The Feeling of Relentless

By: Angela Noelle M. Encarnacion 11- HUMSSLast July 1, 2017, a group of Bridgetines, a couple of teachers, and myself attended an event in Smart Araneta Coliseum, not knowing that we would experience an afternoon of listening, singing and dancing accompanied by feelings of excitement, understanding, love and pure happiness.

The event, Relentless: Singles & Youth Faith on Fire (SYFOF) 2017, was hosted by The Lord’s Flock Catholic Charismatic Community. It started off by acknowledging the different dioceses and communities present, followed by the Welcome Remarks of the founder of the community, which included a recall of past conferences and how they were conducted in various places.Afterwards, there was a video presentation and a discussion on the difference between human love and Godly love, with the speaker stating that humans may get tired of loving but God’s eternal love will live on.

Later on, the Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao, Reverend Honesto Ongtioco, talked about the Good Samaritan, with a wish that the youth of today would also help those in need. Recalling the story of the lost sheep, he exhorted the youth to focus on God’s relentless love in times of great pain. This was a segue to the short play, Rescue, which showed the journey of a man who lost his way but Jesus stayed with him despite everything. It was Jesus’ relentless love which saved the man. It gave a touching message of love, forgiveness, and hope.

This was followed by games, praise and worship, and sharing of personal journeys towards God’s relentless love. The latter touched the hearts of many of us since the stories were real-life narratives of pain and suffering like poverty, sickness, suicide, and wrong love. It was the support of the Lord’s Flock community, which set them free from their situations and turned them into witnesses of God’s relentless love.
More activities were done throughout the day. These all focused on knowing God more as our Father who never gets tired of loving us no matter what the situation is. One noteworthy segment was Word on the Street, wherein our questions about God were answered by a group of young adults and a priest. We were enlightened by the wisdom these people shared. As students, we gained more knowledge about our religion and beliefs.
Another memorable activity was the praise and worship part.. Songs by Hillsong were used to give it a fun and energetic vibe. During this time, we all sang and danced to express our love for God. Later on, the songs became more solemn, and we began to use our mobile phones as flashlights to create a star-like effect in the dark coliseum. It was evident that the song and the place filled with stars touched the hearts of many and made us worship God even more.

Afterwards, there was the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on stage. We showed our great reverence by raising our hands in the air and bowing our heads. Unfortunately, the event extended beyond the time stated in the programme, so our delegation had to leave before Archbishop Chito Tagle delivered his talk.

At the end of this experience, we all had peaceful bliss written on our faces, and the feeling of being loved in our hearts. The next time that such an opportunity arises, I would definitely encourage my fellow Bridgetines to take part in it so that they, too, would be able to experience this wonderful journey of God’s relentless love.



St. Bridget School: PAASCU Accredited and PEAC Re-certified

As the year 2017 draws to a close, St. Bridget School received “back-to-back” affirmation from two external assessing body in its pursuit of academic excellence as a Catholic Educational Institution.Last November 29, the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU)—soon to be PAASCU International—conferred to St. Bridget School, Quezon City the status of “accredited”. The educational institution successfully hurdled the rigorous assessment of the visiting team earlier this school year.

Two weeks prior, the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), which is a trustee of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education under the Department of Education, already confirmed that St. Bridget successfully passed the PEAC Recertification process for the continuance of its Education Service Contracting (ESC) Program.


Grade 12 STEM Spearheads Symposia

By: Isabel Marie Chavez of Grade 12 STEM

Grade 12 STEM class organized two symposia this school year 2017-2018.
The first symposium was given to invited High School Faculty and Grade 11 students. It focused on the Importance of Information Literacy.  This activity is a collaboration of two areas of discipline: Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and Social Science.The STEM class’ subject teachers, Ms. Kate Caguioa for MIL and Ms. Divine Mercy Go for Social Sciences, helped in the planning and execution of the whole symposium.  To help achieve its objective, the symposium discussed the movie PK (which in English means “tipsy”). This is a 2014 Indian satirical science fiction comedy film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi.
The second symposium, a requirement of the class’ Biology subject, was given to select Senior High School Faculty and the Grade 12 HUMSS students. It aimed to inform and widen the audience’s knowledge on food and diet matters that have effects on wellbeing, fitness, and health.  Specifically, the symposium discussed different nutrients our body needs. The STEM speakers also talked about the advantages and disadvantages of consuming certain types of food. They also addressed misconceptions their audience have about the food that they eat. This activity was done under the guidance of the class’ Biology teacher, Mr. Justine Eusebio. The Grade 12 STEM class found the organization and execution of these symposia very helpful in developing in the students the value of confidence, especially when speaking in front of varied audience. The class also benefitted in terms of improving their communication skills improvement. Overall, there was a sense of satisfaction in being able to impart valuable knowledge to others.


