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SSAFI Newsletter 2012

SSAFI Newsletter 2012

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t’s getting increasingly harder to write messages like this these days because the Facebook gets ahead of me. But I guess, SSC, like everybody else, has walked with the rest of the world from snailmail to Facebook. And one accomplishment we’re very proud to report to all of you is how our SSAFI Facebook group and SSAFI Yahoo group grew by leaps and bounds all within the year just passed. Today, I am indulging in the luxury of getting in touch with all of you from a beautifully designed new SSAFI Office near St. Cecilia’s Hall. (If you haven’t seen it yet, take a peep on your way to your car or on your way to St. Cecilia’s Hall to watch a concert or fetch a daughter or granddaughter from a rehearsal. Yes, it really is a joy to come to SSC these days- in spite of the traffic all around us. Of course things have changed. The tarpaulin on our walls tells us that loud and clear. But entering Gate 1 sort of shuts out the din outside and brings us into the sober, scholarly, monastic air that, in spite of its innovativeness and its courageous participation in present realities, still is the expected setting for a Benedictine and Scholastican Education. The pergola with its beautiful arches at once brings us memories of bygone days, situating us both in the past and the present with elegance and simplicity. Suddenly, stepping in from the gate, one gets a sense of peace and quiet. And as we walk through familiar, hallowed halls, the new structures blending beautifully with the old ones, so beautifully it seems that they had always been there before; somewhere just a corridor or a garden away, our younger Scholasticans are learning how to be true Scholasticans by studying the 10 Hallmarks of a Benedictine and Scholastican Education. Nobody talked of those hallmarks in our day. But


President Message

they must have been there somewhere, nestling beneath the soft folds of black veils flying in the wind on hot summer days, sounding along with the Angelus bells and the sounds of Vespers at twilight and the patient voices of German teachers giving Math drills or treating eager high school girls to Shakespeare in heavy German accents. Past and present, we walk the talk, each generation kindling in their hearts what makes them truly Scholastican. But what does? What truly does? Perhaps the answer is in what our Silver Jubilarians want to tell the world and each other simply by saying WALANG KUPAS. I'm sure the many answers to that question will be as many as the stars above us. But one thing I am sure of is that it takes more than one person to make a Scholastican truly Scholastican. It takes many people . It takes a community. It takes many years. All of these, WALANG KUPAS. I happened to ask a group of young alumnae what they thought was WALANG KUPAS in St. Scholastica's College. And they gave such a beautiful answer: “Miss Camu,” one of them said, “because until now, we imitate the way she taught us how to sing our First Communion songs.” The making of a Scholastican takes many people like Miss Camu. A Scholastican, giving back to St. Scholastica's what nurtured her as a student. Maybe , that 's my message for this issue. In the midst of old and new buildings, as we come back home to this old-new SSC with Sr. Tammy's something old, something new, something borrowed , something blue, I hope we can find and celebrate what is WALANG KUPAS for all of us. And like them, I hope we shall find it in our hearts to give back what we have been so generously given. And don't forget. SSAFI is always there waiting to be with you in giving back.

Melba aro-SantoS HS ‘72 – President
St. Scholastica’s Alumnae Foundation, Inc. Board of TrusTees
PReSIDent: InteRnAL VICe-PReSIDent: exteRnAL VICe-PReSIDent: SeCRetARY: ASSt. SeCRetARY: tReASuReR: ASSIStAnt tReASuReR: PuBLIC ReLAtIOnS OFFICeR: ASSt. PRO: MeMBeRS: Melba Aro Santos, HS’72 Adelaida P. Villegas, HS’65/AB’69 Ma. Socorro Magpile Del Rosario, HS’69/AB’73 Sylvia A. Karaan, HS’79 Ma. Cristina G. Puno, HS86 Consuelo L. Tan, HS’38/BSE’41 Ma. Asuncion Aunario Azcuna, AB’83 Ma. April Lorelei Wycoco Pineda, HS’79 Michelle B. Lazaro, HS85 Florina Feliciano Castillo, HS’60/AB’65 Salud Donato De Castro, HS’48/AB’52 Patricia Viola De Veyra, HS’56 Virginia Domingo Gonzalez, HS’39 Amparo C. Lim, HS’70/AB’74 Ma. Lourdes Simon Lim, HS’71 Sigrid Reymundo Lizares, HS’76/AB’80 Ma. Magdalena del Rosario Lopez, HS’62/AB’66 Ma. Elsa Lava Mapua, HS’63/AB’67 Ma. Anicia Pacquia Mejia, AB/BSC’72 Ma. Rosario Hizon Nepomuceno, HS’71/AB’75 Ma. Angeles G. Prats, HS’70/ABBA’74 Ma. Lourdes Castro Roa, HS’59/AB’63 Michelle M. Rodriguez, HS’82 Rosemary Mallillin Rodriguez, HS’50/AB’54 Elenita San Agustin Sandejas, HS’56/AB’60 Sr. Mary Placid Abejo, OSB, BM’56


Dear Alumnae, Welcome to Homecoming Day! Our Copies boast of a new five storey building, St. Cecilia’s Building. It is home to the school of Music as well as the College Library, AVC. Give us a call so you can have a tour of this new building. For this issue, we carry two mother & daughter articles. We asked Marie Patuggalan, alumnae to give us an update on her mother, Mrs. De Vera, well known faculty in the high school soon after, the youngest daughter of Mrs. De Vera, Fatima de Vera, was in the news as BPinoy awardee. Read about them We carry alumnae news and thru articles on the Grade School and College to update you on what is happening at St. Scholastica’s College. Lastly, please read the provisions of our By-laws that are due for change. Your vote is needed. Welcome Home!
Maria asuncion ‘charlie’ aZcuna
College ‘83


Presidential Installation

Installation of Sr. Mary Thomas Prado as 18th President of St. Scholastica’s College, August 6, 2011.



The New building on the Block:
St. CeCilia’S Building
Maria Asuncion Azcuna, College 1983, MA Humanities 2000 has the Dean’s Office, faculty room, a rehearsal hall and a Board Room fitted with a piano donated by music alumna, Corky Hernaez-Lopez, HS48/BM52. There is a chamber music room for each floor with two functional keyboards. The compact Corazon C. Aquino Hall at the 2nd floor has 140 seats, an ideal venue for small programs. 1st floor – piano rooms 2nd floor – piano room, audition room, computer music room, Battig room, seminar room, music library, print & media room. 3rd floor – strings room, liturgical music room, music education room 4th floor – seminar room, Asian Music Room, Percussion Room

es, Scholastica, we have a new building at St. Scholastica’s College! It’s called the St. Cecilia’s Building. Sr. Placid, Dean of the School of Music, had long dreamed of such a building. The building has five floors and stretches on the Estrada side. The building consists of two wings: the School of Music wing and the College wing. The music wing has the following facilities: St. Cecilia’s Hall, 13 practice rooms, 13 studio rooms. The ground floor

The College Wing has the AVC room on the 3rd floor; the college library on the 4th floor and on the 5th floor: two function rooms that have been put to good use since the building’s inauguration.

Sister Placid among Pillar

Hallway Avenue

Opera Hall

Asian Music Instruments Room

Battig Room

Recital Hall

Board Room

Music Library

Rehearsal Hall

Seminar Room




Back to the Future: SSC Batch ’87 Redux
By Freida V. Dario HS’87 We embrace challenge, and thanks in great part to SSC Dean Sister Bellarmine Bernas, we continue to invoke social change, when we can, for the greater good. Social awareness runs in our veins, as children of the People Power Revolution,……. That said, the women of Batch ‘87 have and always will be trendsetters, forever inspired by our pop and New Wave idols (Madonna, Michael Jackson, Boy George, Cindy Lauper, Wham, The Gogo’s, B52’s, Tears for Fears, The Cure, China Crisis, Flock of Seagulls, Hall and Oats, and so on), who pushed the envelope and influenced our time, encouraging individuality and self-expression, with a whole lot of aerosol-powered Aqua Net hair spray. And we will all agree that we love to party and we know how to have a hell of a good time! From soirees to mobile disco parties, to excelling in sports and in the arts. So on February 12, 2012, join us at our Silver Jubilee on campus, and brace yourselves for a crazy ride to the decadent past of the 80s and “Back to the Future”, with Batch ’87 on the dance floor and at the captain’s seat! Carefree and peace-loving as we are, we’ll give everyone something worthwhile to take home and run with – and that’s our infectious joie de vivre, the joy of living, as if it was our last day on earth!

