Last September 13, I received email from our smart Fr. Rene C. Ocampo, S.J., the Alumni Director of my Alma matter Ateneo de Davao University. And I would like to share the message and the set of photos he sent to me. Here it is:
September 13, 2008
Greetings from the Ateneo de Davao!
The Pamulak (Floral Parade) was another major activity and attraction during the August Kadayawan festivities. Below are pictures of the winners in the Traditional Category and other participating floats. Grand prize winner was Sul Orchids, owned by Mrs. Sally Uy Leuenberger and her husband Engineer Eduardo Leuenberger. Both Ed and Sally were once upon a time members of the Ateneo de Davao faculty. The 2nd and 3rd place prizes went to the groups owned by Charito Puentespina and her family. Charito Puentespina was a student of mine way back in the 60s and belongs to BSC 1967.
Congratulations to the Leuenbergers and Puentespinas and all the other winners and creators of the Floral Floats which participated in the last day of this year's Kadayawan Festival! May these colorful and beautiful floats with all their pretty flowers, fruits, plants and other gifts of Mother Earth imprint in our minds and hearts respect and grateful love for God's gift of Mother Earth which provides us, specially in Mindanao, with so many blessings for our happiness. May we reciprocate God's bounty by strengthening our spirit of brotherhood/sisterhood, our peaceful living and sharing with one another, specially the needy.
Happy Weekend! God bless you and your loved ones.
with warm regards, Fr. Rene C. Ocampo, S.J.
Ateneo de Davao University