To celebrate the United Nations Month, Ateneo de Iloilo had a series of activities to highlight the UN Sustainable Development Goals. I was chosen to represent 5-Bellarmine to the United Nations Plenary Speaking Contest, a competition which required us to deliver a speech as UN Ambassadors appearing before the UN assembly.
It was a dream come true for me because since I was 7 years old, I have already thought about being a UN Ambassador in the future. Luck would have it that I was tasked with discussing SDG 5 on Gender Equality. I was ecstatic as I could be like Emma Watson for a day. While I was preparing for the competition, I was able know that women and girls were not always treated fairly and given equal opportunities throughout history but that thankfully, the world is at a turning point because people everywhere are finally understanding and supporting the idea of gender equality as it is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
The Grade School Guidance Office held a Career Awareness Week last October 9-16, 2017. This is part of the school's thrust in enriching its learners' knowledge and understanding of different careers. This is essential for them in making future career choices. Various fun and educational activities were done during the week. It was launched last Oct. 9 during the flag ceremony sponsored by the Grade 4-Pignatelli class. Young learners wore their future career outfits in the Career Dress Up day. Grades 4, 5 and 6 attended a Career Talk with parents and alumni as resource speakers. The Pre-school, Grade 1 and 2 learners, on the other hand, had fun in the Career Carousel. People from different professions came to talk about their work as well as the tools they commonly use at work. Guests include firefighters, medics, an engineer, military personnel, an artist, a dentist, a priest and a pilot. The Grade 3 students had hands-on experience baking chocolate muffins with an alumni baker.
ATENEO de Iloilo (ADI) Grade School Basketball Team got into the championship game last September 24 in the Milo Best Center SBP/Passerelle Provincial Tournament Small Basketeers Philippines (SBP) Division for the 17th consecutive year.
To recall, the Ateneo Grade School SBP Team have been champions for 15 straight years (2001-2015) but gave up the crown last year to Hua Siong College of Iloilo (HSCI).
This year, only three teams participated in the SBP Division, HSCI, ADI-SMCS, and University of San Agustin (USA). In the first round of eliminations, Ateneo defeated USA, 38-32, on opening day but lost to HSCI, 34-39. Ateneo swept the second round thru upset wins over USA, 36-33, and HSCI, 24-18, to claim first place after eliminations with a 3-1 win-loss record. Hua Siong placed second with a 2-2 slate in the standings to set the stage for another ADI-HSCI championship game for the 5th consecutive year. The result was a 51-30 blowout win for the heavily favored Hua Siong squad.