SC Batch 1987 owned the 80s, defined the 80s and lived the 80s – from hairstyles to fashion, and down to the attitude. Made up of a diverse set of individuals, as diverse as the genres of music of the decadent decade, certain common denominators gelled us together throughout High School, and to this day, such as St. Benedict’s “Ora et Labora” or the Scholastican motto of Prayer and Work, as each of us have dedicated ourselves to our chosen fields, with a passion that has given our batch a distinction and recognitions in various industries, namely media, travel, advertising, fashion, entrepreneurship, politics and so on. We also share the trait of “grace under pressure” – perhaps we owe this to our dearly departed high school Coordinator for Student Affairs Miss Salazar, and everyone’s most feared and loved Filipino teacher, the terrifying Mrs. De Vera both of whom we all love so dearly and cherish so deeply! We were blessed with educators who pushed us to our limits, equipped us with knowledge, and the resilience to overcome adversities in life and the toughest challenges at work and at home. In short, we are not “quitters” – we were empowered to be leaders, unfazed by the pressures of conformity.



Fifty Years Gone By
CArMen D. Pérez HS’62 / COLLeGe’66
Here’s trying to put into perspective one’s fifty years gone by Past the several oceans, continents, cities, and streets I turned Admitted family aside, realizing where my strengths had derived From those twelve years in chrysalis, surely I can say and sigh. The boundless lines to praise and to describe the passages learned Despite diversions, albeit chances taken, I somehow survived. For I had partaken and absorbed one richness of an education Only one true Scholastican can match a level of comprehension. A discipline inculcated, some propensity in expelling and dispelling To anchoring kin, friendships were encouraged, such flourished, Religious instructions, having faith, hope and charity, it is a telling Oh! how to be unwavering, to be principled, an honour nourished Without any doubt, based on Benedictine ethics of Prayer and Labour. During all this time, cherishing the singleness I harbour and savour. Within the radar of an era, working until a hand in marriage was offered Motherhood likely followed, so thereby underscoring a need for deviation Sensing an vivifying influence on venturing out to include globalization This gypsy landed in Canada, appreciating the independence it proffered. Like most work life abroad, alleviating daily grind, a trip or two, dosage Forced hiatus, a oui to France’s heed to la vie en rose, revelling language and wine. Toronto beckoned return, carved a career with mustered courage. Called to spend time with Mother, it was no burden to put stuff in storage. Back in Manila, enjoying the volunteering, reading to importuned children, Teaching arts and crafts to youth, hungry for learning, so wanting for leisure Also to retired nuns who radiate serenity and happiness, hardly a pressure, A compressed version of my life’s span, sometimes overt, often hidden In perhaps, fifty years more, one can surmise where our paths will be crossed Forget not, though, nary a Scholastican’s stamp can be lost nor forever tossed.

First row (seated): Nanette Arellano, Pearl Li Yao, Purita Gamboa, Concepcion Tinio, Teresita Cruz, Sr. Ligouri del Rosario, OSB+(Directress), Mother Godfrieda Baumeister, OSB+(Prioress) Sr. Lieou Sy, OSB+(High School Principal), Edna Gotia, Cristina Raymundo+, Teresa Francisco+, Dolores Tirona, Rosario Tirona Second row: Dulce Dee, Julieta Vasquez, Concepcion Crisologo+,Victorina Alzona, Blesila Hipolito, Corazon Buñag, Cleo Alday, Sarah Caridad Salcedo, Corazon Sayoc, Norma Dizon, Antonia Paguia, Lourdes Laureano, Angelita Calado, Gloria Topacio Third Row: Elizabeth Cervero+, Marovic Gomez, Victoria Pecson+, Sonia Ella, Josefina Calado, Imelda Gutierrez, Yolanda Martinez, Maria Magdalena del Rosario, Linda Cabreza, Socorro Pantangco, Ester Quimbo, Sylvia Teehankee, Victoria Yu, Lourdes Uy, Sylvia Galvez Fourth Row: Alexandra de Jesus, Josefina Laurel, Emma Quinio, Lucy Montinola, Lilia Sison, Ofelia Ramoso, Florina Aquino, Margarita Ramos, Scarlett de Villa+, Nora de Guia+, Delise Garilao+, Florencita Arenas Fifth Row: Dolores Borja, Remedios Tablante, Encarnita Laurel, Judy Calvo, Lillian Santiago, Victoria Ambe, Pacita Laperal, Cita Abad+, Rebecca Villavicencio, Mercedes Muniosguren, Elizabeth Arrastia, Carmen Pérez, Evelyn Jimenez+, Celeste Villegas




t. Scholastica’s Alumnae Foundation, Inc. (SSAFI), hosted a gathering for Platinum Jubilarians last August 11,2011 at the Social Hall in SSC Manila. SSAFI wanted to honor the “Platinums” who are 85 years old and above in a “Celebration of Life”, by having a smaller and more intimate affair with music, food, dance, camaraderie, reminiscing and thanksgiving. We noticed that very few “older Scholasticans” attend our Homecoming Day which is celebrated every year on the Sunday in February nearest the Feast of St.Scholastica ( February 10 ). The reasons they gave were: there are only a few classmates who are still around; their class organizer passed away; it is difficult for them to attend a big affair that extends up to the evening; mobility problems because of age and ailments, etc. And these reasons are what inspired us to have the First Reunion of Platinum Jubilarians. A little background on Jubilarians – these are usually the High School and College Graduates — SILVER (25 years since their graduation); PEARL( 30 years); CORAL (35years); RUBY(40 years); SAPPHIRE (45 years); GOLDEN (50 years); EMERALD (55 YEARS); DIAMOND(60 years). After the DIAMOND Jubilee 6oth year, alumnae are considered as PLATINUM JUBILARIANS. If they want to attend the annual homecoming, just let SSAFI and the host HS Silver Jubilarians know that they are attending, so their presence can be acknowledged during the program. For this 1st Platinum Celebration, we tried to contact first those who were 85 and above because we realized that each Platinum might need to bring one or 2 companions (usually a daughter or son and a caregiver). The capacity of the Social Hall capacity is quite small. And we figured that many Platinums between 76 and 84 years of age are still strong enough to attend the annual homecoming. SSAFI awarded all the “Platinums” with a token of Scholastican kinship — a photo frame that had their “Before”and “Now” photos on one side and a citation on the other side that said “In Celebration of Many Happy Memories and Fruitful Years, and In Recognition of Living Scholastican Ideals of Love and Service, St. Scholastica’s Alumnae Foundation, Inc. (SSAFI), Gives This Token of Scholastican Kinship to Platinum Jubilarian ____ (name of Jubilarian)” The Special Awardees were the “Living” Platinum Scholasticans – 95 years old and above. A short profile about each of the special awardees preceded the awarding. HS 1929 - GLORIA LUCERO-MONZON (100 YEARS) HS 1930 - ANITA MAGSAYSAY-HO (97 YEARS) HS 1931 - JULIA ORTIGAS-CAMPOS (98 YEARS) and SOLITA CAMARA-BESA (96 YEARS)


PLATINUM scholasTicans By eLSA LAVA - MAPUA GS‘59 HS‘63 COLL‘67 AnD SYLVIA KArAAn GS‘72 HS’77