Aguhon: Compass

By: Zandralu Sibor 11-STEMLast September 30, 2017, the Children’s Museum and Library, Inc. (CMLI), organized an event in response to the issue of human rights that our country is currently facing. Senior High school students from different schools around Metro Manila gathered at the Faura Hall of the Ateneo de Manila University for a one-day youth conference entitled Aguhon: Fostering a Culture of Empowerment through the Recognition of Human Rights.

Aguhon, a Filipino word for compass, was placed in the title because, just like the instrument that is used to give direction by always pointing to the North, CMLI wanted to help the youth choose the right path towards their destination. CMLI would also like to inspire the young student leaders of the country to succeed by being fair to all, and not stepping on others. Likewise, it hopes to encourage them to help the country achieve peace, and freedom from corruption, discrimination, hate, and anger.

CMLI, in partnership with the Commission on Human Rights, invited several speakers to give us an idea about how the commission works and what its role in the country is. This is to refute the claims of those who say that the agency has not done anything good and is, thereby, useless. Such erroneous belief was seconded by the House of Representatives who decided to give the commission a budget of only Php1,000.00 for the year 2018.

In this one-day activity, we, the delegates from St. Bridget School were given the opportunity to share our experiences and knowledge about the issues facing the Philippines right now. We were able to put what we learned into action by making a feasibility project, wherein we came up with a proposal that will center on the protection and implementation of human rights.

Being in an event like this gave us the chance to create something new beyond what we usually do in school, and interact with people aside from those inside our campus. CMLI deserves a big thank you for organizing this event, because it inspired us to engage ourselves in actions that will help shape the communities around us to be better versions of themselves.

Below are the SBS Senior High Student Delegates and their teacher-moderator:

Crissalyn Mae C. Asuncion
Karissa Lorraine C. De Leon
Joanne Marie D. Felix
Jean Viktoria S. Getubig
Jhastyn Irish Mae A. Guevarra
Christine T. Itchon Andrea Marie
lle P. OliverosPatricia C. Samson
Zandralu Sibor
Josh Trina P. Vasquez
Teacher: Ms. Divine Mercy M. Go


A Day for Women and Children to Rise

By: Kristine Grace G. Umali 11-STEMSt. Bridget School, Quezon City has been a home for girls and young women for 51 years already, and this has been made possible by the sisters of the Religious of the Good Shepherd Congregation. As students in St. Bridget, we have been taught about women empowerment all through our lives, and have been honed to be physically, mentally and spiritually strong to survive in any situation, whether favorable or not. However, not everyone has been given the opportunities that we have had.Some women experienced the misfortune of being abused through violence, oppression, trafficking, prostitution, and the likes. To raise awareness on this issue, the Religious of the Good Shepherd Congregation and some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) invited two students from each class to attend an event last November 25, in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children. Coinciding with this was the launching of the posters and brochures or pamphlets that would be part of the campaign against violent acts on women.

Before walking to the convent where the activities will be held, we prepared a banner with a message stating the purpose of this campaign. Although the weather was not on our side during our short walk along Aurora Boulevard, we still pushed through carrying our banners and displaying our orange ribbons and wrist bands. The color orange was chosen by the United Nations to symbolize a brighter future without violence.

Upon reaching the convent, one of the sisters led the opening prayer, which was followed by a dance performance of the girls from the Euphrasian Community. We then listened to an explanation of the purpose of the campaign, and its ultimate goal of eliminating violence against women. Next, we watched a short skit presented by some girls wearing masks. They acted out real-life experiences of victims of human trafficking who ended up in prostitution. What caught my attention was the strength of these women who were able to endure all of the abuses and to escape from their miserable situation. Eventually, they were able to find inner peace in rehabilitation and in the company of those who suffered the same fate like them. They found solace in each other because no one can understand them better than someone who really underwent abuse and felt what it was like. The last part was the launching of the posters that will be displayed in the LRT stations, as well as the pamphlets which will be distributed to the public. They also requested us to show our support for the abused women and children by wearing orange every 25th of the month.

Attending this event was a meaningful and eye-opening experience. At the end, I realized that the monthly convocations in our school are not enough. We need to take action, not only inside our school premises, but also outside the campus. I am glad to know that there are people who are already taking the initiative to put an end to violence. I hope that as Bridgetines, we will also actively involve ourselves in fighting the abuses committed against girls and women. I hope that we will take action, not only because we are partners with the Good Shepherd Congregation, but also because we Bridgetines are girls and women, too. Let us rise to the occasion to help eliminate from our society any form of abuse against women.