CIS Wins ISAC Basketball Title

By Mars G. Alison | March 17,2018

HOST Cebu International School (CIS) ruled the boys basketball competition of the 3rd season of the International Schools Activities Conference (ISAC) for school year 2017-2018 which came to an end yesterday.

The CIS hoopsters outlasted the basketball team of British School Manila (BSM), 51-45, to take the boys basketball title.

BSM had actually topped the eliminations with a clean sheet after winning all of their games.

CIS struggled during the first day but climbed to the second spot following a 4-2 (win-loss) record and bounced back strong during their finals showdown against the visiting BSM squad.

CIS rallied past Southville International Schools and Colleges (SISC), 51-46, in the final four to advance to the finals.

BSM bagged its finals ticket at the expense of Brent International School Manila (BISM), 59-34, in the semifinals.

SISC settled for third place with a 52-44 routing of BISM, relegating the latter to fourth place.

The fifth to seventh places were occupied by Brent International School Baguio (BISB), Brent International School Subic (BISS) and Faith International Academy (FIA), respectively.

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Open Day 2018

CIS would like to invite you to our Open Day this February 9, 2018. This event is open to all interested families that book an appointment with us.

Call: (032) 261-0247

If you know any families that are interested in sending their children to CIS, kindly spread the word. We look forward to having you!

As the only International Baccalaureate accredited school in the Visayas for almost 2 decades, have your children experience a renowned International education here at Cebu International School!

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Everyday Open Day at CIS

Did you know that CIS has an Everyday Open Day program? Our doors are open whether you want to have a school tour, or schedule a free trial of classes, whether half day or full day, at anytime of the year by scheduling an appointment with us with your preferred date and time.

Have your children experience a renowned International education here at Cebu International School. Call us at +63 (32) 261 0247 local 13o or email to schedule an appointment.

You may also go ahead and fill up our Inquiry Form for potential students here!

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CIS Proudly Presents: Seussical!

The students of Cebu International School will perform Seussical, a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza!

CIS Production will bring to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

TICKETS – Php300 available at the CIS office now! Call 261 0247 for more details on buying tickets.

Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, Co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Steph Flaherty, & Eric Idle. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss.

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Upcoming International Student Conferences

BEIMUN 2018: The 25th Annual BEIMUN Conference will be held at the International School of Beijing in China, March 15-18, 2018, and we are pleased to announce that CIS will once again be participating in one of the region’s most prestigious conferences. Chaperones this year will be Ms. Holloway, Mr. Keller, and Ms. Chang. Any and all high school students (grades 9-12) are encouraged to join MUN for this amazing trip–even if you have no experience! Join MUN veterans and newbies alike at club meetings on Tuesdays in Ms. Holloway’s room (302) to learn more about it.
Interest forms were distributed at Tuesday’s meeting, but it’s not too late to stop by and pick one up! This signed form is due back to Ms. Holloway by Friday, November 24. If you have any questions, please direct them to Ms. Holloway at
GINBali 2018: CIS is thrilled to announce our first ever participation the annual GIN (Global Issues Network) Conference for middle school students to be held at Canggu Community School in Bali, Indonesia. The conference will be held March 2-4, 2018, and will be chaperoned by Ms. Holloway, Mr. Horne, and Mr. Pierra. All MS students attended an informational meeting on Wednesday and received interest forms to be completed and submitted to Ms. Holloway by Tuesday, November 21. On this same date, we will hold an informational meeting for parents and guardians, to be held at 3:30 in the Library.
All interested families from grades 6-8 are encouraged to attend the meeting and learn about this unique and exciting opportunity. We hope to see you there!
Note: space is limited to ten participants per school. Students are required to complete and submit an application for review by a panel of teachers and administrators. If you have any questions, please direct them to Ms. Holloway at
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Coffee Morning on Environmental Awareness

On Wednesday, October 25, we had our regular Coffee Morning topic on the environmental initiatives and ways our parents and families can be involved on efforts we can do and how we can incorporate it in our daily lives at home!

We had very good ideas and feedback from our parents who are equally passionate in helping us save the environment for the future.

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CIS Dragons sweep ISAC Volleyball Tournament 2017 to win back-to-back Championship

Cebu International School traveled to Manila over the weekend (Oct 19-22) to participate in the ISAC (International Schools Activities Conference) Volleyball Tournament.

The girls team, led by Senior Captain and All-ISAC Honoree Catrina Suarez, finished 2-4 on the weekend in a competitive girls bracket. With only one graduating senior, the team looks poised to be even stronger next season.


