All Shapes and Sizes

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“If there’s a thing or two that CITE has taught me, that would be loving one’s work and continually seeking improvement,” says 30-year old Lonmars Gorre, a Mechanical Technology graduate.

Lonmars works as a CNC machinist in Vanguard Oil Tools and Services, company in Muscat, Oman that provides oil sector with oil tool design, innovative technologies, and specialized products and services.

“I worked in Tawazun Advance Defense System in 2012, in Die Tech Abu Dhabi in 2011, and German Plastic Technology in 2010,” he recalled being someone who works in fits and starts.

His vast experience and skills in machining ranged from manufacturing sniper rifles, machine parts for aerospace, and mould and dies for aluminum extrusion technology.

“I was able to communicate with different kinds of people and manage my job properly. In my work, focus and discipline are very important. My work experience helped me achieve my full potential.”

But work was just part of Lonmars life. Family still comes first to this sports buff from Danao City.

“Despite my heavy workload, I make sure that I spend time with my wife and son going to mall or just simply having a family chat.”

Lonmars and his wife are expecting another child this year. ♦

Take the First Step!

gradDon’t you think it’s easy to say that CITE’s Industry Technician Program (ITP) is a catch-all program, one size that fits all.

We can’t just get enough to say that this long-running 3-year course has been found as the most effective training modality for students of life coming from different platforms and walk of life who may just want to succeed in their lives and make a head start in their careers.

Whether you are junior high school completer, a graduate of the old high school curriculum, a college undergraduate, a transferee from grade 11, or a product of Alternative Learning System, our ITP just meets your needs! After all, we only want what’s best for you.

ITP specilizes in Electromechanics Technology and Information Technology.

Under Electromechanics Technology, a student may sub-specialize in Machining, Mechatronics, Electronics Products Assembly and Servicing. For Information Technology, a student may take up Computer Systems Servicing.

Our 15-month in-school component is composed of industry-driven theoretical subjects, practical hands-on exercises and portfolio-based projects. Our 15-month in-plant component is just the best part of the training! Students are placed in the companies with corresponding allowance that would augment their training free of worries.

Besides our dynamic curriculum, our program integrates holistic formation to our students with one-on-one mentoring chats, parental involvement, time-tested formative activities, and child-friendly interventions that would make each student feel special.

If you are a Grade 10 completer, our program already integrates subjects based on the curriculum of the Department of Education, and even more for a CITE-flavored experience!

With just one more year for the immersion in the industry, you can have two diplomas–one for senior school and one for completing our trademark program–the Industrial Technician Program.

If you are looking for a school to enroll this June, look no further. Move up with us! Be a technical graduate! Make use of your full potentials and be a better version of yourself. We can help you. Just take the first step!

Admission tests are conducted everyday at CITE. Please look for Hope Gabin.

Pope Francis Receives New Prelate in Audience

32845701370_4a6c337b86_zMARCH 3, 2017 –  the Holy Father received the Prelate of Opus Dei, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, in an audience, accompanied by the Vicar General, Monsignor Mariano Fazio.

The Pope greeted them with an affectionate “abrazo,” or hug. In the audience, which lasted about 25 minutes, the Prelate thanked him for his warm telegram on the death of Bishop Javier Echevarría, his prayers for the Elective Congress, and his confirming his election as the new Prelate.

Monsignor Ocáriz made known to him the unanimous union of all the faithful of the Prelature with the Holy Father, and informed him of the pastoral priorities set by the Congress for the upcoming years: the family, youth, and an active concern for the most needy. Pope Francis thanked him for the Prelature’s apostolic efforts throughout the world, especially the spiritual care provided each person, fostering ecumenism in countries with a minority Catholic population, and projects of social integration. He also urged the Prelate to give priority to a specific “periphery: middle class people and the professional and intellectual sectors that are distant from God.

The Holy Father Francis, in giving his blessing to the Prelate and Vicar General, extended it to all the faithful of the Prelature, and asked that they pray for him.

A Bountiful Yield

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The ground breaks into fresh wounds as he starts to plow through the field. Rudy Molejon braves the sweltering heat to prepare his small farm for the next planting season, while his wife Gigi is in the thick of preparing the meals for their visiting grandkids at their modest home.

Three years ago, the Molejon family was among hundreds of households in Bancasan, San Remigio who received the brunt of the fury of Typhoon Yolanda sweeping off their corn produce and left them almost homeless.

With the help of their Iglesia ni Kristo community, their local government and everyone who pooled in resources, they were able to start over again and rebuild their lives.

