OPENING OF THE S.Y. 2017 – 2018

It was last June 14, 2017 (Wednesday) when the Stella Maris Academy of Davao opened officially for their First Day of Class. The program started with the Flag Ceremony. It was then followed by Sister Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I. (School RCA) as she delivered her warm welcome message to the students, parents, faculty, staff, and the rest of the community.

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Opening of Classes 2017

I would like to welcome you all here today in behalf of the entire Stella Maris Educative community!

It is wonderful as always to see all the familiar faces of our friends, classmates, teachers and special people in our school community.

I know that you all join me this morning in extending a warm welcome to all the new members of our family; students, faculty and parents.

The school year begins today and just like any other year it gives us an opportunity to have a fresh start.

New beginnings, risks to take, chances to grab and occasions to embrace.

Let us make a conscious effort to begin the year right and with the purest motivation on our minds.

Let us strive to be better every single day and to offer all our best efforts to Jesus and to our parents whom we know are always there to support us in our education.

Let us not settle with the ordinary but let us challenge ourselves to do our best even in the most little thing we will pursue.

Remember that we are still in the year of the Parish – communion of communities. Let us think of ways how we can be closer to our respective parishes and how we can be one with the church in participating in its mission.

Let one of the famous saying of our Foundress, Mother Candida be your guide this year – God wills it! God wills it!

God bless and keep you and may His light continue to shine upon you. May our Blessed Mary, the star of the sea bless our desires for this year.

Good Morning to everyone and enjoy your first day of class!


Right after, the members of the community for this school year was introduced to the students.

The F.I. sisters were introduced by Sr. Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I.

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From left to right: Sr. Teresita Saba, F.I. (Canteen In-charge); Sr. Lina Cornelio, F.I. (Pastoral Adviser); Sr. Caridad Ramirez, F.I. (General Services Supervisor); Sr. Victoria Lim, F.I. (School Treasurer) and Sr. Felisa Molina, F.I. (Sister Superior).

The teachers and staff were introduced by Dr. Rodilla L. Tumanda, our School Principal.

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From left to right: Ms. Rhodora Edullantes (High School Academic Coordinator); Ms. Shirley Genovate (Grade School Academic Coordinator); Mrs. Annabel Palarca (Human Resources Officer); Mr. Luis Arangoso, Jr. (Prefect of Discipline); Mrs. Mia Joy Fuggan (Acting Registrar).

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The program ended at 8:00 in the morning and the regular class followed.