Laser Tag

(Speech delivered by Dr. Herman M. Lagon, ADI-SMCS High School Associate Principal, during the Teachers’ Day Celebration—Araw ng Parangal before his fellow administrators, faculty and staff, October 2 at Smallville 21, Iloilo City.)

Before I start, let me humbly ask you all one simple question that perhaps you have been asked before: Why are you still in Ateneo?

The question may be mundane to some yet it resonates the very essence why I have at least 15 different kinds of Get-Blued Ateneo shirts in my closet right now.

Yesterday I wore my newest Ateneo shirt that says “Simple is better—Pope Francis” during the Teachers Appreciation Day. That afternoon, the same tee became witness to one of the most fun-filled activities in my 15 years of stay here in school—the Laser Tag.

All of us, save two, were totally new to the game. We were grouped into 8 with 5 in each team. The objective is simple. Using a laser gun, shoot your opponents and avoid being shot at. Once you enter the fog-covered pitch black, acre-wide, maze-filled firing range, the sci-fi battle begins. What happened in the next 20 minutes of the Star Trek-like combat was ballistic. It was perfectly riotous. It was as if we were in the virtual world of Battlestrike, only that the combat simulation is highly realistic and physically-interactive. Each group, with members wearing helmet and body armor, had its own battle plan trying to get the best stronghold. Screams were heard here and there. There was swift crisscrossing of snipers and troopers from one camp to another. Infrared-emitting laser light rained everywhere, you wouldn’t even know who and what hit you. The automated gadget we wore chirped “never give up” when we got hit. Occasionally, it told us “good job” if we hit someone.


JourKnows writeshop set in Iloilo

IN EFFORTS to continually develop the talents of promising students, the Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School Alumni Association (AAA) is holding a three-day journalism seminar dubbed as “JourKnows 2015 2.0: Journalism for Everyone ” on October 27 to 29, 2015 at the Ateneo de Iloilo Gym. Students from Grade 4 up to Grade 10 from different schools and universities in Iloilo and nearby provinces are invited to join this event.

Renowned journalists from Manila will be sharing 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 will be speaking about Photojournalism and the Photojournalist Code of Ethics.

Jason O. Villena is a Graphic Artist at the DepEd EducNews. He has been a judge for the National Schools Press Conference for Editorial Cartooning for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015.

John Christopher G. Rafols is currently a journalism student at PUP Manila. He was a contributing writer at Manila Today. He has spoken in several press conferences and judged various Feature Writing contests. He will be speaking about News and Feature Writing (Elementary) and Journalism Code of Ethics.


Giro d’ Ateneo fun bike ride set Oct 25!

Get your bikes and white shirts ready for the biggest, happiest, and the most colorful ride in Iloilo City.

On Sunday, October 25, Giro d’ Ateneo, a fun bike ride organized by the Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School High School Batches 1990 and 1991, together with the Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School Alumni Association (AAA) and the Ateneo Blue Dragon Bike Club, will kick off at 6 a.m. at the Iloilo Business Park, Megaworld, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Sponsored, in part, by Megaworld, Smart, Pepsi, Gea Marketing, The Value Shop, 2B Bike Shope, Fit Stop, ATI Outdoor Shop, V12 RAD Gear, and Pyt Stop, the ride aims to raise funds for the Ateneo Scholarship Fund.

Registration outlets are now open and interested participants may visit Gea Bike Shop, The Value Shop, Planet Cycle, 2B Bike Shop and the Ateneo de Iloilo High School Campus in San Rafael. Registration fee is at PHP250 inclusive of dry-fit shirt and PHP150 without the shirt.

The First Ateneo de Iloilo Criterium Race Challenge will also happen at 8:30am on the same day. Registration fee is at PHP150 inclusive of finisher’s medal.

For more inquiries, you may visit: (Pamela Joy Go/Magis)


The wisdom of a two-decade experience has taught us, Batch ‘96, ways to surpass the next two decades in our life.  We are now indeed in the midway of our career life here at Ateneo. Some have chosen to journey the path going to the left, others are still thinking to take the right way, and the rest undoubtedly looking forward to retire in Ateneo.

Our life in Ateneo was not always a bed of roses, but, sometimes, a bed of nails. And, that shapes a perfect chemistry on how we live our life here as teachers and workers. While the batch had experienced sincere appreciation of our administrators and mentors, we had also gloomy days for we failed to live up to their expectations. 

Modesty aside, it is noteworthy that two members of our batch had been rated Excellent in their work performance. That is an extraordinary achievement; for we know that it was not given as a free lunch as appraised by the likes of the supervisors who loved to see the details but did not forget to affirm even the least of what we did before the end of the day. It is in the principle that runs where, in a snow-white piece of paper, a single dot does not mar the whole page. Thank you, our seniors, who saw us as the glass that is half-filled and not half-empty.


Ateneo senior educators benchmark in Singapore

WHILE SINGAPORE celebrates its golden anniversary as a first-world nation, 30 school administrators of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS visited the island state for an educational trip last August 4-8, 2015.

11 from the 30 are from the high school department headed by principal Rosario Dordas and associate principal Herman Lagon. Also aboard were senior math teacher Michel Guevara and subject area coordinators John Paul Chua, Primo Escobañez, Arianne Agnes Lao, Lally Jane Calagunay, Matthew Lasap, Francis Dave Moreno, Menchie Libo-on, and Ma. Llane Cordero.  

Aside from the high school delegation, 11 others, headed by principal Cecilia Japitana and associate principal Raquel Gargaritano, came from the grade school. With them were area heads Leonora Lobaton, Victoria Aviles, Buenafe Jimenez, Ronnie Defensor, Era Joy de los Reyes, Ervie Quiros, Rachel Gabanite, Jenny Olano, and Jacqueline Peñas. 8 others were from the central administration led by school president Fr. Joseph Haw. They were school chaplain Fr. Ruben Orbeta, CIE director Aurora de la Cruz, personnel officer Mary Grace Moquite, treasurer Mark Anthony Yap, registrar Edron Bullo Jr., and engineers Henry Omolida and Raul Española.


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