PAREF Southcrest Student wins in National Essay Writing Contest

Last August 22, 2012, Alyssa Alfonso, received the 3rd place Award in the National Essay Contest, Calidad Humana:Breaking the Ground" meant to commemorate the strength of character and human compassion of the Filipinos for her essay entitled "The Ordinary Tale of an Unconventional Hero."

The Embassy of Chile, together with UST and UA&P, launched this contest which received 3,000 entries from around the country.

A panel of judges composed of National Artist F. Sionil Jose, businessman Jorge Araneta, Philippine National Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon, Coca-Cola representative Rachel Belarmino and People Asia magazine editor-in-chief chose the four winners: Jan M. Castaneda of the University of Perpetual Help, Katrina Gaw of Ateneo, Camille Pascasio of UST and Alyssa Alfonso of PAREF Southcrest in Cebu.

Alyssa Alfonso is in 4th year and the only high school student among the awardees.

In photo: UA&P President Jose Maria Mariano, Brasilian Ambassador George Ney de Souz Fernandez, third place winner Ms Alyssa Alfonso, Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga and UST Secretary General Fr. Winston Cabading


PAREF Rosehill wins Inquirer's My Dream Interview

Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 19. 2012

The interviews by the teams from Paref Rosehill School and Quezon National High School (QNHS) received the editors’ nod as the Inquirer’s official entries to the global My Dream Interview (MDI) competition sponsored by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-Ifra), Fundación Acindar and The Interview People.



Composed of students Margarita Francesca G. Camacho, Therese Marie G. Angangco, Marie Louise B. Boncan and Karen A. Racelis, with teacher Glecy G. Gamboa as coach, the Paref team interviewed science educator Dr. Josette Biyo.

The QNHS team, consisting of students Lea Z. Nuera, Angela Christine M. de Mesa, Vivien Joy P. Berania and Danica A. Brutas, with teacher Ramonito Elumbaring as coach, interviewed online social media Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.

Global winners

WAN-Ifra announced just this week that two student teams from Argentina had won the MDI Prize.

One interview was with Estela de Carlotto, mother of a young woman assassinated during Argentina’s dictatorship and head of The Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo.

The other was with Susana Trimarco, whose Foundation of Maria of the Angels has rescued more than 900 Argentine women from sexual slavery.

The award ceremonies will open WAN-Ifra’s World Publishing Expo and Conferences on Oct. 29-31 in Frankfurt, Germany.

The winning interviews were conducted by seventh graders (12- to 13-year-olds) from two schools in Santa Fe province in Argentina.  They were entered into the global contest by the newspaper La Nación.

More than 2,000 students worldwide participated, working with newspapers in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. WAN-Ifra provided a teacher’s guide to help students learn how to conduct productive interviews.

The Inquirer launched the local contest for students 11 to 15 years old as a summer project, with the support of Nokia and Maynilad. It conducted free workshops to give students skills in interviewing,   researching, fact-checking and formulating questions.

Youth project

“We wanted to do two things with this project,” said Aralynn McMane, executive director of Young Readership Development at WAN-Ifra. “Most important was to offer a fun way to introduce youth to the practice of professional journalism, as only newspapers can provide. But it was also a way to encourage newspapers to work closely with, and listen to, young people. From the reactions of teachers, students and newspaper people worldwide, we know that both missions were accomplished.”

The festival, which was supported by Fundación Acindar, featured an international jury of prominent journalists from Ireland, South Africa, France and Germany.

Uli Karg, editorial director for The Interview People, said he was very impressed with the topics the kids chose. “They mainly focused on strong, impressive individuals who dedicated their lives to make this world a better place—hardly any pop stars and sportsmen who are widely regarded as idols of youth. Also, they wanted to learn from their interviewees, which is a very important approach for journalists in general. Only if journalists themselves constantly learn will they have the chance to continue to reach their readers.”

