PAREF Southridge School

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PAREF Southridge School
Motto Viriliter Agite (Latin)
Act in a Manly Way
Established March 19, 1979
Type Private, All Boys
Affiliations PAREF, Opus Dei
President Dr. Vaughn F. Montes
Principal Luden Salamat, Grade School
Luis Sumulong, High School
Andy Nisperos, Afternoon School
Founder PAREF
Chaplain Rev. Fr. Francis Ongkingco
Executive Director Jose Maria A. Magalona
Students 1,099
Grades Grades 1-9 & IV
Location Hillsborough Subd., Brgy. Cupang,
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila,
Campus Suburb, ~3 hectares
Colors Blue      and Green     
Nickname Southridge Admirals
Yearbook Viator (Latin)
Newspaper The Ridge (HS) - CMMA Hall of Famer for Best HS Paper
The Junior Ridge (GS)
School Hymn Gaudeamus Igitur (Latin)
Supervising Organization PAREF

GS— [Elementary education

The PAREF Southridge School, also known simply as Southridge, is a private school for boys located in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It was a set up by the Parents for Education Foundation (PAREF), a group of parents who aims to provide an education geared towards the total development of children. Southridge is composed of grade school, high school, and afternoon school. Its executive director is Jose Maria A. Magalona. The spiritual formation of the families in Southridge is provided by priests of the prelature of Opus Dei.


The Southridge Logo consists of a Vinta and a Helm.

The Vinta, a sturdy Filipino boat, is the PAREF symbol. It stands for the educational philosophy shared by all the schools that belongs to the PAREF system. The stars on top of the Vinta represent the three (3) sectors that comprise the PAREF school community. For the PAREF philosophy to work, there must be a healthy interaction among the parents, teachers and students. For formation to be effective, the parents and teachers must be formed such that they can lead the students by word and deed.

The Helm symbolizes the school's vision of breeding gentlemen and leaders. Quoting the school's vision, "We envision graduates who are MEN OF INTEGRITY, well-formed and principled individuals, who contribute to the common good of society."



Southridge is one of the few schools in the Philippines that requires its students to learn Latin. When the school was first built, the curriculum included 4 years of mandatory Latin during the high school years. This requirement has since been changed and Latin now only two years of Latin are required. In addition, an elective known as Latin Honors allows students who wish to continue learning the language to do so.


In 2004, Southridge began an elective system that allows high school juniors and seniors to choose two subjects of their interest. Currently the subjects that are available to students are Business Math 1, Business Math 2, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Investigatory Science, Latin Honors, Rhetoric of War, Programming Language, Journalism, Creative Writing, and Metaphysics. This system allows four different subjects to be taken in a span of two years that will help the student decide on his college course or prepare the student for college if he has already decided on a particular major.

By S.Y. 2009-2010, electives are no longer allowed to both Juniors and Seniors.

Organizations & Programs[edit]

Vocal ensemble[edit]

The Southridge Vocal Ensemble (SVE) is the high school choir which consists of the Day School and Afternoon School. It is made up of Grade 7 to 4th Year students and is currently managed and conducted by Adrian Bagayaua.

The SVE was established by Bagayaua in SY 2010-11 after he replaced Mr. Robert Cortes. The group won 13th place out of 27 at the 13th Annual Voices in Harmony competition in Philamlife on September 25, 2011, and 6th place out of 12 at the Musikapella competition in UP Diliman on October 2, 2011. On December 15, 2012, the SVE won 2nd place at the Merry Tunes of Christmas competition in SM Bicutan.


The Photoclub was established by members of the class of 2006 (Miko de los Reyes, Miguel Reyes, Benj De Leon and Luigi Meer) for Southridge students interested in photography. Seminars and workshops are also arranged for the club's future members.


Named after the renown Latin playwright, Plautus is a theatrical program and competition between sophomore, junior, and senior classes in High School. During Plautus Season, each class is required to come up with an original play with a running time of an hour. The plays are usually modeled after a theme or themes that the Plautus Commission assigns (a virtue, a hero, etc.). At the end of the Plautus Season, Plautus Night is held as the plays are awarded according to their performances ala the Oscars with awards such as "Best Play", "Best Director", "Best Actor", "Best Screenplay", "Best Supporting Actor", "Best Set Design", "Best Lights and Sounds", "Best Musical Score" and "Best Poster". Plautus was first started and moderated by Mr. Cortez, and continued by Mr. Galvez.


