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2014 Homecoming

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November 4, 2014

This year, we've made it easier to celebrate Homecoming with access to buying tickets online with your credit or debit cards. Simply go tohttp://ushare.unionbankph.com/aaxs/ and select 2014 Homecoming Tickets in the dropdown, select how many tickets, fill in the information and send. That easy all in the comfort of where you are!

Purchase your tickets now to get a chance to win a Ford Explorer and many other prizes. Come back home and celebrate this year's homecoming on Nov. 29. See you there!

2014 Homecoming
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This year, we've made it easier to celebrate Homecoming with access
The Xavier Stallion Run2014!
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The Xavier School community proudly presents The Stallion Run 2014! To
Eighties in Every Way
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By Steven Edward Yu - XS HS Batch 88; Motoring and
Inauguration Speech of AAXS President, Mr. Diosdado T Ng. '85
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Hon. Senator JV Ejercito, Xavier School Board of Trustees led by
An Evening With Sen. Grace Poe

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November 4, 2013

By: GERICK KING (XS '08) / Online Philippines Corp. 


An Evening with Grace Poe - On October 17, 2013, the Alumni Association of Xavier School hosted RATED GP: An Evening with Senator Grace Poe. Gracing the event were executives from different industries including Empire East Land CEO Anthony Charlemagne C. Yu, Sulit.com.ph Managing Director and Co-Founder RJ David, Ideaspace Foundation President Earl Martin Valencia, Xavier School Chairman Johnip Koa, and Xavier HS Student Council President Lorenzo Arceo. Association of Young Filipino-Chinese Entrepreneurs.

Former MTRCB chairperson and incumbent senator, Sen. Grace Poe, discussed her plans and priorities for her 2013 senatorial term. Some priorities on her list were Poverty Alleviation, Opportunities for Children, and the Right of Information Bill.  

Under the Aquino administration, she discussed that poverty alleviation is always at top of the list, but she stressed that it will never be an easy feat. In her talk, Poe said that poverty alleviation is a continuous process that will need careful assessments and action plans. Though the results can only be slowly seen, she wants the public to know that the administration is working hard to help our less fortunate countrymen live decent lives. 

"The administration must understand the plight of its people in order to legislate properly." The Freedom of Information bill is one example of how the government can respond to the growing needs of its people. Poe highlights that the FOI is currently one of the most controversial bills because it still hasn't been passed even after numerous public demands. She explained that the reason why the said bill was taking too long to be ratified into law was because passing laws into bills require extra care and precision and to achieve that multitude of documents must be consulted and facts considered. She assured the audience that the current administration is doing its best to enact the bill into law as soon as possible. She also said that the enactment of an FOI law is very important because it is part and parcel of the constitutional right of people to information.

Poe also discussed her aim of pushing for more opportunities for our children to live better lives. According to her, public officials must always prioritize and protect the defenseless, foremost of whom are the students. She said that our current education system is still suffering from major anomalies, and that there is still more work to be done in order to deliver the best educational services our country can give to our students. Poe gave the phenomenon of the the mushrooming of schools that give out diplomas for profit as an example. This, she claimed, not only reflects the quality of education we provide, but is also a living testament to how distraught our educational system has become.

She also addressed concerns regarding the country's status in terms of utilizing information technologies. She said that we are growing better as an economy thanks to the help of the private sectors who play a large part in bringing in better information technologies to the country. Still, Poe remarked, the government's priority is poverty alleviation and strengthening of the systems that help the government respond to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. She encouraged everyone to help contribute to public service, especially to the members of the Xavier community who are more privileged.

Poe, together with her fellow panelists, ended the talk with a discussion on what they think our country needed most at present. Opportunities by tapping the global market and innovation are the main points that were given by Poe’s fellow panelists; although Poe agreed with the other panelists, she insisted that what the Philippines needed most is to value and invest in its own: one's own country and its people.

An Evening With Sen. Grace Poe
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By: GERICK KING (XS '08) / Online Philippines Corp.   
AAXS Presents Rated GP: An Evening with Sen. Grace Poe-Llamanzares
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Published on October 8, 2013 | Alumni and Communities, XS San
2013 AAXS Kinder Orientation
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As is every year, the AAXS held its Kinder Orientation for
Awardees for the 2014 Xavier-Kuangchi Award for Exemplary Alumni

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January 27, 2014




24 January 2014

To the Xavier Community:

On behalf of the XS Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce the recipients for the 2014 Xavier-Kuangchi Award for Exemplary Alumni:


WILLY U. CO (Class of 1973) Through his company, Allied Botanical Corporation (ABC), Willy had been one of the prime movers in the country’s quest for food sufficiency. Through extensive research and development, Willy’s company provided the Filipino farmer with better quality and higher yielding seeds as well as improved farming technology. He served as president of the Philippine Seed Industry Association and was also part of the study group of businessmen and congress leaders whose findings led to the eventual promulgation in 2002 of the Philippine Plant Variety Protection law. For his numerous contributions to advancement of agriculture he was honored with the Gurdev Khush Award by the Department of Agriculture. His wide-ranging philanthropy included scholarships for agriculture degrees, donations for school buildings, adoption of the endangered Philippine eagle, and support for various causes of Tanggol Kalikasan. Willy passed away on August 31, 2013 after a brave battle with lung cancer.


