The Leonides S. Virata Memorial School (LSVMS), a De La Salle Supervised institution and the only school under the operation of RTN Foundation, Inc. (RTNFI), kicked off its week-long celebration of the school’s 31st founding anniversary on January 15, 2018 at RTN Oval, Rio Tuba, Bataraza.
The opening was conducted the same day as the school was renamed after Leonides S. Virata, a renowned Filipino economist who appointed Manuel B. Zamora President of the Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC), the benefactor mining company of the school.
The opening ceremony started with a Grand Parade of the school community from Kinder to Grade 12, alumni, Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) members and officers, faculty members, and staff.
School Principal Noeme G. Benetua expressed in her welcome remarks why the foundation is celebrated every month of January.
“Through the resolution of the Board of Trustees of RTNFI, the school was renamed on January 15, 1987.” Benetua said.
In addition, the school’s 1993 batch of graduates headed by its class president Lawrence P. Amores, Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) COMREL Supervisor, sponsored the different alumni homecoming activities. The batch is also silver jubilarians and was presented by Vilma C. Dotimas, former teacher and the batch’s third year adviser.
The opening ceremony featured a Cheer Dance Competition among the Junior and Senior High School levels with daring stunts, colorful costumes, and energetic choreography coming from Grades 7 to 12.
The Grade 10 team were hailed champion while Grades 12 and 11 placed second and third respectively.
The Cheer Dance Competition was judged by alumni Flordeliza Ria M. Baguyo, CBNC Procurement Junior Supervisor; Maricel C. Tangalin, Business Woman; and Michelle Gambalan, RTNFI Hospital Senior Nurse.
Meanwhile, the Executive Committee Members for Foundation Week Celebration 2018 headed by Level Assistant Principal Ma. Teressa E. Carranza was recognized during the program.
“It is very important to celebrate the foundation of the school so that we would be able to know our history as an institution. Thus, this celebration makes us remember the people who have gone through many situations that made what LSVMS is right now,” Carranza said.
The Foundation Week included other major activities like the LSVMS Exhibit, Tinda Sa Nayon, Palaro ng Lahi, Cookfest, Science Olympics, Math Fair, Kite Flying, Literary – Musical Contests, Pinoy Questival, Painting Contest, P.E. Day (Field Demonstration), eCan Trash Contest, Bb. at Lakan ng Kalikasan, Alumni Day, and LSVMS Family Day. Also, there were night activities like the Parents’ Night: Adonis of the Night, Students’ Night, and Mentors’ Night. All activities were done from January 15 to 21.
This year’s founding anniversary theme is “Celebrating 31 Years of Service and Excellence.” The anniversary is dubbed as Foundation Week Celebration, and this activity is in its 3rd year which started in 2016.