Monday, April 20, 2009

FAPE Inset for 4th Year Teachers

The Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE) conducted an in-service training (INSET) for private secondary school teachers (specifically for 4th year subject teachers) designed to "enhance and strengthen their competencies and skills and to update them with the contemporary pedagogy on teaching-learning process."

Held in Punta Villa Resort, Iloilo City last April 20 - 22, 2009, the seminar-workshop aimed to help teachers make an effective lesson plan using the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework. It also discussed the secondary revised education curriculum.

I learned to formulate big ideas based on a topic and make essential questions on the big ideas. -by Mrs. Josie Bactong, Science teacher

I learned a lot from the experience where we were grouped to make an actual lesson plan and demonstrated it in front of everyone. - by Ms. Dina Almarquez, Math teacher

It was another new learning experience which inspires me to become a better teacher. - Ms. Lina Gabino, English teacher

This being my 3rd year in attending, I cherished the spirit of camaraderie with my co-participants. - by Sir Ariel Gabino, Filipino teacher

Saturday, April 11, 2009

SFAS Drama Guild Summer Camp

Thru the efforts of the Tapulanga Foundation, the first SFAS Drama Guild Summer Camp was organized. The purpose of the camp is not only to enhance the acting ability of the participants, but also to build character, self esteem and teamwork through imagination exercises and acting games. Eleven children were invited to attend the Children's camp held on April 3 - 30, 2009. The facilitators are
Rheasol Hiballes, Alf Alacapa and Andy Molina. Ten students were invited to attend the Tee-Age camp to be held on May 4 - 22, 2009. A very special thanks to the following for making the camp possible thru their donation: Mrs. Lee Meily, Mr. Ernesto "Tito" Uichico III and friends, and Sir Mike and Ms. Ging Graham.

Congratulations Graduates!

CLASS OF 2009!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Tapulanga Foundation Awards 3 College Scholarship Grants!

The Ledesma-Mabilangan College Scholarship Grant is given by Ada Ledesma, daughter of Rafael Ledesma of Silay and Purita Kalaw of Iloilo and Batangas and her husband Felipe Mabilangan of Batangas. Sir Philip was Philippine Ambassador to France and concurrently to Portugal (1979 - 1988), China (1989 - 1994) and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York (1994-2001). They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.

They visited SFAS (for the first time) last January and was very happy to see what we are doing here. And they became inspired to help … thus, the Ledesma-Mabilangan College Scholarship Grant.

Congratulations Romnick Sadio for being the recipient of the Ledesma-Mabilangan College Scholarship Grant, a four-year college scholarship grant. Romnick plans to take up Bachelor of Science in Education in CHMSI, Talisay City.

The Babes of Bacolod College Scholarship Grant is given by the Babes of Bacolod, an informal group of friends originally from Bacolod committed to alleviating the lives of impoverished children through health and education in Negros. Now living in Los Angeles, California in the United States of America, they have been holding fundraisers for the Tapulanga Foundation since 2004. They started with 7 scholars in 2004 and this school year, they have 77 scholars studying in SFAS.

Last February 7, 2009, they held the first U.S. screening of our very own Ilonggo film “Namets.” The event was a fundraiser and because of its success, the Babes of Bacolod College Scholarship Grant was made possible.

Congratulations Ryan Navarette for being the recipient of the Babes of Bacolod College Scholarship Grant, a four year college scholarship grant. Ryan plans to take up Bachelor of Science in Electronics in CHMSI, Talisay City.
The Rafe Totengco College Scholarship Grant is given by Ramon Felix Totengco, more popularly known as RafĂ© Totengco, a New York-based Filipino fashion designer who specializes in women’s handbags, shoes, and small leather goods, and men’s bags and accessories. In the late 1990s and through the 2000s, he garnered a number of awards for his designs.

He grew up in Bacolod City, Philippines. Even in elementary school, he began modifying his school uniform and going to tailors to have new clothes made for himself and his friends and family. Most Filipino fashionistas remember Rafe for Schizo, a clothing and accessories business under Sari-sari store in Manila. He was only 18 then and with no formal training in fashion. Unsatisfied he wanted to expand his horizons and soon enough, he went to New York where he enrolled in FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) evening school in fashion while supporting himself as a design assistant.

Late of last year, Team Manila and Marie Claire magazine asked Rafe Totengco to design a men’s and women’s t-shirts for a foundation of his own choice. He chose the Tapulanga Foundation, specifically the scholarship program. The shirts are being sold for Php1,500 and 45% goes to the foundation’s project. This successful project made the Rafe Totengco College Scholarship Grant possible.

Congratulations Mia Joy Villaneuva for being the recipient of the Rafe Totengco College Scholarship Grant, a four year college scholarship grant. Mia plans to take up Bachelor of Science in Education in either the University of St. La Salle, Bacolod City or CHMSI, Talisay City.

Two Very Special Awards

For the first time in the school's history, SFAS proudly gave two very special awards (in the form of a medallion) to the graduates during the 40th Commencement Exercise last April 1, 2009.

The first award is the ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI AWARD. This award is given to a graduating student in recognition of his/her simple and prayerful leadership in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi's example. The St. Francis of Assisi Award was give to Romnick Sadio.

The second award is the MARIETTA LEDESMA AWARD. The founder of SFAS was a woman who did very ordinary things in an extraordinary way. Her great love and dedication to help the less fortunate is worthy of emulation. This award is given to a graduating student who most closely approximates the life and spirit of Mrs. Ledesma. The Mariette Ledesma Award was given to Raquel Medina.

An Inspirational Message to the Graduates

The school was blessed during the graduation ceremony as the guest speaker was a former SFAS graduate, class of 1970.
Police Superintendent Rolando Solis Segaya grew up in Hacienda Tinihaban and was one of the 40 students who attended Grade 1 in 1964 in SFAS when it first opened. He attended high school at the Negros Occidental School of Arts and Trade and then went on to obtain a BS degree in Criminology at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos. For his post graduate studies, he went to the Ortanez University in Quezon City for his Bachelor of Laws degree. He also received a Masters degree in Management, major in public administration.

Prior to his present appointment as Chief of Police of the Oton Police Station at the Iloilo Police Provincial Office, he also worked as Chief of Police in Basilan Province. In Zamboanga City, he worked as Intelligence Officer and Operations Officer of the Zamboanga City Metropolitan District Command as well as Chief Investigator and Precinct Commander of the Tetuan Police Precinct. From 2005 – 2008, he served as Sub-station Commander of the Payatas Police Sub-station, Bataan Hills Police Station and in the Quezon City Police District.

He presently resides in Quezon City with his wife Gloria and his three children.

In his message to the graduates, he shared how he would work on Saturdays in the farm doing weeding to earn for his transportation allowance to go to high school in the city. In college, he would study during the day and at night, he would work in the fish pond as a guard for his allowance as well. (To listen to his message, click the following link: Guest Speaker Police Superintendent Rolando S. Segaya)

In photo is school administrator, Ms. Carmela "Micmic" Abello-Golez (center) with Police Superintendent Rolando S. Segaya, 1st student of SFAS in 1964, and Ms. Teresita Mallorca, 1st teacher in SFAS in 1964.