Celebrating its 108th Foundation Online

VIRTUAL CELEBRATION

St. Bridget College celebrated virtually its 108th Foundation Day on February 1, 2021.

The said celebration was anchored in the theme “Cherishing the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Braving the Future.”

It started with a live-streamed mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception with Fr. Angel Pastor, parish priest, as the presider.

In his homily, he explained the long history of St. Bridget College through the globe-trotting mission of the Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters at that time. He likewise emphasized the importance of SBC to the lives of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni; and reiterated the theme for this year’s celebration.

FACEBOOK VIDEO

After the mass, an almost 30-minute video was live-streamed on the Facebook page of the St. Bridget College Senior High School department.

In the video, messages from prominent school administration officials and students are being shown. School officials who gave their messages include School President Sr. Mary Clare Bagot, RGS; Sister Sr. Mary Celeste Yuzon, RGS; and SHS Principal Dr. Dolores Borras. On the part of the students, a Grade 3 student, Sophia Grace F. Balido, gave a message focusing on thankfulness to God for the gift of technology.

According to Sr. Celeste, “There is so much to thank God for, particularly this year, as we continue staying afloat amidst the current situation,” and “SBC remains focused, flexible, and faithful to its vision and mission in the midst of this pandemic.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Borras on her part gave an overview of the theme: “Our theme hopes to capture SBC’s strong foundation in God’s providence in its past.” She also mentioned SBC’s launching of the “Missio ad Gentes” of the Philippine Catholic Church.

In her message, Sr. Clare stated that “This blessing of another SBC Foundation day is a great manifestation of God’s favor. We have been loved and have been encountering this God in our daily affairs. During this pandemic period, God has truly sustained us by His love, mercy, and compassion. The Church calls us to continue the mission and influence the future. May our school patron saints, St. John Eudes, St. Mary Euphrasia, and St. Brigid of Ireland, intercede for us.”

A video of the virtual tree planting activity, known as the “Tree Planting and Dedication Activity” was of the one prominent highlight of the celebration where 108 Bridgetine families planted their fruit-bearing trees at available spaces.

“We spark hope in the middle of this pandemic through our tree planting and dedication activity,” as stated by Grade 3 student Sophia Balido.

A rendition of Carlo Magno’s “We Give Our Yes!” by the ICAP is also featured.

Meanwhile, various memorable moments of the institution in its 108 years, in pictures, are also featured in the video.

On different social media sites, the hashtag #ProudBridgetineat108 was used to highlight the virtual festivities of the celebration. Some SBC alumni changed their profile pictures with the [email protected] frame along with the hashtag #ProudBridgetineat108 to show pride in their alma mater as it celebrated its 108th founding anniversary.

CARLOS KIM RAPHAEL D. PEREZ