December had been pretty much a big blurr for all of us, what with all the parties, carolling, Misa de Galleo, eating and feasting, the memory was just mashed into a big image of indulgence and almost-sinful fun.
After celebrating christmas with the community on 25th, many students started to leave, either to head home or go somewehre for our break. Some of us also took time to head to Cebu to bid our final farewell to Fr Abdon.
New year eve was really quiet here in Davao. With only a few foreign students left. Our rector graciously allowed us to have a little party, but of course, without the numbers, the party was very tame and mild.
Still, we had a nice little ritual as the clock ticks towards the new year. 5 minutes before 12am, we played the song "Time to Say Goodbye", a little prayer was said by our rector to bid farewell to a wonderful and eventful year. We bid farewell to the joys, to the sorrows, to the laughters and tears, and most of all, we also big farewell to Fr Abdon. And as the clock striked 12, we toasted with our wine glasses, and then we sang "Auld Lang Syne" to a very cute action which reminded me of scene of kindergarten kids learning to dance.
Anyway, we thank God for a truly wonderful year that had been, and we pray for great blessings for the coming year.
AND NOW.... as i have said, december was just a big blurr... so i'll just show some photos of what had happened...
Christmas Eve Church Carolling
Christmas Carols and Parties
Christmas Party with Staff