After more than two years of its absence due to the pandemic, 198 Grade 12 students of the Senior High School Level of St. Bridget College-Batangas participated in the LIDICSA Youth Fest (LYF) at the De La Salle Lipa Sentrum, March 10.

With the theme ” One Family, One Mission: LIDICSA in Action”, more than 2,000 students of different Catholic schools in the province of Batangas under the Lipa Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Association (LIDICSA) Inc. participated in this year’s two batches of LYF.

The event started with a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Rev. Fr. Joseph M. Fortaleza, OSJ LIDICSA President. After the mass, Dr. Randy Baja, LIDICSA Vice President and Chairman for LYF 2023, gave his opening remarks to formally welcome the participating schools.

Intermission numbers from St. Mary’s Educational Institute (SMEI), Holy Family Academy (HFA) and Canossa Academy Lipa were delivered as it set the mood of the event and students, following the talk of Rev. Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD where he presented three topics regarding Christian spirituality and evangelization.

Before the event ended, yells of the participating schools were heard in which they showed their prowess and school’s identity. Meanwhile raffle draws were also done for the students.

“After the onset of the pandemic, LIDICSA Youth Festival is one of the face-to-face activities that I was looking forward to as a grade 12 student. The moment we arrive at La Salle Lipa’s Sentrum, I can immediately feel the fervid welcome from everyone in the venue. From the Holy Eucharist, talk given by the resource speaker, dances, and socialization, it was a worthwhile and enlivening morning. Aside from spending time and bonding with our fellow Bridgetines, it was interesting to meet and encounter other grade 12 students from different schools. All in all, it was a socially and spiritually gratifying experience!”, Avi Breindelle Ibon, HUMSS 2 – Sr. Mary Elizabeth O’Dowd stated.

Meanwhile, the LIDICSA Inc. vows to continue doing the annual activity to promote unity among schools under the Archdiocese of Lipa to develop morally and ethically upright students, upholding values of their school to live a Christian-centered life.

Bismark John Marasigan