CULMINATION: United Nations, Rosary Month, Mission Month 2016

October has been a very fruitful month as the SMAD Educative community celebrated the culminations for the following events.

Last October 26, 2016 the Araling Panlipunan subject area prepared a program for this years’ United Nation with the theme: International Year of Pulses, Nutritious seeds for a sustainable future.

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There were the parade of Flags/Nations by selected representatives per grade level and special presentations were vigorously participated.

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Also, Dr. Rodilla Tumanda – principal awarded the students who were best in their national costumes.

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October 27, 2016 - The Pastoral Ministry celebrated October dedicated for the Missions and the Holy Rosary.

The SMAD community aims to help the missionaries throughout the world where they can proclaim gospels in accordance to the teachings and values of Christianity. Through the mission boxes and envelopes, the students and faculty can contribute to the accomplishment of this goal.

Also, as a manifestation of our love for Mother Mary, the Holy Rosary is being prayed daily every after flag ceremony for this particular month.

The Living Rosary at the Sky Gym was practised and participated by the students and faculty last October 27. Selected students wore color-coded shirts in accordance to the mystery as they formed a human rosary  where in they lead  the community and prayed throughout the period.

It is genuinely the Marisian’s way of praying solemnly and wholeheartedly for the cause of peace in the world.

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I am Blessed

Rona de Castro

By Rona de Castro

I was really excited when I knew that I was invited to join the National Youth Assembly. I was thrilled by the idea of travelling with my friends and exploring new places. When we started meeting and preparing for the assembly, my mind started to register what is this that I am going to join. I was kind of astonished and nervous when I found out that we are given the chance to meet and socialize with other F.I. youth. Deep inside I also can’t wait because finally, we will be able to share our insights as a Marisian to those who we share the same uniform, values, and formation.

When I entered Manresa, I was genuinely in awe, their school campus didn’t look that big from the outside but it is really wide and spacious. Their community was very nice and warm as they welcome us. My jaw dropped when I also saw the clean green field, it seemed like no one ever forgot to leave their trash anywhere inside the campus. I also liked the fact that wherever your eyes go you can see things you can learn from. We felt secured when I saw the security roam around.

The first talk we listened to was the talk of Fr. Anthony Nguyen about the realities of the world. He started of by asking ‘Why is the youth seemingly misdirected?’ then he enumerated the reasons. This made me realize how much time I wasted on social media because of the “F.O.M.O.”, Fear Of Missing Out. This reality made me more inactive in real life, that instead of helping out and doing charitable acts, I am stuck with the gadget I am holding. This is a misuse of technology, because of this I had lesser time for my family and prayer. The talk reminded me of my goal in life, to be the person God wants me to be.

The Realities of the Church was tackled to us by Sr. Leoly Quitori, FI. I am inspired by the talk to be more and inspire more as I knew that a lot of teens still don’t know what their talents are. I’m looking forward to learning with others while serving the Church. The next talk was given by Mr. Francis Esmetalda and its about our second home, our school. Sir Francis emphasized the quote “The transformation you want to see in others must start from YOU”. This made me reflect for some time. As a leader in our organization who calls for change, change should start within me. I thinks its one of the hardest parts in the process. This is the time when I will decide what to plant and have the responsibility to take good care of it as it grows. I am inspired and encouraged to be an active individual at school to change our community for the better.

The day was filled with a lot of reflections and the last talk for the day was the one that about the realities of the youth. He started by sharing his own life experience about how his love and passion in serving and leading the student council in his alma mater shaped him into a good leader. A good leader in a sense that he knows how to fight for what is right because love led when he decided. In my case, I find myself really indecisive and easily get confused. Kuya Tristan’s advice made me surer of what I want to do in the future. Love made me work and live for the thing and the people that I love.

The next morning, the first talk for Valentine’s Day was about our gifts and talents. Mrs. Noreen Santos made us fill up sheets of paper that we usually take during before choosing our career tracks. This made me sure of the talent and giftedness that I have. The next sessions were the best! At first, I thought the liturgical powerpoint was the most borin session anyone could have but I was really happy when I left the computer lab in Manresa because I know that learning those things I could help a lot of people and I could help my community back in Davao. The next session was dancing, I never thought I could cope up with the dance, I just did my best learning the dance and I discovered something about new myself. Now, I feel really blessed to have the people around me.

The last talk was given to us by Sr. Anna Cinco and it was about sharing Jesus to others. The process don’t end when we receive Jesus, I am obligated to share His enlightenment, love, and mercy to those who are in need. I remember the time when a close friend of mine lost interest in school because of all the bullying that she got. After consulting our adviser, me together with my other close friends made her feel belonged. I’m happy to see her now, interacting with others and participating in the activities in their youth community.

I find these realities something we could reflect. It is also motivating because these activities remind me of my giftedness and its purpose. I was also reminded of my mission as the youth of the Church. The experience is life-changing, I really hope I was not the only one who felt replenished, I hope everyone could feel the love of God. I ought to start the change from within and then infect others. My goals were clarified after the assembly. I will effectively and efficiently work my purpose. I hope this is the start that would probably renew the face of the earth. Thank God, I am blessed!

