IN LESS THAN two weeks, Ateneo’s Taekwondo Team grabbed several medals in three major tournaments, including the 9th World Taekwondo Culture Expo held at Taekwondo-Won Stadium in Muju-Jeollabukdo, South Korea last July 10-15, 2015.
Twin brothers Laurence Izaiah Firmeza of Grade 6-Xavier and Lance Izaak Firmeza of Grade 6-Borgia managed to rake four international medals for the country topping powerhouse USA, Australia, Korea, and Thailand. Laurence won silver in poomsae and bronze in kyurugi while Lance got bronze in poomsae and silver in kyurugi in their respective categories.
More than 500 taekwondo jins from 25 countries all over the world competed in this international tournament held in the birthplace of Taekwondo itself.
To note, poomsae is a Korean word which means “form.” A jin is judged according to how he or she delivers recognized taekwondo forms in terms of mastery, balance, expression of energy and accuracy in your leg and hand movements. Kyurugi, on the other hand, is the sparring version. It is somehow the “measure of the opponent’s power with one’s own technique.
ALL ROADS led to the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS High School Campus in sprawling San Rafael last Sunday, July 19 as hundreds of joggers flexed their running muscles for the annual running tradition—The Ateneo Big Blue Run.
Now on its third year, the AdI-SMCS Alumni Association-sponsored Big Blue Run hit two birds with one stone. Aside from encouraging mens sana in corpore sano or a healthy mind in a healthy body, the event also raised funds for the Ateneo Scholarship Fund that provides deserving students with scholarships and tuition assistance. Currently, the program supports over 48 Atenean scholars. The AAA works with the school in the shared goal of increasing this number.
The biggest yet, this year’s Run drew a crowd of over 1500, including students, teachers, staff, parents, alumni, and even non-Ateneans. For the first time in its history, it jumpstarted the week-long celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.
BUDDING artists from Ateneo de Iloilo’s Komix Ink and Anime Lovers clubs were taught with the rudiments of cartoon sketching by Filipino Marvel and Upper Deck artist Jun Premiro last July 7 at the ADI-SMCS High School’s computer laboratory in San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
A freelance artist for international clients, Premiro taught 45 high school comics and anime enthusiasts how to draw cartoon or comics figures using different media. The afternoon workshop, which included sketching and art appreciation, took about two hours to finish. He also presented his different masterpieces and comics collections to students.
“I wish to visit the school again soon,” Premiro said, adding, “I see a lot of potential from them in the area of art and caricature.”
TEACHERS and staff of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS went through a seminar-workshop on Action Research Thursday, July 2, with US-educated anthropologist Elvira Loriega.
A former college of education dean and vice president for academic affairs of West Visayas State University, Dr. Loriega breezed through the different philosophies governing action research, including its structure and parts.
Dr. Loriega, a well-known qualitative research authority, also guided the participants how to design a research title and its corresponding research questions. She stressed how vital such a professional work in the formation of teachers' professional growth.
THE MONTH of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, kicked off Friday, July 3, with a compendium of activities that center on “mercy and compassion,” the Philippine Church’s theme for this Year of the Poor.
The day started with the launching of the school’s yearly Blue Spoon Feeding Program, followed by simple lunch and lugaw snacks, presentation of the new institutional segregation scheme, Troubadours mini concert, and the prayer vigil—all highlighting the call of Pope Francis to “cry with and for the poor.”
During the flag rites in the school gym, no less than school chaplain JR Orbeta Jr., SJ, led the high school community for the official start of the Iggy Bank, a three-year old coin bank drive that intends to gather money from students for the Blue Spoon Project. He asked students: “How can we continue to listen to the poor, be friends with them, and be partners with their struggle in life?”