Last August 15 – 18, 2016, Alpha Centauri Educational System Inc. celebrates its 14th Founding Anniversary. To start of the week – long festivity, students attended a holy mass led by Rev. Fr. Ramil Esplana held at Le Jardin de Fleur. In cooperation with the nationwide celebration of Buwan ng Wika, the first set of activities for the students are all in relation to the said occasion.
With this year’s Buwan ng Wika theme: “Wika ng Karunungan, students from both college and senior high are grouped into Manuel Quezon and Leonor Briones respectively. As part of the celebration, different events are participated by the Centaurians. One of these is the Balagtasan (Rap Version) eventually won by the Manuel Quezon group. In addition, events such as Sabayang Pagbikas, Sayaw ng Lahi and Dula are held which are eventually won by the Leonor Briones group. During this celebration, participants managed to showcase their appreciation to the Filipino language reflected through their performances.
On the next day, an Academic Amazing Race was participated by all the students. Centaurians are divided into four groups, each representing a particular color. In the first leg of the competition each group must participate in a game called SYMBO – a BINGO – like board game but instead of numbers, chemical symbols are used to fill up each playing board. From then on, the first group to finish will be given a clue in order to proceed to their designated area along with a specific task to be accomplished. This method is continuous and simultaneous with the other group as well. Perhaps the biggest obstacle the students has to surpass was the Mud – Crawl under the scorching heat of the sun. Each member of the group has to crawl in wet mud in order to advance to the final stage of the race. Despite some struggles here and there, the race was a success. In the end, the Yellow Team was declared as the First Prize Winner.
As part of the Founding Anniversary celebration, a Sports Festival was held on the 3rd Day. Players and other members of the ACES Community troop down at Iñigos Sports Complex to battle out on different sporting events. The said festival kicked off with a morning Zumba session participated by the members of administration, faculty and students. Players coming from all levels compete with one another on events such as Table Tennis, Badminton, Volleyball and Basketball. Eventually, the 2nd Year level was held as the Champion in Volleyball Girls and the 4th Year level was held as Champions in Volleyball Boys and Basketball both Boys and Girls. It must have been a tiring day for every student but it was fulfilling as well indeed.
To finish off the celebration on the 4th day, each class must prepare a booth where they could sell food products for the audience to buy. As part of the celebration, the United Student Council prepared a Battle of the Bands competition open for all amateur, high school and college participants. Each band has to have at least 3 to a maximum of 8 members and must play one OPM Track plus a song of choice in no more than 5 minutes of play for each track. In the end, the band of Pepeng Pinakamalupit was held as 3rd place, the Nickel Wound as 2nd place and the Tone of Rapture as 1st Place. With 8 different bands participating in the competition with the guest band, Olay Yapanit performing songs for the audience, it was definitely a night to remember.
During the last day of celebration, the ACES Cosplay Team (ACT) amused the spectators with their exquisite make up and costumes reflecting their craft on arts and entertainment. Members of the ACT, donned in different costumes even performed a short dance presentation to the delight of the audience.
Celebrating the 14th Founding Anniversary not only gives the ACES Community a well – deserved break for all their hard work, it also allows each and every one to showcase their talent and skills in performing tasks given to each individual. As it celebrates its 14th year, ACES is here to stay – ACES is here to celebrate more years of Setting Standards and Sharing Expertise.
By: Jeryll Kim Mercado