Cebu Normal University (CNU) Integrated Laboratory School (ILS) students exemplified unity in diversity as they celebrated the United Nations (UN) month. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Teams’ Day and Convocation also took place on the same day making it a triple event.

ILS students dress up in different national costumes representing numerous countries on the United Nations month celebration. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Students and faculty members paraded on the ILS Centennial Stage dressed in a series of national costumes and others with different national flags as they kicked off the celebration last Wednesday, October 30, 2019 with the theme Unity in Diversity: Building Bridges through ESD.

Mr. Renan Elcullada, ILS Supervisor challenges students to live out the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations in their own little ways. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

Mr. Renan Elcullada, ILS Supervisor, said that the three-in-one event is also an extension activity of the students where they can showcase their different prowess in dancing, singing, sports, and the like outside their classrooms.

He also challenged the students in their own way to keep ILS united as a family and to do acts which are in line with the 17 sustainable development goals.

This month’s ESD Team’s day is guided by the United Nations celebration as seen in the booths prepared by the different teams.

These teams are based on the different subject areas namely – Excellent Communicators of English Language/ExCEL (English); Wellness Guild (MAPEH), Engaged Environmentalist (Science), Association of Responsible Media YoUsers /ARMY (Araling Panlipunan and Values Education), Innovative Entrepreneurs (Innopreneurs) (TLE), Pinoy Ako (Magalang na Tagasulong) (Filipino), and Wise Investors (Mathematics).

They were then judged to hail the Best in Booth Display, Best in Costume, and Best in Dance Palabas. ESD clubs tried to outwit each other by showcasing their assigned continents’ tourist spots, historical contribution and significance, food, geography, culture, and other fun facts in line with the UN month celebration.

Here are the ESD clubs and the respective continents they represent:

Judges examines the different Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) club booths with their assigned continent. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

ExCEL (North America)

Wellness Guild (South America)

Engaged Environmentalist (Africa) 

ARMY (Oceania) 

Innopreneurs (Europe)  

Magalang na Tagasulong (Pinoy Ako) and Wise Investors merged and came to be called Filipino Investors representing Asia.

The winners are as follows:

Best in Booth Display – Engaged Environmentalist (Africa) 

Best in Costume – ARMY (Oceania) 

Best in Performance – ARMY (Oceania) 

An ice cream party was then done afterwards to celebrate the success of ILS Days, ESD Teams’ Day, and UN month celebration.  

ILS seniors scoops ice cream to be distributed to the ILS students in celebration of the event’s success. / Photo by John Paul Fajardo

The day ended with the first convocation of A.Y. 2019-2020 where students with academic excellence together with their parents or guardians were recognized. (JDF)