo Grade 7 Dance Group Patrick Matias Acoustic Performance Jigs Sumera and Paolo Jacob Acoustic Band Spiffy Band And the High School Dance Company With Rafael Santiago and Paolo Sandejas as hosts Truly, it was a night of success. Everyone went home happy being a witness to the blinding talent that Southridge had to offer.