PAREF Southridge School
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|PAREF Southridge School|
|Hillsborough Subd., Brgy. Cupang
Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila
|Type||Private, All Boys|
|Established||March 19, 1979|
|President||Dr. Vaughn F. Montes|
|Principal||Alberto Dakila, Grade School
Agenor Luayon, High School
Ariel Marcera, Afternoon School
|Chaplain||Rev. Fr. Johnpaul Menchavez|
|Grades||1 to 11|
|Campus||Suburb, ~3 hectares|
|Affiliations||PAREF, Opus Dei|
|School Hymn||Gaudeamus Igitur (Latin)|
|GS— Grade School; HS—High School; AS—Afternoon School|
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, 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 Southridge Logo
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 & 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.
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. Matthew Banaag 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 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. Benjie Torralba and its current captain is Gerard Kawada.
|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||Eduardo Noel Xavier A. Peralta, Gabby Leda, Gino Yang|
|Finalist||IDeA Lite||2015||Xavier School||Marco Zulaybar, Gino Yang|
|Finalist||CMLI||2015||Children's Museum and Library Incorporated and De La Salle Zobel||Eduardo Noel Xavier A. Peralta, Gerard Kawada, Jake Consing|
|Finalist||Rotary National Debate Championship||2016||Quezon City Science High School||Eduardo Noel Xavier A. Peralta, Gerard Kawada, Jake Consing|
|Champion||Felipe Belleza National Debate Championship||2016||La Salle Academy||Eduardo Noel Xavier A. Peralta, Gerard Kawada, Jake Consing|
|Grand-Finalist||IDeA Grands||2016||Asian Development Bank||Eduardo Noel Xavier A. Peralta, Jake Consing|
|Finalist||University of the Philippines Diliman Fast Forward||2016||University of the Philippines Diliman||Eduardo Noel Xavier A. Peralta, Gerard Kawada|
|Finalist||Ateneo de Manila University Ateneo Debate Camp||2016||Ateneo de Manila University||Eduardo Noel Xavier A. Peralta, Nico Meer|
|Semi-Finalist||Asian Schools Debate Championship||2016||Methodist Boys' School, Kuala Lumpur||Marco Zulaybar, Nico Meer, Julio Jimenez|
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|
The Southridge Ecological Assiociation
The Southridge Ecological Assiociation, or S.E.A. for short, is Southridge's premier ecological and scientific club. Began by then juniors Derek Parreñas, Kipper Capulong, and Orion Besabe 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
Motto: Vivere, Amare, Servire! (Live, Love, Serve!)
The Southridge Servers Society (SSS) was founded in the year 1997 by former Southridge Teacher Mann Rentoy and is now under Rutch Regencia of the Guidance department. The club's primary task is to provide and train altar servers for 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. Members of this club have been sent to serve in special masses of sister school PAREF Woodrose, and at times, masses hosted 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 an accident) and Auxiliary Staff Christmas Party as a growing tradition. The club aims to help students get closer to God.
Opus Dei affiliation
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)
- "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.