School Principal receives CEM School Leadership Excellence Awards 2017

September 8, 2017 – Dr. Rodilla Tumanda, school principal of Stella Maris Academy of Davao was sent to Edsa Shangri-La, Manila on the occasion of the Center for Educational Measurement, Inc. (CEM)’s 39th Anniversary – our school’s partner in providing the best testing materials for our students and the whole educative community.


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It was a delightful day for us as her name was called to award her for this year’s CEM School leadership Excellence Awards for the Mindanao category.




The school is proud for her achievement as this entails the victory of the school as well.

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She was with our School RCA Sr. Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I. and School Treasurer Sr. Victoria Lim, F.I. during the ceremony. It was in counterpart that the School was also awarded with the Plaque of Appreciation for giving its full support to this prestigious competition.



It was last August 27, 2017 (Sunday) when the SMAD Community and registered participants gathered to enjoy an early morning color fun run at SMAD campus. The event was organized by the SMAD-AA (Stella Maris Academy of Davao Alumni Association) united in their Animo  SMAD and inspired by Saint Candida’s virtues which promotes fellowship amongst the Alumni and a healthy lifestyle.


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Everybody gathered as early as 5:00am. The first part was the Zumba at the school grounds while the runners started to gather in front of SMAD gate 2. Gun start for 10km runners was at 5:30 am, while 5:45am for 5km. and 5:50am for 3km.

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After the run, the Zumba session resumed and raffle tickets were made together with other fun activities.

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Everybody had fun and it was a beautiful experience especially for the community members having active healthy lifestyle.

The opening of the Alumni Sports fest with ball games followed the event. The Sports fest ended at 5:00pm.

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1 Fri        BSP INDOOR CAMP: First – Junior and Senior (Day 1)
2 Sat       BSP INDOOR CAMP: First – Junior and Senior (Day 2)
2 Sat       RECOLLECTION: Gr.5 St. Michael / Gr.7 Charity
3 Sun
4 Mon
5 Tue
6 Wed
7 Thu      CONFESSION: Gr.3 Communicants
8 Fri       Mama Mary’s Birthday Celebration
8 Fri       A.M. – REPORT CARD DISTRIBUTION: N2 to GR.12
8 Fri       P.M. – Faculty Development Session with Sister Leoly Quitorio, F.I.
9 Sat
10 Sun
11 Mon    2nd UNIT TEST: (Day 1) SHS
12 Tue     2nd UNIT TEST: (Day 2) SHS (Day 1) GS & JHS
13 Wed    2nd UNIT TEST: (Day 3) SHS (Day 2) GS & JHS
14 Thu     2nd UNIT TEST: (Day 4) SHS (Day 3) GS & JHS
15 Fri       2nd UNIT TEST: (Day 5) SHS (Day 4) GS & JHS
15 Fri       1ST PTA Homeroom Meeting
15 Fri       MATH & SCIENCE Day Camp (Day 1): JHS
16 Sat      MATH & SCIENCE Day Camp (Day 2): JHS (Day 1) GS
16 Sat      RECOLLECTION: Gr.7 Chastity /Courage Gr.4 St. Dominic
18 Mon   MBTI Test: Grade 11
19 Tue
21 Thu     SMAD INTRAMURALS 2017
22 Fri      SMAD INTRAMURALS 2017
23 Sat      FIRST COMMUNION: Grade 3
23 Sat      SCOUTS DAY CAMP: Gr.2 KAB & Star Scouts
23 Sat      MATH & SCIENCE Tree Planting: JHS
23 Sat      RECOLLECTION: Gr.7 Faith / Fortitude Gr.4 St. James
24 Sun
25 Mon
26 Tue
29 Fri       PACT/POIS Test: Gr.9
29 Fri       CSAT: Gr.12
30 Sat       GSP INDOOR CAMP: Junior – Gr. 5 and 6
30 Sat       RECOLLECTION: Gr.8 Hope / Honesty Gr. 4 St. Francis of Assisi
* PTA Bloodletting               * Camp Rally
* DACS Meet                         * BSP Jamboree




