Likas Tama Relaunch

SAC relaunches Likas Tama

On 3 August 2015, St. Anthony’s College relaunched its Likas Tama, the school’s integrated environmental protection and advocacy program.   The activity coincided with the school’s Foundation Day celebration themed,  “Ako. Anthonian. Bantay Kalikasan.” which translates to “I. Anthonian. Earth Guardian.”  The relaunching comes a few weeks after the issuance of the Catholic encyclical, “Laudato Si,” issued by His Holiness Pope Francis

Speaking to a couple of thousand students, Pedro S. Altar III, Community Extension and External Relations Officer of SAC emphasized the need for continuing awareness and sustained action to ensure tangible results.  He said that the Likas Tama will be implemented through campus beautification and clean-up drive; solid waste management and small-scale organic fertilizer production; organic vegetable farm; tree nursery and native fruit trees conservation project; tree planting drives; coastal & waterways clean up drive; and pro-environment advocacy, including closure of mining operations in Antique and ending of illegal fishing activities in the province.

In a ceremonial re-leafing of the Likas Tama Tree, the environmental advocacy partners and officers of SAC stamped green handprints on an image of a leafless tree, indicating their commitments to rebuilding and protecting the environment.  Present to re-leaf the Likas Tama Tree were  Teody N. Siesa, Station Manager of 91.7 Radyo Natin Antique; Pete Zaldivar of Buenavista Cable TV; Jose Allan S. Bartolo and Elma Zamuraga, Chair and General Manager, respectively of the Bugasong Water District; Josephine C. Maguad of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office; Susima Q. Nermal, Chief of Operations of the Diocesan Social Action Center – Hublag Evelio; Vicente W. Villavert OIC of the Philippine Information Agency – Antique; Irene O. delos Reyes, President of the SAC Alumni Association – BSHM/HRM Chapter; and Rev. Fr. Edione R. Febrero, JCL., College President of St. Anthony’s College and concurrently, Manager of DYKA, Spirit FM and Director of the Antique Diocesan Social Action Center.

Also present were Engr. Leda T. de Gracia, Vice President for Administration of SAC; Dr. Ana Linda O. Santos, Vice President for Academic Affairs of SAC; Pedro S. Altar III of the SAC-CEERO; Jose Edison C. Tondares of the SAC-RPDO; Agnes Tamisen, Dean of the SAC Nursing Department; and Ian Dave Acuisa, President of the SAC Student Republic.

Following the relaunching ceremonies, simultaneous activities participated by college students grouped per year level were also conducted.  First year students did the clean-up drive in their respective department.  All second year students prepared the organic vegetable garden along the yard fronting the Anthonian Publication and Student Lounge.  Third year students planted native fruit trees like lanzones, avocado and jackfruit around the campus.  The fourth and fifth year students prepared their departmental botanical gardens. (JPB)

SAC, DSAC plant trees at Baghari watershed

The 10th of July 2015 was yet another challenging and fulfilling day for St. Anthony’s College (SAC).   Selected second year students of the Higher Education Department and personnel of SAC, and partners from the Diocesan Social Action Center (DSAC) conducted this year’s 3rd Tree Planting activity in Baghari, Barbaza, Antique.  Baghari was laid to waste in 2013 by Typhoon Yolanda and was given rehabilitation assistance by Caritas Belgium-Italiana through the DSAC.  The rehabilitation assistance included measures like installation of water systems, water shed delineation and watershed protection.

In their messages, Hon. Edgar Salaver, the Brgy. Chairman; Mrs. Susima Q. Nermal, the DSAC Chief-of-Operation; and Mr. Romy A. Fabila, the CEERO Representative emphasized the value of environmental care and the benefits of planting trees. They said that Earth’s resilience does not only pertain to the forces of nature but also by the act of the inhabitants.  Acts like tree planting activities, in a way, become the resilience of Mother Nature.  Action takers become the resilience of Mother Nature.  The community successfully planted a total of 200 native fruit and timber trees.

The long day was concluded with a feast at noon sponsored by Mr. Avelino Adan, Jr., the owner of the land delineated as Baghari Watershed. The students, together with the other participants expressed joy knowing that what they did was worthwhile, not only for themselves, but for the future of Baghari. Through the activities under the “We Care” program, SAC continues to bring hope to the lands of Antique and ultimately, to the world. (GD)


Anthonians snag medals at PRISAA Nationals 2014-2015

In an unprecedented performance,  six Anthonians snagged medals at the nationals of the Private School Athletic Association (PRISAA) meet held on 11-17 April 2015 in Iloilo City ending several medal thirsty years.  The Anthonian medalists were FLAG athletes Michelle G. Soriano, Hannah Bea M. Ubaldo, Mike John A. Faulan, Allan S. Flores Jr., Jerome T. Manlangit, and 8th Grader Carl Virgil S. Abiera.

