DB TARLAC GRANTED SCHOOL SAFETY COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE

SANTO CRISTO, TARLAC CITY - On behalf of the Educative Pastoral Community (EPC) of Don Bosco Tarlac, Deputy Principal Fr. Jerome S. Quinto, SDB, Institutional Affairs Officer Dr. Therese Angela M. Caldez, and External Affairs Officer Mr. Ryan D. Gonzales receives the School Safety Assessment Tool Compliance Certificate from DepEd Tarlac City Division Superintendent Dr. Maria Carmen P. Cuenco, CESO V.

Fr. Jerome receives the SSAT compliance certificate from Dr. Cuenco.


School Safety and Assessment Tool Compliance Certificate

Fr. Jerome together with representatives of compliant private schools.

Fr. Jerome, Ma'am Tami, and Sir Ryan represents DB Tarlac.


DON BOSCO TARLAC CONDUCTS INSTITUTIONAL STRATEGIC PLANNING

SANTO CRISTO, TARLAC CITY - Representatives of Don Bosco Technical Institute's Educative Pastoral Community (EPC) and Salesian Family gathered at the school Auditorium and adjacent classrooms for a 5-day planning session to deepen their understanding of the school’s vision vis-a-vis DBTI’s plan for the future; to understand the concepts of Strategic Planning and its relevance in DBTI; and, to invoke stakeholders in the reflection and drawing up of an Integrated Salesian Educative Plan (Strategic Plan).

Dreams for Don Bosco Tarlac in the next 3-5 years

Fr. Dindo Vitug, SDB facilitates the SWOT Analysis

Breakout Sessions

DBTPPA SUPPORTS DANCE CAMP-CONCERT

SANTO CRISTO, TARLAC CITY - Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Association, led by President Mico David and Treasurer Paumee David, extends its support to the SALTATRIX Summer Dance Camp which will have its free concert on July 31, 2022 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM at CityWalk, Tarlac City.

DPTPPA Treasurer Paumee David (class of 1993) hands over the donation to SALTATRIX Animator and Coach, Mr. Prince King Cases. The Dance Camp will have their free concert on July 31, 2022 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM at CityWalk, Tarlac City.

Photos by Ryan Gonzales.

DPTPPA President Mico David (class of 1992) shares some light moments with the SALTATRIX Dance group headed by their Animator and Coach, Mr. Prince King Cases. The Dance Camp will have their free concert on July 31, 2022 - 2:00 - 4:00 PM at CityWalk, Tarlac City.

DB TARLAC BRACES FOR EARTHQUAKE

SANTO CRISTO, TARLAC CITY - Don Bosco Tarlac personnel and guests, after feeling the ground shaking, ducked, covered, and held their ground before evacuating their areas and proceeding to the football field. When everyone is accounted for by the respective supervisors and the buildings were declared clear from danger by the security personnel, Lay Mission Partners went about their usual day - in-service training for the academic team and enrollment duties for the non-teaching staff. There were no reported casualties or damages.


We pray for those vastly affected by the earthquake. May we always be ready and prepared for such.


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DB TARLAC COMMUNITY FOR SY 2022-23 INTRODUCED


Get to know the Salesian Community of Don Bosco Tarlac for SY 2022-2023. From left to right: Br. Joselito Dela Cruz, Fr. Nestor Pidazo, Fr. April Jerome Quinto, Fr. Jerry Santos, Rev. Jose Isidro Torres, Fr. Ian Rosal, and Cl. Jerick Magsino. Click here to know more.

DB TARLAC UNVEILS COMMEMORATIVE MARKER

SANTO CRISTO, TARLAC CITY - Don Bosco Tarlac unveils historical marker to celebrate the institution's 75th founding anniversary. The whole Educative Pastoral Community celebrated with a Holy Mass followed by the unveiling of the historical marker. Fr. Jerome Quinto, SDB read the text as Isaac "Jun" Kliatchko, from the class of 1976, shares their experience during their time as Bosconians. Snacks were served followed by the retrieval of the Time Capsule planted when the present gymnasium was being erected. Coins during the 70s were found together with medals of St. John Bosco, Bl. Michael Rua, and Mary Help of Christians. The program was culminated by the introduction of new Salesians, Faculty, and Non-Teaching Staff.