HS 1932 - AMALITA ORTIGAS-OLBES (97 YEARS); ISABEL REYESKATIGBAK (97 YEARS) and FLORENCIA DEL PRADO (96 YEARS). Of the 7 special awardees, only Amalita Ortigas-Olbes was physically present to receive her recognition award. The others could not attend due to their sickness and old age, but their awards were received by either a relative or a representative. Platinum Jubilarians below 95 who attended the affair were: HS 1936 - Betty Castillo-Laurel; Virginia Rosales - Nanagas HS 1939 - Naty Crame-Rogers; Ma. Luisa Del Prado; Pacita LLamado – Salcedo; Felicisima Carreon-Ramirez; Ester Recto-Quinio; Nita Umali- Berthelsen; HS 1940 - Dolores Borja-Colayco; Emilia Go-Montejo; Rosalinda Orosa; Josephine Rosales-Eleazar HS 1941 - Lourdes Segundo-De Leon HS 1942 - Teodora Badillo- Ledda; Amelia Bautista; Cecilia De Veyra-Sta.Romana; Eva Gonzalez, Sofia Narciso-Suarez; Corazon Vallarta-Lorenzo HS 1944 - Teresita Araneta-Luistro; Gloria Connolly-Barredo; Josephine Connolly-Arrastia; Fidela Unson-Ocampo GS 1930 - Ester Umali-Salcedo It was so touching to see some of the Platinums in their wheelchairs accompanied by their Scholastican daughters. Others were using walkers, canes, or wearing gauze masks and were being attended to by their caregivers. But this did not prevent them from enjoying themselves They were so happy to see their classmates and other Scholasticnas who they had not seen in a long, long time. They loved the cute song and dance number “I Enjoy Being A Girl” performed by adorable little Scholasticans in their pretty ballet costumes. Some college students under Abigail Yee-Alvia HS9 Coll93, performed a ballet number from “Don Quixote”. We also had a violin and a song number performed by students from the Music Department, and accompanied on the piano by Professor Greg Zuniega. Christine Balingcos of the School of Music rendered a touching song “Anak ng Dalita”. One of the highlights of the Platinum Celebration was a Dramatic Reading by Naty Crame-Rogers (HS 1939). It was a short excerpt from the play “My Son Jose” (a poignant dialogue between the mother of Jose Rizal and her son, whose life was in danger because of his ideals). The play was written by a Scholastican, the late Leonor Orosa-Goquingcor (BSE 1939). Tita Naty acknowledged the presence of Leonor’s younger sister, Rosalinda “Baby” Orosa (HS1940), Philippine Star columnist. At 89 years, Tita Naty still appears in plays , and is very much involved with “Sala Theater”. We ended the affair with a Gallery of photos which we projected on the big screen — their “Before” and “Now” photos and old class pictures scanned from old yearbooks. We also included the photos of those Platinums who sent their photos but could not attend. Looking at the old photos and attending an affair at the old Social Hall brought back many memories of their schooldays. A few days after the Platinum Affair, SSAFI received a note of thanks from Virginia ‘inny’ Rosales-Nanagas —“In the name of the Scholastican Senior Citizens 85 to 100 years old, we sincerely and gratefully say thank you from the bottom of our hearts, to the Benedictine sisters, to SSAFI, and specially to the organizers of the August 11 affair “A Celebration of Life”. It was truly an ‘ Affair To Remember’ for all of us !” We at SSAFI, now have many new “Titas” — Tita Naty, Jinny, Chibbi, Betty, Kate, Chuchi, Baby, Dolly, Eva, Mila, Amelia, Paquita, Ester, Gloria, Jo and many more. We are inspired by their eagerness to keep in touch with their beloved Alma Mater—St.Scholastica’s College.




SSCHS’77 Swing for a Scholar Coral

Jubilee Golf Tournament

he St. Scholastica’s College Manila High School Batch '77 sponsored the SSCHS '77 Swing for a Scholar Coral Jubilee Golf Tournament at the Philippine Navy Golf Club last November 17 for the benefit of Batch '77's various projects including key programs of the St. Scholastica's Alumnae Foundation Inc. (SSAFI). These projects are: the Child of A Scholastican for the children of Scholasticans in need of financial support and the Night Secondary Scholars for deserving students from disadvantaged families in Singalong. The registration started at 5:30 am and recorded 67 civic-minded golfers who enjoyed a day of golf and who were also treated to a bag of giveaways, lunch, ice cream,great raffle prizes and a lively awards program.The Awarding Ceremony was hosted by Ms. Mimi FernandezNitura (HS77) and Mr. Nonong Rodriguez. Special guests from the SSAFI Board of Trustees were Ms. Elsa Lava-Mapua, Head of Membership Committee, who spoke on the Night Secondary Scholars (NSS) and Child of the Scholastican scholarship programs, Ms. Baba Aro-Santos (SSAFI President) and Ms. Cristina Puno (SSAFI Assistant Secretary). Ms. Mignon Wycoco-Ramos, SSCHS ‘77 President, opened the ceremony with words of welcome and appreciation for all those who played, sponsored and organized the event. Being a golf tournament, the following winners were awarded trophies and prizes. Winners were: Men’s Division: Mon Villareal – Overall Champion Raffy Ante – Class A Champion Keith Halford – Class A Runner-Up



The SSCHS ‘77 Core Team (Mignon Wycoco-Ramos, Pinky Cobangbang-Soberano, Eva Santiago-Perez, Bernadette San Jose-Garcia, Tani Sempio-Bautista, Jakes Jacobo-Pastrana, Maridol Carlos-Dannug, Rose Santiago, Pat Lim-Yu, Mabey Santos-Datu, Jocelyn Villa-Lacuna, Rona Buencamino-Abundo, Mimi Fernandez-Nitura, Vicky Baniqued-Alunan, Gigi Reyes-Cancio, Malou Valero, Greely Remulla-Oposa, Baby FerrarenAmpil, and Bang Karaan) together with their other classmates Riza Gervasio-Mantaring, Sandra Yu, Joan UmaliSoliman, Susan Ortega-Larrazabal, Gina Cruz-Go, Cecil Escueta-Lazo, Evelyn del Rosario-Garcia, Rosanne GocoPena, Lily Ann Claudio-Favis, Marinette Berba-Mendoza and our US based classmates led by Mary Ann Prospero would like to extend its many thanks to our generous sponsors and friends, to SSAFI and its scholars for giving us purpose and inspiration. Most of all to our dear Lord, for the wonderful gift of clear blue skies and the warm soothing sun that shone on us all on that day.

Elmer Ngo – Class B Champion Antonio Cruz – Class B Runner-Up Gerry Romualdez – Class C Champion Obi Villariba – Class C Runner-Up Women’s Division: Lee Heredia – Ladies Champion Greely Remulla-Oposa(SSCHS’77) – Ladies Runner-Up Special Fun Games: Jing Warren – 2 Yards Nearest To The Pin Raffy Ante – 272 Yards Longest Drive Al Cervero – 1 Inch C/B 150 yards Most Accurate Drive


My TiTa Glo.
By Neni Sta. Romana Cruz GS’59/HS’63/AB’67

n her 100th birthday on November 7, 2010, Gloria Lucero Monzon was honored as the remaining living founder of UP’s Sigma Delta Phi Sorority and its first Grand Archon. Her other co-founders were Alice Palma Bautista, Lourdes Bautista San Diego and Catalina S. Manguerra. Tita Glo’s appearance that night showed her usual “grit and resilience” as she had just survived a bout of pneumonia. The strong woman that she is, she was whisked from the hospital where she had been confined for weeks, directly to the hotel venue. My Tita Glo was an exemplary and outstanding leader. She was the acknowledged head of HS 1929 of which she graduated valedictorian. She wrote an essay about her class “Growing Up With ‘Baday’ “ in Daughter’s True. (2006) “Baday” was their nickname for Sr. Willibalda, who supervised them and made sure they were quiet and studied before the start of class hours. She remembers that even then, SSC was already known for music, “I never studied, but I excelled in my stidies.” Sr. Eusebia, whom the class called “Ebiang” was their teacher in second, third, fourth years.. Among her classmates in a class of 27 were Josephine Murphy, Amelia Romualdez whose father was Manila mayor Miguel Romualdez, Milagros Romualdez, daughter of Justice Norberto Romualdez, Remedios Goquiolay, Alice Adad, Carmen Crow, Belen Villasenor, and Pilar Albert. When they graduated, she remembered that they wore uniform graduation dresses beautifully sewn by the same dressmaker. Tita Glo was my dear ninang who gave me my first locked diary and set me off on my writing as a kid, and is also ninang to Tina Monzon Palma, She was an ideal homemaker and not only because home economics and education were her majors in UP. She enjoyed creating Ikebana arrangements, even training in Japan for this. She joined and initiated yearly Ikebana exhibits in Manila and even taught it to other enthusiasts. Hers has been a long, blessed and productive life — saddened only by the premature death of her husband, Brig. Gen. Patricio R. Monzon, commanding general of the Philippine Army, who headed Sangley Point in Cavite, her son Rene, a daughter Patsy, her eldest grandson Bobby who was a summa cum laude graduate of the UP Medical School and just beginning a promising career.

