Text and Photos by Jonathan S. Lacson, Assistant for Formation, FPTI – ERDA Tech
It was a fun and memorable night on Monday, March 19, 2018 as the annual Sponsors and Scholars’ Appreciation Night, more commonly called the Kumustahan, was held at the Function Room of the Fr. Rafael Cortina Sports Center in Xavier School San Juan.
The event organized by the Xavier School Parents Auxiliary brought together 59 students from Fr. Pierre Tritz Institute – ERDA Tech and their sponsors who are parents of Xavier School students. Fr. Aristotle Dy, S.J., president of both Xavier School San Juan and ERDA Tech, as well as Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, current principal of ERDA Tech, thanked the Xavier parents for their continuing support in the education of the less fortunate youth, and encouraged them to also support the establishment of ERDA Tech’s new campus in Tanauan, Batangas which is set to open in school year 2019-2020.
Machining student Mark Darylle Infante of Grade 12 – St. Ignatius of Loyola (Batch 19, Class of 2018) and alumnus Izthifen Lord Gonzales (Batch 17, Class of 2015) shared their experiences as ERDAnians and the valuable lessons they have learned and are applying in their lives. They also expressed their gratitude to all those who have helped them acquire their ERDA Tech education.
Likewise, the parents, through the XSPA reaffirmed their commitment to help ERDA Tech by turning over to the school their most recent cash donations.
The ERDAnians showcased their artistic side through their rendition of the song “My Heart Will Go On”, the theme song of the hit film “Titanic” in the late 1990s. This number was extra special since the students sang certain portions of the song in Chinese, to the surprise and joy of the audience.
After a delightful night of fun, food, conversations, and exchange of tokens: handheld crosses from the students, food containers from the Xavier parents, the sponsors and the scholars parted ways, all with fond memories of this event which they will treasure.
Mr. Johnny Lu, a childhood friend and batchmate of Fr. Ari Dy, is this year’s chair of the XSPA Kumustahan Committee. Mrs. Tess Andres, Mrs. Rowena Dela Cruz, Mr. Elmer Bueno, and Mrs. Margie Antonio handled the preparations from the end of ERDA Tech.
Aside from the Xavier School-seconded teachers to ERDA Tech: Mr. Peter Marc Magsalin, Mr. Christian Bumatayo, Mr. Felix Pangan, and this writer, administrators of the elementary and high school departments of Xavier School San Juan: Mrs. Flora Alfonso, Miss Joanne Clarissa Pusta, and Mr. Alvin Ang were also present at the event.