The SPIRIT ABLAZE! Inside this issue: Centennial Newsletter M BM R R 2 H 122 1 3 NOVE E A C0 0Feb.2 Response on 1,2Behalf of Awardees HOMECOMING 2013Feb.3 Centennial 1,3,4Committee Report Response on behalf of THE Awardees As I stand here before you, on this stage, in this audi- by Vicky P.Garchitorena torium, I remember with great clarity my graduationJourney of 100 Years 5,6 day from college almost 50 years ago. I invite you all toCastmembers 9 Feb. 2, the Award Ceremony hark back to that day in our lives as we held our diplo- (For the full text, log on to ma in our hands, eager to face the future, confident inCentennial Outstand- http://vickygarchitorena.blogspot.com) the kind of education we received.ing Alumnae: A very good afternoon to you all. With that diploma in our hands, we felt we could con-Lucille Tenazas 7 quer the world.Victoria Cajipe I am deeply honored and truly humbled to have been given this wonderful opportunity to respond on behalf As we heard of the wonderful achievements of our Ma.Concepcion C. 100 Outstanding Alumnae, it seems like we DID con- Lizada of my fellow awardees—all awesome, accomplished, 8 quer the worlds in which we decided to serve. By the Rora N. Tolentino and successful ladies, many of whom I have looked up Rosa A. Mo to as my role models. Truly Women of Faith, Service, excellent quality of their work, by their courage, byLuisa E. Wallenstein and Excellence. Continued on Page 2 9Dolores Q. Perez First let me thank you, on behalf of all of us, for thisArt Exhibit Reception 10,11 tremendous honor the School has bestowedCentennial Wrap-up 11 upon us. It is an award that we will treasureSSpS Story 12-15 forever. It is an honor that we hope will inspireThanksgiving Lunch 14 our younger alumnae and students to aspire for as they navigate the difficult paths they must choose throughout their lives. CHS Centennial Committee Report their loving care. And tonight, it is our love for the by Vicky P.Garchitorena school that molded us into what we are today thatAcronymns Feb. 3, 2013 Centennial Gala Night brought us here.CHSM—Mendiola school For the full text, log on to Indeed, tonight is a love fest. In the words of the song http://vickygarchitorena.blogspot.com “Can you feel the love tonight?”...CHSAF—CHS Alumnae FoundationCHSNAF—CHS No.America Fdn A very pleasant evening to you all! When we launched the CHSM Centennial celebration aCHSAF Postoffice: If we ask ourselves, why are we here today? Why are year and a half ago, we did so with great trepidation. firstname.lastname@example.org we celebrating in such a grand manner the centennial Most of us were working full time. We all had our fami- of the College of the Holy Spirit? lies to attend to. We had other advocacies and causesPrepared by Tita Dizon HS-63 we were supporting. But the Holy Spirit had called to Our answer might be this: It was love – our parents’Editing assistance by us, firing our hearts with courage and determination. love for us that brought us to the doors of the College Vicky Barretto-.Anastacio And so with our Spirits Ablaze, we all said yes. of the Holy Spirit in Mendiola. In turn, it was the love – HS-63 the love of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, the love of our At times we felt like we were on a roller coaster, as we teachers, staff, manangs and manongs that took us into struggled to manage a whole gaggle of volunteer alum- Continued on Page 3
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 2 FEBRUARY 2, 2012 ACTIVITIES CHSNAF PNW Chapter’s rendition of the “Sister Act” Campus in jubilant mode HS Golden Jubilari- an Lucia B. Quim- son with Golden Jubilarians-in- waiting Dodit O.Reyes HS-64 (R), and Rosalou S.Lamson HS-65 Bishop Bacani considered himself blessed to be among the women of CHS. CHSNAF’s Nevada Chapter dance invitation to the Centennial Reunion in Las Vegas, Oct. 17-20, 2013. Feb. 2 Awards, Response Continued from P. 1 their commitment and dedication, by dents, what we have achieved since our we owe our Alma Mater, we pledge to their unselfish service; they have made graduation, what we are today, we owe find ways to help her continue her mis- their mark in countries around the world. in large measure to the years we spent in sion of offering quality education to all The intellectual power, the expertise and these hallowed halls. Our teachers de- who need it. We offer our time, our tal- experience, the passion, the dedication manded excellence, but had the patience ent, and our treasure and will encourage and commitment they have shown are to work with us on our difficulties. Our all our alumni to do the same. the best reason to celebrate the 100 years nuns demanded strict disci- It is the Holy Spirit who has of CHSM. They are the fruits of the dedi- pline, but could laugh with us ...offer our time, brought us here, at this time, in cation of the nuns, faculty, and staff who at our teenage pranks. The our talent, and this place... Let us all pledge to- labored in the vineyard of the College of manongs and manangs served the Holy Spirit. us with quiet dignity, teaching our treasure and day - all of us, in the name of our 23,000 or so alumnae - to be co- us the value of service to others. will encourage creators with the Holy Spirit as Actually, however, there are many more... Through it all, we learned the all our alumni to together we strive to “renew the outstanding CHSM alumni out there who enduring values of Veritas in have lived lives of professionalism, excel- do the same... face of the earth” through our Caritate – truth in love – three full and unstinting support to lence, integrity, dedication, and hard words which sum up our CHS the renewal and revitalization of work. They are wives and mothers..., gov- education. the College of the Holy Spirit. If we har- ernment officials and employees…, teach- ers…, nuns and lay workers…, scientists, Today, in grateful acknowledgment of ness the talent, experience, passion, and writers, artists, accountants, doctors, en- the debt we owe our Alma Mater, we energy of all our alumnae, we can truly trepreneurs - individuals who, in their pledge to continue learning, to continue conquer the world. Let us start with our own ways, by their Spirit ablaze! have striving for excellence in everything we Alma Mater. been role models to all those whose lives do, to continue seeking the truth and May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us, they have touched… Each one of them is upholding the truth, to continue main- inspire us, protect us, and bless us all. the reason the Holy Spirit guided those taining the highest levels of integrity, four intrepid nuns to travel across the and to continue offering fraternal love Spirit ablaze! world to