2nd AEOTA 2022: A Time to Pause, Breathe, and Reflect

Written by: Tan, Kiara Mikaela A.
Grade & Section: 10 – St. Mark

Life in the middle of pandemic has taken a toll on how individuals react to stress. Whether you’re a student or a teacher – everyone needs a break. Thankfully, St. Paul College of Parañaque is constantly taking note of their needs.

This year’s 2nd AEOTA Program with the theme, “The Paulinian REVAMP: Refueling our Passion, Revitalizing our Purpose” was long-awaited by both students and teachers. Through Zoom Meetings and Facebook Streaming, the whole community was once again united by the Paulinian bond that keeps them stronger.

On the mornings of March 10 and 12, 2022, students were given the opportunity to accomplish their missed tasks and were given the chance to catch up through the Supervised Monitoring Sessions. The important values of discipline and responsibility were reinforced throughout the said periods. Teachers made sure that learning was made informative and stress-free; which led to very fruitful follow-up sessions.

The pandemic nor the setup of Online Distance Learning (ODL) has never been a hindrance for the teachers, sisters, staff, and students to learn and have fun. An online Pauli-Quiz was conducted last March 10, 2022, at 1:00 pm. The contestants of the said competition were winners of an elimination round held the week before. Each section had one student to represent their class. The Paulinians were very supportive and cheered on their classmates.

Hosted by Carla Ilagan and Dorothy Robles, the students surely learned more about the life and teachings of Saint Paul. The competition was divided into two categories: the Grade School and the High School Pauli-Quiz. The quiz bee was thrillingfor everyone! Keinlys Glynnis S. Lira of Grade 4 – Our Lady of Chartres won in the Grade School Category of the competition. On the other hand, Marielle Ann Beatrix R. Tablan of Grade 11 – St. Luke was victorious in the High School Category. The Paulinian Community expressed their pride in conducting this year’s highly anticipated Pauli-Quiz.

On the afternoon of March 11, 2022, the Paulinians participated in a Culminating Activity. Hosted by our two skillful amazing teachers – Ms. Nicolle Validor and Ms. Joceree Tanael, fun-filled games and contests were the sources of exhilaration for the audience! Dana Margareth Dela Riva of Grade 3 – Our Lady of the Holy Rosary won the Malikhaing Pagkukuwento competition with the energy and emotion as she told the story of “Ang Manok at Ang Uwak.” Tyrell Gerald M. Malanay of 6 – Our Lady of Manaoag (A) was triumphant in the Literary Cosplay competition with his creativity and wit as The Lorax. The Grade Schoolers were very proud of their schoolmates!

In the latter part of the program, the high school students participated in a Video Jingle-Making Contest. All entries were definitely amazing and catchy but one stood out. The Grade 9 and Grade 12 Group won the hearts of both the judges and audience with their eye-opening tune. The team was composed of Joseph Tan, Matt Rosswell Rojas, Moira Gordon, Justine Ysabelle Obuyes, Kirsteen Simoene Retes, and Isis Maria P. Gregorio. Their jingle entitled “Dalangin Ko” reminded everyone of the importance of voting for the right leaders this coming election.

The AEOTA Program concluded on March 12, 2022, with an informative webinar about stress. With the theme “Coping with Stress: Yes, you can do it!”, Paulinans were able to navigate their feelings and learn more on how to deal with various stressors. The speaker, Dr. Thelma Singson-Barrera, truly helped everyone with her enlightening discussion.

Paulinians were able to press PAUSE on the stress experienced, BREATHE through the overpassed challenges, and REFLECT on how the whole community can continue to be united amidst the pandemic. As Sister Bernadette Padawel, SPC joyfully mentioned during her closing remarks, “Whether online or face-to-face, we are still the same Paulinians by heart.”

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