It was indeed a night to remember. Last February 26, 2015, secondary learners of Payatas center from second and third batch gathered together to their much-awaited event, - The JS Prom. The theme for this year is “Starry Night”. We know that every child has innate capacity to show how good they are and like stars, it will definitely brighten up in the midst of uncertainty and darkness. They have their own unique colors that shine our soul and if we put them in the right path with one mission, they can create a beautiful constellation that can also inspire others.
The program was hosted by Ma. Theresita Sapno and Christian Terana both from third batch of learners. It was started by a prayer led by Joan Aswer, another learner from third batch. After that, Sr. Frances Mangabat SDS gave the opening remarks which remind the learners the purpose of the program. Then after, Teacher Carol together with two learners, Ma. Margarita Clores and Willie Mayormita performed a heartfelt song number with the tune of “Terrified”. Following the performance, the emcee instructed learners about the mechanics in voting for special awards among the learners. They started to vote for the best in attire for both male and female. They wrote down their votes in small pieces of paper and it will announce at the end of the program. We moved forward to the main event – The Cotillion de Honor. The second batch performed first under a very classic OPM love song, “Forevermore”. It was followed by the performance of third batch with a very popular song of Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”.
Both sets of performer dances well and gave their efforts to show audience that love is in the air. After the performances, some learners and staffs shared their thoughts about love. Some says love is unconditional, love is sacrifice and patience, love is passion and selfless, and above all, love is God. Following that, the floor was given to all learners to have a chance to dance. Small games were also prepared and given by the emcees which made the program really fun and engaging. After that, learners were instructed again to vote for their Prom King and Queen with the same mechanics. Then they took their dinner and bit of rest for a while. After a very tasteful feast of dinner, we resumed the program with more excitement and surprises. The San Beda College psychology students who are doing immersion in Payatas community joined us with a very entertaining number. One did an interpretative dance while Ivy sang beautifully with her own rendition of Bruno Mar’s “Grenade”. They also shared their thoughts about love which made the night more meaningful.
We were down to the last part of the program; the pronouncement of special awards. Ronelda Playda and Willie Mayormita from second and third batch respectively got the female and male “Best in Attire”. Meanwhile, Joan Aswer and Gary Sinag both from third batch hailed the prom King and Queen. And the party continued with the dance for all.
In summary, the program was very successful. All learners leave the center with smiles in their faces. This kind of event gave the learners an avenue to uplift their confidence, a form of personality development. Also, once in awhile, they can able to dress up and feel good about themselves. Socialization and camaraderie also strengthen between learners, staffs and both batches.