By Dr. Carmencita Noriega Reodica, HS '55, STCQCAA Chairperson
March 28, 2014
Sister Josefina Nebres, ICM, School Directress, Members of the Faculty, Parents, My dear dear Graduates, a pleasant good afternoon to all of you!
As I was watching the graduation rites and witnessing the awards and achievements given to you, I couldn't help but go back to memory lane many, many years ago.
To tell you the truth, I was not an outstanding student like most of you. In fact I hardly passed Algebra and Math. When I told Sister Laurentina that I was going to take up Medicine, she was surprised and asked me why Medicine when I was poor in those two subjects. Never did she imagine that this girl -- poor in Math and Algebra -- will break tradition in the male-dominated Department of Health by being the first woman-Secretary of Health.
Congratulations to all of you!
To the teachers who guided and molded our graduates through the years to have the true Theresian Spirit of service, simplicity, truth, tenacity, commitment and compassion.
To the Parents who invested time and effort and who gave their best to make sure their children got the best education, and
To the Graduates who spent many long years of diligent study AND FINALLY, MAKING IT TO THIS GREAT EVENT, YOUR GRADUATION!
As you leave these glorious halls of St Theresa's College, please hold on to your Theresian values in all the critical moments and challenges you will meet in your career and family life. I assure you that you will survive all of them with dignity and decency.
The STCQCAA welcomes all of you to our Alumnae Association and looks forward to your active participation in the mission and goal of the STCAA. For the three years of my term as Chair, the STCAA has taken on the theme of "LOOKING OUT FOR OTHERS."
This means that beyond the confines of our School and Theresian Community, we are taking a journey to look out for and extend our Theresian Hands to the needy and deprived segment of our population through our outreach community projects. Much has been given to you, and therefore, much is expected of you now.
We are then calling on all of you to come on board this great Theresian Ship, and together let us look out for others.
Again, congratulations and good afternoon!
by Lorna Kalaw Tirol
STCQCAA Chair Dr. Chit Reodica could not have chosen a better metaphor when she launched the Association's theme of volunteerism or "Looking out for others" last year. The Philippines being a country of 7,107 islands, she pictured the STCQCAA as a ship, and she's inviting all Theresians to come on board.
Since June 2013, the STCQCAA ship has been extending urgent assistance to distressed communities in various parts of the country. The Flip-Flop project gathered almost 40,000 pairs of slippers for children in remote areas who walk several hours to school in bare feet or in weather-beaten footwear. When the military crisis in Zamboanga rendered entire communities homeless, and when supertyphoon Yolanda hit several parts of the Visayas, Theresian volunteers came together to pack hundreds of "Teresa's Hygiene Kits" for them. The STCQCAA also launched its "Teresa's Tubig ng Buhay" project, sending bottled water in the thousands to victims of Yolanda as well. Every project was made possible by the awesome response of generous Theresians from all over the country and overseas.
Inspired by our ship captain, even non-Theresians have happily come on board. Last year, Filipinos in Singapore, led by their ambassador, gladly donated the proceeds from their annual bowling tournament to the "Flip-Flop" project. Our own Singapore- based alumnae were quick to respond to the call for help.
In looking out for others, we Theresians are simply keeping alive our tradition of generous and loving service. Come on board now so that we can heed more cries for help, and with a dynamic and determined captain steering our ship, we shall find our way to where we are most needed.
Please save the date. More details to follow.
8:00am - 5:00pm - San Lorenzo Ruiz Church, 747 Meadow Pass Road, Walnut, CA 91789
Rev. Fr. Felix Just, S.J., Executive Director of the Loyola Institute of Spirituality, Orange, CA will be the retreat director. The One STC Steering Committee has decided to open the event to non-Theresians. So go ahead, "let your light shine" and invite relatives and friends. For details, please call:
Looey Querubin (323) 369-8828
Janina Dayrit Legazpi (626)236-6523
Marilou Unson Ladines (626) 792-7587
Ofelia Ligon Gopez (818) 434-2804