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The school welcomed the month of December with the traditional Lighting of the Advent Star and the staging of the 90th anniversary concert titled, “Knoll to Now”. The events were held last Dec. 2 at the Marian Auditorium with the MC community composed of the Maryknoll Sisters, administrators, faculty, students, community partners, MCare members, parents, parent officers filling the auditorium.
The night opened with the Lighting organized by the Miriam Adult Education. MAE faculty volunteer Sunny Cortez led the para liturgy with numbers by MAE students in between. Highlighting the activity were the lighting of the Advent star and the 90 stars that surrounded the Belen at the Lady Shepherdess grounds. Representing President Rosario O. Lapus was Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Maria Lourdes Q. Baybay for the symbolic turning of lights to mark the start of advent.
The Lighting was immediately followed by an overture from the Shirley Halili Ballet Group to open the concert that celebrates Maryknoll/Miriam College through the decades. The legacy of the Maryknoll Sisters and each lay president who came after them were remembered through a narration and an AVP. In between, song and dance numbers from the 1920s to the 2010s were showcased by the school’s homegrown talents and special guests. Well-loved Christmas music filled the stage with each performer giving life to them through song, dance, and classic renditions on the violin, guitar, and piano.
The MCHS Glee Club back to back with CCDC put the audience in the mood for Christmas with the songs Deck the Rooftop and Carol of the Bells; the trio of Loida Campos, Cynthia Guico and Ella Baarde entertained with the 1940s hit Chatanooga Choo Choo; while Iqui Vinculado and Jenny De Vera, Music Center faculty and members of the award-winning Triple Fret, stirred nostalgia with their number When You Wish Upon A Star. World-renowned violinist John Lesaca brought the house down with the Beatles’ Help on electric guitar and a delightful Christmas Medley on violin.
HEU Pep Squad brought the 70s back with hits like Dancing Queen
and Hot Stuff
; MS Chorus and MC-SAID touched the audience with For the Beauty of the Earth
and Munting Sanggo
l; while MC alumna Camille Abadicio inspired with the songs Hero
and I Believe I Can Fly
. Not to be outdone were the mighty CSC kids who rocked the house with their ‘Dynamite’ dance. Keeping the mood Christmasy all throughout were our very own Sayawatha, MC Aria, and MC Choral.
Towards the end, Sister Marisa, who represented the Maryknoll Sisters, delivered a message of hope to which Grade 2 student Kirsten Dioko responded. Kristine Lesaca, Lower School APSA, thanked the founders and leaders who have brought Miriam to where it is today.
The show closed with a finale song titled I Have Called You
, You Are Mine
composed by Alejandro Consolacion II and Noemi Binag. Under the baton the Middle School’s Jhames Labrador, all performers together with representatives from each unit sang the song dedicated to the Maryknoll Sisters and lay leaders who guided the school from Knoll to Now.
Indeed it was a memorable and joyous night of light and music thanks to the supportive unit heads, performers and their respective moderators, the Knoll to Now technical team, AOs of the different units, and maintenance personnel who all worked on and back stage under the overall direction of Boyette Fernandez, LS Administrative Officer, and musical direction of Jhames Labrador, MS Music Subject Area Supervisor. Special thanks to Dr. Malou Baybay and Kitty Gorospe for selected photos.
Director for the Basic Education (BEU) Dr. Corazon Reyes, Grade School Principal Dr. Gail Reyes-Galang together with some members of the GS faculty attended the launch of Dusit Thani’s Christmas Tree Project last Nov. 15, 2012 to support the grade school students who designed a tree for the activity. With the theme, “A Hundred Voices, Ten Hopes, One Christmas Story”, the MCGS Artists Circle (outstanding art students from Grades 5-7) decorated a 6 x10-ft Christmas tree using corn husks gathered from the vendors of Japanese corn outside the campus. White peace masks molded from actual faces of some members of the community provided the tree its Christmas message of unity amidst diverse race, nationalities, and religions.
The Miriam College Grade School will be joining nine elementary schools in building a huge Christmas Tree made of recycled materials. A project of Dusit Thani, the trees will be displayed at the hotel lobby from November 15 to December 28, 2012. The MCGS will be building a “Peaceful Christmas Tree” made of corn husks. Other participating schools are De La Salle Santiago Zobel, German European School Manila, and Paref Southridge. The project aims to educate children about the importance of being environment-friendly. The contest will open on November 15, 2012.