San Carlos City, Negros Occidental- On the fateful evening of August 14, 2023, a tragedy struck the heart of Colegio de Santa Rita de San Carlos, Inc. as a ferocious fire tore through the beloved institution at around 7:00 pm PST. The devastating blaze wreaked havoc on multiple key areas, leaving the school community in shock and despair.
The fire, whose origins remain a mystery, unleashed its destructive power upon the treasurer’s office, the sisters’ convent, and the 2nd and 3rd floors of the main building. These areas included essential facilities such as computer laboratories, the chapel, the library, and numerous classrooms, all of which have been left in ruins.
As of now, the cause of the fire remains undetermined, and investigations are ongoing to shed light on this tragic incident. Meanwhile, the school community, along with its supporters and prayer warriors, is facing an urgent and monumental challenge: the restoration of Colegio de Santa Rita de San Carlos, Inc.
The devastation caused by this fire goes beyond the physical destruction of infrastructure. It strikes at the heart of the educational institution, its values, and its unwavering commitment of nurturing the minds and spirits of the young learners it has served for generations.
In the face of adversity, Colegio de Santa Rita de San Carlos, Inc. humbly appeals for help from the broader community, both near and far. The journey to rebuild, restore, and once again provide a safe and nurturing environment for students and staff is a daunting one. But with God’s grace and with your support, it can be made possible.
Your assistance, whether through financial contributions, resources, or simply spreading the word, can make a significant difference in the lives of those affected by this tragic incident. Together, we can help Colegio de Santa Rita de San Carlos, Inc. rise from the ashes and continue its mission of education, character building, and community service.
Tagaytay City- On May 31, 2023, a momentous event took place at the Tagaste Retreat House as the sun rose on a new day. The air was filled with a sense of anticipation and reverence as family, friends, and fellow religious congregants gathered to witness the First Profession of Vows of two extraordinary individuals.
In a heartfelt ceremony that commenced at 10:00 AM, Sr. Cristy Sialola Pantilgone hailing from the picturesque Pinamungajan, Cebu, and Sr. Rolyn Topacio Cruz from the vibrant Paranaque City, took a significant step in their spiritual journeys. Surrounded by their loved ones and guided by faith, they made their First Profession of Vows.
Presiding over this sacred occasion was the venerable Fr. Bernard Amparado, OAE, whose wisdom and guidance have been instrumental in shaping the spiritual paths of these two dedicated individuals. Fr. Bernard Amparado is renowned for his commitment to the Order of Augustine and the spiritual growth of its members.
Sr. Cristy Sialola Pantilgone and Sr. Rolyn Topacio Cruz have each embarked on a remarkable journey of faith, love, and service. Their First Profession of Vows symbolizes their deep commitment to their religious calling, a path they have chosen to follow with unwavering dedication and wholehearted devotion.
Their decision to make this commitment on the same day adds a unique dimension to their shared spiritual journey. As they take their vows side by side, they also offer an inspiring example of unity in faith and dedication to a higher purpose.
The First Profession of Vows is a significant milestone in the lives of these remarkable women, and it marks the beginning of a new chapter filled with service, love, and unwavering faith. We join in celebrating this momentous occasion and extend our heartfelt congratulations to Sr. Cristy Sialola Pantilgone and Sr. Rolyn Topacio Cruz.