In just 4 days, Blue Dragons bag 5 golds in 2 cage tilts

ateneoAteneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School swept all the five categories in two basketball tournaments in just three days.

Last February 19, the Ateneo Blue Dragons won championships in three categories in the First Assumption Cup.

In the 10 under category, the blue-and-white team outlasted Colegio de San Jose (CSJ), 34-25, to win the trophy for the mid-elementary division. In the 12 under category, ADI had an easy time disposing the same rival school for the final score of 47-39 to bag the second championship tiara of the day.

In the high school 16 under category, Ateneo had to scamper for a 75-70 victory against a familiar but formidable opponent in CSJ to complete a championship sweep in this inaugural friendly competition.

Junior Franz Ray Diaz emerged as the 16 under tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). He is also part of the Mythical 5 Selection together with fellow Atenean junior Simon Kevin Ong.

On the other hand, grade schooler Shan Rois Mateo ended up as MVP and part of the Mythical 5 Selection of the 10 under category, while the following blue draglet Jann Emmerich Guadalupe ruled over the 12 under category as MVP. Furthermore, Guadalupe and batch mate Uriel Endino, also ended up in the Mythical 5 Selection.


Vicar General Velarde officiates Confirmation rite of 198 Ateneans

IN A solemn ceremony presided over by Rev. Monsignor Higinio Velarde, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Jaro, 198 grade school and high school students of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS have officially confirmed their faith in the church.

 The confirmation rite was held late morning of Saturday, February 18, at the Chusuey Gymnasium in San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, in the presence of about 800 parents, godfathers, godmothers, relatives, teachers, administrators, and friends of the confirmands. There were 66 high school confirmands while there were 132 from the grade school.

Msgr. Velarde, a doctor of Canon Law, stressed to the confirmands, “this rite signifies the public affirmation of your covenant made in baptism and the confirmation of your faith; at the same time, the congregation prays that each confirmand will receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit and the strengthening of his or her faith.”


Ateneo de Iloilo High Family Day set Feb 7

“WE ARE almost ready for the D-Day,” thus declared by PTA Edgar Leyson for this year’s Family Day set Saturday, February 7, at the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS High School site at San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

The annual event, themed “Joy Ride for a Healthy Ateneo Community,” will jumpstart at 5:30 a.m. with the Big Blue Ride (a bicycle drive) to be participated in by wellness enthusiasts who will pass by the main thoroughfares of the metropolis. It will be followed by the traditional Big Blue Run at 6 a.m. Both exercises will end at the school site.


Ateneo parents, guardians attend bully-proofing talk

“BULLYING is when an individual or group repeatedly misuse power to target another individual or group to intentionally threaten or harm them.”

This was intimated by developmental and behavioral pediatrician Dr. Celina Cordero-Gellada before scores of parents and guardians of Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School High School Department Saturday morning, January 31, at the school’s Multipurpose Room.

Themed “Bully-Proof Your Kids,” the Parent-Teacher Association-initiated conference was also participated in by the officers of the Student Council who happen to have an on-going anti-bullying campaign called R2BR or the “right to be respected.” The PTA partnered with the school’s Guidance Office led by counselor Cecilia Japitana who facilitated the event.


Struck by Lightning Dinagyang battle-of-the-bands champion

BATTLING against four other bands from schools in Iloilo City, Ateneo band Struck By Lightning was able to bag the championship trophy during the first-ever Battle of the Bands hosted by Vibe Productions held at the height of the Dinagyang revelry, Sunday, January 25, at the SM City Iloilo parking lot in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

The winning Atenean band members were guitarist Miguel Benedicto Tupas of 10-Wisdom, Minjun guitarist Kim of 10-Justice, guitarist, drummer Lance Gemora of 10-Justice, bassist Gabriel Tupas of 8-Honesty, and vocalists Hope Libatuque of 8-Humility and Jian Miguel Ong of 10-Justice.


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