Friday – February 26, 2021 Sr. Teresa of Sto. Niño Center celebrates its 23rd Founding Anniversary with the theme “Sr. Teresa Mira: Biniyayaan Upang Magbigay” (Sr. Teresa Mira: Gifted to Give) held at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Multipurpose Hall, Lucena City. Amidst pandemic, the anniversary was still celebrated together with the Sisters, staff and volunteers and the parents of the family beneficiaries of the Center. Following the safety and health protocols of the local government, the celebration commenced with the Holy Eucharist led by Fr. Roy Cal. gave a simple yet meaningful homily that centers to the virtue of Sr. Teresa Mira and how she lived her life simply but stressing the most important part, “do good to all.” He shared to everyone that it doesn’t matter what state in life everyone has, doing good to all should be done for everyone and not only for those who we know.
The mini program was hosted by Ms. Bernadette and Ms. Rhoda, volunteer teachers of the Center. The program started with a pre-recorded video of the Philippine National Anthem led by Sr. Clarynse together with the pre-school pupils of the Center. It was then followed by a simple opening message from the direcress of the Center, Mrs. Luz Marquez. After that a video presentation of the life of Sr. Teresa Mira was presented. Showing the highlights of who she was and what she did as a sister of the Carmelitas Misioneras Teresianas. After the video presentation a mini raffle was held to bring even just a simple joy to the parents of the Center. Adding more excitement after the raffle, pre-recorded videos of each perfomance were shown. The pre-school pupils first took the Center stage showing off their dance skills dancing to the song “Leron Leron Sinta.” It was then followed by a song number of the scholars of the Center, singing “We Give Our Yes” the theme song of the 500 years of Christianity celebration of our country.
After the video performance, three (3) kids were given the “Natatanging Bata ng Taon” Award an honorary reward given to the pupils who notably improved for the 1st and second quarter of the school year. It was then followed by the performance of the sewers from the Livelihood Program showcasing their talents in dancing. Followed by the parent beneficiaries sharing their talent for dancing. Two mothers were then awarded with the “Natatanging Nanay ng Taon” an award given to the mothers who was always ready to give their time to the Center and help out even if there is a pandemic going on.
The much awaited folk dance performance of the Staff and Volunteers followed through and after this the Sisters’ performance followed. Performing “Awit ng Misyon” through an action song the sisters and novices celebrates as well the 500 years of Christianity of the Philippines. After the performances, Sr. Chrezann gave a simple closing remark ending the celebration with a simple lunch and grocery gift pack given to the family beneficiaries of the Center.
Sr. Teresa of Sto. Niño Center ( Sisters, staff and volunteers)