A Woman of Strength and Many Talents

She was always bubbly and full of stories and spent many years teaching at the Far Eastern University. I have always known her to be strong-willed and energetic and always busy with her hands that it is hard to accept that in January 11, 2011, shortly after she celebrated her 100th birthday, Tita Glo began to sleep more and talk less. She did not lose her memory, but in a sense, decided to withdraw from it all. Perhaps it is her way of preparing us all for a final goodbye. Tita Glo HS 1929, belongs to a family of Scholasticans. Her two daughters Concepcion and + Patricia studied in SSC for Grade School. She was one of the Special Awardees last August 11, 2011 when SSAFI honored the Living Platinum Jubilarians. In fact, she is the oldest living SSC alumna. She was 100 years old then. Her daughter Concepcion attended the Platinum affair and received the award for her. Tita Glo turned 101 years old on November 7, 2011. She is the only living Lucero sister. Her sisters were: + Alicia Lucero Gamboa. HS1925 (mother of + Doreen Gamboa Fernandez, HS50/AB54 and Della Gamboa Besa, HS51/AB55) + Loreto Lucero Teopaco, HS 1926 (mother of Albina Teopaco Jahn, HS53 and + Elnora Teopaco Figueroa, HS56) + Selina Lucero Sta. Romana, HS1934 (mother of Flor Marie Sta. Romana, GS59/HS63/AB67 and Ma. Corazon Sta. Romana GS65/HS69/AB73) + Simona Lucero Mayuga, HS 1937 (mother of Sylvia Mayuga, HS59


RETURN of the BOYS of

Sister Gratia
for the school. Outgoing SSC President, Sr. Angelica Leviste shared with us heart warming stories about Sr. Gratia and her timeless legacy. Elsa Mapua reminded the BSGs about the quote in the bible “Unless you become like one of these, you can not enter the kingdom of heaven”. This was her introduction to a group singing activity. She asked everyone to become like little children again, just like they were in Kindergarten. All the BSGs, nuns and SSAFI Board members joined her in singing “We Are Boys of Sr. Gratia” (a round song to the tune of “Are You Sleeping”).



SAFI hosted a get together last October 4, 2011- “A Timeless Legacy: Return of the Boys of Sr. Gratia. We wanted to rekindle the memories of the timeless legacy of Sister Gratia Aigner, OSB – the lovable, gentle but energetic nun who for 41 years, taught little Scholastican girls and boys in kindergarten. The first time the Boys of Sr Gratia (BSGs) joined us in SSC alumnae affairs was in September 2005 at the Manila Polo Club — it was the kick-off activity in preparation for the Centennial Jubile. There were only 5 BSGs present — Juanito Munoz, Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay, Pocholo Borromeo, Lito Bunag and Marc Prats. After tireless “sleuthing” and searching for more BSGs, we held the first official reunion of the Boys of Sr. Gratia at the Manila Golf Club on June 23, 2006. This time 16 boys attended. Miss Astrid Perez, who also taught in Kinder with Sr. Gratia was a surprise guest. The boys were thrilled to see their former Kinder teacher. They shared the songs they were taught in kinder, as well as their scrapes and embarrassing moments, and how Sr. Gratia with her

kind and gentle ways helped them. We included these memories in the SSAFI coffeetable book “A Common Thread”. BSGs who lived abroad also sent in their stories. Through email. For the Grand Centennial Celebration at St. Cecilia’s Hall on December 6, 2006, SSAFI awarded 95 plaques to the BSGs. Sr. Gratia must have been smiling from above saying “Those are my adorable little boys!” The list of BSGs is getting longer. By word of mouth and through email blasts, and facebook posts, we now have 150 BSGs in our list. (check website www.ssc.edu.ph then click on Alumnae and friends) Last October 4, nineteen (19) BSGs attended the get together. Ernie Martinez (Kinder 1933) delivered a touching invocation prayer. SSAFI President Baba Aro Santos welcomed the BSGs and called them — our fellow alumnae and gave an overview of the vision and mission of SSAFI, and the description of the different committees. Our new SSC President, Sr. Mary Thomas Prado was happy to meet the BSGs and took this opportunity to give a brief powerpoint presentaton of her 10 year plan

“We are boys of Sister Gratia She also gave updates on some SSAFI projects—Peace Clock project; The Swing for A Scholar Golf Tournament; SSAFI Card Membership. We now have 5 BSGs who have Lifetime SSAFI cards and 13BSGs who have Regular SSAFI Cards (valid for 5 years). Bro. Bernie Oca of DE La Salle University volunteered to give the response on behalf of the BSGs. We all enjoyed his witty and humorous response. Nic.ole Severino HS97, accompanied by guitar students from the SSC music department, sang some old time jazz favorites. It was a lovely evening of good food, music, reminiscing, sharing and thanksgiving. Thank you Sr. Gratia for sharing your “little boys” with us!


t has been quite some time since Mrs. Teresita de Vera has retired from teaching at St. Scholastica’s College Manila. Almost everyone who studied in St. Scho knew her from 1958-1993. She has five children, the three girls went to SSC from pre-school to high school, while the two boys were students of Sister Gracia in kindergarten. The 3 girls now reside in North America, while the 2 boys reside in the Philippines. Mrs. De Vera migrated to Canada in 2008. The eldest child, Maria Teresa “Marie” is married to Raymond Pattugalan. Both are architects who knew each other in UST. Marie was formerly a faculty of SSC Int. Design Dept., PSID and UST College of Architecture. Both Marie and Raymond were responsible for some renovation projects in SSC from 1997-2007. They now reside in Toronto with their 2 children. Bernie (SSC HS 2006) is finishing her degree in Child Education while Ramon recently graduated Arch’ral Tech. Having learning areas related to education and teaching, a passion they share with their mom and grandmom Beatriz, a principal of CEU, the 2nd and 3rd child, Ricky & Raymund

orma Monfort a dynamic BCI partner in the Philippines for five years, is being honored as a 2011 Disney Worldwide conservation Fund Conservation Hero. The award recognizes “extraordinary individuals who are passionate about protecting animals and habitats in areas of critical concern. Monfort originally sought BCI’s help in protecting her familyowned Monfort Bat Cave, home to the world’s largest-known colony of Geoffroy’s rousette fruit bats (Rousettus amplexidaudatus). The cave on Samal Island is a sanctuary for about 1.8 million of the bats, which had all but disappeared from other caves in the region. Monfort not only protected the cave, but turned it into a vital venue for teaching visitors about the benefits of bats in the Philippines. She has hosted many bat-education events at the site and helped with others around the area. She launched the nonprofit Philippine Bat Conservation group and works tirelessly to change public attitudes. Bats of the Philippines have a true champion in Norma Monfort.