Drafted to join the Western Visayas delegation after impressing regional coaches during the Western Visayas PRISAA held in Negros Occidental, Soriano, and Ubaldo, BS Computer Engineering and BS Civil Engineering students, respectively, joined the Softball regional delegation (Central Philippine University Team) coached by Kim dela Cruz and won Gold.  The team successfully defended the crown it already held.  Soriano and Ubaldo were coached in Antique by Rhiza Joi Navallasca.

Faulan, BS Criminology student joined the Athletics regional delegation  (Western Institute of Technology Team) coached by Noel Diel.  Faulan ran the 4 x 400 m relay men, and won Silver, in a win that has been elusive to the region for many years. Faulan was coached in Antique by Jo Ruel Galindo.

Flores Jr., BS Computer Engineering student joined the Tae Kwon Do (Poomsae) regional delegation (Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion) coached by Ronaldo Balasa.  Flores won Silver for individuals, and Silver for mixed doubles.  Flores was coached in Antique by Michael Montinola.

Manlangit, BS Criminology student joined the Karatedo Men regional delegation (Iloilo Doctors’ College) coached by Ronnie Malijan.  Manlangit won Bronze.  Manlangit was coached in Antique by Perfecto Petinglay, Jr.

Abiera, 8th Grader joined the Tae Kwon Do Boys regional delegation (Central Philippine University) coached by Chister John Gersanib.  Abiera won Bronze. Abiera was coached in Antique by Michael Montinola.

The medalists will be receiving scholarships/educational aid from St. Anthony’s College (SAC) as incentives for their outstanding performance.  They are also automatic candidates to the Outstanding Achievement in Sports Award annually conferred by SAC. (JET)




Molina tops 114 SAC Grade School graduates AY-2014-2015

Ryne Jethro Molina topped SAC Grade School’s 114-strong graduating class this AY 2014-2015. In the Honor Roll with Molina, in 2nd to 10th order were Phoebe Mae Magabilin, Nathalie Heart Herrera, Gailianne Louise Caytiles, Ella Loevie Sugata-on, Angelie Claire Ausan, Angeluz Vital, Davilyn Jun Garcila, Trisha Mel Tondares, and Regina Vyn Martinez.


SAC Grade School graduates for AY 2014-2015 included BOYS: Agupe, Don Armani T.; Alejandro, Al Jimvic  A.; Amazona, Vince C.; Anacan , Benedict  III C.; Aroma, Pedeulie D.; Arrieta, Eddiemar   F.; Ayson, Jeumari  B.; Bantolo, Jose Miguel ; Besas, ,Arthur Jr.  R.; Cahilig, Marven John A.; Capilastique, Mark Kenneth H.; Cuñada, Chriszan Joseph   L.; and Dela Serna, Martino O.


Dumancas, Geric H.; Encarnacion, Mikhael Miguel C.; Espares, Vince Randy  R.; Espartero, Von Luigi  E.; Estonilo, Edfhel V.; Estrullo,Renier Vince N.; Gentuya, Guilorenz E.; Gonzaga, Rochlem Luis Dale  B.; Jornada, Jeric Renel N.; Julian, Mikhail Antoni A.; Kondo, Niño Hiro S.; Krokmyrdal, Karl Lorence G.; Lagunday, Marc Justine  M.; Libo-on, Miles Dean O.; Marfil, Franz Jethro  O.; and Molina, Ryne Jethro  M.


Montuya, Michelangelo O.; Nodque, Cedric Paul M.; Ordanel, Joven  L.; Osunero, Matt Joel G.;           Pongyan, Marc Brian D.; Ramli, Danish Mirza  D.;      Salazar, Oscar Henry  S.; Salvaleon, Kevin William  O.; Salvan, Emster Francis J.; Sangalan, Nestor IV J.; Sario, Mack Lester  J.; Satajo, Rauwen Ross N.; Seniel, Jerill S.; and Servillon, Manuel Cesar  P.


