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June 2012

Never Give Up!

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Hon. Congressman Neptali A. Gonzales II, House Representative of the Lone District of the City of Mandaluyong, was the guest of honor and speaker of this year’s GSCS Commencement Exercises last March 28—30, 2012.

Cong. Gonzales stressed Winston Churchill’s message “Never give up” and challenged the graduates to
pursue excellence in their career and character.

29th Preparatory Commencement Exercises

The 29th Preparatory Commencement Exercises was held on March 28, 2012.
Pastor Erwin S. Pelayo inspired the graduates, along with their respective parents and teachers through hismessage during the baccalaureate service. Rev. Pacifico A. Sardido Jr., UCGS Administrative Pastor, gave his charge to the graduating kids.

For the graduation ceremonies, Mrs. Evelyn C. Rosete, Pre-School Department coordinator, presented the
graduates and Mrs. Delna C. Moralita, principal, confirmed their graduation and distributed the certificates.
47 pre-school pupils graduated and were promoted to grade 1.
Brianne Paolo M. Austria, first honors, and Jane Simon Theodore P. Fabros, second honors, delivered their
valedictory and salutatory addresses, respectively.

25th Elementary Commencement Exercises

The 25th Elementary Commencement Exercises was conducted March 39, 2012.
Pastor Erickson M. Velardo was the guest speaker of the baccalaureate service which was held to
commemorate and give thanks to the Lord for the milestone of the graduates.
Hon. Congressman Neptali M. Gonzales II, guest speaker, motivated the graduates and their parents to do
greater things.

Ms. Maribeth A. Cachero, VI-Genesis adviser, presented the candidates for graduation. Mrs. Moralita
confirmed their graduation. The GSCS Board of Trustees and school officials distributed the certificates to
the graduates.

A total of 113 pupils graduated from grade 6.
Kimberllee S. Lardizabal, first honors, and Carla Maridith D. Afuang, second honors, delivered their
valedictory and salutatory addresses, respectively.
Rev. Pacifico A. Sardido Jr. concluded the ceremony in prayer.

9th High School Commencement Exercises

Congressman Gonzales also graced the 9th graduation ceremonies of GSCS High School Department. He
inspired the graduates to do their best to become good citizens and leaders of the nation.
Mrs. Rosalia D. Sardido, High School Coordinator, presented the candidates for graduation to Mrs. Delna C.
Moralita who validated their graduation.

62 students graduated from high school this year.
Dustinne F. Umadac, valedictorian and Marriane Jasmine V. Leyva, salutatorian, delivered their valedictory
and salutatory addresses, respectively.

Meanwhile Rev. Eulogio C. Cabillan , guest speaker for the high school baccalaureate service, reminded the graduating students not only to struggle hard for their dreams but also to lead a righteous life.

JS Prom & Candle Garland 2012

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By Rhea Alysa B . Reduta

Masquerade was the theme of the JS Prom which was held last February 24, 2012 at Kaban ng Hiyas,
Mandaluyong City

The event started with the  entrance of the juniors and seniors and their respective partners,  with their
masks on.

JS Prom

Rev. Pacifico A. Sardido  Jr., led the opening prayer, followed by the national anthem led by Mr. Edward
Mesina. Mrs. Delna C. Moralita, principal,  gave an inspirational remarks for everyone. Dustinne Umadac, representing the seniors, turned over the Torch of Learning  to the juniors through Keziah

Valentina Rivera, Supreme Student Government (SSG) president bequeathed the  Key of Responsibility to the
juniors represented by Julian Victor Dupaya, SSG Vice-President.

Hannah Krisha Tongco read the Seniors class prophecy.The seniors and juniors presented their Blue Danube.
A special video was also prepared by the teachers for the juniors and seniors. Gabriel Paulo Evora and Marian Uy were chosen Prince and Princess of the Night, respectively.

The King and Queen of the Night were Miguel Raymundo and Ria Mongoso, respectively. After the awarding,
Mr. Francis Gepolane led the closing prayer for the first part of the program.

The 3rd year dance group Kinetix heated the floor for the final part of the program—dancing the night away.

Candle Garland 2012

The Candle Garland 2012 was held at the GSCS Quadrangle last February 24, 2012, participated in by the
grade 5 and 6 pupils.
The exchanging of Candle and Garland was performed with speeches  Patricia Tanya Eugenio, Myles Radaza,
Nala Cindrei Encabo, Ken Bernard Daza, Andrea Rutaquio and Philip Mikhail Field.

There were three formal dances presented, Waltz, Cha Cha and Swing.

The best in Waltz were Patricia Masilang with  her partner Joshua Rei Abundo and Ann Britney Agner and
partner Ezekiel Custodio.

The pairs Nala Cindrei Encabo and Benett Bautista  and Sam Frederick Dividina and Aira Sangco, won best in
Cha Cha.

