Asia's First Notre Dame School Celebrates 80th Year Anniversary

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Asia's First Notre Dame School Celebrates 80th Year Anniversary
The COVID pandemic may have halted half of the global celebrations but not the 80th founding anniversary of the Notre Dame of Midsayap College – the First Notre Dame School in Asia. The monumental event was held on July 13 at the Bulwagang Genoveva Deles-Jaranilla.
The much awaited celebration was a month postponed due to the rise of COVID case  in Midsayap but the signature NDMC grand and glamorous celebration has not diminished in any way  - spirit and festivity. 
The iconic celebration was started with a Eucharistic Celebration.  Fr.Gerry Gamaliel S. Delos Reyes, OMI – the OMI Provincial Superior presided the mass.Fr. Delos Reyes was joined by other OMI priests and deacon in the persons of Fr. Romy Saniel, Fr. Jeff Nadua, Fr. Jonathan Domingo, Fr. Alvin Barreto, Fr. Stephen Ondoy, Fr. Denz Basada, Fr. Don Garcia, Rev. Joseph Nadua.
In his homily, Fr. Delos Reyes  highlighted on the immortalized theme of the 80th anniversary celebration – Grateful and Great for Making a Positive Difference for 80 Years and Beyond. Being grateful and great works for NDMC and the people she has touched in the many faces of the daring mission of the Oblate congregation.
The second part of the festivity was the launching program of the 80th anniversary year round celebration. Congratulatory messages were extended to NDMC being the first Notre Dame School in Asia. This includes Sr. Ma. Marissa R. Viri, RVM – CEAP President, Dr. Evelyn V. Dollete – NDEA Executive Director, Hon. Nancy A. Catamco – Cotabato Provincial Governor, Hon. Joel Sacdalan – Cotabato First District Congressman, Hon. Romeo D. Araña – Midsayap Municipal Mayor, Hon. Eduardo M. Delfin – Alumni President.
Fr. Jonathan R. Domingo, OMI - NDMC President delivered his Welcome Address defining the experiential context of being grateful and great for the past 80 years of the school's existence. The greater credit goes to the NDMC personnel who were hired and retired enlivening the school's mission of bringing positive difference to Asia and the rest of the world. The role of the parents, community and  alumni who are at the frontlines of this pandemic cemented a strong foundation to the first Notre Dame School in Asia.  
This was followed by the formal awarding rites - NDMC 80th Logo and Jingle competition.
The winners for the NDMC 80th Logo and Jingle Contest were awarded their plaques and cash prizes. Dennis Eliezer M. Bueno received his P10,080 grand champion cash prize for the Logo  Making Contest, while Lenie Rose C. Macatual received P15, 080 cash prize as grand champion for the Jingle Writing Contest. Ms. Macatual then performed live the winning jingle to the delight of everyone with its catchy lines and danceable tune.
Everyone excitedly took part in the simultaneous changing of profile frame into the special NDMC 80th frame. Also featured in the program was the teaser of the monthly concert of the NDMC personnel which will start in the month of August. A luncheon in the respective offices concluded the launching program


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