establish a school in Her name. and charity to all who need it. Today, in Victoria P. Garchitorena grateful acknowledgement of the debt Indeed, what we dreamed as young stu-T h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 3 Centennial Committee Report at the Gala, Feb. 3, 2013 continued from P. 1 nae…. But,... we organized ourselves into committees, rolled up our - Young sisters – Ellen Gomez HS-68, Angeline Chung HS-70, Susanne sleeves, and went to work. It has been a tremendous journey filled Marie Padua HS-71/BFA-77, Lorraine Marie Sylianteng HS-73 with fun, camaraderie, and fulfillment. - And yours truly, HS-60/BSPhysics-64 The CHSM Centennial Coordinating Committee, in consultation with In addition to the members of the Paraclete Circle, other generous do- CHS Alumnae Foundation, the CHS North America Foundation, as well nations have bolstered our Centennial Capital Campaign fund. as the class representatives, set for ourselves three major goals: 1. Isabel Caro Wilson HS-49 1. To celebrate the school’s centennial in a very special way over a 2. Cathay Drug c/o Greta Yao-Go HS-54/BSC-58 two-day weekend.... The objective was to engage and energize 3. Amb. Jose Cuisia and wife Victoria Jose-Cuisia HS-65 our alumni, with special focus on the college alumni…. 4. Cynthia Lorenzo-Picazo HS-61/BSC-65 2. To raise a total of P100M for the college over a 5 year period, in 5. Mary Jane Crisanto-Ortega HS-56/AA-58 order to upgrade its facilities, to improve its technology infra- 6. Radiowealth Finance Corporation structure, to offer scholarships to bright but financially dis- tressed youth, and to continuously develop our faculty. 3. Within this ambitious goal, we also set out to generate funds for “100 Scholars for 100 Years”…. For those of you who were there, yesterday’s Centennial Home- coming was a tremendous success…. It was also packed with activities! The College hosted a lovely and delicious buffet lunch for the 100 Outstanding Alumnae and their families.... A solemn Centennial mass was con-celebrated in the afternoon led by Bishop Teodoro Bacani. The day was capped by the formal recognition of the 100 Outstanding Alumnae at the Paraclete Auditorium…. It was truly a day to remember. Our Grand Centennial Gala tonight is a first in the history of the school. We have with us about 1,800 alumni and their guests, who have come from far and wide to celebrate the 100 years of CHSM…. There are many others who have pledged their support and... to all of The program… promises a wonderful evening for all of us. them our heartfelt thanks. So we would like to think that we achieved our first goal of making the We also wish to acknowledge the many alumnae and those who share Centennial Celebration a truly memorable once-in-a-lifetime event. with us our vision of offering quality education through our scholarship Spirit ablaze! program. Chaired by Yolanda Manding-Albano, the scholarship com- mittee has labored long and hard to achieve our goal of “100 Scholars On our second goal of raising P100M in five years, we are greatly for 100 years.” This school year, we have 68 scholars–20 in high school pleased that, as of today, we have received pledges of more than P46 and 48 in college. As of a few days ago, we had pledges amounting to Million!!!!! Wow! We’re almost halfway to our goal and we are just P16.6 million, including an SGV endowment of P1M.... When I was con- beginning! This tremendous achievement has been the result of the firming the figures, Yola was confident we can fund 100 scholars this all-out efforts of the following committees - the entire Centennial coming June. Well, it seems that the Holy Spirit has worked Her miracle.ng Coordinating Committee..., the Ways and Means Committee…, the During the centennial mass yesterday, one of our alumnae, Mercedese CHSAF board and class reps, the scholarship committee..., and the Tan-Gotianun, delivered the amazing news that she is pledging to fund CHSNAF board and regional chairs…. These are the ladies who took 50 scholars! That brings our scholarship fund to P32.6 million! Yola’s on this challenge and worked hard to achieve success. fearless forecast has come true. We will have funds for 130 scholars We wish to acknowledge with deeply grateful hearts the individuals when school opens in June! Spirit ablaze! and companies that responded to our invitation to join the Paraclete So, as the Chair of the Centennial Committee, I am pleased to report Circle with a minimum donation of P1 million. They are: that we have achieved two of the three goals we set for ourselves. This - Mercedes Tan-Gotianun HS-46 is, I believe, a minor miracle, brought about by the Holy Spirit who is - Senator Edgardo Angara and wife Gloria Manalang Angara (HS-60/ blessing our efforts. And we are confident that we will achieve our third AB-64) goal of raising P100M in five years. - Pilipinas Shell Last night, as the awards were being given out at the Paraclete Auditori- - Atty. Alfonso Reyno and wife Yolanda Guevara Reyno AB-65 um, I truly felt the Holy Spirit spreading Her wings over all of us. I feel - Eustaquio Sisters – Milagros Aurea Syme HS-61, Lourdes Aurea Con- the same way tonight, and believe that the Holy Spirit is with us here treras HS-61/Chem-66 and Maria Victoria Anonuevo HS-67 and now, covering us all with Her wings and Her blessings. If you feel - Dayrit Sisters - Teresita Villaruz HS-52, Amelita Guevara HS-53, Pi- the Holy Spirit tugging at your hearts to join these generous individuals, larica Camacho HS-54, Carmen Padilla HS-60 please respond positively to Her call. - Gonzalez sisters – Sr. Pilar HS-42, Gloria Lim HS-47, Mary Goolsby HS-55, Edith Dinglasan HS-55, Teresa Pestano HS-62 In addition, we had some generous gala Continued on Page 4 T h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 4 Centennial Committee Report at the Gala, Feb. 3, 2013 continued from P. 3 sponsorships which allowed us this grand I wish to thank again all our alumni who have ways will be the compass that will guide us gala and at the same time keep our ticket joined the various committees of the Centen- throughout our lives. prices to a minimum so that all our alumni nial Celebration. Thanks also to Grace Mas- The Holy Spirit has brought us here, at this could join us tonight. These are: cenon and her team…, Felina’s team…, Men- time, in this place. Let us keep praying to the 1. Ayala Corporation chu Que and Viqui del Rosario..., Monette Holy Spirit a slightly revised prayer - 2. Ayala Land Iturralde-Hamlin..., Emy Masigan-Mercado..., 3. Globe Telecom Cora Parco and Benjo Macaso…, the many “ Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of 4. TeamAsia more alumnae who raised funds. To all of you, thy faithful and enkindle in US the our heartfelt thanks! fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit 5. Metrobank Foundation 6. Land Bank of the Philippines As you know, this weekend is really just the and WE shall be created and WE shall 7. Pioneer Insurance start of our Centennial Year that goes from renew the face of the earth.” 