Their town mayor, Hon. Mariano Martinez, speaks highly of his people who were unfazed by the Yolanda aftermath.

“The people of San Remigio are generally poor and content with their lives, and we are resilient to hardships,” he said.

The Molejon family began their long trek back to rehabilitation. Their son, Arriel, 23, helped them build their new house. Arriel was the third child among five children and the only one who finished a course after high school.

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Arriel at the foyer area of SSI

 

“Nalipay kaayo mi nga nakahuman siya ug nakatabang namo ug sa iyang mga igsoon (We were happy that he was able to finish his studies and help his siblings),” says Mrs. Gigi.

Arriel is a graduate of Information Technology in 2013 under a scholarship grant from Aboitiz Foundation. He now works as data processor at SSI Opiniology. Also, he is on his way to start his own family.

“Siya may nagpatukod aning ba-o namong balay (Arriel was responsible for building this new house for us),” his father Rudy proudly says as he motions to a nearly-completed house beside their old home.

Both Rudy and Gigi know the scale of the task ahead. Like a farmer waiting for the next harvest, the couple is optimistic that one day they will be able to rise to the occasion and with Arriel’s help, eventually reap a bountiful yield. ♦

Letter from the Prelate

FOUNDATION DAY (2)First pastoral letter of Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz for the faithful of the prelature of Opus Dei.

My dear children: may Jesus watch over my daughters and sons for me!

You will understand how moved I am in writing you, and calling you my daughters and sons for the first time. Right from the evening of Monday the 23rd, your sisters and brothers in Rome began to call me Father. They did so with a naturalness and spontaneity that surprised and moved me. While it has taken me almost a week to bring myself to call them my daughters and sons, for I feel some confusion, at the same time that I give thanks for their courageous and simple fidelity. We are all sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ, at the same time that I am now Father of the multitude of people in Opus Dei throughout the whole world: an immense number of laity, men and women from the most varied walks of life, and many priests, some incardinated in the prelature, others in a great variety of dioceses where they depend only on their respective bishops, but who also form part of this little family that is closely united in serving the Church.

During these days those words of Saint Paul to the Corinthians have come to mind, which emphasize that God’s call always precedes us, that he doesn’t pay heed to our foolishness and weakness (see 1 Cor 1:27). I give thanks to God for the serenity he has given me and that I can find no explanation for if not for your prayers and closeness. I ask—and you should also ask—our Lady that we all may always be closely united, with the unity that the Holy Spirit, infinite Love, grants us.

The memory of Don Javier, second successor of Saint Josemaría, is constantly with me. It is not a thought about the past; it is part of the history of God’s mercies, which in some way are always alive in the Church. To recall Don Javier is right away to call to mind Saint Josemaría and Blessed Alvaro. It is to recall with deep gratitude a man who gave his life to carry out the Work as the good son of two saints, and who now continues helping us from heaven.

“Every generation of Christians needs to redeem, to sanctify its own time. To do so, it must understand and share the concerns of other men and women—one’s equals—in order to make known to them, with a gift of tongues, how they are to correspond to the action of the Holy Spirit, to the permanent outflow of the riches in Christ’s heart. We Christians are called upon to announce, in our own time, to this world of ours in which we live, the message—old and at the same time new—of the Gospel” (Christ is Passing By, no. 132). My daughters and sons, it is up to us, every day, to incarnate these apostolic yearnings of our Founder, to make a reality of that motto of his: Omnes cum Petro ad Iesum per Mariam.

With all my affection, I bless you,

Your Father

Fernando

Rome, January 31, 2017

CITE To Mark 27th Year!

FOUNDATION DAY (1)

Twenty-seven years ago, a school was founded in response to Opus Dei prelate Blessed Alvaro del Portillo’s call to close the enormous gap between the poor and rich in the country.

To this day, the fight to end poverty is far from over as the gap continuously to widen leaving a score of  young Filipinos still unable to avail of equal opportunities for quality and affordable education.

CITE, the school in question, has attempted to make a dent in poverty by staying true to its mission of providing the underprivileged youth an opportunity to rise to the occasion through technical education that delivers real results.

With its dynamic educational structure that encompasses both theories and practical application, a graduate may find employment in industries that truly value his skills and talents. Furthermore, a CITE graduate bears the trademark of values formation and work ethics that are a must to uphold good working relationship with others.

While CITE may opt to rest on its laurel with the streaks of success of many of its graduates, it has continually faced the challenge Blessed Alvaro has tossed 27 years ago with new perspectives towards serving the underprivileged and their families. CITE braves the ever-changing educational platform by retro-fitting its surefire 3-year Industrial Technician Program to senior high school program without losing its technical flavor. While considered a bold stance to keep relevant, the school program has remained pro-poor and pro-active to ever-changing times.

