The school’s Martin hall was packed with cheering Ateneans as they waited for the announcement of winners and awards for the different categories of the 68th Ateneo Fiesta last Aug. 15.
The Sayawtenista was also part of the Fiesta’s culmination program. In line with the theme, ‘Maria kasama natin tungo sa Pagbabago, Pagkakaisa at Kapayapaan ng Mindanao at ng Buong bansa,’ each of the clusters and schools’ Sayawtenista performances were inspired by historical events that shaped the way peace has been disturbed and restored.
The awards were given by the SAMAHAN Moderator Lunar Tan Fayloga, SAMAHAN President John Chin and the Director of the Office of Student Affairs Theresa S. Eliab. The Accountancy (BSA/AT) Griffins won the Most Colorful Parade and Most Creative and Resourceful Parade awards. Meanwhile, the award for the Lively Cluster/School went to the Business and Management (B&M) Vipers. The School of Architecture and Engineering (SEA) Tigers won the Best Banner award.
The overall champion for the Palarong Atenista 2016 were the Griffins, while the Vipers and the Tigers won as 1st and 2nd runner-up respectively. Meanwhile, the St. Ignatius of Loyola Sportsmanship Award went to the School of Education (SOE) Sharks.
The Vipers won 2nd runner-up in this year’s Sayawtenista. The School of Nursing (SON) Panthers cheered when it was announced that they got 1st runner-up. The Griffins were ecstatic and cheered loud as they were announced as Sayawtenista 2016’s champion.
Second year Nursing Student Zainah Esmael shared her sentiments regarding her division’s win.
“Sobrang unexpected and nashock kami. Akala naming na hindi na kami mananalo nung inannounce na ang 2nd runner-up. Overflowing happiness. We were so emotional that time because all our efforts and hardships paid off,” she said.
The Tigers took home the overall 2nd Runner-up trophy while the Vipers were hailed as the 1st Runner-up. The Griffins were shouting, “Yellow, yellow, yellow!” as they were crowned the Overall Champion for the Hugyaw 2016 Fiesta and Intramurals.
Internal Vice-president of the Accountancy Student Executive Council Georgia Culaste felt that this year’s Fiesta events were very intense since every cluster and school really gave their best.
“All I could think about was that this is the work of the whole Accountancy Cluster, from the participants, the student leaders, and the teachers to the cheerers. The victory of our cluster was a result of the determination of the participants to win and the overwhelming support of the whole Accountancy cluster,” she said.
SAMAHAN President John Chin shared his views on how this year’s fiesta played out.
“It was challenging. Mahirap mag adjust. This year napaaga talaga ang aming pag prepare, which is good dahil sa pressure,” he said.
“With my committees who are really committed, magtataka ka kung di siya mapush through talaga as a success,” he added.
He also shared how he felt as an organizer.
“As an organizer I’m glad and proud. Despite may pagkakamali and other kakulangan, I still believe na it came out successful.”