PAREF students shine in 2014 Int'l Math Meet

GMA News

 July 29, 2014

Filipino students brought home 39 awards, including two gold medals, from an international mathematics competition in South Korea last week.


According to Mathematics Trainers Guild—Philippines, delegates to the 2014 Korea International Mathematics Competition (KIMC) in Daejeon, South Korea bagged two gold, four silver and eight bronze medals, and 12 merit awards as well as the champion, one first runner-up, and nine second runner-up trophies at the math meet.



"I would say that the questions this year were difficult. Congratulations to our contestants for their new feat," Dr. Simon Chua, president of Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines, said in a statement.


According to the guild, the following brought home medals and trophies:



Albert John Patupat, Holy Rosary College

Clyde Wesley Ang, Chiang Kai Shek College.



Fedrick Lance Lim, Zamboanga Chong Hua High School

Eion Nikolai Chua, MGC New Life Christian Academy

Jonathan Conrad Yu, Philippine Christian Gospel School

Shaquille Wyan Que, Grace Christian College





Kelsey Lim Tiong Soon, Grace Christian College

Andrea Jaba, St. Jude Catholic School

David Alexander Amante, Canossa Academy-Lipa City

Juan Pablo Abola, PAREF Southridge School

Kylee Wiona Sy, Pace Academy

Audrey Sy, St. Jude Catholic School

Miko Johnson Co, St. Stephen's High School

Vince Jan Torres, Sta. Rosa Science and Technology High School


Merit awardees


Albriz Moore Bagsic, Lilyrose School

Hans Benedict Te, Bacolod Tay Tung High School

Gregory Charles Tiong, St. Jude Catholic School

Robert Gerard Diaz Uy, St. John Institute

Regina Beatrice Bonifacio, Mother Goose Special School System

Ma. Leibniz Charisse Parra, Saint Paul College-Pasig

Marjana Ysabella Montanez, Heneral Pio del Pilar Elementary School (Main)

Alyssa Guevarra, Philippine Science High School-Main

Isabel Jocyn Villanueva, PAREF Woodrose School

Naomi Anne King, St. Jude Catholic School

Jinger Chong, St. Jude Catholic School

Isabella Mae Tan, St. Jude Catholic School


In the elementary team and group contests, RP Teams B and C composed of Abola, Lim, Uy, Yu, Bonifacio, King, Parra and Sy emerged as champions and second runners-up while RP Team A composed of Amante, Bagsic, Te and Tiong won first runner-up and second runner-up.


Team D composed of Chua, Montanez and Sy won two second runner-up trophies.


In the high school competition, RP Team B composed of Ang, Jaba, Lim Tiong Soon and Patupat was the champion in the group contest and second runner-up in the team contest.


RP Team C composed of Torres, Villanueva, Gene Go of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School and Janine Michelle Yu of Philippine Institute of Quezon City was second runner-up in the team contest while RP Team D composed of Chong, Que, Tan and Steven John Wang of UNO High School was second second runner-up in the team and group contests.


Albriz Bagsic, 11, competed despite his dad, a policeman, being shot down by unidentified gunmen in Batangas in June, Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines said.


The Philippine delegation was among 576 elementary and high school students from 31 countries who joined the competition. — JDS/KG, GMA News


 Photo courtesy of Qit Abola

Elements of the finest schools in a school run by parents

The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - While teachers take the place of parents in thousands of schools all over the country, none offer the kind of pedagogy that schools under the Parents for Education Foundation (PAREF) possess. These are schools run by no other than the parents themselves. With a firm resolve, they formed PAREF in 1976, a non-stock, non-profit corporation, whose main objective is to put up schools and to provide parents the means to promote the world-class education they dreamed for their children.

Dreaming of leaders who can bring about social transformation, PAREF focuses its efforts on building men and women of character.

“Members of the alumni,” reported Ralph Guzman of PAREF-Southridge School, “are just about always bumping into co-alumni at the University of the Philippines, the Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Asia and the Pacific, and the University of Santo Tomas.” Indeed PAREF students continue to enter Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Brown, Yale, and Stanford, even earning Latin honors of summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude. Within its 35 years, the system has produced at least ten summa cum laudes, six of them in American universities. Thus, the University of the Philippines and some DepEd officials have informed PAREF that its student results show that it is one of the top school systems in the country.