The boys team, led by Senior Captain Michael Pochiet and All-ISAC Honorees Eric Spencer, Drew Riveral, and Ken Nishikura, finished undefeated not losing a single set the entire tournament. The boys are back-to-back ISAC Champions for the first time in CIS history, defeating Brent International School Baguio in the finals for the second straight year. Even with four graduating seniors, the CIS boys volleyball team has a strong core returning next season.

The tournament was attended by athletes, coaches and athletic directors from Brent International School Baguio, Brent International School Manila, Brent International School Subic, British School Manila, Faith International Academy, Southville International School and Colleges and Cebu International School.

This is CIS’s third championship title and first back-to-back championship title.

Written by: Ms. Emily Cornet

Our win was also featured by the Cebu Daily News. For the full article: CIS is ISAC volley champ anew

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CIS Featured in the #PYPAction Page

Our Elementary Assistant Principal & PYP Coordinator, Ms. Silver and her team, is featured in the PYP Action page discussing what CIS does in terms of responsible learning through action!

Formerly PYP coordinator at the German American International School, Maike Silver has twenty-two years’ experience as an early years specialist and as a PYP workshop leader, consultant and school visitor.

Currently Elementary Assistant Principal and PYP coordinator at Cebu International School, Maike is joined in her presentation by her pre-school and kindergarten colleagues Eleonor Amarga and Liv Coles.

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CIS Graduates Receive Full Scholarships from New York University – Abu Dhabi

Two exceptional graduates from Cebu International School have been selected to receive full scholarships from the prestigious New York University – Abu Dhabi, based on their academic ability, extracurricular participations, and IB Diploma scores.

With the help of our College Counselor through our extensive college guidance program, CIS attends to each student’s goals in applying and obtaining acceptances in the university of their choice, whether local or international.

Evangeline Louise Gerodias, CIS Scholar, Class of 2016

Evangeline is now entering her sophomore year in NYU Abu Dhabi majoring in Writing and Literature. She was chosen as a CIS Scholar for the 2014-2015 school year after completing Junior High School in the University of Southern Philippines – Foundation.

Brian Shin, CIS Loyalty Award Recipient, Class of 2017 Valedictorian

Class of 2017 Valedictorian, Brian Shin (Shin Seung Hoon), is a recipient of the CIS Loyalty Award having attended CIS from Grade 1 up to Grade 12. This school year, he has entered NYU Abu Dhabi on a full scholarship, majoring in Engineering.

Explain your experience with the IB Diploma Programme in 3 words

Brian: “Wall Climbing Race”

Wall climbing / Rock climbing is a sport that requires one’s full attention and strong persistence to successfully reach the top, the objective. Climbers need to pick the right climbing holds in order to gradually yet surely approach the top. It is purely the climber’s own decision to choose his/her path towards the top, while aiming to optimize the time given to them. No matter which path you take, it is going to be very difficult. What matters is persevering your way through. By the time you reach the top, you will realize how much you accomplished. There may be times when you fall back, but, again, what matters is staying in the game and pushing yourself to the top. The same goes for IB.

Louise: “Challenging, Radical, Enlightening”

Challenging – I lost count of how many times I felt frustrated.

Radical – I had been enrolled in a local school all my student life before coming to CIS. Thus, the IBDP curriculum was completely different from the curriculum that I was familiar with. However, the change helped me became more expressive and it motivated me many a times to go out of my comfort zone.

Enlightening – the IB did not only expand my academic knowledge but also the knowledge I have of myself. Had I not taken the IB Diploma Programme, I may have never seen the beauty in analyzing and interpreting literature.

What have you learned from your years at CIS that will help (or helped) you prepare for university life abroad?

Brian: The learnings that I gained from CIS exceeds mere academic education. In my point of view, the most important concept that I’ve learned was embracing varying perspectives, whether one agrees or disagrees. Keeping an open mind to unprecedented opinions and thoughts certainly increases one’s exposure to learning opportunities and enables one to embrace diversity.

Louise: I learned that motivation comes from within and that respect for cultural diversity is important. Also, I should never shy away from risks. I must step out of my comfort zone to grow.

How did you feel when you were chosen as a full scholar?

Brian: Scholarship at NYU Abu Dhabi is not a luxury; it is an investment. An investment that encourages scholars to fully engage in their fields of passion. The university advocates the idea of multidisciplinary education alongside its liberal arts system; hence being chosen as a full scholar, I felt eager to take advantage of the resources provided for study and delighted to join an academic institution that shared a similar vision about education and the world in general.

Louise: I don’t think I can answer this question without laughing at myself. I was scared to the point that it took me almost a month, I think, to accept the offer. I knew that the scholarship was such a great blessing but that was exactly why I was apprehensive. I was unsure whether I was ready for what was to come my way. In hindsight, I should have spent more time celebrating the news. As Mr. Tony Harduar (past Superintendent) said, “One small act of applying for CIS and then finally saying yes is paying such big dividends.”

