Espina: Ceap’s mission on youth-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
THE well-attended 2013 Cebu Educational Association of the Philippines (Ceap) held from Sept. 25 to 27, at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, showcased the leadership and skillful convention expertise of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) team of deans, faculty and students. It was led by convention chairman and host, Fr. Enrico Peter A. Silab OAR, who outlined the Ceap history and projects in the opening ceremony.
The theme, “Set Forth in Faith with New Ardor and New Expressions of the Youth,” permeated the setting, songs, choreography, color schemes and stage layout to accentuate the topics discussed in the cluster sessions. The topics were on ecology, the K-12 program, general education program, justice and peace, poverty reduction, gender equality, social media, family and school and child protection for youth formation.
Fr. Gregorio L. Bañaga, Ceap president, welcomed the trustees and heads of close to 15 regions. Bishop of Kabankalan Patricio Buzon D.D. delivered the keynote address; Ceap executive director Rhodora Ferrer presided over various awards and citations and delivered the synthesis of the three-day convention. USJ-R’s Brenda Saliendra was USJ-R’s coordinator of all the events. The USJ-R committees who assisted Fr. Silab were the following: MCE, as over-all program/production director; Dr. Greg Gabison for registration; Dr. Ed Detoya for documentation; Fr. Roland Cepe and Fr. Alan Cabatian, for physical arrangement, transportation and Eucharistic and religious activities; dean Rey Rosada and Dr. Glenn Pajares, who co-chaired the clustered sessions; and Abet Maxino and Romulo Sevilla who took charge of sound, lights and props management.
Emcees were James Aliazon who also took charge of the Boy Scouts, Harvey Inahid and Evelyn Lupango; Dr. Rose Enario and Junrel Sarco coordinated the high school and elementary participation; engineer Neil Room and Steve Sasam for stage design/layout; Alma Pagdalian for video management; Reo Remuta for meals and for organizing tours with Cebu City Toursim Commission; officers of the day included Glenn Pajares, Pura Wagas and Gwendolyn Cresencio. Session moderators and technical assistants were from the colleges of law, arts and sciences, education, elementary and high school faculty; Primitivo Lano and staff for security and parade of colors; Rafael Matutina for Adelante dancers; USJ-R/Allef scholars; Eda Nepanque and high school choir; and elementary school singers for songs and dances.
Ceap Manila described the event as “most insightful and inspiring, well–organized with enthralling music and pageantry!” The songs, I Am But A Small Voice and One Voice underscored the theme about the youth, whose voices, when put together, can move the world toward better life with faith in the Lord!
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2013.