PAREF Southridge School
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|PAREF Southridge School|
Hillsborough Subd., Brgy. Cupang
|Type||Private, All Boys|
|Motto||Viriliter Agite (Latin)|
(Eng. transl.: Act in a Manly Way)
|Established||March 19, 1979|
|President||Dr. Vaughn F. Montes|
|Principal||Alberto Dakila, Grade School|
PJay Gonzales, High School
Ariel Marcera, Afternoon School
|Campus Director||Fernando A. Cruz (Executive Director)|
|Chaplain||Rev. Fr. Johnpaul Menchavez|
|Grades||1 to 12|
|Campus||Suburb, ~3 hectares|
|Affiliations||PAREF, Opus Dei|
|School Hymn||Gaudeamus Igitur (Latin)|
PAREF Southridge School, or simply Southridge, is a private school for boys located in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It was established by the Parents for Education Foundation (PAREF). Southridge is composed of grade school, junior high school, senior high school, and afternoon school. Its executive director is Fernando A. Cruz. The spiritual formation of the families in Southridge is provided by members of Opus Dei.
The Vinta, a sturdy Filipino boat, is the symbol of PAREF. It stands for the educational philosophy shared by all the schools that belong to the PAREF system. The stars on top of the Vinta represent the three (3) sectors that comprise the PAREF school community: the parents, teachers, and students. For the PAREF philosophy to work, there must be a healthy interaction these three sectors. For formation to be effective, the parents and the teachers themselves must be formed first, such that they can lead the students, both by word and by 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."
Organizations and programs
The Southridge Vocal Ensemble (SVE) was the former official high school choir which consists of the Day School students. SVE was managed and conducted by Adrian Bagayaua during 2010–2016. It was currently replaced with Southridge VOX 2016–present.
Southridge competed again the next year and placed 19th out of 24 schools in Voices in Harmony and 6th place out of 10 schools in Musikapella.
Admirals Media Society (AMS)
AMS (formally called "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 and video. Seminars and workshops are also arranged for the club's future members.
Currently, it is headed by Wilbert Dela Cruz, Anton Pizarro, and Raphael Gutierrez.
Named after the renowned 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. Clete.
"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. Jaime Santos is the current head of Kaabay with Mr. Martin Quesada as Moderator.
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 was also the first organization in Southridge to have won an international competition for the school. 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 current captain is Jake Peralta.
|Position||Tournament||Year||Tournament hosts||Team members|
|Champion||IDEA 1||2006||Colegio 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|
|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||National Asians High School Debate Championship||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|
|Champion||Rotary National Debate Championship||2015||Quezon City Science High School and La Salle Greenhills||Jet Nicolas, Gabby Leda, Lui Manguiat|
|Champion||Southern Luzon Intervarsity Debate Championship||2015||University of the Philippines Los Banos||Teddy Peralta, Gabby Leda, Gino Yang|
|World Octofinalist||World Schools Debating Championship||2015||Singapore||Lui Manguiat|
|Finalist||IDeA Lite||2015||Xavier School||Marco Zulaybar, Gino Yang|
|Finalist||CMLI||2015||Children's Museum and Library Incorporated and De La Salle Zobel||Jake Consing, Teddy Peralta, Gerard Kawada|
|Finalist||Rotary National Debate Championship||2016||Quezon City Science High School||Teddy Peralta, Gerard Kawada, Jake Consing|
|Champion||Felipe Belleza National Debate Championship||2016||La Salle Academy||Jake Consing, Teddy Peralta, Gerard Kawada|
|Grand-Finalist||IDeA Grands||2016||Asian Development Bank||Teddy Peralta, Jake Consing|
|Finalist||University of the Philippines Diliman Fast Forward||2016||University of the Philippines Diliman||Teddy Peralta, Gerard Kawada|
