Joined by their teachers, pupils from Tan Yan Kee Elementary School in Sta. Fe and Macdu Elementary School in Kayapa and scholars from Saint Teresita’s Academy in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya arrived early in the compound to join the Holy Mass co-celebrated by Fr. Rene Caligue of STA and Fr. Jerome Ponce of Divine Mercy Chapel. STA Scholars Choir led the singing of the hymns during Eucharistic Celebration. Scholars of Nueva Vizcaya State University were also present to join the whole-day program.
With games for each level, entertainment from a clown and magician team, the excitement could be felt from each of the students, even parents and teachers. The program was made more special by the performance from Manoeuvres Ignite dancers as they gave an energetic set of dances which drew loud cheers from the crowd. Also, performances from selected students from each school showcased their talents in singing and dancing.
This year also marked the first time for the program to have a parol-making contest participated in by grades four to six of TYKES and Macdu ES and grades seven to 12 of STA. Each grade level made a parol out of recyclable and indigenous materials. The parol created by Macdu ES grade four pupils stood out among the entries and was awarded the first prize.
As the program drew to a close, the students received the food packs with each TYK ecobag containing bihon noodles, fruit cocktail, condensed milk, all-purpose cream, chocolate chip cookies, Vitamilk soy drink, bottled Nestea, sardines, cooking oil, vinegar, soy sauce, chocolate powder drink, instant coffee, sugar, toothpaste, toothbrush, and candies.
Endless thank yous were heard and smiles were seen before they went back to their respective homes. Another memorable day was on their “books” and the Foundation could not be happier for the smiles it brought to students who surely promised to make their academic commitments better. n