You, our young students faced several challengesthis school year. Some were exciting, others weredaunting. The new dismissal schedule ushered inthe school year. AH1N1 caused panic and fear foreveryone . Typhoon Ondoy wrought destruction tomany of our homes. The student-teacher`s day meantto cap the year was missed. A whole gamut of feelings,perhaps from fear to extreme disappointment musthave come with all these experiences.But you continue to come in early to make it for class.You stretched yourselves awake till your last class.Putting up with your daily quizzes and requirementshas been met. You did not miss to put your competitivespirit to the fore during the academic contests. Andto some, you brought your best selves to the double- exams of NAT and Practice iPSLE in a stretch of twoweeks.The challenges have been quite wholistic. You riseup to the cool invitation to begin your affair withfruits. From out of the counter fun snacks, shiftingto bananas, apples, and oranges must have beenquite a treat. And directing oneself to the universalconcern to take care of the environment, you werecajoled to segregate, reduce and recycle. Thoughstill a major challenge, you must have understood bynow the urgency to take care of our planet earth.You must have grappled for reasons to many of thesechallenges. With some, you might have found thereasons, while it is a continuing pursuit to understandthe others.Resilience is being able to deal with something
that is tough or difﬁcult to understand. As you allow
your better selves to take over the tough situations,we acknowledgeyour resilience. Weequally thank your teachers for guiding you riseup to these challenges.As we end our sesquicentennial celebration,we are happy to know that we have a throng ofboys who have shown resilience and can be afoundation towards building the nation.Congratulations for having a well – spent year.
•∞• Mrs. Helen U. Amante •∞•
Rizal, 11 years old, at the Ateneo Municipal de Manila
∞§∞ Ms. Perez would like to thank Mrs.Ibarrientos, Mrs. Ann Miranda, Ian Salac, GladDanguilan and Franco Reyes for the winningphotos. ∞§∞ Like Jose Rizal, a person whoexcelled in various fields, may we also be apart of NATION BUILDING by being a pride ofour beloved motherland. ∞§∞ The euphoricfaces of Ateneans on this issue’s cover showthat every young Filipino, even in his own littleway, can give victory and pride to our nation.Go, Ateneo. Go Team Philippines.
∞§∞Thank you, Mrs. Lucy Orencio for the photoCDs. Thank you Younduk Chung for the photos ofFr. Kit, Mrs. Amante and Mr. Salvador. Thank you,Ms. Grace Enriquez for the Grade 7 Pictures.
Rizal’s years in the Ateneo ﬁgured prominently in his transformation, andultimately, who he would one daybecome as a person. While learningthe humanities and sciences frombrilliant professors he very much respected, Rizal was also showing signs of maturity in a coming of age.He writes:
as well as an exquisite sensibility had beengreatly developed in
. It passed like the ﬁrst among principles of logic, physics and poetical
- Rizal, the Ateneo, andexcellence by Joe de Castro
Asst. Headmaster for Academic Affairs’ Message