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