1 Sun
2 Mon        LAUNCHING: Rosary & Mission Month
2 Mon        DAT: Grade 11
3 Tue        LAUNCHING: United Nation
4 Wed
5 Thu        HOLY MASS
6 Fri
7 Sat
8 Sun
9 Mon        2ND PERIODICAL TEST: (Day 1) SHS 1ST PT: (Day1)N1
10 Tue        2ND PERIODICAL TEST: (Day 2) SHS (Day 1) GS&JHS 1ST PT: (Day2)N1
11 Wed       2ND PERIODICAL TEST: (Day 3) SHS (Day 2) GS&JHS 1ST PT: (Day3)N1
12 Thu        2ND PERIODICAL TEST: (Day 4) SHS (Day 3) GS&JHS 1ST PT: (Day4)N1
13 Fri          2ND PERIODICAL TEST: (Day 5) SHS (Day 4) GS&JHS 1ST PT: (Day5)N1
14 Sat         PRE-SCHOOL FUN DAY
14 Sat         RECOLLECTION: Gr.8 Humility/Integrity Gr.4 St. Joseph
15 Sun
16 Mon
17 Tue        Career Tour: Gr.11
18 Wed
21 Sat         RECOLLECTION: Gr.8 Generosity Gr.9 Love Gr.4 St. Matthew
21 Sat         SCOUTS DAY CAMP: Gr.3 KAB & Star Scouts
22 Sun
23 Mon      CAREER DAY: Grade 10
24 Tue       CAREER DAY: Grade 12
25 Wed      CULMINATION: Rosary & Mission Month
26 Thu       CULMINATION: United Nation
27 Fri          S E M E S T R A L V A C A T I O N
28 Sat
29 Sun
30 Mon
31 Tue        Special Non-working Day (in observance of All Souls’ Day)
* PTA Socials Night

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1 Wed        All Saints’ Day
2 Thu        All Souls’ Day
3 Fri
4 Sat
5 Sun
6 Mon
7 Tue         C L A S S E S R E S U M E
8 Wed       LAUNCHING: Mindanao Week for Peace / Christmas Fund Drive
9 Thu
11 Sat
12 Sun
13 Mon      3rd UNIT TEST: (Day 1) SHS (Day 1) GS & JHS 2ND P.T.: (Day 1) N2 & K
14 Tue       3rd UNIT TEST: (Day 2) SHS (Day 1) GS & JHS 2ND P.T.: (Day 2) N2 & K
15 Wed      3rd UNIT TEST: (Day 3) SHS (Day 2) GS & JHS 2ND P.T.: (Day 3) N2 & K
16 Thu       3rd UNIT TEST: (Day 4) SHS (Day 3) GS & JHS 2ND P.T.: (Day 4) N2 & K
17 Fri         3rd UNIT TEST: (Day 5) SHS (Day 4) GS & JHS 2ND P.T.: (Day 5) N2 & K
17 Fri         BSP INDOOR CAMP: Junior and Senior (Day 1)
17 Fri         Peace Camp (Day 1)
18 Sat        BSP INDOOR CAMP: Junior and Senior (Day 2)
18 Sat        Peace Camp (Day 2)
18 Sat        RECOLLECTION: Gr.9 Joy / Loyalty
19 Sun       RECOLLECTION: Confirmand’s Parents
21 Tue
22 Wed     CONFESSION: Gr.6 Confirmands
23 Thu
24 Fri         2nd PTA Homeroom Meeting
24 Fri         GSP INDOOR CAMP: Junior – Gr.4 (Day 1)
25 Sat         GSP INDOOR CAMP: Junior – Gr.4 (Day 2)
25 Sat         RECOLLECTION: Gr.9 Modesty / Justice
25 Sat         CONFIRMATION: Grade 6
26 Sun        PTA Advent Recollection
27 Mon
28 Tue
29 Wed
30 Thu       Regular Holiday: Bonifacio Day
* GSP Council wide Camping

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Music and Prayer Session with Sister Lee Uera, F.I.