8. Marilen Nolasco-Espiritu BSC-63 February 2013 to February 2014. We invite all Let us all pledge tonight to be co-creators with 9. Jollibee Corporation of you to continue reaching out to your class- the Holy Spirit as together we strive to “renew mates, especially our college alumnae. We We wish we could share with you tonight the the face of the earth” through our full and dream of an even more active and engaged names of all the many, many alumnae and unstinting support to the renewal and revitali- community of CHSM alumni who will offer friends who have made pledges or made do- zation of the College of the Holy Spirit which their time, talent, and treasure as our way of nations. They have all responded so gener- was established in Her honor. giving thanks to the school which helped edu- ously to the call of the Holy Spirit. We will, cate us, mold our characters, instill in us a May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us, in- however, publish the list in our website as deeply spiritual life, as well as our drive for spire us, protect us, and bless us. well as our newsletters so that everyone can excellence, integrity, passion, and commit- be acknowledged properly. To all of them Spirit ablaze! ment. The motto of our Alma Mater – Veritas MARAMING SALAMAT PO! in Caritate – Truth in Love has been and al- Thank you again and enjoy the evening! Photo by CSVargas Photo by CSVargas Photo by CAPayumoT h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 5 JO U R N E Y OF A HUNDRED YEARS Produced by: Centennial Coordinating Committee The Gala Presentation was a col- Liberation of the country by US forces brought laborative work of the Jubilarians about unprecedented progress to the country under Production Manager Emy (backdrop of new buildings and fresh green sur- Masigan-Mercado of HS-63. Emy roundings) and growth to our ‘stellar’ school. went beyond the call of duty to Life was progressive and Filipinos adapted easily to ensure that this play will be a fit- American culture (boogie, Beatles and ‘Dancing ting tribute to the SSpS and CHSM’s Queen’ sequences.) centennial. For Emy, this was “...a The Bagong Lipunan era was ushered in , with politi- work of total dedication & love.” cized groups defying the oppressive government of Against a backdrop of old Philippines, ethnic tribes reveal the gentleness Pres. Marcos. The school, under its new name- of our original culture through dance. The calm is disrupted with the com- College of the Holy Spirit, tried to continue its quali- ing of the ‘conquistadores’ who introduce dance (flamenco) and the Cath- ty education in spite of the chaos at its gates. Men- olic faith and its rituals. diola Street had become a battleground. With the rise of nationalism, local folk rebelled against the yoke of centu- Martial Law was imposed and the people longed to ries-old colonialism symbolized by a fight-dance and bystanders cowering be free as symbolized by the 3 pairs of dancers in fear, with the stage backdrop showing the plight of the Katipuneros. But wearing the flag’s colors, and a dove in flight to the freedom came through the Americans when the uniformed Spanish sol- music of ‘Bayan Ko.’ The School joined the Parlia- diers fell to the American sailors. ment of the Street, pushing for humane Christian nationalist values. Over a weekend, People Power With the flight of the Spaniards, faith languished. As early as 1894, Fr. Ar- installed a new democracy under Cory Aquino. nold Janssen had been asked to send missionary Sisters to the Philippines. Finally, the original 4 intrepid SSpS Sisters left the familiarity of Steyl for Continued on Page 6 the uncertainty of their new mission believing that they will walk with a loving God. They travelled by boat, calesa, bamboo raft, and carabao cart. They were finally welcomed in the night with a lantern procession by the people of Tayum. Then they started their mission of educating children. In July 1913, Sr. Hieronyma was asked to start College of the Holy Spirit in Manila. With the loving care and the high quality of education the Sisters offered, the school grew in enrollment. War War II reached the Philippines and Manila was in ruins. Atrocities by the Japanese soldiers with bayonets reflected the cruelty endured by the populace. Death and devastation affected the Sisters (backdrop of Sisters on their way bombed buildings and families fleeing their homes are shown). to the PhilippinesT h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 6 JOURNEY of a Hundred Years Cont’d from Page 5 Life in Mendiola stabilized under the stewardship of the different SSpS Superiors. The school became co-ed, while CREATIVE TEAM alumnae rallied to keep the school alive and ablaze. Emilina Mercado — Producer, Coordinator, Costumes In July 2011, Dr. Felina C. Young was handed the helm of Michael Stuart Williams—Director the school which continues to uphold the SSpS quality Daryl Zarraga—Assistant Director education it has been known for—faith, excellence and Laura Guevarra—Script Writer & Videographer service under Truth and Charity. Deana Aquino—Choreographer The curtain call brought out all Weng Doctolero—Props the participants, to the enthusi- Martin Esteva—Lights Designer astic applause of the audience. Chats Billano & Rosalyn Perez—Narrators It was truly A NIGHT TO REMEMBER ! ! ! Photos by MLCuisia & CSVargas, HS-63T h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 7 CENTENNIAL Starting with the November Centennial Newsletter, feature articles on some cen- tennial awardees were included, and we continue with more in this issue. OUTSTANDING ALUMNAE Aside from Ms. Tenaza’s recognition award from AIGA, the rest are the award- ees’ own revelations and testaments to what motivate them. Common to most Continued from the JAN 2013 issue awardees are the yearning to help others, and the love of God and fellow men— creeds we absorbed during our SSpS education. Lucille Tenazas HS-71/BFA-75 (Media, Culture & the Arts) Eight Designers Awarded the respected design education programs—always with exquis- AIGA Medal for 2013 ite execution. NEW YORK—February 5, 2013 Lucille Tenazas is both an educator and a graphic designer. A lifetime of achievement in Her journey from the Philippines to San Francisco, then to design can take many forms. Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan for graduate stud- The 2013 recipients of the ies—combined with her collective experience of living on the AIGA Medal, the highest honor West and East coasts of the United States—has had a pro- of the design profession, rep- found effect on her work. Her studio, Tenazas Design, was Photo: Matthew Sussman based in San Francisco for 20 years but relocated to New resent the range of contribu- tions designers make to clients, future generations and soci- York in 2006, when Tenazas returned to the city where she ety at large—through inspiration, thoughtful critique, social first began her design practice in 1982. This creative trajec- impact and the education of future design leaders. This tory has resulted in a hybrid aesthetic and a lifelong interest spring, AIGA will recognize eight designers with this pres- in the complexity of language and the overlapping relation- tigious award: John Bielenberg, William Drenttel and Jessi- ship of meaning, form and content. ca Helfand, Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones, Tenazas is currently The Henry Wolf Professor at the School Stefan Sagmeister, Lucille Tenazas, and Wolfgang of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School Weingart. for Design in New York, where her pedagogical interests lie Design educator and practitioner Lucille Tenazas will be in the intersection of design, craft and technology. Previous- recognized for her prominent role in translating postmod- ly, she was the founding chair of the M.F.A. program in de- ern ideas into critical design practice; her exploration of sign at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. the relationship between type, photography and lan- Taken from http://www.aiga.org/news-20130205/ guage; and the development and leadership of highly- American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) INQUIRING mind, perceiving magic in the (light as wave or particle), elegant ex- Victoria B. Cajipe HS-73 ordinary – these words describe the essence pression (Maxwell’s equations), inclusive- (Health & Science) of my experience of “being,” most poign- ness (grand unified theory), discipline antly as a child. The universe is a wondrous (verifiable results) and whimsy place and I’ve always sought to understand (Schrödingers cat!). My career has actual- as much about it as I can. Equally founda- ly been relatively mundane, but it included tional to my life were the nourishing warmth basic discoveries (new ferroelectrics), tech- of a loving home, and the example and nological successes (devices for x-ray im- encouragement of achievers in my family. aging and space exploration) and some My parents worked hard and were gener- unusual geo-cultural circumstances (when I ous to others. Overall, I was raised thinking was a Filipino-American researcher in that anything was possible, that I could be France). Work and a sense of adventure whatever I wanted to be. But I also recog- have largely determined my life trajecto- nized a certain interconnectedness in the ry; the values of my upbringing guided me Inquiring mind, perceiving ma world and knew that my happiness and that through tough times and misadventures. I of others are mutually dependent. am one very lucky human being and I know I can be luckier still by sharing my Physics was a natural choice for me: it of- good fortune with others. fered awe (expanding cosmos), paradoxT h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter JULY 2012 Centennial Newsletter M A R C H 2 0 1 3 PagePage 6 8 ` Outstanding Alumnae continued from Page 7 Ma. Concepcion Claudio WHAT I AM today I owe to family, built on. My ever-protective father, a survivor Lizada BSChem-69 friends, mentors and institutions. My parents of Fort Santiago and the Death March, would always eventually give way to his children instilled in their children the value of doing (Health & Science) expressing beliefs in action, despite risks, as in one’s best, devoid of pressure to work for recognition. Staying steadfast in the face the events of 1986. of challenges, while gratefully deriving joy Reinforcing my parents’ values and spirituali- from having survived such challenges, is ty, CHS guided me through unprecedented their enduring legacy. Their lives demon- learning and discovery. Not only was Sr. Aux- strated that, with prayers, one can over- ilindis a mentor in academics, but a constant come in the Sisyphean struggle to integrate ally in the arena of life, as well. Through the the spiritual with day-to-day affairs. A years, Sr. Rosalinda and batchmates from descendant of Andres Bonifacio, my mother CHS have strengthened my ties with CHS. was a firm believer in a well-rounded edu- cation and valued the Germanic tradition My journey has been enriched by those, who, of discipline and excellence that CHS is by their love, make the Spirit manifest. THE EARLIEST influences in my life were Armed with solid HGC values and educa- Rora Navarro my parents, whose nurturing love, full faith in tion, I entered the UP to pursue a BS Foreign Service degree. In 1965, I met my class- Tolentino HS-63 my potential, constant encouragement and mate, Abelardo Miguel Tolentino, Jr. (Jun) (International Relations) moral support accompanied me in my youth, and through my adulthood. Their personal and we both entered the UP College of examples of hard work, discipline, compas- Law. We got married in 1972 but our life sion, charity and strong love for family be- partnership auspiciously began as students came my guideposts in relating with others and as friends. Jun became instrumental in and in dealing with challenges in my life. guiding me as I prepared my tough reviews for both the 1971 Foreign Service Exams Firmly believing in the great educational val- ue of international travel, my parents took and the 1973 Bar Exams. the family for two months in 1964 on a world With Divine Providence, a loving family and tour. I was only 18 years old then and the true friends as faithful companions in my deep impact of that fascinating travel expe- lifes journey, I am happily what and where I rience exposing us to different peoples and am today! I thank God for His abundant interesting cultures led me to pursue a career blessings throughout my life! as a diplomat for our country. Rosa Alvarez Mo HS-65 / prioritize my activities. My accomplish- given by my fun-loving, out-of-this world, BSFN-69 (Health & Science) ments have been more achievable since I supportive friends. I can really halakhak control my time. I am so passionate with them. My sports friends in biking (we about nutrition and dietetics that I cannot complete 40-mile tours), tennis (we play distinguish between work and play. Tuesdays and go out for drinks), golf (we When I work, I have so much fun that take golf