Atenista Ako, Kadiwa ni Ignacio: Ignatian Festival on 21 July 2012 at Ateneo de Manila University

Church of the Gesu in Ateneo de Manila University

Church of the Gesu in Ateneo de Manila University

The Ateneo de Manila, in cooperation with the Jesuit Communications Foundation Inc, will hold the Ignatian Festival entitled


here in the Loyola Heights Campus on 21 July 2012.

The Ignatian Festival aims to gather alumni and friends of the Ateneo to learn more about the spirit and tradition of Ignatius of Loyola. Specifically, we would like to celebrate the power and gift of this man’s legacy of Ignatian spirituality as it is and could be lived in our daily lives. Typical Ignatian themes such as discernment, ethics, prayer, leadership, social involvement, science, and art will be featured in this festival.

It will be a whole-day event composed of plenary talks, panel discussions, a Eucharistic celebration to be presided over by Archbishop Luis G Tagle DD STD, and a musical concert to be directed by Fr Manoling Francisco SJ.

We invite you to be part of this first Ignatian Festival. All activities are free of charge; seating capacity, however, is limited.  We therefore request you and your party to please confirm your attendance and headcount by Saturday, 14 July 2012, with the event secretariat, the Office of University Development and Alumni Relations:

Direct Line         (632) 426-6081 to 82

Lisa Maramag   (632) 426-6001 local 4081

Ida Solis             (632) 426-6001 local 4086

Fax REPLY FORM to (632) 426-6080

For updates on this event, please visit the official Ateneo de Manila University Facebook page:

We hope you can attend with your family, friends, batch mates, and colleagues to celebrate with the rest of the Ateneo community.


9:45 – 10:30 AM    “The Identity and Mission of the Atenean”

Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ

President, Ateneo de Manila University
Former President, Xavier University

Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater


10:45 AM – 12:30 PM

PANEL TALK 1    “Prayer and Our Busy Lives: The Ignatian Way of Contemplation and Action”

Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater


1.    Sr. Nerissa “Bubbles” Bandojo, RC

AB Interdisciplinary Studies, 1985
Regional Superior, Religious of the Cenacle

2.    Fr. Junjun Borres, SJ

AB Sociology, 1985
Former Director, Center for Ignatian Spirituality
Rector, San Jose Seminary


Fr. Joe Quilong-quilong, SJ

MA Theology 1996
Rector, Loyola House of Studies

PANEL TALK 2    “Jesuit Legacy and Role in the Church: Past, Present, Future”

Venue: Escaler Hall


1.  Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ

Grade School ’37, High School ’41, PhD Humanities ’98
Professor Emeritus, Loyola School of Theology

2.  Fr. Manoling Francisco, SJ

AB Philosophy, 1987
Professor in Theology, Loyola School of Theology


Fr. Tony de Castro, SJ

AB Philosophy, 1980
Professor in Church History, Loyola School of Theology and
Ateneo de Manila University

Lunch Break


1:45 – 3:30 PM

PANEL TALK 3    “The Atenean in Politics, Public Service, and Development”
Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater


1.  Associate Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno

Economics 1980
Supreme Court of the Philippines

2. Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ
High School 1964
President, Ateneo de Davao University
Former President, Ateneo de Naga


Atty. Jimmy Hofilena

Grade School ’74, High School ’78, AB Philosophy 1982
Vice-President for Social Development,
Ateneo de Manila University

PANEL TALK 4    “The Atenean in Business and Development”

Venue: Escaler Hall


1.  Mr. Edward Go

Grade School ’53, High School ’57, AB Natural Sciences ’61
Chair, Ateneo de Manila Board of Trustees

2.  Mr. Ernesto Tanmantiong

BS Management 1979
COO, Jollibee Foods Corporation

3. Mr. Bam Aquino

Grade School ’91, High School ’95, BSME ’99


Mr. Rapa Lopa
Grade School ’77, High School ’81, AB Interdisciplinary Studies 1985
President, Philippine Business for Social Progress

PANEL TALK 5    “The Atenean in Media, Music, Arts, and Culture”

Venue: CTC201


1.  Fr. Rene Javellana, SJ

Grade School ’61, High School ’65, AB Philosophy ’71
MA Theology 1981
Professor, Fine Arts Program, Ateneo de Manila University

