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St Mary's University, Class 1, Bayombong, Philippines

Page history last edited by Bob Hofman 12 years, 4 months ago

Mabuhay! Hi, friends in the GTP circle!

Warm Marian greetings from Saint Mary’s University of Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines.


I am Mrs. Aireen O. Santos, one of the two teachers of the GTP classes in Bayombong. My fellow teacher, Mr. Noli Mar Navarro is on paternity leave at the moment. His wife just gave birth to their first baby.  You’ll hear from him soon.


Our school is Saint Mary’s University. We are called Marians. We are in the High School department. We have two high school programs that’s why our school is known as Saint Mary’s University High School and Science High School. We are one of the only 5 surviving CICM schools in the Philippines. CICM schools in our country were founded by groups of missionaries from Belgium who are known as the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


Our school is located in the Northern Philippines region in the province of Nueva Vizcaya and the town of Bayombong. Our town, Bayombong is the educational capital of our province because it s here where the most number of educational institutions are situated.


Our class is called III- Researchers. In the GTP, we shall be called GTP Class 1A of Bayombong. There are 50 students in the class who are in their junior year in high school. The teachers and students have been quite busy lately. We had our Foundation Day and University Week last December 8. We all went for the Christmas and New Year break after. Classes resumed on January 4 and the students had to prepare for the second to the last major examination for this school year. The last day of the examination will be on Monday, January 16. The students are really excited to hear from all of you soon. They will have formally joined the circle by Tuesday next week after the major examination.



This is my family with my husband Reymus and our two lovely girls Reinbow, 10 years old (in blue) and Sumyer, 8 years old (in printed dress). They both go to the grade school department of our University. Our school grants free tuition privileges to children of teachers and employees from grade school, high school and college.



This our Saint Mary’s University High School and Science High School family. Our principal (head of the school) is Dr. Samuel R. Soliven (1st from right, first row below). The teachers involved in the GTP are myself (2nd from left first row); Mrs. Arlene Herrera (1st from right, 2nd row); Mrs. Fe Lumogdang (3rd from right, 2nd row); Mr. Melencio Bernardino, Jr (4th from right, 3rd row);  and Mr. Noli Mar Navarro (6th from right, 3rd row).




This was taken on December 28, 2011 during the Alumni Homecoming for both grade school and high school alumni of our school. Our former graduates from as far as the 1960s came to pay homage and visit their former grade school and high school. Many of them are now successful professionals, entrepreneurs, military men and the like. Many also have retired.


I’m here. To my left is Sir Melencio and Sir Noli 2ndfrom him.

Wecome to the Family! This was our welcome ceremony for our students for the school year June 2011-March 2012. The teachers danced and sang and the students applauded in amazement. They couldn’t believe their teachers are stage performers too!


Crossing the river to reach out to 21 grade school children in a small school  at the foot of a mountain in a far flung area in our town.

Teachers and students in our school volunteer both material, financial and time resources to at least help and make these kids feel they are not left out.

We do this program as a school outreach activity which is carried on a regular basis over the school year.







These pictures were captured during another outreach activity in another town in the province called Ambaguio. We brought old school books to our adopted students here.


We have a Belgian CICM missionary, Fr. Gerry Bouckaert, who worked in SMUHS and SHS. After he retired, he decided to continue his missionary work in this town nestled in between mountains.  He and his family in Belgium are generous benefactors of our school. Several of our school buildings and facilities were built and acquired through funds they have generously donated.

Here I am!

Sir Sammy, our school principal

Sir Noli, my fellow teacher in the GTP class

This is Fr. Gerry Bouckaert.




And this is our GTP Family! From Left Sir Erwin, Ms. Zeny, me, Ms. Arlene, Ms. Fe and Sir Melencio.




You’ll know more about us by Tuesday next week. Our students are preparing interesting presentations of our school and our place. They’ll just finish the test. Oh, you can’t imagine how eager and excited they are to be finally in the circle.


See you!

Comments (6)

Bob Hofman said

at 9:18 am on Mar 15, 2012

Hi Mrs. Aireen O. Santos, it's great to see via wiki postings that you are still adding some very nice pictures on paper recycling in the answer pages. Amazing work!!
yet we also noticed that you are using the original camera pictures, each 2Mb per photo....--> 8 pictures on one wikipage creates then a 16Mb+ page that opens slow.
Please be so kind to, before uploading, first make resize to photo's to 50-100Kb size.
Mr. Erwin, please be so kind to contact and assist Mrs. Aireen if needed... thank you and greetings, Bob

Elke Vandamme said

at 11:37 am on Jan 19, 2012

Hi Aireen, thank you for the lively introduction! It's wonderful to read that the teachers and students of STC are inspired by your activities. Looking forward to the preperations of your students.

Ms. Marnie Demetria Racaza said

at 8:04 am on Jan 19, 2012

Hello! We are Evergreen of the Young CIA workshop of Saint Theresa's College Cebu. We believe that your outreach activity is a wonderful way to help the community and we're inspired to do the same. The cabbage farm also looked really nice! God bless!

Ms. Marnie Demetria Racaza said

at 8:00 am on Jan 19, 2012

From: Francis Green - Young CIA, Saint Theresa's College, Philippines

MABUHAY! We think your introduction was very informative. We loved how you put so many pictures. And we liked how you are active in environmental activities. We hope to talk to you soon!

Evelyne said

at 12:59 pm on Jan 14, 2012

Thank you for all those lovely pictures! This makes it "real" for us!

Bob Hofman said

at 12:06 pm on Jan 14, 2012

Thank you Mrs. Aireen and students for the wonderful introduction... we say:
- good luck to the studenst with the tests
- congratulations to mr. Noli Marwith new born baby... once you rae back on-line we would love to see a photo and read about the baby's name
- and thanks to Mr. Erwin for support offered....
Enjoy your weekend, greetings from Bob.

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