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MHSS Celebrates First Family Day

Sunday, January 31, 2010

It was a big day on January 31, 2010 for Malayan High School of Science students and their families, teachers and staff and administration. The Mapúa gymnasium at Intramuros, Manila was dressed up into a festive mood to give room for the first ever Family Day of the school. With a theme, Araw ng Malayang Pamilya, the whole-day affair was filled with fun and merriment brought about by the goodwill games, raffles, and simply by the bonding of families.

The activity started with a thanksgiving mass held at the Mapúa chapel – with Fr. Dave Clay as the celebrant. The opening program followed at 9:30 AM. Mrs. Donna Miranda, President of Parents Council, gave the opening remarks and no less than the President of MHSS, Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea inspired the Malayan community with a message. The audience was entertained by a special number, a ballroom dancing exhibition, rendered by the students of Studio 116. After the Oath of Sportsmanship, led by Camilla Bautista, President of Student Council and the declaration of the opening of the goodwill games by Dr. Vea were given, team-building sports competitions started among the six teams. Each team is composed of students and their families and teachers/staff. The six teams and their team teacher-leaders are: (1) Blue Hacks – Jezreel Lastra, (2) Black Jacks – Erwin Macam, (3) Orange Nemesis – Patrick Ilog, (4) Red Bombers – Jayson Chavez, (5) Green Mines – Christian Roxas, and (6) Yellow Cub – Gerlyn Francisco. Together with the cheering contest, eight games were competed upon: chase and defend, find the missing card, pictionary challenge, paint a picture, tug-o-war, throw and catch, relay race and completeness challenge.

To provide each team a breather and time to strategize for the next events, there were intermission numbers from the different year levels. Also, raffle tickets were drawn and big prizes awaited the lucky winners.

It was a tight race up to the last game. When the smoke went down, one team stood out: The Yellow Cub. They were trailed closely by the Blue Hacks and the Black Jacks. For the prize of the overall champion, students and their teacher-leaders and marshals will be treated to a one-day winding up at the Enchanted Kingdom – all expensed paid for: transportation, food, entrance fees, and ride-all-you-can tickets.

Based from the attendance (more than 90% of the students and their families registered), the participation of everyone and the feedback from parents, the Family Day truly attained its objectives with a resounding success: (1) to build camaraderie among the different stakeholders in the MHSS community; and (2) identify and develop leadership and interpersonal skills especially among the students.

Congratulations to the officers of the Parents Council – led by their President, Mrs. Donna Miranda and the Vice President, Mr. Manuel Chuaunsu – for making the First MHSS Family Day happen.