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Opening of Archives / Exhibit

Looking back at the past becomes not just merely intangible memories but have turned into concrete realities with the Grand Opening of CSA-Biñan’s Archives & Museum last February 9 at the Preschool Audio-Visual Room. The activity started with a short program hosted by Mr. Noriel N. Ciudad. School President Rev. Fr. Andrew P. Batayola, OSA gave his welcome remarks which was followed by a message from the VP for Academic Affairs / Principal Rev. Fr. Arnel Antonio S. Dizon, OSA. The said friars also led the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon. Upon entering the museum, one would see the rich history of the institution through the equipment used during its early years of operation, uniforms, plaques, certificates, comment board of the Ms. Earth 2005 delegates, photos of different celebrations, copies of Augustinian Herald, past priest administrators, student achievements, and other memorabilia.

The activity was spearheaded by the Museum/Archive Committee for the 30th Foundation celebration with Mrs. Ma. Elena D. Almalel, our librarian, as the person in-charge.

 
Talk on Augustinian Presence in the Philippines

“Memory makes the past present” says Rev. Fr. Arnel Antonio S. Dizon, OSA in his talk last January 21, 2015 on the Augustinian Presence in the Philippines. And indeed, everyone in the school’s audigym was brought back to the past with Father Dizon’s expertise on recounting the history of Augustinians in the country. He focused not mostly on the facts but on the importance of looking back. For his introduction, he cited four significant ideas on studying history: revisiting and rereading the past, appreciating the lessons of yesteryears, and discerning the Divine Presence and guidance through human history. He also relived to the personnel the history of Spain coming to the Philippines through a famous humorous Magellan song of Yoyoy Villame. He discussed the story of the five Augustinian pioneers who became the precursor of the Augustinian arrival in the country in 1542. What was significant to today’s devotion to Sto. Niño was Fr. Dizon’s recounting of the story of Kaplag or finding of the image of Sto. Niño in Cebu in April 28, 1565. Such image was the original one given to Queen Juana in an attempt to start the natives’ evangelization in 1521. The Kaplag prompted the foundation of the Church and Convent of the Augustinians on the actual site where the Sto. Niño was found. This officially started the order’s presence in the Philippines in which this year, we commemorate the Augustinians' 450th year of presence in the Philippines.

 
Social Issues Forum: Human Rights Violation against Women and Children

As an opening activity for the New Year, the third and last among the set of social issues fora was sponsored by the Community Outreach Program Committee which happened last Janury 9, 2015. Held at the JHS audiovisual room, the forum discussed about the human rights violation committed against women and their children. Mr. Ronald I. Mimay of the Open Heart Foundation was the invited speaker for the event. Selected representatives from various departments of the institution were the participants in the event.

 
Augustinian Variety Show in Full Force

The spirit of Unitas was clearly shown in the recently concluded Augustinian Variety Shown in Full Force held in the CSA Audigym last December 4, 2014. The event showcased singing, dancing, modeling, and acting prowess of the different departments of the institution. Amidst colorful lights and costumes, a powerful singing number of Disney classics such as Under the Sea, Reflections, and Let It Go which were sang by Mr. Michael Rodriguez, Ms. Feji Maglangit and Ms. Alex Agagon wowed the crowd at the start of the show. Next on stage was the play showing people’s way of living and popular hit songs and shows through the years. The Bailagos danced folk and other alternative songs. The crowd returned into the 80s era with Himnayon’s rendition of Mr. DJ and Dulaang Kruhay’s reenactment of shows like Batibot, Flor de Luna, Ana Liza, etc. For the 90s period, selected pre-school students danced to songs like Always and Ang TV hits among others. An alumna, Ms. Iona Ventocilla, sang Lani Mesalucha’s Bukas na lang Kita Mamahalin. After this, Grade School Deparment made a shadowplay of the humble beginnings of the school.Modern day hit songs were danced by the Parents Association followed by the International Students Center students. Glimpses of the Junior High School faculty’s immersion activity were being shown while a performance from the JHS band was happening. For the College Department, a preview of their upcoming play, Katipunan, was presented. The Non-teaching Personnel showed snapshots of Augustinians rising beyond calamities and providing relief operations to the community.

The place was filled with excitement and laughter as selected personnel from the Sports Office and Maintenance Department had their presentations. Mr. Mike Ranas danced to an indigenous rite which later on became a Jollibee commercial, “Ate Princess” made a humorous lip sync of “I don’t Wanna Miss a Thing and another guest performer had a comedic horror portrayal of “I’ll Always Love You.” Towards the end, selected students from the JHS strutted down the catwalk for a modeling of future Senior High School uniforms and creative haute couture while the different tracks for the SHS curriculum and other details were being explained. Directed by Mr. Rocky R. Costales and headed by Rev. Fr. Dante O. Juloc, OSA, the variety show summarized the history of CSA at 30 and what it promises to deliver for more years to come.

 
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