A Gracious Return: Don Bosco Academy is Back in Bacolor
15 August 2017, Bacolor, the Philippines—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 Mt. Pinatubo Eruption on October 1, 1995.
Last August 15, 2017 — during the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lady’s Assumption, the blessing of the school facilities and buildings were also held.
The celebration started with the Holy Mass. It was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Paul Bicomong, SDB, Provincial Superior of the Philippines-North Province, concelebrated by Salesians from the Provincial House in Makati and Salesians from different Don Bosco schools.
Alumni, past educators, parents, Salesian Cooperators and friends joined the Bosconians of school year 2017-2018 in the said occasion.
A short program was held right after the Holy Mass. Rev. 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 DB-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. Provincial led the wreath-laying in front of the statue of Don Bosco headed by Mr. Levy Laus, DBA Alumnus, Batch ‘66. The blessing of the renovated buildings followed. Selected parents from every class assisted in the blessing of each classroom and office.
After feeding the soul, a lunch was shared with the guests to feed the body and 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 still operates 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 they have only one vision and mission – to mold Good Christians and Upright Citizens of the country remains.
by Ms Ericka Awat