On February 3, ABC held its 7th Night High School Scholars’ Assembly at Siena College, Taytay, Rizal. This annual event brings together friends, sponsors, teachers, administrators, and 5th year Night High Scholars from all our partner Siena College schools for a day of fun and camaraderie.
The event was attended by ABC Foundation partners, sponsors, and friends, namely Ms. Gina Tuazon and the staff and volunteers of Springboard Foundation, Ms. Nora de Guzman, long time friend and a sponsor or our College Scholarship Program, Mr. Reni Oryani, Night High School sponsor, and Ms. Anne and Dr. Jeson Vinas, our volunteer optometrist for our Eyeglass Projects. Also in attendance were Chairman Edwards’ family, both from here and abroad, Ms. Marylou Edwards-Ramos and Mr. Eric Ramos, Mr. Martin Mijares, and Ms. Conchita Edwards. We were also honored by the presence of Siena College administrators; Siena College of Taytay, President, Mo. Teresa Examen, O.P., and Sr. Fedelyn Bueño, O.P., from St. Dominic Academy.
This year, the 5th year Night High Scholars from the different Siena schools participated in a friendly choir singing competition, singing songs from the popular musical/movie The Sound of Music. Guests, who also volunteered as judges for the choir competition were Mr. Eric Ramos, Dr. Jeson Vinas, Ms. Rosabelle Silvano, Mr. Sacha Erdhardt, and Mr. Jonas Helbig, volunteers from Springboard Foundation.
Some of the scholars preferred to sing one song from The Sound of Music, using simple props and choreographed dance steps in their performance, while others opted to sing a medley of 2 or 3 songs from the musical, complete with matching costumes. In the end, the scholars from St. Dominic Academy, Pulilan, Bulacan were awarded 3rd place, while the scholars of Siena College, Quezon City, were awarded 2nd place. The scholars with the best performance and declared the champions of the choir competition were the 5th year Night High Scholars of Siena College, Taytay, Rizal.
Aside from the scholars’ performances, there were several wonderful and surprising song numbers from the guests in attendance. Ms. Lillibeth Garcia treated the crowed with her beautiful voice; Mr. Sacha Erdhardt was cheered on by guests and scholars alike for his lively performance of German reggae songs, and Dr. Jeson and Ms. Anne Vinas surprised everyone by their heart-felt rendition of The Prayer.
After the musical numbers, three of our “All-Star Scholars,” former Night High and College Scholars, Allyssa Villagracia and Mariel Pigtain, both from Siena College, Taytay, Rizal, and Sunshine Bondal, from Siena College, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, gave their inspirational messages to the graduating 5th year Night High Scholars.
It was an amazing day filled with song, laughter and good cheer. And of course, it would not have been possible without the help of our hardworking and dedicated partners from Siena College, Taytay, Rizal: Mo. Teresa Examan, O.P., President, Mr. Rene Logatoc, Director of the Siena Christian Community Development Center, and Coordinator, Ms. Lea Caseres; all the administrators and teachers of Siena College, Taytay, Rizal; Siena College, Quezon City; Siena College, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; and St. Dominic Academy, Pulilan, Bulacan; and all our 5th year Night High Scholars. A big THANK YOU for all your help and participation.
And of course, thank you to our partners, sponsors, and friends, for being part of this wonderful, musical event!