By Sem. Gene Gabriel G. Ablaza
The Student council and the administration threw a surprise program for the faculty in celebration of the World Teacher’s Day on October 1, 2020.
In the evening, the Dining Hall of SJS shone with colorful lights and boomed with music with the first presentation from the Grade 11 who grooved to the song, “Girl in the Mirror”. their presentation broke the ice and had the formators, teachers, UST major seminarians, and the guidance counsellor of the seminary into widespread smiles and peals of laughter that echoed through the halls of the seminary.
The Seminary’s kitchen prepared and served the dinner. Chris Jon Gumidam (G7), Sem. Erol Bisares(G8), Sem. Ullysses Bagani (G9), and Sem. Derrick lumaang (G10) delivered a message for the teachers online.
Cyan Castañeda, also a grade 7 seminarian, sang “Close to you” online to convey his message for the teachers.
Sem. Marclorenz Ortega, the outgoing general beadle thank the teachers in their role in the life and formation of the seminarians. He also stressed the thought that the great man each seminarian might become in the future will always be because of great teachers who educated him.
The whole senior high department sang “You are the Reason” for the teachers to express their gratitude towards them.
The Student Council also organized a Short quiz bee for the faculty and formators. It was about how much they know about the seminary. The quiz bee was between the Team A, whose members were Fr. Gary Bugtong, Dr. Leticia Madriaga, Ms. Paula Valera, and Ms. Joycelyn Alvarez, and Team B, whose members were Fr. Sanny Paguio, Frt. Kris Albolote, Ms. Melanie Mandigma, and Ms. Anthonette Gutierrez. The mind-boggling quiz bee which seems easier heard than to be part with, ended after Team A winning over Team B with just a single point.
The Chorus Josephi also sang “Country roads” igniting sparks of nostalgia. It was made even more meaningful when the choir master, Frt. Mark Louie Martes, explained the song choice saying, “In SJS we want you to find your home, the place where you belong.”
Fr. Sanny John Paguio capped the program with a speech that expressed his gratitude to the teachers. He enjoined them to work together with the formators in forming and shaping children who will build a just society.
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