On 20 Aug the University Library launched the Proquest Academic Research Database: the Online Journals and the CD-ROM Library Collection. In attendance were Fr. President Edmundo Martinez along with other school administrators, faculty and students. Through Proquest, online access to approximately 4,000 worldwide journals, newspapers and magazines across all disciplines is possible. The full text of the articles comes with graphics and pictures. This advance also makes available detailed abstracts and indexing for 3,500 other publications.
Fr. Albert Alejo directed the retreat of the Diocesan clergy of Koronadal, 22-24 Jul. He then rushed to Manila to present the Regency Program to the meeting of Jesuit Superiors and Directors of work on 24 Jul. The following day, he spoke on “Transforma-tive Education against Corruption” to the Davao Association of Colleges and Schools. He was also at the First Asian Gathering of Muslim Ulama and Christian Bishops at the Westin Philippine Plaza Hotel in Manila, 18-20 Aug. The meeting was attended by 121 delegates from 12 countries in Asia.
The H.S. community donated 100,000 pesos to help put up a new building with additional classrooms for Fr. Guy Peter Guibelondo’s Xabier High School in Mabuhay, Ipil Prelature. Groundbreaking has not yet been scheduled, since funds are still insufficient.
A special concelebrated Mass was offered on 31 Jul, feast of St. Ignatius,
and the first anniversary of the consecration of the University Church of the Gesù. Donors of the church and all the units of University were represented, filling the church to capacity. The Ateneo Chamber Singers (former University Glee Club members who continue to sing together) provided excellent music for the liturgy. The church has now served as the venue for special occasions, like the G.S. first communion, 1st and 3rd Sundays’ Alumni Mass, Baccalaureate Mass for the AGSB, First Friday, etc. Daily, too, one can observe people coming to visit the Blessed Sacrament, besides enjoying a few minutes of peace and quiet sitting at the front overlooking the campus and, farther on, the beautiful sunset in the west.
On 4 Aug, Fr. Gabriel Jose Gonzales, assumed charge of the office of campus
ministry, till then under Fr. Ray Holscher.
The main event of the month was the PAASCO Survey in the College, 28-29 Aug. Judging from the reactions of the team evaluating the school, ADNU can expect good results. Much effort went into preparing and making improvements for the Survey. The College is so different now that the High School has moved to Pacol. So much renovation took place that ADNU seems like a new college, more professional than ever. Moreover, the campus has definitely become much quieter without the High School.
From 29-31 Aug, Sch. Alpsa organized a Business Forum sponsored by the Business Management Honors Program. He invited a dozen of his old friends who are currently young business professionals in firms like Unilever, Gllaxo and Amkor Technology. The topics discussed included Business Ethics and Strategic Planning.
The whole Community witnessed the marriage vows of ten LHS employees in the Oratory of St. Ignatius on 2 Aug. This also served as the special workers’ celebration of the Feast of Saint Ignatius. Fr. Vic Salanga presided at the Mass, and Sch. Lito Ocon reminded the newlyweds in his homily to fight ‘SARS’ (SelosAwayResentmentSeparation), prescribing a list of “vitamins” that the couples needed to foster sound family living. The ceremony was followed by a festive wedding reception in the Refectory.
The vocation promotions team, led by Schs. Joseph Haw and Tony Basilio, launched its first vocation seminar of the school year on 3 Aug. Of the 30 participants originally listed, only 21 showed up. The event was graced by guest speakers Frs. Mon Bautista, Nic Cruz, Danny Huang, Bro. Tito Silverio, and Sch. Karel San Juan.
During a short program after supper, the Community bade good-bye to the Korean Scholastics who had been residing at LHS to learn English over the past six weeks or so. Next on the horizon will be the arrival of the EAO Tertians. Ten, including Frs. Bong Abad Santos and Rene Repole, are scheduled to begin their ‘third probation’ on 7 Sep.
