The book launch of Linking Word & Image held on September 4, 2014 at the CHSM Veritas Hall provided a good opportunity to showcase the strengths of the College of the Holy Spirit Manila. CHSM Fine Arts faculty Celine Gamalinda-Borromeo (HS-72/ BFA-76) wrote the book as a guide to writing about art and design. The book is a useful resource for classes in Art Appreciation, Humanities, and Art and Design.
The initial idea for the book sprang from the Celine’s experience with Fine Arts students who could produce outstanding art and design works but are unable to explain the creative process they went through. She came up with an easy, step-by- step guide to writing about art and design arts with exercises meant to turn the writing task into a creative and enjoyable learning experience.
Guests included faculty and heads of Art and Design from different schools. Representatives from the Business Mirror interviewed the author. Alumni who
Linking Word & Image
A Book Launch
By: Daisy Villasis-Montesa (HS-68/BSChem-73)
attended the event included visual artist and UST professor Rhoda Recto, mosaic artist and former CHS Fine Arts area chair Lisa Perez, former CHS Dean for Student Affairs Mrs. Agnes Trinidad-Tolosa (AB/BSE-48), Doris Trinidad- Gamalinda (HS-47), former editor of Times Journal Lifestyle section and Woman’s Home Companion and Celine’s mother, and Amy Tolosa-Duremdes (HS-71/AB-75).
CHSM faculty and alumni, Elena Panaligan (BSMT-91), Melissa Biona (BSBio-94),
Mayenni Oca (BFA-80), and Louie Destacamento of the School of Arts and Education
helped organize the event.
Daisy Villasis-Montesa (HS-68/BSChem-73), who currently teaches at the CHSM School
of Health Sciences, represented CHSAF. Around 30 selected students from the Fine Arts
and Communication Arts areas were present.
The opening remarks were delivered by CHSM President, Dr. Felina Co-Young. Sister
Esther Maria Cuvin,S.Sp.S., current dean, presented a background on the Fine Arts
Department which began in the 1930s as a supplement to other courses and developed
into a four-year degree course under Sister Ludgeris,S.Sp.S as dean. Prof. John Jack
Wigley, Director of the UST Publishing House, the book publisher, introduced the book.
Excerpts were presented by CHSM Communication Arts faculty Jonathan Montes.
A lively audio-visual presentation on the CHSM Fine Arts prepared by the third year
Advertising class of Ms. Carla Gamalinda capped the program.
Celine thanked all those involved in the book production and launch and expressed appreciation
for the support of CHSAF.
Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Archdiocese of Palo and closing of the Year of Faith
FROM YOUR ALUMNAE BOARD
For someone inclined to the analytical and logical, I am in awe of people whose imagination and creativity can soar beyond the mundane. Artists have the ability to transform the ordinary to the sublime and as such captivate not only our senses but our spirit as well. Art, both visual and the performing arts, can move us to experience the depth of emotions whether they are affirming like love and joy or disturbing like fear and sadness. Whatever it is, art makes us feel. As William Faulkner once said, “The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”
We are fortunate to have gifted artists among our alumnae. This issue focuses on arts, culture, and media. We feature some of them: Chat Battung, Myra Beltran, Marilen Nolasco-Espiritu, Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo, Chi Panistante, Celine Gamalinda- Borromeo and Tenni Magcase. They share their life experiences and challenges in the fields of arts, culture and media. Through their art, they “… send light into the darkness of men’s hearts,” as Robert Schumann puts it.
For those of us whose talents lie elsewhere, how do we move hearts? In our own little way, through a friendly smile, a simple hello, a warm hug, or a singular act of kindness, we may bring some measure of happiness to someone’s day.
Maria Theresa Abeleda-Llave (HS-73)
2014 - 2015
Calendar of Events
Christmas Party with the
Nuns at Poinsettia
Live, Laugh, Love
2015 CHS Alumni Homecoming
WE, the Alumnae
Ma. Victoria B. Anastacio (HS-63/AB-67)
Victoria Torres-del Rosario (HS-77)
Remedios “Tita” Dizon (HS-63)
Riziel Fajutag-Icaro (AB-11)
Virginia P. Macaso (BSChem-63)
Maria Corazon B. Parco (AB-63/BSE-64)
Sr. Victricia Pascasio, S.Sp.S. (HS-53/AB-57/BSE-64)
Ma. Belen Elvira S. Tiongco (HS-77)
Lorraine Young-Sylianteng (HS-73)
Family Bingo Bonding 3
For the 3rd year in a row, CHSAF held its fundraising Family Bingo Bonding on September 6, 2014 at the Freinademetz Hall, CHSM. Save for an initial technical glitch, it was a fun, bonding day for alumni and friends. Congratulations to all the winners!
Game Prize Winner
1 5,000 Josefina Castillo-Deocareza
2 5,000 Tess Llave (HS-73), Nora Antonio (HS-71), Avigale Antonio (scholar)
3 5,000 Bernie Lazaro (HS-63/BSChem-68)
4 5,000 Daisy Montesa (HS-68/BSChem-73)
5 10,000 Teresa Sia (HS-64)
6 10,000 Josefina Castillo-Deocareza
7 10,000 Nora Antonio (HS-71)
8 20,000 Angie Madrid (HS-72/BSC-76)
9 30,000 Susan “Chuchay” V. Andrada (HS-74)
10 50,000 Ayala Land Vertis North c/o HS-68
The chair for the activity
The scholars busy at the ticket-card
Chuchay Andrada (HS-74)won the 9th game.
