CITE Conducts Fire Drill, Mock Firefighting Ops

Talamban fire officials give an orientation to the students on responding emergencies.

CITE puts to test its emergency response and firefighting capabilities during a Fire Drill on November 7, 2019 as part of its safety awareness program at the start of the second semester.

Student gets to wear coveralls and try their firefighting skills during a mock ops.

About 500 students from SHS and diploma program participated in the orientation conducted by  FO2 Ramil B. Herrera and FO1 Raymund Jade Lauglaug of Talamban Fire Sub-Station (TFSS).

Students perform the duck-cover-hold routine during earthquake evac.

“We should hone our capability to quickly respond to emergencies especially for schools with large occupants (like CITE), “ according to FO1 Lauglaug in an interview. FO1 Lauglaug underscored the importance of training and re-training not just for students but for staff as well. “Students do come and go, but teachers should equip themselves with know-how how in responding emergencies,” he added.

Mr. Gene Rey Eyas tries to put out fire to demonstrate the PASS steps: Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle low, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep from side to side until the fire is out.

He added that the regular fire drills are an opportunity to educate the students on the importance of immediately reporting fire incidents to authorities to prevent loss of lives and minimize destruction of properties. CITE has a safety brigade led by Mr. Rey Gimena. It has also a response team of students who are well trained in emergencies.

Prior to the drill, TFSS personnel conducted a walk-through to probe the fire exits and fire extinguishers at the school and assess the employees’ skills and knowledge on fire suppression and evacuation.

My Experience at Tsuneishi

Technical training from the best in the field

In-plant training is part of college life. It aims on improving our technical knowledge into a much better experience. Our plant exposure is very important not only to teach us students regarding our field of choice but also to show us the truth about working in the industry.  It allows us to to experience work and learn at the same time.

Tsuneishi Technical Services (Phils.)  Inc. (TTSP)  is well-known for being a competitive shipbuilding company.  It is a Detail Engineering and Production Design company which serves the manufacturing, fabrication and construction needs of shipyards within the Tsuneishi Group in the Philippines as well as in Japan and China. At the same, it is also open to opportunities of serving the non-captive markets.

It might be out of our comfort zone still it gave us new path, new insights, and new knowledge in life. Our experience has given us challenges that were unusual to us, as we were Mechanical Engineering Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology students. It’s new to us but still we are ready to face whatever obstacles we might face in this career. Though it is hard but we’ll keep on fighting to reach our destinations, our goals.

The growing family of TTSP

TTSP delights its customers with its strengthened brand equity and technical services through competitive quality, cost-efficient and on-time delivery. On the other hand, TTSP strengthens its employees through healthy competitive benefits, not only onto their customers and employees but they also showed us how to be socially responsible by reaching out to our community.

Reaching out to the immediate community is never out of style.

Being in this type company which values their customers, employees, and the community is a great privilege for us CITE students. They had given us the best experience, best insights, and the best mentors. They nurtured us with the best advice and know-how in shipbuilding that we will be using in our future careers. Here we know that we are not better than each other, but are better than what we used to be.

Teambuildings are always the heart of good working relationships.

TTSP taught us never to give up. They taught us to be brave and take risks in our every move. They guided us with tender advice every time we’re in doubt. But there’s only one important thing that they left on us, “Don’t be afraid to start over again. This time you’re not starting from scratch, you’re starting from experience “.

This gave me a thought that when life brings you down, be brave and face it, because success is much sweeter in this way. Now we are enjoy our training and cherish every moment with it because right now is the oldest we’ve ever been and the youngest we’ll ever be again. (Jude Oybenes, Mechanical Engineering Technology Trainee)

How Mentoring Creates Positive Change

Mentors have different gimmicks in order to catch the attention of children.

Psychology Today has reported a study that shows children with supportive mentors have grown to become more intellectual, emotional and interpersonal beaming with self-confidence and self-awareness.

Mentoring involves writing and reading.