vacations), and skiing (we have time just flies. When I play, I work hard girls’ ski weekends) keep me energized. and loving it. The university gives me a I am inspired and blessed with still having sense of community with my colleagues connections with my friends from high who intellectually inspire me. school, college, dietetic internship and the I take advantage of what life offers con different countries we lived in. Taking gusto. I surround myself with ebullient risks invigorates me. After bungee jump- and exuberant friends. The variety in the ing in Australia, I felt like I could conquer circle of my friends inspires me. How in the world and take on any project given PUTTING GOD above all else the world do you receive a pedicure to me. I never think of failure and I al- and family before work helps me while in the hospital bed? Only when ways keep a positive outlook.T h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter M A R C H 2 2012 Centennial Newsletter JULY 0 1 3 Page 9 6 Page ` Outstanding Alumnae Continued from Page 8 Ma. Luisa Echevarria IF YOU CAN make it in New York, they When the chips are down, I find myself Wallenstein HS-65/BSC-68 say, you can make it anywhere! Now, asking: What is being taught me here in (Humanitarian & what exactly is it that I can make? this situation? Usually, it is a time of fine- Apostolic Service) tuning, re-directing, and dying (to myself, The most important discovery I made is some more). When the bright days are this: In God’s Eye, I am His Beloved and with me, I know grace has sufficiently cov- in Him, with Him, and through Him, I live, ered me and there is something yet to and move, and have my being. discover of that purpose in my life that still Translating this discovery into every day awaits to be done. life, I found I could do more listening, Did I need to be in NY to come to this con- more sharing, more loving. The most en- clusion? I conclude that I needed to be couraging about this is that an awareness removed from the familiar, the usual, and comes to me that I know when I am led the comfortable, in order to develop the (inspired, perhaps?) as against when I am ear to hear, the heart to see, and the will on my own (meaning, my ego is desiring to let go. to establish turf, identity…) Dolores Quimbo Perez AMONG the numerous prestigious awards The other reason I was very excited HS-53 (Media, Culture & the Arts) I have received, the 100 Outstanding CHS about the award was that it was going Alumnae Award is by far the most meaning- to make me an “equal” to my husband ful. Not only does it signify my Alma Mater’s who was one of the “Bedans of the Cen- recognition of my achievements, it clearly tury” during the 100 year-celebration of proves God’s great love for me. I felt finally SBC. This may sound like a very shallow vindicated for the painful experience of not reason, but to me it means a lot. graduating as an honor student in High I have been blessed with 17 bright and School because of a grade of 79 in Pilipino talented (with good looks to boot!) which automatically disqualified me. When grandchildren. I always tell them that I was informed that I was one of the 100 brains are a precious gift from God awardees, this lingering memory of this therefore should be utilized and maxim- trauma magically disappeared as if a thorn ized for His greater glory. was plucked from my heart ! Journey of a Hundred Years CASTMEMBERS Continued from P.6 HS-53 HS-68 College-63 Non-Jubilarians Belen Luna Lizaso Catalina F. Tacujan Cora Parco Pinky Cuenca HS-54 Julius Czar Visconde Dolly Q. Perez Guillermina Ong Virginia Macaso Linda del Rosario HS-57 Gia Marie Serrano Josefina Cacnio Mimi de ArellanoHS-62 Company Dancers HS-58 Toni Gabriel HS-63 Amelia Batalla Students: Bell Argueles Vivian Ching Auxilladora Bautista Cecilia Fernandez Katrina Berte June Decena Charrie Lim Encarnita Sevilla HS-73 Nicole Bringas Clark Dela Riva Chats Billano Grace Mascenon Sharina Dela Paz Genevieve Favorito Lina Arce Chita Santos Lorraine Sylianteng Mary Jane Esteban Katsie Llave (Flamenco Marylou Albert Haydee Gabutina Maica Fernandez Jhansen Julian Dance) Nancy Ty Lucia Quimson Tess Llave Catherine A Lacambra Carlos Percil Ofelia Alba Maricar Cuisia Perla Reyes HS-78 Keziah Natividad Cassey Jennel Perena Marilu Naval Rosario Clemente Grace Ongtengco Miguel Grecco Reyes Mark Rosaroso Mamal Tuason Teresita Ablaza Marlene Vinzon John M Salmorin Bobby Superales Menchu Marty Reggie Gatchalian Juliana M Salmorin Janine Tolentino Milagros Ladrido Susan Jhocson Raquelyn Vardeleon Nicky Trenno Rhoda Recto Tessa OroscoT h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 10 Home > Lifestyle > Arts and Books > ‘High Spirit’ highlights women’s inner strength Excerpts taken from http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/89269/high-spirit-highlights-womens-inner-strength ‘HIGH SPIRIT’ highlights women’s inner strength Ph i l ip p in e Da i ly I nq u ir er 1 1 : 1 6 p m | S u n d a y , F e b r u a r y 1 0 t h , 2 0 1 3 “High Spirit,” the art exhibition, celebrates the centennial anniversary of College of the Holy Spirit, Mendiola (CHS). Fifteen accomplished CHS women alumnae in their various fields of endeavor participate, with their art to be viewed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Little Theater lobby and second-floor hallway. The exhibit runs until March 27. Free viewing is open daily Tuesday- “Pandanggo” by “Laguna de Bombon” by Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and during theater performance intermission. Rosita T. Natividad Rhoda Recto Mentioned are the participating “Manang” by Emy M. Mercado artists, their medium, and their art genre. The article also states that works were gathered from different parts of the word to form this collection as an expression of gratitude to the school, which they credit for the strength of the alumnae’s inner for- mation. The half-page article ends thus… “High Spirit” represents the spirit of excellence in various styles and modes of articula- tion. The works in the exhibit are meant to inspire its viewers into looking at art- making as a creative, humanly integrative process. “La Amistad es el vino de la vida” by Antonia G. Cruz Taken from YAHOO! NEWS PHILIPPINES THE INBOX (as of Feb.20, 2013) For full text, log on to http://ph.news.yahoo.com/blogs/the-inbox/women-artists-high-spirit-132447518.html ing fresh names and talent in the visual By Elizabeth Lolarga,VERA Files Photos courtesy of CHS alumnae arts would be an additional accomplish- ment.” The College of the Holy Spirit (CHS) beautiful visual memories. The artists defined what CHS means to on Mendiola Street, Manila, has found a Cajipe Endaya, who studied at CHS them. Cajipe