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Lourdes School of Mandaluyong

Lourdes School of Mandaluyong is a private, Catholic educational institution founded and operated by the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. The school was established in 1959 by the Capuchins in the Philippines; the school's name is abbreviated LSM, differentiating it from its brother school, Lourdes School of Quezon City. Like its brother school, the school is named after Our Lady of Lourdes, is under the patronage of Saint Francis of Assisi. Students studying at or who studied at LSM are called "Sons of Lourdes", "Lourdesians" or "Lourdesiano"; the school's stated philosophy is "Becoming Like Christ", "Be a brother to all" is its tag line. The school is PAASCU-accredited. Lourdes School of Mandaluyong was established by the Capuchin Fathers of the Philippines, having arrived in the country in 1886, they first settled in Intramuros, in Quezon City. During this time, the Ortigas family was under their spiritual guidance. In grateful appreciation, the Ortigas family offered facilities. With this, the Order entered into a contract with the Ortigas family, acquired a three-hectare lot along Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong.

In May 1957 Reverend Father Adolfo de Echavarri, the Superior of the Capuchins, laid a cornerstone for the new building - an L-shaped structure, a combined parish and school. On October 4, 1958, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the new parish was opened by Rufino J. Cardinal Santos. In 1959 Lourdes School of Mandaluyong started with a hundred students in Grades One to Four, with Fr. Gregorio Gioccochea, OFM Cap. as the first headmaster. The 1970s saw the construction of the St. Francis Theatre, the new High School Building, a new canteen, an air-conditioned library, a 521-seat air-conditioned auditorium. In July 1986 a second floor for the High School Building, several additional facilities, were built; the old gymnasium was moved to the Pax Et Bonum Building, inaugurated in February 8, 1991. The Pax Et Bonum Building was clustered with the building houses of Prep and the Grade One classrooms and Livelihood Education workshops and classes, the Guidance Office, the PTA Office, the Faculty Room.

In the school year air-conditioning of classrooms were implemented. In 2006, the school was granted a three-year accreditation certificate by PAASCU. A new High School Building named after St. Lawrence of Brindisi was constructed in 2007. Lourdes School of Mandaluyong celebrated its 50th Founding Anniversary in the school year 2009–2010. With the desire to improve their educational services, an 80-seat mini-theatre, named after St. Clare of Assisi, the Audio-Visual Library were built in the place of the old Science Laboratory, all of which houses in the High School Building; the school was granted a 5-year PAASCU re-accreditation status. In the years, the school refurbish several facilities, such as the St. Francis Theatre; the school has over 2,100 pupils from nursery to Grade 12. It follows the K-12 basic education program; the school offers financial aid to parents unable to pay the tuition fee. It offers extra-curricular activities, including clubs, Class Room Without Walls Experience Retreat or Immersion.

The Office of the Student Activities for both levels offers several activity programs. The Sportsmen - Basketball Club, Badminton Club, Football Club, Swimming Club The Wizards - Chess Club, Young Librarians, RoBROtics Club The Artists - Easel Club, Dance Club, Young Chefs Club The Advocates - DiyClub, Scouting, YES Club The Academic Cluster - Brotherhood of Pi, Chess Club, Computer Club, English Ambassadors, Kapisanan ng mga Mambibigkas at Manunulat sa Filipino, LSM Debate Society, Social Studies Circle, Young Entrepreneurs, Young Scientists The Special Interests Cluster - Art Club, Chefs Club and Lyre, Film Makers Club, Music Circle Club, Photography Club, Theatre Club The Physical/Sports Cluster - Badminton Club, Basketball Club, Football Club, Philippine Games Club, Physical Fitness Club, Dance Troupe, Sports Karatedo, Swimming Club, Table Tennis Club, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball Club, Water Polo Club The Spiritual/Social Cultural Cluster - Couples for Christ-Youth for Life, Franciscan-Marian Youth Movement, Junior Librarians Club, Kaibigan at Kapanalig sa Pagsibol, Knights of the Altar, Media Watchers' Club, Red Cross Youth, Scouting Movement, Social Action Club The school hymn of the school is titled Lourdes Forever, composed by Francesco "Gil" Raval.