 

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Chrence Go

Pope Francis in the University of Santo Tomas said, “God is a God of surprises. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God.”

These words of the Holy Father struck me and left me hanging for a while. Oftentimes, I love to surprise my friends and my family in various ways. Because of this, I think that I am already okay with what I have and makes me blind to the fact that God is also trying to surprise me. It also makes me not to fully appreciate the blessings that He has given me. However, when I heard Pope Francis saying those words, it made me realize something extraordinary. I then realized that it was time to let God surprise me. It was time that as I surprise others, I must also let myself be surprised.

Speaking of blessings, the Second Philippine Conference of New Evangelization or the PCNE 2 made me realized a lot of things about being blessed. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle asked the delegates, “How can someone be blessed even though he or she is in the midst of suffering and hardships?” Wow, what a difficult question it was for everyone. As I go through the three-day conference, my questions were eventually answered. It was such a fulfilling moment for me that I went to Manila not only to have a time for my friends but also a time for me to answer all the questions that I have for myself.

Friends, being blessed is not only being blessed with material things such as money and fame. Being blessed is being bestowed with things that money cannot buy. God is trying to surprise us through His blessings. When God is trying to surprise us, we, must also let ourselves be surprised. Cardinal Tagle once said, “Everyone is blessed, but only a few people know about it.”

 

WE THANK GOD FOR THE SUCCESSFUL Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.  The Ten Marisians who joined the PCNE2 at UST, Manila on January 15-18, 2015, and experienced the actual presence of the Holy Father shared their experiences last January 26, 2015 at the General Assembly.

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Pope Francis’ Encounter with the Youth at UST, the Marisians’ Experience

As early as 3:15 A.M., we left Manresa Retreat House to proceed to UST, venue of Pope Francis’ Encounter with the Youth. As participants of PCNEII, we were reassured that we would have a definite gate to enter UST, armed only with our PAPAL VISIT ID, plus our provisions. It was still dark yet thousands of people have already been lining up the streets surrounding the Pontifical University, even as early as 1:00 A.M.. We walked like all the rest and reaching the designated place, we saw the line snaked through the streets, not anymore clear where the line begins and ends. But we persisted and found the right lane. Seeing the thousands of people, we were commenting that perhaps, we would be able to enter only after the ceremony not seeing anything at all. But God arranged everything because like a miracle, we were allowed to enter through another gate, Sr. Caridad first, flashing her ID, then followed by all the rest of us in groups. Security was strict, as it should be. Good our bags were transparent, as instructed to us to facilitate getting through the guards. Still, there were items that were taken from us, but it is all right. We entered  UST, seeing its beautifully lighted grounds, and luckily, Mass of Sto. Nino was being celebrated, and so we were able to participate.  We got to the designated place for the PCNEII participants: WE BELONG TO THE ORANGE GROUP…

???????????????????????????????More than six hours of waiting for the Holy Father, plus all the other experiences of lining up for the entrance, for the use of the Portalets, the rain, or other inconveniences were nothing compared to the joy, enthusiasm and solidarity with all the others at seeing the Holy Father. Being with him, listening to him, and participating in the prayers and singing were truly an experience of being one Family, one community.

When the Holy Father in his Popemobile went around the lanes to get closer to the people, some of us were blessed to be able to see him closer. He went around blessing all of us, kissing children and babies, and also the sick who were brought near him.

SOME IMAGES OF THE UST ENCOUNTER…

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SHARING OF REFLECTIONS…

 

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Chrence Go

Pope Francis in the University of Santo Tomas said, “God is a God of surprises. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God.”

These words of the Holy Father struck me and left me hanging for a while. Oftentimes, I love to surprise my friends and my family in various ways. Because of this, I think that I am already okay with what I have and makes me blind to the fact that God is also trying to surprise me. It also makes me not to fully appreciate the blessings that He has given me. However, when I heard Pope Francis saying those words, it made me realize something extraordinary. I then realized that it was time to let God surprise me. It was time that as I surprise others, I must also let myself be surprised.

Speaking of blessings, the Second Philippine Conference of New Evangelization or the PCNE 2 made me realized a lot of things about being blessed. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle asked the delegates, “How can someone be blessed even though he or she is in the midst of suffering and hardships?” Wow, what a difficult question it was for everyone. As I go through the three-day conference, my questions were eventually answered. It was such a fulfilling moment for me that I went to Manila not only to have a time for my friends but also a time for me to answer all the questions that I have for myself.

Friends, being blessed is not only being blessed with material things such as money and fame. Being blessed is being bestowed with things that money cannot buy. God is trying to surprise us through His blessings. When God is trying to surprise us, we, must also let ourselves be surprised. Cardinal Tagle once said, “Everyone is blessed, but only a few people know about it.”

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Zoe Alessandra Huang

Last January 19 was one of the most memorable days of my life. I was one of the SMAD delegates who attended the 2nd Philippine Conference of the New Evangelization (PCNE II) in University of Sto. Tomas last January 15 -19, at the same time, we were given the chance to attend the youth encounter with the Pope, which was held on January 19, 2015. I can say that I am really blessed to be given the chance to see Pope Francis in person.

