On November 24, the MAPEH Department officially launched the Marist B.E.A.R.S., which aims to address the students’ limitations on participating in physical activities during online classes. The term B.E.A.R.S. stands for “Body Exercises And Recreational Sessions.”

The Marist B.E.A.R.S. program aims to improve the overall fitness and wellness of the students within their homes. The program also provides a platform for students to pursue other interests, such as being physically active and honing their talents, and to become more productive in their daily lives.

The MAPEH department has prepared the program with the theme “Time to R.E.L.A.X. : Relieve and Energize through Leisure Activities and eXercise” to remind their students of the importance of maintaining physical fitness and engaging in recreational and leisure activities to relieve their overall well-being even in the pandemic setup.

Students from Clusters 2 and 3 are to participate in the various events included in the program. These events are as follows: 1-minute push-up, 1-minute jump rope, 1-minute squat, 1-minute burpee, 1-minute shoulder tap, Plank to Failure, a Medley, and a Quintet (acapella singing).

Following the opening prayer and the singing of the National Anthem, the School President, Brother Allan De Castro, FMS,  welcomed the students with his opening remarks.

Br. Allan included in his opening remarks the purpose and objectives for the program. He believes that the Marist B.E.A.R.S. program can teach students the value of active participation in exploring their interests and increasing student productivity while they are still at home.

Mr. Jason Credo, the event’s guest speaker, then gives the students some inspirational and encouraging words as the event progresses. Credo is a well-known basketball player from Ateneo de Manila School and was a former Marista during his high school years before transferring to Ateneo de Manila School and continuing his basketball career as part of Gilas Pilipinas. His words of encouragement reminded Maristas of the importance of leisure time, especially in the midst of a pandemic, as well as the need to push forward in overcoming the challenges that we all face. 

Having followed these words of encouragement, all homerooms exhibited their creativity by presenting their colorful Introduction Videos (Intro Vid) as well as their Virtual Banners that showcased each homeroom’s identity as a class.

This was followed by an energetic performance by the Marist High Impact. 

Selected students from each cluster also led the Oath of Sportsmanship and torch lighting, symbolizing the program’s goal of encouraging student camaraderie, and excellence. The oath was led by Mr. Angelo Lizardo of Cluster 2, and Mr. Draco Martin Bugarin of Cluster 3. 

The symbolic torch lighting was led by Julia Angustia, Aizaiah Echano, Jacinta Marcelino, Adela Camposano, the School Principal, Mr. John Benjamin Balatbat, and the School President, Br. Allan De Castro.

Later during the event, Br. Allan formally declared the opening of the Marist B.E.A.R.S. for school year 2021-2022.

The awarding of the winners for the homeroom intro vid and banner from Grade 11 and Grade 12 was presented by the Cluster 2 and 3 Assistant Principals, Dr. Glorita Gay Fan and Mrs. Charissa Guevarra, respectively.

The winners of the Banner contest are the following:

Meanwhile, the winners of the Introduction Video (Introvid) contest are the following:

As Maristas continue to journey through the Marist B.E.A.R.S. program, they are reminded to be actively involved in physical fitness and recreational activities that are beneficial to their overall wellness as the community transitions towards the new normal. Students must not forget to make time in their daily lives for recreational activities to provide a break from the academic life that students lead today.  Michaela Divino and Matthew Perez

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