Social & Ecological Concerns

Refuge and Resilience: An ARCORES Home Rehabilitation Project Series

By Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga / March 11, 2023 /

After decades of raising eight children, she finally landed a job as maintenance personnel of Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos (CST-R) in San Carlos City, Philippines in 2011. Her job order was then contractual and was commissioned by the school Parents & Teachers Association (PTA). Then in 2020, after nearly ten years, she finally became a…

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The Gift that Endures: Gasa ni Tomas 2022

By Rachel Mae De Gracia / January 5, 2023 /

SAN CARLOS CITY, Neg. Occidental-Gasa ni Tomas (Gift of St. Thomas) through the Community Extension & Development Office (CEDO) gathered 120 pedicab (foot-pedaled cab) drivers at Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos last December 22, 2022 despite the rain and cold northwesterly winds. The beneficiaries joined CST-R religious administrators in prayer outside the St. Thomas of Villanova…

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CST-R CEDO, Lunhaw-Diocese of San Carlos Collab for Eco-Team Building 2022

By Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga / May 11, 2022 /

SAN CARLOS CITY, Neg. Occ.—To build the camaraderie and team spirit of Lunhaw, the Environmental Conservation Organization of the Diocese of San Carlos, the Community Extension and Development Office (CEDO) of Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos facilitated the Eco-Team Building 2022 at Sipaway Island. Ms. Ma. Nita V. Bolo, who heads the Thomasian team, created ecologically…

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Sacred Protest – Esitis 2022

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR / March 16, 2022 /

Peace as Protest is a visual articulation of the universal language of peace—as embraced by different religions, institutions and individuals. The exhibit will feature the recent artworks of Jaazeal Jakosalem, OAR, a Filipino social justice activist and a MESt student of the University of Bonn (Faculty of Protestant Theology). The artist uses various symbols related…

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LEC Dedication Highlights the “Season of Creation” at CST-R

By Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga / October 1, 2021 /

SAN CARLOS CITY, Negros Occidental – “Lord, bless the works of our hands. “             In a solemn and profound ceremony, Thomasian administrators and faculty members blessed and dedicated the newly established Laudato Si’ Environmental Center (LEC) last September 30, 2021. The event commemorates the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) “Season of Creation”…

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Thomasian Community Responds to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ Challenge

By Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga / September 28, 2021 /

SAN CARLOS CITY, Negros Occidental – As he talked about a topic that he had discussed hundreds of times with various audiences, Bro. Jaazeal “Tagoy” Jakosalem, OAR, appeared out of the mist of an unstable internet connection full of conviction and zest that the Thomasian community can be movers in the concerted effort to “Care…

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Understanding the Season of Creation

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR / September 1, 2021 /

The spirit of the Season of Creation is to bring us together for common prayer and action to protect our common home. This year’s theme is: A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God. To better reflect on the theme, we should dissect it in parts and relate the intersectional core messages of this year’s…

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USJ-R Balamban, ForSOAR de Cebu and Arcores International launch ‘Gugma ni San Jose’

By Chito Sy / June 30, 2021 /

CEBU CITY— ‘Gugma ni San Jose’ (Love of St. Joseph), a community pantry initiative of University of San Jose–Recoletos de Balamban, ForSOAR de Cebu and Arcores International was successfully launched last June 26, 2021. As ‘Gugma ni San Jose’ brings the spirit of the Year of St. Joseph into fruition, the launching distributed 150 packs…

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Heart Solidarity Award in the Philippines

By Agustinos Recoletos / May 29, 2021 /

Note: This article is also posted on the official website of ARCORES International ( ARCORES International, the social arm of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, recognizes, giving “the Heart Solidarity Award”, the exemplary efforts of organizations animated by the religious communities and partners during the covid pandemic in the Philippines. The 2020 Heart Solidarity Campaign…

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CaReS Kindness Station inaugurated

By Bro. Jesse Meer E. Alipes / May 17, 2021 /

Baguio City— Aside from the virus, kindness is also contagious. Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary (CaReS) officially inaugurates CaReS Kindness Station on the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, last May 1, 2021. Also on the celebration of National Labor Day, 64 indigent beneficiaries received rice, goods, bread, and perishable goods such as vegetables and spices, poultry…

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