On its 27th year, CITE aims to reach new heights and set new trends in the area where it is most relevant–in the heart of underprivileged young people who stand to reason why the school has existed all these years. Happy Foundation Day!

CITE Students Among Recipients of SM Scholarship

smTwo hundred SM Foundation scholars gathered for their very first general assembly in Cebu last December 14 at the SM Seaside City Cebu.
The program started with a welcome message from Linda Atayde, SM Foundation executive director for education programs, sharing the motivating journey of SM founder and patriarch, Henry Sy Sr.

This was followed by four heart-felt testimonials from current SM Foundation technical-vocational scholars who shared the hardships they had to overcome and how the SM scholarship was an answer to their prayers.

With a renewed confidence for a brighter tomorrow, the scholars shared how much they look forward to help their own families as well. Two encouraging success stories from former SM Foundation college scholars gave the students much to look forward to when they complete their studies.

The highlight of the program was an inspirational message from SM Foundation Vice President for Plans and Programs Mario Deriquito, who shared four bite-sized lessons that the scholars can take with them in their journey.

First, Deriquito emphasized that each of the scholars should maximize their time as a student, of which their primary role is to learn. He stressed that learning is not only attained in the classroom but also outside, as it is important to volunteer in their respective communities.
Deriquito then underlined the importance of finding a good job that will enable each one to help themselves and their families.
Thirdly, Deriquito reminded the scholars that when the day comes that they are in the position to help, they should do so as the country needs a lot of good people.

Lastly, he pressed the importance of continuous learning and dreaming in order to carry on greater heights from this opportunity.
With a long but bright journey facing the SM scholars, Deriquito closed his message with a quote from J. Hudson Taylor: “I have always found three stages in every great work of God. First it is impossible. Then it is difficult. Then it is done.”

Of the 200 scholars, 165 were technical-vocational scholars taking up courses in Industrial Arts, Home Economics, Mechanical Technology and Automotive Technology in SM Foundation partner schools: Banilad Center for Professional Development, Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise, Don Bosco and School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor Leadership and Service. The SM scholars were also treated to a free movie screening of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

SM Foundation helps uplift the quality of life of the communities where SM is present.

In Cebu alone, the foundation supports 169 college scholars aside from the 165 technical-vocational scholars. It has also built and donated four school buildings with a total of 14 fully furnished classrooms. It has renovated and refurbished two health centers and has conducted six medical missions. The foundation has also trained a total of 1,096 farmers under its Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan Farmers’ Training Program. Through SM Foundation’s Grow a Million Trees Program, 10,000 trees have been planted and are currently being cared for by its partner people’s organizations in the area.

Read more: http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/117136/sm-scholars-gather-general-assembly#ixzz4XIOvPjXg

Dr. Jason Cabahug, School Physician

rememberingLove for craft and service to humanity. This drives then-40-year old internist Dr. Jason B. Cabahug to be here at CITE on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Dr. Jason wants to make sure that the staff and students are in the pink of their health.

Third from the eldest of four children of Susanna Cabahug (retired director, DECS XI) and Atty. Vicente Cabahug, Dr. Jason is simply known as “Tata” to his colleagues but to his patients and intimates, there’s more substance to his nickname.

“Five months of work here in CITE was okay,”Dr. Jason said as he recalled his first day as the school physician on August 28, 2006. The student who would come to his clinic would expect the proper treatment to their illness. “They will expect me to give them advice regarding their sickness,” he avers concerning students’ wellness. On his impression of the school clinic, he said, “The clinic lacks laboratory…nevertheless, the clinic settings (tools and apparatus) are fine.”

Dr. Jason’s life has been mapped out with hectic schedules. Aside from being the school physician, he snitched out time to have his practice in his clinic at the North General Hospital. “I go there after my schedule in CITE,” he said. He was also the company physician at Cosmos Visayas Bottlers from Mondays-Fridays from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

A devoted father of 3 and a loving husband to Fe Abella-Cabahug, a part-time caterer, Dr. Jason is a family man who always sees to it that he finds quality time with them. “I spend my Sundays with my family, except for an emergency where I should be in the hospital,” he said.

Despite his busy schedule, he makes time to play basketball in his downtime. He plays basketball with friends during Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Sta. Lucia Village in Consolacion.

“I also have a team where we usually play at Mandaue Sports Complex during Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays,” he said.

On staying fit, he advises:”You should have a balanced diet, minimum alcohol intake, refrain from smoking and have regular exercise.”

