Juniors-Seniors Promenade: A Night to Remember

JS PROM 2011


Urdaneta City. At the Divine Word College of Urdaneta prom, short for promenade, is a formal (black tie) dance, or gathering of high school students. It is traditionally held during the month of February near the end of junior and/or senior year. It figures greatly in popular culture and is a major event among our high school students. High school juniors attending the prom may call it Junior Prom while high school seniors may call it Senior Prom. In practice this may be a combined junior/senior dance. This school year the JS Prom was celebrated last February 18 the second day of our 44th Foundation Anniversary.

At prom, a Prom Queen and Prom King may be revealed. Other students may be honored with inclusion in a “Prom Court”. Prom Queen and Prom King are honorary titles awarded to students chosen in a school-wide vote prior to the prom. Inclusion in a Prom Court is a reflection of popularity of those chosen and their level of participation in school activities including sports. The selection method for Prom Court is similar to that of Homecoming Queen, King, and Court. Prom Queen and King is an honor usually given to seniors. In addition to Prom Queen and Prom King, juniors may also be honored, but would be called “Prom Prince” or “Prom Princess”.

The British synonym for the North American event would be Leavers’ Ball, Leavers’ Dinner, Formal or, informally, Leavers’ Do. This is closer to the Australian description, although in the UK, some schools have called the above events proms. In Canada, Ireland, and Australia the terms Grad or Formal are most commonly used and the event is usually held for those graduating high school or middle school. In Ireland, the event is also known as the Debs, which is derived from Debutante.

The JS Prom this year commenced with the celebration of the breaking of the bread at 8:00 o’clock in the morning presided by our Campus Minister Fr. Servasius W. Tethun, SVD at the Holy Spirit Chapel. The second part includes the promenade ceremony at 6:00 p.m. at the St. Michael’s Gymnasium with the Grand Entrance by the Seniors and Juniors followed by the spiritual lifting or invocation led by Gidolf B. Cabanilla. Marrion Clem P. Romero rendered the patriotic song followed by the bequeathing of the Key and Mantle of Responsibility featured by Nessie Mae L. Domagas and June Carlo C. Pabaira. Acceptance and Response made humbly by Juline Bianca Barcelona and Princess Ashley S. Tomas. The entrance of the Goddess of Wisdom was quiet spectacular with Katrina Mae C. Miranda together with her escort Christopher F. Patricio. The lighting of the symbolic candle provided a solemn atmosphere of that enigmatic moment leading towards exchanging of mementos thereafter the most awaited FIRST DANCE unfolded the magical moments of teen age life.

The Cotillion De Honor expressed the strong tradition of the Divinians on the dance floor with elegance and style. Fr. President then delivered his inspirational message focused on BEAUTY as a transcendental attribute of being… the beauty that filled the environment that night. Riffcord R-denz M. Tabula and Ma. Linette N. Viray narrated the Batch Will and Testament to the delight of each one. Davi-An O. Tan facilitated the order of the event as Master of Ceremonies.  Truly, for the juniors and seniors…it was a night to remember!



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