SPCIS Secures SPUS Membershipl; Walks Through a “Path of Development”
By: Jan Briane Astom and Kim Tagorda

A Day of Pride and Revelry.  Sr. Marie Celine Santos, SPC, the school president, happily flaunts the plaque of recognition given to her by Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC, and Sr. Remy Angela Junio, SPC during the SPUS Membership Conferment Ceremonies last June 29, 2010.

“It’s on this day that we are proud to be called Paulinians.  With this, we are challenged to be better persons, role models and examples of this community and family we have as we traverse a path of development.”

These were the words that Sr. Marie Celine Santos, SPC, the school President, averred to an audience consisting of dignitaries from different parts of the country during the Conferment Ceremonies held last June 29, 2011 at the SPCIS Audi-gym.

Present in the said event were Ilocus Sur District 1 Representative Ronald Singson, Vice Governor-elect Deogracias Victor Savellano, Region 1 CHED officer-in-charge Dr. Caridad Abuan, and the Presidents of the member schools of St. Paul University System.

Dr. Caridad O. Abuan, one of the guests of honor during the said ceremonies, presented a responsibility and a challenge for the Paulinians to the greater community.

“Conferment is not just a celebration; it is a call to continue the innovations that this school has started,” Dr. Abuan stated in her inspirational message.  “It must also serve as a challenge to strengthen the study skills of students, as well as the research and teaching capabilities of the teachers.”

A Eucharistic celebration, presided by Msgr. Bishop Sergio Utleg, bishop of the diocese of Laoag, was slated before the Conferment ceremony.  Fr. Ben Paderes, the school chaplain, concelebrated.

“Just like St. Paul and St. Peter, you have to strengthen your foundation – your faith in Jesus,” Bishop Utleg pointed out during his sermon.  “This foundation is essential in order to grasp the full responsibilities of having a university status,” Bishop Utleg concluded.

Meanwhile, a luncheon was served after the ceremony.  A variety show directed by Mr. Crispolo Arquero III, OSA Head, was staged to entertain the guests throughout lunchtime.

Performers from the Elementary, High School and College Departments graced the stage with songs and dances from different generations; from the ethnic rhythms of the Cordilleras to the hiphop beats of the Bronx.  “We anchored this variety show on the theme celebration.  A big occasion like this certainly needs rejoicing!”  Mr. Arquero said.

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