On smoking he further explains: “It leads to addiction, cancer for almost all parts of the body, lung diseases like chronic bronchitis, bad odor, heart disease, and stroke.”

He wanted to remain in the country to serve his family and continue practicing his profession. “As of now, I  would like to watch over my children as they grow and guide them in their studies,” Dr. Jason said despite the opportunity of working gainfully abroad having passed the United States Medical Licensure Examination.

The article above appeared on our school organ on February 6, 2007. It was written by Raymond Angana.

 

Bishop Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei, dies

javierRome – His Excellency Javier Echevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei and second successor of its founder, St. Josemaria Escriva, has died this evening at 9:20 p.m. in Rome, in the Solemnity of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The auxiliary vicar of the prelature, Bishop Fernando Ocariz, was able to administer the last sacrament to Bishop Echevarria this afternoon before his death, Opus Dei has confirmed.

The Prelate of Opus Dei had been hospitalized on December 5 at the polyclinic Bio-Medical Campus in Rome due to a mild lung infection.

Bishop Echevarria was receiving an antibiotic to fight the infection. The clinical picture became complicated in the last hours causing respiratory insufficiency, which was the cause of death.

As anticipated by the law of the prelature, the ordinary government of the prelature now rests with the auxiliary and general vicar Monsignor Fernando Ocariz. According to the statutes of the prelature, it is incumbent upon him to convene within a month an elective congress electing the new prelate. The congress must be held within 3 months. The election must be confirmed later by the Pope.

The prelate has died at 84 years of age. He was born in Madrid in 1932, and in that same city he met St. Josemaria, whom he served as secretary from 1953 to 1975. He later became General Secretary of Opus Dei. In 1994, he was elected prelate. He received episcopal ordination form the hands of St. John Paul II on January 6, 1995 in the basilica of St. Peter’s. He was also the Chancellor of the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome.

APEX Scholar Delivers Speech

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Members of CITE Board, Chairman Mr. Jose Soberano III, President Oscar Rodriguez, Apex President Dr. Walter Brown, Engr. Ruben Laraya, scholarship grantors, industry partners, faculty and staff, dear parents, and fellow scholars, a pleasant morning to all of you.

It is no surprise to all of you that most of the APEX scholars are small-scale miners back home in Compostela Valley. We spend hours in rivers and streams looking for the yellow thing. And I’m not talking about catching Pokemon here. We sift through the sands and gravels that settle at the bottom of the river to separate quartz or nuggets of gold from other rock forms. This is called placer mining.

You all know that all gold deposits started as hardrock formations and stayed that way until there were earthquakes, rivers and earth movement which eroded mountains and ground down the rock into its smallest form which is
dust. But another way to reach this heavy mineral is to go deep into the bedrock zones and caving in into tunnels that may sometimes put your life in danger. I know the feeling of being trapped in small crawling places under the
bedrock afraid to be barred down anytime. It was during those times that I have come to realize how important my life is and how you far I am willing to go to provide a better life for my family.

It turned out that it was not the only way to extract some gold. When I learned about the scholarship opportunity offered by Apex Mining Company Inc., I realized that you don’t have to dig deeper to look for this goldmine. First, the people behind the scholarships, especially Dr. Walter Brown, have continually reached out to both Indigenous People like us and other settlers to make our lives more productive and forward-looking. The scholarship has put me and other 44 scholars to an endless possibility to make our lives better.

Dr. Brown, you have touched our lives more than you know and we can never thank you enough for this opportunity.

To CITE, the education we have received from you is worth more than any gold. I’m sure that the other scholars could relate how we are molded here to become responsible individuals teaching us the simplest value of hardwork from writing an LAS to perseverance in making our projects. You taught us independence by living within our means. You taught us the value of friendship by looking after each other. How could we forget the first time we took turns at North General Hospital during the dengue outbreak exclusive among 45 scholars. You also showed us the truth when some of the scholars have thought deeply about their spiritual formation. No amount of gold can hold equal to those experiences. You are truly a school who values the poor by showing us how rich we are in terms of potentials and talents.

To the grantors, you are always a beacon of hope by sharing your resources and time and await nothing in return. By staying in the sidelights, you have immensely become great at your own right. To the industry partners, the training you have extended to our schoolmates will always be appreciated. We hope that at the turn of time, your doors will always be open to CITE students who look forward to their in-plant training.

To our dear instructors, allow me on behalf of the APEX scholars to thank you for your guidance and show us the value of education. We will soon go back to COMVAL for our training. Rest assured that we will always take the lessons and advice with us.