The faculty and staff had a wonderful experience last July 13, 2017 (Thursday) as Sister Lee Uera, F.I. gave a resonating session of Music and Prayer. The session started at 1:00 pm.


She was introduced by Dr. Rodilla Tumanda, our school principal.




This unique spiritual exercise was truly enjoyed by the faculty and staff as they were able to sing selected bible verses and Saint Candida’s inspirational sayings, convert their personally selected secular songs into personal encounter with God , and even learn how to compose or make a song out of a selected bible verse. Through music and singing, they were also able to do praying. This was the goal of the session. They ended at 4:00 pm.

SMAD PTA General Assembly 2017

The Parents – Teachers Association had their General Assembly last July 23, 2017 (Sunday) at the Sky Gym. It was participated by school Administrators, PTA Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff, and Parents.

The first part was the business meeting which started at 8:00 in the morning.

There was an opening prayer led by Mrs. Lezel Picardal then followed by the singing of the National anthem and School Hymn.

The Welcome address was delivered by Sister Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I. School RCA.


RCA Message

Good Morning everyone and welcome to Stella Maris Academy of Davao.
It is of great importance for us that you have come to this particular gathering that has something to do with the school life of your child. Once again, we emphasize on the value of collaboration between home and school and the significance of your involvement in the life of your child is vital and essential.

On a personal note, let me share some thoughts with you with what is happening around us – As I watched and hear the news of the heart breaking events in our country and how many people are dying especially children who are rob of their future – I can not help but feel sorry for our loss. It brings me to question my motivation in all that I do and also a great revelation that life is fragile and precious. But ultimately in connection with our school, it challenges us to give the best to the children who are here with us. How blessed are they to have parents like you who will not only assure them of good education but a future life filled with love and understanding. If some concern will surface or should we face difficult situations in the future, I hope this will not divide us but rather give us the opportunity to unite and find solutions. Let our partnership be a positive contribution to our country and let peace have the last word even in our small community here in SMAD.
This morning, we shall nominate parents for the board for school year 2017-2018. They will commit to work for the PTA and render service to the school. I am aware that positions like these are often unnoticed, but Christian leadership and following is a special call that draws you to a kind of service that the reward can not be seen by others but very much recognized by God. May we be encouraged to join in this endeavor.

For those who have served the association for the past year- thank you for the service you have extended. To all those who planned and prepared for this General Assembly today – the Board, other Parents, teachers and to our maintenance staff – thank you !

Let us know the role we play in this particular stage of our children’s life and how we can be of gentle support to their daily tasks of study instead
of extending subtle pressure or expectations that can create unwelcome anxiety and burden. In this digital world that we live in, we are asked to understand their unique world but also to guide them in the basics of life that will never change. Ultimately, we aim at developing their capacities and potentials at its best and always to put them to use for the service of others and God. We want them to learn how to live life and conquer their fears not only with confidence in their academic standing and achievements but even more important is the security of being well grounded and knowing where these gifts come from.
May this gathering remind us to cooperate with the Giver of whatever our children hold and to put in mind that we have come today because we want to be active agents in the academic life of our children and to support them in the most positive way we can.
Lastly, allow me to remind all of us that we are celebrating the year of the Parish – communion of communities. As one family, let us extend our participation and unity with our respective parishes and be involved in the life and the mission of the church.
Thank you for coming. Thank you for listening. Maraming Salamat po!

Dr. Gilbert Arendain delivered his President’s Message right after.




The Committee representatives had presented their reports for SY 2016 – 2017’s year-round activities.