Siesa, Ivan Matthew S.; Singh, Rohet  S.; Suace, Mark Roger A.; Suplemento, Prince Rene; Tan, Craig Andre P.; Tanallon, Lorenzo III   M.; Turrecha, Gideon S.; Villanueva, Christian Aldrin  G.;          and Yson, Richard Allen D.


GIRLS:  Aguirre, Ma. Cleofe  E.; Alipis, Princess Khamylle  E.; Ang, Claire Dayan M.; Arevalo, Pamela Grace  O.; Asejo, Tricia Marie M.; Atienza, Joanna Marie D.; Ausan, Angelie Claire  G.; Barrientos, Krizelle Joyce A.; Bianson, Kristine  Mae  Allyssa  D.; Bolaño, Charrise Anne  Cassandra Nicole D.; Cabios, Merielle P.;          Capadocia, Lian Krishna B.; Casalan, Jacquelyn Rose  L.; Caytiles, Gailianne Louise  F.; Cercado, Chloè C.; De Guzman, Justice  O.; Dela Torre, Julia Eliza  N.; and Dela Victoria, Arwen Jewel  P.


Descutido, Aila Reanne O.; Dy, Pauline Grace C.; Fajarillo, Weendelyn  I.; Famisaran, Mary Jean   G.; Faulan, Denisse Marie M.; Galindo, Patricia Anne  L.; Garcila, Davilyn Jun E.;     Geronimo, Chrystelle Ann  B.; Gigabalen, Darielle Nicole  T.; Herrera, Nathalie Heart P.; Lavega, Alezandra  Dolores  O.; Madamay, Mikka P.; and Magabilin, Phoebe Mae G.


Magallanes, Rhyanne  V.; Martinez, Regina Vyn  J.; Molina, Denesse  A.;            Mosquera, Kirsten Riz B.; Nolasco, Leanah Kaye P.; Osunero,Danella Julienne P.; Otadoy, Angeli Joy  P.   ; Pacificador, Kiana Louise  R.; Palacios, Enya May O.; Panaguiton, Krixie Reign  E.; Pechayco, Carah May  H.; Raba, Julianne Ysabel  A.; Robles, Kimberly Grace O.; Salazar, Frances Yaree A.; and Salazar, Nela Maria  S.


Salvio, Lynes Marie  C.; Sison, Johanna Rae  C. ; Sobrino, Kristine Mae  C.; Sugata-on, Ella Loevie  O.; Sumande, Missy R.; Tabor, Kianna Gida  G.; Tameta, Rozennie Zane  B.; Tilla-in, Therry Rose A.; Tiron, Wayne Elisha  R.; Tondares, Trisha Mae S.; Tonillo, Zeth  C.; Tonogbanua, Jaiza Marie  G.; Untaran, Ma. Ella Nicole J.; Uy, Kacey Danielle S.; Verde, Elisa Maria C.; and Vital, Angeluz  P.; (JET)

Padasas in triple triumph

Mark Angelo Padasas, an AB Political Science sophomore of St. Anthony’s College scored a triple triumph during the Annual Recognition Day on 13 March 2015. Padasas was recognized for outstanding performance in Christian Formation, Community Service, and Leadership.

“Winning those awards really surprised me,” said Padasas. “I want to thank the God Almighty for this blessing. I take this recognition as an inspiration for me to continue my service in the Church, in the school, and in the community. I believe that these awards will help me grow as a leader and as an Anthonian. May we Anthonians continue to lead our community, especially the youth and deliver to them the positive influence for their growth in spirituality, academic excellence, and community service. Thank you St. Anthony’s College!”

Padasas was cited for his active involvement in parish and diocesan activities, volunteer work and leadership positions in school organizations.

Also recognized were for Leadership Award: Neeson Panayaman, Ian Dave Acuisa, Steven Checa, Dominic Loquias, Aun Lauriz Macuja, Neeza Panayaman, Glaica Salvani, and Deannah Lou Tampus.

Sports Award: Mary Joy Alarma, Leibnitz Aurelio, Ramie Ross Boston, Renel Espina, Allan Flores, Jr., Jerika Paloma, Vibein Mae Rubinos, Michelle Soriano, Hannah Bea Ubaldo, Andrea Mae Diwa, Mike John Faulan, Maycee Ibasco, Sol Manalo, Jerome Manlangit, Anthony de la Peña, Sunshine Labrador, Ysahbel Mariz Misajon, and Joyce Ann Solomon. Most of the Sports Awardees were FLAG athletes, the varsity players of SAC. (JET)


SAC graduates last batch under RBEC; Autajay is valedictorian

On 30 March 2015, St. Anthony’s College (SAC) graduated the last batch of high school students under the Revised Basic Education Curriculum. One hundred fifty students successfully completed the program and will be the last high school graduates that SAC will see until the first graduates of the Senior High School under the Enhance Basic Education program marches by the end of AY 2017-2018.