Jury commendations went to teams working with Diario de Navarra of Spain and Diario do Nordeste of Brazil. A special mention went to the Fundación para el Periodismo of Bolivia, which persuaded the country’s 12 leading newspapers to participate and helped a group of children get an interview with the country’s president.

The Paref and QNHS interviews were selected from the five interviews by the finalist teams that qualified on the basis of the interview questions they submitted to the Inquirer.

The other teams were from Colegio de San Agustin, which interviewed Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; Fort Bonifacio High School, which talked to prima ballerina Lisa Macuja Elizalde; and Malayan High School of Science, which interviewed businessman Manny V. Pangilinan.

All five interviews have been published in this section.

WAN-Ifra, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organization of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.




PAREF Southcrest makes rousing debut in Shakey's Voleyball G-League

Philippine Star

PAREF-Southcrest made a memorable debut in the Central Visayas leg of the Shakey’s Girls Volleyball League Season 10 but had to pass through the wringer before edging out Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu in a three-set thriller yesterday at the Aznar Coliseum.

Southcrest of coach Thelma Datig handily won the first set, 25-14, but found Ateneo a tough customer to handle as the match progressed. After a nerve-wracking battle, Ateneo prevailed, 26-24, to forge a rubbermatch.

The two protagonists again figured in a tightly-knit duel in the deciding set, but Southcrest's fortitude paid off as it ralied from a 21-24 deficit to grind through a 28-26 victory.

In the other game, the Abellana National School (ANS) pulled off a masterful 25-8, 25-8 demolition of Sacred Heart School-Hijas de Jesus.

Exciting action resumes at 3 pm today with ANS going for its second win versus the University of Cebu, while Southcrest takes a break.

The other games feature host Southwestern University against SHS-Hijas de Jesus, Ateneo de Cebu versus the University of San Carlos, St.Theresa’s College opposite Silliman University, and defending champion Pajo National High School against Hijas de Jesus.

The top two teams per bracket at the end of the classification round will advance into the crossover semifinals. The winners will then clash for the championship and the right to represent the region to the national finals set later this year in Manila.

Originally posted in: Philippine Star
Updated October 12, 2012 - 12:00am

by Caecent No-ot Magsumbol

2 PAREF Southridge "Mathletes" shine in 2012 Australian Mathematics Competition


MANILA, Philippines – A 12-year-old Filipino student got a rare perfect score at the recently concluded 2012 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

Farrell Eldrian Wu, a Grade 7 student at MGC New Life Christian Academy in Taguig City, is one of only two contestants who achieved a perfect score at the AMC. The other one is Zhi Yi Bernard Teo of Singapore.

Wu and Teo were given the AMC Peter O’Halloran Certificate, the highest award in the competition.

“The contest paper was done creatively. The problems were written in a way that they were not the typical school problems, but instead require logical thinking and approach with solutions that are not straightforward,” Wu said in a statement.

“After joining several math competitions, I have already learned not to focus on the awards. But instead, joining a competition is already winning in itself. To be given the opportunity to participate in any competition and to have the chance to answer beautiful math problems with fellow mathletes around the world are more important to me,” he added.

Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines, said 73 Filipino students won medals and awards at this year’s AMC for belonging to the perfect scorers, 99 and 99+ percentile. Among them were Jacob Peralta and Juan Pablo Abola of PAREF Southridge.

They are:

Filipino medalists and AMC prize awardees who belong to the top scorers and 99+ percentile:

Farrell Eldrian Wu - MGC New Life Christian Academy
Andrew Brandon Ong - Chiang Kai Shek College
John Thomas Chuatak - St. Stephen's High School
Justin Yturzaeta - Jubilee Christian Academy

Prize awardees who belong to the 99+ percentile:

Bryce Ainsley Sanchez - Grace Christian College
Eion Chua - MGC New Life Christian Academy
Dion Stephan Ong - Ateneo de Manila Grade School
Matthew Eric Tan - St. Stephen's High School
Patrick Nino Policarpio - Greenpark Montessori Learning Center
Christian Philip Gelera - UP Integrated School
Shaquille Wyan Que - Grace Christian College
Deany Hendrick Cheng - Grace Christian College

