On November 10, 2023, the 10th Badging Ceremony unfolded in the open field of Christ the King College as a momentous occasion for the Criminal Justice Program’s 2023-2024 batch of interns. The class of 2024, proudly adopting the moniker ‘Mabagsik,’ collectively left an indelible mark on the event. With snappy strides, the 23 interns marched in the King’s Quadrangle for their ceremonial parade, embodying the spirit of their batch name and basking in the glory of the ceremony.
At the event, Mr. Ram Christian Dalit, RCrim, took the lead in delivering the opening prayer, earnestly seeking guidance and blessings for the anticipated ceremony. The presence of the school president, S. Ma. Anecita C. Navaja, RVM, was also appreciated, as she warmly welcomed all the guests in her opening remarks.
Following the words of welcome by the school president, the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Coordinator, Mr. Ram Christian Dalit, RCrim, called to introduce the esteemed guest of honor and speaker of the event. From the Bureau of Fire Protection, Fire Senior Inspector Randy N. Obsioma, an acting city fire marshal, served as the 10th Badging Ceremony speaker. In his speech, FSinsp Obsioma highlighted the importance of embodying values such as leadership, courage, and determination—essential qualities for those dedicated to the law enforcement profession. He also motivated the interns by acknowledging the significant journey of Batch Mabagsik, encapsulating the sentiment with the famous internet line, ‘malayo pa, pero malayo na.’
Furthermore, the Criminology Program’s Dean, Mr. Chellan R. Ybañez, spearheaded the succeeding badging and recognition of academic excellence awardees. According to one attending relative, ‘Witnessing the moment when families and friends pinned the badges on the interns’ individual uniforms was heartwarming, with tears threatening to show off.’
At the awarding ceremony, numerous laurels were presented to the deserving Criminology interns—the top 8 students who made it to the Dean’s List received certificates. Criminology Intern Dhan Kenneth Gagote held the top spot, followed by Criminology Intern Rovialyn Macarate. Additionally, Jerald Aban, who served as both the Class President and Criminal Justice’s Governor, accepted the coveted Leadership Award for his outstanding service and capacity to lead Batch Mabagsik. The Top 10 student-interns who passed the Comprehensive Exam also received recognition awards; Criminology interns Dhan Kenneth Gagote, Mark Anthon Dacillo, and Jerald Aban were the respective top 3 passers.
The ceremony concluded with closing remarks from the Program Coordinator, Mr. Chellan R. Ybañez, RCrim, and a closing prayer by Mr. John Del L. Responso, RCrim. Guests, including parents, relatives, friends, and faculty from the Higher Education Department of the institution, were ushered inside the MIDES gymnasium, where the Criminal Justice Program had prepared a feast for everyone to share.
Words by Divine Jane Arazo
Photos from Christine Delos Reyes, Arisa Martirez, and Dexter Biscocho