By: Ms. Maria Bernadette A. Bagcal
OLOPS College was among the four private schools that participated in Marikina’s 23rd Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival with the theme, “Taga- Marikina Ako, Ito ang Kwento ko”, held at the Marikina Sports Center last December 8, 2019.
The Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival, which coincides with Marikina’s cityhood anniversary, started in 1996 under the leadership of then Marikina Mayor Bayani Fernando. It is a celebration to get to know the diversity of the people who came from different regions of the Philippines and chose to settle and live in Marikina City. The Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival has been an avenue for Marikeňos to share the unique culture of people who came from various regions of our country.
It has also been a tradition for the participating schools to compete with one another with their presentations in the form of festival dances. This year, however, one of the objectives of the festival is to encourage unity among the schools and various sectors that make up the Marikina community. Thus, the concept of Rehiyon-Rehiyon being a competition among schools was changed.
With this new format, four private schools in Marikina – OLOPS College, Marist School, St. Scholastica’s Academy, and Ingenium School – where chosen by the Office of the Mayor to participate. The schools started their parade from St. Scholastica’s College in Marikina Heights up until Marikina Sports Center where Rehiyon-Rehiyon was held.
During the Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival pre-program, the rich history and culture of Marikina, which dates back to the 1500’s, was presented in a unique way by the hosts through casual conversation-like discussions and friendly banters.
Each school had representatives to host the said event. Gerry Landayan of Gr.11-Romans, Misaki Otani of Gr.11-Hebrews, Billy Tandoc of Gr.12- Ephraim, and Sophia Encarnacion of Gr.12-Moses from the OLOPSC Senior High School co-hosted the festival along with students from the other three schools – Malcolm Ayson Dela Cruz, Jose Maria Escolano, Pio Lorenzo Gavino, Rianne Kristel Santos, and Angel Zafra.
Following Mayor Marcy Teodoro’s opening remarks, OLOPSC’s very own Chairman of the Board of trustees, Madam Carmen Caday Salvador, shared her experience as an Ilocano who decided to settle in Marikina with her late husband, Mr. Dionisio A. Salvador Sr., a decision that eventually led to them have a significant contribution to the community in the form of establishing an educational institution now known as OLOPS College.
OLOPSC choir members sang the Lupang Hinirang and the Marikina Hymn together with the choirs from the other three private schools. Participating students from these private schools as well as Marikina public schools gave a special dance number to close the festival with the “Taga-Marikina Ako” jingle.
Rehiyon-Rehiyon Festival showcased various festivals celebrated across the different regions of the Philippines – the Bangus Festival of Region 1, Sambali Festival of Region 2 and Sublian Festival of Region 3 – to name a few.