The Year of the Fire Red Monkey is upon us as Ateneo de Iloilo - Santa Maria Catholic School celebrated this year's Chinese New Year last February 12, 2016.
An annual event participated by all students, faculty and staff, the festivity started with a Chinese Mass led by Fr. Joseph Haw, S.J. and Fr. Ruben Orbeta, SJ.
A short program immediately took place inside the Chusuey Gymnasium with the dynamic Dragon Dancers coming to life followed by two special dance numbers coming from the Kinder pupils.
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.