By: Webster Jhon Arib Cerujano
Editorial Assistant, Publications & Information Office
     The Supreme Student Council (SSC), Young Environmentalists Society Organization (YES-O), and Future Leaders of the Philippines (FLP) collaborated in organizing side events during the General Orientation Program for freshmen, held at the Northern Iloilo State University Gymnasium on August 22.
     The SSC sponsored "Kakanin para sa U," a booth comprised of different delicacies made from sticky rice. At the same time, the FLP managed a memory photo booth to capture their first day at the University and distributed hygiene kits. The YES offered a "YES-O Love U Booth" that served hot arroz caldo, four flavored juices, and a freedom wall. The Red Cross Youth also volunteered in the events.
     Meanwhile, the three organizations merged for the university pantry, which consisted of school supplies, basic hygiene kits, and other grocery items.
     In connection with that, Mr. Kimboy Borja, President of SSC, Mr. Francis Jay L. Abrece, YES-O President, and Mr. John Alfred Hechanova, a representative from the FLP, said that it was unexpected for their booth to have a successful outcome due to a rush and urgent preparations, and to see the happy faces of the students was enough to conclude that the organizations had a success.
     "It feels nice that there are free foods, school supplies, and a photo booth. Because students cannot avoid hunger during the program, the foods are beneficial. The photo booth is also important to entertain us. And the school supplies will be helpful for us because we still lack them," said Sheldawn Astrid Rodrigo, a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship freshman.
     Moreover, the event's highlight was the raffle draw, giving away load cards worth 100 pesos to 100 freshmen, 15 backpacks, and 10 Wifi kits.
Shaira Pauline Ledesma from BS Tourism said that it was an unexpected opportunity to win a Wifi kit that will be crucial for her in online classes as she is only using a more inconvenient mobile. At the same time, Rochelle Ayoso from BS Education major in English, winner of a backpack, is hopeful that she can use it for 4 years of being a student at NISU.
     "To let them feel that there are organizations that care and give importance to them. That is the impact we want the students to feel in the next academic year. As a student body, it brings joy to us that the freshmen are happy with what they get because that is what we want," words from Mr. Borja as he led the giving of the prizes for the raffle draw.
The event concluded at 11 a.m., and some students went to their respective departments for their departmental orientations.