Mr. Nathaniel Theodore Magalona for the Outreach and Socials Committee


Mr. Carlo Fuerzas for the Family Day Committee


Mrs. Katherine Uy for the Students, Teachers, Parents’ Welfare Committee


Mrs. Lezel Picardal for the Spiritual and Liturgical Committee


Mrs. Annabel Palarca for the Homeroom Committee


And the treasurer’s report was delivered by Mrs. Sharmila Ong

The Nomination was facilitated by Ms. Rhodora Edullantes.

There were few questions raised and they were addressed promptly by the administration.

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The nomination of the PTA – BOT for this school year was facilitated by Mr. Jeffrey Alvarez.

There was a 15-minute break after the nomination.

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A Eucharistic Celebration was held right after the assembly presided by Fr. Sherwin Valenzuela, RCJ.

It started at 10:00 am and ended at around 11:30 am.

The Master of the Ceremony is Ms. Madel Catre.




3-4 (Fri-Sat) …………… Outdoor Camp : GSP Junior
4 (Sat) …………… PTA Family Fun Day
5 (Sun) …………… 19th SMEMCO Anniversary
6-9 (Mon-Thu) …………… English Week : Grade School & Junior High School
11 (Sat) …………… Scout’s Festival
13 (Mon) …………… DT English – Kinder
14 (Tue) …………… DT Math – Kinder
15 (Wed) …………… DT English & Math – Grades 1 to 3
16 (Thu) …………… DT Science & Filipino – Grades 1 to 3
17 (Fri) …………… DT English & Math – Grades 4 to 6
18 (Sat) …………… JS PROMENADE
20 (Mon) …………… DT Science & Filipino – Grades 4 to 6
20-24 (Mon-Fri) …………… FINAL EXAMINATION : Nursery 1, Nursery 2, and Kinder
21 (Tue) …………… DT English & Math – Grades 7 to 10

22 (Wed)

…………… DT Science – Grades 7 to 10
…………… DT Filipino – Grades 7 to 8
…………… Club Culmination : Grades 1 to 3
…………… Annual Math Quiz Bee

23-25 (Thu-Sat)

…………… GRACE K -12 – Araling Panlipunan
…………… Club Culmination : Junior High School
24 (Fri) …………… Club Culmination : Grades 4 to 6
25 (Sat) …………… Special Non-working day : Edsa Revolution
28-Mar.3 (Tue-Fri) …………… FOURTH PERIODICAL TEST : Grade 6


MARCH 2017

1 (Wed) …………… Ash Wednesday

1 – 2 (Wed – Thu) …………… NCAE (Grade 9) Morning Only

3 (Fri)

…………… First Friday Mass
…………… Moving-up Ceremony : Pre-school Department
5 (Sun) …………… PTA Sponsored Mass : PTA (Parents, Faculty, & Staff)
6-7 (Mon-Tue) …………… Determination of Honors : Graduating
9-15 (Thu-Wed) …………… FOURTH QUARTERLY TEST : Grade 11
10 (Fri) …………… Deliberation of Failing Students (Graduating)
10-15 (Fri-Wed) …………… FINAL EXAMINATIONS : Undergraduates – Grade School to Junior High School
14-15 (Tue-Wed) …………… Determination of Honors: Undergraduates
16 (Thu) …………… Special Non-working Public Holiday : Araw ng Davao
25 (Sat) …………… GRADUATION DAY
27 (Mon) …………… Junior High School COMPLETION CEREMONY
28 (Tue) …………… Practice : Recognition Day
29 (Wed) …………… RECOGNITION DAY : Undergraduates

3rd SMAD-PTA Family Fun Day

Last February 4, 2017 the SMAD Community had their 3rd PTA Family Fun Day at the school campus with the theme: “Growing together as One Family with God’s Grace”.

The gates opened at 7:00 in the morning for the registration. Families arrived wearing their unit team’s color.


There were Zumba session while the registration is going on.


