Ateneo stands up for life; decries EJKs, death penalty

Hundreds of students and faculty of Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School wore white shirts and lit their candles Friday night, February 24, to show support to the campaign for life, and to demonstrate opposition to death penalty, extrajudicial killings (EJKs), and other forms of social injustice.

The prayer vigil, aptly held at the eve of the 31st year commemoration of EDSA Revolution, was organized by the High School Student Council. It started in the school gym with a lecture-discussion on human rights facilitated in by representatives from Amnesty International, the world’s biggest human rights organization. This was followed by a prayer service, led by the school chaplain Fr. Ruben Orbeta, SJ, that culminated through rosary prayer march, candle lighting rites and community singing at the school rotunda grounds in front of the statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

“Today we hold our lighted candles and pray that God will set our hearts on fire to stand for light, to stand for the truth, to stand for justice, and to stand for life,” Fr. Orbeta said, adding, “there is in our land a cry for vengeance and a move to fill up death rows and kill offenders, but disguised as a call for justice; let true and lasting justice spring forth, and let peace prevail.”

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ADI-SMCS student-athletes all set for Davao City JAM

A FLEET of student-athletes from Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School will join the Jesuit Athletic Meet 2016 on November 3-8, this time in Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City.

The events and activities, to be held in Matina and Jacinto Campuses of ADDU, include basketball, volleyball, football, badminton, swimming, taekwondo, chess, and table tennis, among others. An estimated 900 secondary and tertiary athletes, coaches, and officials from nine Jesuit schools in the country are to participate in the biennial competition.

Aside from ADI-SMCS and ADDU, other participating schools are: Ateneo de Manila University, Ateneo de Naga University, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Loyola College of Culion – Palawan, Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu, Xavier School–San Juan Greenhills, and Xavier University–Ateneo de Cagayan. (Joan Tenorio and Herman Lagon)

Father Arturo Sosa SJ, 31st General of the Society of Jesus

The 36th General Congregation has elected Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, of the Jesuit Province of Venezuela as Superior General. Father Sosa was born in Caracas, Venezuela on 12 November 1948. Until his election, Father Sosa has been Delegate for Interprovincial Houses of the Society in Rome, as well as serving on the General Council as a Counsellor. He obtained a licentiate in philosophy from l’Università Cattolica Andrés Bello in 1972. He later obtained a doctorate in Political Science from l’Università Centrale del Venezuela, in 1990. He speaks Spanish, Italian, English, and understands French.

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Ateneo de Iloilo submits papers for PAASCU re-accreditation

For the third time in a row, Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS will be having a Level II Re-accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU). The necessary documents, including appendices, were already sent to the PAASCU office in Manila last October 6 signaling the finality of the pentennial accreditation.

Set November 24-25, the third Level II re-visit is part of the school’s way of benchmarking with universally accepted standards in school management and operations. This includes areas such as curriculum and instruction, library and audio-visual center, laboratories, student services, physical plant, administration, philosophy and objectives, school and community.

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Atenean dancers champion in Visayas finals

TEN-MAN Ateneo Street Dance Crew (ASDC) bested eight other select dance groups in the Visayas in the annual Ego Supreme Crew Wars 3 Visayas Grand Finals High School Division held October 8 in SM City Mall in Cebu City.

The crew—trained by PE Teacher Francis Dave Moreno—took with them a trophy and PhP50,000 prize. They were followed by another Ilonggo squad second placer University of San Agustin USADA Prodigals and third placer University of San Jose Recoletos Baby Jaguars. They will be competing for the national finals in Manila in late this year.

The winning Atenean dancers, composed of students from Junior High School and Senior High School, are Joshua Alesandro Bantad, Carlo Miguelle Bosque, Sean Carlo Eslabon, Rafael Ian Genoveza, Lanz Andre Muhalin, Jeff Joshua Paguntalan, Marino Vincent Panes, Alex Jefferson Torio, Luke Mattew Pijuan, and anton Sebastian Sacapaño.

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