Attached herewith is the message delivered by Mr. Isaac "Jun" Kliatchko from the class of 1976:


The Unveiling of the 75th Anniversary Marker and Retrieval of the Time Capsule

July 25, 2022


My big thanks to Fr. Jerry, our Fr. Rector, for this opportunity to give a talk on my experiences as a Bosconian student.

My name is Jun Kliatchko, of Batch 76. Presently I am the batch secretary. I was also the secretary of the DBTPPA from 2018-2020.

I am somewhat a historian of our school. I am a writer. I have worked as a teacher of this school in the 80s, also as an instructor of my college alma mater Angeles University Foundation, and as section editor in two national dailies, Philippine Star and Manila Bulletin. I was also a government information officer. Presently I am a legislative staff of City Councilor Vladimir S. Rodriguez at the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) and the SP Website content writer.

Noong bandang Agosto, 2016, ako po ay kinausap ng ating school, sa tulong ng ating Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Association, Inc. o DBTPPA, na bumuo ng isang Coffee-Table Book, na maglalaman ng mga kwento tungkol sa mga Notable Alumni, School History, at Milestones, kaugnay ng selebrasyon ika-70 taon ng Don Bosco Technical Institute - Tarlac.

(Ngayon ay 75 years na tayo).

I was a student for eight years, four years in elementary from 1967-1972, and four years in high school, from 1972-1976. Mas swerte ako dahil, for a few more years nag-stay pa ako sa school (1982-1986), as one of its faculty members.

About the gym, I was then a third year high school student when the ceremonies for the ground-laying of the gymnasium time capsule was held… And recently, it had just been retrieved.

My dear students and our Don Bosco Tarlac Community, as you were told, this Chapel, the MHC Chapel, used to be the school gym.

As a gym, it was the best facility of its kind in Central Luzon at that time. In other words, ang gym na ito noon was top of the line. There was a whole court, and three mini-whole courts. We were used to having three mini-whole court games simultaneously.

Outside there were four other whole courts.

We played basketball and other games early in the morning before classes, at noon break, and in the afternoon, after classes till 5:30 pm.

Sa tanghali, after our lunch, sprint na kami sa old gym (dito) kasi unahan sa middle mini whole court. May mga grupo grupo na noon na sila na ang mga team mates sa mga games.

Sa umaga ganoon din. Kung gusto mong maglaro, at mauna sa mga courts, pasok kang maaga.

There were only a few vehicles entering the school grounds at that time so practically every square meter of the school you’d see boys playing basketball. That’s on top of football and softball at the football field, and table tennis along the three main corridors. There were no less than six Ping Pong tables, two for every corridor. Tatlo ang pinaka-corridor, lahat yun okupado (after classes), minsan whole day, pati recess.

Madalas pa, si Fr. George Schwarz (German Salesian priest… marami siyang naipagawang school buildings dito, iyang mga first floors), magtatawag siya para manood kami ng sine. Projector lang noon and wide screen. Once a month, mag-aaya yan mag swimming. Twice a year, hiking. We were all active and moving at that time… students, teachers, Salesians.

Ang confession noon, kay Fr. Rector, whoever, Fr. George or Fr. Balocco, face-to-face kayo, nakapila kami, you will recite your sins.

Students gather and line-up for the morning prayer, and the morning talk, the weekly mass, before entering their classrooms. Classes were held from 8am to12 noon, and from 1 to 3 pm. Daily extra-curricular time was not less than 3 hours.

That was somewhat the school routine back then, even until the 80s when I was a teacher. As a teacher I also played basketball and Ping Pong with our students.

Our school is special because aside from the regular classrooms, we have the gym and the chapel. The gym is not just a place where we play, nor is the chapel just a place where we pray, but these two – the Gym and the Chapel -- are places where the seeds of being a Bosconian are planted in our hearts and in our minds.

The gym is an important part of the school. More than just a place for sports, it is also the place where the school holds other important activities, for bigger gatherings, especially to gather everyone for the mass, from elementary to high school, and now, from Kinder, to Senior High.

