Fr. Angelo Silerio, Jesuit priest and Principal of the Ateneo de Naga Junior High School, reminded everyone to “celebrate diversity” during the Parade of Nations which highlighted the school’s commemoration at the SM City Naga of the 73rd year of the foundation of the United Nations.

In his opening remarks, Fr. Silerio said, “We may be different in our physical features, beliefs and cultural background; but we are all human beings. We are one. This calls us to celebrate diversity.”

The Parade of Nations was highlighted by the competition among class representatives who wore the costumes of the countries designated to them. The competition also measured the contestants’ fluency in the native language as it was required in the self-introduction and in the presentation of information about the country.

Ms. Marie Paulette Rivera, Chairperson of the Araling Panlipunan (Social Studies) Department said, “The contest was not only about showcasing the national costumes, but what was more than that. This year, the contestants also showcased the programs on issues of climate change, ecomonics, and human rights of their represented countries.” 

The Parade of Nations is on its 3rd year, and was initially an answer to the call of showcasing student talents outside the school.

For the overall designations of country-assignments to the classes, Asian countries were represented by Grade 7 students; European countries to Grade 8; South America to Grade 9; and North American and African countries to Grade 10 students.

The following were the winners of the Parade of Nations:

Grade 7

1st Place – THAILAND (7211 Alliana May Alvarez, Kristoffer Sarte);
2nd Place – SOUTH KOREA (7413 Cindy Lou Vida, Karl Collin Alden;
3rd Place – SINGAPORE (7313 Hanna Dominique Borja, John Matthew Hemady)


Grade 8

1st Place – SPAIN (9423 Carmel Therese Cu, Matthew Bagasbas);
2nd Place – NETHERLANDS (8322 Angel Marielle Nolasco, Charles Kendrick Yu);
3rd Place –     FRANCE (8325 Carl Jerald Miranda, Arwina Risare)


Grade 9

1st Place – URUGUAY (9430 Domique Lorel Peña, Clyde Miguel Gracilla);
2nd Place – PERU (9428 Ayrhalen Sarmiento, Vince Andrew Bombita);
3rd Place – ARGENTINA (9327 Trix Sydney Nueva, Percious Rombano)


Grade 10

1st Place – COSTA RICA (10316 Hanna Ranara, Xavier Jose Rubio);
2nd Place; EGYPT (Patrice Eunice Cablies, Gared Francis Oliva);
3rd Place – USA (Alexandra Mae Harris, Zachary King)