As early as 3am on that day, we lined up at UST together with thousands of youth. eager and excited to enter UST to see the Pope. At about 9:20am, after hours of waiting, the Pope finally arrived. “Parang may rock star na dumating”…. people got out their phones and gadgets to take a photo. Many waived flags, signs and many hands raised high as they shouted “Bienvenido, Papa Francisco”. When the Pope arrived, people were singing, screaming and they were all getting their gadgets out to take pictures.

The Pope rode his pope mobile and went around the football field. Words cannot express my feelings when I got to see the Pope. The feeling of joy came over me and I was so full of emotions that tears welled up in my eyes. Hearing the Pope express his words of wisdom to the youth made my faith stronger. Every word the Pope uttered in the encounter had a meaning. lt was inspiring and life changing. The words of Pope Francis is a reminder for all the youth to be consistent in our belief and to not stop doing good deeds to other people .

As the Pope said, the important subject that we need to learn in life is love; learning how to love is the great challenge that life offers us and that we should all be courageous and not afraid to cry.

For me, this encounter with the Pope, seeing him, being blessed by him, hearing his homily and listening to his message to the youth, all of these give me hope. The encounter made me reflect on Pope Francis’ words and made me realize that as the youth of today, we will not find real love with all the material things, fortunes and riches in this world. What he said was a reminder for us that we should all work together and offer ourselves to the great work of renewing our society arid help build a better world.

 

 

 

 

 

PCNE2 and the Apostolic Visit of Pope Francis: the Marisians’ Experience

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Sr. Lee, F.I., Frances Jayno, Hyde Cartoneros, Pia Puentespina, Gab Sepulchre, Claudine Barroso, Chrence Go, Sr. Caridad, F.I.; kneeling: Justine Rasonabe, Ianna Palabyab, Paolo Puentespina and Zoe Huang.

Ten Marisian delegates and two Hijas de Jesus Sisters traveled to Manila last January 14, 2015 to attend the Philippine Conference on the New Evangelization 2 at the University of Sto. Tomas, Manila, held on January 15-18, 2015, in time for the apostolic visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis. Full of excitement and joy, the group arrived in Manila at midday, and after the lunch at the airport, they proceeded to visit Manresa School in Paranaque City, a sister school of SMAD. They were welcomed by the Manresan students at the gate 1, to the delight and surprise of the visiting group. This was followed by an ocular visit of the school under the guidance of the welcoming students and teachers.

The group proceeded to Manresa Retreat House where they will be housed for the duration of their stay in Manila.

Day ONE

Very early the next morning, the Marisians traveled to UST, at the Quadricentennial Pavillion, where they lined up immediately for registration and get their kits. They had breakfast at a fastfood inside the UST compound, and returned to the pavilion to settle down and prepare for the opening ceremony.

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The PCNE II Kit

The Conference officially opened with the Misa ng Bayang Pilipino, officiated by His Eminence, Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, and more than a hundred concelebrating priests with more than 8000 delegates composed of priests, bishops, religious, laity and youth, and participants from archdioceses and dioceses all over the country.

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Part of the Mass was the dancing of SUBLI performed by dancers from the province of Batangas- which is a folk dance connected to the veneration of the Holy Cross. Beforehand, as part of the participants’ kit, castanets made from bamboo and buntal hats were given so that they can participate in this opening rituals. Castanet sound could be heard all over the pavillion while the dancers danced  the Subli.

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After the Opening Mass, a talk show followed hosted by no less than Cardinal Tagle himself, entitled “Heart to Heart Talk” with his guests namely: actress Nora Aunor, broadcaster Ted Failon, Commission on Audit secretary Heidi Mendoza, Children Peace Prize Awardee Chris `Kesz’ Valdez, mother of Jonas Burgos, Editha Burgos, and businessman Christian leader Bobby Atendido.

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The guests shared their experiences of being blessed even as they went through  the seemingly worst situations in their lives, finding God and blessedness in the midst of “enemies” or trials.
“This interview which served as a new and creative way of communicating the Gospel highlights, the Beatitudes, and  how the experiences of pains and struggles turned into blessings of hope, courage, peace, and spirituality. “Panginoon, ito pala ang exit ko, lunod hindi ambush”, said media man Failon at the height of Yolanda in Leyte.

From being a street child and scavenger to a young advocate for children, Chris `Kesz’ Valdez shared how at his early life he lived at a cemetery and almost burned after being pushed during a stampede. After winning the international award, he has already gone a long way in terms of helping other poor children and to date, has helped educate around 63 000 of them.

“Firm faith makes you honest. Kayang tanggihan ang suhol,” Commisioner Heidi Mendoza declared. She shared that her job as a public servant poses a lot of challenges and temptations to give in, but she firmly stated that many in the government, like her, are also honest.” (Lifted from FAITHBOOK-official gazette of the PCNE II).

To be continued…