Christmas parties and programs are probably one of the most awaited events in school. It is a time where everyone gathers to celebrate our Savior’s birth. This year would probably be unforgettable because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are not together physically, this did not dampen our spirits to celebrate the true meaning and essence of Christmas.
In Don Bosco, we celebrate Christmas like a family. We play fun games, have the traditional salu-salo, exchange meaningful gifts, and hear mass together. This year’s celebration was unlike any other.
The Elementary Department held its Christmas Program last December 17, 2020 via Zoom. The said program was hosted by Erin Gabriel C. Kalaw of 6-Rinaldi. To jumpstart the festivities, Erin introduced Ceph Matthew R. Sangalang of 5-Rua to lead the prayer. Since physical gatherings are not allowed, we celebrated through the Department’s Bosco-LIT Episode 3 – Jesus: Among us. The episode was inspired by a popular online game. In our version, the apprentice (impostor) will be given a list of tasks to be accomplished. The tasks will only be fully achieved once a crewmate helps the apprentice. Each completed task then presents a performance from the talented Bosconians.
The amazing performances ranges from singing to dancing and even stand-up comedy. First to showcase their talents are the charming Grade 2 students who delightfully recited the poem, Once Upon a Christmas Time. The energetic students from the Grade 5 level danced to the tune of All I Want for Christmas Is You. Christmas parties wouldn’t be complete without hearing classic Christmas songs such as Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and Silent Night which the Grade 3 students performed. The talented Grade 6 Music Ministry members played pop and classic Christmas songs like Bibingka by Ben&Ben using various instruments. Dustin Santos from the Origami Club demonstrated a paper folding Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer which can be perfect for unique decorations. The Grade 4 students flaunted their sense of humor by sharing a few hilarious Christmas jokes. Matteo Enrico Teehankee of 6-Caravario gave an astounding rendition of the song Pasko Na Sinta Ko. Finally, the Kinder and Grade 1 students shared their Christmas wishes and prayers.
Before the program ends, our dear principal, Mr. Buensuceso, shared an inspiring Christmas message. He elaborated on celebrating Christmas with an attitude of gratitude. That each of us should have a positive outlook in life and be thankful despite the situation we are in today. Indeed, Christmas is celebrated in an unprecedented way this year. But we should always remember the real reason for this season. Remember, Jesus is God’s greatest gift to us who is always among us.