Christian Angelo Q. Autajay was class valedictorian, and Marycon Fia Adel A. Munoz was class salutatorian. Joining the top ten honor list were Alona Gale M. Tingocia, 1st Honor; Ma. Thea Fay Lou I. Valerta, 2nd Honor; Princess M. Diana, 3rd Honor; Racquel V. Canono, 4th Honor; Jessa Mae Nona V. Dionisio, 5th Honor; Cassandra M. Yanong, 6th Honor; Arriane D. Ucag, 7th Honor; and Nona Mae I. Mejares, 8th Honor.

SAC was recently authorized by the Department of Education to operate a Senior High School. One of the most prepared high school in Antique to implement the Enhanced Basic Education Program, SAC Senior High School will be accepting enrollees in AY 2016-2017. (JET)

SAC TTP trains 1000 plus; counts 21

The St. Anthony’s College Technical Training Program (SAC TTP) operated by the La Mennais Brothers officially closed effective AY 2015-2016 after 21 years of serving Antiqueños. The SAC TTP served over a thousand technical trainees from all over Antique.

On 13 March 2015, SAC TTP graduated forty-two technical trainees – the last it would. Fifteen students completed training in Automotive; four in Dressmaking; 10 in Electronics; seven in Fabrication; two in Machine Shop; and eight in Refrigeration.

The graduates were: Automotive: Bonapart Abadiano, Fritz Gerard Bertolano, Kerwin Elanga, Ricky Boy Omallao, Santi John Atienza, Bobby Chavez, Jr., Erecson Espino, John Vincent Panaungon, John Albert Ballarta, Jurex Cortejo, Kenneth Lloyd Meanagua, Jaimar Pechon, Vic Pelingon, Mario Sasana, and James Tayoganda.

Dressmaking: Shara Mae Elizan, Hazel Mae Frayco, Raylin Gatila, and Sheila Mae Samillano. Electronics: Prince Bardollos, Gilbert Cantor, Marfel Gambalan, Michael Gonzales, Albert Jaudines, Zarina Jean Nacional, John Kevin Napacia, Jeyson Pelingon, Ronnie Pelingon, and Isagani Sumba.

Fabrication: Ryan Galono, Jan Paul Garcia, Ian Joy Martinez, Niño Matandac, Danmark Miquela, Jhon Angielou Nieves, Dexter Tababa, and Carlo Dolorica. Refrigeration: Juvan Gozon, Al Lorbie Abapo, Paul Vincent Cordova, Lunard Carl Dimamay, Jied Gallego, Aldrin Matunding, Maxx Mondoy, Eric Jhon Valero, and Vincent Zamora.

Twenty-one years ago, the La Mennais Brothers observed that there was a large pool of untapped, unemployed youths in Antique who dropped out of the formal educational system, usually because of lack of financial resources. The La Mennais thought that these young people still had their place in the community if they were given a chance. The observation encouraged them to develop a program that would respond to this particular reality.

In 1994, the La Mennais Brothers in Antique implemented the TTP. This was directed to providing unemployed out-of-school youth with training in blue collar competencies and education in Christian values meant to increase self-confidence, enhance their employability or pave the way for gainful self-employment.

The closure of the program was an effect of the enhanced technical training services and scholarships of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the implementation of the RA 10533 of 2013 (Enhanced Basic Education Act). Both national developments, which focus on developing employable skills among students at the mandatory education level, particularly the Senior High School had rendered the SAC TTP redundant.

The La Mennais Brothers will be turning over the TTP Building as well as some of the training equipment to SAC for use in the implementation of the Senior High School.

SAC welcomes new CPAs; 70% passing rate

St. Anthony’s College welcomes its seven new certified public accountants. In a 70% passing rate in the May 2015 CPA Licensure examination administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) the following students are now ready to be registered in the roll of certified public accountants: Sarah Mae G. de los Reyes, Dan David D. Flores, Mary Djheoanny T. Laude, Rachel S. Rufo, Earl Marben V. Serra, Leonard D. Servedad, and Innah Bea B. Vedad.