Lots of raffle prizes were given away.
Nelly Dalisay played the card of Ayala Land that won the jackpot prize of P50,000.
Players seriously listening to the Bingo Master.
Bernie Lazaro had
a good Bingo!
My creative partnership with Melvyn Patrick started in an advertising venture that we co-founded. We called our company Mannaheim, and our slogan was “Think Small.” It was at this time that we produced and published The Magic Jeepney, a children’s book celebrating Filipino ingenuity. My first attempt at book illustration made the finals in the 1982 Noma Concours International Picture Book Competition in Japan. In 1986, with the assassination of Ninoy Aquino, many Filipinos felt the winds of change and a sense of social consciousness and responsibility. I painted Awit ng Isang Ina, inspired by a poem- song written and composed by Melvyn and popularized during the protest movement by Inang Laya. The song appeals to the Filipina mother and encourages her to ensure the future of her offspring by taking an active role in changing the political landscape.
Art and Love Intertwined
By: Athena Magcase –Lopez (BFA-72)
However, complex and deeply rooted socio-economic problems and the turn of events in our country led us to migrate to America. Though we integrated with ease in our new-found community, living in another country was difficult in the beginning as we made new memories and built new roots. Melvyn and I raised Maia, Alessandro, and Johann simply but comfortably. As they became more independent, Melvyn encouraged me to expand my horizons and start painting again. It was at this time that I joined the Society of Philippine American Artists (SPAA) and made friends with Lenore RS Lim and Imelda Cajipe-Endaya, among others. I was elected president of SPAA for the
years 2008-2010, and currently serve as a
member of its Board of Directors.
In my work as artist, I continued to paint
and depict the Filipino people's struggle
for a life of dignity. In two recent paintings,
I showed the parallelism of an early Filipina
artisan and a present-day immigrant artist,
the “then” and “now' of two Filipina women.
Weaver in a Cave shows the Filipina artisan
weaving bark cloth. A Home Between is a
portrait of the artist in her home in America,
which she regards with hope and comfort
while the Philippines remains precious.
My most recent collaboration with Melvyn is another children's book, A Star Story. But first a flashback. My beloved Melvyn passed away a year ago after a brave fight with cancer. He was outstanding and kind, self-sacrificing and patient, a fine Filipino, a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a poet, writer, and activist. Though he was busy in his job as database administrator for a Japanese bank, he found time to be my moral support and biggest promoter.
My children and I believe that their Dad remains in our midst as we keep his memories and inspiration with us. A Star Story is one of the many memories he left us. It is Melvyn's story told through the eyes of two "star" children. I did the book illustrations, and Alessandro did the design and layout. Melvyn used A Star Story to illustrate the universal themes of sharing, friendship, and companionship against a backdrop of a child's feelings of loneliness and need for attention in the middle of a bustling, complicated world.
I will miss Melvyn forever. I believe our partnership will continue as he watches over us from the stars because love never comes to an end.
Weaver in a Cave
A Home Between
I am consoled by form.
It is a complex thing – to be an artist living and working in the Philippines. One is “hybrid” like many others, but one is never so torn. Torn – because a majority of the number of people in the Philippines are poor. More often, art is deemed as an “excess,” something to be desired after one has fed the hungry mass, three meals a day.
Artists Statement ACC
So that art for a Filipino artist must necessarily be a living thing, it is almost a mission. One straddles between preserving one’s everyday existence as an artist and creating, simply so that art may live and thrive in this country. Such that the question of the function and use of art in such a society is never more contested than in such a country like the Philippines.
So, I negotiate between wanting to pursue my potential as an artist, with trying to lift everyone up together with me all at the same time. Because inevitably, one is always part of that whole – honey in a flower can never more thrive than the entire garden that lovingly tends to it.
This is how I find my practice as a dance artist. My questions as to the meaning of what I do finds itself in the same effort as producing the work of others. In the process, I have become both artist and artist- producer/manager/ curator.
And my exploration, innovation must then come somewhat in a “middle range” in so far as the Western concept of innovation would have it. Conceptual means are there for me, questions about what is performance in an impoverished country can be answered but it is through the search for form that I find those answers.
It is form which moves and consoles me. Form and the everyday approach to it is the way I am able to bridge that which is separate as an event i.e. the “performance,” to that which is an embodied practice. I believe that a sincere and thoroughly embodied performance can be simultaneously real and constructed. It is this fluidity – this
shifting between what is thought to be constructed and what is real – achieved by a dancing body thoroughly embodied and surrendered to a form in performance, that I find beautiful, edifying, transformative. And so I work. I work everyday. And I try - in the hope that I will be transformed even if I see so much depravation around me. Because then if I had lost my soul, I would contribute to that depravation. And that indeed, would be tragic for the Filipino
soul and spirit. I try and I will keep trying.
