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.
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.
“I have always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Parents, teachers, school administration, members of the school board, guests, and the graduating class of 2012, good evening.
This powerful quote from the greatest basketball player of all time-Michael Jordan- – is what inspires me and Batch 2012 to strive for excellence in everything that we do, be it a simple or daunting task.
Take this speech for example. When I actually started writing it, I found out that it’s even harder to do than our Research Paper. Yet, one thing was certain though. I knew that the reason why I made it here today is that I never gave up in pursuing excellence. A line from the movie, “Three Idiots”, gave me the inspiration I needed. It goes, “Pursue excellence and success will just follow.”
So, it looks like… this is it! Finally, we have made it to the end of high school and I, personally, am very thankful to be part of this batch. As we are all gathered here to commemorate this important milestone in our lives, let us savor the fruits of our efforts. Without you guys, I wouldn’t be here and so this speech is not only mine, but yours as well.
Many consider us the best batch that Springdale has seen so far. We have heard it several times in elementary, only to hear the same thing again all throughout high school. And so with this, we went out to fulfill what everyone had expected of us. It propelled us to work harder and excel in academics, sports, and other extracurricular activities. Majority of us are on the director’s list, but… we’re not just a bunch of nerds. Almost everyone in the batch is part of the varsity and we have reaped numerous awards in soccer, basketball, taekwondo, debate, golf, swimming, cycling and even scrabble. That is what makes our batch truly amazing.
And guess what? We are also known as the guinea pigs of the school. Because of our high performance, we were always the first ones to try new things, like when they needed to change the curriculum. We didn’t see it as something bad because it just showed how much the school believed in us, making us a benchmark for other batches to emulate. And when we graduate, they will probably say things like “look at this batch and how much they have achieved.” Yes, these are just a few of our accomplishments that will definitely go down in Springdale history.
All these would not have been possible if not for those people who have been instrumental in helping us become what we are today: Our beloved parents and teachers. Our parents for their unwavering love and constant support, and our teachers for their deep wells of patience. In all our struggles, our parents have continued to serve as our guiding light to keep us going and stay focused on our goals. Without them, we might have gotten lost along the way.
Our heartfelt gratitude also goes out to all our teachers who have painstakingly handled our batch throughout the years. The experience we had during our Chemistry exhibits, when we were tasked to teach younger kids who did nothing but run around, made us realize how difficult it must be to be a teacher, especially to high school students who sometimes act like Grade 1 pupils.
Our teachers, together with our parents, have also instilled in us the love for God who makes all things possible. Nothing would have come to fruition without him. For all these, we cannot indeed, thank you enough.
Although we will be travelling different roads, hopefully, we will one day meet again and share new experiences and take pride in our lofty pursuits. Perhaps we will meet as Springdale parents. One of us may even be the chaplain of the school, or some may be influential business leaders in the community.
But no matter what path we take, we will forever be grateful for the wealth of experience that Springdale has provided for us. It has been a pleasure spending the last four years in high school with all of you. And because of the endless support from our parents and teachers, the hard work and never giving up on our goals, we have been better prepared for greater responsibilities ahead.
So, to the graduating class of 2012, let’s go out into the real world, take on new challenges, and show to everyone why we are the best batch of Springdale! – Graduation Speech by Alfredo Relucio Jr, Batch 2012
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.
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
Participating schools of the 1st Titans Badminton Invitational Tournament.
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(L-R) PAREF Springdale School Team, Southwestern University Team, University of Cebu Team, and Christian Learning Center Team
Special thanks to ASAP – Advertising Services and Promotions for the sponsorship, Mrs. Perl Jacalan, and PAREF Springdale Student Body Organization Officers.
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.
MANILA, Philippines — Yannick Tuason and Paolo Pascual leave everything behind for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with the Azkals.
THE rising football superstar of Cebu, Paolo Pascual, showed positive signs of making it to the pool of players who will compose either the senior team or the Under-23 squad of the Philippine National Football team.
The official announcement of the final list will be released today but Azkals team manager Dan Palami already confirmed that the remaining 13 hopefuls are part of the training pool.
Foto by Jazz Perez, Sports Unlimited
“The pool of players are already considered as part of the team,” Palami said.
The Azkals coaching staff required the players to go through a series of practice games and trainings while waiting for the final list.
“Paolo is performing well. He is training with other goal keepers and he will train with the national team as well,” he added.
Only two goalkeepers will be sent to play for the upcoming match by the Philippine team against Mongolia and Neil Etheridge had already confirmed his presence.
They will announce today who the other keeper will be.
ABS-CBN will be the official broadcasting partner of the AFC Cup game in Bacolod this Feb. 9.
Meanwhile, while waiting for the final results of the tryout, Pascual received an offer to play with the Global FC.
Global FC is a team under the APC Global Incorporated, which actively participates in the premier football leagues in the Philippines such as the United Football League.
“He is young, trainable and has a good work ethic,” said Franco Lorenzo, team manager of Global FC. Lorenzo founded the team with Palami.
They first noticed Pascual when the Cebuano became part of their training pool, who played for the Under-19 Asian Qualifiers in China in 2009 when he was still 17.
Lorenzo said he admired Pascual’s enthusiasm and passion for football and his willingness made him throw the offer to the aspiring professional football player.
Pascual said he has not confirmed it yet. “I am is still weighing my options regarding the offer to play for Global FC. I still need to consult my parents,” said Pascual.
Lorenzo offered him a monthly allowance and a slot in the trainings for the Under-23 team of Global FC.
“I’m not forcing him because I know he still has obligations in Cebu and he still has to pursue his education but this is a good chance towards achieving his dream,” Lorenzo said.
The young player is overwhelmed by the response of other football teams to his performance.
“I feel so happy. It’s a good team with good players,” said Pascual.
Lorenzo asked Pascual to watch the championship game today of the Global FC against the Army Team so that he will get to know the players and observe them.
He already included Pascual in the list of players for the team’s next game.
“There are a lot of options. I could go to school here and and train at the same time or I could go back to Cebu and come back whenever they have trainings for the under 23 but my priority would be playing for the Azkals,” Pascual said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 22, 2011.