Members of Teresian Association (TA) from different parts of the Philippines, some government officials of the city, members of the clergy close to the Association of the Archdiocese of Davao, the Department of Education (DepEd) representatives, building construction personnel, members of the faculty and staff of Institucion Teresiana de Educaciόn y Cultura, Inc. (Saint Pedro Poveda College), school collaborators, friends and families of the members of the Teresian Association, TA University Residence alumna gathered as early as 7:30 in the morning to witness this historical event, the inauguration of the new school building of ITEC, Inc. (Saint Pedro Poveda College) in Catalunan Peqeño, Davao City, Philippines.
A new opportunity to educate according to the style of St. Pedro Poveda
It is a dream come true for every member of the Association in the Philippines, in particular for the TA Davao community, to establish a school in Mindanao. It is to give an opportunity for children in the southern part of the country to experience Personalized Education with the guiding pedagogical principles of Saint Pedro Poveda – priest, educator, and founder of the Teresian Association.
The celebration of the Holy Eucharist highlighted the eventful moment presided by Bishop George B. Rimando, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Davao with the six (6) priests concelebrating with him from the Archdiocese of Davao and from other religious congregations. Reverberating on this day in the newly blessed Chapel of the school building is the Crossian Voice, the Holy Cross College of Davao choir.
A symbolic expression of service and commitment of the management and staff of the new school represented by a “native lamp”, was offered and blessed.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony formally opened the doors of the classrooms, offices, and school grounds to welcome all guests as the six (6) priests moved around to sprinkle blessed water to make every space and corner of the school a holy ground.
The ceremonial turnover of the newly constructed school building had its venue in the Assembly Hall at the 2nd floor of the two-story school building. The symbolic Key was handed by Arch. Pruel C. Tan of the Reliabuild, Inc., representing Engr. Prudencio C. Tan, the construction manager, to Dr. Gregoria A. Ruiz, President, Board of Trustees, ITEC, Inc.
Amid expressions of joy, there was a moment of silence when everybody attentively listened to the message from Dr. Maite B. Uribe, President of the Teresian Association, read and animated by a power-point presentation by Dr. Gregoria A. Ruiz.
It addresses all stakeholders of the education and formation of young children and culminates with these words of motivation as quoted, “God gave you the vocation to see the invisible and to unfold God’s dream of every child.”
The Chair of the Building Committee which supervises the day to day construction, Dr. Teresa L. Ferrer, gave the acknowledgment to all who collaborated in the opening of the school outside the central capital of the country, a reality.
Everyone in the hall vibrated with the finale song, the Poveda Hmyn, “your dream and vision… our life and mission”… a feeling of being sent… to collaborate in the new Project… the incipient school. A sumptuous lunch was served. Indeed it was a great and fulfilling day!
EDGE Davao a local newspaper in Davao City featured on its April 17, 2018 issue #22 vol. 11, the event of the day and the school. Our gratitude to the sponsors.
Information: Virgie Palmares, Teresa Ferrer, Jenny Arbiol and photos courtesy of Sid Porras