Many of our best times at school happened in the gym.

Our gym was built during the time of Fr. William Balocco, an Italian Salesian, who had spent years in a concentration camp in India. Ang dami niyang kwento tungkol sa hirap na dinanas niya, ngunit ang dami rin nyang aral na iniwan sa amin.

Noong panahon ni Fr. Balocco, nagkaroon ng fund–raising para maipatayo ang gym natin ngayon.

Kakaiba ang naging fund-raising namin noon. Kung ngayon mayroong mga Golf for Don Bosco at mga Raffle, noon malaking bahagi ng fund-raising ay mula sa mga daily collections. Meron ding mga benefactors.

Every day a part of our baon, we gave to the collection for the gym. Ang collection row by row. Ang row na may pinaka-mababang collection, sila ang cleaners. Ibig sabihin, hindi muna makakapag-laro, maglilinis muna.

Ang lagi naming dasal, sana yung mga mas malalaki ang baon ang maging ka-row namin. Dahil kung yung row nyo laging lowest sa collection, laging cleaners. Minsan the whole week cleaner kayo pag “sinwerte.”

Dagdag pa rito, kapag na late ka mag-submit sa drafting, may P5-penalty.

Hindi biro ang naging sakripisyo namin.

Pero naitayo ang gym, ang Fr. William Balocco Gym. At sa totoo lang, bawat school facility na nakikita natin ngayon dito, naitayo, naipagawa, dahil mayroon mga nagsakripisyo. Mga students, teachers, Salesians, alumni, at ang community.

Kami, sa Batch 76 ang huling batch na nag-hold ng graduation sa dating gym na ito. Simula sa graduation ng Batch 77, sa new gym na ginaganap kadalasan mga graduation.

Masaya ako, kami, dahil naging bahagi kami sa pagsulong ng ating school.

Na realize ko rin ngayon, ang mga naging sakripisyo namin noon, ay nagbunga rin ng maganda, sa nakikita ko ngayon sa inyo.

My dear students and DB community, as an alumnus, ilang beses din ako pinatawag ng school.

Una noong pinagawa sa akin ang Coffee-Table Book ng ating school, pinatawag ako ng alumni officers noon at ni Fr. Jay David. At gumanap na rin ako bilang secretary ng alumni association.

Then pinatawag ulit ako, ni Fr. Jerry naman, noong pinatulungan sa akin mga TSU student researchers para ma-pinpoint, saan ba talaga along F. Tanedo St. ang Oriente Hotel, ang naging site ng unang Don Bosco school sa Tarlac at sa Pilipinas. Successful naman kami sa assignment na binigay sa amin ni Fr. Jerry dahil nakausap namin mismo ang mga anak ng naging administrator noon ng dating Oriente Hotel. And we were able to confirm the site where St. John Bosco Academy was first established. Nagsimula noon ang school with 80 students sa ilalim ng unang rector na si Fr. James J. Wilson.

Ngayon naman, sa ikatlong pagkakataon, si Fr. Jerry ulit, pina-contact ako kay Mr. Ryan Gonzales. Inanyayahan ako ni Fr. Rector para humarap sa inyo, at magbahagi ng aking mga karanasan at pananaw bilang Bosconian student. Isang karangalan talaga.

Ako naman ay nagpapasalamat at naging bahagi ako ng makasaysayang araw na ito… Sana may napulot kayong aral sa pagharap ko ngayon sa inyo.

Thank you and good morning to all.

Educative Pastoral Community of Don Bosco Tarlac celebrates the school's 75th founding anniversary with a Holy Mass.

Photos by Ryan Gonzales.

Salesians of Don Bosco Tarlac together with the Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Association Officers and Directors unveil the historical marker commemorating the school's 75th founding anniversary.

DEPED LAUNCHES SY 2022-2023 CALENDAR

DepEd launches calendar featuring key dates for SY 2022-2023 which commences this August 22, 2022 and culminates on July 7, 2023.

The said calendar for SY 2022-2023 is composed of 203 school days.

