By: Geric Von V. Dela Cruz
It was with praises and thanksgiving to the Most High as the West Visayan Academy (WVA) celebrated its centennial existence on April 11-16, 2016 at the school campus in Brgy. Bongco, Pototan, Iloilo.
With the theme, “Living out the legacy of Christian virtues and honor,” students, faculties, and alumni joined together to commemorate the blessings the Lord had bestowed toward the institution. From its humble beginning way back 1916; the WVA today has emerged to be one of God’s miraculous avenues in molding children to become zealous and productive leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.
The centennial celebration formally commenced with a simple opening program that was preceded by a motorcade that started from the West Visayan Conference going to the WVA campus. Other highlights of the event were: guessing game to test the alumni if they could still remember their former classmates; the two-day medical mission for the alumni and the nearby community; and the alumni banquet.
The culmination of the week-long program was held on the Sabbath at the University of San Agustin Auditorium of which alumni were asked to enter by batch starting from the first batch of WVA graduates up to the very recent. Pastor Dan Smith, a church pastor from America then gave the sermon. At the end, a very challenging appeal was given by Pastor Smith, “Be an Impact Player.” As the alumni were groomed by the WVA, they were now given the task to make an impact wherever they are and in whatever they do.
Geric Von V. dela Cruz is a volunteer in the media ministries of West Visayan Conference.