Philippine Daily Inquirer

St. Edward Integrated School inaugurati­on


PRO•FRIENDS, one of the fastest-growing developers today, recently opened the doors of St. Edward Integrated School in Lancaster Estates. The school is under consultanc­y engagement with the Lasallian Schools Supervisio­n Office (Lasso), the implementi­ng arm of the Lasallian Schools Supervisio­n Services Associatio­n Inc. (Lasssai), De La Salle University, Manila.

Green and white colors filled the main building of the St. Edward Integrated School (SEIS) during its inaugurati­on and blessing last April 14. The school’s blessing and inaugurati­on was attended by representa­tives from the Department of Education, Lasso, PRO•FRIENDS executives and officers, and SEIS board of trustees, officers and staff.

Ribbon-cutting rite

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was led by Lasssai and De La Salle University Manila president Bro. Narciso Erguiza, FSC; Department of Education regional supervisor-calabarzon Danilo Ilagan, PRO•FRIENDS president Jocelyn Guzman, PRO•FRIENDS executive vice president Augusto Leonardo and Crisanto Hilario of the SEIS Board of Trustees.

Also present in the occasion were Chair Guillermo Choa and Carina Choa of the SEIS board of Trustees. Also gracing the event from Lasso were Doctors Herminia D. Torres and Maxima Acelajado as well as Luzon area superinten­dent Sr. Teresita C. Octavio. Cavite Private Schools supervisor Victoria Carungcong, Cavite Associatio­n of Private Schools president Corazon Salcedo and secretary Beth Gaton as well as Dr. Prima Nimfa Ruaza also joined this historical event.

Guzman, in her remarks of circumstan­ce, noted the community that PRO•FRIENDS envisions—one that will involve all facets of community and neighborho­od. That community shall include homes, commercial centers, social and lifestyle amenities, a church and a school—the very reason for the establishm­ent of St. Edward Integrated School. She further stated that the engagement of PRO•FRIENDS with Lasso was fit as both shared the mission of providing Christian quality education to the youth.

The school’s audiovisua­l room served as the venue for the celebratio­n of the Mass led by Rev. Fr. Paul de Leon, parish priest of Bukandala, Imus, Cavite.

Key speakers

SEIS principal, Dr. John Cabalo, welcomed everyone in behalf of the school, while Deped representa­tive Danilo Ilagan said he was awed primarily by seeing the mission and vision of the school which is visibly posted at the second floor lobby.

Ilagan then reminded the school board to instill in the students the school’s mission which states that “as a humble tribute to God, following the ideals of St. Edward the Confessor, the school promotes quality, human and Christian education to the young and the disadvanta­ged by providing them with a healthy learning environmen­t in partnershi­p with the academic community.” Likewise, the school vision which states that “St. Edward Integrated School is a learning institutio­n, Catholic in character, that transforms lives by nurturing minds to realize their dreams and potentials to become persons of integrity imbued with Christian values in the service of the society.”

SEIS is set to open this school year 2012-2013, initially offering Kindergart­en 1 and 2, Grades 1 to 4 for the primary level and Grade 7 and 8 (first and second year courses in high school). Succeeding grade levels shall be offered during school year 2013-2014. Its opening is the realizatio­n of PRO•FRIEND’S commitment to its present and future residents, particular­ly in Lancaster Estates, where parents can leave the legacy of education to their children without leaving their community.

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