Myra C. Beltran (HS-78)
Dance Forum M.B.
Manila, Philippines, November 2010
(Ed‘s Note: Myra Beltran submitted the above to the Asian Cultural Council and received a grant after.)
I cannot help but miss him for his life of simplicity and beauty and his wealth of virtues. I am referring to our father, Fernando C. Amorsolo, the First National Artist of the Republic of the Philippines, whose body of artworks has earned for him so many honors and awards. In spite of all these honors, it never occurred to him to bathe in his popularity. Rather, his main priority was the welfare of his family, especially the education of his children. We, his children, were exposed to his art during our lifetime and inherited the values he set through day to day examples. It had been financially difficult for him to nurture us with proper education. We girls were enrolled at the Holy Ghost College, where he wanted us to learn a great deal about life. Thanks to the nuns, especially the German sisters, their strict discipline became part of our character. As an artist, I treasured the times I spent with Papa that created an artistic and emotional bond between us. Though I was blessed and privileged to have been honed with firsthand
Amorsolo Siblings: (Standing form L-R) Rosa (HS-62), Sylvia (HS-57), Christina (HS-56/ABA-59), Luz (HS-56), Helen (HS-54); (seated) Soledad (HS-44) and Salome (HS-50)
teachings from a master, Papa allowed me to take art lessons
every Saturday under Sister Araceli. Every work I completed under the guidance of Sister Araceli, I later showed to Papa and was always rewarded with a pleasing fatherly smile.
I thought of Holy Ghost College as an extension of my father’s studio every time I passed the stairwell between the 2nd and 3rd floors of the school’s old High School Building. I felt this way because the stained glass window showing the image of Jesus with children-students and a landscape with a nipa hut was designed by my father. Knowing well what drove Papa in his continuous toil both as an artist and father, I considered this work as a labor of love. It was one way for Papa to show his love and gratitude to the school by giving you a piece of his God-given gift.
From all of us alumnae Amorsolo siblings, our heartfelt thanks to Holy Ghost College.
Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo (HS-57) with her paintings at the background.
Thoughts from the Maestro's Daughter
By: Sylvia Amorsolo-Lazo (HS-57)
Fernando C. Amorsolo
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Going Full Circle
By: Rosario (Chat) Moreno-Battung (BSFN-74/MTHM-14)
y parents encouraged me to pursue something that I was fond of doing. My father’s achievement in his profession, serving as a cabinet member under two Philippine Presidents, opened my eyes to do something sensible in my life. My mother gave up her teaching profession to raise 11 children. She gave me valuable examples of the real meaning of honesty, love, loyalty, and hard work.
I attribute the highlights of my career to CHSM, our alma mater, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Food and Nutrition and a Master’s Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. A certificate course in Hotel and Restaurant Management was granted to me by the Philippine Institute of Hotel Management, and it was a big plus factor in my career.
My first job was as a nutritionist at the Alfredo’s Steak House. Working at Alfredo’s for many years helped me grow professionally. When it was time to seek greener pastures I applied and was hired as a Food and Beverage Manager and later promoted as Operations Manager at the USEA (United States Employees Association) Dept., US Embassy in Manila. USEA handled all the extracurricular activities of the Americans based in the Philippines. After 11 years with the USEA where I attended US-programmed seminars, I felt
My husband and I ventured on a catering business, but I had to close it after his death. Hungry for more experience and contemporary knowledge in the culinary arts, I left for the US and joined a program called “Before and After School.“ I returned to the Philippines when I was informed that I was hired to serve as Director of the Malacanang’s Internal House Affairs, Office of the President. My seven years at Malacanang were quite exciting and most memorable. It ended when I accepted the invitation of my alma mater to administer its Hotel and Restaurant Management Department. It was time to give back and share my knowledge and work experiences.
My biggest challenge now as a Professor is to continue inspiring my students to be the best they could be and to prepare them to meet and survive successfully the challenges of the outside and real world.
armed with the necessary skills and talent to put up my own catering business.
By: Rosalou Soriano-Lamson (HS-65/BSC-69)
he best part of homecomings is not only the jubilee celebration itself, but the preparation!
The jubilarians are now working as one jubilarian family toward the success of their jubilee celebration. Only 6 jubilarian classes will celebrate their jubilee come Feb.2015 ‒ the Coral, Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, Golden, and Platinum. The Golden class is the host batch in partnership with Coral, and each batch has been given its assignment. The Platinum class is handling the Souvenir Program.
The jubilarians are working as one jubilarian family, because CHSM has entered the "vanishing jubilarian" era. Year 1982 was the last high-school batch that graduated in CHSM because the high school department was closed in 1983. Thus, the Coral class, which graduated in 1980, is the youngest jubilarian batch in 2015.
