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Spark of Hope: Mapúans celebrate Christmas

Article by: Reine Amabel J. Jaruda

Graphics by: Lea Ysabel Q. Evangelista

Looking back on the spirit of the holiday season, Mapúa University held numerous events to celebrate Christmas via different social media platforms last December 2020.

To start with, the University, along with Malayan Colleges Laguna, Malayan Colleges Mindanao, Malayan High School of Science, APEC Schools, National Teachers College, and the University of Nueva Caceres, hosted a Christmas tree lighting program last December 2 via Facebook Live. The event included performances by representatives of each school, as well as local bands Spongecola and This Band. Lucky students and faculty members received cash prizes and other giveaways in each raffle draw.

Moreover, the “Build Your Minecraft Christmas Village: An Interschool Minecraft Competition” was held wherein participants of the competition were asked to create a guided tour of their school using the aforementioned game. Entries were accepted from November 25 to December 9, 2020 with the announcement of winners last December 14, 2020.

The Malayan High School of Science – represented by Sophia Isabel Bondoc Awa, Isaac Cornelus Bensley Chua Sy, Marcela Santiago, and Denisse Ashley Villanueva – snagged both as the iPeople School winner and the overall winner, claiming a cash prize of Php 15,000.00. As for the non-iPeople School winner, Robin Victor Dela Peña Dimasin from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines bagged the title and secured a cash prize of Php 10,000.00.

The “We Love You 3000” segment was also organized through the event wherein each of the seven schools aimed to reach 3,000 reactions on their poster on Facebook. For every reaction, the participating schools donated Php 10.00 to the manongs and manangs of their communities. In total, 14,163 likes and hearts were garnered by the end of the segment with a total of Php 141, 630.00.

Then, the University continued to uphold its annual tradition of holding the Paskong Mapúan celebration last December 18 via Facebook Live with various activities, including raffle draws, and performances from Mapúans, as well as OPM bands Up Dharma Down and Lola Amour.

With the University’s Christmas celebration, Mapúa President and CEO Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea expressed his gratitude towards the Mapúan community for the numerous relief operations and donation drives that were led by the Social Orientation and Community Involvement Program (SOCIP) and by student organizations in the University. These include the “Spark of Hope: Mapúa Gift-Giving 2020” for the adopted communities in Intramuros and Pandacan, Manila, and the donation drives for the affected families of the recent typhoons.

In order to remind students of the value of Christmas, Dr. Vea stated that “life might have become uncertain. Our work and regular way of life might have been radically changed, but one thing is certain: we are still blessed as one Mapúa community and with the blessing, we have received no matter how big or small, we continue to be a blessing to others.”

Along with Dr. Vea’s message to the Mapúan community, the University’s official Christmas ID entitled “Pagbangon Ngayong Pasko," in cooperation with the Film Arts and Media Enthusiasts and special participation of several student organizations was also shared to the public.

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