Tension is rising. Atmosphere was a bit nerve-wracking. From students to faculty members, from administrators to board of trustees; everyone was in anticipation of what was about to happen. It was the first for everybody.
It seemed like a “triple-threat-treat” for every member of the school, it was a celebration of not only one affair but three events allowing everybody not only to give honor but to have fun as well.
Last August 29 and 30 Alpha Centauri Education System Inc., celebrated its first ever Foundation Day. Starting with a mass lead by Fr. George Vargas followed by the blessing of each classroom then a motorcade showcasing the pageant candidates and students with their cos-play attires, it was a great opportunity for people outside to see and take notice of the school’s festivities.
First is the celebration of Buwan ng Wika, and in honor of this, several competitions were held for students to showcase their creative abilities, as well as their verbal and written skills with the use of Filipino language. Here is the list of winners on their respective categories:
Pagsulat ng Tula: Eldrin Arojado
Pagsulat ng Sanaysay: Riza Espiritu
Patimpalak sa Debate: Jun Alvin Asoy
Pagbigkas ng Tula: Michele Legaspi
Kasuotang Pilipino: Christian Salvan (Lalaki); Michele Legaspi (Babae)
Apart from the above mentioned categories wherein a specific individual is given recognition for his/her contribution, there were also three competitions wherein two different groups battle it out through singing, dancing and choral reading. It was a great place for them to demonstrate their camaraderie and unity through presentations and performances. Here are the other winners on their respective categories:
Sabayang Pag-awit: Huseng Sisiw Group
Sabayang Pagbigkas: Huseng Sisiw Group
Katutubong Sayaw: Huseng Sisiw Group
With competition in mind, it’s but natural to associate it with Sports. Hence, the second event, ACES Intramurals was held. To open up this occasion, a morning aerobics session was attended by students as well as members of the faculty and administration.
Each level had their own representatives battling it out in different sports categories, each trying to out-skill, and out-smart their opponents. It was intense at some point, only proving that ACES students are competitive by nature.
Here is the list of winners on their respective sports categories:
Chess: Nick Marientes
Scrabble: Lara Alvarado
Table Tennis: Anthony Borja
Basketball Boys MVP: Angelo Rabe
Basketball Boys: 3rd year Criminology
Volleyball Girls: 2nd year Education
Best in Attendance: 3rd year Criminology
The anticipation for the main events during the Foundation Day had everyone filled with mixed emotions. If the first two celebrations allowed participants to demonstrate their competitive side in terms of written, verbal and physical skills, at night, it was the time for the female students of ACES to show their beauty and brains for the first ever Ms. ACES 2014.
As day turns into night and as people starts to occupy seats, emotions start to heighten for each member of the community. With the atmosphere noticeably changing from excitement to anxiety and as silence surrounds the vicinity everyone knew that it was the time for the big event.
Nine ladies coming from different levels found themselves walking and displaying their stuff in front of a panel of judges and supporters who are all eager to witness their beauty as well as their confidence and mental ability in the Question and Answer portion.
After the judges’ scores were tallied for the Question and Answer portion, those taking home top honors and crowns for Ms. ACES 2014 were:
2nd runner – up: Ms. Proxima Centauri Mary Grace Ayaay
1st runner – up: Ms. Beta Centauri Reziel Bulahan
Grand Champion: Ms. Alpha Centauri Ruth Nadres
Aside from the three major awards, every contestant was also gauged on different minor categories, with each category having one candidate emerging as winner.
Ms. Photogenic: Reziel Bulahan
Best in Talent: Ruth Nadres
Best in Production Number: Ruth Nadres
Best in School Uniform: Marielle Tanggaan
Best in Sportswear: Catherine Alivia
Best in Casual Attire: Mary Grace Ayaay
Best in Creative Attire: Marielle Tanggaan
Best in Evening Gown: Reziel Bulahan
Alongside this pageant, another first ever for the ACES community is the search for “The Voice 2014 ACES Edition” where students with good singing capabilities serenaded the audience with their beautiful voices singing their favorite songs. It was a treat for everyone to witness talented students belting out high notes for the amusement of spectators. Nine contestants competed for the title but only one emerged victorious.
The Voice 2014 ACES Edition: Aila Mariano
It was a busy week to say the least. Each and everyone had been preparing for these celebrations. The school had a different look during the Foundation Day. Classrooms were transformed into different booths by the students each offering different source of fun for every member of the community. Jail Booth, Marriage Booth, Horror House and Videoke Room are just some of the options available to choose from.
It was a grand celebration that allowed participants to display their competitive side; it was a great occasion to relax and enjoy before dealing with examination and major requirements; it was an opportunity to give credit and honor to what is due.
By: Jeryll Kim Mercado