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Golden jubilarian Rosalou Soriano-Lamson celebrates her sweet sixty-sixth birthday with the class reps of Homecoming 2015 jubilarians. Standing, from left to right are: Menchu Martinez-Que (HS-75), Connie Fernando-Jayme (HS-75), Menchu Dayrit-Padilla (HS-60), Myra May Saba-Lapus (HS-70), Carmen Ignacio-Bernardo (HS-60), Bernie Lazaro (BSChem-68), Tere Fenix (HS-65), Corit Fernandez-Noble (HS-65), Lulu Maceda-delos Santos (HS-65), Lydia Tansinsin (HS-50), Sandy Yuseco-Cortez (HS-80), Gina Tiongco- Legaspi (HS-80), and Elena Palenzuela-Mier (HS-65); seated: Zeny Lansangan-Cruz (HS-50), Toni Villaraza-Palenzuela (HS-65) and Rosalou.
It never occurred to me that one day I would write a book, a coffee table book—Wrap Them, Store Them, Peddle Them, the Filipino Way—on traditional Filipino food.
Early in our marriage, we (or was it just my husband?) made a decision that I would be a stay-at- home wife, to take care of him, the children and our home. But, as a newlywed at the young age of 22, I was so full of plans and energy to remain a plain housewife. I had to channel this energy somewhere.
Top of the list of classes I had lined up was, of course, cooking lessons, for who ever heard of a housewife who did not know how to cook? Dressmaking lessons came next. I tried to sew my clothes and those of my two young daughters but was not successful enough. In between bringing the children to school and picking them up, I enrolled in a one-year course in Interior Design at the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). Then came Chinese painting lessons under the tutelage of Prof. and Mrs. Hau Chiok, pottery lessons with Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn, and many many more.
Me, an Author?
By: Marilen Nolasco-Espiritu (BSC-63)
My idea of a “perfect homemaker” was to be a chef, a couturiere, and interior designer,
a remarkable hostess—all rolled into one. Did God really create such a woman to be the
wife of an “oh so lucky” man?
One fine day, I was seated beside Milette Ocampo at a social event, and she casually
mentioned that she was part of a creative writing workshop with Dr. Cristina
Pantoja-Hidalgo. I had always wanted to learn how to write well, and I asked if I could join.
And this was how the writing phase of my life began.
Jing, as our teacher was fondly called, encouraged us to read, read, read, and to just write,
write, write. “Choose a subject you are passionate about and you will be able to write
well,” she encouraged us.
I had always taken an interest in our traditional foods—and fascinated by the way they were packaged, stored, and peddled. One day, I decided to select a few, examine them more closely, and record my findings for posterity. Some of the old ways of doing things no longer exist except in a few forgotten places. I wrote the book with the intention of documenting this fast-vanishing art of yesteryears and, in so doing, inform future
generations about the artistry of Filipino culture. By preserving traditional foods in pictures, I would then honor the craftsmen and designers of times gone by.
Wrap Them, Store Them, Peddle Them is a loving walk down memory lane for the seniors out there. It is also a trunkful of discovery for the young who may never have heard of sundot kulangot, patupat, tupig, and pakaskas, to name a few, and have no idea of what these taste like and look like, and where to find them.
The beautiful pictures were taken by my son Johann, a lawyer by profession and a photographer by avocation.
It would “make my day” if some of you buy this book, read it, learn from it, and love it.
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Five years hence, in 2020, the 1980 class will become Ruby Jubilarians and there will be only 5 jubilarian classes. Every 5 years, one jubilarian class will vanish! With this predicament, the jubilarian batches need to work as one jubilarian family to support one another in every jubilee celebration!
Live, Love, and Laugh has been the chosen theme for the 2015 jubilee celebration. Everything will revolve around that ‒ from stylizing the campus to program presentation.
Practices are now starting, and everyone is already living,
loving, and laughing as they bond with classmates during practices.
Homecomings are really the best time to see and bond with classmates! We may not be able to perfect everything, but the laughter and the fun make homecomings worth preparing for!
n a clear evening in June, just before the start of classes, HS-75 feted their famous classmate, Sheila Coronel, multi- awarded investigative journalist who was recently appointed Academic Dean of the Columbia Journalism School in New York City.
It was a long-overdue get-together in her honor. Since 2003 when Sheila won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and Creative Communication Arts, her batchmates have been deliberating on how best to honor her.
At that time, the event of choice was a disco party. Eleven years later on June 5, the party they threw for Sheila at Menchu Martinez-Que’s lovely home in Quezon City was an intimate, low-calorie bar chow party. Guests trickled in at 7p.m. After the usual shrieking, hugging and bussing, everybody settled down and imbibed wine, cold cuts, paella, and cheese curls—HS-75’s favorite junk food.
With everyone mildly inebriated, the program started. The lady of the house, Menchu, led the thanksgiving prayer, and HS-75 president Bong Cabrera made some important announcements. Mitos Formoso-Camahort, acting as Master of Ceremonies, invited everyone to share their favorite Sheila stories.
Elvira Mata, who follows the lives of Hollywood and local stars, said she remembers Sheila in grade school playing the character Clara in the stage play Heidi.
Letlet dela Cruz-Tendero recounted that Sheila’s father, the original “Dean” Antonio Coronel, shopped for shoes and outfits in Rustan’s for his two daughters (Ella and Iye). Letlet added that Espie Laxa, whose father was a movie producer, used to tease Sheila that she was a Rustan's model from head to foot.
MISSING LINK: What does Sheila Coronel miss most while living abroad? The warmth and intimacy of family and friends.