+ LAWRENCE D. ONG (Class of 1974) Lawrence devoted his entire professional life in the service of the marginalized. He was a volunteer for the Sapak Experimental Farm, an NGO that provided training for out-of-school youth. He worked as counselor and teacher with refugees at the Vietnamese Refugee Center/Philippine First Asylum Camp in Palawan and at the Philippine Refugee Processing Center in Bataan. For Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, an NGO dedicated to the integration of Chinese Filipinos into mainstream Philippine society, he took on multiple roles – building administrator, Bahay Tsinoy tour guide, contributor for the newsletter, and point man for the disbursement of funds for the group’sAlay Medisina and Alay Puso programs and poverty alleviation schemes for the urban and rural poor. He also worked for the Kanawan Negritos Reservation Area in Bataan, helping establish a primary school for the Aeta children and organizing various community-building activities. He passed away on July 13, 2001. In 2002, he was honored posthumously with the Xavier School Luceat Lux Award, the Outstanding Chinese-Filipinos in the Philippines Award, and the Dr. Jose Rizal Award of Excellence.


ROLAND STEPHEN T. CUA, MD (Class of 1978) In 1979, Dr. Roland Cua joined the Mary the Queen Parish catechism group and began a lifelong involvement with the formation of Neocatechumenate communities. Over the course of several years, he maintained and expanded this commitment, serving in Cavite (six communities), Paco (two communities), and MTQ (two communities). After graduating from UP-PGH, he banded with other physicians to organize and incorporate a community medicine foundation. Instead of taking the usual path of seeking a rewarding career through their medical practice, they chose to go to the barrios. Each of them handled two communities and served as barangay doctors, instructing people on preventive health care. Rolly later completed his training in industrial medicine and served recently as president of the Philippine Society of Insurance Medicine.


JAIME MIGUEL G. BELMONTE (Class of 1981) Miguel assumed the task of managing The Philippine Star to continue the commitment of his mother for a free and independent press. Equally important, he has preserved his mother’s philanthropic legacy as chair of Operation Damayan, the only newspaper social arm that is active throughout the year. Initially a channel for relief operations and medical assistance, Operation Damayan has widened its scope under his leadership by engaging in other advocacies, notably in education and environment protection. Among these are the Adopt-A-School program, which has been raising funds for new school buildings since 2003; Abaka-Damayan, offering free high school education, including materials and food and transportation allowance; the patient assistance program for sick children; the annual blood donation for the Philippine Red Cross; and, of course, the fundraising for calamity victims that has been conducted every year since the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991.


The Xavier-Kuangchi Award seeks to honor the Xavier alumnus who strongly manifests the attributes that define the Xavier ideal of “men fully alive, endowed with a passion for justice and the skills for development.” He embodies to an outstanding degree the 6Cs that characterize the Xaverian: Competence, Culture, Compassion, Conscience, Character, and Community.

This year’s honorees will be formally awarded in conferment rites (by invitation only) on 14 March 2014, Friday, 5:00 p.m. at the Angelo King Multi-Purpose Center.

We congratulate them for their inspiring lives, grounded on Xavier ideals and witnessed through service and leadership. By their examples, may they ignite in our students and alumni the passion to serve God, the community, and our country.

Luceat lux!



Mr. Johnip G. Cua



Noted by:


Fr. Aristotle C. Dy, SJ


Awardees for the 2014 Xavier-Kuangchi Award for Exemplary Alumni
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By: Exemplary Alumni, Magis     24 January 2014 To the Xavier Community:
The AAXS Excellence Awards Night
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Held last December 4, 2013, the first ever AAXS Excellence Awards
Chris Tiu's inspiring message on T.O.Y.M. AWARDS 2013
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Basketball star Chris Tiu was recognized on Thursday with The Outstanding
What Really Matters
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Honorable Senator JV Ejercito; Xavier School President Father Ari Dy; Xavier
Julian Yao (’10) and Team Win Top Prize at the UPJMA Marketing Event

