I’d like to begin by telling you a story. There was a man who loved to sing. The problem was he could not sing. And worse, he didn’t know it. One day he decided to join the church choir. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
Today on the feast of the Sto. Nino, our Gospel recounts the finding of the Christ Child in the temple. As we just heard, it has a happy ending: Mary and Joseph found our Lord, and we’re told that he went home with his parents to Nazareth, where he was obedient and where he grew “in wisdom and in stature.” End of story. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
I’m not really good at eulogies. I admit that. It doesn’t matter that I was English Advanced back in high school or part of the school paper back in grade school and now in college. The topic of death is just too touchy for me. Favian Pua XS ’06
First, there are many little traditions we observe to bring good luck for the coming year. For instance, we are asked to place round fruits on the table to ensure prosperity for our families. Fr. Roberto E. N. Rivera, S. J.
Once there was a boy who wanted to have a perfect Christmas. But he was so acquisitive that his idea of a perfect Christmas was one when he could have everything he ever wanted. His all-time Christmas wish was to be able to shop in every single mall and to possess everything in sight. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
Heavenly Father, you have gathered us all here tonight, to be one with the rest of the Xaverian family throughout the world. We want to celebrate this Golden Jubilee of our alma mater, as one heart one soul. The months of planning on the part of the organizers have paid off.
I was trying to write my homily this afternoon, but I had to stop for a while because like everyone else, I had to watch a very important boxing match on TV. One thing led to another, so I decided to share with you some of my thoughts about what I saw. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
How are you doing? I know life’s a bit stressful sometimes and it is inevitable for it to be this way. I know you are dealing with a lot of things like school, friends, sports and family. But, let me tell you one thing, life can get more complicated than that. Perry Evan Lao (H3B)
A photo essay on the October Medal Tradition in Xavier featuring students, teachers, staff, and administrators.
As a Jesuit Novice, one of the activities we would do during the months of October and November would be to leave the confines of our novitiate so as to beg from the family and friends we visit. Bro. Terrence Ang, S.J., HS Chinese Teacher
I found myself talking to a student of mine yesterday who simply had to approach me a few minutes before their quarterly tests saying he was distracted by his dog's death. Ms. Therese Pelias, Grade 5 Guidance Counselor
One of the many things I’m happy about being given the title Rookie of the Year is this rare chance to address all of you today. Needless to say, the title opened new and exciting opportunities as well as a promising future, which I would like to believe will not be confined to the world of sports.Woody Co (XS '06), UAAP 2006 Rookie of the Year
It is truly an honor and privilege for me to have been invited here today. Seeing you all gathered here brings back memories of 10 years ago, when I last stood here as a student. Much has changed since I graduated, yet much remains the same as well. Patrick Leonard G. Co (XS '96), 2006 Medical Board Topnotcher
Ito ang oras sa araw na ito na hinihiling ng Panginoon na makipag-usap tayo sa Kanya. Sa gitna ng ating mga ginagawa, hinihiling Niya na ibaba natin ang ating mga gamit, pinagkakaabalahan at agam-agam. Hinihiling Niya na tayo ay tumahimik nang ilang sandali at makipag-usap. G. Boom Enriquez, Guro sa Kagawaran ng Filipino
Once there were two monkeys who were friends. Let’s call them King and Kong. Like all apes, they love swinging on tree branches. They also love to eat. In fact, they have two favorite fruits. As we can guess, they love nothing more than bananas. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
Games, conversations, laughter, food, sport, music – these capture the rhythm of Saturday afternoons with friends and Sunday gatherings with family. How can one ever associate these with the school structure and its lesson plans, class calendars, exam schedules, and project deadlines? Ms. Barbara Magallona, HS English Teaher and H4B Mentor
There is a scene in the very first Harry Potter film which I suspect can give us some idea of how God will decide whether we will get to heaven or somewhere else. The scene is set on Harry Potter’s first day in school. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
