SSC celebrates 113th Founding Anniversary
Embracing Diversity. Though the school field is painted in different hues as students come to school in their batch colors, they celebrate the Holy Mass and SSC-Manila’s 113th founding year as one.
The entire school community gathered at the field last December 9 to celebrate its 113th Year of Foundation with the theme “SSC Community: Embracing Diversity.”
The event began with the celebration of the holy mass led by Fr. Wency Serafica who highlighted the importance of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
This was followed by performances from different units including the Benedictine Sisters led by School President Sr. Christine Pinto, OSB, and student performances, collectively called Pista sa Nayon ng Sta. Eskolastika, from Grades 7 and 10. Their presentation showed the culture and tradition from different places in the country, giving the audience a vivid and colorful perspective of these provinces.
The Grade 7 students performed a native Philippine folk dance from Mindanao called the “Kadal Tahu,” which originated from the T’boli tribe of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato based on the movements of the Tahaw bird.
Grade 10 students showcased various Philippine festivals. Panagbenga festival was assigned to 10-Stewardship, Kadayawan festival to 10-Commitment, Sinulog Festival to 10-Honesty, Masskara Festival to 10-Optimism, Pahiyas Festival to 10-Life, and Ati-Atihan festival to 10-Accountability.
Grades 11 and 12 also took part in the festivities, dancing as one to the beats of the newly-popularized song “Tala” by popstar Sarah Geronimo and to various songs of international singer Chris Brown, clad in their red and blue batch shirts.
According to PE teacher Ms. Aileen Magbanua, “The rationale behind the activity is to get away from the prevalent modern-day commercialism of Philippine festivals which tend to be geared to increase the tourist trade and instead, revive or create a sincere celebration and thanksgiving to God.”
Their performances also served as their major performance task in collaboration with their MAPEH and CLE subjects.
Each of the respective performances emphasized the values of simplicity and sincerity. All of the performances by the Grade 7 and 10 were presented in street dance style as prayer and thanksgiving.
Different high school organizations, such as the Benedictine Circle, Music Ensemble, and Young Ladies of the Altar, also participated in the event which was also celebratory anticipation of Human Rights Day on December 10.
Community agape at the school grounds followed where free ice cream was distributed to all members of the school community.
By Angelica Joyce Roxas and Stephanie Medalla