“Welcome! To the sweetest place on earth!”
On December 9, 2011, Maritime Regiment officers and Lady sponsors rode the elevator of the Matias H. Aznar Memorial Building (MHAM) to the 5thfloor. Expecting a regular acquaintance party, all were in for a sweet surprise as they were transported to Candy Land.
The annual regiment acquaintance party has been a tradition of the maritime regiment for years. It is at this even where Regiment Officers and recruited lady sponsors are finally paired up, revealing final partners for the upcoming Presentation of Sponsors.
This year, the entire 5th floor of MHAM building was filled with balloons and sweet treats which delighted all who entered. As the program started, obvious tension filled the air as the cadets and sponsors waited for the official pairing to begin. Through an audiovisual presentation created by Ms. Victoria Aznar, Mistress of sponsors, the pictures of the cadets and sponsors showed up side by side revealing who their partner would officially be. The separated gentlemen were then tasked to look for the sponsor in the picture, later on introducing himself as her partner and leading her to their assigned tables.
When the presentation began laughter and excitement filled the air as cadet officers scrambled to look for their partners. It was also then that Ms. Louise S. Tapia was announced as the Corps Sponsor of the Maritime Regiment for School year 2011-2012, besting other 10 lady sponsors who were interviewed and screened for the position. Her partner, Corps Commander Gian Andre M. Aznar escorted her to their special separated table.
Once the pairing was finished, dinner was served and hushed chitchat was heard all over the room. The relaxing ambiance was interrupted however once song and dance numbers were being presented by sponsors and officers. After presentations, games started with crowed favorites such as musical chairs and Newspaper dance then followed by a disco.
The night ended with smiles and showed promise of the beginning of beautiful friendships and romantic relationships.