On 15 Aug, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Fr. Nemy Que professed final vows. Fr. Catalino Arévalo, gave the homily which included quotes from friends, students and colleagues of Fr. Nemy. Former President Corazon Aquino was one of the evening’s special guests.
Schs. Arnel Aquino, Arch Carampatan, Ari Dy, Pat Falguera, and Mike Pineda received official approval for ordination to the Order of Deacons scheduled for 13 Sep at Loyola House of Studies. Jesuit Bishop Tony Ledesma of Ipil will be the ordaining prelate. Sch. Lester Maramara heads the Scholastics preparing for this event.
On the occasion of the closest approach of Mars to the earth in 60,000 years, the two MO roof decks overflowed with people, both adults and children. There seemed to be no end of them. As one group left, another would appear, all the way to 1:00 a.m. of 28 Aug. Mercifully, the cloudy skies cleared up sufficiently for them to see Mars through the telescope. All this had been preceded by press and TV interviews of Fr. Vic Badillo.
This month the school welcomed eight exchange students from Eiko Gakuen, a Jesuit run school in Japan. This exchange program has been successfully running for the past 8 years. In a school assembly Fr. Director Ernesto Javier, welcomed the guests, who were accompanied by a teacher and by Jesuit Regent, Sch. Taiju Yamanaka [JPN]. It was the turn of SHS-J students who went to Japan last summer to be hosts for 2 weeks. The Japanese students attended regular classes, and also visited SAPAK Farm of Fr. Manny Non, and SOS orphan village in Talamban. The stay was short but meaningful, exposing the visitors to typical Filipino families and culture. They left Cebu wanting to come back in the near future.
The end of August saw the opening of intramurals, under the supervision of SHS-J’s sport czar, Fr. Superior Julian Hernando. Students from Grade 4 to 4th year H.S. prepared modern dances or other simple exercises for the Palabas. On opening day itself the gym was crowded with parents, visitors and teams in different colors, and the whole area arrayed in banners and balloons. This year, for the first time, Fr. Cy Unson introduced the cheering competition, playing a sample of Ateneo cheers so students could get a feel for what a cheer is. Also this year, as part of the incentive, the top 5 classes to excel in the games, in attendance and in cheering got a school holiday.
Fr. Rafael Cortina was hospitalized for tests. It was decided that some rest back in Spain would do him good, so he departed for Bilbao on 29 Aug.
Fr. Joseph Ly finally arrived from China. His scheduled return in June was blocked by the SARS epidemic, with all flights from Beijing to Manila cancelled. After a month’s delay, he reached Manila on 3 Jul. Fr. Joe is happy to be back and has resumed his ping-pong rivalry with Fr. Santos Mena.
The new annex of the charity clinic was inaugurated with Fr. Superior/Parish Priest Ben Sim doing the blessing. Also inaugurated was the nutrition program to be directed by a pediatric nutrition specialist. Financially supported by the parish, the MTQ charity clinic serves over 2,500 patients annually, 80% of them children. The clinic also has a healthy baby service that provides immunization not offered by government health centers, as well as TB control program, ophthalmology health screening, and regular medical and dental services.
This school year 4,163 students enrolled in XS, 100 less than in 2002-2003.
On 31 Jul, the renovated lobby and administration offices were blessed in the presence of about 150 benefactors and friends. Dinner in their honor followed at the Multi Purpose Center. The Xavier School Educational and Trust Fund, Inc. sponsored the meal.
Fr. President Antonio Samson was in Thailand from 6-19 Aug attending the annual convention of Catholic higher institutions of Southeast Asia in Bangkok, and that of Jesuit institutions at Chiang Mai.
The formal blessing and inauguration of the new Gymnasium was held on 30 Aug at 11:00 a.m. (after the Board of Trustees’ first meeting for school year 2003-2004). Construction on the Gym began on 8 Aug 2002. Essentially completed but with finishing touches still to be done, it was blessed and used for the first time for the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement last March, and for the “Red Mass” in June. The Gym normally seats 3,000 (4,000 when seats are set-up on the playing floor).