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The Opening Ceremony started at 8:00 am


Parade of Participants by Unit

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UNIT 1 – BLUE (N1, Gr.3, Gr.7, GR.11)

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UNIT 2 – YELLOW (N2, Gr.2, Gr.6, Gr.10)

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UNIT 3 – RED (Gr.1, Gr.5, Gr.9)

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UNIT 4 – GREEN (K, Gr.4, Gr.8)

Invocation – Mrs. Annabel Palarca


Welcome Remarks – Dr. Rodilla Tumanda



Family Day Banner raising


Parade of Torch and Lightning of the Family Day Urn

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Oath of Unity, Cooperation and Sportsmanship – Mr. Carlo Fuerzas


Declaration of the Opening


Banner Raising Contest

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Games and Sports

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Recreational Activities

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Awarding Ceremony

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(The over-all Champion is the Unit 3 – Red Team)

The program ended by 5:00 in the afternoon.

Msgr. Paul Cuison talks about the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities

Last February 3, 2017 the Stella Maris Academy of Davao Community had a talk in preparation for this year’s local church theme:

Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities.


The community was indeed grateful as the invited Msgr. Paul Cuison, JCD shared his insights and lectures about the Church’s mission in revisiting our true identity as faithful Catholics who are united and loved by God through Jesus Christ; and that we are this generation’s agents of change for the goodness and glory of God in our community and our Country as well.






After the talk, Sister Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I. ,school RCA together with Dr. Rodilla Tumanda, school principal awarded Msgr. Paul Cuison the Certificate of Appreciation to thank him for his time and generosity to the SMAD community.

The talk ended by 4:00 p.m.

SMAD 63rd Foundation Day Celebration

The community celebrated its 63rd founding anniversary last December 2 to 3 with the theme:

“Celebrating 63 years of Excellence as One Community in Faith and Service”

It was indeed a festive way as we thank and praise God for the bountiful blessings that the school has received for the past 63 years and to honor our beloved Mother Foundress’ bequest to every marisian as they showcase their talents and skills in the different activities of the celebration.

 December 2 – The day started with the Holy Mass at the Sky Gym celebrated by Msgr. Paul Cuison.

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After the mass, Sister Patricia Anna Aragon, F.I. school RCA delivered her welcoming message to the students and employees as she officially declares the beginning of the foundation day.


 There was a volleyball exhibition game by the female faculty and staff which were divided into two teams: team grade school and team high school. Team high school won the game.

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 For the rest of the day, various booths were available and activities were run by respective clubs in order to showcase their creativity, strategy, talents, and service to others.

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December 3 - The day was anticipated as parents, alumni, guests, students, and the rest of the SMAD community gathered at the school grounds to witness the field demonstration that each grade level has prepared .

In the morning, the program started with the doxology by the Little Friends of Antonita


It was followed by the entry of colors by the Junior and Senior BSP


The singing of the National Anthem was by the JHS Glee Club while the Opening Salvo was performed by  the Grade 11, pioneer batch of our Senior High School.

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The parade of the Representatives per Grade Level.

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Field Demonstration from Nursery One to Grade Three.

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In the afternoon, the school was blessed as the President of the Philippines, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte together with Madame Honeylette Avanceña arrived as they watched their daughter Veronica Kitty Duterte now on her sixth grade, performed together with the rest of the students in the field demonstration.


Sister Patricia Anna T. Aragon of the Hijas de Jesus Congregation, RCA, Dr. Rodilla Tumanda, Principal, Hijas de Jesus Sisters, Administration, Faculty and Staff, PTA Board of Trustees, Parents, Students, Friends, and Guests, GOOD AFTERNOON! We are filled with gladness and excitement on the second day celebration of the 63rd Foundation Day of Stella Maris Academy of Davao with the theme: “Celebrating 63 years of Excellence as one Community in Faith and Service.”

