The Woodrose Dream
The Woodrose Dream. This was the title of the High School celebration of our Ruby Anniversary. It captured the realization of the dream of our founders 40 years ago while we look forward to bigger dreams for Woodrose.
The Woodrose Dream showcased varied performances and creative works of high school students with special participation of teachers, parents, and alumnae. It opened on March 8, 2017 with an art exhibit and closed on March 10, 2017 with a variety show.
March 10 was the most awaited day. Several guests arrived early to view the masterpieces of our student visual artists that were for sale at the Art Exhibit. We also welcomed students and teachers from Victoria Homes Elementary School, our partner public school in Muntinlupa, to whom we extended an invitation to see the matinee show. Guests who attended the gala show in the evening were treated to cocktails prepared by our student culinary artists.
The Woodrose Chorale began the program with an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem and the prayer Lead Me Lord. They were followed by the Woodrose Dance Crew who reprised their winning routine at the school fair of Beacon Academy. The best performances at the Linggo ng Wika – ethnic, Philippine jazz, Spanish dances and sabayang pagbigkas – were also restaged. In the second half of the program, the Woodrose Chorale serenaded the audience with Love in Any Language and Better World while a heart-warming video was projected on the big screen featuring students in various outreach activities. The audience who got teary-eyed from the video then burst into shouts as the Woodrose Dance crew came out on stage again to do a mash-up of the cheerdance routines of the four house teams – red, blue, green, and gold. Cheers from the audience intensified when the teachers entered with a 70’s-80’s-90’s dance medley followed by a song number of Happy. The show could not have been complete without the parents also performing their parent rap and dance of Another Day of Sun, which was followed by the song Home by alumna Kathleen Fransisco and her Grade 8 sister, Kyle, while another moving video of the 40 years of Woodrose was shown. Close to finale, alumna Nicole Aldiosa sang The Prayer, with student ballerinas dancing to the music. Finally, all the student performers gathered on stage to render an original mash-up of Flashlight, How Far I’ll Go, and Feel the Light. The song was accompanied by students playing the angklung, ukulele, and kulintang. It was amazing!
Each set of performance was introduced by various members of the school community – students, parents, teachers, and alumnae – who talked about what Woodrose means to each of them. In the end, the show summarized that Woodrose is family, friendship, talent, service, leadership, faith, and home. Woodrose is to be able to freely dream and to make these dreams come true.
Everyone in the High School Department played a part in making the Woodrose Dream happen, whether as performers, usherettes, cooks, artists, makeup and costume committee, backstage crew, and technical crew. Everyone gave their all in whatever role they took to ensure a successful and a very entertaining production. We would like to give special mention to the key members of the High School Department who contributed to the success of the show: Ms. Carmela Vertido, Mrs. Chippy Dioko, Mrs. Pinky Escasa, Mrs. Bessie Bass, Mrs. Marirose Baseleres, Mrs. Myrene Carballo, Ms. Angela Kliatchko, Mrs. Lisa Sator, Ms. Criselda San, Ms. Gene Flores, Mrs. Rachel Zulueta, Mrs. Sann Fermin, Ms. Tina Aytin, Ms. Corazon Caparas, Ms. Kathy Ostani, Ms. Maricar Mauricio, and Mrs. Jillian Singian. We are also grateful to the alumnae who returned to Woodrose to support the show: Leah Puyat ‘86, Nicole Aldiosa ‘07, Patrice Cabauatan ’08, Cay Lorenzo ‘08, Kathleen Fransisco ’10, and Nica Katigbak ’14; and the parents who gave up their evenings to practice for their number: Jona and Alex Paguio, Joh-an and Xerxes Coronado, Racquel and Jojo Bustamante, Matet and Robert Sarile, Ivy and Eric Amante, Karen and Mon Guinto, Octave Cantos, Mia Leonor, Monette and Jon David, and Vinci and Kathy Carag. Thank you too to Jay and Kelly Buenaflor for hosting the parents segment.