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SSC Manila Celebrates Peace Camp 2014

February 26,2015

St. Scholastica’s College Manila held its annual Peace Camp last December 19, 2014 at the school  field from 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon to 7:00 o’clock in the evening. This annual institutional celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ had three parts:  the Peace Program, the Panunuluyan, and the Holy Eucharist, the culmination of the celebration.

PEACE through the five (5) Benedictine Hallmarks: service, humility, stewardship, silence and good speech, and community were stressed in the Peace Program. Representatives from the Administrators (Sr. Celine Saplala, OSB), General Services and Personnel (Miss Rica Abitona), Night Secondary School (Mr. Roberto Lotto), and Office Personnel (Miss Joan Solivio) shared the definitions of the five (5) Benedictine Hallmarks and statements that called for introspection. Symbols representing service, humility, stewardship, silence and good speech, and community were offered, and the passing of light from the paschal candle to all the community members, led by Sr. Mary Frances Dizon, OSB (Acting President/Vice President for Administrative Affairs),  was also done.

To further concretize the five (5) Benedictine Hallmarks, episodes of the Blessed Virgin’s and St. Joseph’s journey, looking for a birthing place, set in the modern time, were staged. This was the Panunuluyan.

The Peace Camp was concluded with the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Fr. Dennis Tamayo, CMF. This annual celebration prepares the hearts and reminds the members of the SSC Manila community about the true spirit of Christmas. More than the gift-giving and the scrumptious food set on the table during Noche Buena, what counts most is the genuine concern and service that should not only be shown during the Christmas Season but all throughout the year. 

The SSC Manila Peace Camp 2014 celebration was made possible by the office of Prof. Virginia Fornias, Vice President for Academics, through the cooperation of the College Unit, High School Campus Ministry Office, and the Grade School Unit who prepared the Call to Worship, the Peace Program and the Panunuluyan, respectively.

By: Rosalie Mendoza