Best in Swing were Jessazel Lim with Joshua Osalvo and Levitha Villar with Rafael  Arcangel. Mheldain Tibudan and Ann Britney Agner  were hailed Prince and Princess of the Night, respectively. Meanwhile,  the King and Queen of the Night were Joshua Osalvo and  Levitha Joy Villar, respectively


Keeping a Float

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By Hannah Krisha P. Tongco

My classmates and I, along with our teachers Mrs. Jophy Lucena and Ms. Angelita Berces, experienced something genuinely new last March 3, 2012 as we boarded the floating book store MV Logos Hope.MV Logos Hope is a ship operated by the German charitable Christian organization GBA Ships E.V. which aims to provide knowledge, help, and hope to people all over the world. The Logos Hope crew consists of 400 unpaid volunteers from over 45 different countries and is captained by Dirk Colenbrander from the Netherlands.

During our visit to the ship, the first thing that caught my attention was the pleasant atmosphere that surrounded the place. As we first stepped foot unto the ship, we were welcomed by the crew and were given a moment to sit in the lifeboat theatre where we learned about what life aboard the ship is like. Then we went through the Book Fair and bought some books at a surprisingly low price range. I was amazed at the number of books that were there. There were over 5,000 different book titles! Being a self-proclaimed bookworm, I think I enjoyed this part of the ship most.

We learned about life’s unexpected twists and turns when we watched the story about the prodigal son in the Journey of Life part of the ship. Then we came across the Theatre where we watched a magician perform funny and awesome magic tricks. But according to the ship’s brochure, the entertainment in the Theatre changes each time so you’ll never know what to expect. And, finally, we took a break at the ship’s Café where we sat down, ate a bit, and even took time to chat with one crewmember from Switzerland.

Yes, we all enjoyed our brief, yet memorable, trip to Logos Hope. But it isn’t the books, the food or the entertainment that made the vessel such a unique and special place to go to. If you’d ever be able to visit this ship when it docks in Manila again, you’ll not only fall in love with the ship’s wonderful structure or the number of books you’ll find. You’ll also fall in love with the people who work in it. Those people are friendly, kind, helpful, and will be willing to take time to get to know you. They travel the world sharing knowledge and hope to people without expecting to receive anything in return. In a world where poverty and corruption are rampant, Logos Hope’s crew truly does help keep Hope afloat.


Preparing for the Future

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By Hannah Krisha P. Tongco

Borrowing from the Forrest Gump movie, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You will never know what you are going to get.” This very much describes what high school life is to us, as we recall it. As we reached the various stages in our high school existence, we struggled, anticipated, rejoiced and overcame challenges. This was a period where we were entitled to commit a few mistakes every now and then with just slight consequences as a result.  They say that high school is the happiest period in a student’s life and this seems true. This phase opened our awareness to puppy love, true friendship, teenage camaraderie and academic knowledge. We experienced ups and downs and were happy whenever we got through certain trials. However, oftentimes, we lose track of what our life in high school should really be about and that is preparing for our future.

Although it is not wrong to have a good time, high school should not be all about fun and games. We must remember that what we do today will influence what we will become in the future. Though high grades do not guarantee success, knowledge is vital to what our lives will be like. While in this stage of our life, we must begin thinking about what we want to be and start preparing for our transition to college and young adulthood.

To do this we must consider the following:

1. In all our plans and activities, seek God’s blessing. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” We should always ask for God’s guidance in everything we do because He knows what is best for us and what we must become. We must always recognize that our plans may not be His plans for us.

2. Know your gifts.  We should reflect on our strengths and weaknesses, our likes and dislikes, the activities that we do well and those that often come as a disappointment to us, our hobbies and interests, what bores us or makes us happy. Oftentimes, we insist on doing things which we are not good at and end up demoralized. At times, too, we fear experimenting on new things, which sometimes turn out to be our talent. As James 1:15 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights”.

3. Learn to handle failure. Failure is a part of life and is essential to the development of our character. As stated in James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” It is a sign of maturity to be able to accept and conquer disappointments which come our way.

4. Pursue excellence. We should not practice mediocrity or procrastination. In all we do, we must strive hard to achieve our goals  and make sure to do our best. The bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men (Colossians3:23)”. Aim high and think big.

5. Never stop trying. Galatians 6:9 declares, “ Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Persistence and patience are virtues which we sometimes overlook, yet these are important in achieving short and long term goals.

Going through high school is preparing for our adulthood and our future and the best way to get ready is by doing your best TODAY. Remember the famous quote from the movie Kung Fu Panda? “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift. That’s why it’s called present.” We cannot change the past, we can only influence what happens in the future by living for today. Let us not waste our precious time. “Be very careful then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making