On the evening of February 5, 2016, Xavier School San Juan parents, together with their sponsored students from the Father Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech, spent a wonderful time with one another during the kumustahan organized by the Xavier School Parents Auxiliary (XSPA) and held at the Function Room of the Father Rafael Cortina Sports Center in Xavier School San Juan.
Thirty-nine students: five from grade 9, 33 from grade 10, and one from fifth-year, were accompanied by Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, School Principal, Mrs. Margie Antonio, Campus Operations Officer and Business Office Head, Mrs. Tess Andres, Social Services Program Coordinator, Mrs. Rowena Dela Cruz, Sponsorship Program Coordinator, Mr. Elmer Bueno, ERDA Tech Chorale Moderator, and Mr. Jonathan Lacson, Assistant Principal for Formation.
Father Munching de Guzman, SJ, who celebrates Mass in ERDA Tech every Wednesday morning, said the opening prayer, which was followed by the ERDAnians’ rendition of the song “O Hesus, Hilumin Mo”. Xavier School and ERDA Tech President Father Aristotle Dy, SJ, then gave his welcoming message. Afterward, Shane Steffanie Allera of Grade 10 – Kapayapaan delivered her words of gratitude.
During dinner, the sponsors and the students were able to speak at length with each other. The ERDAnians prepared various tokens of appreciation for their sponsors, which included letters, drawings, and even a meat tenderizer fabricated at the Machining Workshop in ERDA Tech. Likewise, the sponsors had an array of gifts for the students: tikoy, school supplies, and drawstring bags.
The ERDAnians rendered another song number, “Live for a Reason Today”, which is an original composition by Miss Yolly Feliciano of the Philippine Cabin Charities, Inc. (PCCI), and set into music by Mr. Elmer Bueno of ERDA Tech. XSPA President Mr. Wilson Sy and ERDA Tech Principal Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin then gave their messages, after which photo sessions were held.
This is the second year that this XSPA-initiated event is being held. Mr. Lord Bantoto, an active XSPA member, was the master of ceremonies for both the first and the second interaction.
Smiles, laughter, and excitement filled the air as the night wore on. When it was time to say goodbye, both the sponsors and the scholars left Xavier School feeling satisfied, and recharged with the energy to go about their respective tasks and roles, looking forward to the kumustahan next school year.