JS PROMENADE: A GROUND-BREAKING SUCCESS
Christian Angelo P. Nacorda
Last February 29, 2008, hundreds of beautiful young ladies and dashing young men from the Junior and Senior batches overflowed in the Grand Ballroom of the Bellevue Hotel in Alabang. Clad in their glamorous formals, they spent the night partying as they imbibed the night’s festivity. Every one was dressed to impress. Even the administrators and the faculty surely looked dazzling in their formal attires.
The celebration of the promenade was ground-breaking, for it was the first time that St. Joseph’s Academy had celebrated the Prom night outside the campus. The night started with the lighting of the paschal candle and an opening prayer led by Michael Roloque and Kevin Allison. Next, the National Anthem led by Raphaela Solis was sung. Then, it was soon followed by the turn-over ceremony. The ceremony was done to officially hang-down the legacies of the Seniors to the Juniors. The following emblems as representatives of the batches.
Key of Knowledge – Darren Ignacio, representative of the Senior Presidents and Anne Baez, representative of the Junior Presidents.
Mantle of Responsibility – Karen Solis, representative of the Senior Vice-Presidents and Katreena Baluyot, representative of the Junior Vice-Presidents.
Book of Wisdom – Eyrel Andres, representative of the Senior Secretaries and Patricia Borja, representative of the Junior Secretaties.
Bin of Treasure – Kevin Villarama, representative of the Senior Treasurers and Pia Jimeno, representative of the Junior Treasurer.
Came next was delightful opening remarks given by Mrs. Eleanor M. Quintos, our school principal.
After that, the Juniors and Seniors vowed the Pledge of Loyalty led by Jervis Jose. Subsequently, the second set of emcess, Katrina Pahutan and Raymond Shappit, took over the stage for the latter half of the program. Soon after, the dancers performed the cotillion dance which was choreographed by Mrs. Rosanna Refulgente. The contest for Mr. and Ms. Junior and Senior followed next. The following are the students who won the Mr. and Ms. Junior and Senior.
Maiko Takabe – Ms. Junior
Raul Enriquez – Mr. Junior
Daphne Cortez – Ms. Senior
Winchester Sy – Mr. Senior
Selected students also performed a number of delightful intermission numbers, and then it was time for everyone to sizzle the dance floor. Before the night ended, The Stars of the Night were chosen, and they were Jervis Jose and Jonicel San Miguel. , Fr. Tey Usman, our Prefect of Discipline, gave his brief but substantial closing remarks to officially end the evening. Sahrren Psuquin led the closing prayer and soon after Maeson Pasion introduced some members of the world-renowned Las Piñas Boys Choir who led the Josephians in singing the SJA Hymn. Afterwards, the students exited the Grand Ballroom with colossal smiles on their faces and a full digicam memory card, which was used to store as many memorable snapshots captured as possible.
Over-all the Juniors’-Seniors’ Promenade was a great success and everything went well according to plan. The night was surely magnificent and was definitely worth the pay, for we did not leave the hotel with a full stomach, but with a bag-full of memories and a heart-full of happiness as well. Congratulations to the people behind the wonderful and magical JS Prom.