Congratulations to Xavier alumnus Francis Chua (67), who was elected as the next president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the country’s biggest and most influential business organization. Read the rest of this entry »
The play, Ang Sistema ni Propesor Tuko, was presented by Stage FX on December 5, 9 and 12 at the Xavier School Lecture Hall. The hour-long play focuses on a teacher who sticks to his old-fashioned way of teaching, and how his method has not proven to be effective on the students of today. Moreover, the play depicted how deprived the public school teachers are and how terrible the public education system in the Philippines has become.
As quoted from the play: “ Alam n’yo, totoo naman talagang nagwe-waiter ako sa Cubao pag gabi. Kasi, kulang na kulang ang sinusuweldo ko dito sa eskuwelahang ito. Madami pa akong pinag-aaral. Madami pa akong utang na binabayaran.” (You know, it’s true that I work as waiter in Cubao at night. The pay in this school is very insufficient. I still have to shoulder the tuition fee of some children, and I still have a lot of loans I haven’t paid for.)
The play’s cast included Christian Go (H1C) in the lead role as Propesor Tuko. The students of Propesor Tuko included Kiko, played by Geremy Kho (H4G), Bodyok, played by Gian Odeste (H2G), Bondying, played by Jurel Yap (H2A) and Nognog, played by Royce Tee (H1D).
“We were able to pull off a successful run,” said Royce Tee (H1D). This description is definitely an understatement, as the audience was undoubtedly enthralled by the performance.
Congratulations to our Xavier School students who are among the 2009 YES (Youth Excellence in Science) awardees. The Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) conferred the YES awards on Dec. 9, at the PHILVOCS Auditiorium in U.P. Diliman, Quezon City.The DOST- SEI recognizes students who excel in international Science and Math competitions.
Out of 191 awardees from NCR schools, Xaverians numbered 16, making Xavier School one of only five schools which had more than 10 awardees. The others were Philippine Science High School, Chiang Kai Shek, Grace Christian, and St. Jude.Congratulations to the following Xaverians:
1. Lee, Andrew Vince L., Gr. 4C, Gold, 5th International Math Competition (IMC), Singapore
2. Uy, Mark Christopher S., Gr. 4A, Gold,5th International Math Competition (IMC),Singapore
3. Co, Sage Javis Y., Gr. 4C, Silver, 5th International Math Competition (IMC), Singapore
4. Diy, Luis Salvador R., Gr. 4E, Silver, 5th International Math Competition (IMC), Singapore
5. Keh, Sedrick Scott S. , Gr. 4B, Silver, 5th International Math Competition (IMC), Singapore
6. Uy, Matthew Johann S., Gr. 4 F, Silver, 5th International Math Competition (IMC), Singapore
7. Tan, Matthew Ryab A., Gr. 5D, Bronze, 5th International Math Competition (IMC), Singapore
8. Ethan, Fredric Tan, Gr. 7B, Bronze, 2009 China Primary Math Olympiad, Tianjin, China
1. Ang, Nathaniel Ryan T., H1 C, Gold Ind/Gold Team, Bronze, 2009 Wizards at Mathematics International Competition, 2009 China Primary National Olympiad, Lucknow, India; Tianjin, China
2. Dy, Aaron Jevon Anthony S., H1B, Bronze, 2009 China Junior High School Math Olympiad, Tianjin, China
3. Go, Brendon Matthew, H1B, Bronze, 2009 Philippine International Mathematics Competition, Iloilo, Phil.
4. Mayoralgo, Aldrich Aldwin, H2, Bronze, 2009 Philippine International Mathematics Competition, Iloilo, Phil.
5. Onglao, Mario Juvenal S. III, H3B, Bronze, 2009 China Junior High School Math Olympiad, Tianjin, China
6. Ong, Timothy Augustus, H4, Gold, Rio Tinto Big Science Competition
7. Tan, Marquis Alexandre, H4, Silver, 2009 Philippine International Mathematics Competition, Iloilo, Phil.
8. Yap, Jon Rubert T., H3C, Bronze, 2009 China Junior High School Math Olympiad, Tianjin, China
ni Louie Gabaldon (H3F), Stallion, Manunulat ng Balita
Nagtanghal ang mga nasa ikatlong taon ng Mataas na Paaralang Xavier noong Disyembre 9 sa Multi-Purpose Hall (MPC) ng kani-kanilang dulang panradyo, isang patimpalak na pinagwagian ng H3B, H3F at H3A. Read the rest of this entry »
By Fides Abad (Archives Head), Photos by Zsa Zsa Yu (Xavier South Project Coordinator)
“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me” Matthew 18:5
“How can we celebrate Christmas in a simple and meaningful way?” The answer for the personnel of three offices in the Central Administration - the Registrar, Archives, and Xavier South – was to take time out from their busy schedules to visit White Cross orphanage.
The afternoon of Dec. 15 was a joy-filled experience for everyone - as can be seen in the wide-toothed smiles of the babies and the visitors. The orphanage currently takes care of almost a hundred children and welcomes donations of milk any time of the year.
