Bro. Alvin Laserna
BAGUIO CITY— The second and third day of Jornadas de Filosofia 2022 centered on the writing and speaking abilities of the seminarians with the Essay Writing contest and Group Extemporaneous Speaking last March 29-30, 2022.
Second Day: Cristeros Dominates Essay Writing Contest
Two members of each fraternity represented their team in English and Filipino Essay Writing contests on the theme “Walking Together in Truth towards the House of God.”
“Being in a community, we need to be reminded that we tread one path, towards the Heavenly Jerusalem, and that is the Truth,” said Bro. Sean Cass Alvarez, a second-year seminarian and representative of Fraternidad de Nuestro Señor Jesus de Nazareno. Bro. Alvarez is a first-time participant of the event.
The two representatives of Fraternidad de Jesus Rey del Universo, Bro. Alvin Laserna, a third-year college seminarian and Bro. John Lowell Jacob, a fourth-year college seminarian, won the English and Filipino categories respectively.
Bro. Jacob is tied with Bro. Emilio Riego III as first place in the Filipino category.
Third day: Group Extemporaneous Speech
On the afternoon of March 30, 2022, one representative from different year levels of each fraternidad answered questions taken from philosophy courses applied to the relevant contemporary social issues.
“Think! Above all, we pray, we discern. We beseech for God’s enlightenment and inspiration. However, do not be indifferent to the tremendous gifts endowed to you,” said Rev. Fr. Anthony P. Irineo, OAR, dean of studies in his opening remarks.
The winners of the event are as follows:
First Year College: Bro. John Philippe Sosongco of Confraternidad de Nuestro Señor Niño Jesus
Second Year College: Bro. Christian Joseph Codilla from Confraternidad de Nuestro Señor Jesus la Divina Misericordia
Third Year College: Bro. Jayson Solmayor of Confraternidad de Nuestro Señor Jesus de Nazareno and
Bro. Rossil Albina from Confraternidad de Nuestro Señor Jesus Rey del Universo
Fourth Year College: Bro. Jesse Meer Alipes of the Confraternidad de Nuestro Señor Jesus Rey del Universo
One of the winners, Bro. Rossil Albina, the third-year college seminarian representative of Confraternidad de Nuestro Señor Jesus Rey del Universo, shared that the event for him was a “heart-pounding experience.”
“I did not expect to win. I tried my best to speak continuously to avoid lulls. I believe that what made me win was my confidence,” said Bro. Albina.
After accumulating the highest sum of total points, Confraternidad de Nuestro Señor Niño Jesus won this year’s Group Extemporaneous Speech in Jornadas de Filosofia.