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.
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!
“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
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
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.
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.
THE Philippine Under 13 (RP U13) tagged as the “Little Azkals” will open their campaign in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U13 Festival of Football today.
The team is composed of Major Dean Ebarle of the Abellana National School (ANS); Mario Lorenzo Ceniza of PAREF Springdale; Moiselle Angelo Alforque and Vincent Lobitos of Don Bosco Technology Center (DBTC); Kintaro Miyagi of Bright Academy; Lawrence Colina of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF); Lorenzo Genco; Yared Anton, Ian Daniel Eamague, Kyric Parao and Henry Hamdam of the Negros Oriental Football Association (NORFA); Mason Trent Vergara of Dumaguete City; Darios Diamante and Javier Romero-Salas of Davao FA; Sebastian Patangan of Dipolog FA; Jeremaih Borlongan and Dimitri Lionel Limbo of Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental FA; Harel Dayan, Josh Albert Miller, John William Abraham, Ray Vincent Sanciangco and Marco Alessandro Casambre of the Rizal Football Association (RIFA).
First up for the Little Azkals will be Laos and Singapore this morning and Indonesia in the afternoon.
Team manager Richard Montayre explained that teams will play a total of 40 minutes with the first 11 of each team playing in the first 20 and the second 11 playing in the remaining 20 minutes.
On June 4 will be a skills test and matches will resume on Sunday and Monday. The Little Azkals coaching staff is made up of Oliver Colina as head coach, Eleazar Toledo as assistant coach, Noel Marcaida as goalkeeping coach and Eliezer Fabroada as coach instruct.
Marcaida said the target for the Little Azkals is to better the winless performance last year’s RP U14.
DESPITE the muddy football pitch which made it difficult for the players to pass the ball, Paref-Springdale booked a finals seat today against the Los Amigos in the 11th Cebu Amateur Football Club Interclub (CAFC) National Football Cup at the Springdale football field.
Participating teams in the Cebu Amateur Football Club (CAFC) 11th National Interclub Football Cup will have an added incentive in vying for the championships. The Philippine national football team more famously known as the Azkals will be awarding the champions of the tournament during its closing ceremonies on May 29 at the football field of the University of San Carlos Technological Center (USC-TC).
The tournament kicks off today in various football pitches in Cebu City. In a final coaches meeting last Thursday night, CAFC president Glenn Quisido urged all teams to go for the title as they will not only have the privilege to be awarded by the Azkals but will also have the chance to share the stage with them and have their photos taken with the national team.
The Azkals will be having their one-week team bonding here in Cebu City as part of their preparation for the World Cup qualifiers. According to Quisido, they will arrive on May 25 and will immediately start their training. Quisido said he was grateful that the Azkals agreed to spare the CAFC one day. In exchange, the club will be partly supporting the national team’s stay in Cebu.
The CAFC will also help the Azkals in their fund-raising activity by selling official Azkals shirts during the week-long tournament. The CAFC will put up booths in the three playing venues—USC-TC, San Roque football field and Paref Springdale and sell the shirts starting today until May 29.
The tournament, considered one of the biggest outside Manila, has gathered teams from the Manila Soccer Academy, San Carlos City, Masbate, Iloilo, Ormoc, Bohol and Northern Samar.
In an effort to make the tournament flow more smoothly, CAFC has decided to schedule only two games in the morning and two games in the afternoon in all playing venues. And just like in the previous years, Quisido lamented the scarcity of girls teams in the tournament. “We have encouraged them to join the tournament, however, most refused because they said they cannot come up with 11 members to compromise a team,” Quisido said. The tournament though has three girls teams contesting the girls 17-Under title. These are Queen City United, Aroroy FC of Masbate and the USC-TC.