A hero for bAts
Norma Monfort, AM Piano 1961

both graduates of DLSU, reside with their family in Manila. Both are into training, consultancy and research. Her 4th child, Maria Carmela ‘Carla’ de Vera-Santiago is currently residing in Toronto, Canada with her family. She works as a Senior Portfolio Analyst at the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), a financial institution wholly owned by the Government of Canada that provides financial and consulting services to Canadian businesses. Carla’s husband Floro is a Corporate Controller of Airboss of America, one of North America’s largest manufacturers of rubber products. She has 2 sons who are both studying at University of Toronto. Raphael her eldest son is in 3rd year taking up a double major in Economics and English and her second son Juan Carlo is a 1st year student taking up Business Management. The youngest, Fama de Vera Francisco is currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family. She is married to Noel and has 4 children. Miguel is 17, Marky is 15, Marga is 12 and Max is 8. Both Noel and Fama work at Procter and Gamble head office in Cincinnati. Fama is the General Manager for North America Baby

Care, while Noel is the Senior Manager for Corporate Function Marketing HR.




ers is an inspiring story of hope shared by people who had given it to her ONLY female Asian GM in P&G, world’s largest consumer products company at the time she needed it most. Thus says Ma. Fatima “Fama” De Vera-Francisco, one of the three BPInoy 2011 awardees for outstanding international achievement. Fama is the highest ranking and only Asian female general manager in the world’s largest consumer products company, Procter & Gamble, in its global headquarters located in Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States. As head of the Baby Care and Global Innovation, she is responsible for about $2.5 billion worth of sales and 2,000 employees. She was chosen as a BPInoy honoree for setting a world-class standard for child’s personal care and by climbing the global corporate ladder of P&G – against all odds that is. Her fellow BPInoy awardees this year are global boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, now the House Representative of Sarangani Province and Black Eyed Peas founding member Allan Pineda Lindo Jr. a.k.a. “Apl As a leader, she believes that people are the most important assets. “The most important role of a leader is handpicking the right talent, giving them challenging roles, and continually investing in their development so they can become future leaders of the company,” she says. The BPInoy award is another feather to Fama’s cap. In 2005, she was recognized by one of the big four international accounting firms, Deloitte and Touche, in its “Wise Women” program. She was also named by the Cincinnati Business Courier as an emerging leader in its “Forty under 40” program. In 2009, Fama was an Agora Awardee for Excellence in International Marketing, Philippine Marketing Association. Her alma mater, St. Scholastica’s College, had also cited her as an outstanding alumna, citing her mentoring of young Asians in P&G and Xavier University, as well as volunteering for Religious Education in Good Shepherd Parish, Cincinnati. As cited by BPI, Fama is indeed viewed as a “woman who has, and is continuing to, blaze trails for other women.” To top it all, she has progressed in her career, while raising a family. She is a mother of four young children and leads a fast-paced, diverse organization and business. Not bad for someone who once upon a time never thought she could finish schooling for lack of resources. Lifeliners


P&G’s Filipina Baby Care GM couldn’t take no for an answer
By: Doris C. Dumlao

Reprinted from PhiliPPine Daily inquirer 12:00 aM | SunDay, october 9th, 2011

Fama came from a family of limited means. Her mother was a teacher who supported five children while her father was sick for a very long time. During the awarding ceremonies of BPInoy 2011, Fama recalled that the first lifeline to her family came from the nuns of St. Scholastica’s College, where her mother taught. The nuns allowed her and her siblings to study for free and even eat lunch for free. When her father passed away in 1985, Fama says she wasn’t sure whether she could afford to go to college. After her dad’s funeral, an uncle gave her an ATM (automated teller machine) card – which incidentally was BPI-issued – saying that if she continued to study hard, he would deposit money to that account regularly. ATMs were only being popularized in the local market then and Fama says she didn’t even know how to use it. “That blue ATM card was my lifeline,” Fama says, noting that she thus went to the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration. P&G has always been her dream job and this she pursued after college. She applied for a slot at the marketing department. She passed the first three interviews but didn’t make the cut at the fourth. “It was almost the end of my dreams but I couldn’t take no for an answer,” she says. She looked up a P&G executive who had given a career talk at her college and told him she would really love to be employed by P&G. That exec agreed to give her a second chance. In its half a century of operation in the Philippines, P&G had never hired women and was then reconsidering that strategy. In that crucial interview, Fama was asked only one question: “Do you know how to drive?” She didn’t know to drive at that time but knowing that she could otherwise lose the opportunity, told the interviewer she did. Thus she was able to join P&G sales team. “One of the side benefit was that I found my husband Noel,” she says. “When I joined P&G, I never thought I would be the GM, the chances were zero percent,” she says. She was proven wrong 22 years later. “I am where I am today because of the people who gave me hope,” she says. Fama is thus a success story of how a Filipino stood out in a highly competitive field in a global economy and doing this by being a mom. “As a wife and mother, family comes first. I’m fortunate to be working for a company that shares those values, and enables it’s employees to achieve work and life balance,” she says.

hat is Singapore Math? Singapore Math refers to the curriculum/program created by and for Singapore in their school systems. It is an approach that summarizes the development of mathematical abilities with emphasis on problem solving and model drawing, and a focus on in-depth understanding of the essential math skills using the five inter-related components such as Concepts, Skills, Processes, Attitudes and Metacognition With that overview we combined the objectives of the Singapore Math with that of the existing GS Math curriculum of SSC Manila. We envisioned to see Scholasticans who would demonstrate competence in computational skills, mastery of the mathematical concepts and reason out logically, analytically and critically in daily life situations. Therefore, the acquisition and application of mathematical concepts and skills in a wider perspective including routine and non-routine, open-ended and real-word problems are basic and necessary. This we do now through the model method. The Model approach requires students to draw rectangular boxes to represent part-whole relationships and math values (both known and unknown values) in the math problems. The word problems are typically designed to depict real-life situations such as grocery shopping and division of money. By drawing such boxes/ blocks, the students can visualize the math problems more clearly and are able to make implied knowledge explicit. This technique of model building is a visual way of picturing a situation. Instead of forming simultaneous equations and solving for the variables, model building involves using blocks or boxes to solved the problem. The power of using models can be best illustrated by problems, often involving fractions, ratios or percentages, which appear difficult but if models are drawn to show the situation, the solution becomes clearer, sometimes even obvious. We also adapted the use of the Concrete-PictorialAbstract (CPA) approach and made use of the seris of My Pals Are Here. This means students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem


solving which will help develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics. Because this approach have demonstrated positive responses in students’ academic performance as evidenced in the significant marked increase in students’ failure there was more enthusiasm and understanding of problem solving in Math. Students in grades one to four find the lessons enjoyable through the manipulation of the blocks which made the problems clearer. The model drawing has aided students in grade six to visualize quantities (known and unknown) and their relationships given in the problem. The Model method is a pre-algebraic method. Their experience in using bars enabled them to appreciate better the use of letter symbols to represent quantities when they later learn the algebraic method. The books and workbooks allowed students and parents to further understand concepts and processes taken up in Math classes and to work together and solve problem exercises. The implementation of the Singapore Math has bought many gains in the Grade School. Through the kindness of EdCrish International, the publisher of “May Pals are Here,” teachers in the grade school were given seminars and workshop on the model approach. Two of our teachers were sent to visit three of the top primary schools in Singapore. The other teachers wered provided with the opportunity to observe classes here, learn and interact with the teachers from Singapore and students/ delegates from other countries. We are duplicating this activity by April 2012 by sending again two more Math Teachers to Singapore and observe classes there. With this development, the Math area has invited Mrs. Queena Le Chua and her son, Scott, to present to the Grade School Parents and neighboring schools of ABS Math teachers this approach which we hope will continue to gather more enthusiastic minds to love and enjoy mathematics. By the end of March, 2012 we shall also send out evaluation sheets to students and their parents of our Grade School with the end in mind to improve the teaching and learning of students and teachers and discover new and more ways of making Mathematics more meaningful in our daily life. That in all things God may be glorified!
Sr. Edna, OSB, is the Grade School Principal at St. Scholastica’s College.



he popularity and affordability of pancit canton noodles was the primary consideration in developing pancit canton noodles supplemented with alugbati puree as a possible solution to the micronutrient deficiency of the country. Thus, in the undergraduate thesis of Ms. Marianne Cantuba, a 2011 BSND graduate of St. Scholastica’s College Manila, entitled”Development of Canton Noodles with Alugbati Puree”, she determined the optimum formulation of alugbati canton noodle, the acceptability of the formulated noodles in terms of sensory qualities, the microbiological safety of the noodles produced from the formulation and the nutritive value of this product in terms of energy, protein, fath and vitamin A. This research study won against three other competing nutrition schools in Metro Manila, at Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology’s ((FNRI-DOST) undergraduate student thesis competition that was held in conjuction with the 37th FNRI Seminar Series in July

