Saturday, November 12, 2016

Senior Scouts Investiture and Rover Vigil and Recognition Ceremony 2016

SFAS brings back its scouting program this SY2016-2017 with some promising scouting activities for Rover and Senior Scouting.

The Investiture for Senior scouts together with the Rover Vigil was held on SFAS grounds last September 17 - 18, 2016. The program was facilitated by the school’s ISC Coordinator Mr. Christopher Bactong. The Investiture Ceremony was supported by the presence of five Scouters/Leaders coming from Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Negros Occidental Council and parents of the Senior scouts. Ms. Rosemarie Iglesia, a faculty of SFAS delivered her welcome remarks on behalf of school principal and BSP Institutional Representative, Mr. Roberto P. Maguad, the Council Scout Executive of BSP Negros Province Council, introduced and certified the new 9 Senior scouts of SFAS. He encouraged the newly created SFAS troop no. 748 to firmly mold the ideals of scouting for better youth development and citizenship service. After the Investiture the Senior scouts proceeded with their backyard camping and patrol program.

The school also opened its first Rover Scouting program to date. Mr. Bienvenido C. Fundador, the 
province Rover Vigil Master, warmly welcomed the other 9 new members of the Rover Scouting Program during the start of the Rover Vigil and Recognition Ceremony. These nine Rover scouts shall be remembered as the pioneers of the Rover Scouting Program of SFAS. He also addressed the Roverettes to be the prime advocates for change and development. The Blue Rover neckerchief was awarded to the Rover who successfully passed the overnight eight long hours vigil on the dawn (before sunrise) of September 18. Among the recipient of the Rover Recognition was Mr. Romnick C. Sadio, a faculty of SFAS, who received the certificate of Rover Peer Award. Sir Romnick is also the SFAS Senior Scouting outfit’s Scout Master.

Written by Mr. Christopher Bactong

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Grade 6 Recollection

Last September 17, the Grade 6 class attended a recollection at The Sacred Heart Seminary in Bacolod City. The one-day recollection was conducted by the SHS seminarians with Rev. Fr. J. Celestial as the attending priest and SFAS teachers, Sir Lloyd Navarette and Mrs. Rose Iglesia, as facilatators.

"Our recollection was joyful and enjoying. We learned to find ourselves and how to find a true friend. We cherished the importance of our families and most importantly, we became closer to God." by Bhea Amador

"In our recollection, I experienced fun and I got to know more about God and myself. My relationship with God deepened because of the new things I've learned that I can apply in my own life." by Ricky Vince Cobrado

"The recollection helped me deepen my relationship with God by knowing Him and be sorry for my sins. I became closer to God. It helped me recall my sins."  by Alessandra Nicole Selendron

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Mama Mary's Birthday Celebration 2016

[Mary said]: "Behold all generations shall call me blessed." (Luke 1:48)

Last September 8, St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City celebrated, with the whole Church, the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Salvador Barcelona, the curate of St. Roch's parish. The homily was given by Brother Marvin, a seminarian from the Sacred Heart Seminary who is now in Deaconate. He emphasized the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the salvation history and stressed that the motherhood of Mary extends for those who acknowledge Jesus as their brother.

Since September 8 is also the fiesta of Hacienda Tinihaban, a basketball game was played between SFAS Basketball Varsity Team and Hda. Tinihaban Basketball Team, and the latter won. A Minute to Win It challenge was also played in the afternoon. 

Amidst many misunderstandings regarding the veneration of Mary today, we Christians must imitate the example of Mother Mary, the handmaid of the Lord who embraced completely God's call to be the Mother of our Savior. We are called to follow Mary's loving obedience to God's will and so we can be like Her who is full of grace and Theotokos, that is, God-bearer.

Written by:
Lord William B. Pacurib, Grade 10-Hope

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Kulminasyon ng Buwan ng Wika 2016

Sa loob ng isang lipunan na nagbabago na kung saan ang mga radikal na kaisipan ay umiiral, mahalaga pa rin ang pagpapahalaga sa mga diwa at ugali na nagbuo sa atin bilang isang bansa kahit na may kalumaan ito at hindi na naayon sa panahon.