Endaya said..., “I lived my better way to address its centennial year from kinder to high school... said, youth and adulthood praying to the than hosting fund-raising parties or issu- “Lenore and I thought we’d have a back- Holy Spirit. I’m grateful for that. It has ing commemorative stamps, plates, key to-back exhibit dedicated to our alma inculcated inner strength, faith and chains and the like. mater.... Then we decided that since we confidence that guide me in every chal- “High Spirits,” featuring 15 alumnae vis- have many alumnae artists who could lenge and decision.” She added, “The ual artists, led by Imelda Cajipe Endaya get involved and in the spirit of veritas nuns and teachers were stern and de- and Lenore RS Lim, at the Cultural Cen- et caritas (truth and love), we could manded discipline. They taught me ter of the Philippines, was put up be- project not only our own art but how simplicity, efficiency and working at cause the organizers believe that exhib- women artists promote the school’s ide- tasks one at a time…. Early on, I learned its create an impact, leaving behind als and vision. Identifying and promot- to accomplish my tasks ahead of time.” Continued on Page 11XX HIGH SPIRIT EXHIBIT OPENING — RIBBON CUTTING & RECEPTION Shown after the ribbon cutting cer- emony to officially start the exhibit are, left to right: Rhoda Recto, Imelda Endaya, Elaine Herbosa, Antonia Cruz, special guest Gemma Araneta, Lenore Lim, Pres. Felina Young, CCP Director Chris Millado (partly hidden), Gloria Angara, Emy Mercado, Sr. Eden Panganiban, Celine Borromeo, Rona Chua, Chi Panistante, Aurora Shakespeare, and Mimi Tecson.T h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 11 CENTENNIAL COMMITTEES WRAP-UP Meeting Feb 2—Jamming & Lunch Tickets sold, Food & Non-Food Booths, Holy Mass, Awards Lunch & Ceremony Feb 3—Team Asia, Theater/Program, Catering, Tickets sold MISC—Paraclete Circle, Sponsors, Scholarship Program, Souvenir Program, Swatch SOME MEMBERS OF SEVERAL CENTENNIAL COMMITTEES POSE FOR The first check from the CHS Watch by Swatch POSTERITY AFTER THE SUCCESSFUL CELEBRATIONS. fundraising in the amount of P1,050,000 (one million & fifty) is shown being handed to CHSAF Board Left to right. Top: Menchu Members Maribel Cabrera, Lucia Quimson and Que HS-75, Emy M. Mer- Grace Mascenon by Project Managers Menchu Que, cado HS-63, Eden O. Kele- Viqui del Rosario and Cynthia Martinez HS-76 (not men AB-63/BSE-64, Bernie in picture). They are grateful for the support of par- Lazaro HS-63/BSChem-68, ticular batches and all alumnae for the success of Lyn RS-Sunico HS-61 this project for the Scholarship Program. Middle: Lenore RS-Lim HS- 1,300 watches were ordered and only 107 are left 63, Virgie Macaso BSChem available for sale. -63, Tita Dizon HS-63, Lu- cia B. Quimson HS-63/AB- 67/BSC-68, Felina C.Young HS-65/AB-69, Viqui del Rosario HS-77. Front: Grace S. Mascenon HS-73/BSFN-77, Deanna Go Bio AB-58/BSC-59, Isabel Cabrera HS-64/ BSChem-69, Vicky Garchi- torena HS-60/BSPhy-64 Members of Golden Jubilarian class HS-63 are shown handing to Presi- dent Young and Lennie dela Rosa, 2 checks amounting to P19,000 as earnings of the 3-day student fair and alumnae homecoming FOOD FAIR. The check for P15,000 is to benefit the CHSM Student Council. YAHOO! NEWS PHILIPPINES Continued from P.10 Chi Panistante, a graphic designer in art teacher and owner of Rona’s Art about their contributions, Cajipe Endaya Dubai, said, “If I sum up all that I Center, said, “The school helped me said of Rosita Tayag Natividad and Maria learned, it would be love for what I do, grow in faith, …participated in daily Gracia Gargantiel, “The sincerity and truthfulness in doing it mass in a tiny chapel where the Blessed significance of including We were trained to well. The choices I make spring from a Sacrament was exposed all day. Profes- works of these low-profile question in my head: Is there love, is sors taught us truth and love by disci- alumnae posthumously is there truth? Ive seen nuns, faculty and plining us with firm kindness and un- to make us remember that become lay personnel live out this love and truth every day in small and big ways.” derstanding.” even if life and work cir- women of Tiffany Elaine Ty, a junior business ex- cumstances drive one’s art Elaine Ongpin Herbosa, once a stocks ecutive into digital art, said, “The train- -making into the periph- substance... and insurance marketer before becom- ing helped me reach the peak of my ery, we appreciate how ing a painter-gallery owner, said, “The spiritual transformation. We were they had the commitment nuns were strict, almost rigid. But they trained to become women of substance, to make art a vital part of their life and gave us a solid foundation, a strong deeply rooted in strong faith, value and their community. sense of values…. We became no- morals.” (VERA Files is put out by veteran journal- nonsense members of society.” The exhibit preparations had their sor- ists taking a deeper look at current issues. Rona Buenaseda-Chua, watercolorist, rows when two artists died. Asked Vera is Latin for “true.”)T h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 12 This is the sixth of a series on the JOURNEY of the The S.SP.S. Story in the Philippines… SSpS congregation in the Philippines. With permission from the Publisher - the SSpS Rosary Province. Excerpts are reprinted from the book authored by Coylee Gamboa The rapid expansion during the ‘ROARING CASCADE’ period resulted in the establishment of the Convent/Novitiate, hospitals, and schools: LED BY THE SPIRIT Convent of the Holy Spirit/PMH PHN Quezon City, 1945-present SSpS PHILIPPINES Little Flower Academy, Concepcion Tarlac, 1945-1982 Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pinamalayan Mindoro, 1947-1991 A JOURNEY OF A HUNDRED YEARS Espiritu Santo Parochial School, Sta.Cruz M.Manila, 1947-1973 1912—2012 Holy Trinity Academy, Loay Bohol, 1947-2012 Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Manila M.Manila 1948-present Sacred Heart Academy, Loon Bohol, 1950-1957 A ROARING CASCADE Holy Cross School, Lagangilang Abra, 1956-present USC Elementary & Girls’ HS, Cebu Cebu, 1957-present (continued from the January 2013 issue) Maria Clara Community, Sampaloc M.Manila, 1958-present St. Mary High School, Pidigan Abra, 1960-1974 Last paragraph of 5th installment Holy Spirit Social Center, QC M.Manila, 1960-present The rapid expansion in their apostolate was Our Lady of Lourdes HS, Manabo Abra, 1962-present fueled in part by the number of Filipinas join- Holy Spirit Academy, Irosin Sorsogon, 1953-present Imm. Conception Academy, Batac Ilocos Norte, 1963-present ing the congregation…. By its Golden Jubilee in St. Joseph School, San Jose