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Acquaintance Party 2016: One with Maragusan
Posted by Glenn Bolaño on July 16, 2016 10:19 am
Perhaps it is the high altitude.
Or the cool and calming breeze that hugs every soul that sets foot in the valley.
Or the surreal feeling of being nestled in the bosom of towering mountains that touch the soles of the sky.
We can’t quite specify it. But there is something special in Maragusan.
Last July 13, 2016, Compostela Valley State College-Maragusan campus celebrated a one-day celebration centered on the students’ welfare. That fateful day marked the ‘official’ welcome, as some students tend to consider it as the maiden major event, for school year 2016-2017. As darkness started to encompass the serene municipality hidden behind the sky-scraping land formations, students started to flock the gymnasium. A palpable sense of irrepressible excitement swirled inside the sprawling edifice.
Once the revered guests, led by President Christie Jean V. Ganiera, arrived at the venue the long-awaited affair commenced. After the customary prayer and patriotic singing of the national anthem, the spotlight then fell directly on center stage.
The eager spectators were treated to a series of show-stopping presentations. They were serenaded with popular and Broadway songs. Selected students also presented sizzling dance numbers. However, what happened after caused an irrepressible pandemonium. The gym’s roofs seemed to strain to hold still as a shower of boisterous cheers and rowdy roars enveloped the building. The cause? The faculty members of CVSC-Maragusan took the limelight as they grooved and danced their way to the tune of the megahit song “Trumpets”. Led by campus director Grace Tulang, the teaching personnel showed what they can do outside the four corners of the classroom.
If you think the overwhelming surprises ends there, you are in for a shocker.
Pres. Ganiera, after admonishing the present students about the perennial importance of the value of respect and leading the taking of oath of the campus’ student organizations, indulged in the incessant requests of the audience for a ‘sample’. With her partner Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Dr. Roque N. Langcoy II, the youthful president bared her dance moves to the delight of the appreciative crowd.
What followed was the highlight of the event.
Long tables were then lined out inside the gymnasium and then covered with banana leaves. Then, scrumptious rice and viands were then laid atop the makeshift food plates. With all the eyes set on the mouth-watering food waiting to be devoured, the appropriately dubbed “Boodle Feast” gathered all the students beside the inviting tables. Even the visiting entourage of Pres. Ganiera and VPAA Langcoy with the campus directors Dr. Robert Gomez (New Bataan), Jonell Palanas (Montevista) and Mrs. Tulang (Maragusan), joined in on the free-for-all buffet. Everyone shared not only food but also precious memories. Fresh friendships were built and eternal bonds were bolstered. The “Boodle Feast” became tantamount to the essence of the Acquaintance Party.
It was then immediately followed by an exhilarating Group Olympics where all the students were divided into groups and competed in several games such as “I Know You”, “Hula-Hoop Race”, and “Balloon Burst”. Finally, the event was then concluded by a mass Zumba session where everyone gaily grooved their weary yet evidently jovial limbs and muscles.
Now, once the curtains fall and the doors of the gym closed, every single soul that took part in the affair will have one realization. What makes Maragusan different is not something concrete or physical. It is something only the heart can feel and the mind can remember.
It is not the high altitude.
It is not the cool and calming breeze.
It is not the surreal feeling of being nestled in the bosom of towering mountains.
What makes Maragusan different is its people. The Acquaintance party proved that the inhabitants of this relatively remote yet attractive municipality value unity. Every single resident can undoubtedly exclaim, “We are one with Maragusan”.