JUST LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL. Sheila Coronel (2nd from left) with BFFs (from left) Letlet dela Cruz-Tendero, HS-75 president Bong Cabrera, Ana Maria Jacinto-Pineda, and Tina Paningbatan-Maceren.
Letlet shared another story: “To avoid performing in a dance number at the annual high school fair, Sheila came to school with her arm in a cast. She later told us it was fake. When her parents found out, she got the biggest dressing down in her life. The cast came off and the following day, she joined us in dance practice.”
Lilot Banzon, who was in Samar helping rebuild Typhoon Yolanda-affected communities, had earlier sent her Sheila story to Elvira, who read it to the group: “This happened in ’76 or ’77. We were freshmen or sophomores in UP Diliman. I remember Sheila, Patricia Canon-Sanvictores, and I were marching kapit-bisig style in campus protesting the arrest of UP students.
“Suddenly, someone shouted, ‘Pulis! Pulis!’ and everyone scattered. We ran to the library and hid behind the hedges,” Lilot reported.
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LOOK HERE. Members of HS-75 pose for a picture with Sheila Coronel (seated 3rd from left) on June 5, 2014 during a pica-pica and tribute held in her honor.
HS-75 Pays Tribute to Sheila Coronel
By: Ma. Milagros Formoso-Camahort (HS-75/BFA-79) and Ma. Cynthia S. Cabrera (HS-75)
40 Questions with Sheila Coronel
Sheila Coronel, HS-75, was recently appointed Academic Dean at the Columbia Journalism School in New York City.
Sheila is the winner of the 2003 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism, Literature and the Creative Communication Arts. She is also one of the founders of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism that published reports leading to the impeachment trial against President Joseph Estrada and the subsequent toppling of the Erap government in 2001.
She left for the US in September 2006 to run
the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative
Journalism at Columbia University. She beat
a number of seasoned American journalists
for the position.
Born in Manila in 1958, she lives in the Upper
Manhattan neighborhood of Morningside
Heights, in a century-old building overlooking
What is the most expensive thing you’ve bought? When I was still driving in Manila, a car. But I don't drive in NY. I take the subway or walk. If you could write an investigative piece about yourself, what would you hide? My height. What story have you written that you’re most proud of? (It need not have won an award.) Stories are like children. A good parent must profess to love them all. Equally. What book are you reading? 935 Lies by Charles Lewis, an American investigative journalist, about the failures of US journalism, and Lost City Radio, a book about political disappearances in Peru, which reminds me so much about the Philippines. It was written by Daniel Alarcon who is joining our faculty this year. What book/story/article are you writing? I have several projects on the back burner, but I don't want to talk about them for fear of jinxing them. What makes you happy? Little things. A perfect cup of coffee. A dewy morning. A subway musician who can sing. Especially where and when you least expect them. What makes you sad? Avoidable mistakes Who is your favorite superhero? Darna Whom do you admire in real life? Darna Tell us a secret. I don't squeal on my sources. We don’t actually have enough space for 40 questions, so if this were the 40th question what would you like it to be? Who would want to read any of this?
What is your fondest memory of high
Hanging out under the big acacia trees,
talking about anything and everything
while snacking on Coke and chips. There
were these little mushroom-shaped tables with crazy-cut mosaic. Very 1960s. There were also big caterpillars crawling on the tree trunks and occasionally falling on us. I thought that if we let them live, one day, they would become butterflies.
You were appointed Dean of Academic Affairs in July this year. In one paragraph, what is your job description?
I am in charge of the academic life of the school, mainly the curriculum and also the faculty. Journalism is in a state of flux, and so having a curriculum that is responsive to the changing landscape of journalism is a challenge.
What Filipino food do you cook well? Share us the recipe.
My Kapampangan grandmother was a great cook. I cannot eat camaru (crickets) here, but I can make a version of her pork and crab adobo. It's basically the classic adobo recipe. You cook the pork belly slices first, then put in the crabs (cut in quarters or eighths, depending on the crab size). When it's simmering, take out some of the crab fat and mix with the adobo sauce.
What do you miss most in Manila?
The warmth and intimacy of family and friends.
Sheila Coronel (HS-75), recently appointed Academic Dean of Columbia Journalism School in New York City, can cook a mean pork and crab adobo.
By: Ma. Milagros Formoso-Camahort (HS-75/BFA-79 and Ma. Cynthia S. Cabrera (HS-75)
Life Comes When You Least Expect It
By: Chi Panistante (BFA-84)
hen I left J. Walter Thompson-Manila to
come to Dubai in 1999, my colleagues didn’t
want me to go. They had tried to convince me
that coming here is not a good thing for my
career as an art director.
I came to Dubai because of a friend’s
invitation to experience something different.
She convinced me that this place is so laid back
that work would be so easy, that I could do it
with both eyes closed. And the clincher was,
we would spend many afternoons sipping coffee while watching the world go by.
Fifteen years later, it turned out that my ad colleagues were right. I haven’t done advertising work close enough to what I used to do. There weren’t any ad campaigns. No storyboards. No TV commercials. No pre and postproductions. All the things I had learned to do well, I did not have the chance to do here.
