Students of Eskuelan San Francisco de Borja performed and reenacted the Nativity story for the Luta community on Dec. 5 as part of the Christmas lighting event held at the Melchor Mendiola Leadership Park.
Students from pre-school to eighth grade showcased their creative talents in a series of music, dance, and strings performances.
The entire student body dressed as shepherds, angels and wise men, as well as Mary and Joseph, to retell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ part of the Advent celebration.
Led by their respective teachers Mary Rose Lucero, Florinda Chavez, Lea Maratita, Monette Ladao, and youth volunteer Reann Camacho, students spent days rehearsing lines and songs and preparing costumes.
The student performers retraced the steps of Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem, and the gifts bestowed on the newborn child by the visitors they received at the stable.
“Acting out the Nativity story helps young children take an active role in the celebration, and it teaches them the sacred nature of family,” said administrator/principal Carmen H. Atalig. “It is a way for our children to understand what Christmas is all about. It also helps to shift the focus of the season away from just gifts or presents, but emphasize that it is Jesus’ birthday and we should rejoice.”
“The students did an excellent job as they delivered the Nativity story of how Mary and Joseph brought the light of salvation to the world, bringing to life the story as described in the Gospel,” said ESFDB board chair Edward Maratita Jr.
Also, the school congratulates the following students for winning the Christmas lantern competition as part of the Christmas lighting celebration. The winners are Angelo S. Lucero (8th), Marvin DLC Clitar (7th), Kaitlyn P. Balgoa (5th), and Éclair M. Ladao (4th).
The event was hosted by the Office of Mayor with the assistance of various government departments. (ESFDB)