PTHC ‘13 Officers Inducted
Bea Marie Denise Hernandez Arboleda
The induction of the Parents-Teachers Homeroom Council (PTHC) Board of Directors and different parent officers of all levels for school year 2013-2014 was held at the Fr. Louis Chauvet Gymnasium of St. Paul College of Makati (SPCM) last July 27, 2013.
The ceremony was preceded with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Estelito Villegas.
Sr. Teresita Bayona, SPC, the school directress and the inducting officer of the event, also gave a Welcome Message for the inductees.
The PTHC, headed by re-elected Chairperson of the Board Mrs. Ana Maria Javier, announced that the Board donated PHP 100,000 for the construction of the new SPCM building.
Among the other Board Officers for the school year 2013-2014 are Engr. Arnaldo Bautista, Vice-Chairperson; Mrs. Hazel Arboleda, Secretary; Ms. Pinky Carragayan, Assistant Secretary; Mrs. Luz Sarmiento, Treasurer; Mrs. Egen Coronado, Assistant Treasurer; and Mrs. Madelaine Quinzon, Auditor. ■
Spirituality: The Edge of Paulinian Education
Mark Edward Miranda Gonzales
The core, thrust, and edge of Paulinian education is spirituality. It is the integral spiritual formation that defines us as a Catholic institution. Hence, St. Paul College of Makati (SPCM) has launched various activities to foster the formation of “authentic Catholic, Paulinians in spirit” individuals.
“The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life,” affirms the Second Vatican Council. Indeed, SPCM ensures that the whole institution is constantly nourished by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The Holy Spirit Mass officially opened the School Year 2013 – 2014. It was celebrated that the whole Paulinian family may be blessed with the sevenfold gift of wisdom, knowledge, understanding, counsel, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord. Moreover, as a sign of devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Eucharistic celebration is being offered every first Friday of the month. There are also sponsored class Masses on special feasts.
SPCM rules Makati brain tilt
John Edward Dominique Dela Paz Dalida
Amid cheers, St. Paul College of Makati (SPCM) was declared overall champion, as well as private school division champion, in the Makati Brain Olympics (MBO) held at the Makati City Hall last November 15, 2013.
Four SPCM students represented the school and rose as overall champion among the 19 participating Makati private and public schools.
Mark Edward Miranda Gonzales of Grade 7 – St. Aloysius, Claire Anne Picardal Tecson of Year III – St. Augustine, and Christine Francisco David and Blessie Ann Bocboc Sepe, both of Year IV – St. Alphonsus, faced the challenges of MBO under the tutelage of Ms. Abigail Jasmin and Ms. Sheryl Laristan, Science-ACES and Math-ACES moderators, respectively.
SPCM: Redefining Excellence in Education through Accreditation
John Edward Dominique Dela Paz Dalida
A typical private school would, after laying down its structure and facilities, open its doors to teachers, students, and parents: the teachers would teach, the students would study, and the parents would pay; a formula that has long permeated the recesses of our understanding of private education—indeed, of the process of education itself—here in the Philippines. It was as if education is but a mere routine to be accomplished in the lifespan; just an accepted norm that should be followed without even understanding its precepts, underlying processes, and benefits, and, consequently, the true reason behind its pursuit.
Sadly, many of the stakeholders in these private institutions—the students, parents, and, yes, even some of their teachers and school administrators themselves—have succumbed to this meager understanding of the learning process, thereby locking themselves in the “teach-study-pay” continuum, so much so that a sudden break in the cycle would warrant negative repercussions of certain magnitude.
Nevertheless, a good number of private institutions stepped up to the challenge of breaking this ignoble cycle of mediocrity through incorporating a standard of excellence as supervised by an accrediting body. Among them is St. Paul College of Makati (SPCM).
A PRAYER FOR VICTIMS OF DISASTERS AND OTHER CALAMITIES
(Adapted from the prayer composed by His Grace the Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz and His Excellency Bishop Lucilo Quiambao.)
In solidarity with the families of flood victims, of earthquake and of super typhoon Yolanda, let us join the whole country in prayer for healing and recovery from these calamities.
Dear Father, our loving and merciful God,
In faith, we acknowledge your abiding paternal care over us, your children.
In hope, we trust in your divine providence of giving us wisdom, courage, and fortitude as we face the challenges in life.
In love, we invoke your help and guidance during these difficult days of death and destruction in various parts of our beloved country.
Ours is a solemn prayer of thanksgiving for Your wise reminder that we live in an imperfect and passing world, that heaven is not on earth. Ours, too, is a sincere prayer of repentance for earnestly seeking you only when we are in need and desperate but conveniently forgetting you when we are comfortable and prosperous; when we allow Your beautiful creation, our environment, to suffer our wrongdoing, our abuse and indifference.
And ours is also a prayer of humble petition as we plead:
Grant eternal peace to those who lost their lives. Embrace the children who died in their innocence. Help those who are hurt and cure those who are sick. Encourage those who suffer in the destruction of their homes and properties, so that despite the difficulty at hand they may once again stand up and rebuild their future. Bless all those who extend their helping hands to those in need of food, shelter and clothing, who share their time, talents and resources with others. Inspire more people to be men and women for their neighbors, convinced that the more they are for others, the closer they journey with Your Son. We implore that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions, be spared from the threat of calamities, natural and man-made. Save us please from other disasters and devastations if this would be according to Your will and for our own spiritual good.