San Isidro Labrador Parish Child Learning Center Moving Up Day March 23, 2011
SILP Child Learning Center’s first school year was marked by a Moving Up Day held last March 23, 2011 at the San Isidro Labrador Parish Church. We had as our guests Father Eric Salazar, the parish priest of San Isidro Labrador who allowed us to use the old chapel of SILP for the school, the barangay captain of Almanza Uno where the school is located, Mr. Rogelio Alejandro, the education screening committee of SILP headed by Ms. Tess Piolo, members of the SILP Commission on Human Development and CFC FFL’s WWP full time worker Bonjie Bonjibod and WWP’s team in the Diocese of Paranaque.
The children were already in the Church by 8:00 am—the girls beautiful in their white dresses and the boys handsome in their black pants and white shirts. Teacher Linda and Teacher Cecile decided that the girls will all wear common white ribbons which went very well with their attire. When Father Eric saw the children, he wanted to know if they could sing the National Anthem—which the children readily did. They then showed Father that they knew how to pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and Glory Be.
The program started at exactly 8:30 with the singing of the National Anthem followed by the Opening Prayer by Angel Paz.
Lorna Evidente, the education program coordinator for San Isidro Labrador gave the welcome remarks. She talked about the changes she saw in the children academically, emotionally, socially and physically. Some of them have been accepted in the highest sections of the public elementary school. They also now know how to pray and had catechism every Friday. She then thanked Father Eric and the parishioners of San Isidro Labrador, Barangay Captain Rogelio Alejandro who generously allowed the school to use the basketball court and their sound system whenever we had a program, CFC FFL Indiana for their funding, Aling Luna for the food she cooked daily for the children, Teacher Linda and Teacher Maricel for not only teaching the children but also loving them and taking care of them and the many other people who made this vision of a pre-school for the poor of San Isidro Labrador Parish a reality.
Presentations of the morning and afternoon sessions were made. The morning session sang with action ‘Lord, I Offer My Life to You’.
Heidi Ramirez recited a poem entitled ‘Whopee’—it’s about looking at graduation not as the end but the beginning and the best is yet to come
An action song rendition of We are One—music and lyrics by Benjie de Guzman, one of the staff of Father Eric in the parish, was then given by the afternoon session.
Father Eric gave a talk and it centered on having a vision. The pre-school started as a vision by the parish and CFC FFL. Now, it is a reality and the children have received the benefits of going through a free pre-school. Parents should also have a vision for their families and their children. It is only through having a vision that the parents and their children can have a direction in life.
The barangay captain, Rogelio Alejandro also gave a short talk.
The presentation of the diplomas by Father Eric, medals by Rogelio Alejandro and ribbons by Rene Evidente followed. Pictures were taken of each child with the presenters and their parent(s).
Frank Yabut, president of the Parent Teacher Association, thanked everyone for the just concluded school year. Alexa Daroca led the closing prayers.
The finale was a beautiful song entitled Pasasalamat.
The children then presented the guests with roses.
Of course, the celebration will not be complete without the Filipino’s favourite past time—eating! A simple salo-salo was shared in the school. It was a memorable day for everyone—the guests, the parents, the teachers but most specially the children.