For most Ritarians, July 16 is offered significantly to Our Lady of Carmel. However, what makes this year’s celebration a unique one is the 300 Years Anniversary of the Arrival of the Talangpaz Sisters in Calumpang (within the vicinity of the school and AR Motherhouse). In 1719, Mother Dionisia and Mother Cecilia Rosa Talangpaz travelled from their native Calumpit Bulacan in order to offer themselves at the foot of Our Lady of Carmel enshrined at San Sebastian Church.
The new Drum and Bell Corps facilitated by Sr. Marisa Bernasor, AR led the student body in a parade at 7:00am. It was their first time to showcase their talents along the streets of the school’s vicinity. Four students held the tarpaulin on the 3rd Centenary of the arrival of the Talangpaz Sisters. It was a way of informIng the public regarding the presence of the Servants of God in the vicinity 300 years ago.
It was followed by the Investiture of the members of Our Lady of Carmel at the school’s Chapel. Sr. Jamaikha Acle, AR with the ARSC Officers patiently prepared well the medals and the short ceremony. Ritarians expressed their faith in Jesus as they prayed, ‘To Jesus, through Mary’.
The Ritarians’ sponsored Holy Mass at San Sebastian Basilica was delayed from supposedy 10:00 into 10:45am. Despite the delay, Ritarians still showed enthusiam in walking towards the Church and celebrate the Thanksgiving Mass. There were some parents and guardians who joined the school community in celebrating the feast of Our Lady of Carmel.
Free Ritarian Shirts for the Drum and Lyre Bell Corps
Alumni Elementary Batch ’87 and High School Batch ’91 through Myra Arellano Astilla, Emmalyn Najera and Atty. Sheila Eileen Fernandez donated free Ritarian shirts to the new Drum and Lyre Bell Corps. Sr. Marisa Bernasor, AR shared that the Drum and Lyre Bell Corps will use them as part of the celebration on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. There will be a parade on July 16, 2019 at 7:00AM and the Drum and Lyre Bell Corps will wear them for the first time. The school community is grateful for the assistance extended to the younger Ritarians. May the Lord bless the generosity of these alumni.
Through the initiative of Jasmin Carrao, Ritarian alumni Batch ’81, the elderly Sisters of Tahanang Talangpaz,Tagaytay City were grateful for the hospital bed and wheelchair. It was Sr. Roselyn Jardenil, AR, the local Econome of Tahanang Talangpaz who picked them up at the residence of Jasmin Carrao on June 19, 2019. The donor of the hospital bed was Ms. Rose Zapanta, friend of Anna Liza Mariano Tupas, High School Batch ‘85 while the wheel chair was donated by Mylen Andres Rodenas Elementary Batch 81 & High School Batch 85 and her niece Janice Alog Walker-Jaime Santos, Elementary Batch 81.
It was also good to remember that Batch ’81 made an actual visit to Tahanang Talangpaz on November 24, 2018. The AR Sisters were so happy for the visit and for the gifts extended to them by these Ritarian alumni. It was also a charitable gesture of these alumni to remember their mentors during their formative days at Saint Rita College-Manila.
Gratitude is hereby extended to these alumni with a prayer that the Lord may bless them in great abundance!
It was a melodious day for Sr. Marisa Tutor Bernasor, AR who graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Music Major in Music Education at the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas (UST) Manila on June 4, 2019.
Joining with her on this milestone at UST were Sr. Antonietta Castanares, AR, Sr. Cleofe Maria Agua, AR, Sr. Maria Lirio Guillermo, AR and Sr. Vicenta Climacosa, AR. She had her Graduation Recital in Piano on May 20, 2019 which was well attended by AR Sisters and Rev. Fr. Rene Paglinawan, OAR. Based on AR History, she is the first AR Sister who graduated with that course at UST. It is indeed a blessing for the Augustinian Recollect Family! Sr Marisa has been sharing her talent in music for several years already in collaboration with other AR Musicians. As a musician and educator, she will continue to spread music like that of David in the Book of Psalms. Presently assigned at Saint Rita College Manila as School Registrar, she will also handle Music classes… a Ritarian blessing as well! Congratulations our dear Sr. Maris!
The Ritarian community of Saint Rita College-Manila is proud of Ms. Michelle Edulan Carido (4693), Ms. Jean Iris Magboo Espiritu (8493), Sr. Maria Veronica Damasino Mendez (14173), Ms. Joenabeth Vargas Morbos (14769), and Ms. Ma. Joanna May Aguilar Nicolas (13538). They took the Licensure Exam for Teachers (LET) on March 24, 2019.
