TEAM Visayas swept the elementary and high school football fans in impressive fashion, routing their foes in the final day of the Milo Little Olympics National finals.
MANILA, Philippines – While teachers take the place of parents in thousands of schools all over the country, none offer the kind of pedagogy that schools under the Parents for Education Foundation (PAREF) possess. These are schools run by no other than the parents themselves. With a firm resolve, they formed PAREF in 1976, a non-stock, non-profit corporation, whose main objective is to put up schools and to provide parents the means to promote the world-class education they dreamed for their children.
Dreaming of leaders who can bring about social transformation, PAREF focuses its efforts on building men and women of character.
“Members of the alumni,” reported Ralph Guzman of PAREF-Southridge School, “are just about always bumping into co-alumni at the University of the Philippines, the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Asia and the Pacific, and the University of Santo Tomas.” Indeed PAREF students continue to enter Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Brown, Yale, and Stanford, even earning Latin honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude. Within its 35 years, the system has produced at least ten summa cum laudes, six of them in American universities. Thus, the University of the Philippines and some DepEd officials have informed PAREF that its student results show that it is one of the top school systems in the country.
For PAREF, its strongest tool for facilitating personal excellence is one-on-one mentoring. Each child is assigned to one mentor, a member of the school personnel, who chats on a periodic basis with the student personally to understand his or her personality, behavior and potential. Inspired by the ideas of a modern saint and Catholic educator, Josemaria Escriva, PAREF is the first organization in the Philippines to practice this type of active partnership between parents and teachers.
Building on this key strength, PAREF has developed its home-school collaboration system through the years. The latest addition is the incorporation of Harvard-Business-School-style case studies in its New Parents Education Program (NPEP), developed together with Educhild Foundation.
The faculty is considered the heart of the school. Thus, PAREF ensures that its teachers are fit for the purpose of being parent partners outside the home.
PAREF has successfully realized its mission and vision by putting up 7 single-sex schools all over the country: Southridge, Woodrose, Rosehill, Northfield, Springdale, Southcrest and Westbridge. The PAREF Preschools, Inc. (PPSI), meanwhile, is composed of Rosemont, Ridgefield, Rosefield, Ridgefield Iloilo and Rosehill Preschool.
For parents who aspire to play a proactive role in the education of their children and desire for them to grow up living the values of the Catholic Faith, PAREF will be more than happy to welcome them as part of their community. Parents can visit any of its schools all over the country or call (02) 6314292, 7810220, 6311695 or 6877104 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents can also visit www.paref.org or drop by the PAREF Office at Units 107-109 Cedar Mansion II, No. 7 Escriva Drive, San Antonio Village, Pasig City.
As "the only school for boys", today is the first day in school at PAREF Springdale. Teachers, staffs, and students are excited. Everyone is excited especially the new ones. You see new faces, new smiles, hear new laughter, and new kids playing at the quadrangle. For more than 16 years already as a boys school here in Cebu…
…in Springdale, you see "Gentlemen".
Bene Omnia Facere!
Mr. Ampiloquio, Dr. Payod, Mr. Mendoza, Mr. Rosal, Mr. Cabuguas, teachers and staff
My dear parents and friends…
My fellow awardees…
Sport teaches me a lot of things. Allow me to share them with you especially to the younger Titans.
The first one is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be your choice… it has to be your passion.
Defeats are like fire. It can destroy or strengthen you, depending on your outlook in life. But remember, the fire that melts the butter is the same fire that hardens the steel.
Champions are not made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision.
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. And remember, when you are not practicing, someone, somewhere, is practicing and when you meet him, he will win. This goes to show how important hard work and sacrifice is.
Being a student and an athlete at the same time is not easy … it takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice, determination and proper time management on both our school work and training schedules. We could not have done this without the support of our parents and our school, PAREF Springdale.
In behalf of all the awardees, let me thank our school for giving us the opportunity to learn things outside the four walls of our classrooms. You encourage us to explore on extra-curricular activities such as sports, without having to give up on our academics. Your all-out support and understanding by excusing us from our classes yet allowing us to make up for our absences is such a privilege that not all student-athletes from other schools enjoy. This is probably the reason why most of us, Springdale athletes, if not all, excel in our sports.
