BDA Intramural Games 2017

Maricel participating in the cheer dance

It had been a tense few weeks, and the pressure was building at Bohol Deaf Academy (BDA) as students pushed through challenging projects and exams. One sunny day on September 26, 2017, the atmosphere suddenly changed from one of intense pressure to excitement. Maricel leapt into the sunshine with eager eyes and a wide grin. As a freshman student, Maricel could not be more excited for BDA’s three-day Intramural Games. The intramurals would teach the students how to build teamwork and camaraderie and release a lot of extra energy. Maricel actively participated in the cheer dance team, and she surely had a memorable intramurals experience this year.

The Cheer dance champion

The intramurals opened with a parade of the teams around the campus. Students waved their banners and flags, jumping and shouting with excitement. When the cheer dance competition started, the students showed off their incredible talents. The team routines were full of dancing and impressive acrobatics. We have so many talented students! The Green Team, or Parrot Team, grabbed first place, but the judges had no easy job selecting the winner. The students were so full of enthusiasm and talent, they were all a joy to see.

Mr. & Ms. Intramurals 2017 candidates

BDA also held a competition for the Mr. and Miss Intramurals 2017. The candidates from each team were astonishing. Everyone confidently showed their talent. During the interview portion, each candidate answered with certainty and poise. The candidates made everyone proud and it was truly an honor to see how they have grown with grace, talent, and wit.

Mr. and Ms. Intramurals 2017

Dennis James Moneva and Jenny Rose Gratula were crowned as Mr. and Miss Intramurals 2017. Dennis James was also awarded as Best in Production Number while Jenny Rose received the Best in Talent and Darling of the Social Media awards. Other awardees included: Best in Production Number – Glenda Ayop; Best in Talent – Ian Kent Varon; Best in Sportswear – Ian Kent Varon and Marjorie Hibaya; Mr. and Ms. Photogenic – Junnel Akiatan and Marjorie Hibaya; Darling of the Social Media – Ian Kent Varon; Best in Interview – Angel Ricci Idulsa and Jucel Bonghanoy.

Basketball Game

On the second and third day of intramurals, the students enjoyed sports like basketball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and running as well as some parlor games. Everyone cheered for their teammates and exchanged hugs with their competitors after every game.  The smiles on the students’ faces spoke volumes of joy. At the end of the day, the Blue Team was crowned the overall champion of the intramural days, but everyone received a renewed love of teamwork and camaraderie.

The intramural days were truly a blast. It promoted friendly competition, encouraged the students to exercise, and developed leadership skills. Congratulations to the students for the good sportsmanship!

BDA Culminates Buwan ng Wika

Joross and Glenda in their Filipino Attire

Joross and Glenda have been very excited for August to come. Both of them spent their weekends searching for the best traditional Filipino attire to wear for their school culmination activity during the National Language Month celebration. Joross and Glenda are both in the 7th grade and this was their first opportunity to participate in such a celebration with other high school Deaf students at Bohol Deaf Academy (BDA). They knew it would be an enjoyable day.

In the Philippines, August is designated as Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) which is celebrated to promote Filipino, the national language, as well as Philippine culture and traditions. Every year, it is one of the most highly-anticipated events in the country.

Winwin participating in the Spelling Bee

On August 29, 2017, BDA culminated the month-long celebration with a day of fun and challenging activities. To challenge students, BDA organized a Quiz competition and Spelling Bee for every grade level. For our students, writing in the Filipino language is challenging because English is their primary written language. Still, our students eagerly put in the work to learn Filipino and made a great showing at the competitions. The winners for the Quiz were: Mariesil Orcullo – Grade 7, Jolly Ann Divinagracia – Grade 8, Alberto Besinga – Grade 9, and Stephanie Lluvido – Grade 10. For the Spelling Bee the champs were: Janice Capuno – Grade 7, Winwin Socorin – Grade 8, Aira Jane Luminarias – Grade 8, and William Madelo – Grade 10.

Francis Jake playing “Hit the Pot”

Aside from the scholastic games, the students enjoyed traditional Filipino games. Paluan ng Palayok (hit the pot), Karang (racing with coconut shell under each foot), and Palaro sa harina (flour game) were just some of the activities. As a bonus, everyone had a fun snack during the “boodle fight” where students ate food off a table with their hands while standing shoulder to shoulder in the Fillipino military practice.

Joross and Yoshabelle, BDA Lakan at Lakambini 2017 with their teachers

The students also made a great effort to wear traditional Filipino dress. BDA teachers recognized the most beautifully dressed and confident students with the title “Lakan at Lakambini” (Chieftain and Muse). The awardees were: 1st place – Joross Manuales and Yoshabelle Romero, 2nd place – Jemuel Jamero and Glenda Ayop, 3rd place – Alberto Besinga and Lorraine Mae Tuyor, 4th place – John Albert Elivera and Cheryl Wahing, 5th place – Eric Besinga and Rose Jane Luminarias.

A shout out to BDA for the successful celebration and great job in promoting the Filipino culture!