Every school year, there is a single activity the Maritime Regiment holds which is considered the “highlight” of the year. This event is one which entails months of preparation. From marching drills to silent drill practices, the cadets of the regiment work day and night to perfect their training for the anticipated Presentation of Sponsors.
In an area which is usually quiet and peaceful, Aznar Ballpark was instead filled with a buzz of excitement on the dawn of February 17, 2012, the day of the Presentation. Cadets were clamoring and preparing for the big day ahead and with important representatives from not only the Southwestern University but also in the shipping industry, there was no room for error.
It was a bright and cloudless morning as Cadet Captain Gian Andre Aznar led the troops onto the ballpark. All 410 cadets assembled in orderly fashion as they displayed their discipline in keeping their formations despite the heat of the sun. The lady sponsors took their positions as well. After months of practice they themselves have waited for this day to come and cheered on their partners all the while looking elegant in their uniforms.
Dr. Elsa A. Suralta, Southwestern University President, Mr. George Aznar, Board Member of Southwestern University, Ms. Maris Johanna Holopainen, Chairwoman of the board of directors, Mr. Andrew S. Aznar, Chairman of Seacrest Maritime Foundation Inc. , Mrs. Gina S. Aznar, President of Seacrest Maritime Foundation Inc. and guest of honor Univan vice-president Captain Paquito M. Opelano were all on the field to watch the remarkable performance by the officers and cadets.
After their performance on the field, Officers and Sponsors alike spent the afternoon getting ready for the annual Military Ball held at Rajah Park hotel. The night was filled with obvious glitz and glam as officers and lady sponsors arrived looking handsome in their white dock uniforms and ladies in their eye-catching ball gowns. As romantic song numbers were being sung all throughout the night, partners quietly conversed, taking in the special occasion.
Thus concluded the long day spent together. All the hard work and patience, everything finally paid off and everyone enjoyed the end of the night with the feeling of success.