But on the other hand, I discovered three wonderful new things that bring me tremendous joy.
First, I discovered package design. Not only did I enjoy it, but I also thrived in it. Shallow as it may seem, I get excited every time I walk into a supermarket. I would survey the aisles and zoom in to my work. It was like getting your piece of art on
permanent exhibition, except that it’s a box of cereal, a can of soft drink, or a pack of chips.
Second, I discovered I could paint! It’s something I love but did not have time for in the hectic schedule of my previous advertising job. And that people actually pay to have one of my paintings is a thrill!
And third, I discovered personal and life transforming faith. Yes, in this place called the Middle East, where churches are only a handful and crosses are not to be found outside buildings, I found faith.
And so as it turned out, I did not become the art director I had hoped to be but I became twice an artist and a true believer, unexpectedly. What more could I ask for?
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HS-75 PAYS TRIBUTE TO SHIELA CORONEL
“Some of the students followed but they were not fast enough. A policeman caught one student and started beating him with a truncheon. Pat and I looked on helplessly. We didn’t dare make a sound, afraid we would be seen and beaten up, or worse—arrested!
“Just then, Sheila started to shout, ‘Police brutality! Police brutality!’
“Lagot! It was then that I realized na matapang pala si Sheila,” Lilot concluded.
Wine and stories flowed that night. There were accounts of Sheila singing off-key and never knowing it, arguing with a nun on the relevance of religion and being sent to the library, reading Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere in both
English and Tagalog versions, while the rest of the class read the comics version… .
At this point, everyone was tipsy and in agreement that Sheila is just excellent! Google Sheila Coronel, and you will find at least 30 pages of entries. She has generated enough interest as to have three entries in Wikipedia!
On behalf of HS-75, Bong presented Sheila with an Amorsolo commemorative plate, while Mitos asked everyone to raise their glass in a toast. Sheila was speechless, but happy. Everyone sipped more wine and snapped more selfies with their famous classmate.
It was like high school all over again.
“Young people are and ought to be encouraged to be active on behalf of the church as leading characters in evangelization and participants in the renewal of society” (Christifidelis Laici, 46).
On August 20, 2014, CHSians with other young people gathered at the Paraclete auditorium for a half-day Youth Evangelization Forum. Featuring the theme, “Filipino Youth: Called to Greatness---Sent Forth as Heroes,” the forum aimed to reawaken and enliven the fervor of the young to live out the faith in this time and age and be the ones on the ‘leading edge of change.’ Likewise, it hoped to provide young people a learning space to look deeper into their faith to better understand and appreciate its meaning and challenges in modern times.
Sr. Eden Panganiban SSpS, Provincial Leader of the Rosary Province and the current Chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), formally opened the event with her welcome and opening remarks where she reminded the young people that they are precious gifts to the world. This message was affirmed by Pope Francis during his homily at the
FILIPINO YOUTH: CALLED TO GREATNESS---SENT FORTH AS HEROES concluding mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Korea where he said: “Youth, you and your friends are filled with optimism, energy and goodwill which are so characteristic of this period of life. Let Christ turn your natural optimism into Christian hope, your energy into moral virtue and your goodwill into genuine self-sacrificing love! In this way your youth will be a gift to Jesus and to the world.” In an age when people have increasingly become acquisitive and secularistic in their thinking and their ways, it was enlightening to listen to Bro. Jonathan “J” Yogawin’s sharing of his reflection and lived experience on how one can be a great modern-day hero. The call for greatness starts with discipleship, with knowing Jesus which entails building relationship with Him. He also said that young people can be everyday heroes in their own homes, schools, communities, and churches through their humble acts of kindness and service. The talk was followed by the faith testimonies of two youngsters from the Gen Movement, Mariele Fabiana and Wilbert Pilarta. The event concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist presided by Fr. Francis Xavier Salcedo. In his homily, he encapsulated greatness into three words using CHS as an acronym: C for Conversion, H for Holiness, and S for Service.
Among the schools and organizations that participated were Holy Spirit School of Ilang-ilang, St. Jude Catholic School, La Consolacion College, San
Beda College, Centro Escolar University, T. Paez High School, Christ the King Seminary, Student Catholic Action of the Philippines, CPCP- YouthPinoy, CARITAS Manila, and LifeBox. The event was organized by the Campus and Community Involvement Office, Student Affairs Office, and CHSM-Student Catholic Action in partnership with YouthPinoy and was endorsed by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) through Archbishop. Socrates Villegas, DD.
The gathering was a response to the call for an intensive faith formation of the young in keeping with the Year of the Laity, and the nine-year program for the fifth centenary of Christian presence in the Philippines.
We dream of young Filipinos who passionately love God and their country and whose values and God-given talents enable them to live life to the full… “live for Jesus, for others, empowered by the Spirit! Heroes inspire and ignite.”
By: Felicitas (Jeff) R. Vito (BSE-94)
Reunion of AB-63 hosted by Cora Ylagan-Evangelista and Cora Parco. (From L-R) Marlene Morales-Isungga, Cora Parco, Cora Ylagan-Evangelista, Eden Orosa-Kelemen, Myrna Santiago-Urquico, Estrella Lee (BSC-63)
Bingo tickets, cards and billion dollars!