Pancit canton enriched with “alugbati puree” for good health
2011. The Results of the study showed that the optimum formulation of an acceptable alugbati canton noodle was 20% alugbati puree incorporated into a flour mixture, the other levels being 0, 10% and 30%. It revealed also that the determining factor in the acceptability of the formulated noodles in terms of sensory qualities was the salt flavor. In the country’s current state of nutrition where undernutrition, anemia and vitamin A deficiency are still public health problems as revealed by the 7th National Nutrition Survey, growing alugbati in backyards and then processing them into a noodle will help promote local utilization of the vegetable which is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Mass production of the product on the other hand, will not only improve the nutrition of the population, but also generate jobs and income for the people. For more information about the




ast November 10-13, 2011, a group of twenty-six sisters, faculty members of the College Faculty Outreach Committee (FOC) along with two students went to Marihatag in Surigao del Sur for their outreach/ exposure activity. Led by no less than the President of the school, Sr. Mary Thomas Prado, OSB, the group went up the mountains of Han-ayan to strengthen and deepen the links with the Lumad/Manobo public high school under the Alternative Center for Agricultural Development (ALCADEV) through a Memorandum of Agreement between the two institutions, SSC and ALCADEV. The MOA defined the relationship of the two schools, whereby assistance to the Manobo schools through resource sharing and teacher training will be extended by SSC. For the past two years, SSC has been sending school supplies such as boxes of chalk, notebooks, pad papers, pens, pencils and crayons; umbrellas and slippers to the Marihatag

college Marihatag outreach Project
Rebecca Padilla-Marquez, GS’75 / HS’79
schools. SSC’s commitment will continue for the next year. On ALCADEV’s part, it will also share its knowledge on indigenous technology and culture to SSC. Exchange of students and faculty will also be explored. During the outrach/exposure, assistance in the area of faculty development was conducted with three modules of: • Teaching Methodologies and Strategies • Wood Cut Workshop • Dance Workshop The modules on Wood Cut and Dance were opened to high school studetns. Exposure of the faculty to the sorry state of the public schools of Marihatag intensified their commitment to help the schools. The teacher trainings will be a regular program whenever there are visits to Marihatag. Aside from these, storybooks, reference books and textbooks will be solicited for the schools visited.

research, you may contact Ms. Cynthia Gayya at the Nutrition Department of St. Scholastica’s College, Manila.

The trip was also cultural enrichment activity on the part of SSC faculty. Visits to the National Museum, the excavation sites in Libertad and the site of the first mass in Butuan were also done. The beautiful natural scenery, the lush greenery, the clean rivers and waterfalls juxtaposed with logs by the roadside, military checkpoints and poverty of the people showed both the richness of the Philippine culture and resources, as well as conflicts in access and interest to these sources of wealth. Unfortunately, caught in between these are the impoverished ordinary Filipinos, rural and lumad. The exposure/outreach trip was an opportunity to share resources and talents, but also as an opportunity to touch base with the lives of people in Surigao del Sur and personal encounter with the social realities. It was also an occasion to strengthen the Scholastican commitment to being advocates for the agents social change.


t 97, Amalia Ortigas-Olbes, GS1928 HS 1932 is one of the oldest living alumnae of St. Scholastica’s College. At a Saturday morning interview in the condo she shares with her husband Joe Olbes, she drew a picture of an idyllic if discipline-bound girlhood in the bosom of the Benedictine sisters. Although they lived in Legarda St near Holy Ghost College. Amalia and her four sisters-Rosario, Asuncion, Carmen and Julia, were sent by their parents to St. Scholastica’s College, and her brothers to La Salle. Although it was a longer drive away. she says, “Mama wanted to put us in the best schools for boys and girls.” True enough, St. Scholastica’s College stood among the best, most exclusive schools for girls in those days. Sr. Willibalda Schrader was school directress and the famous Sr. Baptista Battig was making a name in music education. Every morning, they packed into their family car, a Hudson, then later a Packard, milk bottles in tow. “We brought milk made from Horlicks powder to school. I hated it, but I never thought of just throwing it away.” She and her sisters were half- boarders, meaning they ate lunch at the school refectory. She recalls, “I didn’t like the food but I couldn’t do anything about it. A sister sat in front of me and stayed there until I finished eating. The food of the sisters was special. We liked their food better.” Discipline marked each school day at SSC. “We sat with our hands clasped on top of the table. For talking in class, we were sent at the back of the room. There was to be no talking during meals. And we spoke only in English. Spanish and Tagalog were not allowed.” Other forms of discipline were belated resolutions. When we asked “What was the naughtiest thing you did in school?”, she remembered being punished for eating peanuts that her classmates bought at the Japanese store outside the school. With a twinkle in her eye she said “Charing Macapagal and Carmen Barredo were the naughty girls of the class—they would escape from the campus to buy the peanuts. But I never escaped from school. The nuns punished us—those who bought the peanuts, as well as those who ate the peanuts.” The students took the punishment as part of the German discipline. The most valuable lesson instilled in her, Amalia said today, is “to be honest”.


German Discipline
By: Paulynn Paredes-Sicam and Elsa Lava-Mapua HS ‘63 College ‘67
Beyond the school fence, the boys from La Salle stood waiting to catch a glimpse of the girls. A discreet wave was all that was possible then when the sexes didn’t mix, at least not in the SSC campus.

Remembering the

Socialization happened at chaperoned parties and during group strolls on Dewey Boulevard. Amalia observes: “Wherever we were, La Salle followed. When SSC was in San Marcelino, La Salle was in San Marcelino. La Salle also followed St. Scholastica’s to Singalong.” Amalia was in the grades for eight years, from kindergarten to seventh grade, after which she took one year of high school before going to commercial high school for three years. She graduated in 1932 at the age of 19. Among other things, she learned typing and steno per-

fectly under the tutelage of Sister Benita de los Reyes, a daughter of the founder of the Aglipayan church, Isabelo de los Reyes. “I was happy there,” she says with a sigh, reciting the names of her grade school teachers in rapid-fire succession: “Grade one, Sr. Redimbalda; Grade three, Sr. Rita; Grade four, Sr. Eutropia; Grade five, Sr. Herminia….”. She couldn’t recall her teacher in Grade two, but she suddenly remembered the names of two of her classmates in grade school, Emilia German and Carolina Chicote. She also mentioned she had two nicknames: in school. it was Amalita, and at home, it was Chibi. The names of her classmates started spilling out as we jogged her mind and heart for more memories of her Scholastican days: Florencia Feliciano who was the class valedictorian, Rosario Calero-Lozano, Amelia Castillo-Velasquez, Carmen Barredo-Borromeo, Charing MacapagalFilamor, Elena Onrubia-Ferraren, Chary Crow Igoa, Susie Galle-Rieth, Marina Morales, Rosario Llamas-Razon, and Angeles Urrutia-Ynchausti. Amalita used to go to homecomings with her sisters, wearing their high school uniforms, But her classmates are mostly gone now.”If they tell me there will be classmates of mine there, I’ll come,” she says. She was also dedicated to the nuns, visiting them in Baguio during the summer holidays. But she laments, when the German nuns she knew were no longer around, she stopped visiting. Amalia was detained briefly during the war, after she was caught by a Japanese soldier giving cigarettes to American prisoners on Dewy Boulevard. “I was taken to Fort Santiago where I was made to stay overnight writing over and over, ‘I am sorry for what I have done. I’ll never do it again’,” Amalia Ortigas married Jose Olbes in 1944, at the height of the Japanese occupation, Their two-day honeymoon in the Japanese-occupied Manila Hotel was only short of disastrous – with Japanese officers in their underwear at the lobby, cockroaches in the food and filthy sheets on the beds. But they have lived to be 97 and 99, respectively, and their marriage has lasted 67 years. They have three sons, Jose Mari, Antonio and Eduardo, Note: We interviewed Tita Chibi in July 2011, two weeks before our get together for the Platinum Jubilarians on August 11, 2012, She was one of the special awardees. In fact, the short profile we said about her before we awarded her with the “Token of Scholastican Kinship”, was based on this interview. (see page__Platinum Jubilarians….) With sadness in our hearts, we regret to inform you that Amalia Ortigas-Olbes passed away on December 29, 2011. However, we feel blessed that we had the opportunity to meet this gracious and gregarious Scholastican who shared with us her school day memories in SSC. May her soul rest in peace.


