Thursday, January 26, 2017

Advent Recollection 2016

Last November 26, the faculty and staff of St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City and Tapulanga Foundation attended the Advent Recollection held at Nature's Village Resort in Talisay City.

The facilitators from Brgy. Tanza Chaplaincy, Brother Marvin Labasan, Ms. Miriam Canal and Ms. Melende Castro prepared an activity which allowed each one to participate and have fun. The recollection ended with the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Fr. Salvador Barcelona.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

SFAS Scouts joins the Silay Division Encampment

Elements of Rovers and senior Scouts of St. Francis of Assisi School attended the Joint BSP/GSP Division Encampment held at Soreta, Patag, Silay City last November  18 to 20, 2016. The annual event is on its fifth this year and is being hosted yearly by the BSP/GSP contingents of DepEd Division of Silay. 

Special mention was given to SFAS during the opening program and parade night for being the only school in Silay who carries the program of Rover Scouts.  Dr. Neri Anne M. Alibuyog, CESO V was present during the opening night together with other division supervisors of DepeD Silay.

SFAS and STA are the only two private schools who attended the event forming the contingent of scouts coming from private school. Franciscan scouts participated well with the events during the second and third day in Emergency Preparedness, Knot Tying, Song and Yells (during campfire ceremony) and Laro ng Lahi. Roverette Rosewen Dada and Angel Rose Dimanalata joined the knot tying competition on the second day. It was the first for SFAS Rovers to perform such competition in front of the Eagle Scouts and Wood Badge holders of Silay Scout leaders. Rover Leader Francine Busel lead the preparations and performance of song and yell presentation during the campfire ceremony.

All in all, SFAS scouts experienced first-hand how challenging and fun life in outdoor situations are. The spirit of friendship relearned as they work hand-in-hand with STA scouts in building the camp gate. Though learning in slow pace, Franciscan scouts learned the basic tools of the trade, the importance of character building through team work and camaraderie, and the realization that getting things done requires discipline and effort.

Written by:
Christopher Bactong
ISC Coordinator/Outfit Adviser
Circle Manager, SFAS Scouting

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Grade 8 Recollection 2016

Last September 21 and 28, 2016, the Grade 8 A and B, respectively, attended a one-day recollection at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Bacolod City with Fr. Christian Roy Gesolgon and seminarian Marvin Labasan as facilitators.

Grade 8A with seminarian Marvin Labasan

Grade 8A

"The recollection was good. My relationship with God deepened through the activities we did like the game where we look for an object that best represents us; it's an activity making you realize who you really are." by Danielle Tarrosa

Grade 8B

"In our recollection, I felt grateful that we have Jesus as our Savior. We had a bible sharing, we prayed and we sang. I've been closer to Him through prayer because in praying I can communicate with Him. And I worship Him through reading the bible and attending mass. And through it, I can learn more about my faith and it will be strengthened". by Charlize Bactong

"Our recollection is unforgettable. It was very fun and I learned many things like loving my family, deepening my relationship with God and so much more. I learned that if  I want to deepen my relationship with God, I will start to love my parents, attend Mass, always read the Bible and put in my mind the sacrifice of Jesus in order to save and redeem us." by Leonard Lombre 

Grade 8B
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Saturday, January 14, 2017

SFAS Search-In Circles 21 - 23

Search-In is a once-in-a-lifetime retreat experience offered to 9th graders in St. Francis of Assisi School of Silay City. The 3-day week-end retreat is facilitated by alumni who underwent Search-In as well.

Circle 21 (September 9-11, 2016)

Circle 22 (September 30-October 2, 2016)

Circle 23 (November 25-27, 2016)

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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