The College of Medicine has also published the first issue of The Xavier University Medical Journal. This contains 7 articles (the results of surveys, experiments and a pilot study) and one case report on an unusual disease, the first ever reported in Northern Mindanao.
The Silver Jubilee issue of KINAADMAN (Wisdom) A Journal of the Southern Philippines (though printed much earlier) was officially circulated in August. This 25th volume contains 9 articles and 23 book reviews. Of the contributors, 5 are Jesuits (Frs. John Carroll, Nil Guillemette, Bienvenido Nebres, Renato Puentevella and Miguel Bernad). The first issue of KINAADMAN came out in 1979. Two of the items in that maiden issue have received wide notice. One of them was an article (the first ever on the subject) on Filipino-Chinese Literature in English (by Dr. Gloria Yap). It has given rise to other studies on the subject.
After seven and a half months in Maria Reyna Hospital (26 Dec – 11 Aug), most of the time in the ICU, Fr. John Krebs returned to the Jesuit Residence where he is attended by nurses and aids. A respirator was purchased from Cebu to help him breathe. Fr. Luigi Moggi (similarly attended, and also availing of a physical therapist) continues to improve and can occasionally move about with a walker. Most of the time he is in a wheelchair.
The Alumni Homecoming, 22 and 23 Aug, brought back former members of the Community who had been especially invited by the Alumni: Frs. Ernesto Javier, Ramon Mores, Ernesto Carretero, and Cipriano Unson. The gala dinner held at the Grand Caprice on the evening of the 23rd ended with a touching tribute to the late Fr. Antonio Cuna. Five speakers spoke briefly, after which a Diploma of Appreciation was awarded posthumously. Its text was excerpted from the homily delivered at Fr. Tony’s funeral.
On 4 Aug, Frs. Tom O’ Gorman and Jim Meehan hosted their 1963 ordination class at Arrupe International Residence. They had a thanksgiving Mass in the Building D chapel, followed by dinner in the refectory.
Fr. Tony Moreno’s doctoral thesis was finally approved by the examiners. Its title is “Strengthening post-authoritarian democracy, 1986-2000: the political impulses and interventions of the Philippine Catholic Church.” The external examiner wants it published “sooner rather than later.”
Fr. Robert Rivera left on 17 Aug for the University of Notre Dame, where he will begin special studies in Sociology. Fr Kit Bautista left on 26 Aug for Tertianship in New England.
At the end of August, Fr. Bong Abad Santos arrived from East Timor to join the EAO Tertianship at Loyola House of Studies. Fr. Bobby Buenconsejo, having completed an MA in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola University of Chicago, returned also at the end of August. He joins the Jesuit Residence Community of Ateneo de Manila, and will be working in College Guidance and Campus Ministry at ADMU.
Jesuit Communications presents the newest book of Fr. Santos Mena, Psalms for Today. It is a prayer book containing daily morning and evening prayers that may be interspersed with the Psalms. With a certain degree of freedom, the author has selected verses from individual psalms, recombined them, and presented them as new units. Available at Jesuit Communications (Sonolux), Jesuit Music Ministry (LHS), and soon in National Bookstores nationwide.
Mrs. Teresita Bolinas Monponbanua, sister of deceased Fr. Andres Bolinas, on 17 Aug in Metro Manila;
Fr. Placido Que, former Scholastic from 1972-78, on 21 Aug in Metro Manila.
Fr. Domingo Macalam, on 12 Sep in Zamboanga City. Fr. Macalam spent almost 25 years in the Ipil Prelature. He was parish priest in a variety of towns, school director and, for a number of years, Vicar General of the Prelature. He became parish priest and chaplain at Culion Sanitarium in Palawan in 2000. After more than two years there, he was assigned to the Ateneo de Zamboanga University Jesuit community. He had been there only a few months when he died of heart failure just at the break of dawn. R.I.P.
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