|Songs, lights, and thanksgiving highlight Liceo U Christmas celebration|
|By Christopher F. Nasaire|
|Saturday, 20 December 2008|
Cheerful tunes, bright lights, and jovial presentations filled the air at Liceo as the Liceans celebrated Christmas in their get-together gathering titled “Celebration 2008: A Rejoicing” on December 17.
Members of the Liceo community jam packed the University Civic Center with high spirits and clogged the venue with excitement as they cheered for their respective college’s entrants who shook the grounds during their opening dance number for the annual inter-college choral competition, which was the program’s main event.
The eight colleges vying for the title of “best chorale” sang two sets of Christmas carols, that is, the song or medley of their choice and “Once Upon A Miracle,” the contest’s common piece.
With their angelic voices and excellent interpretations of the songs, the carolers drew out from the audience the yuletide spirit. Yet, the group that enchanted the audience the most was the College of Nursing. They sang an upbeat interpretation of the contest piece and the classic “Hark the Herald,” which won them 1st place. The College of Education took a notch down to 2nd place from being the last year’s winner while the College of Law Enforcement and Public Safety retained the 3rd place. Connoisseurs in music graced the event as judges, namely: Ms. Zinnia Grace Z. Du, Ms. Carmencita B. Lague, Ms. Ana Maria V. de la Fuente, Mr. Terence Jerome C. Maceren, and Mr. Bernard M. Mabao, the chair of the board.
Moreover, throughout the yuletide season, lights and colors illuminated the campus as each college transformed ordinary trees into dazzling Christmas symbols in the annual Light-and-Decorate-a-Tree competition. However, dangled with bright series-light outlines of the nativity, angels, and reindeers, the tree that bagged the 1st place was that of the College of Arts and Sciences. The ones from the Colleges of Business and Accountancy and Engineering were adjudged 2nd and 3rd places, respectively. The judges of the contest were Ms. Katrina B. Manansala, Hon. Anthony Brellita, and Ms. Gloria Corde.
Overall, the entire University Christmas celebration was a bright, joyous, and warm fête that ended with a blast of fireworks display. Yet, its fulfillment was not possible without the support of the Administration and the touch of these men who devoted themselves to it: Mr. Harry R. Marte, artistic director; Mr. Grover Dan Broces, musical director, Mr. Ramon G. Abrera Jr. and Ms. Hannah Grace D. Sy, masters of ceremony; and Mr. Nash Nagangga, stage designer. Likewise, adding color to the celebration were the spectacular performances of the three performing arts groups in the University such as the Liceo Folkloric Dance Troupe, G-Clef Musical Society, and Rodelsa Repertory.
It has been a tradition in Liceo to celebrate Christmas with all of its members gathered around because, for the University, Christmas is always a time for rejoicing. Especially that after a glorious year of achievements by the University—like being awarded category A(t) by CHED, attaining the PACUCOA level-III reaccredited status, and notching the gold in the national culinary competition, among others, a celebration of gratitude to the all-powerful Being, who is the reason for everything, was more than fitting to culminate the year.