February 27, 2015

BINHI Scholar is an Honor Student

We are so proud of our BINHI scholar, Gina Antonio, who ranked 1st in the HONOR’s List in the first semester, A.Y. 2014-2015, at St. Bernadette College of Alabang.  She is a part-time student taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education, while working full-time at PAREF Woodrose School. Gina has been working in Wooodrose for 21 years…and we remember her as the hardworking auxiliary staff who silently goes about her work at the Oratory, whether preparing for mass, or simply keeping it always clean. And she is also the person behind all the beautiful flower arrangements in school, including our graduation! 

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February 11, 2015

Wear Your School Colors

We had a fun photo shoot day with alumnae moms and their daughters in the Woodrose campus, wearing polo shirts, t-shirts, and pullover hoodies from the Red & Blue Shop.

The Red & Blue Shop is the official merchandise store of PAREF Woodrose School that is managed by the Woodrose Alumnae Association.  Proceeds from this support the BINHI Scholarship Fund that subsidizes the education of the children of the Woodrose Auxiliary Staff.

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On Apaz Reyes-Gonzales ’86 and her daughter Carolina (Gr. 4): round neck t-shirts available in blue, red, and heather grey

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backpacks with W patch on the front pocket, available in red and blue

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On Monique Basa-Halili ’93 and her daughter Gabby (Gr. 2): pullover hoodies available in red and blue

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On Charm de Asis-Guce ’95 and her daughter Nicola (Gr. 7): polo shirts with plaid W patch on the right sleeve, available in white and blue

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On Gigi Malabanan-Noche ’95: round neck t-shirt available in blue, red, and heather grey; and on her daughter Elana: baby onesie available in white only

 

Thank you to Sophia Lorenzo ’14 for the photos!

January 13, 2015

First Alumna as School Board Chair

In October 2014, Woodrose reached an important and historic milestone: MILETTE DIZON-LORENZO, from Woodrose Class of 1986, is the first alumna to be elected Chairperson of the PAREF Woodrose School Board. Being an alumna with 3 daughters studying in Woodrose and 2 daughters who have already graduated from Woodrose, Milette’s heart is deeply rooted in the school. We are confident that she will lead our alma mater to greater heights!

We share with you a short write up about Milette, written by her high school classmate, Leah Puyat ’86.

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Milette Dizon-Lorenzo ’86 (third person from the left, back row) with her family.

Excellence in Action

When I was a child, an uncle of mine had a T-shirt that read, “I may not be perfect but parts of me are excellent.” My friend Milette Dizon Lorenzo ‘86 has never been mediocre or forgettable. When we were in grade school, her mom Ina Gonzalez Dizon was featured in a glossy lifestyle magazine about hosting parties, she made special mention that her then nine year old daughter Milette could already bake and would help her out when she invited guests to her home.  In high school, she was everyone’s second tutor and homeroom teacher as she helped us with our homework and exam reviews.  Her talents were not limited to academics. Her talent for drawing and crafts made for striking bulletin boards and lovely sketches of the prom dresses of our dreams.  She eventually went on to greater academic success as the first Summa Cum Laude of the Management Honors program of Ateneo de Manila University.  Upon graduation, she joined Proctor and Gamble and she was part of the team that launched premium quality brand Pantene in the Philippines.  As a mother of eight, she saw the need for a fun yet productive way to spend the summer, and  she spearheaded the Trailblazers Summer Camp, and she now heads the School Board.  What always stays with me is how steadfast and unassuming Milette goes about her work. She never seeks personal glory or recognition, but just finds a way to get things done. I am sure she will cringe with embarrassment when she reads this piece, but I am confident that the School Board will reach new heights of excellence under Milette’s leadership.

December 11, 2014

Eucharistic Procession 2014

Thank you to the alumnae volunteers who came to Woodrose on November 21, 2014 to prepare a 180 sq.ft. floral carpet assigned to us at the chapel lobby.  It took us 7 hours to complete.  Apaz Reyes-Gonzales ’86 described the making as “back-breaking but so worth the time and effort!”  Fr. Roque Reyes, Woodrose School Chaplain, gave us the best compliment…he said it was “profound.”  But more profound than this work of love is the Eucharistic Procession that took place the next day.  This has been an annual school tradition the past 10 years, and it continues to inspire and move us to love our Lord ever more deeply.