From the school’s humble beginnings to 63 years of its existence, excellence has been one of the visions and core values inculcated in every Marisian. With the strong connection of school and home, Marisians acquired roots and wings – roots for strength provided by the family and wings to fly and exercise the values of FAITH and SERVICE that weave the very texture of life which import overall excellence in every MARISIAN.

“FAITH in action is LOVE and LOVE in action is SERVICE.” These were the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta who dedicated her life to the service of the poorest of the poor. Selfless service is a wonderful antidote to the ills that flow from worldwide epidemic of self – indulgence. By transforming our FAITH into living acts of love, we put ourselves on contact with GOD. As we cultivate our FAITH grow through service and stay constant and true we feel the SAVIOR’S LOVE.

As an appeal from the Holy Father Francis on his encyclical letter ‘LAUDATO SI’ on the care for our common home, MARISIANS are called to be partakers in resolving the tragic effects of environmental degradation on the lives of the world’s poorest. Determined to be true to the charism of St. Candida Maria de Jesus, MARISIANS aim to put life to the slogan TATAK FI: KAPATID SA KAPWA. By calling God our Father, we recognize that divine filiation unites us to Christ. The fraternity that divine Filiation institutes extends to all men and women in a certain sense that all are God’s children living in a common home. Our core has to be a dedicated love practiced every day and made up of a thousand little details of understanding, hidden sacrifice and unnoticed self-giving to our brothers and sisters victimized by environmental crisis.

As the EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY has ended, we welcome the YEAR OF PARISH as a communion of communities last November 27, 2016, the first advent mass. Everyone is called to harmonize their FAITH through family, parish and school. As members of different parishes, we must express our communion more fully as we unite and actively participate in fulfilling our threefold mission – the prophetic mission, priestly mission and kingly/servant mission. This is a mission of social transformation wherein FAITH and SERVICE is given emphasis.

With the gift of TIME, TALENT and TREASURE, the essential expressions of COMMUNION, we MARISIANS dedicate a thanksgiving through different dance presentations reflecting the 63 years of excellence in FAITH and SERVICE.




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The Doxology was performed by the HSSC


Entry of Colors by the Junior and Senior BSP


Singing of the National Anthem by the JHS Glee Club


Opening Salvo by the Senior High School


Parade of Representatives from Grade 4 to Grade 10.

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Field Demonstration from Grade 4 to Grade 7.

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Unfortunately, it started to rain while the grade 7 was still performing. Pres. Duterte then proceeded to the assembly area of the remaining junior high school students who have not yet performed to bid goodbye and talk to them as he left the school for his other prior meetings.


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The remaining performers (grades 8 – 10) vacate the school grounds and transferred to the sky gym.


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The program finished by 6:30 in the afternoon.

PTA Socials Night 2016

October 22, 2016 – The SMAD Parents-Teachers Association conducted their Annual PTA Socials Night with the theme:

Retro 70’s Rewind – A Disco Party” at the SMAD Sky gym.

Registration started as the gate opened at 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Many parents arrived in terno costumes with their children.

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The program started at 7 o’clock in the evening. The welcome remarks delivered by Dra. Lynette Lu-Lasala gave a delightful aura to the parents and teachers. A dance number performed by the socials committee ladies and a special number by the emcee set the lively mood of the community throughout the program.

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Many games were actively called and participated by the parents, teachers, and students such as retro music trivia, Rubrics cube challenge (kid’s edition and adult edition), Afro popcorn challenge, Lip sync, and many more.

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Many prizes were also given as raffles for both minor and major categories were made throughout the program.

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A special number was performed by our grade 10 students who were the champion in the acoustic band of this year’s DACS cultural competition. They sang the famous song“Anak” by Freddie Aguilar.


The program ended with the awarding of prizes to the winners of the different games and also the announcing of winner for the major prize – LED TV during the raffle draw.


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The program ended by 10 o’clock in the evening.