We learned how to balance both our chosen sport and our studies. We thank you, teachers, for shaping our character and making us the kind of student-athletes that we are today. We really appreciate and will forever be grateful for the opportunities you opened up for us not only academically but also in the field of sports. And of course, to all our parents, we thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you for the support and sacrifices you have given us to make things possible and for always being there for us, no matter what.
Let me end this by sharing with you my “3 Simple Rules in Life”:
– If you do not GO after what you want … you will never have it.
– If you do not ASK … the answer will always be a no.
– If you do not step FORWARD … you will always be in the same place.
Learn to TAKE risks … and see where your brave heart can take you!
God bless the Titans! Good evening.
Athlete's Night Address by Luis Miguel "IgiMax" Maximo, Philippine Cycling Team
MANILA, Philippines — At the recent World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC), touted as the Olympics of debate, Team Philippines was the most watched and was considered one of the best and strongest teams to beat, alongside European countries which have long dominated the tournament.
It’s because six Filipino high school students made history by emerging among the top four teams, alongside Scotland, Wales and England in the WSDC tournament held last month in Cape Town, South Africa.
The team was composed of Mariella Antoinette Salazar from International School Manila, Joaquin Maria Bonoan Escano from PAREF Southridge School, Donald Felbaum and Nico Lorenzo Flaminiano from Xavier School, Rico Rey Francis Holganza, Jr. from PAREF Springdale School in Cebu, and Sanjeev Parmanand from Ateneo de Zamboanga University High School.
They breezed through eight preliminary rounds of debates with six wins, and then went on to defeat Team Canada in the first round of the finals with a two to one decision, and then Team Singapore in the quarter-finals with a unanimous vote or a 5-0 score.
The team, however, was narrowly defeated in the semi-finals by Scotland.
Making it to the semi-finals was the farthest place any Philippine team has gone to in the competition. The closest it got in past WSDC tournaments was the top 16 ranking in 2009, followed by the 20th slot last year.
Team member Mariella Salazar says Team Philippines also earned high speaker points during the quarterfinals from top caliber judges.
UNEXPECTED WIN ON A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC
Despite giving their best performance, the members didn’t really expect to defeat the big teams Canada and Singapore, 2010 and 2011 WSDC champions respectively. In fact, they only realized they were winning when the chief adjudicator was already explaining the merits of their arguments, and announced their victory!
Among the motions or topics discussed during their debates include socio economic rights, the ban on religious parties from running, rural urban migration, Arab Spring, and a feminist movement’s ban on pornography.
For Rico Holganza, Jr. of PAREF Springdale School, what sealed their win against Singapore was the motion which was really close to home, about believing that the gay rights movement should out gay celebrities.
"Team Singapore which was in favor of this motion argued that these gay celebrities who are public figures don’t have a right to privacy because they use their personality to market their brand or products. It runs counter to their values to be closeted gays because it’s deceptive. It's like false advertising. They also said they want to out these celebrities so they can be a model for gay children in conservative societies," says Nico Flaminiano of Xavier School.
But the Philippine team, who cited Hollywood and local gay celebrities in their arguments, maintained that these persons should still have some level of privacy and that they be given the freedom to come out by themselves in their own time and if they want to.
"We argued that some people are successful in creating a dichotomy between their public and private lives. This is very important in trying to protect their party, their children, family and friends from harm. We told them it's also very dangerous to mix public and private life," explains Nico.
Mariella, on the other hand, raised the issue of fragmentation between the movement itself and how outing gay celebrities is counterproductive to the movement.
"Instead of finding inspiration in this gay celebrities and making them role models, what it actually does is alienate certain people. It's like a witchhunt! You don’t have that level of scrutiny with the straight people then why do you want to have that level of scrutiny with gay people? Besides, many celebrities are happy with their lives and don’t even have to come out because they're already accepted,” she adds.
More than the arguments though, Donald Felbaum of Xavier School believes their responsiveness to the issues was what really got the judges on their side. “Both teams were really good. We just edged them out on the criteria of responsiveness and I think that's what sealed the debate more than anything," he notes.
FROM UNDERDOGS TO TEAM FAVORITE
In the earlier part of the tournament, Joaquin Escano of Southridge School says they were among the underdogs. People didn’t expect them to make it that far.
Thus when they advanced to the quarters and semi finals, the other teams began to take notice of their performance. Everyone wanted to watch them perform.
