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Vol. XXVI, 2nd Quarter
April–June 2008

Anibersaya lived up to its billing

A day of fun, excitement, and surprises topped “Anibersaya”, a fun-filled activity for employees of the Department of Science and Technology as its way of giving back and thanksgiving for their dedication and contribution to the organization’s varied development mission.

The program which started late in the afternoon provided relief from their usual often staid routine.

It also gave them the chance to re-acquaint with former co-workers who left or retired from the service years earlier.  The atmosphere was appropriately festive. Officials and employees were mostly in cheery mood especially with the presence of old familiar faces.

Ruby Rodriguez of the popular noontime show “Eat Bulaga” was invited to co-host the event with Science Education Institute’s Ruby Cristobal and National Academy of Science and Technology’s Aristotle Carandang.

Director Nuna Almanzor of Industrial Technology Development Institute quipped, “Lord wag naman po sanang umulan, nag-alay naman po kami ng itlog kanina,” sent the crowd to laughter some of whom were worried about the cloudy weather.

The Ati-atihan group from Tondo district in Manila danced around the DOST complex while the Philippine Army Security Escort Band was playing in the sidelines.

Taguig City Mayor Freddie Tinga in a message urged for a closer interaction between the city government and DOST in improving the lives of the people especially the host community.

Dance groups from the science communities of Bicutan, Los Baños, and Quezon City strutted their stuff depicting the decades spanning the 1950 to the present.

Not to be outdone, DOST officials performed a medley of dances initially with a stirring Hawaiian frolic up to the popular dances in the 1980s.      

For the finale, Undersecretary Fortunato T. de la Peña serenaded Secretary Estrella F. Alabastro as the highlight of a role play depicting the traditional “harana”.

And then a dance for all warmed up the crowd leading to the crescendo of fireworks show deep into the night.  It was a day indeed that showed the fun side of the science community.