Mentoring, in any form, has created positive impact on children. Those who are mentored have better staying power in the school and are less likely to become dropouts. In the future, they create life goals of their own.

Children are treated to a storytelling.

At CITE, young mentors have become someone that children look up to and trust. Mentoring sessions in Barangay San Jose on Saturdays included storytelling, arts and crafts, and games that are productive and drawing out creativity from children. Mentors also had time to talk to about 20 children aged 3-5 about their family, homework, and their simple lives as kids.

Icebreakers and action songs keep the kids on their toes.

Young Mentors Organization chairman Jushua Avila said that being a mentor is a rewarding experience that allows himself to live his younger self. Another member, Jhon Carl Abelleja said that getting close to the kids reminds him of his younger siblings in Compostela Valley. The training these mentors get from Mrs. Editha Erana, helped more than 25 current members equip themselves with Montessori skills to teach children get through their assignments and projects. The training which zeroes in on learners has provided opportunity to the mentors themselves to develop virtues like patience and kindness.

Says Jushua, a weekly meeting with children may not seem like to be a huge impact, but definitely each encounter is treasured by both the mentor his mentee as long as both shall live.

CITE Joins World Congress of Family Enrichment

CITE joins more than 1,000 participants from 70 countries and all continents and regions during the World Congress of Family Enrichment on October 18-20, 2019 at Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, UK.

Organized by the International Federation for Family Development (IFFD), the said gathering aimed at strengthening and invigorating the family through hosting series of working sessions and roundtable discussions to discuss different challenges of family life. 

IFFD brought about a unique group of highly acclaimed experts including Shaunti Feldhan, Sir Henry Burns, Laraine Bennett, Thomas Lickona, Tom Harrison, Renata Kaczmarska and Andrew Mullin to discuss family-related issues.

Dr. Mercado (3rd from left) is joined by other delegates from Educhild Foundation, Inc.

Issues such as raising kids, family and wellness, technology, secrets of happy marriages and couples were the center of discussion.

Also, the Congress represented an opportunity to keep on working to put the crucial role of the family on the public agenda. Among others, there was an strategic meeting with Global NGOs on Family Issues and the Division for Inclusive Social Development, part of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, to discuss the joint preparations for the 30th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.

Industry Linkage Unit Manager Dr. Bonifacio Mercado Jr. represented the school to this conference with members of Educhild (Education for the Upbringing of Children) Foundation, Inc., which a founding member of IFFD.

The next edition of  World Congress will be held in Manila.

CITE Joins Campers in RAFI Kool Adventure Camp

Crystal John Aloyan and Jose Saquilabon

CITE joins campers from other private schools during the 4th Students’ Congress held through RAFI Kool Adventure Camp Youth Development Program on October 21 and 23 in Balamban.

RAFI Kool Camp boasts breathtaking activities that promote teambuilding.

Dubbed as iQuest: Youth Leadership, the program intensifies the skills of young leaders and increase self-awareness and social responsiveness through learning experiences and group dynamics. CITE young leaders Jose Saquilabon and Crystal John Aloyan were joined by SAO staff Viador John Viajar II.

Teachers and facilitators enjoy themselves during the 2-day event.

The event was organized by Cebu City Private Schools Administrators’ Association, Inc. (CCPSAA) in partnership with the DepEd Cebu City. Photo grab from RAFI Kool Adventure Camp.

Looking at Student Mental Health

Participants from different schools gather to discuss real issues on mental health.

There is no doubt that being a student can be stressful. When one experiences significant life changes, relationship and family issues, and academic pressure, it can contribute to changes in mental health.

Many would fear when recognizing a mental health issue within themselves, as they might not be able to figure out where it came from. At times, conditions can be debilitating making young people  retreat inward rather than seek help. That is why a good way to alleviate this issue is to raise awareness among young people and provide help.

Student representatives receive their certificate after attending the seminar.

A very sensitive topic indeed, but spate of mental health cases has gripped many young people nowadays.