High distinction certificate awardees who belong to the 99 percentile:

Immanuel Josiah Balete - St. Stephen's High School
Sted Micah Cheng - Hope Christian High School
Hiraya Marcos - Philippine Cultural College-Main
Kaizen Naquita - SPED Integrated School de Iloilo
Rene-John Ongchua - Solomon Integrated School de Iloilo
Trisha Danielle Sia - Chiang Kai Shek College
Dan Alden Baterisna - Colegio San Agustin Makati
Adolph Monji Chen - Xavier School
Drew Skyler Co - Jubilee Christian Academy
Maxinee Louise Co - Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS
Miguel Bradford Lao - Philippine Cultural College-Main
Jacob Peralta - PAREF Southridge School
Steven Reyes - St. Jude Catholic School
Trisha Denise Siy - MGC New Life Christian Academy
Philmon Wee - Xavier School
Juan Pablo Abola - PAREF Southridge School
Alodia Carey Baisas - Colegio San Agustin-Binan
Szel Leeven Embay - La Salle Academy
John Henry Marquez - UP Integrated School
Raymund Carlo Masbano - St. John's Institute
Zeidrich Monares - UP Integrated School
Stefan Marcus Ong - St. Jude Catholic School
Lance Christian Ting - St. Stephen's High School
Bon Leif Amalla - Colegio San Agustin-Binan
Luke Matthews Bernardo - Philadelphia High School
Vicente Raphael Chan - Zamboanga Chong Hua High School
Jinger Chong - St. Jude Catholic School
Jan Joshua Cruz - Pasig Catholic School
Shamira Liao - St. Stephen's High School
Jose Ignacio Locsin - St. John's Institute
Eason Wong - Philippine Cultural College-Caloocan
Clyde Wesley Ang - Chiang Kai Shek College
Kyle Patrick Dulay - Philippine Science High School-Main
Xavier Jefferson Go - Zamboanga Chong Hua High School
Grant Aaron King - Grace Christian College
Angelika Joie Tagupa - Colegio San Agustin-Binan
Raphael Villaluz - Philippine Science High School-Main;
Raymond Joseph Fadri - Makati Science High School
Kelsey Lim Tiong Soon - Grace Christian College
Albert Jason Olaya - Philippine Science High School-Main
Ezekiel Christian Ong - UNO High School
Gerald Pascua - Philippine Science High School-Main
Vince Benedict Say - St. Jude Catholic School
Adrian Reginald Sy - St. Jude Catholic School
James Vincent Tan - Bayanihan Institute
Jonn Angel Aranas - Makati Science High School
Nathanael Joshua Balete - St. Stephen's High School
Austin Edrich Chua - St. Jude Catholic School
Francis Concepcion - Philippine Cultural College-Main
Ma. Czarina Angela Lao - St. Jude Catholic School
Reine Reynoso - Philippine Science High School-Main
Matthew-Ryan Tan - St. Jude Catholic School
Kaye Janelle Yao - Grace Christian College
Karli Ang - Philippine Institute of Quezon City
Jervis Chua - Philippine Cultural College Main
Aaron Jevon Dy - Xavier School
Martin Lewis Koa - St. Jude Catholic School
Himig Marcos - Philippine Cultural College Main
Ron Gabriel Navarro - Philippine Science High School
Lorenzo Gabriel Quiogue - Ateneo de Manila High School
Jason Allan Tan - Jubilee Christian Academy

Chua said 3,617 Filipino students joined this year’s AMC, which included around 500,000 contestants from more than 30 countries.

Last July, Filipino student Miguel Lorenzo Ildesa of PAREF Westbridge School received a perfect score in the individual competition of the 15th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest in Hong Kong.


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Posted at 09/10/2012 4:17 PM | Updated as of 09/10/2012 4:18 PM

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