2.  Mr. Jim Paredes

Grade School ’65, High School ’69,
AB Communication Arts 1973
Artist and Musician


Mr. Sev Sarmenta

High School 1974, AB Communication Arts 1978
Professor, Communication Arts Department, Ateneo de Manila University


Venue: Henry Lee Irwin Theater

4:00 – 5:30 PM    “Ignatian Discernment in a Complex World”

Fr. Karel San Juan, SJ

BS Math, 1986
Director, Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation
Faculty, PhD in Leadership Studies Program, Ateneo de Manila University

5:45 PM to 7:00 PM         Eucharistic Celebration

Manila Archbishop Luis “Chito” G Tagle DD STD

Main Celebrant
Church of the Gesu

7:00 PM to 8:45 PM         Ignatian Concert.

Directed by Fr Manuel “Manoling” V Francisco SJ
with Ateneo student and alumni performers
Church of the Gesu

Margaret Silf to give a talk on Ignatian spirituality in Ateneo de Manila University on

Everyone is invited to REFLECTION DAYS WITH MARGARET SILF a four-day
lecture and reflection series featuring renowned spirituality writer
Margaret Silf on January 26-29, 2012 to be held at the Walter Hogan
Conference Center, ISO Complex, Ateneo de Manila Campus.

Silf is the author of several books on prayer and the spiritual journey such as Inner Compass, Companions of Christ, Close to the Heart, Taste and See, and the The Gift of Prayer (Winner, Catholic Press Association Award). The featured topic for each day is as follows:

Jan 26, 2012 – Living God?s Dream: A Fresh Look at the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Jan 27, 2012 – Discernment: Finding a True Course in a Bewildering World Jan 28, 2012 – The Other Side of Chaos: Breaking Through When Life is Breaking Down

Jan 29, 2012 – Faith in the Future:What It Means to be a Person of Faith in Today?s World

This event is a joint project of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (celebrating its 20th year), the Center for Family Ministries (celebrating its 25th year) and EMMAUS Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation (celebrating 30 years)

Registration fee is 1,000 PHP per day inclusive of snacks and materials. A discounted rate of 3,600 PHP is offered to participants who register for all four days on or before January 16, 2012.

Interested participants may contact Ruby or Bheng at telephone numbers 426-4250 or 426-4251, celphone number 0916-3020702 or email,

Born in l945 and raised in Sheffield, England, Margaret Silf currently lives in Cheshire, in the northwest English midlands. She received her B.A. in English from the University of London and an M.A. from the University of Keele.  In 1992, Margaret Silf made her first retreat and shortly after began training as a prayer guide, mentored by Jesuits in the British Provence. She made the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in daily life in 1996-97 with the British Jesuit, Gerry Hughes, author of God of Suprises. After having worked as a translator in Germany and a systems programmer in the UK, Margaret decided in March, 2000, to retire to write and conduct retreats, full time. As a result of conducting retreats and making
speeches, she spends a great deal of her time on the road, an experience she enjoys. Aside from writing books, she is also a regular columnist for America magazine, a contributor to the New Daylight series of daily readings for Bible Reading Fellowship and can be heard on BBC local radio.

From Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit:

MARGARET SILF was born and grew up in Sheffield. Although her parents were not Christians, she was baptized in her local Methodist Church and attended Sunday School until the age of 11. At the time, Margaret did not appreciate this, but has since come to cherish and be deeply grateful for her Methodist roots. After being confirmed at 14, Margaret felt herself to be in a ‘spiritual desert’ in her early adulthood, until a personal crisis led her to resume her search for God – she was greatly helped by an ecumenical chaplaincy near Keele University where she was studying for an MA in English, and where she still worships today.

Margaret doesn’t see herself as belonging to any particular denomination, despite her connections with both the Methodist and Roman Catholic churches, but rather identifies herself as an eager spiritual pilgrim.

Margaret now travels widely, meeting people from many religious backgrounds and exploring their faith. She reads widely, and is particularly interested in developments in science and their implications for theology and spirituality, and spends much of her time leading retreats. Margaret’s On Making Choices and On Prayer are two slim volumes in which she offers words of wisdom, encouragement and advice on two important aspects of our spiritual life. Margaret’s previous books for Lion are Sacred Spaces: Stations on a Celtic Way and One Hundred Wisdom Stories from Around the World (2003).