By J. Magdangal M. De Leon
2007 Christmas Celebration in the Court of Appeals is unique in many
ways. Indeed, the Christmas Celebration is an anticipated event
in the Court. It is such a major event in the office that much
consideration has always been made in choosing its Chairman, its
theme and the costume to project the theme. Its planning stage is the
time when the Court comes alive as the employees are filled
with hope and anticipation, as they look forward to the
‘grocery money’ and the Christmas Party Raffle
Grand Prize. At the end of year 2007, there was an extra
excitement pervading the halls of the Court of Appeals as a new
Presiding Justice had just been appointed on December 4, 2007. The
first meeting by the executive committee and sub-committees was
called on November 15, 2007 with the Christmas Party set on December
14, 2007. Exactly one month to go!
pervading atmosphere of being childlike and happy manifested in the
choice of the theme “Paskong Kay Saya sa CA.” The
costume motif chosen was anything worn by people in a carnival like
clowns and performers in a circus or worn in a masquerade or mardi
gras. This was the first time that this motif was used in the CA.
Consonant with this motif, the main design used in the tarpaulin for
the stage and in the invitations was a carousel. The makeshift barn
of the manger was swathed in textiles of bright solid colors in
orange, violet, red and green, predominant in a circus. The child in
each of us had come to fore! This was apparent in the games of
Foot-to-foot, Tyan-to-Chin, Bottle Race, Banana Feeling and Papaya
Eating held in the morning of December 13, 2007, under the
chairmanship of Justice Ricardo R. Rosario, which was
well-participated by the employees, in the spirit of sportsmanship,
not to say the enticing prices at stake. The employees gleefully
participated in these funny games! The only serious part in the whole
celebration was the Holy Mass observed at the auditorium which
was almost full.
before, the most anticipated Raffle was held in two days and not just
in one day. The minor prizes were raffled on Thursday while the major
prizes were raffled on Friday. Meaning, there were more
prizes raffled this year than in any other previous year. In
addition to their yearly contribution of P2,000.00 each for the
raffle, the justices also donated prizes in kind which ranged from
stuffed toys to a home video system. The superb teamwork between
Justice Vicente S.E. Veloso and his Co-Chairperson, Justice Mariflor
Punzalan-Castillo produced a lot of prizes, making the raffle truly
exciting. Of course, the employees were ecstatic with the
donation by Justice Veloso of the special grand prize of P35,000.00.
This was P10,000.00 more than the grand prize of P25,000.00! Just the
hope of winning the amount inspired the employees to stay until after
the ballroom dancing portion.
the program proper, the auditorium was filled with people sporting
quirky costumes seen in Rio de Janeiro’s traditional street
mardi gras while our female justices proved their femme fatale powers
with haute couture reminiscent of Venice’s Old World
aristocracy (special mention: Justice Remedios Salazar-Fernando).
Harlequins, jesters, artisans, regal dames glided and romped around.
The program was fittingly hosted by two of the most jovial justices
in the Court - Justice Myrna Dimaranan-Vidal and Justice Regalado E.
Maambong. One cannot help but picture them wearing their
costumes as jesters while entertaining the employees with their jokes
and side comments.
the same vein, the well-choreographed and entertaining numbers were
all received with ohs and ahs by the audience,
including the skit by the Judicial Records Division and the dance
numbers by the Court of Appeals Stenographers Association and the
staff of Justice Ramon M. Bato Jr., not to mention the electrifying
performance by Atty. Irene Coloso-Zabala. Also, the Philippine
Marine Quintet enlivened the program with their song and instrumental
numbers, courtesy of Atty. Caroline Ocampo-Peralta. Added
entertainment was the special appearance of Elvis Presley’s
clone, singing The King’s popular hits of the 50’s and
what brought the house down was the presentation of the candidates
for Carnival King and Queen. Did we hear that Justice
Maambong, in his sexy get-up with flowing sleeves, complete with
caballero hat, should have been declared as the King instead? Sadly,
however, Justices were disqualified in the competition.
program ended at about 5:00 p.m., to resume at 7:00 p.m. One may
predict that some of us would say: that's all for the day, but no,
almost everyone stayed and continued the evening's revelry in the
dance floor with a number of engaging DI's around. On the lighter
side, Justice Bienvenido L. Reyes was even noted merrily doing the
jig with gusto.
should go to the Justices and those employees with RATA for their
generosity and all the committee members who worked hard to make our
celebration a swinging success.
the superlative state of being happy was the intention of the
Christmas Committee when it chose the theme “Paskong Kay
Saya sa CA,” then it has achieved its goal as the employees
of the Court of Appeals in Manila had been happiest during their 2007