To our dear parents, thank you for the support that you have extended to all of us. You, fellow scholars of CITE, should value them while they are still with you. Listen to their advice. Show them how much you value their presence and love. Your parents are your stronghold. When we came to Cebu, we were homesick for months. Some of us cried at night because we miss our parents and some miss their (you know). It was unbearable at first. But we had to endure because this opportunity is the only way we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

To the scholars, I may not enough words to leave you nuggets of wisdom but to the wise among you I would say: “LIVE as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.” Thank you very much and good morning. – Jerry Glenn Malig-on

Paying Forward

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Every alumnus bears the CITE trademark. No one can deny that. It may not be stamped in our uniform anymore, but it’s written indelibly in our hearts, in our memory for as long we live, for as long as we remember.

I come from a big family in Ormoc City. My aunt took pity on me and brought me to Cebu with a promise to put me through college. While staying at their house, I earned my keep running errands for the them. I stayed awake at the wee hours selling pork and chicken meat in the wet market. In the morning, I have to rush to CITE in order to catch up with my 8:15 class. On a day-to-day basis, I tread gingerly on the razor thin line between balancing my studies and work at home. Every hour is spent well. Even a modicum of time should be spent on reviewing my lessons. My grades were not really excellent, but I was not failing either. Just enough to get by.

The best memories of my youth took place in CITE. It may be because we are an all-boys school of poor students that we don’t suffer from insecurities such as the way we look, the way we sport our hair, or even the amount of money to our name.

Sometimes there is opportunity in misfortune. An opportunity to see the bright side of life in spite of our neediness. We get content on a shoestring budget of P10.00 worth of meal at Master’s place. Nothing still beats a special and crunchy rolled Lumpia Shanghai soaked in spicy vinegar and a handful of rice enough to cleanse the palate. Nothing still beats a kilometer walk under the scorching heat of the sun simply because you don’t have enough money to afford a ride. But all these when I looked back were simple joys of the student life everyone took a bite.

When I graduated and came to earn my own living as a CAD designer at Lear Corporation, I realize that my upbringing, my training, and my values are important to mold my choices in life. I learn to save more, train harder, and strengthen even my virtues to be the best in my field.

Then came an offer to work in Singapore as a designer. In a land where competition is stiff and anyone can make stab at your job, what sets me apart from others are simply the values I learn from the school and family, the learning experience from my job, and the promises I kept to my family.

Over the course of time, I was blessed with a job where I get to excel in. The hours and dedication I spent on continually learning the tools of the trade have paid off. I was able to travel to Norway on a official business and lead a multi-racial design team back in Singapore.

Thankfully, I have earned more than enough for me. I am currently sending my siblings to school and send allotment to my parents back in Ormoc City. Knowing that the best legacy you can give to others is through a scholarship program, I responded to a request from Mr. Valencia regarding sponsorship. Currently, I have two scholars under the Industrial Technician Program whom I look forward to meet after graduation.

It was not really something big compared to what CITE has done for me. Every month, I made sure that I sent through online the donation I give to my scholars. And I’m thankful that CITE updates me of their performance.

Giving back is a gesture that we should initiate even in our own little way. If I decided to pay forward, it is because I believe in the mission of the school. No one is poor enough not to be able extend some help. Just imagine the ripple effect of a simple act of kindness from all alumni who would go out of their way to pave way for those who come after us. It’s a bayanihan spirit that we are known for. From a hearty meal we partake at Master’s place to the memories we share on the road. We step forward to share the experience. We step forward to reach out to those who could not repay us in return. (Reggie Maraviles, CAD Designer FMG Technologies-Singapore

CITE Supports JIKFI Blood Campaign

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A total of 63 bags of blood were collected from the different blood donors during the bloodletting program spearheaded by the Juanito I. King Foundation Inc. (JIKFI), in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross – Cebu Chapter last July 15 at Nito’s Auto Supply training room in Cebu City.

The donated blood would give hope to almost 200 people. In every bag of blood, three lives are saved.

Blood donors were composed of students from the Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise (CITE) and employees of the Kings Group of Companies, namely Skygo Marketing Corp., Cebu Subzero Logistics Inc., Juanito King and Sons Inc. and Nito’s Auto Supply Inc.

Blood donation is beneficial for the donor as it reduces the risk of heart and liver ailments caused by iron overload in the body.
Donating blood does not just save other peoples’ lives but it also keep the donors’ well-being healthy.

In the photo are the students of Center for Industrial Technology and Enterprise voluntarily donate blood.

(First published in Cebu Daily News last August 2, 2016 – http://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/99964/bloodletting-collects-63-bags-of-blood)