Volunteers:
Jill San Juan-Singian ’99
Tata Reyes-Sibayan ’03
Carms Hernandez ’02
Kat Lim ’02
Mylene Pineda-Mapa ’88
Marina Reyes ’98
Ina Escasa ’13
Marie Ilagan ’13
Issay Jacob ’14
Joy Herrera ’89
Apaz Reyes-Gonzales ’86 with daughter Carolina
Carmela Vertido ’98
Ashley Aquino ’06

The making of the floral carpet:

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The start of the Eucharistic Procession at the Chapel Lobby:

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December 4, 2014

S.O.W. Book Drive

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The Woodrose Alumnae Association has partnered with Narra Nueva Study Center’s literacy project, entitled PALO, BASA TA! (Palo, let’s read!), through a book-drive that will benefit the children of Barrio San Joaquin in Palo, Leyte. This community, greatly damaged by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in November 2013, is very special to Woodrose because every summer, before the typhoon struck, several students, alumnae, and teachers would visit Palo to do rural service. When news of Palo’s devastation spread within the school community, the outpouring of help was overwhelming. Donations of food, clothing, medicines and other basic necessities were brought to Woodrose, volunteers flocked to pack relief goods for shipping, and a medical mission team was put together. A year after the typhoon struck, there is still so much work to be done. Woodrose, in cooperation with Narra Nueva, is very active in rebuilding Palo by carrying out a Teacher Training Program in reading, writing, and math that will enable teachers to be more effective in the classroom; organizing Reading Appreciation Workshops that will help grade school students develop basic literacy skills; and restoring the library and the Palo Youth Center.

The alumnae association has volunteered to to take charge of the book-drive that will help rebuild the library by filling it with literary books. We hope to collect at least 5,000 books by next year. Please support this project by donating literary children’s books. You may send your donation to Woodrose or at a drop off point in Makati (address to be provided upon request).

For more details, feel free to contact the Alumnae Affairs Office at 850-6380 loc. 128 or woodrose.alumnae@gmail.com.

January 7, 2014

A Day in Leyte

By Romina Lirio, Class of 2010

 

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Last November 27, 2013, the Woodrose Medical Mission was held in Brgy. San Joaquin, Palo, Leyte. Parents, alumnae, and faculty served as volunteers. I was fortunate enough to be part of this activity. Fortunate because I was given the opportunity to help out the victims directly.

Upon arriving in Tacloban airport, the evident devastation I witnessed was far more stunning than those I saw on TV. Watching the news updates about the typhoon was already upsetting. I didn’t think it was possible to be more depressed about the situation. Although somehow my spirit was uplifted as I observed all the volunteers from different local and international organisations giving their effort and time to those in need.

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I was assigned to the dispensing station and it was probably the most stressful job. With the large amount of medicines donated, it was difficult to set-up an efficient system at first. Eventually, we got a hang of it and I enjoyed handing out the medicines even if it was extremely tiring walking around back and forth. I barely ate but it was fine. I was just too busy attending to the people that I never felt any signs of hunger.

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My brief chats with the victims were amusing. It was humbling to see the people so grateful and thankful that we were there to help them out. Giving a few extra vitamins brought about bright smiles and endless gratitude. However, the expressions of loss, pain and suffering were still etched upon their faces. Nevertheless, these people were so honest amidst these trying times. I have seen several people who deliberately approached the volunteers to have their prescriptions stamped indicating that they have claimed their share of medicines.

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The mission day was also the Feast Day of the Miraculous Medal and a mass was scheduled to be celebrated on that day. It was fascinating to see the unwavering faith of Filipinos  who have gone through numerous tragedies and are still turning to God for help. As each day passes, I know that these people are slowly standing up and restoring their lives.

As the day ended, I realised that it was such an unbelievable day with the erratic flight schedules and unusual rush of adrenaline but I’m so glad to have been part of all of it. It had been a day but it had given me immense inspiration to study even harder. So that someday when I’m a doctor, I will join these medical missions again and maybe I will make more people happy.

As the day ended, I realised that it was such an unbelievable day with the erratic flight schedules and unusual rush of adrenaline but I’m so glad to have been part of all of it. It had been a day but it had given me immense inspiration to study even harder. So that someday when I’m a doctor, I will join these medical missions again and maybe I will make more people happy.

Although somehow my spirit was uplifted as I observed all the volunteers from different local and international organisations giving their effort and time to those in need.

Some alumnae volunteers: Katrina Sarabia '98, Romina Lirio '10, Leah Librea-Zamora '88, Pola Lamarca '08, Kathee Pineda '85, and Carmela Vertido '98

Some alumnae volunteers: Katrina Sarabia ’98, Romina Lirio ’10, Leah Librea-Zamora ’88, Pola Lamarca ’08, Kathee Pineda ’85, and Carmela Vertido ’98

 

Photos taken by: Michael Lirio

November 28, 2013

Storm Surge of Hope

By Carmela Vertido, Class of 1998 with Ashley Aquino, Class of 2006

 

Below is an account of how individuals and groups in PAREF Woodrose School are helping the victims of Yolanda.

