PAREF Woodrose Wins Gold in Int'l Choral Festival

The WOODROSE CHORALE recently brought honor and pride to our school and country when they won GOLD at an International Choral Festival, entitled A VOYAGE OF SONGS, held on November 26-29, 2015 in Penang, Malaysia.

Congratulations to our home-grown talents for bagging the top prize in the Equal Voices Choir (Senior Youth) Category, led by their Choral Director Ms. Angela Kliatchko!

Soprano 1: Inez Recto, Jacqi Reyes, Lexi Dagondon, Jenny Park, Iya Fernandez, Faith Villaluz, Marina Trigo, Hannah Arago, Therese Kare, Brianna Sarile, Sophie Badiola, Thea Esteban, Cheska Sto. Domingo

Soprano 2: Hanna Chua, Katyn Regala, Juliane Ona, Iya Gacias, Phoebe Fontanilla, Ha Eun Yoon, Nikki de Guzman, Nikka de Guzman, Laura Park

Alto 1: Kayla Choi, Pam Aberilla, Añeska Rebollido, Kyla Balboa, Polly Baterna, Nina Cordero, Bea Cabauatan, Ysa Iyog, Allisther de Castro

Alto 2: Chiina Simbul, Angela Azurin, Franny Macalalag, Pilar Fernandez

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International Conference on Character Education

PAREF Southridge Private School for Boys in collaboration with Catalyst Group, held an International Conference on Character Education for Parents and Educators with the theme, “Transforming Society Through Character Formation.” Character Education expert and award-winning author from the United States, Dr. Michele Borba was the resource speaker for the Conference last November 14, 2015.



The morning session for parents was held at Bellevue Hotel Alabang, Muntinlupa City. The forum in the afternoon was attended by more than four hundred public and private school teachers and administrators.

Photo: Manny Inawat

PAREF Southcrest Team wins Robotics Competition

Cebu Daily News  November 20, 2015


“The lack of resources isn’t a hindrance to winning. Others have their own kits, but we were the ones who emerged victorious,” Grade 10 student Esel Heeler said.

She and Marieve Aldemita of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu High School won the first inter-school Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival Robotics competition. They were given recognition last Saturday afternoon for placing first in the programming category of the competition.



“Most of them have several years or months of experience in holding robots. Others have robotics in their curriculum while we got the robot to run only last Tuesday,” said Heeler, one of the students who attended the STEM education workshop by JAM STEM-x every Wednesday afternoon since September.


JAM STEM-x is an international corporation that teaches STEM to primary and secondary students. STEM education started 15 years ago in USA, then it spread out to some Asian countries like Japan, Singapore and Korea.


“We came here to promote STEM education to make science and math education compatible with those in other countries,” Asian Association of STEM Education Academic Director Masao Ishihara said.


Ishihara expects students in STEM education to get high-paying jobs.

“Young people are really talented. What is really lacking now is an opportunity for them to learn and show their talent especially in the science area,” the Japanese owner of JAM STEM-x said.


Aside from UP Cebu High School, Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, Paref Southcrest School, Sage Prep School House, Cebu International School and St. Theresa’s College competed in the robotics festival’s programming and non-programming category.


The participants were primary and secondary students combined.

Having their laptop crashed twice rendering them uncertain to win when they got a tie with an international team from Korea, Heeler and Aldemita used their strategy to beat their opponent.


“One is coding, while the other one is forming the robot. While the robot is running on the track, I code the program for the next track,” Aldemita said, adding that 50 percent of their score was based on the speed.


Aldemita and Heeler received a trophy, a medal and a robot from JAM STEM-x. They donated the robot to their school’s robotics club, Netizen, which they revived after three years of inactivity. /UP Cebu Masscom student Ruthy Mae Valdez


Leadership Conference for PAREF Directors

November 26, 2015 


"The PAREF Board and the PAREF Central ManCom are committed to provide continuous support and development to the schools and especially the school management," Dr. Jose S. Sandejas, PAREF Chairman, explained in his Opening Remarks during the Leadership Conference for PAREF School Management Committee Directors.     The Directors from thirteen (13) PAREF schools and the PAREF Central Office convened on November 4-6, 2015 at University of Asia & the Pacific (UA&P), Pasig City for a three day management and leadership training program. The event comprised of lecture presentations, workshops, case study, and open fora. The speakers were Dr. Celerino Tiongco (Dean of the UA&P School of Education and Human Development), Dr. Riza Bondal (UA&P Assistant Professor), Dr. Winston Padojinog (UA&P President), Mr. Jason de Villa (UA&P Managing Director of Information & Communications Technology), and Atty. Hector Hernandez (VP and Chief HR Officer of Holy Angel University). The topics discussed included strategic planning, faculty development and school culture.  The activity served as a venue for exchange of experiences and best practices among the PAREF schools. "Practically every session was helpful" one school Management Director expressed his view. Another shared "it met all our needs in leadership training."  The different Directors took note of aspects of management that they plan to change or enhance before returning to their respective schools in Alabang, Antipolo, Quezon City, Cebu, and Iloilo where they intend to apply the valuable knowledge and skills that they have learned. The conference was organized by the PAREF Central Office in collaboration with UA&P School of Education and Human Development. 

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