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SLS-DB @ 52 braces Young, Free, and Holy

52nd founders day
Published February 02, 2019 8:30am

By: Ernesto Jose Mari M. Lapaz, Grade 10-Namuncura

Saint Louis School of Don Bosco, Inc. (SLSDBI) celebrated its 52nd Founding Anniversary on January 26-31 with the theme “SLSDB @ 52: Young, Free, and Holy.”

Just like last year, the aforementioned event kicked off with the Parade and the Panagkita (Alumni Homecoming) on the 26th followed by the Sunday (Novena) Mass and the PTA Family Day on the 27th. Triduum masses were also held before the feast day.

The get-together activity of the pre-school and primary school kick-started the second day of Triduum. The Inter-School Christian Dance Competition, with Junob National High School (JNHS) declared as the champion, and the Youth Night, with Ms. Katrin Arcala as the guest speaker, followed suit.

Students geared up for the general rehearsal and ongoing practices for the Mass Demonstration and the Mass Cheer Dance on the first day of Triduum. The Elementary gathered at the gymnasium for the said rehearsal in the morning, while the High School had their turn in the afternoon. The 7th Inter-School Christian Dance Competition followed suit at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete, with Catherina Cittadini – Saint Louis School (CCSLS) named as champion.

Considered as the highlight of the celebration, the Modern Sports Dance and Modern Hip-hop Mass Demonstration Competition of the Primary and Intermediate levels, respectively, as commenced on the second day of Triduum. Grades 1 and 6 were declared champs, while Grades 3 and 5 garnered second place, and Grades 2 and 4 landed third place. Minor awards included Best in Props Design (Grades 3 and 6), Best in Choreography (Grades 1 and 6), and most Disciplined Group (Grades 1 and 6).

Moreover, the revival of the Mass Cheer Dance Competition, also a highlight of the celebration, was conducted on the afternoon of the same day. Grades 9 and 12 received gold, Grades 8 and 10 garnered silver, and Grades 7 and 11 reaped bronze. Minor awards were awarded as well to the Grades 9 and 12 for Best in Choreography and Grades 8 and 12 for most Disciplined Group.

A whole day Mini-Intramural event was officiated by the school on the third day of Triduum, dubbed as “Sports Day”. The procession and fireworks, managed by the Pastoral Animator’s Office, succeeded the sports events at six in the evening. Unlike last year, the Procession and Grand Holy Mass were separated in two different days.

The Grand Holy Mass then occurred on the Feast Day (January 31), with Fr. Broderick Segovia, SDB as the main celebrant. It also happened to be the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Day wherein a series of games occurred. For the first time, the games were played physically (such as the “Clash of Crowns”) and virtually (with the use of smartphones and WiFi or Mobile Data).

The entire celebration adjourned with the Youth Night, and activity filled with praise and worship. For the first part of the Youth Night Talk, Amzelle Las Piñas, an alumna of the institution, tackled on “The Youth in Mission to Holiness.” She emphasized on misconceptions of holiness as a whole and rebelling against the temptations.

For the second part of her talk, she discussed on “The Bosconian Way of Living a Holy Life.” She focused the said talk on Saint John Bosco’s motto, “Run, Jump, Shout, Sing, Dance, But Do Not Sin.”

This year’s Founder’s Week Celebration is aligned with the 2019 Strenna, #HolinessForYouToo, by Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, SDB, Retor Major, anchored on the Bible verse “So that my joy will be in you.” From John 15:11.

News Bits and Pieces

Teachers and students assembled in the school gymnasium for the annual World Teachers’ Day on Friday, October 5, 2018. The event is held to give credit and appreciation to teachers for their service to the youth.

The Saint Louis School of Don Bosco Marching Band, under the baton of Mr. Absalon Boldadola, landed Gold in the Buglasan and Competition 2018 held at the Governor Mariano Perdices coliseum on October 13, 2018.

15 pupils and students competed for pen and wit in the 2018 Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) held at Balamban, Cebu on November 14 to 16. Out of the said number, Gwyneth Faye Sarita, a Filipino news writer from the elementary, advance to the National PressCon (NSPC) to be held in Pangasian on January 28 to Febraury 1, 2019.

SLS-DB held the annual Affirmation Day on July 5 and 6, 2018 for the High School and the Elementary, respectively. The Students’ Affairs and Services Office, headed by Bro. George Celis, SDB, together with the guidance counsellors, Mme. Noreen Manzano of the Elementary and Mme. Irmina Vintola of the High School, organized the event.

Three students from SLS-DB won in the Annual Bible Quiz Competition - City Level on August 24, 2018. They were the members of Team B, composed of Christian Asentista, and Gilbeys Huisken. They then participated in the Regional Level two days after (August 26). Aside from team B, Krista Arong, Emelie Almagro and Klint Ace Monte of Team A also joined in the same event and won fourth place.

80 Grade 7 students were granted an Education Services Contracting (ESC) voucher by the Department of Education with an amount of nine-thousand pesos (P9,000.00) for A.Y. 2018-2019. This amount will be used for the students’ tuition and/or other miscellaneous fees.

The Don Bosco Family celebrated their annual Christmas Frolics on December 21, 2018. The event started with an opening program in the gymnasium prepared by the Student Services and Affairs Office and the Student Government and adjourned with the Salo-salo Friendly Games, and Gift Giving in the respective grade levels.

All the students from Grades 1 to 10 who joined the Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Competition (MMC) Elimination Round last January 17-18, 2019 qualified for the Final Round of MMC Final Round – Division Level come February 7-8.

The Don Bosco Seniors Basketball Team landed fold in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (SM-NBTC) City/Local Elimination held in the Lamberto Macias Sports and Cultural Center on January 27, 2019. The said event will culminate with the National Finals come March 2019 in Manila.

Students from various schools in Negros and Siquijor, together with their parents, assembled at the campus grounds of Saint Louis School of Don Bosco, Inc. (SLSDBI) as the institution officiated its first-ever Football Festival, headed by Fr. Fernando “Ding” Peralta, SDB, Pastoral Animator on January 19, 2019. The said sports festival composed of several seven-aside games with various categories, namely under 6, Under 8, Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, and under 16 for both boys and girls.