October isn't just about dressing up like a freaky monster and scaring little kids. That's fun too, but so is United Nations Day - you get to eat tons. Last October 24, SM City Davao mounted what I called the coolest activities to feature the different facets of a nation, from dance to costumes, as SM City Davao celebrated United Nations Day, “SM City’s United Nation’s day Talent and Costume Contest” with almost 300 kids as participants.
Kids ages 4 to 10 years old came in their full flair by dressing up in their favorite national costume ensemble and gladly paraded around the mall. It is undeniably a good feeling and worth learning about for the positive messages it portrays in what it aims to do in the world, teaching the kids the
Teachers and parents decorated the center with international flags and shared with children in listening to music and supporting them for the talent segment. Some parents also brought in a variety of musical instruments to represent their children’s heritage, and, through song, dance and a dazzling array of costumes, the event celebrated its diversity.
“This event symbolizes the university’s dedication to promoting international awareness and diversity among even its youngest community members”, this according to SMCD Marketing, Ms. Carulyn Rule.
Among the event judges were, Ronald Alvarez (SM of 98.7 Home Radio), Dave Acuram (Proprietor of Ferndale Events) and Alvin Tolentino (Baush& Lomb Phil. Promotions Specialist for Mindanao).
The school with the most number of participating students, who won Ten Thousand pesos worth of SM Gift certificate, was awarded to Academic Learning Institution.
NayumiAyol and Rojin Quezon of Academic Learning Institute won the Best in Costumes, both representing the Philippines with their Phil. Eagle inspired costumes and headdresses with intricate designs.
Khian Dave Sevilla, who won the talent portion hands down for his Visayan declamation, also shared the award with Stacy Amber Gomez who was so charming as she belted the song “Let it Go”, using a baby powder as her snow props.
A troupe of local dancers won the audience attention during the electrifying performance of the dances of the nations, representing the countries Japan, Hawaii and Columbia.
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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 30, 2015.
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