For PAREF, its strongest tool for facilitating personal excellence is one-on-one mentoring. Each child is assigned to one mentor, a member of the school personnel, who chats on a periodic basis with the student personally to understand his or her personality, behavior and potential. Inspired by the ideas of a modern saint and Catholic educator, Josemaria Escriva, PAREF is the first organization in the Philippines to practice this type of active partnership between parents and teachers.

Building on this key strength, PAREF has developed its home-school collaboration system through the years. The latest addition is the incorporation of Harvard-Business-School-style case studies in its New Parents Education Program (NPEP), developed together with Educhild Foundation.

The faculty is considered the heart of the school. Thus, PAREF ensures that its teachers are fit for the purpose of being parent partners outside the home.

PAREF has successfully realized its mission and vision by putting up 7 single-sex schools all over the country: Southridge, Woodrose, Rosehill, Northfield, Springdale, Southcrest and Westbridge. The PAREF Preschools, Inc. (PPSI), meanwhile, is composed of Rosemont, Ridgefield, Rosefield, Ridgefield Iloilo and Rosehill Preschool.

For parents who aspire to play a proactive role in the education of their children and desire for them to grow up living the values of the Catholic Faith, PAREF will be more than happy to welcome them as part of their community. Parents can visit any of its schools all over the country or call (02) 6314292, 7810220, 6311695 or 6877104 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Parents can also visit or drop by the PAREF Office at Units 107-109 Cedar Mansion II, No. 7 Escriva Drive, San Antonio Village, Pasig City.

Balanced approach to early education cited

Daily Tribune

 To underscore the role of parents and schools in the proper upbringing and education of children, beginning their formative years, PAREF, in partnership with the Department of Education, organized the fist national congress on home and school collaboration last January 25 at the SMX Convention Center in SM Aura, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The event titled “Together To Get There” was in response to the request made by DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro during the Foundation’s celebration of its 36th anniversary. During the congress, where he gave the keynote speech, the Education secretary  thanked PAREF and the school boards of the different PAREF schools for hosting the congress.

The event aimed to strengthen the partnership of homes and schools when it comes to the education of their children.

Andrew Mullins, headmaster of Wolemi College in Sydney, Australia, and author of “Parenting for Character” graced the congress. Mullins shared his expansive knowledge on forging character in school children before an audience of teachers, parents, school administrators, education workers and other education experts.

In his speech, Mullins said parents are primarily in charge of instilling morals into their children’s consciousness, while the school must “support the values of parents.” To provide such support, Mullins suggested that there should be  regular and continuing programs on parenting in the schools. Avenues for communication between the home and the school such as the use of newsletters, holding of  group sessions,  and mentoring programs, should be put in place.

One key area that Mullins addressed was the issue of sexuality and relationships. He stressed that parents, being the primary agents of education, have the duty and the  privilege of being the first ones to teach their children about this important yet very delicate subject. Mullins warned that children would get mixed messages – messages that may not reflect commitment and love in the family, if children get to know and hear them from outside sources. In broaching the subject, Mullins recommended that, in accordance with the child’s readiness, something that parents are in the best position to know, parents must begin to engage in “ongoing, loving, personal conversations with a child,” rather than have “one big conversation.”

As for the schools, Mullins said that what they could do was support the parents by giving “the biology” to their students, in the context of the true meaning of human sexuality. The  subject should be  dealt with in a very delicate manner befitting its importance.

Luistro expressed his appreciation for the education model espoused by PAREF. During the anniversary of PAREF, he said “I dare say, among the different models that try to put in place what is enshrined in our Constitution, I cannot think of any other model except the PAREF Foundation – where parents take on a very definite role, engages teachers and educators…so they are a part of the curriculum, the community, and the environment.” Luistro also stated that the PAREF model is worth sharing to both private and public schools and appealed to the Foundation to look at the models of these schools to see how parents can enhance their engagement. He expressed the DepEd’s  openness for partnering with them to address the needs of the communities it serves.