(Chinggay Cabrera, Bong Cabrera, Menchu Que, Jovie Galan, Viqui del Rosario and Cynthia Martinez)
The CHSM Fine Arts Organization held ―Ipagmalaki, Art Natin‖ where the Fine Arts students transformed still paintings of Aleah Angeles (Lazy Daisy), Fernando Amorsolo (The Filipina) and Sey Perez (Great Strength) into ―Live‖ Paintings.
Mari-Jo Panganiban-Ruiz (HS-59), first female recipient of Lux-in-Domino Award from Ateneo de Manila University
(photo from http://www.ateneo.edu/gallery)
Special Consular Film Screening at CHSM.
Photo shows from left: Rosario ‗Charito‘ L.
Planas (HS-48), Dr. Felina Co-Young, CHSM
President and Sr. Cora Guieb, SSpS Local Leader
At the CHSNAF MWDC Chapter annual picnic, which was held at Lake Fairfax in Reston, Virginia, for bonding and for planning future chapter activities; back row (L-R) are Linda Romero-Ibarra (HS-64/BSC-68), Violeta Vergel de Dios-Malaty (HS-71), Ruby de Leon (HS-79), Menchie Gloria (AB/BSC-69); front row: Gina Nepomuceno-Gueco (AB/BSC-69), Maryanne Cabe-Fletemeyer (HS-67/BSPhys-71), Pilar Santos-Diego (BSC-67), Dulce Varela- Guevara (BSHE-63), Linda Vergel de Dios-Frondoso (HS- 64/BSC-68), Maryann Tinio-Fadul (HS-72), Ana Maria de la Paz- de Jesus (BSPhys-69), Linda Fajardo-Alvano (HS-56/BM-61), and Marilyn Ranada-Donato (BSHE-60).
Bingo players of HS-64. Bonding time for HS-74 class.
Mining Carlos (HS-48/AB-51+/
BSE-52) tries her luck at Bingo
with Sr. Victricia and Menchu Que
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Our E-mail Connection
(Ed.‘s Note — This section contains messages/information received through our e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
From: Ma. Eugenia Jose-Quintos (HS-55), Virginia, USA, Sept. 9/14:
I am a retired pathologist. Aside from volunteering in the religious education program at our parish church - Queen of Apostles Catholic Church - in Alexandria, Virginia, I audit theology courses at Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria.
From: Aurora Mercado-Abrera (HS-54/AM-56), South Pasadena, California, Sept. 02/14:
When last you featured my family, I had a long excerpt about my ballet-dancing daughter, Stella. Just to let you know…she was invited by BALLET PHILIPPINES to dance with them at the Gala of their Sapphire Anniversary at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) last Sept 19; … where she performed in GISELLE.
Since this was the first time she performed there and her invitation came when Typhoon Yolanda devastated Leyte, she took this opportunity to work with Operation USA to help a school there. One can make an online donation on this Stella Abrera fundraiser, Steps Forward for the Philippines, which she founded with the American Ballet Theater. Hopefully, some of our alumnae can help her attain her goal. Stella was also featured in the September issue of The Philippine Town and Country and the September 14 issue of the Sunday magazine of the Philippine Star. Just wanted to let our alumnae know that she is my daughter.
Ed’s Note: click on this link –
http://vimeo.com/104150915 -- to find out why Aurora is so proud of daughter, Stella.
From: Sr. Rosalinda Argosino, S.Sp.S., San Sebastian, Tarlac, July 17/14
To the Editorial Staff of the WE, the Alumnae:
Thank you very much for your Broadcast 158. I found the articles interesting with clear pictures. I was touched by the article "My Healing at Mama Mary's Shrine"; miracles do still happen through prayers.
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- Dean Mary Josephine (May-Jo) Panganiban-Ruiz (HS-59) for being the first female recipient of the Lux-In-Domino Award, one of the Ateneo de Manila University's most prestigious honors, previously given only to its own alumni;
- Celine Gamalinda-Borromeo (HS-72/BFA-76) on the launching of her book, Linking Word & Image, last September 4 at the Veritas Hall, CHS Mendiola. Published by the UST Publishing House, the book bridges visual and verbal communication through tips and guidelines for writing essays, critiques, art and design statements and other aspects of art and design production and will serve as a helpful guide for Filipino students and young professionals in the various fields of the visual arts with exercises meant to turn the writing task into a creative and enjoyable learning experience.
