Zion graduation a showcase of interreligious solidarity PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 13:55

The joint graduation ceremonies for Grade school and High school students of Zio Evangelical School yesterday afternoon at the Astoria Plaza of Grand Astoria Hotel had a very special significance with a catholic priest as guest of honor and commencement speaker.

Yesterday’s graduation event, the 16th for the Grade School and 14th for the High School, with Fr. Angel C. Calvo, CMF to inspire the Zion Graduates, spoke a thousand words.

Interreligious solidarity is very much alive in our City. In fact, this is the very essence and spirit behind the existence of the Interreligious Solidarity Movement for Peace (IRSMP). It is composed of various religious groups where Fr. Calvo is the Founder and Chief Convener representing the Catholic Faith and Dr. Paulino R. Ersando, as the Convener, representing the Evangelical Group under the umbrella of Zamboanga Ministers Fellowship and Prof. Ali T. Yacub, representing the Muslim Group.

It was gathered from School Principal Esther Nellie E. Hermosa that a total of 62 graduates from high school department has the following honor graduates: PJ Purple Liz C. Montalban, Valedictorian; Jasmine J. Barraquias, Salutatorian; Romley Niel Q. Guevarra, First Honorable Mention; Uzziel Ciara G. Santiago as Second Honorable Mention; Tommy Villarin as Third Honorable Mention; Sheena Mae L. Arip, Giselle C. Barracas, Kirby-AI P. Cuevas, Richelle T. Lakibui and Eunice Gabrielle T. Manalo are all with Honors.

Significant highlight of the graduation ceremonies included two of the graduates — PJ Purple Liz G. Montalban and Romley Neil Q. Guevarra— receiving Gold Medallion for having been chosen by a panel of interviewers (PAZ & IRSMP) as Golden Crescent Achievement Awardees for their active involvement and understanding of the peace Advocacy being active members of the Zion Youth Peace Corps for Peace and Development. These awards was  bestowed by no less than Prof. Ali T. Yacub, Founder of the Golden Crescent Consortium of Peace Builders which is affiliated with IRSMP and Peace Advocate Zamboanga (PAZ)

The graduation ceremonies was led by Zion School’s Board of Trustees, headed by its President, Atty. Paulino R. Ersando, as well as the members of the Faculty and Staff, with parents and relatives of the graduates and invited guests in attendance.

From all indications, yesterday’s graduation was the most attended since Zion School had its first graduation in March, 1999 — Jemuel E. Mojica