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The Social Sciences Week 2014: Another Triumphant Year

October 3,2014

Gaining knowledge on the importance of studying the complex yet interesting, rich world of Social Sciences is just one of the exciting and fulfilling experiences in college. St. Scholastica’s College Unit makes sure to celebrate this year after year.

The yearly celebration of the Social Sciences Week officially occurred on September 16 until September 18. The theme for this year was: “Empowering Scholasticans: Awakening the Peacemaker Within.”The ribbon-cutting for the exhibit held at the Free Zone on the first day was formally graced by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean Ma. Asuncion Azcuna together with the other members of the Social Sciences Department. IRAD Director Marcelino Macapinlac, Jr. also attended the event. The said exhibit showcased the artistic and creativity of Scholasticans. They decorated illustrations of the Philippine history – some depicting the Himagsikan, others about the unique Filipino culture and there were some which centered on nationalism and patriotism – all related to the Social Sciences subjects, namely, Philippine Constitution, Sociology and Rizal Socio-Political Thought.  Dean Azcuna also gave her trademark remarkable opening speech, which was short yet strong enough to pierce the essence of instilling the indispensable value of peace, most especially that the country is undergoing transition through the formulation of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

Prof. Mary Joy Orante, Chair of the Social Sciences Department, was the host for the entire Soc Sci week, while Richelyn Marquez did the opening prayer and the academic organization Political Science Society served as the human power for the entire week-long celebration.

The following day, the much awaited paper presentations took place at the Sr. Caridad Barrion Hall where representatives from each year level of Political Science Majors delivered their 15-minute presentations well, and were greatly applauded. The theme for the presentations was “The Role of Civil Society in Nation Building’.  The sequence of presentations was: the first year Pol Sci majors Mary Jasmin Serquina and Angela Mae Cucio who focused on the role of Gabriela in the civil society; the second year was duly represented by Jira Yamashita and Francesca Catantan. Lauralyn Concepcion led the way for the third year with her in-depth discussion on Civil Society and State Building in Subic Bay and Susanne Faye Buffe, fourth year and the incumbent President of POLIS, discussed the political participation of the so called netizens in the Anti – Cyber Crime Law. Her presentation goes with a powerful title: Of Armed Civil Society and Legal Weapons: DemocracyNetPh, the Internet and the nation. 

The audience never got bored as talented POLIS members astounded them with endearing intermission numbers starting with the fourth year Pol Sci group who swayed with the music of Bruno Mars’ Treasure, while Bianca Aquino, who recently won first place in the Musikulasa which happened during the Linggo ng Wika, serenaded them with Maroon 5’s Sunday Morning. Third year student Monique Collado sang a Beyonce hit song. Right after the major paper presentations, the graduating Political Science majors who had their on-the-job training last summer were duly requested to present and share their experiences in their respective government agencies where they had their internship. Each fourth year student was allotted a maximum of ten minutes to present. It was funny how many of them experienced firsthand the works of being in government.

On Thursday, September 18, the fun-filled Siklab Kulasa Concert: “Tugtugan Para Sa Kapayapaan” was held at Sr. Kuniberta Hall with an overwhelming line up of presenters/concert performers. Ms. Marquez led the invocation followed by the singing of the national anthem by selected 203C students. Prof. Orante hosted the concert; she was also part of the team that performed the Sa Yahweh dance.  Who were performers of the day? They were none other than the professors and other faculty members who shared their gift of performing to the Scholasticans. Yes they did, and the professors certainly were not just our ordinary academic mentors for they swept the jam-packed hall by surprise and the endless screams and shouts from the audience. Surely, the number of fans of the faculty members tripled after the concert. The following were the performers that day:  Faculty: Prof. Bethel Batallones, Prof. Marie Merida, Prof. Lucris Paraan, Prof. Francis Quesada, Dr. Richard Pulmones, Prof. Evangeline Siat, Dr. Irish Sioson, Prof. Mary Joy Rosales-Orante, Prof. Lorraine Llagas, Prof. Noel Moratilla, Prof. JC Valeroso, Prof. Gigi Cordova, Prof. Encar Devaraturda, Prof. Del Sarmiento and Dr. Almario Quesada.  The following General Services Personnel (GSP) likewise showcased their talents: Ms. Ester Osorio, Mr. Renato David, Mr. Elvis Collantes, Mr. Joey Mendoza, Mr. Bong Glico, and Mr.Ojie Magitara.  Indeed, it was very unforgettable for the students to see the very hardworking faculty and GSP perform for the students.  There were student performers as well, such as: 203C, ABPOL 3 & 4, Music 4 & 5, BFA3ADV and Danz Edge.  Invited guests who performed were: Very Good Band, Kuchan Hill and Nef Medina.

This year’s celebration of Social Sciences Week was indeed a triumphant occasion shared by the whole school community. But the pride, the joy and the excitement will never stop as we await for another Soc Sci Week that will surely take us by storm again.