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Palo, Leyte has been our venue for rural service projects for the past two years.  This initiative set specifically in Brgy. San Joaquin, has been made possible because of the help of Mrs. Mian Añover, a Woodrose parent. Last summer, together with around 20 of our high school students, we helped 300 beneficiaries in a medical mission, as well as taught around 120 children from the barangay. We also visited homes, attended daily mass in the community’s chapel, played games with the children and made a lot of friends.

After the service project concluded, some of our students still kept in touch with the children of San Joaquin. A few days after typhoon Yolanda made landfall, one of them was able to send a text message saying that he was doing fine, but that many of the other children had died. It was heartbreaking to hear. Even now, the thought of it still seems unreal to us.

As soon as I could, I gathered the volunteers who went to Leyte and talked about what we could do to help. With the suggestion and support of the Special Subjects Department, we decided to be the organizing team of the High School Christmas program scheduled on December 19. We will be selling tickets to parents and friends. It will be a fundraising event for the survivors of Yolanda.

Many other members of the Woodrose school community continue to reach out in whatever way they can to the victims of the typhoon. These past few days, teachers, staff, students, alumnae and parents have been spending hours packing food, clothes, medicines and supplies for the medical mission that we plan to hold in Palo.  So far, the relief drive has released around 2,500 bags of food and 600 boxes filled with other items like toiletries, clothing and water. The Woodrose student council has also come up with a campaign of selling customized shirts with inspirational messages like Bangon Pilipinas and The Filipino Spirit is Waterproof.  These shirts will be donated to the survivors of the super typhoon. So far, we have 350 orders.

Recently, the Year II students have also written letters of consolation and hope to our devastated countrymen. These will be personally delivered to their recipients during our upcoming medical mission. Meanwhile, individuals and small groups continue to go to Villamor Air Base to help in the relief efforts. Grade School teacher, Pat Francisco, even had the opportunity to volunteer in Leyte over the weekend.  We asked her about her experience riding the C-130, and also about the present conditions of the people there.  I cannot seem to find the proper words to relate her stories.

These next days, we will be preparing intensely and as best as we can for the medical mission. There will be around 26 members in the medical team, along with 15 volunteers.

I’m filled with mixed emotions when I think about the medical mission next week.  Sometimes I get butterflies in my stomach.  Maybe it’s because we’re not sure what exactly will happen, or what we’ll see when we get there. But all that, of course, is part of another story.

[Author’s Note: I don’t have immediate relatives in any of the typhoon-affected areas, but our family’s helper was in Leyte when Yolanda hit.  She raised my siblings and I, and we love her a lot.  I have been calling her cell phone every day since the calamity happened but I have had no contact.  I’ve asked friends to help me look for her.  Imagining the worst things that she could have gone through—or is going through—is saddening and being unable to reach out and help someone who was always there when you needed her is an awful feeling. We continue to pray we find her.]

August 20, 2013

Typhoon Maring Relief Operations

PAREF Woodrose School is accepting donations for the victims of Typhoon Maring who are in need of the following:

1. canned goods
2. rice
3. water
4. sandwich spread
5. bread
6. usable old clothes, shoes, slippers
7. toiletries (napkins, diapers, soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)
8. medicines

9. blankets
10. towels
11. utensils and bowls to put food in

Please send all donations to PAREF Woodrose School, Acacia Avenue Ext, Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City.

Repacking will start tomorrow, August 21, at 9am at the Promenade, Woodrose School. Volunteers are also needed.

July 30, 2013

Ms. Udani’s legacy to Woodrose students

By Isa Abola, Class of 2012

 

Ms. Udani

From the time she began working in Woodrose in 1989 to the time she announced her retirement in 2013, Ms. Udani was constantly making an impact on the school. She especially began to make significant changes when she took on the position of executive director in 1998.

Not every student had the chance to get to know her personally, having seen her only as she passed by them in the hallways. However, they all remember her short but inspirational speeches that she gave before the Intrams parades on Family Day, reminding each student, before she starts becoming emotional and passionate over the games and cheer dancing competition, to be a good sport, and that what matters in the end is the hard work and cooperation each one exerts as a team.

Her stay in Woodrose oversaw many changes in the school and the way it is run. Most students will remember the start of the annual Eucharistic Procession, the putting up of the academic building and renovation of the gym and walkways, and the swiping  of IDs at the gates. The Singaporean Math system was also installed under her leadership, and the school was proud to receive full  PAASCU accreditation status in the year 2006.

Read more…

July 25, 2013

Alumnae in the Woodrose Musical

Let’s support the upcoming Woodrose musical, My Life in Three Acts Bags, this Saturday (July 27) and Sunday (July 28).

Starring Woodrose alumnae: Impy Publico-Alandy Dy ’94, Cucu Matta-Gonong ’94, Marie Puyat ’98, and Kathleen Francisco ’10.

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