|Finalist||Ateneo de Manila University Ateneo Debate Camp||2016||Ateneo de Manila University||Teddy Peralta, Nico Meer|
|Novice Semi-Finalist||Asian Schools Debate Championship||2016||Methodist Boys' School, Kuala Lumpur||Marco Zulaybar, Nico Meer, Julio Jimenez|
|Champion||Felipe Belleza National Debate Championship||2017||La Salle Academy||Jake Consing, Teddy Peralta, Nico Meer|
|Grand Finalist||IDeA Grands||2017||Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.||Jake Consing, Teddy Peralta|
|Open Semifinalist||Asian Schools Debate Championship||2017||De La Salle Zobel||Teddy Peralta, Nico Meer, Jake Consing|
|Novice Champion||Asian Schools Debate Championship||2017||De La Salle Zobel||Jake Peralta, Luis Garcia, Sam Escueta|
|Champion||13th Benilde Intervarsity||2017||De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde||Jake Consing|
|World Octofinalist||World Schools Debating Championship||2017||Denpasar Bali, Indonesia||Jake Consing|
|Ana Alano Semifinalists||Philippine Schools Debate Championship||2018||Ateneo de Manila University||Jake Peralta, Luis Mendoza|
|National Grand Champions||Philippine Schools Debate Championship||2018||Ateneo de Manila University||*Jake Consing, Luis Garcia|
|Finalist||Southern Luzon Intervarsity Debate Championship||2018||University of the Philippines Los Banos||Luis Garcia, Jake Peralta, Sam Escueta|
|Grand Finalist||Harvard College World Schools Invitational||2018||Harvard University||Jake Consing|
|Finalist||IDeA Lite||2018||Xavier School||Javi Del Mundo, Basti Martinez|
|National Semifinalist||National Asians High School Debate Championship||2018||De La Salle University||Jake Peralta, Luis Garcia, Tino Kamantigue|
|High School Finalist||Diliman Debate Open||2018||University of the Philippines Diliman||Jake Peralta, Luis Garcia|
|High School Champion||Diliman Debate Open||2018||University of the Philippines Diliman||Tino Kamantigue, Jacob Tambunting|
|Finalist||Ateneo Business Ethics Debate||2018||Ateneo de Manila University||Jake Peralta|
|Finalist||IDeA 2||2019||Marist School||Jake Peralta, Luis Garcia|
|Finalist||South Luzon Inter-High School Debate Encounter||2019||University of the Philippines Los Banos||Jake Peralta, Luis Garcia, Jacob Tambunting|
|Finalist||IDeA 3||2019||De La Salle University||Jake Peralta, Luis Garcia|
*This was the Podium's first Nationals win in history. Jake Consing was the best speaker of the Final. Luis Garcia is the youngest person ever to have won PSDC at Grade 9 and 14 years old.
Worlds Schools Debate Championship
|EJ Paredes||2000||Competing Team||Pittsburgh, United States|
|Marty Gonzaga||2010||Competing Team||Doha, Qatar|
|JV Valerio||2011||Training Pool||N/A|
|Mark Lozano||2011||Training Pool||N/A|
|Lui Manguiat||2015||Competing Team||Singapore|
|Jake Consing||2017*||Competing Team||Bali|
|Jake Consing||2018||Competing Team||Zagreb, Croatia|
|Jake Peralta||2019||Competing Team||Sri Lanka|
*WSDC 2017 was the highest rank for any Philippine Team in WSDC history breaking third with 7 points and 21 ballots.
Southridge entrusts its religious instruction to the prelature of Opus Dei.
Southridge has produced several 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 outside the Philippines. Some have returned to their alma mater to teach.
Some who hold government office are:
- Jayjay Suarez, Governor of Quezon
- Roman Romulo, Congressman of Pasig
- Paolo Javier, Congressman of Antique
Some alumni in the entertainment field include:
- Gabe Mercado (comedian - SPIT)
- Jay Ignacio (director and executive producer - The Bladed Hand)
- Jake Cuenca (actor / commercial model)
- Paul Yap (UpDharmaDown)
- Carlos Tanada (UpDharmaDown)
- Chino David (Silent Sanctuary)
- Tutti Caringal (6CycleMind/Protein Shake)
- Miguel Escueta (singer)
- Faisal Tabusalla, Jairus Paul, and Migie Garcia (Prep to 1st Year) of Basically Saturday Night
- "SOUTHRIDGE BAGS CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE 1st ASIAN SCHOOLS DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIPS". PAREF Southridge. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
- Hernando-Malipot, Ina. "The Young and the Eloquent". The Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 17 March 2012.
- Barawid, Rachel. "Speaking Out to Win". Retrieved 17 March 2012.