Grateful to his Alma Mater – Claret High School and STI College-Zamboanga PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 March 2013 10:58

Now and then when I go to Manila, I try to find Zamboangueños who are excelling in their jobs and business outside of Zamboanga City. And when we meet, I update what’s happening here and encourages them to make us proud there.  I always say to them that it will be heartening to read in the national newspapers, international magazines, and watch TV coverage about successful Zamboangueños.  And I am featuring one today.

With the worsening power crisis happening in our city, it is breaking news in these “dark days” to know that a fellow Zamboangueño is doing well in his career at the Department of Energy (DOE).

Edward Neri, a graduate of STI College-Zamboanga and a product of Claret High School, is the Science Research Specialist at the National Renewable Energy Board (NREB).  He facilitates the centralization of information and generation of reports of Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB), manages and maintains its database from its technical divisions. A coveted profession, I say, in the world of Information Technology.

According to Neri, he credits his high school Alma Mater, Claret High School Motto, "“Scientia Maxime Cum Virtute (Knowledge is Best with Virtue),” for paving the success path of his life. It taught him that the attainment of knowledge and the discovery of truth are best achieved and lived with the virtues of Jesus Christ. One becomes a more responsible and loving person, he said.

Since he is amaze with computer technologies, Neri enrolled at STI College Zamboanga for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science for its exceptional training ground in this field. He testified that he is a living testimony of STI famous slogan, E2E (Enrollment to Employment).

STI programs and personalized mentoring, he swore, taught him to aim high, to excel in his endeavors, and be the best that he can be. “I have learned how to squash my doubts, exterminate the naysayers (not literally though), and take my plunges without turning back. Most importantly, I have managed to stay focused and motivated in the face of adversity and obstacles,” Neri enthusiastically shared.  It strengthened him as a person especially during the first bend of his journey to the real world, he added.

Neri is extending his deepest gratitude and highest respect (thru Pep Talk) to Claret School and STI College in Zamboanga City. The value-based education of Claret made him not only intellectually competent but also to be morally upright and to be spiritually active all the time, he said.

He praises STI-Zamboanga for providing him innovative and relevant education that equipped him with knowledge necessary to stand out in his present profession. “I still look back with great fondness to the memories and teachings imbibed in me. I certainly have gained a lot more than just an education in these two schools. They gave me life.” he boasts.

Though he has achieved his target career, his big dreams and plans for himself and family continues.

Psalm 119:1-176. “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!”

By Dante Corteza