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Allan Mallinson

Brigadier Allan Lawrence Mallinson is an English author and retired British Army officer. Mallinson is best known for writing a series of novels chronicling the life of Matthew Hervey, an officer serving in the British 6th Light Dragoons from the late Napoleonic Wars through subsequent colonial conflicts in India, North America and South Africa. Mallinson was born on 6 February 1949 in England, to Alfred and Edith Mallinson. From 1966, he trained for the Anglican priesthood at St Chad's College in Durham. Mallinson took a break from his theological studies to join the Army in 1969, joining the King's Own Royal Border Regiment as a Second Lieutenant on probation, served with the infantry in Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Germany, he was confirmed as a Second Lieutenant in 1970, promoted to Lieutenant on 11 February 1971, promoted to Captain on 11 August 1975, acting Major on 1 September 1979.. He transferred to the 13th/18th Royal Hussars on 28 October 1980, was promoted to substantive Major on 30 September 1981.

He served in Whitehall, Norway and again in Germany. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 31 December 1988, commanding his Regiment from 1988 to 1991, he was promoted to acting Colonel on 1 December 1992, to substantive rank on 30 June 1993 and to Brigadier on 1 September 1999. His last Army appointment was as Military Attaché at the British Rome, he retired from active service on 16 March 2004. Beginning as a Cornet at Waterloo, Matthew Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons, son of the vicar of Horningsham finds himself in many of the colonial military actions thereafter, including Ireland, India, South Africa and the Balkans, his climb through the ranks is neither fast nor easy, as the son of a vicar does not have the private means to buy promotion. His romantic life is more turbulent than might be expected of a vicar's son. Despite his personal trials he makes a human effort to remain a man of honor, the adversities he faces change him perceptively as a character throughout the series; as the impressionable cornet is tried and tested his touchstone remains his fellow dragoons, to several of whom he becomes close.

The series is detailed with regard to the daily operations of a cavalry regiment, campaigning and at barracks. Matthew Hervey's social life demonstrates for the reader many of the customs and proprieties of English society in the early to mid 1800's. Of note, unlike many books of either fiction or non-fiction, equestrian details related to tack, training and equestrian health are specific and frequent. Much like the Patrick O'Brian character Stephen Maturin's medical practice, the various troop veterinary surgeons of the 6th Light Dragoons are consulted and they give the reader some interesting insight into the evolution of veterinary practice. Matthew Hervey's familiarity with the subject contributes to the sensation of being transported to the life of a cavalryman. Reviews "Now at last a literate read cavalry officer of high rank shows one the nature of horse-borne warfare in those times: and Colonel Mallinson's A Close Run Thing is much to be welcomed." -Patrick O'Brian"I have never read a more enthralling account of a battle...

This is the first in a series of Matthew Hervey adventures. The next can't come soon enough for me" -Daily Mail"Captain Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons and ADC to the Duke of Wellington is back in the saddle... He is as fascinating on horseback as Jack Aubrey is on the quarterdeck." -The Times"Captain Matthew Hervey is as splendid a hero as sprang from an author's pen." -The Times"As good on the details of the workings of a cavalry regiment in 1820 as Patrick O'Brian was on the workings of an 1820 warship." -SpectatorIn UK hardback publication order, the Hervey novels are: A Close Run Thing: Cornet Hervey's adventures before and during the Battle of Waterloo. The Nizam's Daughters: Hervey in India, defending the fictional princely state of Chintal. A Regimental Affair: problems in the regiment in England and Canada. A Call to Arms: back in India, an independent excursion on the borders of Burma; the Sabre's Edge: set in the First Burmese War in 1824, the siege of Bharatpur in 1826. Rumours of War: Hervey in Portugal in 1826, with flashbacks to the Peninsular War before the battle of Corunna in 1809.

An Act of Courage: Hervey imprisoned at Badajoz at Christmas 1826, with further flashbacks to the Battle of Talavera in 1809 and the Siege of Badajoz in 1812. Company of Spears: Hervey in the Cape Colony in 1827 fighting the Zulus before the death of Shaka and the accession of Dingane. Man of War: in 1827, Matthew Hervey is in England. Meanwhile, in a parallel story line, his old friend Peto takes part in the Battle of Navarino. Warrior: 1828 – Hervey is tasked with escorting an embassy to Shaka, King of the Zulus, whose motives are under suspicion. On His Majesty's Service: Hervey is sent as an observer to the Russian army during their war with the Ottoman Empire in 1829. Words of Command: 1830 and Hervey is in Belgium during a time of unrest; the Passage to India: 1831 - Both in England and India unrest is evident. Domestically the strife is over the impending Reform Bill. Light Dragoons – a non-fictional history of the four light cavalry regiments of the British Army, it was published in 1993, soon after he relinquished command of 13th/18th Royal Hussars (which includes two of the light dragoon reg