“The best feeling I had there was when we got off the bus and everybody cheered, congratulating us for beating Canada. They told us that we were the talk of the tournament. They even compared us to the Cinderella story, like we were the giant slayers!” Rico enthuses.
For Mariella, the most memorable part of the debates was when the judges announced that they won and the whole room got wild. “Our friends from Peru and Argentina started shouting Filipino, Filipino! They said we were friends with the Philippines before they even got famous!”
Joaquin cited their friendly nature as another reason for the team’s popularity in WSDC. Contrary to perception that debaters are out for the kill, he says that even when they aim for the win, teams still engage in a friendly match. Competing against a team, he adds, is one of the easiest ways to make friends with them.
Six Philippine high school students made history by reaching the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) semi-final in Cape Town, South Africa in January this year, thereby emerging among the top four teams of the tournament.
Cape Town, Africa. Foto / Sharmila Parmanand
Having participated since 2002, this was the furthest that any team from the Philippines had ever progressed. The team, composed of Joaquin Maria Bonoan Escano from PAREF Southridge School, Donald Felbaum and Nico Lorenzo Flaminiano from Xavier School, Rico Rey Francis Holganza, Jr., from PAREF Springdale School in Cebu, Sanjeev Parmanand from Ateneo de Zamboanga University High School, and Mariella Antoinette Salazar from International School Manila, finished 8th after 8 preliminary rounds of debating, with 6 wins – the highest ever for a team from the Philippines.
Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC extends his greetings to the Philippine team for the honor they have brought to the country. “I am truly pleased with the convergence of young people from different parts of the world to share their opinions on issues affecting their respective countries locally and globally. But more importantly, hats off to the Philippine team for showing the world the great potential of Filipino students,” said Luistro.
He added that the competition has been a golden opportunity for the world to hear and understand the youth’s views on topics that are often discussed only by the older generation – when the issues discussed shall most certainly affect the younger generation.
The team proved to be the tournament’s surprise package, earning the respect of judges and coaches all over the world, as they went on to defeat Canada (2010 champions) in the first round of the finals, and Singapore (2011 champions) in the quarter-finals. They were narrowly defeated in the semi-finals by eventual champions Scotland.
“The team put in a great amount of work, researching topics and practicing their debating, along with having to manage their schoolwork, and it’s good to see their effort and dedication rewarded,” said Sharmila Parmanand, a three-time Asian Champion debater and former member of the Ateneo de Manila Debate Society, who served as coach this year.
Kip Oebanda, a Philippine national champion and two-time Asian semi-finalist, who coached the Philippine team for the previous two championships, noted that this was the first team to field speakers from outside Manila, with a speaker each from Visayas and Mindanao.
“It’s exciting to see debate spreading across the country,” he said.
CVIRAA, Tagbilaran City, Bohol –"The Cebu City swimming team made a splash in the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex and bagged a total of 38 gold medals at the end of the competition." (Inquirer News, December 1st, 2011)
Christante Veloso, a Grade 6 PAREF Springdale Titan and one of the members of the Cebu City swimming team, contributed two Golds and a few other medals on the following events:
Gold, Boys 4 x 100 Meter Free Relay
Gold, Boys 4 x 50 Meter Free Relay
Silver, 50 Meter Backstroke
Silver, 100 Meter Backstroke
Bronze, 50 Meter Backstroke
In the Secondary and Elementary Football Competitions, two more PAREF Springdale Titans, namely, Nico Villacin (2HS) and Ryan James Haosen (G7) were also mentioned in the Inquirer News Sports article, as follows:
“The secondary Niños topped their bracket with a spectacular 18-0 routing of Talisay City.
“Scorers were Jay Arizabal, Val Calvo and Dennis Legaspi with four
goals each; Christian Agot and Yves Caballero with two each and one each from Rogelio Castellon Jr. and Niko Villacin.
“The elementary football team also manned by DBTC trashed Tagbilaran, 6-1. Scorers were Ryan James Haosen (3), Jon Joseph Rena (2) andThomas Glen Ramos (1).”
Lyon Valenzuela (4HS) was the other Springdale Titan who was drafted to the Secondary Football Niños.
CEBU, Philippines – Juan Antonio “Tonyo” Carcel could not help but be sentimental as he reigned supreme in the 8th leg of the 2011 Kartzone Karting Series at Kartzone over the weekend.
