September 25, 2017

OJ de los Santos a proud Springdale Titan

 
On November 22, the 26th SEAG Karatedo Silver and Bronze medalist, Orencio James Virgil Gulle (O.J.) de los Santos, paid a short visit to PAREF Springdale.

After the visit, he wrote a note on his Facebook account. And this is what he says:

"I had a short but great visit today in my high school alma mater.

I look back, and realize that I've learned a lot throughout my past years in this school, especially in the field of wanting to become successful.

It's not just the skill that makes an individual successful, but it is also one's character.

All the virtues that I have learned to improve my character have contributed so much that it has made me grow into a better person.

I am, and always will be, proud to have served the country and reaped the international honors as a certified Springdale gentleman."

Surprisingly, one of his classmates wished him to be "the next Bruce Lee" in their Batch 2008 yearbook.

OJ's yearbook motto goes, "In life we experience failure: but the thought of failure should not bring us down because failure is one of the keys to success."

Photo by Gyl Rosal

Springdale wins in Knowledge Challenge

The Bethany Christian School and PAREF Springdale swept wins during the elementary eliminations of the 2nd BTC Knowledge Challenge on Sept. 10.

The teams from grade 3 to grade 6 dominated the first round of the inter-school quiz bee at the Banilad Town Centre (BTC) and will compete in the finals on Sept. 24.

St. Theresa’s College and Acedemia del Christifidelis also had three teams going into the finals as well as Cebu Bradford School with two teams.

A team each from Cebu Eastern College, Childlink Learning Center, Marie Ernestine School and St. Paul Learning Center also made it to the finals.

Each team has three students. The eliminations for the secondary division will be held today, Sept. 17 at the second floor lobby of the BTC main building.

While 11 schools competed in the elementary division, 10 schools have registered teams to compete from first to fourth year levels.

Other than the schools mentioned, the Don Bosco Technology Center and Harvest Christian School also competed in the high school division.

Jiggy Junior of Y101-FM is quiz master. Now in its second year, the Knowledge Challenge is in collaboration with the Department of Education that reviewed the quiz items and provided the judges.

The winners will receive golden BTC medals and gifts from BTC tenants, while the school with the most number of winning teams will get a trophy as overall champion.

Published in the Inquirer News on September 17, 2011.