Occ. Mindoro, 1964-1982 1962, the congregation had 285 sisters of Immaculate Conception Parish School,QC M.Manila, 1964-1990 whom 135 were Filipinos. Holy Spirit School, Ilang-Ilang, QC M.Manila, 1966-present Sta. Monica Hospital, Manabo Abra, 1965-1994 Stella Maris Hospital, Binmaley Pangasinan, 1968-1978 Convent of the Holy Spirit (Provincial Motherhouse) When war operations ceased in Manila and schooling Social Center, and the Produk- tong Katutubo store for products returned to normal, it became of the indigenous people they imperative for the SSpS to look for minister to and support.) a new site for its Provincialate and Mr. Tanabe, a Japanese architect, Novitiate building. Sisters Asela supervised the construction. On Heyer and Araceli Los Banos were November 12, 1946, the novices given the task of searching for a and professed Sisters moved in. suitable site. The cornerstone of the present After several months of searching, Provincial House was laid on they met Mr. Huskins, a realtor June 29, 1949. The wooden post- agent, who offered them a 3- war structure has given way to hectare property in the bukid, as the Paraclete Wing of the PMH. Manilans called QC in those days. The four-story convent houses The owners were selling the prop- two independent communities. View of PMH from the erty for P40,000 which the Sisters back garden. One is the Provincial Mother- could immediately produce be- Inset: PMH Chapel house, which is the base commu- cause the US Army had paid nity of most of the members of “rent” to Holy Ghost College for of the Provincial Leader and the Provincial the Provincial Administration. using the premises as a hospital. Leadership Team members. In addition, Functionwise, the PMH is the Later, the Sisters bought 2 other there are 30 other Sister-members of the headquarters of the Rosary Prov- adjoining properties (presently PMH Community, mostly semi-retired in- ince. Here are housed the offices used for a Formation House, a Continued on P.13T h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 13 SSpS Story…A Roaring Cascade Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Continued from Page 12 IN FEBRUARY 1945, after the liberation In 1968 with Sr. Clarette as the admin- of Manila, Dr. Basilio Valdes suggested to istrator, Medical Social Service was Continued from Convent of the HS, PMH Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Casas that they build instituted to help indigent patients. cluding the Sisters assigned in Holy Spir- a modern hospital. There was a dire need Outreach programs, medical missions it School, Ilang-Ilang. because many hospitals had been de- and post-graduate medical training stroyed during the war. Construction were started in the 1970s. The sisters The second community is the Paraclete began in June 1947. sought financial help to upgrade the Home which houses the infirm and aged They decided to name the hospital after hospital. The original edifice was de- Sisters. The infirmary personnel provide our Lady of Lourdes because of the mi- molished and the cornerstone of a 24/7 care for the sick and the elderly raculous healings in Lourdes, France. new one was laid on July 15, 1973, the who come from different communities 25th anniversary of its founding. of the province. The founders asked the SSpS to take charge on June 3, 1948. The SSpS in the Through the years, equipment and The PMH hosts the Province’s celebra- facilities were upgraded to deliver tions. Vows, jubilees, funerals, commis- US lent some nurse-Sisters for the start- up, and providentially, some Sisters ex- better services to an increasing num- sion meetings and province assemblies ber of patients. In recent times, mod- are all held at the PMH. pelled from China were detailed to the hospital. ernization and technological advances More than 100 people live in the PMH posed new challenges. These, coupled The hospital compared favorably with the compound including Sisters, novices and with the increasing demands of run- best in the world and was considered the co-workers. The co-workers are given ning the hospital, prompted the SSpS premier hospital in the 1950s. financial help and time to acquire a col- to enter into a 20-year lease agree- lege education. Three former employees In November 1956, the Casas couple ment with a subsidiary of Metro Pa- have joined the SSpS congregation and decided to sell the hospital to the SSpS cific Investments Corp., while retain- the son of a faithful carpenter has be- congregation. The hospital grew as the ing ownership of the hospital. come a missionary priest. Sisters provided compassionate and qual- A core group of Sisters have stayed to ity care to all. A chapel was added in ensure that the God-centered legacy 1963, the 4th floor was constructed in of loving, holistic health care provided 1964, and the Nurses’ Home in 1966. by the SSpS Sisters for many years will The S.Sp.S. Philippines is divided into During Sr. Tonita’s term as administrator, not be lost. 2 provinces: the Rosary Province for new hospital equipment were acquired. Continued on Page 14 for the the Luzon area, with its Provincial “TIDES OF CHANGE” Motherhouse (PMH) on Poinsettia Street; see page 12; and the Trinity Province for the Visayas and Minda- nao areas with its Provincial House (PMS) in Cebu; see page 15. Each province is independently adminis- tered by its own Leadership Team. Ministering to patients’ spiritual needs; comfort- ing the sick, feeding homeless children. The last big group of Sisters at OLLH.T h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 14 SSpS Story… continued from Page 13 After Vatican II which “opened the windows of the Church,” the SSpS got caught up in the tides of change that swept over the religious life. They found themselves amid swirling waters as they underwent a process that was simultaneously liberating and confusing. Tentatively, then with growing conviction, the Sisters strove for genuine renewal that would help situate the Church in the modern world, not apart from it, and bring her closer to the people, especially the poor and the mar- ginalized. The way they lived their vows, their prayer life, their community and their ministries—all these changed as they sought to live their mission charism more deeply in sharing their life with the poor. The following were instituted during the “Tides of Change” period: Holy Spirit Center of Tarlac, Matatalaib Tarlac, 1967-present Holy Spirit Mangyan Mission, Papaitan Oriental Mindoro, 1972-2007 HS Mission Service Center, Tagaytay Cavite, 1974-present Nazareth House, Dangcagan Bukidnon, 1975-1980 Trinity Home, Anda Pangasinan, 1978-1985 School of the Holy Spirit, BF Homes QC, MM, 1979-present Kahayag ng Espiritu