This one’s for (the) you(th). Xavier School once again shouts for education as it hosts its much-awaited annual concert cum variety show this year, dubbed Xigaw: Voice of the Youth Concert on February 8, 2008 at the school’s Quadrangle. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for January, 2008
By John Sy
Hurdling its most bitter chess rival, La Immaculada Concepcion School (LICS), Xavier finally tasted victory champagne at the 4th Xavier Interscholastic Chess Invitational held at the High School Multi Purpose Hall on January 19 and 26. LICS, the three-time defending champion had to settle for second while La Salle Greenhills took the bronze. In the grade school division, top honors went to International School Manila’s A-team while Ateneo and La Salle took second and third respectively. Xavier fielded three teams of four players each in the high school division and five teams in the grade school.
The Xavier high school delegation was reinforced by exciting new prospect Wayne Coherco and grade school chess wunderkid Justin Pe. The Xavier A team was comprised of Trevor Chan (H3C), Marvin Yee (H4A), Anderson Ongsyping (H2E), and Jeffrey Go (H4B). The Xavier B team had Mervin Ledesma (H2B), Marc Sy (H3E), Payton Yao (H4B), and Justin Pe. Martey Haw (H1C), Jefferson Tan (H4A), Wayne Coherco, and Kevin Go (H4A) filled out the C team roster,
The tournament started slowly for the A team. Trevor Chan led the way by defeating his La Salle opponent, Angelo Nuestro. But his teammates could not match his winning ways as both Anderson Ongsyping and Marvin Yee settled for draws and four year veteran Jeffrey Go lost in a time scramble to LICS rival Clinton Revalo. The second round proved not much better, Trevor Chan and Marvin Yee drew their matches, Anderson Ongsyping lost again and Jeffrey Go showed his sterner stuff and put away La Salle’s Antonito Ramos to get on the W column. At the end of two rounds, it was Xavier C carrying the load holding down second place mainly due to twin wins scored by unheralded Wayne Coherco, the discovery of the tournament. Xavier A clawed its way back to respectability in the third round, however, with wins coming from Trevor Chan and Marvin Yee. Both Anderson Ongsyping and Jeffrey Go drew. At the end of the first day of competition, Xavier A, with seven points stood in third place tied with La Salle behind both LICS A and LICS B.
But along with a new day of competition on the 26th came a resurgent Xavier team. The fourth round saw all four Xavier A players win. Their momentum carried them forward into the fifth round when they scored three points as Anderson Ongsyping, Trevor Chan, and Jeffrey Go all took their second consecutive victories of the day. With this sudden surge, Xavier A found itself going into the final round sitting on top of the standings with 14 points tied with-who else-LICS A.
So like gunslingers in the Old West it came down to a showdown at high noon on Main Street. It was a matter of who could shoot more accurately or in this case, who could score more points. Things looked grim for the Xaverians when the final pairings came out. Two LICS A players were playing fellow LICS players which guaranteed them two points. Xavier had only one such pairing, Anderson Ongsyping vs. Marc Sy which would bring home one point. Even more serious, Xavier A would have to look to Mervin Ledesma of Xavier B, a new but wily player, to defeat Nikki Capinpin of LICS A to deny LICS a crucial point. The crucial shootout was between Jeffrey Go and Basil Porquez, a LICS A player. The winner here would give his team a full point and deny one to his opponent. Trevor Chan, the last Xavier A player, had a tough assignment and was matched against Joel Pimentel, the front runner and a very strong player from La Salle. The first games to finish were the “gimme” games and were true to form, LICS scored its two points and Xavier A scored one. LICS was up by one. Then disaster struck when Trevor Chan folded in his game, denying Xavier the tying point. The scenario was now grim-one point behind with two games to go, Jeffrey Go had to win his game and Mervin Ledesma had to have a draw or better. Twenty minutes later, the first piece fell into place when Jeffrey Go took his game. Xavier was now tied for the lead. All eyes were on Mervin Ledesma. In a game that came down to the final seconds, the rookie player outblitzed his female opponent and won by time forfeit.
That’s when the whooping and hollering began on the Xavier sideline. They had finally won the championship.
GS Team Competition
1.International School Manila
2.Ateneo de Manila
3.La Salle Greenhills
GS Individual Competition:
1.Paulo Bersamina (La Salle Greenhills)
2.Paul Go (International School Manila)
3.Tyler David Sy (International School Manila)
HS Team Competition
2.La Immaculada Concepcion School (LICS)
3.La Salle Greenhills
HS Individual Competition:
1.Joel Pimentel (La Salle Greenhills)
2.Expedito Bolico (LICS)
3.Trevor Chan (Xavier)
Xavier School welcomes 2008, the Year of the Earth Rat, predicted to be an exciting year full of new beginnings and accomplishments, with a joint celebration from the Grade School and High School Units on February 6, 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
Speech Given by Carlo Roman
Fellow Xaverians, good morning! It’s been an amazing four years since I last spent some time in the general assembly as a budding seventh-grader, but fate would have it that I am here again, about to graduate from high school. Read the rest of this entry »
Last January 12, 2008, the yearly Xavier-ICA Interaction was held. For me, this was a good opportunity to meet new friends as well as those whom one has not seen for a long time. Read the rest of this entry »
Much has been said that the second Xavier China Experience this batch has gone through, despite lasting only for a week, was meaningful, insightful, fun, refreshing, etc. Read the rest of this entry »
Bahagi ng isa sa mga requirement ng mga lumahok sa XCE noong semestral break ng mga mag-aaral sa High School ang paghahambing sa nasyonalismo ng Pilipinas at Tsina at kung paano mapapahusay ang sarili nating nasyonalismo. Ang sumusunod na papel ay bunga ng ganoong pagmumuni-muni. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you guys know any famous people? And do you realize that we have a lot of them here in Xavier School? One of them is Javi Benitez from 7D. Read the rest of this entry »
by Who walks among the famous living dead?
byJan Tan (H2B), Stallion writer
Who walks among the famous living dead?
As the first chord was struck, more than 30,000 voices joined forces to welcome the five on stage. Read the rest of this entry »
by Therese Pelias, Gr. 4 English Teacher
The Xavier Award, the highest award given to any Xaverian, has served as an inspiration to the countless number of its recipients. A lot of them have continued on to be the shining examples that they are in their high school days and even beyond the confines of Xavier School. Read the rest of this entry »