In the general assembly held last Dec. 9, the school honored its top-performing Math wizards for their outstanding achivements in two international competitions: the 2009 Australian Mathematics Competition, and the Wizards in Math International Competition in Lucknow, India.
The Australian Mathematics Competition is facilitated by the Australian Mathematics Trust, which aims to highlight the significance of mathematics and to provide students an opportunity to discover their talents in this field of study. According to Wikipedia, since its inception in 1976 in the Australian Capital Territory, the participants have increased to 600,000 where 100,000 come from outside Australia. It is estimated to be the world’s largest mathematics competition.
Last August 6, 2009, Xavier School participated in the 2009 Australian Mathematics Competition. Over 2,000 Filipino elementary and high school students took part in the AMC, which was jointly administered in the Philippines by Australian Mathematics Trust representatives, Mathematics Trainers’ Guild-Philippines (MTG), and the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.
During the competition, students from different schools in Australia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific solved thirty problems that ranged from easy to highly challenging questions. Our representatives from Xavier High School participated in two categories: the Junior Paper Category (for High 1 and High 2) and the Intermediate Paper Category (for High 3 and High 4).
The following are the students who placed well and were awarded certificates. The first group was given the Certificate of Credit awarded to a student who belongs to the top 50% in his category. The following students received the Certificate of Credit:
1. Nathaniel Ryan Ang – H1C
2. David Christopher Gozali – H1B
3. Kyle Isaac Kua – H1B
4. Peter Nicholas Onglao – H1C
5. Paul Louis Dee – H2G
6. Philip Armand Gozali – H2G
7. Raphael Lee – H2A
8. Kenrik Royce Ng – H2A
9. Earl Alexjeandre Tan – H2G
The second group received the Certificate of Distinction, awarded to a student who belongs to the top 15% of his category. The Certificates of Distinction were awarded to:
1. Brendon Matthew Go – H1D
2. Royce Adrian Tee – H1D
3. Sigmund Ty – H1B
4. Benedict Co – H2G
5. Aldrich Mayoralgo – H2A
6. Ryan Carl Yu – H3C
7. Evan Niccolo Lao – H4A
8. Marquis Alexandre Tan – H4B
In addition, one of our own students participated in the 2009 Wizards at Mathematics International Competition as part of a 20-member team from the Philippines, last October 27 – 30, 2009. By the end of the 4-day competition, the RP team had won 25 medals: 4 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze, finishing second in the seven-nation contest. Nathaniel Ryan Ang of H1C earned one of the Philippines’ individual gold medals and another gold in the team category.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 at
11:02 am · Highlights
Last December 1-3, the authorization team from the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) visited Xavier School to look into the readiness of the school for the IB Diploma Program (DP). The purpose of the visit was to assess the readiness of the school to implement the program beginning SY 2010-2011. Read the rest of this entry »
I honestly don’t know where I should begin to write about Tuko. It’s been one whirlwind of a production, and it seems strange to look for a beginning just when it’s about to end.
I guess the play never really did have an official start. In fact, it wasn’t even supposed to begin: had the typhoons not come and delayed our major production, the idea to present a one-act show wouldn’t have even popped into our heads. But here we are, in the middle of it all, and everything that at first felt so surreal has finally come to life.
I must admit, we’ve been quite ambitious to even think of pulling it off what with the short amount of time we had to work with. Admittedly, I was really determined to put something on before the year ends, and even if it meant more hassle and rubble to deal with, I really pushed for the production to happen. Thankfully, everyone was patient enough to bear with my insistence—and I guess everyone was just as excited as I was to make a show.
And so rehearsals began. What started out as hyperactive play sessions turned into long, tiring nights. I honestly had no idea what I was getting myself into—and what I had put everyone else into as well. But there we were, slaving over scenes. Repeating scenes till any bone marrow we had left was sucked away. Repeating scenes till any bone marrow we had left was sucked away. Repeating scenes till any bone marrow we had left was sucked away… Who knew our energy could go off in a snap?
Honestly, most of us—myself included—lost faith in the play at some point. Was it because of fear? Of tension? Of exhaustion? Of hunger? Either way, the feeling got scary, especially since the show was just a few hours away. Especially because we could barely make it through even a half of the play. But one night can do wonders, and on the Thursday before the show, things started to take shape, and our smiles slowly started to come back.
Lo and behold: laughter. The sweet music that is laughter. And it was overwhelmingly beautiful. Friday night was the first time I had ever seen an FX play from the audience area—I’m usually on stage. It was nerve-racking to be seated there. You couldn’t do anything anymore: you’re just glued your seat and you pray things go well. Being there however, amidst all the fun vibes and the exuberant laughs, I couldn’t help but feel proud. I was looking at what we had done, and it just seemed utterly brilliant, truly magical.
If there’s one thing I am right now, it’s proud. I’m proud. Proud like a painter for the artwork that stands colorful and fresh, like a student for the project he’s been working on all night, like a father for his son. As I watched the show, I couldn’t help but feel this overwhelming sense of pride fill me—pride for the play, for my club. All the sweat, the blood and the tears were slowly paying off. And I’m just glad to be a part of it.