Heavenly Father, what a privilege to be called Your children, to belong to Your family, and to be part of the Xavier family. We thank You for the HK gathering last weekend, an opportunity to meet fellow Xaverians, to re-ignite the Xavier spirit in us, and to reflect on what it means to be a Xaverian. Sherwin Chua (XS’74)
Today we put in the spotlight sports as an important avenue for education and formation. Moreover, this is our chance to recognize the athletes who work very hard to bring honor and glory to the school. Mr. Michael delos Reyes, HS Assistant Principal for Formation
I’d like to tell you a story about two priests who like to go camping whenever they take their vacation. One morning as they were both relaxing in one such outing, they heard someone shout for help. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
Pero minsan may nakita akong DVD na horror sa TV Room naming mga Heswita. Dahil sa sobrang pagod, naisip ko tuloy panoorin ang pelikulang ito: “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” Buong akala ko, pulos makatindig-balahibo at makabaligtad-sikmurang mga eksena ang aking matutunghayan sa pelikulang ito. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
Here’s a painting of the Transfiguration by the Italian artist Raphael. This 16th century painting of the Transfiguration of Christ was his final work , and is believed to have been left unfinished by the artist and completed only by one of his pupils. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
The Examen is a very important prayer method taught by St. Ignatius of Loyola to help people “find God in all things.” It is usually done twice a day and many people do the Examen daily: one around lunchtime and again before going to bed. Mr. Frederick Perez, Examen Committee Head
Last July 31, 2006, a prayer service was held during the high school general assembly to honour St. Ignatius of Loyola. YCLC members led the community in prayer and shared the reflection. Bro. Terence Ang, S.J., YCLC Moderator
When was the last time you engaged in a little daydreaming? When was the last time you asked yourself, “What if I were…, or what if I did…?” St. Ignatius himself asked a couple of “What if?” questions when he was recovering from his broken leg. Fr. Johnny Go S.J., School Director
First is to be on fire for unity. When there is one flame here and another flame there and you put the flames together, they will not put out each other. They harmonize; they become one flame, a bigger flame. So should it be with us. Mr. Timothy John Agulto, HS CLE Teacher and Student Council Moderator
How do new teachers get to know more about the Grade School? They became students themselves and even took part in an Amazing Race! Last summer, an induction program for 16 new Grade School teachers was held in a simulated classroom venue where new teachers were treated as students and speakers played the role of teachers.
Good morning, fellow Xaverians. It is indeed a privilege to be given this opportunity to address you on this occasion of the Annual Reading of Honors. Frederick N. Tiu (XS'79), School Treasurer
Today we begin our Golden Jubilee celebration, not wearing gold, but red. Red, of course, is the Chinese color for happiness, and so it is an appropriate color since we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the foundation of our school. Fr. Daniel Patrick L. Huang, S.J. (XS’76)
Let’s talk about angels and human beings. I will give you four statements comparing ourselves to angels. I want you to answer “True or False”—quietly to yourself. Let’s see how much you know about angels. Fr. Johnny C. Go, SJ
Believe it or not, the Xavier Alumni are gradually taking over and renewing Xavier and that is very good news, full of hope for the future. An example, Gary Garcia, batch 79 just came into my office to tell me to please write up a column for 64 Xavier Street. Fr. Ismael Zuloaga, SJ
An alumnus once recounted his most unforgettable experience, which happened whenhe was still a grade school student in Xavier School. He woke up early one class day only to be told by his parents that he and his brothers were not going to school. Fr. Johnny C. Go, SJ
Today is the Feast of the Pentecost when we recall that event recounted in our reading when the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and emboldened this frightened group of mostly fishermen to stand before the crowd to preach the Good News. Fr. Johnny C. Go, SJ
Of course we all know this painting by now. It’s the famous “Last Supper” by Leonardo Da Vinci. Who would’ve thought that a pious little painting like this would become so controversial in our time? Fr. Johnny C. Go, SJ
Since the movie “Da Vinci Code” will open in a few days, it will be good if we can talk about both the novel and the film this evening. But first, let’s conduct a little Da Vinci Code survey. I will ask you three questions. Just answer each one silently. Fr. Johnny C. Go, SJ
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