Ngayong Agosto ng taong 2016 ang St. Francis of Assisi School ay nagdiwang ng Buwan ng Wika, na may temang: "Filipino: Wika ng Karunugan." Ang pagdiriwang ito ay naglalayon na pukawin ang isip ng mga estudyante sa pagmahal sa sariling wika, pagtangkilik sa ating sariling kultura at kasaysayan, pahalagahan ang ating pagka Pilipino at higit sa lahat ay buhayin ang diwa ng patriotismo. Idiniriwang rin ito bilang alaala sa ating yumaong pangulo na si Manuel L. Quezon, ang Ama ng Wikang Pambansa.

Noong Agosto 17, isinagawa ang Larong Pilipino sa lahat na pangkat.  Nang ika-25 ng Agosto, isinagawa ang isang Kompetisyon ng Katutubong Sayaw (Folk Dance Competition) at Paligsahan sa Deklamasyon at Extemporaneous Speaking Contest.

At sa huling sabado ng Agosto, ay ginanap ang Kulminasyon ng Buwan ng Wika. Sa araw na ito, maraming aktibidades ang isinagawa na sinalihan ng mga mag-aaral, guro, kawani, magulang at mga bisita.  Lahat ay nagsuot ng mga pambansang kasuotan. Mga mag-aaral mula unang baitang hanggang sa ika-apat na mataas na paaralan ay nagtanghal ng Modernong Sayaw, Sabayang Pagbigkas, Himig Handog (Kompetisyon sa pagkanta) at nagtapos ang araw sa paglaro ng Bingo. 

Isinulat ni:
Lord William B. Pacurib, 10-Hope

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Grade 7A and 7B Recollections

Last August 24, the grade 7A students attended a recollection at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Bacolod City.

Grade 7A class with adviser, Sir Joevani Buenaflor.

"I learned to be contented with what I have." by Carissa Jane Garcia

"I learned to be confident on what I am capable of and to be responsible always." by Dianne Marie GabiƱo

Grade 7B class with adviser, Ms. Shiela Aspa
The Grade 7B class had their recollection last August 31 at the same venue. A mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Salvador Barcelona ended the day recollections.

Written by: Shiela Mae Filipinas, Grade 10 Student

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Grade 4 Recollection

Amidst the busy school life and LAS writing, there is a great need for a spiritual retreat and renewal. Before exam week, last August 3, the Grade 4 had a recollection at Balay Kalinungan, Universtity of St. La Salle, Bacolod City with Rev. Fr. Salvador Barcelona, the school's spiritual director, and teachers Romnick Sadio and Ms. Jennifer Tabujara as the facilitators.

Several activities were held during the recollection.  Students collected objects that best represented them and shared it with their classmates. They also had to share about their knowledge of God.  They wrote a letter to God and burned it.  The ashes were wiped on their forehead and then cleaned with a white cloth.  The ash on their forehead signified their sins and the white cloth symbolized Christ. "The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world." (John 1:29)

One of the core values of St. Francis is being prayerful and the recollection contributed so much in the spiritual and prayer life of the students.

"My experience during the recollection was I feel so blessed because God is there and Fr. Barcelona is helpful."  by Shan Gabriel Flores

"I felt God's love and I enjoyed the activities we had that day.  I feel so happy to know that God loves me!" by Anne Marie Gulmatico

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Marriage Enrichment for SFAS Parents

One of the newest programs of the Campus Ministry of St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City (SFAS) for this school year is holding the Marriage Enrichment (ME) for parents of students. Organized by the Christian Family Movement (CFM), this is a one-day seminar for married couples which promotes enrichment and awareness in strengthening marriages. Many of married couples nowadays are busy with work and taking care of the children that husbands and wives forget to take care of each other already.  During the ME, they are given this time to just "be" with each other.

The Couples of Christian Family Movement (CFM)

Three batches of 20 couples per batch have been given already.  All ME's were held at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City.  A big thank you to the following CFM couples who volunteered their time and resources in making this possible: Toto and Irene Hilado, Jake and Gina Tan, Agnes and Marius Hechanova, Toto and Bel Gatuslao, Boy and Emilu Acoso and Fr. Salvador Barcelona.

Batch 1 - May 14, 2016
Batch 2 - June 11, 2016
Batch 3 - July 30, 2016
It is our hope that we can get financial assistance from donors so that we can invite more parents to join ME.  To sponsor a batch of 20 couples, Php25,000 or $500 is needed.  Couples are treated on a nice venue with great food.  Many, if not all of them, have never been on this "special date" in their lives.

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