One of the most exciting and anticipated moments in a community is a celebration where everyone can reflect and enjoy the fruits of their labor that they have nurtured over the years. Just recently, the Holy Cross of Davao College community had a face-to-face celebration to mark its 71st Fiesta and Founding Anniversary.
In this year’s fiesta theme, “HCDC @71: In Synodality, We Trailblaze,” the institution has underlined that the entire HCDC community will continue its journey, accomplish its goals, and trailblaze together.
“The theme itself speaks of a communitarian spirit that is something to be celebrated because that is also very important, especially this time (na medyo divided ang world) that the world is divided. To make it different here in HCDC (para maiba naman tayo dito sa HCDC), we are really going to strengthen the spirituality of being family. That is why, the central message of the theme is synodality, journeying together,” Armand C. Dura, Head of Center for Integral Evangelization, explained.
The institution continues to trailblaze different activities and programs including the spiritual aspect which is the heart of this celebration.
The fiesta started off with a Holy Eucharistic Mass presided by the Archbishop of Davao and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of HCDC, Most Rev. Romulo G. Valles, D.D.
“The Holy Cross of Davao College is true to its patron. They try to carry their own cross in life, in love for other people.In Holy Cross of Davao College, the Mass, the holy sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy Eucharist is really making us close, very close to the one who hung on the cross,” Abp. Valles said during his homily.
Meanwhile, HCDC has also been blessed by the presence of the Davao Vocation Promoters of the Archdiocese of Davao. The congregation group shared their journey on choosing their calling and has enlightened the students as well as the visitors on what a vocation is all about and introduced the different vocations.
For the first time, the Mission Statement Acceptance Rite intended for all first year students organized by Campus Ministry Office was held during the fiesta celebration.
“One of the best things that happened in our fiesta celebration is where our first year students accepted the vision-mission statement of the HCDC,” Dura said.
First year students of HCDC have also expressed their gratitude and shared its generosity by offering and donating goods to the chosen beneficiaries, ‘Samahan ng may iba’t ibang Kakayahan sa Dabaw’ (SAKADAB), a group of Persons With Disabilities and ‘Balay Banaag Center’ where the children of prostituted women reside.
This year, the HCDC Musical Competition has made its comeback after two years. Choral groups from different parishes from Davao and even outside the city had participated in the said competition.
Jo Anneysse R. Baring (2nd Runner Up), Symon Lawrence F. Yuson (1st Runner Up) and Joe MarieShyl P. Galindo (Champion) are the winners for the solo category. While in chorale category, Coro Armonia De San Antonio of San Antonio De Padua Parish (2nd Runner Up), Mary Mediatrix Cathedral Youth Chorale of Digos City (1st Runner Up) and Tigatto Voices of St. Mary of the Perpetual Rosary Parish Buhangin (Champion) are declared as winners.