Friday, May 04, 2007

1st STREAMS Commencement Exercise Held

STREAMS – Pathways to Higher Education ends its academic enrichment program with a commencement exercise held on April 28, 2007 at the AVR 1, Xavier University.

26 students from selected high schools in Misamis Oriental finished the STREAMS academic enrichment program which ran from September 9, 2006 to April 14, 2007. The program which comprised 22 enrichment class sessions, 2 personality development workshops, and 2 leadership training seminars provided supplementary learning activities to the students admitted by STREAMS in the program.

Part of the ceremony was the recognition of the top 10 students including the class valedictorian and salutatorian. Special awards were also given to students who exemplified remarkable performance in Math, English, Chemistry, Biology, and Computer.

The commencement exercise was attended by parents and student volunteers of STREAMS. Mr. Ivanell R. Subrabas, STREAMS President welcomed the program’s attendees while Ms. Irene Grace A. Guitarte, Director of Student Affairs formally closed the ceremony. The commencement exercise marked the end of the second run of the STREAMS academic enrichment program. The program will resume on September this year.

-The STREAMS Press Relations Department

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STREAMS bags Three Magis Awards

STREAMS – XU Pathways bagged three major awards from the Review and Recognition Committee during the Magis Awards held on March 22, 2007 at the XU Student Center. Magis Awards are conferred to student organizations in Xavier University which exemplify Ignatian ideals of service and excellence.

Emerging as one of the outstanding student organizations in XU during the Academic Year 2006 – 2007, STREAMS received the Exemplar Award in the program-based student organization category. STREAMS ranked second in the first semester and first in the second semester in the over-all ranking of all student organizations in XU.

Bringing home the Magis Award for Community-Based Project is “STREAMS Academic Enrichment Program”, the flagship program of the organization which aims to provide educational assistance to deserving high school students in Misamis Oriental. STREAMS conducts advanced lessons in Math, English, Science, Computer and supplementary learning activities with these students and provides them with scholarship assistance.

The Magis Awards also recognized “Pagbugsay, STREAMS Volunteers’ Formation Program” for Campus-Based Project Category. “Pagbugsay” successfully strengthened the organization’s initiative in promoting involvement to the XU students by giving them monthly trainings, workshops, and lecture-seminars which dealt on education and other related issues, and thereby harnessing their skills and involvement in the community.

Named after Fr. Francis Demetrio, S.J., the two project of the year awards were conferred to STREAMS in honor of Fr. Demetrio’s passion for the preservation and development of communal traditions and culture.

- The STREAMS Press Relations Department
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Mindanao Pathways: Stepping Up on 3

February 12 – 17 marks the week long celebration of pathways as it turns 3 in Mindanao. Various activities were held daily to celebrate victories of hope, promote the good news it brings to South Cotabateños and raise more fund for the pathways tutorial program of the T’nalak youth group.

On the first day, an opening ceremony was held at the Pathways office to officially open the whole week festival. Volunteers and scholars gave testimonies to express their gratitude and share their wonderful experiences with Pathways to the NDMU admin and personnel, partner and friends who were present during that time. A mini “ salu-salo” ended the activity to symbolized the fruitful year pathways had.

Second day was jam-packed with exciting fund raising activities of the T’nalak youth Group (TYG) such as selling of gift items personally made by the volunteers themselves. Harana and Valentine Package was also a big-hit in connection with the celebration of Valentines Day. Volunteers went around the campus to serenade the special person of those who requested. An exhibit booth was also set-up to showcase the success stories of the volunteers and participants as they took part in pathways’ 3-years of operation in Mindanao particularly in South Cotabato.

On the day of Hearts, the office initiated a “Volunteers Valentines Vavad” for the volunteers as our surprise tribute for them. A “tambayan” with movie showing, lots of food and a dating game was prepared to honor the volunteers as our prime movers for the past three years. A dating game highlighted the activity wherein two of our volunteers went away with a special gift from the staff. Surprisingly, this activity invited more non-pathways volunteers and an avenue to welcome more interested volunteers in the future.

A Media Press Conference was held on the 4th day in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency Region XII (PIA-XII). Ms. Olivia Sudaria, PIA-XII Regional Director acted as the moderator during the press con. 16 members of the media coming from print, broadcast and information officers of LGUs and line agencies were present. It was a venue for pathways to promote its vision, mission and objectives, relate what we have done for the past 3 years for the youth and advocate on our cause for education development. Mindanao Pathways were represented by the staff together with the college scholar John Yrick Era and the TYG Veep for Academics Leann Jester Daus.

