Message from the President

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,


As you may already know by now, Malacañang has suspended work in all government offices as well as classes in all public schools tomorrow, September 21, 2017.

We at Ateneo de Iloilo - Santa Maria Catholic School shall continue with our classes tomorrow as usual.  We shall also use this day as an opportunity to continue to remember and learn the atrocities of Martial Law perpetuated by the Marcos Regime so that we may know how to prevent them from happening again.  The Social Studies Programs of our GS, JHS and SHS units have prepared various fora for this purpose. I encourage everyone to join and participate in these activities.  

As a Jesuit and Catholic School, let us use this day as an opportunity in exercising our sacred duty and mission to form our students to uphold justice as an integral dimension  and concrete expression of our Christian faith. 

In omnibus amare et servire,


Fr. Joseph Y. Haw, S.J.


Vicar General Velarde officiates Confirmation rite of 198 Ateneans

IN A solemn ceremony presided over by Rev. Monsignor Higinio Velarde, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Jaro, 198 grade school and high school students of Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS have officially confirmed their faith in the church.

 The confirmation rite was held late morning of Saturday, February 18, at the Chusuey Gymnasium in San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, in the presence of about 800 parents, godfathers, godmothers, relatives, teachers, administrators, and friends of the confirmands. There were 66 high school confirmands while there were 132 from the grade school.

Msgr. Velarde, a doctor of Canon Law, stressed to the confirmands, “this rite signifies the public affirmation of your covenant made in baptism and the confirmation of your faith; at the same time, the congregation prays that each confirmand will receive the blessing of the Holy Spirit and the strengthening of his or her faith.”


Ateneo de Iloilo High Family Day set Feb 7

“WE ARE almost ready for the D-Day,” thus declared by PTA Edgar Leyson for this year’s Family Day set Saturday, February 7, at the Ateneo de Iloilo-SMCS High School site at San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

The annual event, themed “Joy Ride for a Healthy Ateneo Community,” will jumpstart at 5:30 a.m. with the Big Blue Ride (a bicycle drive) to be participated in by wellness enthusiasts who will pass by the main thoroughfares of the metropolis. It will be followed by the traditional Big Blue Run at 6 a.m. Both exercises will end at the school site.


Ateneo parents, guardians attend bully-proofing talk

“BULLYING is when an individual or group repeatedly misuse power to target another individual or group to intentionally threaten or harm them.”

This was intimated by developmental and behavioral pediatrician Dr. Celina Cordero-Gellada before scores of parents and guardians of Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria Catholic School High School Department Saturday morning, January 31, at the school’s Multipurpose Room.

Themed “Bully-Proof Your Kids,” the Parent-Teacher Association-initiated conference was also participated in by the officers of the Student Council who happen to have an on-going anti-bullying campaign called R2BR or the “right to be respected.” The PTA partnered with the school’s Guidance Office led by counselor Cecilia Japitana who facilitated the event.


Saturday, September 23, 2017





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