The 15-year-old Carcel made a good comeback in the national scene and was supposed to race in Clark, Pampanga earlier this month but the event was cancelled due to bad weather.
So that his preparations won't go to waste, Carcel decided to return to Kartzone after three years of missing in action.
Carcel readily made an impact by lording it over in the formula SL experts class.
Peterson Lim came in second followed by Daniel Miranda, Jette Calderon and Panpan Reroma.
“I found it fun that I came back to Kartzone, the track that I grew up in. I started racing here when I was only 10 years old.
This track will forever be in my heart, I will never forget it,” Carcel ended.
Published in the Freeman on November 15, 2011.
PHILIPPINE Science High School–Central Visayas campus (PSHS-CVisC) recently hosted a one-of-a-kind computer-based 5th Science and Mathematics Quiz Bowl in Talaytay, Argao, Cebu, attracting elementary students representing schools all over Region 7.
Usually quiz bowls use projectors to display questions on screen, but in this competition each team was provided their own computer monitor where questions were shown through networking.
Cebu City-based PAREF Springdale emerged as champion in Science quiz bowl, with a whooping 97 points, while West City Exceptional Child Learning Center in Dumaguete City was declared winner in Math with 50 points.
In the Science category, West City Exceptional Child Learning Center also ranked third or second runner-up with 74 points, while Cebu Eastern College in Cebu City was the first runner-up with 88 points.
Bethany Christian School and Minglanilla Special Science Elementary School had a neck-and-neck fight with only a point difference in their score of 38 and 39 points, placing them third and second, respectively in Math category.
They brought home trophies, medals, certificates and cash prizes. The champion got P5,000 while the first and second-runner up received P3,000 and P2,000 each.
“We hold this competition to make our school known in the entire region to attract students who will be taking the National Competitive Examination (NCE). This is also to give schools from far places a chance to experience a unique quiz bowl. It promotes interest in Science and Mathematics among pupils as early as elementary,” said Joseph P. Hortezuela, CViC’s Science, Math and Technology head and over-all event coordinator.
The NCE is a scholastic aptitude test made to measure scientific ability, quantitative ability, abstract reasoning and verbal aptitude of elementary students in order to be admitted to any Philippine Science High School (PSHS) campuses funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The rest of the participating schools are Argao Central Elementary School (ES), Bayawan City Science And Technology Education Center, Binlod ES, Bogo ES, Casay ES, Cebu Normal University, Cordova District, Dalaguete Central ES, Danao City Central ES, David-Solomon Learning Foundation, First Assembly Of God Christian School Inc., First Chinese Royal Academy, Langtad ES, St. Michael Parish Montessori Learning Center-Argao, Naga City Division, Obong ES, Ocaña Learning Center Inc., Sabang ES, Sta. Filomena ES – Alegria, Tabunok Central ES, Talaga ES, Talaytay ES, Taloot Central ES, Tanjay City Division, University Of San Carlos – South Campus, West City Science ES and Tulic ES.
The observing schools are Sotero B. Cabahug Forum For Literacy, Oslob ES, Usmad ES and Tulic ES-Math Team. (Princess Rosery H. Cabotaje)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 23, 2011.
RICO Rey Francis Holganza, a 16-year-old junior, made it to the Philippine national secondary debate team after a weekend of gruelling tryouts.
The Team Philippines: World Schools Debate Championships committee came to Cebu last Dec. 18 and 19 and hosted a tryouts session at the University of the Philippines Cebu College campus.
Holganza, or Ribo as his friends call him, was chosen by Kip Oebanda and James Soriano, head coaches of the team, after several rounds of debate where six other Springdale students participated.
He will be sent to Dundee, Scotland, on August and to Cape Town, South Africa, on February to compete in two editions of World Schools Debate Championships.
Four of six slots in the team have been taken by Holganza, Joaquin Escaño from PAREF Southridge School, Sanjeev Parmanand from the Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Akshar Bonu and Mariella Salazar from the International School of Manila.
Practice was intense because it would last until four in the morning, but it was all worthwhile,? Holganza said.
The team has been competing regularly for the past few years, but this is the first time the committee hosted tryouts outside of Metro Manila, making Holganza's accomplishment an even bigger one.