Experts during the seminar sponsored by Arczone Professional Development, Inc.  at UP Cebu Performing Arts on October 25, 2019  have raised real-life issues and increased awareness among young people which included ways to promote good mental health.

Speakers included Dr. Carlo Magno, Gabriel Sebastian Lizada, Dr. Adelaida Gines, Theresa Amita dela Cruz, Dr. Hector Perez, and John Christopher Castillo.

CITE participants included Goldwyn Carbellido, Jereco Gonzaga, Christianver Zambrano, Raul Araneta Jr., and Virgel Borbon. Communications staff Chris Wayne Comendador joined the group.

SK Officials Responsive to Diploma Program

Eleven Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials from 7 barangays in Mandaue and Cebu City made their appearance at CITE  during the first leg of orientation series on CITE diploma program on October 5, 2019.

The officials toured the facilities and received a comprehensive overview of the scholarship program and the placement of 3-year diploma program in the Philippine Qualifications Framework. 

In attendance were D’ Andrei Christian Pono (Mantuyong), Jane Ailyn Seno  and Eijii Tawason (Tawason), Dominic John Beltran and Mary Hazel Truz (Cambaro), Kay Bongo  and Angie Montebon (Paknaan), Vince Ray Sanchez (Ibabao-Estancia), Miraluz Dosado and Dallie Mae Cabatingan (Casili),  and Joane Suson (Pagsabungan).

On hand to welcome the visitors were members of working committee headed by Chris Wayne Comendador, Rhiane Matas, Eljon Lauria, and Jundryl Oplado.

Another batch of officials from Cebu City are expected to attend the diploma orientation come October 12.

Drug Prevention Seminar Held

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO-Station 8) conducted a symposium on drug awareness and prevention on September 27, 2019 to over 600 senior high school and diploma program students of CITE as part of its drug awareness and prevention efforts.

PSSg. Merlito Patatag of Station 8 and public information officer, said Friday he conducts the lectures for students to raise awareness of the effects of drug abuse and provide them crime prevention tips. PSSg Patatag has cited cases of high school and college students engaged in illegal drugs and has found cases alarming.

While schools have duty to inform students not to get involved in counterproductive activities including cybercrime, vices, internet usage, social media activities, and joining insurgents, schools have the primary obligation to provide avenues for them to make their stay in the school productive.

PSSg. Patatag showed video documentaries to drive his point and engage the audience to be grateful for their support system such as parents  and teachers.

PSSg. Patatag was joined by police interns from station 8 during the event.

CITE Students Donate to Blood Drive

A steady stream of CITE students joined the blood donation drive organized by Juanito I. King Foundation Inc. (JIKFI) in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross Friday, September 27, 2019.

About 98 volunteers from diploma program and senior high school provided valuable blood and platelet donation to the bloodletting event with theme, “Donate Blood, Save Life”. JIKFI has also tapped other partners such as the King Group of Companies, Juanito King & Sons Inc., RDAK, SkyGo, 6R Mercantile, Nitos Auto Supply, and Cebu SubZero to donate blood.

JIKFI’s efforts and its partners have been recognized by the Philippine Red Cross who has awarded the foundation a service recognition for its annual bloodletting campaign, which has produced close to 150 bags of blood since 2016.

Bleachers Report#2: Team Aguila Dominates Sportsfest 2019

Blue Eagles proved to be too much for the rest of the competing teams during the recently concluded Sportsfest on September 11-13.

Aka Team Aguila (Mechanical Technology Department) garnered 561 points dominating major events such as basketball and volleyball events during the 3-day inter-departmental tournament held at CITE and at the Cebu City Sports Complex on the third day.

Red Dragons (Elec) scored shy of 480 points to qualify for the second spot, Green Hornets (Elex) placed third with 405 points, tailed by Black Panthers (IT) with 337 points.

Team Aguila’s path to the title did not come easy though as they have to go through a neck-and-neck battle with Red Dragons stunning the “Live Wiretappers” during the basketball match. Team Aguila also proved their mettle in the cheerdance competition with two powerhouse cheering squads winning top prize and dominating some track-and-field events.