What activities (whether academic or extracurricular) helped you the most in getting this scholarship?

Brian: There aren’t specific activities or steps towards receiving a scholarship. If there is a formula to it, I would be more than willing to share.

All I want to say is to keep doing what you feel is important and valuable. There is no need to compromise your actions with the expectations of others or a system that may seem unalterable. Although it may seem cliché, it is absolutely important to not fear changes, especially changes that you identify as essential and beneficial. Do what you want to do and the scholarship will be yours.

Louise: I think my commitment to community service in the form of being a leader at school and volunteering for non-profit organizations, such as the Archdiocesan Campus Ministry, helped me obtain the scholarship.

Any advice for people who would like to study university abroad and hopefully land a scholarship?

Brian: My advice will always be the same: do what you feel is important to you. It is highly likely that people will tell you to do this and to do that, but in the end of the day, do they matter to you? Do what matters. For me, the reason for studying abroad is to interact and engage with people who hold greater knowledge in fields that interest me most. Searching and creating the most optimal environment for your passion will be the greatest asset in your life.

Louise: Motivation comes from within so work hard (harder!). Do not limit yourself and do not over plan everything. It is important to know your priorities and be organized in obtaining them. Do things one step at a time!

A quote that you always go by or a quote that inspires you?

Brian: Just do it.

Louise: Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

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CIS Awards Academic Scholarships to Two Local Students

This school year, CIS awarded full scholarships to two students from local schools in Cebu. This is our way of giving back to the community and to give opportunities to two aspiring students in order to experience a true international education. After a thorough candidate selection process, we chose scholars based on competitive screening that involved testing and panel interviews.

Here is a short profile of our 2 scholars and their thoughts as we asked them questions about joining CIS this year.

Mayumi Mari Villacastin Maghuyop

16 years old, Grade 11 in CIS

Former school: Our Lady of Joy Learning Center, Consolacion, Cebu City
Recent Achievements: President of Supreme Student Council, President of Math & Science Club, Captain of Secondary Level Volleyball Team, Member of Mandaue Children’s Choir having traveled to Europe and Asia for performances, and more.

Niña Perez

16 years old, Grade 11 in CIS

Former School: Medellin National Science and Technology School, Medellin, Cebu
Recent Achievements: Class Valedictorian, School Publication Science Writer & Cartoonist, Regionals PopCom (Commission on Population) Quiz Bowl Qualifier, Journalism Division Qualifier, Dance Palabas 2016 Champion, and more.

What drew you to CIS that made you apply for this particular scholarship program?

Mayumi: What drew me to CIS was that they had a very well-developed program, very good facilities and certified teaching personnel. Also, I was drawn to it because I had been adamant about going to a school that could provide me with the best quality of education.

Niña: CIS offers the IB Diploma which would be helpful for universities outside the country and could potentially open numerous doors for me professionally in the future, so that was kind of the main reason of me applying.

What do you think is the edge of a proper international curriculum?

Mayumi: I think that the edge in having a proper international curriculum is that it will better prepare me for whatever I will be doing in college, and beyond.

Niña: A proper international curriculum means having constantly improving educational services to cater the needs of each student be it in academics, sports or art. It also gives you straight pathways to top universities worldwide (if you work hard for it).

How does CIS differ from other schools in the region?

Mayumi: CIS differs greatly from other schools in the region not just because of the people I go to school with or the teaching styles but basically the whole environment of CIS is so different from the other schools. There is a lot of freedom and at the same time responsibility that is given to every student and I really think it helps the student learn to be more independent and it helps make you discover more about yourself.

Niña: Aside from the curriculum, CIS is different from any other school in the region for its welcoming environment, teaching methods, committed teachers and friendly student body. CIS also encourages a student competing with himself rather than everyone else mindset which is nice.

What are you looking forward to learning in your last 2 years of high school education with the IB methods of teaching?

Mayumi: I hope to learn as much as I can, not just academically but also personally. I hope to be able to express myself completely and freely, explore my capabilities and push my boundaries.

Niña: I am really looking forward to delving in deeper with all my subjects except Math. Just kidding, even math.

What is your favorite subject so far and why?

Mayumi: I don’t exactly have a favorite subject just yet, but I do enjoy Biology very much, as well as IB Art, because the classes are very interesting and the teachers are encouraging.

Niña: It must be a tie between Art, because I love how we dwell on different styles and medias, and English, because it’s a fun class and I always get my mind blown in every discussion (Hi Miss Holloway!)

Describe CIS in one sentence.

Mayumi: A place where if you think you can do it, you can achieve it.

Niña: CIS is different, challenging but truly exciting.

“Making the imaginary reality..”

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