It all started with a smile on everyone’s face.
To celebrate the most-awaited day of the school year, the whole Sagradan community prepared for the founding anniversary of their beloved school, December 19, at the MDSF Gymnasium.
The whole gym was filled with merriment from the students of the different grade levels that were sure are having a blast. Because of the program’s nature, having a blend of old-school and modern jam, anyone can easily feel the love of each and everyone.
Incorporating “Sense of Family” as one of the core values of an MDSF student, chosen Grade 9 students performed the story of Christmas or commonly called as Panuluyan. It became the center of the whole event, having all of the performances offered to the Holy Family.
Anyone who watched the first presentation, which was a shadow play, was truly amazed. Not only it was the first time to witness such a jaw-dropping performance but it was also one of the many things that absolutely touched everyone’s heart. This was because the theme presented by the Grade 10 students tackled most of the problems that the youths are facing today.
Another presentation that was legitimately foreign to the eyes of the students was the performance of selected Grade 7 students which was an Angklung Ensemble under the tutelage of Mr. Luis Mariae Agtarap from the Bulacan State University (BSU), the performance was really worth an arm and a leg.
But what really touched the hearts and souls of everyone was when the whole community sang some Christmas songs while watching a film showing the difference of how unfortunate and fortunate people celebrate the birth of Jesus. The soothing ambiance surely left a carve in everyone’s heart.
There were also the Grade 12 students, showing the different festivals that can only be seen in the Pearl of the Orient. They showed how diverse the Philippines was with their eye-catching appearances.
Armed with full costumes and props, the elementary students entered the stage. They performed different acts, showing the audiences how people around the world celebrate Christmas.
These are not the only presentations that were performed by the Sagradans. There were also students who sang, students who played a musical instrument, and students who danced to the beat of different kinds of music.
Come hell or high water, a Sagradan event is precisely an event where all Sagradans gather and cherish each and everyone else’s presence. An event where love can be truly found in anyone’s company. An event where we will move together in bound towards and beyond the future.
And it all ended with a smile on everyone’s face.
By Mark Jester D. Macalino