ALL ROADS lead to Atria Park in San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City as thousands of members of the Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria School community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, guardians, benefactors, and friends—are expected to flock altogether this Saturday, December 5, for the celebration of the Family Day 2015!
The annual event, sponsored by the ADI-SMCS Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) of both grade school and high school departments, is themed “One Ateneo. One Family.” It is organized by the two PTAs with the intention to share joy as one Ateneo family in one big festivity.
Fittingly, the celebration will start with a morning community mass set at the school’s Chusuey gymnasium. This will be followed by a compendium of games, competitions, and activities which will be done all over the Ateneo complex all at the same time. This includes graffiti art tilt, science interactive classes, logo making contest, photo booth, go-cart, trampoline, horror booth, and the all-day-long food fest. Scores of kiosks offering different food-beverage selection and entertainment package such as bicycle rides will also be set for all the Atenean revelers and their loved ones.
(This is thanksgiving speech delivered by Ms. Elenita Diaz on her 30th Anniversary as a Teacher in Ateneo de Iloilo - Santa Maria Catholic SAchool during the Teachers Day celebration last October 2015)
I believe that life is a journey. My own journey with Ateneo de Iloilo started 30 years ago. It was then Santa Maria Catholic School. I was young, single, full of enthusiasm and eager to put into action my teaching capability. Our journey together began. In thirty years, so many things happened both to my personal life, to my teaching career, and to this institution. I got married, I became a wife, and a mother of three children. As to my teaching career, I tried to find my own niche. During the thirty years, it was a big challenge juggling my time working as a teacher and fulfilling my responsibilities as a mother and wife. There have been so many ups and downs, twists and turns. Just like me, this institution also experienced jolts and shake ups. It traversed on bumpy roads and mountainous trails. Withstanding all these, we both triumphed over our perils, coming out victorious and whole. Yes, we were both survivors.
DESPITE all odds, the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS Blue Draglets clinched the Visayas trophy anew in the expense of University of the Visayas (UV), 42-35, in the recently concluded Milo Best SBP division championship held at the University of St. La Salle gymnasium Sunday, November 7.
The tough challenge given by UV and their key players Christian Alilin in the last ticks of the regulation was matched by the heroic tandem of Ian Espinosa and John Vicencio. Vicencio and Espinosa got 18 and 10 baskets, respectively, enough to preserve the title they got last year.
With this, ADI will again represent Visayas in the SBP national finals set December 5-6, 2015 in Baquio City. (Herman Lagon)
In an advocacy to continually develop the talents of promising students across Panay, the Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School Alumni Association (AAA) held a three-day journalism seminar dubbed as “JourKnows 2015 2.0: Journalism for Everyone ” last October 27 to 29, 2015 at the Ateneo de Iloilo Gym. Over 300 students from Grade 4 to Grade 10 from different schools and universities in Iloilo and nearby provinces joined the activity.
The workshop started with a brief program where each speaker was introduced. Enthusiastic participants were also warmly welcomed by AAA President Mr. Jake Borres in his opening remark.
Renowned journalists from Manila shared their thoughts with our young writers:
Roderick G. Tan is a commercial and editorial photographer at Certified Positive. He is the JourKnows 2015 Organizing Chair. He talked about Photojournalism and had budding photographers do street photography in the public market.
Fivehundred Ateneans are all set to take the standardized test in Chinese language today, October 17, at the Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School Gym in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
The examinees--all coming from Grades 3, 5, and 8--will take the Chinese proficiency tests (HSK and YCT) that will be administered by Hanban, an agency of the China government. This is the school's third year of testing as part of its benchmarking initiative on standard Chinese language proficiency.
ADI-SMCS is the only Jesuit Chinese-Filipino school in Western Visayas. Founded by the Jesuit missionaries from China, the school is set to celebrate its 60th diamond jubilee in 2018. /(Herman Lagon/Magis)