As a Teacher Training Institution, the school community takes pride in the efforts and success of the College Department for producing new licensed educators! The Ritarian LET passing rate of the Elementary Department is 40% which is beyond the 27.28% national passing rate. The High School Department has 42.86% which is higher than the 25.95% national passing rate.
The Ritarian College Department offers Bachelor of Arts in English Studies, Bachelor in Elementary Education and Bachelor in Secondary Education major in English and Religious Studies.
Congratulations our dear successful Ritarians!
Innovative Ritarian Teachers were blessed to mee
t under the technical tutelage of Sr. Rhena Sherra Caranzo, AR. This is in response to the challenge of educating the young Ritarians on the proper use of technology. As early as 8:00 o’clock in the morning of Wednesday, May 29, 2019, the faculty brought along with them their respective laptops and smart phones. Sr. Rhena Sherra Caranzo, AR guided them in exploring G Education Suite. This is anchored on the school’s website. Prior to this gathering, all teachers were given new emails attached to the school’s website. During the training, they were
able to use them. Soon all Ritarians from Basic Education to College will also have their own share of new emails as they will venture into the world of G Education Suite. Next in line, is the training of Apple Ipad in Curriculum and Instruction.
It took nine days for selected young Ritarians to finish their 2019 Summer training as Ritarian Drum and Bell Corps. It was the initiative of Sr. Marisa Bernasor to gather young Ritarians to hone their talents. Ritarian parents were very supportive of this undertaking. Wearing their type B uniform, the Drum and Bell Corps had their presentation at the basketball court after the 10:00 AM Holy Mass. It created a festive atmosphere in the campus with the devotees of Saint Rita as spectators. The Drum and Bell Corps will continue their training and subsequent presentations during school year 2019-2020.
The school administration is grateful to some alumni who responded to the vision of using Apple Ipad in Classroom Instruction. With the initiative of Atty. Sheila Fernandez and Emmalyn Najera from Elementary Batch ’87 and High School Batch ‘91, three Apple Ipads were handed to the school. Its initial use was the Alumni Online Registration during the Feast day of Saint Rita. The Donor of the first Apple Ipad is Mrs. Arcelli Galut from High School Batch ‘91; the second Apple Ipad came from the generosity of Cherry Arriola, Maricel Ibarrola, Jeremy Gray Panopio and Christine Sagmit from High School Batch ‘92 and the third Apple Ipad is from the bounty of the Bautista Sisters from Elementary Batch ’86 and High School Batch ’92 & ‘96. The school administration hopes for more Apple Ipad from generous alumni for the young Ritarians starting school year 2019-2020.
With one mind and one heart, Ritarian alumni flock to the chapel of Saint Rita College Manila on May 22, 2019 in order to celebrate the feast of Saint Rita, the patroness of Impossible Cases. The alumni actively participated in the ten o’clock Eucharistic celebration. Snacks were served after the Holy Masses ( 6am, 8am & 10am) with the joint sponsorship of the alumni (batch’81 thru Jasmin Carrao) and the AR Generalate Office.
The Feast day of Saint Rita was also an opportunity for the Alumni Online Registration at the arcade using the three Apple Ipads donated by some alumni. The alumni were assisted by teachers who were on their week-long In-Service Training at the school campus. There were also two young alumni who offered their assistance. It was Sr. Rhena Sherra Caranzo, AR who created the Alumni Online Registration available at the bottom part of the school’s website: srcm.edu.ph. Ritarian Alumni both young and ‘not-so-young’ enjoyed exploring the Apple Ipad as they registered.
A group of Alumni continues their 9th year program of “We Care, We Share, We Pamper” by providing adult diapers for the elderly AR Sisters of Tahanang Talangpaz in Tagaytay.
Despite the death of their President, Ms. Maria Theresa Abustan, High School Batch ’71, the group continues this charitable act of paying back to the elderly AR Sisters some of whom were part of their
journey at Saint Rita College Manila.
The group was also able to hand-in monetary donation for some school projects. The school administration is grateful for their generosity.
Church volunteers in their red shirts flocked to the auditorium of Saint Rita College Manila on a Saturday morning of March 30, 2019.
It was a blessing to use the elevator since on going repairs are found along the stairs in going to the fourth floor. They listened attentively to the talk of Rev. Fr. Anton Pascual. This is part of their formation session as members of Caritas Manila.
Ritarians look forward to more engagements with the local Church.