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October 9, 2013

Julian is the 2nd from the left
By Marquis Tan ('10), Year 4, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Published on October 4, 2013 | Alumni and Communities, XS San Juan
Xaverians are known to have a strong competitive drive, and a natural calling for business. True to form, Julian Yao (’10), who is taking up Business Administration and Accountancy in the University of the Philippines Diliman, was a key member of the team that won the Major Marketing Event held in the Cesar Virata School of Business in UP last September 21, 2013, hosted by the UP Junior Marketing Association under the lead of Michael Lim (’10).
The Major Marketing Event is an annual marketing competition where teams try to come up with the best IMC (integrated marketing communications) campaign based on a given advocacy. The case for this year was how to use marketing to boost support for our country’s national athletes, especially for international meets, such as the SEA Games and the Olympics. These campaigns are then presented to a panel of judges, which include members from the U.P. academe, Yabang Pinoy, and the Philippine Sports Commission.
His joining the contest was spurred by his friends, who wanted to form a team. “I decided to push through with it because of my team. We’ve had a lot of experience working together, and I really look up to my teammates because they’re ultra-talented and driven, so joining was a no-brainer.” says Julian. Even though his focus is accounting, “[Julian has] been dabbling a lot in marketing.” and has prepared for and joined a handful of of marketing competitions.
But the path to victory also entailed some setbacks. “Unfortunately, I always fell short [of winning competitions]. At the back of my mind this also motivated me to join, because I wanted to prove that I could do it – that all the stress, training and all-nighters before presentations actually went somewhere. After being quite discouraged from all the previous setbacks, I wanted to make sure I actually had a chance to win before I even decided to join a contest.”
There were close to 100 submissions for the competition, 6 of which (including Julain’s team’s entry) made it to the top, where they presented the campaigns in front of the judges. The hard work did pay off, as Julian and the rest of Teampromptu (Marty Gonzaga, Nina Gerodias & Jeanina Tee) went on to become the Grand Champions of the said competition, taking in the P100,000 grand prize.
Business Administration and Accountancy (BAA) is one of the most acclaimed courses offered in U.P. and is highly coveted by most students who want to take up a Business course. Thanks to his mother’s advice to take the course, and the high level of training and thinking the course entails, Julian was able to gain a lot of knowledge and experience. Julian writes:
“I’m taking up Business Administration and Accountancy, though the focus is more on the latter. I actually followed my mom’s advice on this one because she’s from UP and she said it was a good course. I don’t regret taking my mom’s advice. I like how the course is flexible in terms of career paths, as the training we receive here can apply to so many industries and functions. So it’s really up to you whether you want to do marketing, HR, finance & accounting, or whatever you like, in whatever company you like. More than anything, I really appreciate the character-building of my course. Hands down, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, juggling overwhelming amounts of exams, papers, presentations and org work. It’s made me learn to push my limits beyond what I thought I was capable of, and more than anything, to keep fighting even if the results aren’t as good as I’d want it to be.”
Asked how his Xavier education influenced him, Julian happily answered:
“The foundation Xavier has provided me is a big part of why I haven’t shifted out of my course. I think my experiences in Xavier made me see that I do have the brains and leadership qualities and potential, and that’s given me the confidence to hold my own in a college that’s teeming with leaders, valedictorians and brilliant students in general.
In terms of how XS’s influence has helped me for marketing competitions, I think the school provided me with good ways to cultivate my creativity and public speaking. The Entrep project in 4th year helped me balance out my creative ideas with a sense of practicality, which is very important in coming up with marketing plans. You can’t win going all out on just the creative and witty stuff alone, as you have to temper it with an objective outlook and a solid understanding of what you’re trying to accomplish, as well as the people you’re trying to communicate to.
Cliché as it may sound, the spiritual aspect engrained in me from my days in XS also help, especially when I’m swamped in work and can’t seem to get a break. Prayer helps me take a step back and keeps me motivated to keep pushing.”
Of course, the story doesn’t end here. Julian says he is “Definitely gonna join more competitions,” and further says:
“I have a couple of pretty big contests lined up next semester, then the rest will come along. Of course I hope I’d get to win more contests too! After experiencing this first win, it’s definitely something I don’t wanna let go of. As for long term plans, I’m not so sure about what I wanna end up doing after graduation. Again, I’ll figure that out as it goes. What matters to me now is that I make the most out of the training and opportunities I have in the remaining one and a half years.
Here’s Julian’s message to the Xavier community, and his insights for the students:
“Much love and appreciation to the XS community for everything! The values I’ve learned and the support I get from my friends and teachers from XS help keep me going. (The fact that I’m even being featured four years out of graduating shows just how supportive the community is, I’m honored and touched!)
To the students, there’s probably one thing I’d want to impart that encompasses everything, and that’s to be persistent. No matter what your interest is, pursue it with a passion and don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Darating din ang panahon! Even if you’re not sure of the things that you do now are things you want to pursue down the road, just keep pushing and keep trying. If things don’t work out or you figured there’s something you like more or are better at, at least you can say you gave it your all. Also make the most of what you have and do not take opportunities for granted. I admit this is something I also have to work on, but once I get to a point where I can truly say I have no regrets for what I’ve done, I know I’ve made it!”


Julian Yao (’10) and Team Win Top Prize at the UPJMA Marketing Event
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Julian is the 2nd from the left   By Marquis Tan
“Natura non facit saltus” — in memory of the Reverend Ismael Zuloaga, S.J.
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By Edward H.M. Wang, MD (XS ’75) Published on October
Remembering Fr. Zulo
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By Fr. Ari C. Dy, SJ, School President Published on October
Nicholas Cancio 10 one of 6 Filipino finalists in the Maybank GO Ahead Challenge 2013
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By: Alumni and Communities, XS San Juan   Photo from www.thestar.

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