The first throwing events were another huge turnaround for Team Aguila as players dominate the shot put and javelin throw. Indoor games also proved to be Team Aguila’s expertise when it won gold for chess and scrabble.

In volleyball, the Green Hornets bested three teams teams to clinch the crown. Red Dragons also enjoyed its three-peat for soccer.

Sportsfest was made possible through the following sponsors:

CH LEAD Industrial Supply
Christopher Pacifico
Alex Senagan
Juanito I. King Foundation, Inc.
Watchdog Automation Sales & Services
PLC Systems Technik, Inc.
Ricky Caputolan and family
Darryl Catipay and family
Amando Barda Jr. and family
Hrothgar Duazo and family
Anonymous Donor
Racquel Faelnar of Woven Furniture Designs, Inc.
Aldwin Jake Mejellano
Serviam Professionals, Inc.
and Friends of CITE

You can also grab awesome photos on this link courtesy of Clyde Gerebese, Bailon Ceniza, and Dylan Balagtas.

Bleachers Report#1: Sportsfest 2019 is Star-Studded!

In the spirit of camaraderie and fair play, CITE kicks off its 3-day Sportsfest with a blast!

The opening salvo was a 7.5-km Fun Run from CITE to Nasipit on September 8, 2019 participated by some 600  students from Senior High and diploma program. The event was graced by ace long-distance runner and renowned triathlete Prince Joy Lee who breezed through the Fun Run effortlessly.

Black Panthers asserted their dominance in the running scene with former mainstay runner Marnell Ardiente breasting the tape in 36 minutes with Roland Pardillo (Green Hornets), and Erwin Sasan (Red Dragons) tailing Ardiente.

The opening ceremony on September 11 was highlighted by the parade of the four participating teams — Black Panthers, Blue Eagles, Red Dragons, and Green Hornets. A cheerdance competition among 8 diploma program and 5 senior high school sections capped the morning event with 2 sections of Blue Eagles winning championship and 3rd place. The second place was won by Green Hornets.

The event was graced by Cebu City committee head for scholarships and south district councilor Dondon Hontiveros who reminded the students in attendance to value their education. 

The sports competitions will run until September 13 at the Cebu City Sports Complex with sports events like soccer, soccer baseball, swimming, track and field, and decathlon. The event aims to strengthen CITE solidarity and imbue the value of team spirit in everyone developing their competitive character and determination to excel. 

This year’s event was made possible through the help of the following sponsors who made the event possible.

  1. CH LEAD Industrial Supply
  2. Christopher Pacifico
  3. Alex Senagan
  4. Juanito I. King Foundation, Inc.
  5. Watchdog Automation Sales & Services
  6. PLC Systems Technik, Inc.
  7. Ricky Caputolan and family
  8. Darryl Catipay and family
  9. Amando Barda Jr.  and family
  10. Hrothgar Duazo and family
  11. Anonymous donor
  12. Racquel Faelnar of Woven Furniture Designs, Inc.
  13. Aldwin Jake Mejellano
  14. Serviam Professionals, Inc.
  15. and Friends of CITE

A Finished Road, A Simple Life, a Meaningful Summer

Thirty (30) university students and teachers from Metro Manila and Cebu (Philippines) came together for ten days during the summer break to build an access road to the cemetery in Bogo City, Cebu. There they made a startling discovery: the joy of simple living.

“What’s up?!” With that short phrase my friends and I greeted each other warmly when we met in Amber Drive University Center, a center of Opus Dei beside the University of Asia and the Pacific in Pasig City (Philippines). We were en route to Odlot, a small community in the north of Cebu, to build a road from scratch stretching from the main highway to the community cemetery. In Cebu, we joined forces with other students and teachers from Sugbu Study Center and CITE, a technical institute that was built in 1990 with the encouragement of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo.

