ALCADEV 8th FOUNDING YEAR ,TO SPARK INSPIRATIONS TO ALL SCHOOLS UNDER ATTACK!
“Schools that emerged from the peoples strength and unity is the strongest legality the people can share to everyone.” These words were uttered by Datu Tayadan, the tribal chieftain of Han-ayan while exchanging ideas with some women in front of the stage. In a few moments, he is going to lead an indigenous prayer. The ALCADEV’s 8th founding year celebration will formally start its grand opening program on the morning of July 23, 2012.
The five-day affair of ALCADEV’s celebration was joined by parents, members and leaders from different Lumad communities under Malahutayong Pakigbisog Alang Sumusunod or Persevering Struggle for the next Generation (MAPASU) and TIPJONGAN organization. Different religious groups, NGOs and government organizations also participated in the celebration. The highlights of the program were the field demonstrations where ALCADEV learners performed different indigenous dances gracefully and naturally.
Hon.Manuel. F. Alameda,Sr, provincial governor of Surigao del Sur kindly enduring hard travel on the way just to grace the ALCADEV celebration his presence. The people were attracted to his statement when he highlighted in his speech that the real definition of peace should emerged from people’s free will. “If peace for the people means no militarization, then let it be that way.”
After the mornings program, different aspects of literary games, ball games, parlor games and indigenous games followed that showcased the capacities and skills of the learners, who were placed into four teams. Heavy rains turned ALCADEV grounds a muddy place but this never became a hindrance in pursuing activities as planned. Both student leaders and staff however ensured systematic facilitations of the games. Maikel Vlaeminck, an intern from Kaho Sint Lieven School in Belgium came for the second time to show his support to the celebration. He facilitated parlor games in a synchronized manner to the competing teams. The basketball game in the muddy court drew attention from many eyes. Men and women from different communities joined the competition. ALCADEV staff both men and women also participated in solidarity with the muddy players. Muddy as ever, everyone enjoyed the competition.
The awarding ceremonies night of July 27, 2012 was filled with excitement from the four teams. Huge cheers and claps went up as winners were announced. For ALCADEV learners, what matters most is not the prize but their active participation during the entire celebration as they knew that each year is important to their school and must be celebrated with deep enthusiasm.
Marife Magbanua, the executive director, emphasized in her solidarity message that the knowledge and skills shown by everyone in the celebration, the cheers, shouts and excitement enjoyed by all are offered to all schools in Mindanao who are now gradually sprouting and share the same struggles with ALCADEV.” The theme that was printed in your t-shirts now are actually offered in solidarity to all schools under military attack in Mindanao!”, Magbanua added in her speech. The night’s activity ended with the loud beatings of the “gong” as the students and visitors danced gaily.