Let’s keep God’s light shining in us– Sr. Celeste Yuzon, RGS

In her statement during the 109th Foundation Day program, last February 4, Sr. Celeste Yuzon, RGS, Batangas Local Community Leader, reminded the students to face the challenges hand in hand to keep God’s light shining amidst the hardships in the pandemic.

 Last Feb. 4, St. Bridget College celebrated its foundation day with the theme “Tracing the roots. Expressing Gratitude. Crafting the future. ” alongside with the sisters from the Maryridge Retreat and Renewal Center, Tagaytay, and Bukid Kabataan Shelter.

“We will not be able to face the challenges of the future if we will not be grateful to those who built this institution… Sana hand in hand, we will face the challenges… Let’s move on, let’s keep God’s light shining in us, wherever we are, wherever we go,” Sr. Yuzon shared during the Q and A sessions with the sisters.

The celebration started with a Eucharistic mass presided by Fr. Angel Pastor, who shared his gratitude to the institution for its service to the community and elaborated the theme of the celebration.

“Sa Eukaristiya, magkakaugnay po ang nakaraan, ang ngayon, at saka ang kinabukasan – ang hinaharap, magkakaugnay po ‘yan, kagaya ng ating topic, tracing the roots that is the past, we refer to the past, expressing gratitude edi from the present, we are enjoying the fruits of the labours of the past so from the present we offer thanksgiving because of the past, because of the graces that we are enjoying in the present and the present is we are looking forward to the future, ” Fr. Pastor shared in his sermon.

The day continued as Dr. Dolores Borras, the SHS Principal, welcomed everyone in the virtual meeting. She expressed her joy for the opportunity of the students being able to meet with the Good Shepherd sisters from other RGS ministry.

“This meeting is hoped to broaden your knowledge of the RGS’s other ministries which go beyond mere evangelical formation of the youth through formal education. Ngayong umaga makakatagpo ninyo ang mga Madre ng Mabuting Pastol sa iba pa nilang gawain di lamang pampaaralan,” Dr. Borras greeted.

Through a video presentation, the program showcased Bukid ng Kabataan Center, managed by the Religious of the Good Shepherd Sisters and professionals, dedicated partners in mission, which serves as a home for girl’s survivors of gender-based violence and street life perpetuated by their own family members. The center provides a homey atmosphere and environmentally friendly ambiance that is conducive for healing and renewal of body, mind, and spirit.

The hosts then introduced the Sisters from Maryridge Bahay Pastulan Community namely Sr. M. Regina T. Kuizon, Sr. M. Christina Sevilla, Sr. M. Lorenza Sangalang, Sr. M. Ludila Panaligan, Sr. M. Milagros Santos, and Sr. M. Jeva C. Sumbillo. The previous residence-school for girls is now an income-generating project known for their soaps and buko pie.

            The short introduction was followed by an intermission number by the PAO- Repertory Brigid and a game of “GIMME-FIVE” where the sisters from Maryridge and Sr. Celeste Yuzon were to name 5 things under a certain category where to their surprise, the students found out that one of the non-negotiable things inside an RGS sister’s bag was a calculator, when asked, they claimed that it is crucial for buying groceries “…siyempre pang-compute, pag namamalengke”

            Next off was the Q&A whereas questions from sections and individual students were entertained. As the program draw to an end, STEM Coordinator Dr. Daisy Aguda left an inspiring message for the students and all the lay mission partners, “We hope that Senior High School Bridgetines, that SBC had equipped you with competencies, skills, and Bridgetine spirit and values that you need to be useful citizen for a better future, again, happy 109th foundation day to us, to St. Bridget College, so cheers to more Bridgetine graduates letting their light shine the brightest.”

Teresa Claire Agtay and Miguel Tolentino