The month of December has been a hectic one since the third quarter of the school year was winding down to a close. Teachers and students alike were preoccupied with school requirements and exams. Even the staff were also deep into their respective concerns. Despite all these though, December also turned out to be wonderful because of the many blessings that came along the way.
On December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Father Art Borja, SJ of Xavier School San Juan celebrated mass, during which the school community offered flowers to the Blessed Virgin Mary. After the mass, everyone ate porridge with chicken and tofu with pork courtesy of the proceeds from the ukay-ukay of school uniforms spearheaded by the current Xavier Grade School principal, Mrs. Jane C. Cacacho.
On three successive days, everyone in the school community received a bag of rice, shampoo, and sardines from Xavier School Nuvali led by its principal Mrs. Arlene Choo, and from other generous benefactors.
The faculty and staff received Frabelle hams as well as Oishi snack packs from the Xavier School San Juan Parents Auxiliary. One hundred students mostly from the meal assistance program, including the faculty and staff, received shoes courtesy of Xavier School alumnus Mr. Gifford Tiu.
On December 18, Father Lauro de Dios, OP, a Dominican priest and long-time friend of Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, the school principal, celebrated the Christmas mass which was sponsored by the Student Body Organization (SBO). Most memorable and significant among Fr. de Dios’s words to the community is that in everything that one plans, God must always be at the center of it.
On the same day as well, students, faculty, and staff received their annual Christmas basket of goodies: spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, Maling luncheon meat, Chips Ahoy cookies, Toblerone chocolate, Pringles, and two packs of golden bihon through the untiring efforts of ERDA Tech Board member Attorney Charlemagne Yu.
The following day, December 19, the school held at the patio its school-wide Christmas program organized by the SBO. The annual Christmas cantata contest entitled “Boses ng Pasko, Mula sa Puso” was held, wherein Grade 10 – Kalayaan garnered first place. Comprising the board of judges were ERDA Tech chorale moderator Mr. Elmer Bueno, Business Office staff and ERDA Tech music diva Miss Pfeiffer Angela Garlan, and Electrical Installation and Maintenance teacher and drum enthusiast Mr. Ramon Ricafrente. Kalpaan, a group of students from Grade 10 – Kalayaan and Grade 10 – Kapayapaan, and the winner in the Band Fest held during the Buwan ng Wika earlier in the school year, rendered an intermission number.
Afterwards, everyone headed to the classrooms where the parties were held. Aside from the food and drinks which each class prepared for, the school treated everyone to spaghetti cooked by the very hardworking personnel of the canteen concessionaire led by Mrs. Gloria Casas. To complete the meal, the school also gave everyone Oishi juice drinks courtesy of yet another generous donor, a Xavier School San Juan parent.
In the afternoon when the students had gone home, the faculty and staff then held their own party. Faculty and staff who were diligent in their attendance for the third quarter, as well as the top two with the most colorful attire for the day, received certificates of appreciation and gift packs, respectively. The biggest surprise of all was the P5,000 worth of gift certificates given to all the faculty and staff through the generosity of the school president, Father Ari Dy, SJ.
ERDA Tech is indeed very fortunate because many people share in its mission of providing the best possible quality of life and education to its students, and ensuring the well-being of its faculty and staff as well. The school community will always remain grateful for all the kindness it has been shown and commit to doing its best to excel in tech-voc education.