With 1,800 students, parents and teachers in attendance, the recent Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) Family Day and Socials ’09 of the Stella Maris Academy of Davao (SMAD) was undoubtedly a record-breaking success.
The grand affair began with a mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Danny Montaña, R.C.J. After the morning snacks, SMAD PTA president Jason Huang gave his welcome remarks, which was followed by the inspirational message of SMAD school director Sr. Lourdes Marzoña.
Selected teachers opened the exciting Socials program with an interpretative ethnic dance, “Alitaptap at Binislakan”. The alitaptap or firefly dance is a Philippine couple dance from Batangas while the binislakan dance commemorates the stay of Limahong, a Chinese pirate who built his kingdom in Lingayen, Pangasinan in the 1200s. The dance imitates two chopsticks used by the Chinese for eating.
Meanwhile, cheers and applause greeted parents and teachers, Ma. Claribel Sañano, Teresita Maniwan, Danilo Alo, Rogelio Rasay and Rhodora Edullantes, as they performed a medley of well-loved Filipino songs.
On the other hand, the “Pagpaparada ng mga Kasuotang Pinoy” showcased the different Filipiniana-inspired attires of various grade/year level representatives. Teachers and parents who joined the colorful ‘Santacruzan’-like parade included Luis Arangoso Jr. and Narlina Espanto; Oliver Calledo and Leslilyn Sombilon; Raymon Miranda and Fatima Salig; Edmar Amba and Sheila Mae Cascaro; Orville Alderite and Juvy Palo; James Mark Francisco and Soledad Salupan; Francis and Cecil Hidalgo; Ben and Betty Sur; Drs. Robert and Cristina Bandolon; and Raymund Batu and Joan Salever.
And, what would a true blue Filipino fiesta be without lechon? Indeed, the “Pagpaparada ng Litson” was a sight to behold! Through the generous donations of several parents, twenty lip-smacking lechons were paraded in the center before they were positioned in strategic buffet areas all over the campus.
After the sumptuous lunch, the Family Day Palaro began with the raising of the school and SMAD PTA flags by Gil Juanico (Prefect of Discipline), Dr. Rodilla Tumanda (elementary principal), Tyrone Go (PTA 1st vice president) and Paulina Deiparine (high school principal).
Jeffrey Alvarez, PTA 2nd vice president, led the Oath of Unity and Cooperation while Leo Estores (PTA auditor) made the declaration of the official start of the Family Day.