On April 30, 2021, Col. E. De Leon Elementary School community celebrated with pride its 41st founding anniversary. The entire school commemorated and celebrated virtually CEDLES’ history highlighting its founders and prime movers and the significant development of the institution through the years.
This global health crisis is not a hindrance in revisiting the history and reconnecting with the continuing journey of the school. With its theme “Sa Panahon ng Pandemya; Gabay ng Magulang at Paaralan, Ikaw ang Number One, more than 2000 pupils, parents, teachers, non – teaching staff and other stakeholders participated in this momentous event where the school community united in one goal: To reflect on the school’s history and continue its delivery of excellent service. Everyone was united honoring the founding pillars of learning as they reflected on the commitment, dedication and resilience to see the fruition of the school’s vision of providing access to quality education.
Although the celebration was virtual, the festive atmosphere and nostalgia was palpable. Everyone was enthralled by the performances of the students, parents and teachers in their production numbers. But the highlight of the affair was the unexpected presence of its first ever principal here at Multinational Village, Mrs. Flordeliza C. Factor. Furthermore, some of its retired teachers graced the event namely: Mrs. Annie Matudio, Mrs. Elizabeth Gonzales, Mrs Denly Nebres and the alumni from batch 1991 to 2000. It was heartwarming to see these former educators living their best lives after retirement. Moreover, a feeling of overwhelming pride enveloped the teachers after hearing about the achievements of some of the alumni who graced the event.
With the hectic schedules of the school head and the teachers, these events may not seem to be that pressing and can be foregone but DR. SUSAN J. CORRO, the school principal will not hear of it. She said that events like this must be celebrated for we cannot go on with the future without knowing our history. Truly, it has been a motivation to work harder and not succumb to the challenges of the covid pandemic. Kudos to all the teachers who had been very cooperative in staging this celebration.
Together we can be the best!
– Arlene M. Nebres