Tidings of Joy: Christmas Party 2017 By Kristine Anne D.C. Balza, SSAP College Scholar

This year’s Christmas party was a blast! It started with a Holy Mass presided by Fr. Reu Galoy, OFM. Some current SSAP scholars joined their voices in singing for the Lord as the choir for the Mass. The Mass concluded with a message of joy. After that, the program proper started. Balloons accented with white, green and red were designed as little Santas while colorful paper flowers filled the background of the stage.

Fr. Reu led the opening prayer of the party, followed by the singing of our National Anthem led by Ivy Borja, an SSAP scholar. After the welcoming remarks of the Scholarship Committee and inspirational message of Fr. Reu, a special surprise for Mrs. Menchu Bautista took place. A touching message by Mrs. Jean Chavez and by Mrs. Margot was said in order to commemorate Mrs. Menchu’s 21 years of service. A gift of memories and touching messages were compiled in a handmade scrapbook and a big certificate was given to Mrs. Menchu. It was then followed by recognition of scholars who had won awards from their respective schools and those who had passed the Board Exams.

Traditionally, the whole program was filled with a hearty dinner, fun and games, raffles, lots of gifts and a special number performed by current SSAP scholars. The night wrapped up with smiles on each face and memories worth keeping. It was indeed a blessed night because it was not only about gifts but also about Christ who came to this world as a Child.