As the Holy Cross of Davao College continues to soar high, the institution has proudly celebrated its 71st Fiesta and Founding Anniversary, signifying its commitment in pushing the community to trailblaze and transform into The New Crusader –  the warriors who blaze a trail to guide others into the right path.

With the theme “HCDC @ 71: In Synodality, We Trailblaze,” the school introduced various activities showcasing students and employees’ talents as well as the return of the HCDC Fiesta Charity Bazaar last September 14-16, 2022.

Approximately 5,000 students and visitors from different institutions participated in the 3-day event.

“It is my first time na mo-attend sa face-to-face HCDC Fiesta and wala jud ko na disappoint. Nalingaw ko kay tungod daghan kaayog padula og mga events na gihatag ang HCDC para sa mga students ug sa mga visitors. Daghan sad og pagkaon na gikan sa lain-lain na mga booths. So happy ko na naka-attend ko physically ani,” Stephen Alcular Caser, a 2nd year Bachelor of Science in Social Work student, said.

Meanwhile, the mini carnival became an attraction among students and visitors, especially groups of friends. The bazaar also helped new and young entrepreneurs to emerge and explore business.

“Thank you, Holy Cross of Davao College, for this wonderful experience. Grabe gyud ka gahot inyong fiesta! Happy and grateful kaayo ko kay nakatabang ni siya sa ako, di lang sa nakadagdag ni’g experience naka-help sad siya sa ako as a small business owner,” Althea Reinne Diuyan, Talulatees clothing business owner, said.

For the second time, the institution also hosted the HCDC New Crusaders Cup 3×3 Basketball Tournament, which was participated by 55 teams from Davao City and neighboring provinces.

The school also facilitated remarkable events that burned a fire of passion, symbolizing the institution’s steadfast commitment through the alumni that also participated in the occasion. 

One specific activity that the alumni participated in was the on the spot New Crusader Poster Making Competition, where they showcased their artistic abilities, demonstrating the distinct and creative qualities of a Holy Crossian.

The stage was filled with talents through various performances that captivated the audiences, including the performances of Mindanaoan singer/songwriter/artist Maan Chua. Also, for the first time, the newest performing group of HCDC, Sinag, was introduced. 

After all the challenges the school has faced, the annual celebration signaled the time for the New Crusader to pick up and carry the old Cross heads up, creating the following saga for the new generation and the generations ahead in a positive light. (Christian Dave D. Rica and Elton Lee M. Capote, The New Crusader Yearbook Scholars)