Claret School of Quezon City celebrates 40th Foundation Anniversary
This year, Claret School of Quezon City is celebrating its 40th Foundation Anniversary. The year-long celebration is guided by the theme which sums up the schoolâ€™s thrust over the years: “Keeping Ablaze our Passion/or L!fe and Excellence.”
Claret School, an exclusive school for boys, is run by the Claretian fathers who, though based in Spain, have continued to strengthen their evangelical missions to the different parts of the Philippines such as Zamboanga and Basilan, and remains committed to offering high-quality of education to its students.
Celebrating the achievements of its graduates, Claret school officially started its 40th Foundation Anniversary with the Jubilee Reunion of Classâ€™ 82 on October 13 and the Grand Alumni Homecoming on October 20. Hundreds of Claretians from the Classes of 1975 to 2007 flocked the school to meet, greet, reminisce, and enjoy.
The school fair started on October 22. A motorcade went around the schoolâ€™s vicinity showcasing the different activities the school had in store for everyone. Numerous booths and rides were opened, to the delight of young Claretians. An exhibit showcased pictures and memorabilia of Claret Schoolâ€™s past. Continuing the schoolâ€™s Marian tradition, that afternoon, the Claretian community held a procession honoring the statue of St. Anthony Mary Claret and Our Lady of Guadalupe. After that, pupils from the Grade 7 – 4th year levels led the praying of the Living Rosary. The day concluded with a grand display of fireworks and the Marian Concert.
The next day, October 23, the High School students flaunted their dancing skills in the Street Dance competition. Even though rain continued to pour all morning, it failed to dampen the festive atmosphere as the Claretians gave their own renditions of the Pintados, Pahiyas, Sinulog and Kadayawan festivals. Later that day, it was the turn of the faculty members and non-teaching personnel as they graced the variety show entitled, “Claret Goes Broadway.”
The Grade School students had their turn to perform the following day with their Field Demonstrations. Rain fell, but again, that did not stop the jubilant atmosphere around the school as the young Claretians showcased different Filipino feasts like the Ati-atihan, Panagbenga, and Kinulob festivals. The day was capped with a Dinner Dance for the faculty, personnel, and invited guests.
October 25th was started with the Grade Schoolâ€™s Field Demonstration.The sun shone bright and the mood of the Claretians couldnâ€™t have been brighter as the students performed several feasts like the Maglalatik, Lechon Festival and Strawberry Festival. Later that afternoon, the UST Symphony Orchestra graced the Cultural Show.
The next day, October 26, was jam-packed with activities. Mad Science, a group of scientists that performed magic tricks through the wonders Chemistry and Physics, visited the school and left the students amazed by the experience. The Car Show also gathered car enthusiasts. The much-awaited concert dubbed as “Load â€˜Em Up” organized by the Central Board of Students, the schoolâ€™s student body, featured performances by some of the countryâ€™s most sought-after bands: Parokya ni Edgar, Chicosci and Mojofly.
The final day of the celebration started with a Pet Show. The annual Music Fest came next as it featured the singing and dancing skills of the Claretians. While this was all happening, the Coffee and Bands program gave other people a chance to relax and enjoy the music of the different student bands.
Still part of its 40th Foundation Anniversary celebration, Claret School will stage the play production Joseph and his Technicolor Dream Coat on. February 1, 2, and 3 at the Meralco Theatre in Ortigas.
The 40th Foundation Anniversary celebration of Claret School of Quezon City this October surely delighted all those fortunate to be a part of it. Starting out in 1967 as a school with humble aspirations, being able to celebrate 40 years of existence is truly a remarkable achievement.
(The author is the Editor in Chief of Claret School of Quezon Cityâ€™s school organ – Tanglaw.)