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Don Bosco Bacolor: School Blessing
Don Bosco Academy on its 60th year of existence in Pampanga is finally back in Bacolor after 21 years of absence due to the lahar devastation caused by the Mt. Pinatubo Eruption on October 1, 1995.
Last August 15, 2017 — during the celebration of the feast the day of Our Lady of the Assumption, the Blessing of the school facilities and buildings were also held. The celebration started with the Holy Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Paul Bicomong SDB, Provincial of the Philippines-North Province and concelebrated by Salesians from the Provincial House in Makati and from different Don Bosco schools. Alumni, past educators, parents, cooperators and friends joined the Bosconians of school year 2017-2018 in the said occasion.
A short program was held right after the mass. Fr. Ditto Gueco SDB., Director of Don Bosco Academy – Bacolor, delivered his welcoming speech by extending the deepest gratitude of DBA – Bacolor to people who have exerted and extended effort and financial help in making the dream of reopening DBA – Bacolor a reality. A speech was also given by two Bosconians narrating the journey of DBA – Bacolor through the years. Video presentations of DBA-Bacolor before the lahar devastation, right after the lahar and 21 years after the lahar scourge were viewed.
Right after the program in the gymnasium, Fr. Paul Bicomong, led the wreath laying in front of the statue of Don Bosco headed by Mr. Levy Laus, distinguished Alumnus, and Mr. Robbie Hizon, President of the Alumni – Pampanga Chapter. The blessing of the renovated buildings followed with selected parents from every class assisting in the blessing of each classroom and office.
After feeding the soul, a lunch was shared with the guests to feed the body and it was indeed a venue for catching up and having bonding moments for Salesians, alumni, parents and past educators of DBA – Bacolor. Candid shots manifested the happiness and gladness in everybody’s face on the said occasion.
DBA – Bacolor aims to bring back the joy and continue to live the dream of Don Bosco in serving God through the young after the hiatus caused by the lahar devastation. It also welcomed female students as Bosconians as it reopened to be a co-educational setup. DBA – Mabalacat continues to operate from Kinder to Grade 12 by offering an exclusive-for-boys setup from Kinder to Junior High and co-ed for Grades 11 and 12. Pampanga may have two Don Bosco Academies but the vision and mission – to mold Good Christians and Upright Citizens of the country remains.