Southville Alumna’s Novel Breaks into International Publication

Perhaps we all had that moment when a teacher’s praise inspired us greatly.

For Kate Evangelista, now a published author, everything started with her teacher telling her she has a knack for writing. Years later, after graduating high school from Southville International School and Colleges (SISC) in 2000, she held on to those encouraging words as she pursued her craft.

“I started getting interested in writing second year in high school at Southville International. My English teacher gave us a writing assignment and I started writing short stories and she said that I had something. I think teachers are really [Read more]

Valedictory Speech of Alyanna Ong (High School Class 2011)


Good afternoon.

I don’t know whether to feel happy or sad today, knowing that this is the last time we will all be together  as Southville students. Who could ever forget the failures and disappointments we encountered along the way, the loves lost and found, the classes and teachers worth remembering, the ridiculous adventures that brought wrinkles to our teachers, principal and discipline officers, the pranks we played on each other, the battles that seemed so important to win. It has been a terrific twelve years for me here and parting is such sweet sorrow.  But the world is 

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Southville Alumna Is A Superhero!

Who is your favorite superhero?

While most people will cry out for Batman or Captain America, and some will lovingly mention their parents, teachers or friends, Optum Health Care Technology says Gian Carla Ortiz is their favorite superhero.

Carla, a Southville Nursing alumna, is one of the 150 awardees out of 2000 nominations of the multinational health care company. She is also recognized as (1) Best Bright Idea 2015 – Ranked 2 Overall Optum Global Solutions, (2) NRS – Team United Award, (3) Spot Awardee – OGS Townhall, (4) Innovation Awardee – OptumHealth Townhall, (5) First Lean Certified Practitioner 2015, … [Read more]

Ready for the Next Chapter: Class 2016 High School Valedictory Speech

People think that they get things done alone, but they should not forget the people who helped them to achieve their goals. To our guest of honor, Atty. Karen Jimeno McBride, to our Chief Executive Mentor, Dr. Genevieve Ledesma Tan, to our school president, Dr. Marl V. Ferenal, to our Principal for Basic Education, Ms Marie-Vic F. Suarez, our Deputy Principal, Ms. Nessie Lumbres, the management team, school officials, distinguished guests, passionate teachers, beloved parents and fellow graduates, what a great evening to all of us!

Throughout 4 years of high school, as a foreign student, I have always felt … [Read more]

Remembering Yesterday

High school alumna and De La Salle BS Physical Therapy Magna Cum Laude Arisa Takagi talked about her student days at Southville with the Office of Public Relations.

Arisa Takagi started at Southville when she was twelve years old and in Grade 8. Arisa describes her student days as unforgettable because she made long-lasting friendships. She met her best friends with whom she’s in constant communication with until now. In addition, Arisa learned things from her teachers and peers that she has applied in college. “Honestly, what I achieved now, I owe so much to Southville,” she shared. Arisa stated … [Read more]

Danica Then: An achiever to remember

“If you fail, do not be afraid to try again. It is always more painful to think of the things you did not do and if you succeed, stay humble.” –Danica Then, Southville alumna

Southville alumna Danica Then recently graduated Cum Laude from the University at Buffalo in the United States. She shared her success story with Jesselle Villegas from the Office of Public Relations.

JV: At what age and level did you start at Southville International School and Colleges?

Danica Then: Southville International School and Colleges was my first school. I’ve been in Southville almost my entire life, from … [Read more]


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The Power of Determination

Southville high school alumna Arisa Takagi discussed how she made it to the top and her plans for the future.

Southville taught Arisa to always adhere to excellence in everything she does. “Simple or difficult, always give your best so you won’t have any regrets or what-ifs.” In college, Arisa made sure that she gave her best effort in everyday quizzes, recitations, homework, major reports, practical examinations, and revalidas.

Finding out that she was graduating Magna Cum Laude felt surreal, and Arisa is thankful to God for her achievement. “I planned to give my best starting in first year because … [Read more]

Write All You Can

Do you want to be a published author one day? Southville alumna and gifted writer Jayra Almanzor shares what she does.

1.) I write whatever comes to mind. One thing I always see when my classmates from Canada approach me with their novels-in-the-making is that they’re always just two chapters in because they keep editing. While editing is integral in writing, it should, in my opinion, be done at the end as it only distracts one’s flow when writing. In other words, throw away perfectionism in your first draft and you’ll finish in no time!

2.) I drink coffee or … [Read more]

Southville president speaks at the first ASEAN+ Convention

Southville International School and Colleges President Dr. Marl V. Ferenal keynoted the recently held ASEAN Convention last May 21-22, 2015 at the Philippine Columbian Association, Plaza Dilao, Paco, Manila on the topic “Capital Market Opportunities in ASEAN Region.”

The ASIAN Council of Leaders, Administrators, Deans and Educators in Business (ACLADEB) conducted the first ASEAN Convention in the Philippines with the theme, “Business Education Cooperation among ASEAN Higher Institutions and Industries.” Organized to improve the delivery of quality business education, the convention also functioned as the ASEAN annual gathering of school administrators/officials, deans, business educators, and industry partners among ASEAN member … [Read more]