Sebastinian Hi-Y’ers emerged victorious at the 26th Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) National Assembly of High School Students and 19th YMCA National High School Club Advisers Seminar after bringing home numerous awards for excellence and leadership. The national congress took place at Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City last November 3-6, 2014 with the theme “One YMCA, One Service.” The event was made possible by YMCA Manila, spearheaded by Ms. Shirley Bondoc, Assembly Director.
Throughout the assembly, various commission discussions focusing on leadership and service in the community were conducted. Honored speakers from different institutions were invited to encourage the delegates to take part in achieving the organization’s main objectives.
Highlighting the congress, different competitions were held to bring out the best in each of the participants and to showcase the exceptional talents and skills of all the delegates.
For the special recognitions for leadership, Victoria Nicolie Hope Maningas of IV-St.Augustine was elected Speaker of the House for the national assembly and commission chairman, alongside Princess Andrea Alvaran, also from IV-St. Augustine and Patricia Veronica Antolin, from 9-St. Peter. Marianne Nicole Bibal and Martha Nicole Bibal, from 9-St. Peter, together with King Andrie Sanchez of 8-Our Lady of Mt. Carmel were elected as commission rapporteurs. Jhurem Rjell Ladisla and Regina Samantha Cielo Adarne, both from IV-St. Augustine were elected commission conveners.
Martha Nicole Bibal, Marianne Nicole Bibal and Victoria Nicolie Hope Maningas were also recognized as three of the most outstanding delegates in the assembly.
For their outstanding dedication to the YMCA Manila since their first year of high school, John Danyael Taguinod, Ian Angelo Terania, Victoria Nicolie Hope Maningas, Guila Nichole Mangilit and Princess Andrea Alvaran, all from IV-St. Augustine were given loyalty awards.
For the individual contests, Gladys Suerte of Grade 9-St. Peter and Martin Marcus Muncal of 8-Our Lady of Mt. Carmel were proclaimed Champions in the Sudoku Competition and Men’s Chess respectively. Gilleane Landas and Mary Antoinette Cabanting, both from 9-St.Peter won 1st runners-up in Word Factory and Essay Writing in English correspondingly. Martha Nicole Bibal was crowned Lakambini 2014 and John Dominic Bulanadi of IV-St. Benedict was hailed Champion for the Y Got Talent Individual Category. Performing the choreography for this year’s Sayawit, 22 representatives from the different year levels of the High School Department were declared Champions for the Y Got Talent Group Category. At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, the delegation of SSC-R Manila, led by Mr. Edward Noda and Ms. Rodemin Milan, was acknowledged as one of the Outstanding Delegations in the 3-day assembly.
“This being our last year, I am so proud to be part of this assembly. Through YMCA we were able to channel our gifts, show our talents and be involved in the community. With the things I’ve learned through being a Y’er all these years and with the guidance of our ever-so devoted advisers, I’m sure I will get through the tougher challenges to come in life,” said Nicolie Maningas, Head Delegate.
Patricia Elena A. Manalili