The sky was covered by rainbow on December 14, 2014 at Suawan High School. Rows of vehicles lined up at the school ground and there was a flood of blue-colored t-shirts worn by visitors from the Holy Trinity Community (HTC) along with their families bringing their truckload of gifts for all the students and teachers of Suawan.
The event was dubbed: Alay Buhay organized by members of HTC with the active involvement and support of Sir Raul A. Cabilogan, SHS-SIC who also happen to be one of the members of the said non-profit group.
A mass was held that opened the activity and Fr. Paloma of San Isidro Parish celebrated the thanksgiving. He emphasized the importance of recognizing God as the source of all graces and blessings. And the churches’ youth choir ended it with their angelic rendition of Christmas songs.
It was preceded by the break-up sessions wherein students were grouped by year level and given different inputs on love, social media awareness and youth culture. Games and prizes were distributed thereafter. Songs of praise and worship were also heard from the youth group of HTC. Then a sumptuous meal was shared by the students and the visitors.
No amount of gratitude can suffice the happiness and joy felt by the students and the teachers as they were given food packs containing rice, canned goods and noodles including loads of books (encyclopedia, story books, and novels), musical instruments (bass and snare drums, xylophone) and science equipment that will surely benefit the whole school and the community in the years to come.
Aila Mezel Tribajo (SSG President), shared her thanksgiving and hoped for God’s providence to the families of those who shared their time, effort and finances for the realization of the activity.
Smiles and laughter were all evident in the faces of the students that day. “Lipay kaayo among mga ginikanan sa among dala.” (Our parents are so happy with the gifts we brought), said Rusiel Banda when asked about her feelings about the event.
Sir Cabilogan expressed his insurmountable gratitude to HTC for the unique and one of a kind experience and stressed that students in return should be motivated to better their studies and strive more to achieve their full potentials.
Then, it was closed with a pictorial with smiles in their truest and most genuine form painted in each and every face. This year’s Christmas is truly memorable and joyous to all of Suawan High School and will surely remain in their hearts in the years to come.