“We should really listen to hear what God says.”
These were the words of Rev. Fr. Daniel McNamara, S.J. during his homily as he presided the annual inaugural mass and welcomed the 67th coming of the AdDU Fiesta at the San Pedro Cathedral, Davao City earlier today.
The priest’s words echoed with the fiesta theme, “Inang Maria, Gabay sa Pagbabalik-tanaw at Paglalakbay Tungo sa Pagkamit ng Kapayaan sa Lipunan at Mindanao,” often talking about Mary and the significant moments in her life.
Even during the mass, the energy and competitive spirit was already palpable, as students flocked together wearing their respective division fiesta shirts to witness the grand opening of the school fiesta slash long weekend.
Shortly after the mass concluded, Rev. Fr. Daniel Mcnamara, S.J. gave a blessing to the players, dancers, singers, and all other people involved in the school’s festivities, encouraging them to do their best and wishing them luck in all their endeavors during the school fiesta.
The students then proceeded outside the church to prepare and make way for the commencement of the parade.
The parade, which has become a staple of the yearly Ateneo fiesta, saw students marching from Rizal Park, to CM Recto St., then to Jacinto St., and finally to the newly-opened AdDU Martin Hall, where the Ribbon-cutting ceremony and revealing of banners followed.
The long-running AdDU Fiesta, which is now on its 67th year, will be held from Aug. 13 to 15, 2015.