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.
ONE of the important goals of education is to form the character of children. It is that part of a person that provides stability and direction in his life and everything in it, starting with the way one thinks, his attitudes and his reactions to things in general.
A person, of course, is a very dynamic being, but he needs to have a sense of permanence and confidence. He needs to be rooted and moored in some sound foundations and oriented to some clear and good goals. He just cannot be drifting aimlessly, twisting in the wind.
A person needs to have an over-all view of life. He has to have a good idea of where he comes from and where he is supposed to go. He has to find meaning and purpose in everything. In fact, he has to know what man is really all about. In this, he cannot and should not be left in the dark for long.
Thus, we have to feel the need to be clear about who and what we are. This involves our core beliefs and faith. Let’s try to be professional and serious about this, avoiding being amateurish and sophomoric. And so we have to understand that we have to be committed to a global view of man and life.
For this, our Christian faith gives us the whole thing—from man’s creation to his eternal destiny. We have to be wary of some attractive ideologies that offer partial truths that often get distorted and exploited for some ulterior motives.
In short, we have to be committed to our Christian faith, for it contains the whole truth and mystery of man, and goes much further than any man-made ideology can offer. Commitment to our Christian faith should not remain on the intellectual level only. It has to involve our whole life with all our powers and faculties.
So everyone has to work to form the right character for oneself and for others. With respect to the children, the task is a long, tedious process that has to go in several stages, typically slow, even meandering, in accordance to the rhythm of life itself, but it should be abiding and relentless.
Good knowledge on shifting gears is definitely a necessity here, since we are going to meet all kinds of terrains, challenges, circumstances and other factors and conditionings.
Since children are not aware of the need to form their own character, their parents and teachers have to gradually make them aware of it. In the end, it is the children themselves who are the primary agents in forming their own character.
The responsibility of the parents and teachers is undoubtedly big and indispensable, but at best secondary. To the children, parents are the primary educators. Teachers just help. Both need to coordinate very closely with each other.
For sure, they need to make time for this all-important duty. This cannot be treated as a sideline only. They need time to be with the children, and time for their planning and meetings.
For this reason, parents and teachers should be clear about what is involved in forming the character of the children. They have to know what education is really all about.
Then, of course, they have to know the many, endless details of the techniques and methods involved, when to be strict, when to be lenient, etc. They have to realize then that they need formation themselves and that their formation as educators also has to go on. It should be an endless affair.
For sure, education just cannot be understood as imparting some knowledge and skills to the children. It covers a whole lot more. Many considerations have to be made—the temperament and psychology of the children, the close monitoring of their behavior, etc.
As educators, parents and teachers have to be knowledgeable not only about the subjects involved in education, but also about the appropriate ways to educate children. They need to combine a wide range of qualities—patience, cheerfulness, toughness, optimism, naturalness, openness and flexibility, etc.
They have to be good at motivating, since children respond so favorably to this that we can say that their growth and development would depend largely on the motivation they receive especially from parents and children.
They have to feel appreciated and loved, needed and important. Even when they have to be corrected, they should realize by the way we do the correction that they are in fact loved and needed, never rejected.
This, I think, is how they form their character and acquire both human and Christian maturity.
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!
Summer is up! It is the perfect time for your sons to venture on other cool stuff. Springdale is offering the Verano Camp for Boys, the summer clubs or classes for your son to enjoy and have a productive summer.
Exclusive for Elementary Students (G2 to G7) Only
High School Students
Age 8-10 (Ukelele)
Age 11 – above (Guitar)
Begginers (6 to 12)
Representative Teams, Boys 12
Boys 14 to 17
Incoming G1 to G3
|PIPERS||Ages 8 – Above
09:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Monday | Wednesday | Friday
April 16-27, 2012
|FLUTE||Ages 8 – Above
10:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
April 16-27, 2012
|PAINTING||Ages 8 – Above
9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
April 16 to 27, 2012
|ARTS & CRAFT||Ages 8 – Above
9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
April 16 to 27, 2012
|READING SKILLS||Ages 8 – Above
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
April 16 to 27, 2012
|MATH SKILLS||Ages 8 – Above
9:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
April 16 to 27, 2012
For inquiries please call Mr. Loreto at 232-2234 or 232-2220 or click HERE!
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
PAREF Springdale Titans defeated the Cebu International Education (CIE), 48-42, in the secondary division of the 1st Private Schools Developmental League at the Cebu Doctors’ University yesterday.
The Springdale Titans started slow and trailed the CIE Lions, 18-8, owing to the strong showing of Akeem Amistad. However, the Titans was able to recover in the second quarter with Zach Go, Ace Gochuan, Carlo Diola and Tonyo Carcel combining for 14 points to cut the lead to 24-22.
After a give-and-go battle in the third quarter, the Titans banked on Go, Gochuan, Carcel and Dional for their fourth quarter run as they delivered 16 points for their close six-point win.
In the other games, Cebu Cherish School defeated St. Louis School of Mandaue, 54-35, while Mt. Olives Christian Academy routed St. Francis of Assisi School, 63-33.
In the elementary division, Springdale made it 2-0 for the Titans with a 28-23 win over the San Isidro Parish School.
Tournament director Marlove Alquizar said they organized this tournament to give a chance to private schools with small populations to compete in basketball.
The secondary divisions, which attracted eight teams, will have a single round robin, while the three-team elementary division will have a double-round robin play.
The tournament, which will have games every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, will run until March 3.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 05, 2012. By Saturday, February 4, 2012
Courtesy photo by Maximax
Sixteen-year-old Cebuano junior cyclist Luis Miguel “Igi” Maximo achieved a long-standing dream of his as he was named to the Philippine cycling team, becoming its youngest member and the only junior cyclist from the Visayas and Mindanao.
PhilCycling, the UCI-recognized National Sports Association of cycling in the country headed by Mayor Abraham Tolentino, conducted two nationwide qualifying rounds for the National Junior Trials.
In the Tour of Clark last Nov. 26-27 in Clark, Pampanga, which served as the preliminary round for Juniors 16-17, Maximo finished in second place in the Individual Time Trial (ITT) 10km and third overall in the General Classification standings.
In the Tagaytay Trials last Dec. 12, in spite of travel fatigue and pressure from school commitments, he delivered a sixth place finish in the Individual Time Trial (ITT) 30km among the 22 aspiring cyclists.
“I did not expect it will come this soon. I was up against older riders during the Trials, all I wished for was a slot in the national training pool,” said Maximo. “Cyclists from Pangasinan and Central Luzon—known hotbeds of cycling in the country—were strong. The top-of-the-line cycling racing equipment provided by Cebu-based YKK Trading really made the big difference in the race,” added Maximo.
As part of the Philippine National Junior Team, Maximo is now in the shortlist for inclusion into the country’s participation in the 2012 Asian Juniors Cycling Championships this coming Feb. 8 to 18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Published in the Cebu Daily News on January 3, 2012 by Jonas Panerio, CDN.
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.