- Ma. Aurora Mercado-Abrera (HS-54/AM-56), whose daughter, American Ballet Theater dancer, Stella, recently played the lead role in the Ballet Philippines production of Giselle to celebrate the company’s sapphire jubilee. - Dr. Eden Orosa Kelemen (AB-63/BSE-64), who received the 2014 UPCEAA Professional Achievement Award last June 22, 2014 from the UP College of Education Alumni Association (UPCEAA);
- our alumni who passed the recent board exams for nursing: Kenneth Paul C. Lim (BSN-12) and BSN- 14 graduates: Ma. Jastine M. Amores, Ser Robyn V. Bartolome, Ma. Jenna D. Braga, Ma. Ana Alexis M. Buenaventura, Mary Ashley C. Cayco, Geralyn C. Gutierrez, and Katherine L. Pascual; - our BSMT-14 alumni who passed the recent board exams for Medical Technology: Jillian Marie C. Brodit, Lucille Katherine S. Deligero, Marie Therese T. Guevarra and Thyron M. Zafra.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Sept. 16 - Teresita M. Latorre (BSPharm-59), sister of Gliceria L. Concepcion (AM-56/BM-58);
Jan. 09 - Conrado Lim, husband of Victoria Tan-Lim (d), HS-50;
April 8 - Victoria Tan-Lim (HS-50), sister of Virginia (HS-52), Carmencita T. Dy (d), HS-55, and Gloria (HS-57);
Apr. 14 - Jesus Tanchangco, Sr., husband of Alicia Martinez- Tanchangco (HS-48/AHE-50/BSHE-52);
May 01 - Aurelio dela Pena, husband of Nelly Ongsiako-dela Pena (HS-50);
May 14 - Milagros Orosa-Aliling, sister of Carolina Orosa-Sarenas (d), HS-46, and Ma. Eden Orosa-Kelemen (AB-63/BSE- 64);
Jul. 02 - Guillermo Uytingco, husband of Milagros Santos- Uytingco (HS-52);
Jul. 15 - Adelaida Manas-Carrion (HS-50/BSE-54);
Jul. 22 - Sister Alicia A. Posadas, MIC (HS-49/AB-52/BSE-53), sister of Corazon P. Vinluan (d), AHE-40, Eladia (d), AB- 49/BSE-50, Rebecca (ETC-47), and Belen
Jul. 23 - Jesus S. Padilla, brother of Encarnita P. Sevilla (HS- 58/BSHE-62);
Jul. 23 - Edgar de los Santos, husband of Elizabeth Virrey-De Los Santos (AB/BSC-69);
Jul. 30 - Sister Mary Remedios (Perla) Tioseco, S.Sp.SAP (HS-41); sister of Milagros Tioseco (HS-44);
Aug. 16 - Raul I. Goco, husband of Ma. Corazon Primicias-Goco (HS-52);
Aug. 19 - Lucilo T. Honorio, husband of Norma San Juan-Honorio (HS-53/CSS-54); father of Suzanne Joy (BSFN-81) and Dorothy Claire H. Leonor (HS-82);
Aug. 22 - Sister Gloria Nubla, RGS, (HS-47/AB-50/BSE-51), sister of Pilar N. Liao (d) HS-49, Teresita (d) HS-49/AFAA- 51/AB-53, and Lolita N. Luna (HA-57);
Aug. 23 - Monico Buenconsejo, brother of Sister Trinidad, S.Sp.S. (BSE-86);
Aug. 28 - Josefina Gabriel-Fajardo (HS-54), sister of Asuncion G. Aquino (HS-55), Natividad G. Biglete (HS-57), Gertrudis G. Santos (HS-60), Ma. Elena G. Klitzsch (HS- 68/BSChem-73), Ma.Corazon G. Ocampo (HS-70/BFA- 74), and Ma. Josefa G. Domingo (HS-73);
Sept. ? - Juanita Palman-de la Cruz, mother of Rosalinda D.L.C. Lomboy (HS-64);
Sept. 4 - Florinio T. Dungo, husband of Luz Nunez-Dungo (HS-50);
Sept. 8 - Ernesto P. Sonido, husband of Divina Galvez-Sonido (HS- 57);
Sept. 12 - Lourdes Quimbo-Gregson (HS-42), sister of Antonia Q. Perez (HS-35), Rafaela Q. Gumba (HS-36), Remedios (d), HS-40, and Dolores Q. Perez (HS-53);
Sept. 17 – Ma. Cristina Rosello-Gargantiel (HS-64);
Sept. 17 – Orlando O. Arreza, husband of Erlinda Balagtas-Arreza (HS-53/AM-55/BM-57);
Sept. 18 - Ester del Rosario-Torres (HS-40), mother of Thelma Exconde-Gana (HS-57);
O B I T U A R Y
P R A Y E R C O R N E R Through our "Alumnae Prayer Community," let all of us, alumnae-sisters, pause for a minute and storm heaven with our prayers for:
-for the healing of Dr. Caridad Icasiano-Santos (HS-50); - the complete recovery from pulmonary fibrosis of Pilar Valera-Jimenez (HS-55/BSHE-61);
-the complete recovery of Lourdes Papa-Cruz (HS-55/BSHE-59), from the surgical procedures that she underwent recently; - for Rosario Macapinlac-Santos (HS-55/BSC-59) who will be undergoing a surgical procedure soon; Note – this section contains requests for prayers that are sent in by our alumnae. Send us your prayer requests and let our "Alumnae Prayer Community" gather through this section in His name for you. Call Cora at Tel. No. 735-5986 or e-mail us at email@example.com SAVE THE DATE! Requiem Mass at 8:00 am, Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the CHSM Chapel. We anticipate the participation of the deceased's family members, relatives and friends at this spiritual offering. Please confirm your attendance with Cora Parco at Tel No. 735-5986 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org