Santo, Dinagat Surigao del Norte, 1979-1991 Significantly, the coverage of their Holy Spirit Convent, Kitaotao Bukidnon, 1980-1986 ministry began to shift as they realized Holy Spirit Convent, Sindangan Zamboanga del Norte, 1982-1994 that working for justice was an integral Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters Convent part of evangelization. The Sisters start- Provincial House, PHS Cebu, 1983-present ed SSpS communities living among the HS Catechetical Formation Center, Tarlac, 1984-2010 poor and engaged in socio-pastoral min- Holy Spirit Convent, Dapa Surigao del Norte, 1985-2003 istry to help the poor and the indigenous people become aware of their God-given and peace. and spiritual aspects of a person. Ongo- rights. The Sisters struggled to help the ing formation of formators and voca- The SSpS Congregation weathered the Basic Ecclesiastical Communities be- tion animators was stressed. Renewal storm, thanks to rootedness in prayer, come self-governing and self-sustaining courses for final professed Sisters were discernment and dialogue, its internation- communities centered in Christ. offered and are now a regular feature al character, and the guidance of the These major changes coincided with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the As- every 5 years. growing nationalism and activism in sociation of Major Religious Superiors. The Sisters got actively engaged in the society, especially as a reaction to a dic- In the 70s and 80s, they defined their Vi- Cross-Cultural Mission Experience pro- tatorship that impoverished and imper- sion-Mission-Goals as a province and fo- gram of the Congregation, either as iled the lives of the people. The Sisters cused on Vocation Discernment and For- sending or receiving province, and or- experienced the tension of opposing mation in all phases. They adopted a uni- ganized and hosted the International positions, as some Sisters and communi- fied vision of formation that integrated Formators’ Course, of which 10 were ties were deeply engaged in the transfor- the physical, psychological, intellectual held in the Philippines. mation of the country through justice Continued on Page 15 A Thanksgiving Luncheon was hosted by CHSM February THANKSGIVING for Success of Homecoming 2013 16th, for the successful completion of Homecoming 2013. Some who were involved with the success were out of town and the few who joined were: From left, front: Yola M.Albano HS-68, Eden Orosa Kelemen, Virgie Macaso, CHSM President Felina C. Young, Ellen Y. Gomez CHSNAF President HS-68, and Rei Fajutag for the WE, the Alumnae. Second row: Tita Dizon, Lucia B. Quimson, Deanna Go Bio, Sr. Victricia, Elena P. Meir HS-65, Grace S. Mascenon, College Dean Jose Isagani Lacson, & Prof. Louie Destacamento. Last row Menchu Que, Vicky P.Garchitorena, & Professors Arjan Espiritu, Jennifer Filoteo, & Florecita OffemariaT h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !
Centennial Newsletter MARCH 2013 Page 15 SSpS Story…The Tides of Change AFTER THE TURBULENCE of year high school were admitted the early 1970s, the SSpS decided for SY 1979-1980. A separate Continued from Page 14 to move the grade school and high school building was com- high school departments of pleted in 1981. CHSM to a new site in BF Homes The PAASCU-accredited school School of the Holy Spirit BF Homes, QC QC. This was in line with the continually upgrades its educa- government’s plan to decongest tional program, facilities and the university belt of Manila resources. The community gives (hotbed of student activism) and full support to the spiritual, pro- the congregation’s desire to cre- fessional and socio-cultural de- ate a more conducive learning velopment of its administrators, environment for young minds. faculty and staff. The school Construction of the new school remains committed to the inte- began in 1978 on a beautiful 7.5 gral and holistic Christian for- hectare wooded property the mation of its students as well as SSpS purchased in 1968. Stu- to upgrading the services it pro- dents from kindergarten to first vides them. THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVENT Mabolo Community was born on August 2, 1983. Sr. Irmella Carlos, then Assistant Provincial Leader of the Rosary Province, Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters Convent became the leader of this new community in Cebu. On August 26, the SSpS Congregational Leadership Team in Rome granted the Philippines permission to open a second independent house in Cebu to serve as the Central House in the South. From their quarters at the SVD-owned University of San Carlos Girls’ High School, the Sisters (Socorro and Mary Evelyn Bautista, who were joined later by Srs. Irmella Carlos, Milvida Estrada, Julita Ruelo and Agnelis Dunca) moved to a house and lot purchased by the congregation. On April 7, 1986, the Trinity Region was created and new province was to be distinct— The HIV and AIDS Ministry, and the Mabolo convent became the Regional House. separate in everything but the initial The Kahupayan Center, a pasto- religious missionary formation of The Trinity Region of the Rosary Province com- ral and counseling ministry to Sisters and the common SSpS re- women at Sto. Rosario Parish in prised 8 communities in the Visayas and Minda- treats. nao—the Regional House; USC-Girls’ High, Cebu; Cebu City. Holy Spirit School, Tagbilaran, Bohol; Holy Trinity On September 2003, the Sisters’ resi- Academy, Loay, Bohol; and 4 socio-pastoral commu- dence and the Trinity Provincialate To be continued nities. transferred to Barangay Kasambagan, Panagdait, Cebu City. NOTE: One more Chapter will be The new region grew briskly, with the Sisters getting covered in the next issue. involved in socio-pastoral missions rather than the Their special ministries are: traditional institutional apostolates grown in the The microfinance and health north. After periods of prayer and discernment, the ministry with the urban poor, MOVING with t h e SSPIRIT M O V I N G w i t h the P I R I T Sisters of the Trinity Region voted to become a prov- The ministry of presence in the ince on its own in 1992. Center for International Education “JUST LIKE A RIVER Global College and the Child De- shapes the land it travers- The division of the Philippine province took place es, the Holy Spirit directs velopment Center—Cebu, on January 14, 1992. The meeting of both Provincial and redirects the minis- Leadership Teams was governed by the heart and The ministry to women through tries of the SSpS.” Bantay Banay Inter-Agency Coor- not the mind, so to speak. Governed by the Spirit, dinating Council and Dilaab, the division took place peacefully and lovingly. TheT h e S P I R I T A B L A Z E !