The week-long celebration included various programs and activities that remembered the life and teachings of La Salle.
As part of the College’s celebration of La Salle Week, activities and programs anchored predominantly on helping scholars and appreciating the spirit of volunteerism were carried out in a week-long celebration from January 22 to 27.
Last Monday, the celebration was opened with a holy mass at the Greenway Square of Taft Campus. It was then followed by a series of different programs that spanned the whole week such as The Lasallian Vocation and Service Exhibit, Open House of the three campuses, and a film showing called Night Sky Cinema, among others.
One of the major events during the celebration was the “Center for Social Action (CSA) Recognition Day” wherein the College recognized various partner organizations, barangays, and volunteers who showed the spirit of volunteerism in nation building, outreach, programs, human development, and leadership.
In a series of exclusive interviews, The Benildean asked the awardees recognized by CSA about their years of partnership with the College.
“[Benilde] has molded my people to become better, a better community,” Chairman Norman Isidro said when asked how the College helped their barangay.
For Marilou Von Arx, Executive Director of a non-government organization (NGO) committed to guard and promote children’s rights called Sun for all Children, she cited the importance of partnership, communication, coordination, and openness of the College as some of the major lessons she learned from their 15-year partnership.
“Yung problema namin, pinoproblema [ng Benilde], yun ‘yung pinakamaganda sa partnership [with Benilde],” Von Arx emphasized.
Meanwhile, Ms. Jing Tiglao, School of Hotel and Institution Management faculty and Adult Volunteer awardee, encouraged everyone in the Benildean community, students and faculty alike, to share their life and talents by embodying the spirit of volunteerism.
Another major highlight of the College’s celebration included the opening of the new student lounge nicknamed “The Generator,” located at the School of Design and Arts Campus last Thursday, after months of delay.
Benilde’s Brother President Bro. Dennis Magbanua FSC emphasized the core mission why La Salle Week is celebrated by saying, “The LaSallian mission week is all about taking care of students and taking care of students who will also take care of other people, especially the poor, in the future.”
Last Friday, a concluding mass was held at the Augusto-Rosario Gonzales Theater to mark the end of La Salle Week. The eucharistic celebration was followed by a Salu-Salo Surprise Program wherein free meals were distributed at lunchtime at the Taft Campus’ Greenway Square. Meanwhile, an open mic session was also conducted at the same time, as Benildean and other local bands like Pixie Labrador and Subspring to name a few, serenaded the members of the College at the Plaza Villarosa.
The celebration was concluded yesterday with a talk by Dr. Joselito Pascual MD, M.Sc, FRSAP about “Understanding Today’s Youth” in the morning, while advanced screenings of the film Maze Runner 3 were shown in Greenbelt Cinemas with the proceeds going to the Feed our Scholars Fund.
Saint John Baptist de la Salle was a french priest, educational reformer, and founder of the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools. Correspondingly, Saint Benilde Romancon, the College’s patron saint, was also a member of and an educator from St. La Salle’s Brothers of the Christian School.
Photo by Kel Santos