By: Christiane Patricia Masilang
Good Shepherd Christian School (GSCS) celebrated Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa with the theme “Filipino: Wika ng Pambansang Kaunlaran” to give importance to our national language and its role to the progress of the nation in the GSCS grounds, August 20.
The elementary department started their celebration with song numbers from GSCS Glee Club and Grade 4 pupils namely Djarmilah E. Gerona and Louise Ann Perlas who had their rendition of the songs entitled “Isang Dugo, Isang Lahi, Isang Musika” and “Isang Lahi” respectively.
Selected pupils also showcased their talents in dancing in the tune of “Sabay – Sabay Tayo” for the Kinder, “Pinoy Tayo” for the 1st Grade, “Sakuting” for the 5th Grade and a modern remix of old Filipino songs from the Da Capo Redeemers (DCR).
Aside from singing and dancing numbers, an Acrostic performance entitled “Filipino: Wikang Pambansa” from 2nd Graders, a Sabayang Pagbigkas entitled “Ang Wikang Filipino ay Panlahat Ilaw at Lakas sa Tuwid na Landas” from the 6th Graders and a recital entitled “Sa Aking Mga Kababata” by Dr. Jose Rizal from the 3rd Graders were also presented.
It was then followed by the “Tagisan ng Galing: Palarong Pinoy,” an event which reintroduced the Filipino games such as “patintero” and “tumbang preso” to the young generation.
Meanwhile, the celebration for the high school department was highlighted by the Sabayang Pagbigkas contest, having poster making and poem writing contests as other events.
Grade 9 was declared champion after besting great performances from other levels in the Sabayang Pagbigkas where each group give life to “Tinig ng Bagong Pilipino” by Nenita Papa a piece which really reflect the theme of this year’s celebration.
For poster making Katherine Crystal Belzunce (7-Mark) was announced as the 1st Placer, Gwyn Barracoso (10-Mark) as the 2nd Placer while Rebekah Louise Larcia (8-Mark) and Vincent Llanes (10-Matthew) were tied for third.
In poem writing contest Fatima Julia Isidro (10-Matthew) won 1st Place, followed by River Daniel Acena (9-Matthew) and Sophia Go (10-Mark) for second and third place.
Winners for the said contests were announced at the United Church of the Good Shepherd.
This event will not be possible without the hardwork and effort of Filipino coordinator Ms. Maribeth Cachero, and Ms. Alexandra Ramos, high school Filipino teacher.