For more details regarding DepEd's school calendar, read DepEd Order No. 34, s. 2022: https://bit.ly/DO34S2022

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DB TARLAC LONGEVITY AWARDEES FOR 2022

SANTO CRISTO, TARLAC CITY - Don Bosco Tarlac awards this year's longevity to the following Lay Mission Partners:

  1. 25 years of service (since March 1997) - Mr. Nestor P. Custodio;

  2. 25 years of service (since June 1997) - Mrs. Glenda I. Marcelo;

  3. 20 years of service (since May 2002) - Mr. Apollo Mario C. Campollo;

  4. 15 years of service (since May 2007) - Mr. Ryan Benedict D. Gonzales;

  5. 10 years of service (since January 2012) - Mrs. Sheryl Joan J. Versosa; and,

  6. 10 years of service (since October 2012) - Mr. John Micahel B. Magtoto.

We thank them for their invaluable service to Don Bosco and its mission to the youth of Tarlac. We pray that they may strive forward and continue to render their services and produce more honest Christians and upright citizens.

DON BOSCO HOSTS TCPEIA SEMINAR


DON BOSCO TARLAC IS READY FOR LIMITED F2F

Last June 29, 2022, DepEd Tarlac City Division visited and inspected the school's readiness to implement Progressive Expansion of the Face-to-Face Classes for SY 2022-2023.


We thank the validating team composed of Mr. Robert E. Osongco, EdD and Mr. Joben B. Perez for their valuable presence and insights in inspecting and validating the school's documents and physical set-up.


Don Bosco Tarlac is once again geared up to provide a holistic Catholic education that forms the young to be good Christians and upright citizens.


Ducere est Servire! To Lead is to Serve!

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Photos by Ryan Gonzales.

Watch the simulation video of Don Bosco Tarlac's version of the face-to-face learning modality. Video by Ryan Gonzales, Paul Andrew Lopez, and Br. Dandrew Matias.

FIN CELEBRATES PROVINCIAL CHAPTER

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TARLAC HOSTS PAST PUPILS' NATIONAL CONVENTION

Last March 28, 2022, nearly a hundred past pupil delegates from different Don Bosco schools and training centers gathered in Tarlac for the Don Bosco Alumni Philippine National Federation's (DBAPNF) 40th National Convention with a theme of "Bosconians Building Bridges."


Upon the welcome remarks of Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Association President Eng'r. Michael J. David (DB Tarlac '92), and after the formal opening of DBAPNF President Pipo F. Soliman (DB Tarlac '85), the following speakers shared their own experiences of triumphs and success: Dr. Madison N. Dominguez (DB Mabalacat '09); Lt. Gen. Connor Anthony D. Canlas Sr. PAF. (DB Makati '84); Eng'r. Rynor G. Jamandre (DB Victorias '93); Fr. Joel N. Camaya, SDB (DB Tarlac '89); and, Mr. Robert P. Galang (DB Makati '83).


The said event was spearheaded by Convention Chairman Ryan D. Gonzales (DB Tarlac '03) in close collaboration with the officers and directors of both DBAPNF and DBTPPA with the assistance of DBAPNF National Secretariat Juvy Montalbo and Asia-Oceania GEX Councilor Niel Evangelista (DB Mabalacat '09). This is the first time Bosconians met on a national scale since the pandemic halted everything for more than two years. The last convention, 39th, was held in Cebu last 2019. The next convention will be in Dumaguete hosted by our brothers from St. Louis - Don Bosco School.

Watch the highlight of the event here.

Photos by Jonas Rivera.

GOLF FOR DON BOSCO TEES 11TH SLATE

LUISTA, TARLAC - For the past ten years, the Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Association and Don Bosco Technical Institute together with various companies and organizations, have been organizing a golf tournament dubbed, “Golf for Don Bosco.”


Through this fundraising activity, the local Alumni chapter is able to maintain its scholars, fund projects for the benefit of our teachers and staff, and sponsor some of the physical improvements of the school facilities.


Held at the Hacienda Luisita Golf and Country Club for the 11th time last March 27, Friday, it kicked off with the tee time at 6:30 AM and culminated with the awarding at two in the afternoon and six in the evening for non-Bosconians and Bosconians respectively. A whole day of Bosconian golf, raffle prizes, and souvenir items welcomed the participants for this year’s Golf for Don Bosco.


