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Highlights of the 24th Service Recognition

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This year’s tribute to the service awardees took on a more glamorous look as the “red carpet” theme came alive in the stylish videos and formal wear of the honorees. The program started with a lively dance number by members of the Grade School faculty and was highlighted by witty banter between the “coupled” emcees and by cinematic video clips.

service-rec-valdes.jpgThe celebration also took on an emotional note as the community remembered Fr. Santos Mena in a moving in memoriam video, and also said farewell to dedicated staff who are set to retire after long years of service. Alumni singer Joaquin Pedro Gomez Valdes (2003) did a surprise number, serenading the retirees with the playful OPM hit “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko.”

service-rec-line.jpgFrancisco Maramag delivered a heartfelt and confident message in behalf of the retirees, urging his colleagues “to make the rest of our lives, the best of our lives.” The program also included a valedictory from outgoing GS Principal, Mrs. Jane Natividad, recipient of the first Fr. Ismael G. Zuloaga SJ Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership. In her speech, she encouraged all those who will be offered greater responsibilities to “grab them and welcome them as an opportunity to serve.”

service-rec-jane-natividad.jpgIn his closing speech, Fr. Johnny Go congratulated all the service awardees and expressed his appreciation for having such a vibrant and committed community to work with. He also honored the retirees, many of whom were his former mentors and colleagues, and emphasized that Xavier’s doors will always be open to them.  In ending, he declared Tuesday, March 31 a special holiday as a bonus for all the hard work done by the staff throughout the year.

A buffet merienda followed at the MPC where Fr. Johnny offered a toast to the awardees and personally thanked all the organizers for a “starry” and memorable event.

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