2 Ilonggos most outstanding swimmers in all-Ateneo tilt

IT WAS the school’s maiden participation to the 2nd All-Ateneo Swimming Championships but the tankers of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS were not intimidated at all.

With two of its nine high school swimmers getting the Most Outstanding Athlete awards, sophomores Moses Oliver Bito-onon and Caitlin Estepar, ADI-SMCS sneaked past Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Iloilo and Ateneo de Manila University for a Second Runner Up finish in a five-team swimming tournament held August 1 in Matina Ateneo de Davao University Campus Swimming Pool in Davao City.

Led by coach Roel Susbilla, the Ateneo Blue Dragons bagged 14 gold, 11 silver, and 5 bronze medals in total.

The most bemedalled of all is aquabelle Estepar who collected nine golds for the same number of individual events, and another gold and silver medals in relay events. Moses Bito-onon, on the other hand, clinched two gold and seven silver medals in individual events, plus a bronze medal in one relay event.

Both were named Most Outstanding Athletes in the 12-13 girls and 14-15 boys category, respectively.

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​Purisima benchmarks with Ateneo

BASIC education and college administrators of Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion of Roxas City visited the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS High School grounds in the afternoon of August 9, 2015 as part of their benchmarking initiative in preparation for their Senior High School.

According to CPC Director of Academics Fr. Cyril Villareal, they chose Ateneo as one of the areas to visit “to learn from the effective systems that made the Jesuit school as a leader in Basic Education.” He further said that the trip is purposed to get some ideas from the school’s own preparation for the Senior High School.

20 deans, principals, and heads of offices were first given a bird’s eye view on the philosophy, history, spirituality, vision, and mission of the school by school president Fr. Joseph Haw of the Society of Jesus. Principal Rosario Dordas then discussed the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS academic and non-academic formation programs. He was followed by assistant principal Dr. Herman Lagon, who talked about the SHS preparations of the institution.

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Blue dragons clinch crown via double OT in Passi tilt

ATENEO de Iloilo Under-18 Boys Basketball team outlasted heavily favored Hercor College of Roxas City, 78-77, in double overtime in their championship match held at the Passi City gymnasium last July 24.

Franz Ray Diaz led the Blue Dragons to victory by scoring a game high 33 points to give Ateneo its first championship in an under-18 invitational tournament.

An overwhelming start by Hercor saw Ateneo trail 0-10 and 2-17 early in the first quarter. After an early timeout by Head coach Jophil Cercado, Ateneo recovered to cut the lead to ten (9-19) at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter the Blue Dragons continued their onslaught thru balance scoring and tight defense to tie the game at 43 by halftime. The third period saw both teams traded baskets as the quarter ended with Hercor leading by a solitary point. The Hercor Jaguars felt it was time to turn the tide in their favour as they doubled their effort on defense at the start of the fourth quarter to erect a comfortable lead.

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Iloilo priests dine in Ateneo for Feast of St. Ignatius

WITH THE Jesuit fathers as hosts, about 50 priests and nuns, including Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, shared bread together in Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS in celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, July 31.

 The dinner, also attended by ADI-SMCS administrators and Santa Maria Parish faithfuls, started 7 p.m. and was set near the backdrop of the newly unveiled St. Ignatius statue in the school lawn.

 After the feast, the priests and nuns were escorted to the school’s Oratory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sacristy where they were able to see the Chinese-inspired prayer hall that the school use for daily afternoon masses for its students.

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‘Biggest St. Ignatius statue in the world’ now kneels in Ateneo de Iloilo grounds

HUNDREDS OF members of the Atenean community have witnessed the historic unveiling of the giant St. Ignatius statue in the façade of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS in San Rafael, Mandurriao district, last July 25.

“This is, unless proven otherwise, the biggest St. Ignatius statue in the world,” said by internationally acclaimed sculptor Ed Defensor during the inaugural rites. “This is also one of the few images that shows the younger and more historically accurate version of the founder of the Society of Jesus when he offered his sword to the Lady in Montserrat in 1522 in his early 30s after his spiritual conversion.”

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