Arch. Joel Andrew S. Viray organized the activity as the tournament Director in close coordination with the Don Bosco Alumni Philippine National Federation President Pipo Soliman, Don Bosco Tarlac Past Pupils Association President Eng'r Michael David, and Don Bosco Tarlac Class of 1998 Representative Eng'r Joel Ryan D. Garcia.

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Watch the highlight of the event here.

DON BOSCO CRESENDO STARTS

TARLAC CITY, TARLAC - A new educational hub situated in a conducive environment, Don Bosco Cresendo is positioned to become a breeding ground for future public servants and community leaders that will contribute to the rise of Central Luzon.!


The feast of Mary Help of Christians, May 24, 2022, marks the beginning of a new chapter of Don Bosco Tarlac. 75 years ago, the school humbly began in a rented Oriente Hotel in F. Tañedo St. 75 years later, it is given a new site on the city's newest downtown in Ayala Land Inc.'s Cresendo.


In attendance were the representatives of the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes; the Barangay Local Government Unit representatives from Barangay Central, Tarlac. The Local Government Unit led by honorable Mayor Cristy Angeles; representatives from Ayala Land Inc. headed by Ms. Jennylle S. Tupaz - Senior Estate Development Head; the Salesian Family of Don Bosco Tarlac - JHS and SHS student council officers, Parent Council officers headed by their president Mrs. Ria Clemente, Lay Mission Partners headed by the SHS Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs Mrs. Rochelle Custodio, ADMA led by their president Mrs. Louella Ilagan, Salesian Cooperators headed by their presidents - Mrs. May Dizon and Mrs. Dazlle Panlilio, Past Pupils of Don Bosco headed by the President, Eng'r. Michael David, and the Salesians of Don Bosco led by the Rector, Fr. Jerry T. Santos.


The senior high school building is targeted to begin its construction in August 2022 in preparation for its opening in August 2023. Other developments down the pipeline are the following: Don Bosco Chapel; football field and oval, and Technical and Vocational Education and Training Center.

Watch the full event coverage here. Video by Chug Cadiogan.

Watch the highlight of the event here. Video by Chug Cadiogan.

AYALA LAND INC. CRESENDO RISES

AyalaLand Inc.’s Cresendo breaks ground in Tarlac.


Envisioned to provide Tarlaqueños an enriched quality of living while creating a welcoming, familiar haven, and paying homage to the rich, layered history of Tarlac - a new downtown break grounds in Tarlac. Cresendo, AyalaLand Inc.’s 29th community, is a modern local community that contributes to the growth and opportunity in Tarlac bringing together a full and balanced way of life by putting in place life’s four E-ssentials:


1. Enterprise and employment open doors for businesses to grow; ring about diverse work opportunities for young graduates, skilled workers, and professionals.

2. Education enhances individual skills and talents, empowering the next generation.

3. Environment that nurtures a sustainable way of life, respecting nature and culture.

4. Enrichment towards a balance and fulfilling family life that fosters a strong, community spirit.


November 6, 2019 marks the start of a new community in Tarlac. Mr. John Estacio, the General Manager of Cresendo gave the opening remarks followed by a message from the Tarlac City Mayor, Hon. Cristy Angeles welcomed the development with arms wide open. Groundbreaking rites commenced with the blessing of Fr. Ian Rosal, SDB, Don Bosco Tarlac’s Economer which was followed by the setting of the time capsule.


Out of the 290 hectares of land area, AyalaLand Inc. plans to develop 247 hectares which is distributed to 172 hectares of Residential Zones, 30 hectares of Urban Core, 32 hectares of Industrial Zones, and 13 hectares of Flex Lots. 6 hectares of the mixed-used land was donated to Don Bosco Foundation for the annex of Don Bosco Technical Institute - Tarlac which will cater to Senior High School Students and underprivileged youth through the Technical Vocational Education and Training Center.


Also in attendance were the Alumni of the Don Bosco Tarlac who are eager to support the rise of Don Bosco Tarlac - Cresendo Campus.

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Photos by Ryan Gonzales.

