June 11, 2010
We had our annual parents’ day in time with our feast in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our seminary’s namesake. Parents from the different places of the dioceses of Ozamis, Dipolog and Pagadian had come together to join the seminary community as we thank our Lord Jesus Christ for the renewed gift of vocation being continuously nurtured by the seminarians in their everyday lives.
The arrival was from one to two o’clock in the afternoon, after which there was a short recollection conducted by Fr. Melvin Rey Ogoc and attended by the seminarians and their parents. After the 30 minute talk, we were given time to be with our parents. Both my father and mother were with me, I toured them in the Trinity Garden just at the back of the seminary premises where we had a short walk and a cordial conversation.
At half past four in the afternoon, we had our procession around barangay Sta. Filomena. Whew! That’s a fairly long walk, I just hope my parents weren’t so tired after. At six we had our Holy Eucharist presided by Bishop Jose Manguiran. The whole liturgical celebration ended at seven in the evening and right after we proceeded to the auditorium where a “big banquet” was awaiting us. Next to receiving Communion, this was the moment we’ve been waiting for.
After our dinner, we had a short program in tribute to our parents since it was also Parents’ Day. While other batches chose some sort of novelty for their presentations, our batch (4th year) decided to prepare a presentation which would focus and involve our parents since it’s their night. We were divided into three groups and each group would have to choose songs for our parents where we are going to present it in medley type.
The first group chose the song Handog, the second group Love Me With All of Your Heart and the third group You Raise Me Up. We chose I Can’t Smile Without You as our finale. After singing the chorus of our finale song, we went down from the stage, gave our parents yellow roses and brought them to the stage with us. Together, we finished the song I Can’t Smile Without You.
That presentation was so emotionally laden for me. I had a good day and a good night all throughout, not just because of the presentation but because both my parents graced the occasion with their presence.