Work camps are a venue for the youth to do concrete service for under-served communities through building or fixing basic infrastructure. Through interaction with the community, the “workcampers” grow in meaningful experiences and human solidarity. Since this year we were building a road towards the town cemetery, we joked among ourselves that this was going to be not a “stairway” but a “road” to heaven!

The Quiet Community of Odlot

Our home base was the parish house of the Virgen de los Remedios Church, thanks to Monsignor Ildebrando Leyson, the parish priest and a member of the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross. Aside from providing us lodging, he celebrated Mass for us regularly. We immediately noticed how in Odlot, the church serves as the center of all the town activities like seminars, sports, and gatherings. Every night, Msgr. Ilde organizes a living rosary, either in the Marian garden beside the church or walking around the streets of the town. It was heartwarming to see a lot of young people my age being so involved in the life of the town and the parish, even to the late hours of the day.

Located in a sixth class municipality in Cebu, Odlot would not make it to anyone’s list of top tourist destinations in the Philippines. But the beauty of this small community lay in the warmth and kindness of its people. The simplicity of these Cebuanos was highlighted by their kindness, hospitality, and warmth toward us. They made it easier for us to adjust to our almost-spartan living conditions: sleeping with only mats on a concrete floor, waking up at 5 a.m. to prepare food, and washing dishes.

Our experience of difficulty and the people’s joy amidst their own difficulties taught us how to be simple again. We were surprised at how happy we felt just by tasting their cheap but delicious breads. Seeing the smiles of the manangs (old ladies) when we greeted them, “maayong hapon” (good afternoon) was enough to take away our tiredness from the day’s work. Many of us realized through these encounters that sometimes, we can get caught up in our personal concerns that we forget the joys in ordinary things. These experiences were in stark contrast to the bustling metropolis life back in Manila. It enriched us “big-city” folk in a rather unexpected way.

Daily Work in Odlot

Building a cement road was not a walk in the park. Even though Odlot is a community nestled beside a pristine, white-sand beach, this work camp was not a beach vacation but real work in the service of others. We started the day with prayer and Mass, then we took a quick breakfast. After changing to work clothes, it was off to seven hours under the sun, carrying bags of sand and gravel, mixing cement, and paving the road. We would return to home base for lunch and get-together, then it was back to work until sunset. Seven days like this wasn’t easy. What made the work bearable, was that we knew that there were thirty of us contributing our time and energies to work for those who needed help. We constantly encouraged each other by cracking jokes, pulling each other’s leg, or simply asking, “What’s up?” at random moments.

It helped that at the end of every working day, we could swim in the beach nearby or play basketball or volleyball with the townsfolk in just our flip-flops. And we had two memorable excursions. One was to a beach in the municipality of San Remigio with its incredibly wide sand bars. Another was to the islet of Capitancillo. Cebuanos and tourists flock to this tiny island for its white sand, clear waters, and rich sea life. These two days served to recharge our batteries for the remaining days of work.

As the work progressed, we discovered more efficient methods, like using a van to transport the sacks of sand and gravel, taking interval shifts, and advancing the sacking of materials for the next day. We gave everyone a chance to try out the different jobs while maintaining the pace of the work. At the end of the ten days, we had packed around 800 bags of sand and gravel and some two hundred bags of cement to complete the 100-meter “road to heaven.”

Long-Lasting Bonds

When I look back at the work camp, I can say that I wouldn’t have spent those ten precious days of summer any other way. Working on the road, beating the heat, and living with my newfound work camp friends, was a downright fulfilling experience. When I remember the smiles of the simple folk, I wonder how happy we would be if we lived more simply. They taught me with their lives that human beings could be happy even without the best living conditions or the latest technologies.

As my fellow work campers and I returned to our individual homes, we knew how we would greet each other when next we meet. It would surely be with the same greeting that we started with ten days previously when we met at Amber Center – only much warmer and longer this time, as in: “What’s uuuup?!”

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by Kyle Reiner Pineda (with Robert Cortes)