Lucena City – Summer usually means two things. Beach and never ending celebration of fiestas.
As part of promoting tourism and local products, Lucena City held its annual event of Pasayahan last May 2015. In cooperation with other corporations and businesses, the local government of Lucena came up with multiple events, starting from the 23rd until the 31st.
Amongst all the events, lined up; perhaps the most awaited one is the Grand Parade. Huge and flamboyant floats of participating companies and institutions parade their creations, along with street dancing and marching bands.
For the first time, Alpha Centuari Educational System (ACES) participated and even competed with other big corporations at the annual event. Starting within the vicinity of Pacific Mall, continuing until Quezon Avenue, then proceeding to SM Grounds, Centaurians along with members of the Faculty and Administration took part at the parade despite the scorching heat of the sun.
Members of the ACES community exerted their efforts and spent great amount of time preparing and putting finishing touches during the decorating process. As per instruction, the main material to be used for the whole float was “tinapa” or smoked fish. Along with other decorating materials, such as coconuts, bilaos, and even twigs, ACES was able to produce a vibrant and colorful float.
Being first timers means having jitters. Being a newbie, a hint of intimidation was inevitable. There were bigger floats, (better? I guess) but ACES’ was not a pushover. It was good enough to compete with others. It was good enough to impress the judges and the viewers. It was good.
Others might have imposed their floats better, but being part of the Grand Parade, has been a great opportunity to mingle and be known to the public. It is a great way to reach out to the mass, and let the existence of ACES be acknowledged. There might not be awards and cash prizes in tow at the end of the event; but the whole experience makes it more worth it.
Afterall, there is still next year. Who knows? ACES might bag that award!
Jeryll Kim Mercado