ALL ROADS lead to Atria Park in San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City as thousands of members of the Ateneo de Iloilo-Santa Maria School community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, guardians, benefactors, and friends—are expected to flock altogether this Saturday, December 5, for the celebration of the Family Day 2015!
The annual event, sponsored by the ADI-SMCS Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) of both grade school and high school departments, is themed “One Ateneo. One Family.” It is organized by the two PTAs with the intention to share joy as one Ateneo family in one big festivity.
Fittingly, the celebration will start with a morning community mass set at the school’s Chusuey gymnasium. This will be followed by a compendium of games, competitions, and activities which will be done all over the Ateneo complex all at the same time. This includes graffiti art tilt, science interactive classes, logo making contest, photo booth, go-cart, trampoline, horror booth, and the all-day-long food fest. Scores of kiosks offering different food-beverage selection and entertainment package such as bicycle rides will also be set for all the Atenean revelers and their loved ones.
The afternoon regale will kick off with the annual bingo and raffle with big prizes in store for the winners. This will be followed by a cheer dance presentation as a prelude to the Blue Harvest, a velada of literary, musical, theatrical, and artistic presentations from the students, teachers, alumni, and parents of the school. The staging will end just after dusk and will be followed after by fireworks display in the school field. From then on, DJ-led music and bands will play at the rotunda area of the school until 10 p.m. (Dr. Herman M. Lagon)