Story By Chevi Bolito
Photos, Video By Ma. Nita V. Bolo & Georgene Quilaton-Tambiga
“We are batch 2020!” We chanted in chorus while proudly wearing our future career fashion. The 2019 College and Career Readiness Week happened in Colegio de Sto. Tomas-Recoletos last 19-22, 2019 and it was such a meaningful event to be part of.
The highlight of the week was the Career Costume Parade, November 22, 2019. All of us graduating students dressed up according to our future professions and anticipating what we are going to look like in a couple of years after senior high school. Each of the strands, HUMSS, STEM and ABM, had 15 official representatives for the contest.
Competitors spent days preparing for the parade. When they finally walked down the hall, I was starstruck. My very batchmates looked like they were real professionals and they were looking smart, too.
Section Nuestra Señora Dela Salud (STEM) presented first. The future nurses, medical technologists, doctors and engineers danced together before their costume parade. Among them was Howard Dayon. He won as the Best in Career Costume, male category. He dressed up as military doctor ready to rescue the heroes risking their lives for the nation. But it wasn’t the outfit that made him win. For me, it was his fierce gaze as he walked that totally convinced the audience that one day he will make a huge difference in the battlefield of life.
Section Our Lady of Miraculous Medal was next. Their presentation was perfectly hilarious! I kid you not, my stomach hurt from laughing too much. Each of them confidently took to the runway and posed with funny little skits and dances which really cracked up the audience made up mostly of us, their batchmates. They sure did deserve the First Runner Up finish for the group presentation.
The heartwarming and dreamy presentation of Section Our Lady of Pillar came next. Their video told the story of a group of students who failed in SHS but who used that failure as motivation to succeed. The OLP pips were all garbed in dashing costumes and poses that made them look like they were headed straight to banks, five-star hotels, cruise ships, world class airlines, A-list restaurants and the corporate world. It’s no wonder they won the Best Presentation Award. Juliana Laguda also won as best in Career Costume in the female category, dressing up as a Flight Attendant complete with suitecase and scarf.
The last to perform was Section Our Lady of Guadalupe, the section where I belong. Each of our representatives gave a quick description of what their profession was about before walking down the runway. After the representatives, we also walked by pairs and hoped that we represented the varied and interesting Humanities and Social Sciences careers well despite not winning any award.
In the end, it wasn’t about the prizes rather it was about look forward that we could, someday, be the professionals we portrayed that day. The Career Costume Parade was just one of highlights of our rigorous yet marvelous preparation to become the successful persons that we aspire to be.
Future, get ready! Here comes CST-R Batch 2020!