"Kaabay" is a club that teaches catechism and other subjects. Open to high school students, the club members visit Cupang Elementary School and Buli Elementary School weekly to teach Grades 3, 4 and 5 students basic catechism lessons. Members undergo training during Catechism seminars organized during the school year. Matthew Banaag is the current head of Kaabay with Mr. Martin Quesada as Moderator.

The Podium[edit]

The Podium is Southridge's official debate team, and considered one of the best debate teams in the Philippines. A member, co-founder, and stalwart of the now defunct Southern Metro Manila Schools Debate Consortium (SMMS), the Podium has consistently improved over the past years and has become a perennial contender for any debate championship in the Philippines and the world. The Podium has also been improving and has earned great respect in the more competitive(Interscholastic Debaters' Association (IDeA) Philippines and in the national debating scene. Some of its members have even gone on to earn accolades in the international debate scene.

Currently, The Podium's moderator is Mr. Eugene Salazar and its current captain is Jet Nicolas.


Position Tournament Year Tournament hosts Team members
Champion IDEA 1 2006 Colegio de San Agustin, Makati Mikki Albano, Jeric Kison
Champion IDEA 2 2007 Xavier School Sluggo Rustia, Nicky Santiago
Semi-Finalist Ecological Debates 2008 Ateneo de Manila University RJ Lim, Justin Jabines, Marty Gonzaga
Finalist CMLI: Pandemonium 2008 Children's Museum and Library Incorporated and Colegio San Agustin RJ Lim, Marty Gonzaga, Joseph Ledesma
Finalist Ateneo Invitationals 2009 Ateneo de Manila University Marty Gonzaga
Champion Ateneo Invitationals 2009 Ateneo de Manila University RJ Lim
Champion Asian Schools Debate Championship 2009 De La Salle University RJ Lim, Marty Gonzaga, Justin Jabines[1]
Finalist Philippine Schools Debate Championship 2009 Ateneo de Manila University Justin Jabines, Marty Gonzaga
Finalist CMLI 2010 Children's Museum and Library Incorporated and Colegio San Agustin Julian Ferrer, Raffy Tanpho, Mark Lozano
Champion CMLI 2010 Children's Museum and Library Incorporated and Colegio San Agustin Lance Katigbak, Pempen Chiang, JV Valerio
Champion Philippine Schools Debate Championship 2010 Ateneo de Manila University Mikey Onglao (Public Speaking)
Finalist Philippine Schools Debate Championship 2010 Ateneo de Manila University Lance Katigbak, Pempen Chiang
Champion IDEA 3 2010 Miriam College Pempen Chiang, JV Valerio
Semi-Finalist Chief Justice Cup 2011 Supreme Court of the Philippines Michael Agoncillo, JV Valerio, Raffy Tanpho
Semi-Finalist Asian Schools Debate Championship 2011 Daewon Foreign High School Mark Lozano, Raffy Tanpho, JV Valerio
Finalist NASH DC 2011 De La Salle University Mark Lozano, Raffy Tanpho, JV Valerio
Finalist Philippine Schools Debate Championship 2011 Ateneo de Manila University JV Valerio, Raffy Tanpho
Champion Econ-no-mix 2012 UP Diliman Mark Lozano, Paolo Tabuena, Renzo Escalona
Champion Econvergence 2012 UP Los Banos Renzo Escalona, Gabby Leda
Champion IDeA Grands 2013 Enderun Colleges Meeko Rustia, Kyle Mitschiener
Champion Ateneo Intervarsity Junior Break 2014 Ateneo de Manila University Jet Nicolas, Gabby Leda

Worlds Schools Debate Championship

Name Year Position Host country
EJ Paredes 2000 Competing Team Pittsburgh, USA
Marty Gonzaga[2] 2010 Competing Team Doha, Qatar
JV Valerio 2011 Training Pool N/A
Mark Lozano 2011 Training Pool N/A
Joaquin Escaño[3] 2012 Alternate Scotland

The Southridge Ecological Assiociation[edit]

The Southridge Ecological Assiociation or S.E.A. for short, is Southridge's premier ecological and scientific club. Began by then juniors Derek Parreñas and Kipper Capulong in 2010, it has represented the school in a number of outreaches and seminars held in and around the vicinity of Metro Manila.

The Southridge Servers' Society[edit]

Motto: Vivere, Amare, Servire! (Live, Love, Serve!)

