The Senior High School (SHS) students of CARD-MRI Development Institute, Inc. (CMDI) rejoiced in their Acquaintance Party on July 21, 2017 dubbed as “Unity in Diversity”.
The event, which was organized by the SHS Department, aims to build camaraderie among students, develop a sense of belongingness, and create a strong bond guided by the seven institutional core values of CARD MRI – competence, family spirit, integrity, simplicity, humility, excellence, and stewardship.
Despite the rainy season, the sun seemed to cooperate perfectly for the students, faculty, and staff to ramp their star-studded costumes. The event started with an opening prayer led by Anceth Asher Corral, Grade 11 student, followed by a welcome remarks of SHS Principal Analeen Suelto.
One of the highlights of the event was the induction of class officers of the department. Various talent presentations were also showcased during the party. Among the activities were Ka Voice singing contest, Dance Production Battle, Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance, and Star of the Night, an award for the best dressed male and female.
For the singing competition, Myla Mae Monte, Grade 11 student, impressed the crowd with her powerful vocal skills and versatility, which led her to the top spot. Nicole Santos and Jeremae Apacionado, Grade 12 students, placed first and second runners-up, respectively. For the dance showdown, Grade 11 Simplicity bagged the highest award followed by Grade 12 Cambodia and Grade 11 Competence.
Among the activities, the Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance was the most awaited part of the event. Eight stunning pairs competed in their all-star and formal attires. The parade of beauty and brains started with “hugot lines” as their introductions, which received loud applause from the audience. The contestants also showed their intellect and confidence at the question-and-answer portion. Carl Angelo Del Valle and Fel Anne Eunice Breganza, were hailed as the Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance 2017. Leojean Montelibano and Lei Justine Pedros bagged the first place while Elliezer Helera and Veronica Guevarra got the second place.
It was also challenging on the part of the Program Committee members to select the Stars of the Night of the event as almost everyone portrayed the celebrities, movie characters, and super heroes the best way they could be. Ms. Glenda Lagarile, Deputy Director for Tertiary Education and Partnership Education Department (TEPED), and Mr. Khristian Arenz Tolosa, Personal Development Instructor, emerged as the winners.
Dr. Edzel Ramos, Vice President for Learning and Development, and Ms. Deverna Briones, Vice President for Administration and Academic Affairs, graced the event and gave messages of support and encouragement.
The program ended with the awarding of special awards to students who were spotted naturally behaving the core values of the institution. The Competence Award was given to Rica Jane Espinosa and Sharina Ilagan. Rubee Ann Malabanan and Ma. Kathleen Victoria received the Family Spirit Award. In addition, Gilaine Veterana and Ma. Jeseca Catina got the Integrity Award. Warren Evangelista, Edrian Banania, and Marinela Hernandez was recognized for being simple. Joshua Ellera and Paul Richard Figueroa was acknowledged for being humble. The Excellence Award was granted to Rein Romari Malabana, Kaye Rivera, and Krisha Joy Villarin. Lastly, Babylyn Victoria and Carla Honra accepted the Stewardship Award.
It was a night full of smiles and indeed, a wonderful event to remember.
The students and staff portrayed their favorite celebrities, movie characters, super heroes, and other well-known personalities.“Ka-Voice”
From left to right: Myla Mae Monte, Champion; Nicole Santos, 1st runner-up; and Jeremae Apacionado; 2nd runner-up
From left to right: Ms. Dianne Ubaldo, Module Developer; Ms. Joselita Lanao, Learning Resource Manager; and Ms. Iya Aspiras, School Nurse, assessed the performance of the “Ka-Voice” contenders.
The Judges: “Dance Production Battle”
From left to right: Ms. Mary Anne Beroy, Program Assistant; Ms. Glenda Lagarile, Deputy Director for Tertiary Education and Partnership Education Department (TEPED); and Ms. Cyrene Lubigan, Corporate Communications Officer, evaluated the dance performance.
The beauty and brains of 2017
From left to right: Veronica Guevarra and Elliezer Helera, 2nd runners-up; Carl Angelo Del Valle and Fel Anne Eunice Breganza, Mr. & Ms. Acquaintance Party 2017; and Lei Justine Pedros and Leojean Montelibano, 1st runners-up
Stars of the Night
Ms. Glenda Lagarile and Mr. Khristian Arenz Tolosa were declared as the “Stars of the Night”. (From left to right: Mr. Pepsi Gutierrez, Ms. Glenda Lagarile, Mr. Khristian Arenz Tolosa, Ms. Deverna Briones, and Dr. Edzel Ramos.
By Dianne B. Ubaldo