A quick back story first. I have 8 years going on 9 with my company, as I’ve mentioned there are activities and programs that our company supports/have/ celebrates that add little by little, enthusiasm to the otherwise mundane workload and work environment. And of course the highly if not most, anticipated event is the annual Christmas Party. With the Christmas celebration, it has been a tradition to include a contest for all departments to participate in. Last year we had the Snowman contest, we’ve already had the Christmas Card, Santa Claus, Christmas tree contests among other things. We termed it Christmas Launching activities, this usually happens a week before our actual company Christmas party. This is the time when we showcase the “finished products” along the center aisle. It truly is an exciting event.
This year, the program committee opted for a live Christmas Character contest. This time of the year, regardless of the workload there is a certain cheer, there is always something to look forward too. The anticipation how other departments come up with the “goods” so to speak is in itself already an exhilarating experience, at least for me.
The program opened with a very moving Lead Me Lord invocation sung by Gary V., via mp3 file, would have been great if he’d dropped by, yeah? National anthem, then a welcome address by our HR Manager Rose.
Then the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree by our Director, Raul. BTW, we are an informal lot, Maam’s and Sir’s are really more of an endearment. Everyone is encourage to use first names or nicknames or anything else, as a matter of fact.
The 3 judges were introduced and were placed strategically along the long center aisle. After the long wait, the 1st LIVE CHRISTMAS CHARACTER walked. No. More like glide, glided.
ANGEL – from IMDS ( International Material Data System Department ) – This department have a host of creative and talented people, from dancing and apparently, wing-making. Look at those glorious wings, it’s really nice in the back too. The photographers (we have a club too) I’ve asked to share some pics, have not yet “developed” all their pics so I may have to wait until Monday next week to update this blog entry to make way for some amazing pictures.
Next was Mary, she was a vision in white and blue. There was a commotion before she appeared, the lights must be turned off. Everybody was shouting, “LIGHTS OFF! LIGHTS OFF!” And there she is, doing her serene walk. Noticed the halo/crown? Yes, it lights up, ergo the lights off for effects.
MARY – from CE ( Cebu Electronics Department )
JOSEPH – from WST ( Wiring Services and Testing Department ) – This is my dear husband’s department. He was tasked to spearhead this activity. Joseph had a donkey with him. The hilarious thing was when they stopped beside the 2nd judge, where a basin was also “strategically” placed for the donkey to drink water from. The “move” was a sure hit with the rowdy crowd!
MELCHOR – from SSD ( Seating Systems Department ) – The first king to bring his gift, the crown is pretty authentic-looking but then I was distracted by the suspiciously curtain looking I don’t know, bib? But nevertheless, he was an okay 3 Kings character for me.
GASPAR – from EDS/ECS – This one’s a cutie. Hahaha! What made a very visual impact was the camel! He rode the camel until the middle of the aisle and then dismounted. What was distracting was the “waving”. I doubt if the 3 kings were waving then. Nonetheless, this one sold 3 Kings for me.
BALTAZAR – from ISD ( Interior Systems Department ) – This king is a dancing King. He’s dancing moves albeit quite irrelevant was a sure hit with the party people in the house.
SNOWMAN – from ADMIN ( Administration Department, composed of HR, Purchasing, Continuous Improvement team (six sigma people), etc. ) – This snowman is scary! But he was kind of cute especially when instead of moving/going forward, he did an about face and went right back where he started from. His scary-cute minions/underlings have to run after him and fetched him. Hahaha! Comical!
ELF – from Testing and Laboratory Department – I think it’s safe to say, I was not the only one confused what he’s suppose to be when he materialized. Then somebody mentioned he’s an ELF! Ah, ok-ay. I was thinking more on the line of the Grinch? Gremlin? Leprechaun? Sorry, but he was really kind of creepy looking. Just my opinion. I bet there are others who’d refute these statements. *ahem*
MRS. CLAUS – from WES ( Wiring Engineering Support Department ) – This one’s ours! We were the only department who had the chant and sing introduction. I was one of the movers for the chant/sing intro (see italicized part 🙂 ) What made the character well-received were the cookies and the candies handed out to the boisterous audience! There were two incidences where Mrs. Claus had to wrestle the pan of cookies she’s holding from really determined big boys!
Who feeds the reindeer all their hay
Who wraps the gifts and packs the sleigh
Who’s helping Santa every day?
Mrs. Santa Claus??? (ALL) *The question marks where really there for added drama. :)*
Who keeps his red suit looking nice
Who does he turn to for advice
Who gives the brownies all their spice?
Mrs. Santa Claus!!! (ALL)
Who reads the notes from girls and boys
Turns in the order for their toys
Mrs. Santa Claus!!! (ALL)
SANTA CLAUS – from IT ( Information Technology ) – This Santa Claus is not so authentic looking, politely speaking. I was disappointed, nevertheless, he was game. He doled out some candies from his pockets, yes pockets and not bag which was a big letdown since Mrs. Claus already had a nice following of kids (engineer kids).
The winners were:
3rd place – King Gaspar with the camel.
2nd place – WST’s Joseph (my husband was so happy, he’s one of the behind the scenes guy who brought the Character to life, it was the donkey’s antic probably that made the win)
And of course, the winner is, from WES Department! Yay! Clap, clap.
Mrs. Santa Claus played by Tiffany “Panyang” Limpangog. I’d say it was our lively intro that spell the difference.
These are some additional pictures taken by Yaung Tomada.
P.S. Thanks Nino Aguilar for lending Kuya Bong your camera. Thanks Myles and Yaung for the pics here. I’d probably be updating this next week. Right now, we are enjoying our Engineering Day today at the back. Stay tuned!
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