Through the years…

by Anna Katharina on January 1, 2013

in Family,Journal,Traditions

Welcome 2013!

Something special happens in every Filipino family every Christmas season.This season starts from December to the first week of January the following year.

I wish I knew how my parents celebrated their first Christmas as a family, since I was only 3 months old then in December 1961.There was no picture to document and remember such event.

I came to know the essence of Christmas when I was a preschooler (5-6 year old) at that time. I would have a new dress that my mother brought from Cinderella (the shop is still existing).The dress was worn for my school’s christmas party, at misa de gallo, and when going to my paternal grandparent’s house. My paternal grandparents would speak to us in Kapampangan and English that’s why I understand a few words from the language.

This is my 24th year celebrating my own Christmas with my children, the usual hustle and bustle of activities,though less strain on my part because all the kids are grown-ups. I have more time for my own shopping and I stayed home a lot.

Christmas for me means family gathering, renewing friendships with long time friends, gift giving and attending Christmas parties. Yes I have to have time for reflection about what I still want in life, my spirituality and faith, my health and future of our family.


This year 2013 , just simple things , simple life plus good health. This season has to be merry and joyful, it has to be….

My 10 Christmas thoughts

by Anna Katharina on December 23, 2012

in Blogging,Journal,Traditions

1. Gift giving / Wrapping gifts – practical and useful gifts

2. Christmas parties with Costumes – Gangnam dancing

3. Shopping – Great finds at Divisoria and Baclaran

4. Food galore -New dishes to try this season

5. Fatigue -Too many parties, late nights

6. Families- Skype

7. Simbang Gabi-

8. Vacation – 2 weeks of waking up late

9. Traffic – at EDSA

10. Sad face!- sad memories

Merry Christmas everybody !

Merry Christmas !

by Anna Katharina on December 25, 2011

in Events,Family,Journal,Traditions

Peace of mind and heart this Christmas!

May God strengthen us and give us joy in spite of how we feel physically.

Enjoy Christmas everybody !

St Mary’s Academy of Caloocan City 53rd Commencement Exercises

The St Mary’s Academy of Caloocan City celebrated their 53rd Commencement Exercises on March 26, 2011 at the SMACC Audi –Gym with the theme “ The Ignacian-Marian Graduates: Responding to the call of Christian Charity and Stewardship”.

There were more than 200 graduates as presented by Mrs. Ma. Dolores B. Agoncillo , High School Principal and declared as graduates by Sis Ma. Andes Yee, School Directress.

The SMACC 53rd Commencement Exercises, was highlighted by Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Fr Allan V. Lopez, OP , followed by the graduation ceremony. There was also awarding of medals to the outstanding graduates of Batch 2011. The Academic General Excellence medals were given to John Arden S. Romanillos, Valedictorian; Mary Rose D. Mercado, Salutatorian; Ma. Liane Claudette C. Bote , First Honorable Mention; Ma. Isabela C. Villacorta, Second Honorable Mention; Ma. Christine F. Tadique, Third Honorable Mention.

The parents and families of awardees of graduating seniors were requested to go to the stage when the grad’s name was called to pin the medals of the awardees. Also there was a slide show of SMACC Batch 2011 graduation pictures.

John Arden S. Romanillos, Class Valedictorian, delivered the Address of Gratitude. He expressed in behalf of SMACC Batch 2011 their sincere appreciation and gratitude to their teachers, school officials and parents whose presence and guidance help ingrained in them the values of faith, love and charity.

Finally the SMACC Batch 2011 gathered on stage to sing The Alma Mater Song and St Mary’s Hymn. Their graduation song was “My Life Begins Today” by Bruno Mars.

The Recessional completed the ceremony and graduates share handshakes, hugs, smiles, and tears with their well-wishers.

Congratulations to the SMACC High School Batch 2011!



Congratulations too to my daughter Roxanne Marie G .Pena , loyalty awardee and a member of SMACC High School Batch 2011. She is my youngest daughter and she’s awesome. I was teary eyed as she gave me her loyalty medal. It will be 6 years more before her next graduation. Hugs and kisses for you my sweet girl!


“ Whichever path you choose, graduates of 2011, may you find only success before you.”