“Loving Still” Love is on the Air 2 pathways highlighted our week-long celebration. Local bands and performers showcased their musical prowess for a cause. The activity was a collaborative effort of the T’nalak Youth Group and Pathways Regional office. NDMU gym was filled with excited students from NDMU. They also enjoyed some surprises from our the sponsors. It was indeed a “loving still” moment as the audience fell in love with music and songs of their heart. The proceeds went to the T’nalak Youth Group fund for their future programs.

Good Job guys! Our congratulations to the workforce and supporters who made this activity a momentous event for Pathways and the T’nalak Youth Group! Keep it Up!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

ADZU: " A Kit for a Kid Program"

Last December 14, 2006 - ADZU Pathways launched a kit-for-a-kid program at San Jose Gusu Elementary School, ZC. They distributed 225 kits consisting of plastic and brown envelopes, pencils, sharpeners, rulers, bond and colored papers to the 225 Grade 2 pupils.

Together with thier high school participants, ADZU Pathways youth group members experienced one of the most significant moments in thier lives. :)

*emailed by the ADZU pyg.
(experience with them with the slide show below)

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

ADZU - December Activities

The Ateneo de Zamboanga University-Pathways to Higher Education (ADZU-PATHWAYS) wished to celebrate the Christmas season in the spirit of love and generosity. In this regard, we launched two projects last December: Salu-salo na Pathways and Pathways Como Santa.

Salu-salo na Pathways was a humble gathering with the kids in the residential facility for children at Talon-talon, Zamboanga City, on December 28, 2006. Along with our volunteers, the Pathways Students joined us in the affair. We had a simple party with sixty (60) kids. On the other hand, Pathways Como Santa was a feeding activity. :Last December 23, 2006, Pathways volunteers went around the city to hand merienda to roughly sixty (60) street kids and beggars.

Both projects were funded by the school.

*Emailed by Darlyn Fabian, ADZU Pathways

Thursday, January 25, 2007

T'nalak Volunteers Update!!

We are very proud to share to you the achievements of our volunteers so far in 2006 and early this year..:) What a good way to start the year for these young "warriors" of Pathways! :)

Jonh Yrick Era
, BSA1 – Participant, “ACCESS PHILIPPINES YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM” on April – May 2007 at Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
Sponsored by: Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, USA, International Visitors Philippines, Capitol Univesity, Cagayan de Oro City.
- a four week intensive training on leadership, community activism, tolerance, volunteerism, inter ethic dialogue, religious diversity and conflict resolution.

Dan Dexter Pamplona- Awardee, Ten Most Outstanding Red Cross Youth of the Philippines 2006.

Ronnel Victor dela Cruz- Participant, 9th National Ayala Young Leaders Congress on February 5-10, 2007; Participant, 8th Inter-Collegiate Finance Competition; Participant, 2nd Pathways Mindanao Volunteers Convention; Participant, 2nd Regional Federation of Junior Philippine Association of Management Accountants XII Convention.

Marisol Sibuc- Champion, Dagliang Talumpati, Buwan ng Wika; Champion, Dagliang Talumpati, University Week 2006; Participant, 2006 Marist Youth Camp.

Jovann Tadena- Champion, Quiz Bowl, Buwan ng Wika; 2nd Placer, Boggle, University Week; Participant, Regional College Editors Guild of the Philippines XII Convention; Participant, Mindanaowide College Editors Guild of the Philippines Convention.

Leann Jester Daus- Participant, 8th National Ayala Young Leaders Congress; Participant, National Pathways to Higher Education Convention.

Ariel Lalisan- Champion, Quiz Bowl, NDEA Meet; President, Regional College Editors Guild of the Philippines XII; Participant, 8th National Ayala Young Leaders Congress; Editor-in-Chief, Omniana.

Mark Aethen Agana- Participant, 3rd National Pathways to Higher Education Convention; Finalist, 9th National Ayala Young Leaders Congress; Participant, 2nd Pathways Mindanao Volunteers Convention; Champion, Scrabble, University Week.

Jomae Rona Mabalot- Passer, 2006 Microsoft Certified Professional Examinations; Participant, 2nd Pathways Mindanao Volunteers Convention.

Ryan Ibones- Passer, 2006 Microsoft Certified Professional Examinations;

Jendee Guyos- Champion, Tabletennis, NDEA Meet; Champion, Tabletennis, University Week.

Congratulations to all of you. We are very proud of your achievements! Keep it up!

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

T'nalak Volunteers! STEPPING UP!! (NDMU PYG)

Pathways to Higher Education’s volunteers are not just committed to serve their community and their fellow youth but have also developed themselves in their different studies and fields. Equipped with academic excellence, humility, and dedicated service, they join different co/extra-curricular activities where they are recognized as local, regional, and even national awardees and winners.

