by Dr. Charles Y. Yu, VC Lasallian Mission and Linkages
While the celebration of 100 years of Lasallian presence in the Philippines has come and gone, and as we enter the second century, here are glimpses and reflections of what I believe were the most memorable events from my personal perspective as over-all chair.
The opening festivities on June 16, 2011 with the Green parade (extra memorable for me), was a particularly heart-warming event where we witnessed an unprecedented number of participants queuing and eventually crashing our registration setup. But this event brought environmental and health consciousness to the streets of Dasmariñas.
The arrival and tour of St. John Baptist de La Salle’s relic from Sept 1-11 was an unforgettable, touching, and deeply moving event. The sight of the DLSHSI community coming together in a huge and long procession was a sight to behold and cherish. Despite a slight drizzle, there was a massive turnout and even doctors, nurses and nuns were seen dancing with the KarakolLadies recruited by Fr. Ferdinand Leaño. We were reminded of the biblical story of David singing his psalms to the almighty as he danced inthe streets to praise God. It was a truly uplifting moment that inspired the cover picture of the album tribute to Br. Gus during the celebration of his jubilee as a Brother, which we entitled, “Walking in the Footsteps of St. La Salle.”
The February 29 hosting of the IALU delegates was another memorable moment for me. I cannot forget how shivers went down my spine when the buses carrying the delegates wound their way around the front of De La Salle Animo Center and there was a collective gasp and amazement among the Lasallian university presidents as they were welcomed by the academic and hospital community dressed in white, all assembled at the entrance. I remember reading an article at the DLSP which quoted a Brother involved in schools in the United States who was so moved by the sight of charity and service patients waiting for their turn to be served in the OPD during their tour. The excellent farewell dinner and entertainment probably forever etched DLSHSI and DLSU-D in the minds of the IALU delegates.
June 17, 2012 served as the culminating event for both DLSHSI and DLSU-D as the largest Human Lasallian Star was formed. Over 25,000 participants coming mainly from Cavite and other Lasallian schools had a fun-filled day that featured concerts, booths, and a robotic helicopter camera that added to the thrills and excitement of the huge crowd. A simple appreciation lunch for the centennial organizing committee was organized during this closing week.
Reminiscing about the just concluded year, one thing I can surmise is that the Centennial events have helped bring the 17 schools of De La Salle Philippines closer together as well as our worldwide Lasallian family. Camaraderie was forged and better personal relations were established. A deeper understanding of the roots and raison d être as well as the embedding of the Founder’s principles are some of the long-term effects of this Centennial.
May we continue to do all our actions for the love of Thee.
Live Jesus in our Hearts, forever!