Milagros Garcia Hugo, HS1960
APRIL 12 - JANUARY 20, 2011


n the 20th of January 2011 at 8:15pm, Milagros Garcia Hugo took her final breath of life right before her heart stopped beating. Her 20-year battle against cancer was over. Amidst this battle, she lived her name – Milagros; a miracle, a miraculous triumph; That is, she lived her final days, shocking even the doctors because she felt no pain… No pain and No fear, no worry nor regret, no hurt nor sorrow; and simply, with peace. How does one face death with such peace? Tita Myles did it because hers was a life filled with love and laughter. Most people think that our Tita Myles, had no children, when in fact, she actually raised 11! She was a 2nd mother to 11 of her nephews and nieces; and she turned us cousins into brothers and sisters; she taught us many things. … that family is sacred; … that life needs laughter; … that spontaneity is a treasurer; … that caring for your parents is divine; … that live is quality time;

Of Love & Laughter
A Eulogy Written by Victor Hugo, Jr.
our first Tagaytay/Villa Escudero/Pagsanjan Falls trips graced with bringing baon of our favorite chorizos & daings; our first green jokes and all the other firsts inb between… She had a family of 11 children all doing firsts at the same time in the company of each other. She taught us the values of togetherness, of being moral, of taking care of one another; of always checking up on each other & of casual kamusta calls; of remembering birthdays; of being simple & modest; of being honest & just; She lived an example of life with adventure and she reminded us not to take life too seriously – i.e. stop & smell the roses; to discern & decipher roses from daffodils >> the roses were real life partners; the daffodils were temporal traps of distraction – fanciful, fleeting, superficial, & not worth having; to enjoy simple pleasures; she taught us majong - siete pareses and todo pongs; she spurred laughter with either green, witty, (and her favorite) brutally blunt humor; she taught us all this and more… Love was also evident in her professional life; As a kagawad, she loved her community by committing herself to diligence in her duty. She chose to take care of the barangay’s HEALTH, SANITATION, & BEAUTY. As most of you know, she had a deep appreciation for aesthetics – always with lipstick, lips never chapped even while on her deathbed, always in good fashion. She wanted to share aesthetic appreciation by beautifying the world of her constituents. For her, the people who lived by the rails of the trains deserved a beautiful environment too; she initiated lush pot gardens & even color-coordinated trash bins in fancy shapes; when it came to sanitary spot checks of the numerous restaurants in the barangay, she had a devotion to detail, never leaving a pan un-turned or


At 25 while the rest of her amigas were going on dates, she started a daily devotion of dates to her nephews and nieces… She Started with the eldest of her pamangkins – Rosanne. Then with Conrad, and Cess, and Paolo… Maru & Rhea, Nikka, myself, Vivienne, Valerie, and Carla followed and her dates began to increase exponentially – She took all of us to many of our firsts – Our first baby steps &pseudo sprints at the American Cemetary @ Fort Bonifacio, our first trip to the Zoo; our first San Lorenzo punk parties with rivets & dippity do; our first movies in the cinema and our first visits to sea front; our first driving encounters in her car, our first cash & carry runs & tretorn shoes;

an oven uninspected; just as lola was in her church, Tita Myles did even the littlest of things with the grandest of efforts & the “wholest’ of heart. Love ran strong in ALL her relationships – with her parents, she loved them both with a devotion that died only when they did. She nursed them till their elderly years; revered them and respected them through & through; with her siblings when was the glue; she kept everyone closely knitted together and ensured that marriages were in tact; with her cousins, she was the perennial host – always extending invitations to this family & that; because the more the merrier she always says and that was that; with her household helpers she was the charmer; ever so gracious, hilarious, and always inducing laughter; with her truest of friends, she loved them more than herself; Love & laughter were evident in each & every facet of Tita Myles’ life. because she loved a lot & because she laughed a lot, she died in peace. And if you look at her now, her little smile says it all.. Scorates once said, Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. And I guess that is, because “the day which we fear as our last, is but the birthday of eternity” with our Lord – where laughter is never ending and love abound. Ata, we love you… It was privilege & luxury to grow up with you in our lives. Thank you for your time, thank you for all your treats, thank you for your advice, thank you for your love, thank you for your laughter.. Say hi to Lolo & Lola, to my, Vic. We will continue to love and to laugh just as you taught us; to stay together and to look out for each other; to hold family sacred and to simply, LIVE deeply. Rest well now and be at peace for all eternity.

Relief Operation

Christmas Party 2011

Christmas Gift Giving



Ground BreakinG
of the Peace
(Dean of College)






he idea of a universal clock started as a practical solution to a problem in the College Unit. As far back as 2005, we have noted there is no common reference clock in campus that sometimes created little problems among students and faculty members. Later , in 2006, during the centennial celebration, an aerial shot of the SSC campus was taken. When the video was shown, we again noted that, because of the many high rise buildings that surrounded SSC, our campus cannot be seen easily. In fact, it has no distinguishing mark high enough for it to be identified from afar. Then truth of the matter is, when people ask directions to come to SSC, the references are the College of St. Benilde and De La Salle University. Thus, we thought, wouldn’t it be great if there is a high tower that people can see from afar, and when people ask, “where is St. Scholastica’s College?” We can point to it and say, “Oh, you see that clock tower over there, that’s SSC.” Sadly, the idea went to the back burner as other concerns became more immediate and pressing. For the next 5 years, we talked about the clock but we didn’t do anything about it. Happily, great ideas do not stay at the back burner for long. Late last year, the Economics Society, under the mentorship of Mr. Ariel Geronimo, Chair of the International Business and Economic Diplomacy Department, picked up the idea and transformed a mere practical clock into a symbolic statement of Peace. We realize that everything the SSC stands and strives for: justice, equality, conservation of environment, ultimately boil down to one thing, and that is PEACE – for there can be no justice, equality and development without PEACE…. And pursuit of PEACE never ends. The students gave the clock tower a very appropriate tag line: “PEACE IS TIMELESS”. Thus, the Peace Clock Tower project is born. Peace is the centerpiece of the Scholastican community. It is a Scholastican trademark. Today, all our activities affirm our commitment to Peace as a community. We started our day with the opening of the HIROSHIMA ATOMIC-BOMB EXHIBIT at the Amrhein Gallery, followed by the live PEACE VIDEO CONFERENCE with a atomic bomb survivor, and finally, to this ground breaking ceremony, a fitting culmination to a day of PEACE. We dedicate the Peace Clock Tower to Sr. Angelica, who herself is a very strong advocate of peace, who is instrument in cultivating a culture of peace in school, and whose calmness and serenity is our model of a Person of PEACE When the Peace Clock Project was presented to Sr. Angelica Leviste, OSB, President, during her feast day on October 2 last year she said: “Anybody who comes and anybody who leaves, will ever forget St. Scho because of the tower… they will know that this is the way of life at St. Scho… Peace”

In Memoriam
Amalia Ortigas-Olbes HS ‘32 Francisca Vallarta-Chikiamco, HS ’35 Isabel Reyes Katigbak, HS ’32/College ’36 Rosario Santaromana-De Leon, HS ’39 Virginia Marundan-Serrano HS ’40 Estrella Perez, HS ’42 Maripaz Pimentel, HS ‘48/AB52 Milagros Hugo, HS ‘60 Rebecca San San Agustin, HS 1960/College ‘64 Cynthia Fermin Yabot, HS ‘65 Evelyn Locsin-Sebastian, College ‘66