The Southridge Servers Society or SSS for short, was founded in the year 1997 by former Southridge Teacher Mann Rentoy and is now under Mr. Rutch Regencia of the Guidance department. The club's primary task is to provide and train dedicated mass server to serve God in the daily and special masses of the school. Over the years, club activities have expanded as servers have been sent to participate in special events outside of the school. Servers have been sent to serve in special masses of sister school PAREF Woodrose and at times masses hosted by the religious around Metro Manila. The club also hosts outreaches for the less fortunate both outside and inside of campus with the Annual Bayais Sports Festiival (named in Honor of the late Mr. Bayais who died in a tragic accident)and Auxiliary Staff Christmas Party as a growing tradition. The number one purpose of the club is to help students get closer to God. Members are not just taught to serve and love God but their neighbors as well.

Student leadership[edit]

An important aspect of the Southridge vision is to breed leaders and gentlemen, who are men of integrity, in order to contribute to the common good of society. Since the school's foundation in 1979, elections are held every year within the Grade 7 to 3rd Year High School student voting population. Candidates from such levels campaign for student government positions namely, Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO, and 2 Members-at-Large posts. This is the Southridge Student Council. For many years, the Southridge Student Council has been an active catalyst in school especially in the organization of projects for the interest and development of the school community. It is the body which serves as a bridge between every member of the school community, and most especially representing the students.

The Student Council for School Year 2010-2011 is composed of Gabriel Castillo as Chairman, Mac Valdez as Vice-Chairman, Aldo Manzano as Secretary, Rafa Abaya as PRO, Chucky Quemado as Treasurer, and Faisal Tabusalla and Julian Ferrer as Members-at-Large. This group was able to successfully organize Fathers' Day 2011: "The Day of D'ADmirals", the first ever Southridge Run and The Southridge Big Brother Freshmen Senior Bonding among other events and they established the Southridge Dance Crew, Admirals Step Crew and the Southridge Drumline. The highlight though of this council was the birth of Southridge's mascot, The Admirals which was established on 26 August 2010. The name was coined by Jeggy Filart of Batch 2011.

The current Student Council for School Year 2014-2015 is composed of Matthew Timbreza as Chairman, Vinnie Tan Gana as Vice-Chairman, Jollo Daco as Secretary, Brian Cho as Treasurer, Paul Raagas as PRO, and Nono Arceo and Joaquin Santos as Members-at-Large.

Opus Dei affiliation[edit]

Southridge entrusts its religious instruction to the prelature of Opus Dei. St. Josemaria Escriva is among its venerated saints, along with St. Joseph and St. Michael.


Southridge has produced many successful alumni. Some have become prominent in different fields such as the government, business, the academe, music and the arts, among others. Several Southridge alumni have moved on to take graduate studies in the United States. Some have returned to their alma mater to teach.

Some who hold government office are:

  • Jayjay Suarez, Governor of Quezon
  • Paolo Javier, Congressman of Antique
  • Roman Romulo, Congressman of Pasig
  • Anton Lagdameo, Congressman of Davao del Norte
  • Jet Suarez, Provincial Board Member of Quezon
  • Bullet Jalosjos, Provincial Board Member of Zamboanga Del Norte
  • Don Bagatsing, former City Councilor of Manila
  • Mitch Cuna, former City Councilor of Manila
  • DJ Bagatsing, present first City Councilor of Manila.

Some alumni in the entertainment field include:

  • Gabe Mercado (Pinoy Ikaw Ba 'to? host/comedian)
  • Noni Buencamino (actor), Franco Mabanta (host/MYX VJ)
  • Manu Sandejas (Studio23 Digital Tour host)
  • Robi Joseph (Akafellas, Radio DJ at 99.5 RT), Ikey Canoy (Akafellas)
  • Paul Yap (UpDharmaDown)
  • Carlos Tanada (UpDharmaDown)
  • Tutti Caringal (6CycleMind/Protein Shake)
  • Chino David (Silent Sanctuary)
  • Miguel Escueta (singer)
  • Mark Beltran (Magician)
  • Film/video directors Timmito de los Reyes, Mihk Vergara, Mackie Galvez, Lance Katigbak
  • Commercial models Michael Park, Jose Sarasola, Marco Manalac, Rocky Camus, Ryan Villa-Real, Jose da Silva, Avery del Rosario, Mikee Morada, Karl Vargas, Amir Abughanem (TV Model) and Martin Estrella (PBA All-time bench warmer), model known as Miguel Torre, actor Jake Cuenca

See also[edit]


  2. ^ Hernando-Malipot, Ina. "The Young and the Eloquent". The Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Barawid, Rachel. "Speaking Out to Win". Retrieved 17 March 2012. 

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