AAC (EVA) celebrates 87th Founding Anniversary & Grand Alumni Homecoming

By Rubelyn D.P. Gaa

 

Founded in 1931, Adventist Academy-Cebu (AAC) formerly East Visayan Academy (EVA) celebrated its 87th Founding Anniversary and Grand Alumni Homecoming at AAC Campus, Bulacao, Talisay City on February 9-10, 2018, with the theme, “Radiating God’s Love for 87 Years and Onwards”. The homecoming reunion was spearheaded by Dr. Lemuel Ursales, a
US-based EVA alumnus Batch 1968, as his batch also celebrated 50th year as alumni.

 

The affair commenced with a devotional program with Pastor Agapito Catane Jr., Central Philippine Union Conference president, as the guest speaker. Alumni from all over the Philippines and other parts of the globe were warmly welcomed by the AAC principal, Dr. Isaias Guisando; Pastor Seth Esmeralda, Central Visayan Conference education director; and Mr. Romer Ando, president of AAC Alumni Association-Homebased. Alumni gladly posed at the banners containing their class/year for a snap shot. After which, the grand parade from AAC Campus to Talisay City was conducted. Then the ribbon cutting and thanksgiving for the newly-built classrooms and faculty housing followed.

 

One of the highlights of the said event was the alumni banquet dubbed “Along Memory Lane” which took place on Thursday night of February 8. During that night, attendees jubilantly chitchatted with schoolmates and classmates as they reminisced old memories and shared success stories. AAC Principal presented the list of projects and facilities that need immediate attention such as the construction of Senior High School classrooms and the Girls’ Dormitory. Alumni responded positively and handed in their donations and pledges.

 

The night ended with the awarding and giving of plaques of appreciation to the former  principals and treasurers as well as to the current administrators. Former teachers who attended the banquet were also acknowledged. The administration also recognized the efforts of AAC (EVA) alumni who manifested an excellent and outstanding performance and landed on top during the conduct of National Licensure Examinations in various fields of study. The following special awards were also given: Oldest Alumni, Mrs. MityleneAmoguis-Ombiga – Batch 1950; Youngest Alumni, Ms. Shenna Lou S. Casio – Batch 2016; three Generations of Alumni: Mrs. Estrelita Jean Ando-Sarong -Batch 1968, Mrs. Antoinetta Sarong-Casio – Batch 1987, Miss Shenna Lou S. Casio – Batch 2016; Family of Alumni: Amoguis Family, Urboda Family, Flores family, Gonzales Family, Noval Family, Ferraren Family, and Tayko Family.

 

Among the activities that took place on Friday, Feb. 9 were the city tour and the special vespers program headed by the Music Department with Mrs. Eleanore Penaflorida, Dr. Leilanie Lecciones and Mr. Rey Abellana.

 

On Feb 10, during the Sabbath School and the Adventist Youth Programs, AAC-International Church was filled with alumni and visitors who came to worship God and be inspired with the songs and testimonies shared by a few alumni. The testimonies are proofs that AAC alumni continue to serve God and His Church wherever they are and whatever jobs they are engaged in. During the Divine Service, the congregation was also blessed with the inspiring message of Pastor Algier Ravelo, a US-based alumni Batch 1977.

 

As the sun began to set, the alumni together with the AAC students, faculty and staff gathered on the lawn of the campus for the Sundown Worship after which, everyone indulged  themselves in the boodle fight with a lot of sumptuous food served. Then all eyes feasted at the elegant fireworks display that added to the grandeur of the night. Of course, the night would not be complete without the traditional marching led by Lemuel G. Banday, former AAC principal and yes, just like yesteryears, young and old alumni joyfully marched the night away. Majority, if not all, went home satisfied as they brought with them the longing to be back for AAC’s 90th birthday three years from now.

 

All praises and glory to GOD for blessing AAC, ‘’Where Youth Begin to Serve”.

 

About the writer:
Rubelyn Gaa is an English teacher of the Adventist Academy of Cebu, Bulacao,
Cebu City.

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