PAREF, which stands for Parents for Education Foundation Inc., is known for pioneering the teacher-student mentoring program and is responsible for the establishment of several schools across the country such as Woodrose in Alabang and Rosehill in Antipolo. It caters not only to elementary and high school-level students but also to pre-school students. PAREF Preschools Inc., the organization operating under the PAREF umbrella was officially created on Sept. 20, 2010. It is composed of six preschools under the PAREF umbrella: Rosemont (Alabang), Ridgefield (Muntinlupa), Rosefield (Quezon City), Rosehill (Antipolo), Southdale (Cebu) and Ridgfield-Iloilo.

Parents, teachers and school administrators who would like to know more about the PAREF system of education may visit, or contact the PAREF Central Office at 631-4292; (0917) 829-8659 or email   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.


Written by DailyTribune

Sunday, 09 March 2014

Proactive Education for a Lifetime


The Philippine Star

SANDEJAS, Manila Bulletin

In this modern, competitive world, the more equipped children are in all aspects of life, the more likely they could achieve the goals they set out to attain. Hard work, quality education and most importantly, a good set of values, will take them to where they want to go.

Instilling habits of excellence

This is the pedagogy that schools under the Parents for Education Foundation (PAREF) espouse. Instilling habits of excellence such as self-discipline, caring, integrity, diligence, and responsibility, PAREF schools use a wholistic approach whereby all the events and aspects of the school climate develop the classic virtues which maximize each student’s potential.

Parents and alumni attest that PAREF schools are bastions of character aside from boasting strength in academics.

“I find other schools to be too big for their own good. It’s probably because there are too many students and they don’t have the kind of system they have in place specifically in PAREF schools,” explain Dr. Dicky and Pia Boncan who are parents of 5 children enrolled at PAREF Schools.

“The teachers are very professional with the way they handle our children,” says Pia. “They are very objective about the goals for each one.”

To further attest to the quality of PAREF education, Dicky adds, “I have friends who are home schoolers. And I tell them that this is the next best thing to home schooling. For parents especially who have no time and capacity to home-school. This is tried and tested…and it really works!”

Mentors’ impact

As was, and still is, the practice in all PAREF schools, Southridge 1984 alumnus Paco Sandejas was given his own mentors, whose nuggets of wisdom would have a great impact on him for the rest of his life. These mentors were playwright Dr. Paul Dumol and literature teacher Manny Escasa.

The latter imparted his inspiration as well, which Paco has kept in mind even up to the present: “Our talents are like a candle that is meant to light up the room and not kept under a shade.”

These words empowered Paco as he continued to pursue excellence even during his years in UP. His mentors were able to instill in him the value of effort, love and passion in both his work and studies. Sandejas is now managing partner of Narra Venture Capital.

In addition to Paco’s father, being the chairman at Southridge, his educational upbringing has cultivated in him a deep appreciation and belief in the PAREF system. Because of this, he and his wife actress Christine Jacob, have passed on the PAREF tradition to their 5 children, Paolo, Gaby, Nina, Luis and Jaime, by enrolling them in Rosemont, Woodrose and Southridge.

“We like the system of parents’ partnership and also the values,” he says. To them, the sincere involvement of parents who share Christian and human virtues is what makes all PAREF schools special on their own.

An enduring tradition

The legacy of PAREF, founded on the principles of education of St. Josemaria Escriva, has truly resonated with generations of students. A lot have grown up to become parents themselves and passed on the tradition to their own children. Paco attributes his present success partly to the educational upbringing he received, while Pia and Dicky, are all too happy to see their children grow under the guidance and help of their PAREF mentors.

PAREF welcomes more families who would like to become part of its community. Parents can visit any of its schools all over the country or call (02) 6314292, 7810220, 6311695 or 6877104 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parents can also visit or drop by the PAREF Office at Units 107-109 Cedar Mansion II, No. 7 Escriva Drive, San Antonio Village, Pasig City.


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