Message from the President

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,


As you may already know by now, Malacañang has suspended work in all government offices as well as classes in all public schools tomorrow, September 21, 2017.

We at Ateneo de Iloilo - Santa Maria Catholic School shall continue with our classes tomorrow as usual.  We shall also use this day as an opportunity to continue to remember and learn the atrocities of Martial Law perpetuated by the Marcos Regime so that we may know how to prevent them from happening again.  The Social Studies Programs of our GS, JHS and SHS units have prepared various fora for this purpose. I encourage everyone to join and participate in these activities.  

As a Jesuit and Catholic School, let us use this day as an opportunity in exercising our sacred duty and mission to form our students to uphold justice as an integral dimension  and concrete expression of our Christian faith. 

In omnibus amare et servire,


Fr. Joseph Y. Haw, S.J.


Ateneo teachers, staff ‘live out’ professionalism with Earnest Tan

RENOWNED psychologist Earnest Tan has given the faculty and staff of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS some points and tips on how to live-out professionalism in the workplace last May 12-15, 2015 at the school’s Multipurpose Room in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Tan is a licensed psychologist and a masteral candidate in education, major in counseling, in Ateneo de Manila University. A well-known inspirational speaker, broadcaster, and author of series of books, he designs and conducts workshop-seminars geared toward growth and wellness.

The two-day affair was participated in by 150 teachers, administrators, supervisors, and staff of the school who were asked to reflect on their present disposition and profession vis-à-vis the school’s formation program, mission, and expectations.

Through workshops, group dynamics, and sharing, Tan covered issues on giving and receiving feedbacks, emerging spiritual values and practices in the work environment, relationship with work, spirituality in the workplace, dimensions of professionalism, and keys to healthy relationships.


City Council officially names street La Compania de Jesus

Supported by no less than Atenean alumni in the Iloilo City Council, a street in Molo district has been officially christened as La Compania de Jesus (Society of Jesus) Street.

Unanimously agreed upon by the city councilors, Regulation Ordinance No. 2014-484 dedicated the street to the Jesuits as an affirmation to the deep roots of the Ignatian Religious Order in the history of Iloilo especially in the 16th century when Jesuit brothers Pedro Chirino and Francisco Martin were sent to Iloilo for a mission work.

Historical research cited that Compania Street was originally named during the pre-Jesuit Suppression in the Spanish period as La Compania De Jesus (Society of Jesus) where the main house of the Jesuits was claimed to be once located.


40 academic honors up for Batch ‘15

FROM THE graduating seniors this year, 40 are honor students with school paper editors Hannah Elgaran and Parvane Mae Lagon as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.

 59 Ateneans have earned the Loyalty Award while 63 are set to receive the Saint Francis Xavier Service Award in the graduation rites set March 25 at the school gymnasium in Pison Avenue, San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

 Meanwhile, student council president Maria Katrina Flores will be receiving the Magis Award while another campus journalist, Ana Mariella Gonzales, will be getting the Alfonso Yuchengco Foundation National Discipline honors. Dave Danson Dy is the Qi Ming awardee in the Chinese Program.

 To note, Elgaran has been active as a student journalist since her sophomore years. She is a consistent first honor student, adjutant of the Citizen Advancement Training, and medalist in various journalism contests. In fact, she is set to join the National Schools Press Conference in Taguig City this April to represent the region in News Writing Filipino category.


Blue Spoon makes Pison, Tabucan pupils healthier

ONE HUNDRED twenty three (123) pupils from two neighboring public elementary schools, Pison and Tabucan Elementary Schools, have “greatly benefitted” from the Ateneo Blue Spoon—the comprehensive long-term feeding program of the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS community.

“According to our estimates, this year’s Blue Spoon has greatly improved the health condition of the student-beneficiaries who were previously known to be ‘severely wasted’ in terms of their age-weight-height ratio,” Campus Ministry and Social Involvement (CMSI) Office’ Outreach Program head Kent Zabalate said, adding, “what makes it doubly fulfilling is the fact that being healthier, there are also some general positive development in their performance in class.”

Prior to the feeding drive, it was found out that 20% and 10% of Pison and Tabucan Elementary School pupils, respectively, were severely wasted or malnourished. Upon intervention, Zabalate said, all have reached a promising and acceptable level of nutritional development that somehow helped them cope better with their daily academic chores.


In just 4 days, Blue Dragons bag 5 golds in 2 cage tilts

ateneoAteneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School swept all the five categories in two basketball tournaments in just three days.

Last February 19, the Ateneo Blue Dragons won championships in three categories in the First Assumption Cup.

In the 10 under category, the blue-and-white team outlasted Colegio de San Jose (CSJ), 34-25, to win the trophy for the mid-elementary division. In the 12 under category, ADI had an easy time disposing the same rival school for the final score of 47-39 to bag the second championship tiara of the day.

In the high school 16 under category, Ateneo had to scamper for a 75-70 victory against a familiar but formidable opponent in CSJ to complete a championship sweep in this inaugural friendly competition.

Junior Franz Ray Diaz emerged as the 16 under tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). He is also part of the Mythical 5 Selection together with fellow Atenean junior Simon Kevin Ong.

On the other hand, grade schooler Shan Rois Mateo ended up as MVP and part of the Mythical 5 Selection of the 10 under category, while the following blue draglet Jann Emmerich Guadalupe ruled over the 12 under category as MVP. Furthermore, Guadalupe and batch mate Uriel Endino, also ended up in the Mythical 5 Selection.


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