May 30, 2017

Forming character

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.

Back to Springdale

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!

Team Philippines among the Top Four in 2012 World Schools Debating Championships

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. 

Foto / Sharmila Parmanand

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.

Source: http://deped.net/team-philippines-among-the-top-four-in-2012-world-schools-debating-championships.html

Springdale wins against CIE, 48-42

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 Iste S. Leopoldo Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cebuano cyclist Igi Maximo is youngest member of Philippine Team

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.

A Unique Outreach

With outreach programs traditionally practiced during the Christmas season, seventy select students of Bonbon Elementary School in Cebu City became beneficiaries of a one-of-a-kind outreach program. 

The outreach on January 2, 2012 was organized by Dream Foundation led by PAREF Springdale Alumnus & Philippine Azkal Player, Paolo Pascual, and Miss Earth Philippines-Water 2011, Murielle Adrienne Orais. Some alumni of PAREF Springdale Batch 2008 and 2007, and friends joined them. 

It doesn't come as a surprise why Bonbon was chosen as the venue. It's because Paolo's high school batch of 2008 pioneered the outreach in Bonbon Elementary School during their senior year. Since then, Bonbon Elementary School officially became an adopted-school of PAREF Springdale School with already three work missions organized by subsequent batches.

At exactly 10:40 AM, the activity started with a short introduction of the team members. Fun games were played that broke the ice and created a bonding between the kids and the Dream Foundation Team; filling the school with loud cheers and laughter. The pupils were then treated to lunch and gifts. 

Notwithstanding the celebrity status of Muriel and Paolo, the short program was without any press.

They’ve both implied that the children’s smiles and their simple “thank you’s” are in themselves PRICELESS! Their example reminds one of a proverbial phrase, “But when you are giving in charity, let not your left hand perceive what your right hand is doing.”

Text by Choy Tura

Golds for Cebu City

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 NewsDecember 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.

“The team is manned by Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC) booters and beefed up by two each from Springdale and Abellana National School (ANS).

“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) and Thomas Glen Ramos (1).”

Lyon Valenzuela (4HS) was the other Springdale Titan who was drafted to the Secondary Football Niños.

(Contributed Photo)

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.

Phil. Science High School holds ‘unique’ science-math quiz bowl

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.

Paolo Pascual: Being a part of the Azkals is a very, very big achievement

MANILA, Philippines — Yannick Tuason and Paolo Pascual leave everything behind for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with the Azkals.

Paolo Pascual, goalkeeper: The other ‘Papa P’

He may not be Piolo, but Paolo Pascual now has his fair share of crazy, adoring fans since joining the Azkals as one of its newest homegrown recruits.

Paolo and the rest of the U-23 (Under 23) players are currently preparing for the Southeast Asian Games in November in Indonesia where he will be the first goalkeeper.

He is also getting back to fighting form after he dislocated his shoulder almost two months ago.
 
Photo grabbed with permission from Paolo's Facebook.

Paolo was just a regular Business and Entrepreneurship college junior at the University of San Carlos in Cebu when he got a call from the Philippine Football Federation asking him to try out for the Azkals.

While it’s already an achievement to try out with other experienced and talented players who come from the other parts of the globe, what sets Paolo apart is the fact that he made it to the national team at only 20 years old. The 5’11” Cebuano native has been training with the Azkals since January.

Paolo started playing football when he was seven years old at Paref Springdale School. He was a striker until Grade VII when his coach Mario Ceniza realized Paolo had the potential to be a good goalkeeper given his height. He has since played in Global Smartmatic FC and in the Philippine U-19 team that competed in China.

Paolo is supposed to be in fourth year college now, but because most of the trainings are conducted in Manila, he is now looking for a school in the capital city where he can continue his studies while he attends the national team trainings at the same time.

Even if he is away from home, Paolo relates that he is always reminded by his father to “always be an intelligent athlete” by balancing academics and sports.

How did you get into football? I started when I was seven years old, for school. Since then, I’ve been playing football in elementary, high school and college. It has always been my childhood dream to play football.

Who are your football idols? Being a goalkeeper, I look up to Iker Casillas. Locally, I look up to my partner, Eduard Sacapano. He has a good work ethic and he has been with the team for so long so I think he deserves to get noticed, he deserves credit.

How would you describe yourself as a player? A goalkeeper should have discipline and a good work ethic. You shouldn’t give up. Even up to the last minute, you should give it your all. Neil Etheridge gives us a lot of tips. When he’s here, he trains us. He’s got a lot of really, really good and useful tips.

What type of a student are you? I’m silent, kinda studious and friendly.

Was it a tough decision choosing between school and being part of the national football team? It is football for now. But I know you can’t get a living by just doing football. You have to earn after football also. So you need a college degree and all that to go through with life. I talked to my mom and dad about it first and I told them that this is just a once-in-alifetime experience. My parents have been very supportive. They’re the ones who have been encouraging me to join the Azkals.

Who inspires you during a game? Number one is God. Next is ‘yung mga na-achieve nung veteran teammates namin, all the Pinoys who have been with the Azkals ever since, like Roel Gener. Their dedication to the team and to the country is amazing.

Do you have any rituals before a game? I just pray.

How has football changed your life? Now that we’re part of the team, you should be more conscious about your health. That’s something to focus on.

What do you consider is your biggest achievement so far? I think being a part of the Azkals is a very, very big achievement already.

What was your craziest experience with a fan? In Barotac (Iloilo) it is pretty wild. The crowd there is rowdy compared to Manila. Here kasi, they keep things to themselves. There they would, they release. They do anything.

Are you single or in a relationship? I’m single.

What do you look for in a girlfriend? I like someone who is God-fearing and family-oriented.

The biggest sacrifice that you have to make as an Azkal? Being away from the family. I’m from Cebu and to move here to Manila is a big sacrifice for me.

What was the biggest adjustment for you coming from Cebu? The life and the family. Homesickness. In Cebu, I have everything there, you have a home, you’re family is there for you. But here, you have to be independent. You have to learn how to live on your own. You have to find ways to get by here in Manila. It was hard adjusting. But after probably a month, I got used to it already.

If you were not a football player, what would you be doing now? I will be studying. Get my business degree then maybe I’ll go become a pilot. It’s been my dream as well.

Do you think the Azkals will survive without the Fil-foreigners? I think we also need the Fil-foreigners. They bring a lot of experience to the team. But skills-wise, I think the pureblooded Filipinos have it.

What was your initial reaction when you saw your team captain, Aly Borromeo’s billboard? Good for him. I’m happy for him. If you have that kind of body, why not flaunt it. Aly has been with the team for so long already, he really deserves all the attention and fame that he has been getting now. Same with Ian (Araneta), Chieffy (Caligdong) and Role (Gener). I’m closest to them and Yannick (Tuason).

Is there a player in the team that you get intimidated by? In football, if you get intimidated, nothing will happen to you. You have to be strong.
 
Published in the Manila Bulletin on July 20, 2011.