Here are some of Pathways new breed of Achievers and their 2006 accomplishments:

NDMU Deans List (1st Semester)

Star Honors
Era, John Yrick BSA 1
Estiban, Rogello Jr. BSED 2 Eng.
Sibuc, Marisol BSED 2 Eng.

High Honors
Laroscain, Estrelleta BSED 2 Eng.
Gascon, Erica Kris BSED 1 Eng.
Haberle, Ma. Fe BSED 2 Eng.
Moderacion, Luningning BSED 1 Eng.
Tadena, Jovann Eve BSED 1 Eng.
Ogena, Francis Angelo BSCMA 1 Eng.
Tagaoguin, Lisa Ann BSECE 1
Agana, Mark Aethan BSCS 3

Olarte, Mark Joseph BSA 1
Siman, Ciane Lou BSED 2 Physics
Lipura, Shiena Lyn BSED 1 Eng.
Friales, Wilter BSED 2 Eng.
Frias, Jean Rechell BSChem 1
Estenote, Reyna BSChem 1
Atanoso, Ma. Elena BEED 3
Del Mundo, Kris Angela BSN 1
Ferenal, Krishiel BSN 1
Jorolan, Kristine BSN 1
Guyos, Jendee BSN 1
Lipura, Jay-ar BSED 2 Math
Loot, Mae Lyren BSSW 1
Daus, Leann Jester BSED 4 Physics
Ortizo, Nice BEED 3
Madrona, Mary Ann BSCS 3
Bacaling, Maricel BSED 4 Physics

Thursday, October 05, 2006


Urianista Pathways Orietation Seminar

June 30, Father Saturnino Urios University (FSUU) Campus- A mini-exhibit was set up by the volunteers throughout the entire afternoon. At 4:00 pm, Urianista Pathways had its launching at the Urios College Lobby. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held, headed by Fr. John Christian Young (President of Urios College), Dr. Mary Grace Brongcano (Moderator), and Sandra Mae Bonrustro. Buds Buena and Ria Roa gave a background of Pathways and Urianista. Rhea Pajarillo presented the education situation of Butuan City. Sandra Bonrustro gave short message for the volunteers and other attendees. Maraming pumunta! At may intermission dance number pa. Ang Saya! :)

Meeting the XU "Streams"

June 28 AM – Mam Cua’s Office - We went to Mam Cua’s new office at the new building. Kamustahan lang at nameet namin some of the core group. May class ang iba tapos ung iba busy sa rummage sale, ang fund-raising activity ng youth group. Naka P1500 sila sa first 2days nila. Successful! By coincidence, dumaan ang mga bagong scholars nila. Ang Saya! Nag getting to know you kami dun. We found out that they were the former participants of XU-Pathways and are now studying at XU under different scholarships. There are 8 of them. Some are under academic excellence, others under the entrance exam scholarship (base sa results ng college entrance test) and 1 sa PATHWAYS scholarship. In fairness, gumawa sila ng bagong scholarship just for pathways. Ang bait talaga ni Fr.Jett!

Updates: HCDC Volunteer Orientation Seminar

by: Crossian Core Group
(July 30, ’06)

The day was fine as ever. All the preparations and all the hard works of the core group is ought to be judged. We are very excited and at the same time frantic about what the outcome would be. The setting up of the venue, the gadgets to be used and the supplies were actually all set. All we need to do is to hide all the exhaustion and be ready for an inspirational smile, which is actually considered to be the greatest asset of the group.

The registration for our very joyous and spiritually awake new volunteers started at 8:00 am, at the same time it was the arrival of the two invited honorable, amiable, friendly and bubbly… drum rolls please! Ate Aya and Ate Ria! They were actually on the go to meet the new volunteers.

The orientation starts with the “getting to know each other” where all the members are all gathered around the room and locate their new found friends according to their charm-actually they were suppose to arrange the scrambled quotations. It was laughable and very loud considering the fact that all the members are a little bit of a bummer…oops! It was fun really fun!

The group names were amazing the group of Geisha’s, the Strippers, which the group explained that they will give entertainment, Team P.U.R.A which means Peace Unity Respect and Authentic, the Warriors and My Girl teams gave their own good reasons and purposes why they chose those names, and the reasons are very “nose bleeding”.

The next event is the participants’ expectations towards the seminar, facilitators, speakers and the organization. Since our assets is our smiles we made the expectation L.A.U.G.H which means Listen and learn, Acceptance & ask questions, Understanding, Give feedback and Have Fun while helping each other. Easy to remember all we need to do is LAUGH!