Watch Cresendo's AVP here.

DON BOSCO YOUTH CENTER BUILDING IS BORN

TARLAC CITY, TARLAC - A new Don Bosco Youth Center (DBYC) is born in time for the Year of the Youth!


2019 marks the Year of the Youth in the Philippine Catholic Church’s preparation for its 5,000th year anniversary this 2021. Since the time of Don Bosco, particular focus is given to the marginalized youth. Don Bosco Tarlac stays true to its mission by furthermore enhancing the Don Bosco Youth Center (DBYC) program with hardware consisting of the physical building which will be an oasis of learning for the youth scholars. Moreover, software in the form of educational programs and an operations manual will be prepared and programmed by dedicated and talented professionals from this institution. These will help cultivate and harness the giftedness in each and every one of these young people. If consistency is the key, we stay consistent with St. John Bosco’s method of mentoring talented students to lead small groups to success.


In attendance were the Diocese of Tarlac headed by his eminence Bishop Enrique Macaraeg; the Local Government Unit led by honorable Mayor Cristy Angeles; representatives from the Victor and Bernarda D. Pascual Family, the DBYC’s benefactors; the class of 1994 - silver jubilarians of the upcoming Grand Alumni Homecoming and lead facilitators of the aforementioned DBYC program - headed by their president, Prof. Abelardo Apollo “Archie” David Jr.; the Salesian Family of Don Bosco Tarlac - DBYC volunteers and scholars, Parents, Lay Mission Partners, ADMA, Salesian Cooperators, Past Pupils of Don Bosco headed by the President, Arch. Joel Andrew S. Viray, and the Salesians of Don Bosco led by the Rector, Fr. Jerry T. Santos.


Upon completion of the building, the said youth center is set to offer summer programs and after-school activities for the young people of Tarlac prioritizing the marginalized. The said center will run under the guidance of the Don Bosco Youth Center Director, Br. Nicolas G. Aguila, SDB.

Photo by Ryan Gonzales.

Watch highlights of the event here. Video by Chug Cadiogan.

Photos by Ryan Gonzales.

DON BOSCO MANAOAG BEGINS

MANAOAG, PANGASINAN - A new Don Bosco Technical Vocational Education and Training Center (TVET) is born!


The image of Mary Help of Christians set foot in the Philippines four decades prior to the Salesians through the gift of then Apostolic Delegate Archbishop Guglielmo Piani to Bishop Cesar Maria Guerrero, the first bishop of Lingayen. Nearly a century later, the first Don Bosco setting in the province of Pangasinan ia envisioned to become a reality. It all started with a simple dream of Atty. Consuelo Salazar Perez to have a school so the young people of Pangasinan would be able to lift themselves from poverty. She envisioned Filipinos going abroad holding Technical Visas. She chanced upon a Salesian, Fr. Dennis Paez, SDB, who preached their retreat who forwarded her request to the Provincial Council. The latter submitted the proposal to the Rector Major for approval. And thus, on the 11th day of July, the groundbreaking ceremony of Don Bosco Pagasinan took place on a 2-hectare land situated at Brgy. Pantal, Manaoag, Pangasinan - a 4-minute drive from the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaog.


In attendance were representatives from the Catholic Church - Salesians of Don Bosco Philippine North Province, Dominicans, Archdiocese of Lingayed and Dagupan.


The private sectors were represented by Jollibee Group Foundation while the Local Government Unit were spearheaded by Former Speaker Jose “Joe” de Venecia Jr., Jose “Joey” and Karen De Venecia III, Cong. Christopher “Toff” De Venecia, Manaoag Mayor Kim Amador and his Council, Brgy. Pantal Chariman Norma Tabonda and her council, representatives of Cong. Bataoil, and representatives of Gov. Amado “Pogi” Espino III.


Upon completion of the 1st phase of construction, the said training center is set to offer TVET courses in Automotive-Mechanic, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, and Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing. The said center will run under the guidance of Don Bosco Technical Institute - Tarlac, headed by the Rector, Fr. Jerry Santos, SDB.

Photo by Ryan Gonzales.

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Watch highlights of the event here. Video by Jay Arvin Limos.