The passing rate obtained by SAC is 95.6% higher than the national passing rate, which is 35.78%. The PRC announced that 2,132 out of the 5,959 examinees passed the Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination given by the Board of Accountancy in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Legazpi.

The Board of Accountancy is composed on Joel L. Tan-Torres, Chairman; Eliseo A. Aurellado, Gerard B. San Victores, Gloria T. Baysa and Concordio S. Quisaot, Members. (JET)


Sarah crowned Lin-ay kang Hamtic 2015

Sarah Mae Lara Borres Rodriguez, a BS Accounting Technology student of St. Anthony’s College won the coveted Lin-ay kang Hamtic crown on 19 January 2015. She will be representing the historic Municipality of Hamtic during the Lin-ay kang Antique pageant in December 2015.

Rodriguez, a student leader and local head turner also got draped with sashes for specials awards including Best in Interview, Best in Filipiniana Gown, Best in Swimsuit, Best in Sumakwelan Festival Attire, Best in Production Number, Ms. Telegenic, Ms. Sophie Paris, Ms. Globe, Ms. M. Lhuillier and Ms. Avon.

On being crowned Lin-ay kang Hamtic, Rodriguez said, “I do believe that everything happens for a reason. Just pray to God, trust Him and always seek His guidance. Being crowned as Lin-ay kang Hamtic is truly a self-fulfillment. I am happy to be recognized as being beautiful in my innermost value as a woman. I am happy that I can be an inspiration to young girls especially to those who have experienced failures before. I am grateful to those who truly believe in me as they are the people behind my success.” (JET)

Staking the ground: SACSR leads preparation for Likas Tama

On the eve of its official assumption of office, incoming SAC Student Republic (SACSR) Officers for AY 2015-2016 took on their first community service project by cleaning up the back area of the De Wit Hall and preparing it for the Likas Tama Organic Vegetable Garden and Native Fruit Tree Nursery.


Led by President-elect, Ian Dave A. Acuisa, 27 SACSR officers returned to school on 16 May 2015 two weeks ahead of the registration period for AY 2015-2016 to clean up the idle lot behind De Wit Hall. Volunteers laid out the area and staked the assigned garden spots to be adopted by students for their community service training.  Romy Fabila of the Community Extension and External Relations Office supervised the clean-up and staking after Jose Edison Tondares, Research, Planning and Development Officer briefed the volunteers on the Likas Tama Program of St. Anthony’s College.


A portion of the cleaned up lot was prepped to serve as native fruit tree (NaFTree) nursery in anticipation of the tree planting activities and maintenance of the watershed forests adopted by the school.  A number of mango seedlings from last year’s planting season remain in the makeshift tree nursery.


Mr. Pedro S. Altar III, Community Extension and External Relations Officer and concurrent head of the Likas Tama Program of the school said that urban style gardening will be applied.  Students will be bringing in bags of garden soil to be braced over the staked garden spots.  These bagged soil will be used as plant containers in an otherwise arid and graveled location.  The organic garden will growing local vegetables capable of thriving during the rain season.  Planting will commence in June 2015.


Meanwhile, Tondares said that to support the Likas Tama Organic Vegetable Garden, a Vermiculture-based organic fertilizer production bin is also being prepared adjacent to the garden lot.  The Physical Plant Office has already laid the foundation of the fertilizer bin and is expecting to complete the roofing for the structure very soon.


Volunteers during the activity included Acuisa, Ian Dave A.; Aldemita, Paul Bryan; Alora, Fely Marie I.;  Bacho, Ma. Lejandravic R.;  Cabigunda, Kaye Pauline E.; Campos, Patric Daren S.; Canja, Dan Philip A.;  Cataquian, Ludilyn C.; Chavoso, Venus A.; Daquila, Crizza Mae D.; delos Santos, Allan Roy C.; dela Cruz, Shaira Monalisa; Delfin, Gennivive;  delos Santos, Norie Ann;  Diaz, Riza; Fabila, Romy A.; Garcia, Lan Angelo J.; Hernaez, James Oliver; Lampasa, Roselyn G.;  Magbanua, Cherish; Magno, Mark Anthony;  Marquez, Nathalie V.;  Noble, Jeron C.; Pedrosa, Rochelle Jean;  Pon-an, Aileen Marie; Rico, Jaren; Tabangay, Jenerey;  Tondares, Jose Edison C. Tumangday, Diozel D.; and Yanong, Lady Louise M. <em>(JET)</em>