Family and Friends

Ruperto Clemente, Husband of Silvina Sevilla - Clemente HS ‘47/AB 51 Aida Trinidad, mother of +Ma. Cristina T. Chua, HS ‘68, Ma. Luisa T. Garcia, HS ‘66 & Emma T. Asperin, HS ‘73 Arturo Baniqued, brother of Vicky Baniqued, HS ‘77 Rodel Beltran, husband of Mariefe Mojica, College90 & father of Ma. Stephanie, GS 2010 Manuel Reyes, husband of Maricar Garcia Reyes, HS ‘59 Arturo Cruz Domingo, father of Cookie Domingo, HS ‘86 Paolo Berenguer Gutierrez, son of of Dr. Cecile Berenguer-Gutierrez, HS 1967, brother of Patricia Louise B. Gutierrez, HS 1994 and grandson of Conchita Fernandez-Berenguer, MTD 1940 Rosario Paraiso Fule, mother of Isabelita Fule, HS ‘69 Estella Reyes, mother of Elsa Reyes-Guevarra HS ‘56 & Dr Milagros Reyes HS58 Gregorio C. Gervasio, father of Rizalina Gervasio, HS ‘77, and Clarissa Gervasio, HS ‘79, uncle of Rosemary Jota HS ‘79 Salvador R. Merino Sr, father of Rory ‘81, Diana’83, Sandy ‘77, Nena ‘79, Ella ‘75 Victor Salinas, husband of Natividad Madrinan-Salinas, HS ‘53, and father of Annabelle Salinas-Veloso, HS ‘79 Lydia Gaston, mother of Lydia Gaston-Greenberg HS ‘77 Fr. Bernardo Perez, OSB Nellie Sayoc, mother of Ma. Rosario Sayoc-Montalban, HS 1964 Corazon G. Luat, Mother of Susan Luat-Baladad, HS ‘72, Socorro Luat-Holt, HS ‘74 and Ma. Georgeanna, HS ‘82 Norma Atacador Dimaculangan, mother of Celeste COL ‘86 and Carmela Sr. Stella Pua, OSB Antonia P. Tomas, Mother of Teresa Tomas-Torres, HS ‘75 Ramon Aranzaso, Thelma A. Soriano of HS70 and Ma. Teresa A. Gulay, HS72 and Ma. Victoria A. Marabut, HS ‘75 Illuminada C. Evangelista, mother of Cristina Armi C. Evangelista, HS77 Carmelo Prats, brother of Rocio P. Baltao, HS65/College70, Ma.Teresa P. Lindesay-Bethune, HS68, Ma. Angeles G. Prats, HS ‘70/College ‘74, father of Margarita, GS82, Ma. Carmela Ysabelle, GS 2006/HS 2010, Ma. Luisa Angeles, GS 2009, grandfather of Mariana Luisa Prats, HS 2007/College 2011 Desiderio De los Reyes, Husband of Angelita Manzano-Delos Reyes, HS ‘41


Do you aPProVe the aMenDMentS to the FolloWinG ProViSionS oF the by laWS oF the St. ScholaStica’S aluMnae FounDation, inc.?
Section 1(c). honorary Members. The Board of Trustees may under such terms and conditions as it may determine, grant any individual honorary membership in the Foundation. (as amended) Section 4. Members in Good Standing. - A member whose payment of membership dues is current or updated on the date of the annual meeting of members and who is not otherwise disqualified by these By-Laws shall be considered a member in good standing.

Section 1(c). honorary Members. (i) Gentlemen who attended pre-school at the St. Scholastica’s College or known as the “Boys of Sr. Gratia”; (ii) The Board of Trustees may, upon nomination by at least two (2) members in good standing and under such terms and conditions as the Board may determine from time to time, grant individual honorary membership in the Foundation. Honorary members shall not have voting rights.

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Section 3. notices. – Notices of the date, time and place of the Annual or Special meetings of members shall be given either personally or by special delivery mail or by publication in a newspaper of general circulation, at least one (1) week before the date set for such meeting. The notice of every special meeting shall state briefly the purpose or purposes of the meeting. No other business shall be considered at such meeting, except with the consent of all the members present.


Section 4. Members in Good Standing. A member whose payment of membership dues is current or updated on the date of the annual meeting of members and who is not otherwise disqualified by these By-Laws shall be considered a member in good standing. The Board of Trustees may, from time to time, promulgate rules and regulations on the determination of members considered to be in good standing. Section 3. notices. – Notices of the date, time and place of the Annual or Special meetings of members shall be given either personally or by special delivery mail or by publication in a newspaper of general circulation, at least one (1) week before the date set for such meeting. The notice of every special meeting shall state briefly the purpose or purposes of the meeting. No other business shall be considered at such meeting, except with the consent of all the members present. Failure to give notice or any defect or irregularity in giving notice for the annual membership or special meeting shall not affect or invalidate the actions or proceedings at such meetings. Section 5. quorum. - Quorum shall consist of majority of the members duly registered as present in the annual meeting of the members. A majority vote of all present and entitled to vote is necessary to constitute a valid act of the Foundation.



Section 5. quorum. - The presence of a majority of the members in good standing shall be necessary to constitute a quorum and a majority vote of all those present and entitled to vote is necessary to constitute a valid act of the Foundation.

Section 3. qualifications. – Only members in good standing may be elected to the Board of Trustees.


Section 4. Disqualification. – No member who has been convicted by final judgment of any offense punishable by imprisonment for a period exceeding six (6) years, or for a violation of the Corporation Code of the Philippines committed within five (5) years prior to the date of her election, shall be qualified as a trustee of the Foundation Section 9. resignation, Removal and Vacancy. – A vacancy in the Board of Trustees other than by removal by the members or by expiration of term, may be filled by the majority vote of the remaining members of the Board of Trustees, if still constituting a quorum, otherwise, the vacancy must be filled by the members at a meeting called for that purpose. A trustee so elected shall serve only for the unexpired term of his predecessor.

Section 3. qualifications. – Only members of legal age, in good standing and who submit a letter of acceptance of her nomination and willingness to serve as a Trustee, if elected, may be elected to the Board of Trustees.

Section 4. Disqualification. – No member who has been convicted by final judgment of any offense punishable by imprisonment for a period exceeding six (6) years, or for a violation of the Corporation Code of the Philippines committed within five (5) years prior to the date of her election, shall be qualified as a trustee of the Foundation. In addition, nominees who fail to submit the required letter of acceptance and willingness to serve as a Trustee within the period prescribed by the Board, shall be disqualified.

Section 1. amendments - These By-Laws, or any provision hereof, may be amended or repealed by a majority vote of the members in good standing and by a majority vote of the trustees at any regular or special meeting duly held for the purpose.


Section 9. resignation, Removal and Vacancy. Any member of the Board of Trustees may resign by giving notice to the President at least 30 days prior to date of effectivity. A member of the Board may be removed, by a majority vote of the Board of Trustees in a meeting duly called for that purpose, for unexplained absences in Board meetings for 3 three (3) consecutive times and for such other grounds as the Board of Trustees may determine, from time to time. Vacancy in the Board, other than by removal or expiration of term, may be filled by the majority vote of the remaining members of the Board of Trustees, if still constituting a quorum, from among the nominees in the last preceding election, in the order of votes obtained. Should there be no such nominees, or should such nominee be unable or unwilling to serve the unexpired term, the remaining Trustees constituting a quorum may, by majority vote, elect any regular member in good standing to serve the unexpired term. Vacancy occurring within sixty (60) days prior to the annual meeting shall be filled by election at the annual meeting.

Section 1. amendments - These by-laws, or any provision thereof, may be amended or repealed by a majority vote of the members present and duly registered during the annual meeting or alumnae homecoming day and by a majority vote of the trustees at any regular or special meeting duly called for such purpose. The power to amend or repeal the By-Laws may be vested upon the Board of Trustees by two thirds vote of members in good standing who cast their vote at any regular or special meeting called for that purpose. After the power to amend has been delegated to the Board, any amendments to be approved shall require a unanimous vote of the Board.



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