Juliana Colleen Consorio
United Houses for United Nations' 2021 Celebration
Jannna Danielle San Juan
Elizabeth Seton School-South commemorates the annual celebration of the United Nations (UN) this A.Y. 2021–2022 with the theme: “Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable World.”
This was done through three different inter-house competitions spearheaded by the Araling Panlipunan Department. The houses of St. James and San Lorenzo Ruiz were crowned as the overall winners while St. John Paul II and San Pedro Calungsod tailed in second and third place.
On October 15, 2021, the Essay Writing Contest, prepared by Mr. Jerome David Tan, who presented the participants with the prompt “SDGs: A Societal Recovery Guide for the Pandemic Period and Beyond,” was held during the learners’ house time at 1:15 – 2:15 pm on the Zoom platform. The participants were given an hour to accomplish their works, which reflected the ways on achieving a sustainable world that was once devastated by the pandemic.
The essay that won first place was written by Samantha Joy Edu from St. John Paul II, second place was written by Aya Berenize Pugay from San Lorenzo Ruiz, and third place was written by Marian Therese Constantino from St. James.
On the same day, the Digital Poster-Making Contest, prepared by Ms. Sally Garcia, entitled “Through COVID, We Rise and Sustain,” was simultaneously held. Digital artworks made on the participants’ platforms of choice showcased and acknowledged the resilience needed for the UN’s goals and were submitted a day after the official start of the competition to provide ample time for the artists.
Partners Gabreiella Felice Domingo & Denzel Mykelo Abad of San Pedro Calungsod snatched first place with their digital poster, while second place was given to Juliana Colleen Consorio & Samantha Jang of San Lorenzo Ruiz. Third place went to the duo of Erisse Mikaela Landas & Julisse Mikaela Tejon from St. James.
On October 22, 2021 the following week, the UN Virtual Quiz Bee, facilitated and prepared by Ms. Bianca Mae Palmero, was held on Zoom during the learners’ club time at 1:15–2:15 p.m. via the Kahoot! platform. It was streamed live on Facebook for everyone outside of the competition to watch. It consisted of three rounds separated by difficulty with ten questions each—the topics included general knowledge and facts, flags, UN Members, current events, and global issues.
Out of the twenty-one participants from the seven houses, Daniel Moses Villanueva from St. James scored the highest, followed by Juan Gabriel Nicolas from St. Peter, and Arcus Mendoza from San Lorenzo Ruiz.
This quiz bee, along with the other aforementioned inter-house competitions, helped in immersing Setonians from all houses in the UN’s goals of achieving a societal state wherein inequalities are lessened and everyone is provided with access to proper and holistic sustainable resources, in combating attempts to use the COVID-19 virus as a means to promote discrimination and hatred against individuals, and lastly in promoting unity and camaraderie among housemates.