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The Diamond Jubilee Celebration

St. John’s Academy commemorated her 75th year on November 26 and 27, 2005 with the theme “Affirming Loyalty and Continuing the Legacy”. A Bingo Bonanza preceded the celebration in the morning of November 26th. It was participated in by the students, teachers, alumni and outsiders alike. Everybody was full of excitement and enthusiasm as the game went on. The minor prizes given out included a personal computer, gas range, 25” color tv, twin tub washing machine, personal refrigerator, microwave oven among others plus the grand prize of P75,000.00 in cash.

In the afternoon of the same day was a special motorcade involving chosen representatives from each class and the faculty. It moved from St. John’s to the main streets of the neighboring barangays. At six o’clock in the evening, a Thanksgiving Mass preceded the Grand Alumni Homecoming Party. It was followed by a program participated in by teachers, alumni and guests. Awarding of trophies to some deserving alumni, teachers and staff came next. The unveiling of the school founder’s (Concepcion Marquez Gil) bust highlighted the event. The fireworks display which lasted for several minutes was truly spectacular!

The next day, November 27, the usual Thanksgiving Mass was held at the covered court in the morning followed by the flag rites and the traditional breakfast prepared for the alumni, teachers and guests. The zestful booths and jolly parlor games completed the celebration.

The dances during the Dance Festival in the afternoon constituted those that have been widely received through time-from Broadway, Pop Rock, up to the Millennium reflecting the endurance of our school throughout the years.

All performances were warmly applauded by the audience. Undoubtedly, the jubilee celebration would be cherished for eternity by each St. Johnite.

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