Roosevelt College, Inc. (RCI), is a respected pioneer in tertiary and basic education in eastern Metro Manila and the Province of Rizal. Now a proud member of the FEU group of schools, this 84-year–old institution remains committed to the provision of high-quality education to Roosevelt students.
This year, RCI celebrated its 84th founding anniversary. The week-long celebration in the last week of January brought together RCI’s elementary, secondary, and tertiary education departments (EED, SED, and TED, respectively) in the opening ceremonies. From January 26–30, 2017, various activities were held to commemorate the occasion.
The opening ceremonies started with the parade of students from RCI’s three departments who cheered, roared, and danced as they imbibed the festivities. RCI EED principal Jason Carlos officially opened the event with a warm welcome to the students and parents. RCI SED principal and Cainta campus head Penelope Mercado, reading the speech of VP for Academic Affairs Gillian Joyce Virata, recalled the history of the institution and mentioned some of the changes that the near future holds in store for RCI. These included high-speed Web connectivity, upgrading of facilities and equipment, experts to work with teachers in finding the best ways and the best lessons to teach so that learning will be faster, more interesting, and also more fun for all Rooseveltians.
EED students performed a mass field demonstration presenting the different Philippine festivals. SED gave their winning dance performances and TED did a musical exhibition through a live band which made all students shout for joy.
The foundation day was also highlighted by the Search for Little Mr. and Ms. RCI Cainta for EED and Mr. and Ms. RCI Cainta for SED and TED pageant night. Kenneth Gerald N. Holgado, from Grade 11-HUMSS, and Chinnie Deguidoy from TED were hailed as the new Mr. and Ms. RCI Cainta 2017. Lindsay Sean Osorio and Lindsay Sumperos were crowned as the new little Mr. and Ms. RCI Cainta 2017.
There was also Spotlight 2017, a musical presentation organized by the Actor’s Guild led by the club president Marie Carlen Tanio and directed by club adviser John Cristopher Ubaldo and SED teacher Erika Comendador. Spotlight captures the life of a Rooseveltian in school. The video presentations were prepared by Vernon Portugal, Grade 11– HUMSS and Keren Taylar, Grade 10– Rizal. The story behind each segment was very inspirational and something that all students were able to relate to. Music genres of pop, rock, and ballads were used in the performances packed with impressive choreography. SED faculty and staff, led by guidance counselor Carlota Casalme, also prepared a surprise performance. The program was a success with positive feedback given to the performers.
On January 30, a system-wide thanksgiving mass and awards ceremony were held with the presence of the Board of Trustees led by Chair Aurelio R. Montinola III and Central Office administration officers headed by President Michael M. Alba, officials and guests from the Far Eastern University, and RCI campuses’ school heads, faculty, and staff. Fr. Vonn Rudolph Villacarlos, an alumnus of RCI Cainta, officiated the mass. At the ensuing awarding ceremonies, employees with 10, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service were given recognition for their dedication and loyalty to the institution.
On behalf of the awardees, Fernando P. Jorge, a 35-year service awardee from RCI Cainta, gave a response for the recognition received. He reminisced his early days in RCI and said he was privileged to have witnessed the many turn of events in the institution. He expressed his gratitude to the former chair of the board of trustees and president who was present that night, Romeo P. dela Paz, for the sacrifices he did for Roosevelt College and its community for the past years. As to the challenge that the changes in RCI offers, he said to embrace and see it as an opportunity for growth.
Chair Montinola III and President Alba, in their speeches, presented to the RCI community the things to look forward to in the next school year and beyond as the new management takes major steps in implementing changes for a resurgent institution.
L-R: FEU VP for Corporate Affairs Gianna Montinola, RCI VP for Finance Rosanna Salcedo, RCI CFO Juan Miguel Montinola, RCI President Michael Alba, former Roosevelt College Chair of the Board of Trustees (BOT) and President Romeo dela Paz, RCI HR Officer Frances Nina delas Armas, RCI BOT Chair Aurelio Montinola III, and RCI VP for Academic Affairs Gillian Joyce Virata