The Senior High School Students of SSIS Malarayat have conducted a 20-minute Zumba session held last February 7, 2017, at the SSIS gym.


There is no other inTENse way to start the tenth year anniversary of the school than to boost the energy levels and heart rates of the SSIS community as one and at its maximum. Physical Education taught us that fitness is a necessary component to our daily lives, one which keeps our body and minds healthy and functioning at its best. And as part of our requirements for the subject, the class have come up to organize a fitness event – Zumba.

Zumba is an aerobic fitness program that incorporates interval training – alternating fast and slow rhythms – and resistance training. Likewise, our Zumba session included five (5) sets: the warm-up, dance 1, dance 2 by Ms. Rizchel, dance 3, and the cool down. The steps we’ve come up for each set grooved to the beats of The Club Can’t Handle Me Down, Fire Burning, a mash-up, Trumpets, and All of Me respectively.

Just like any other activities for the foundation week, our Zumba session took us several days of preparation with enormous amounts of efforts and energy, as well as the trust in the entire process. Of course, we first made sure that we were fit enough to organize such event. And so, we took up one Zumba session of our own as a class. It was definitely exhausting, too exhausting – it became great. The next days were alotted for event planning and designing. The class was divided into two groups: the first one was assigned for the warm-up and dance 1, while the second one was in charge of dance 2 and the cool down. I was part of the first group and it took us a process before we could get everything and everyone in fitness and in finesse. It was at first difficult because for most of us, dancing on stage isn’t what we can be confident of. Yet, we were able to overcome and make it through with what was dragging us down because what’s an SSIS king without the mantra: “No Hesitation”.

February 7, 2017

I think something as wonderful as the feedbacks of the SSIS community about our Zumba session deserves a highlight in this post. So allow me to share with you some of them:

“What I can say about your Zumba session is that Zumba is good for the heart, and the event itself was a very enjoyable way to exercise as you were dancing with a crowd. And lastly, as for your level, you did your best in establishing the Zumba as you care to reach out and help our school kick-off its tenth year with fun and healthiness.” Ian Iglesia (Grade 7)

“The Zumba was great! It was fun and I enjoyed doing it. It was nice to see everyone exercising and working hard but, having fun as well. It was very relaxing and calming and my body felt really refreshed after. I am looking forward to the next time we do Zumba.” Victoria Vistan (Grade 8)

“Zumba was fun though it didn’t last that long. I saw how everyone enjoyed it because I was assigned to cover it. It was a blast.” Shayanne Distura (Grade 9)

“It was very beneficial because it was not only fun, the Zumba also helped us exercise. On the routine, in particular, the steps were more on stretching and it was nice because stretching in the morning helps in keeping the body loose for the whole day.” Stephanie Fong (Grade 10)

“I believe that it was a success since everyone enjoyed the dance moves” Rennier Cuevas (Grade 11)

“After the Zumba, I felt energized. It really feels great to stretch and exercise especially with this weather.” Ms. Jeanne Marie Lago (PE Teacher)

As for me, it took me a hard time to compose a reflection regarding the fitness event that we had; it was even harder than making the dance steps because I was injured and absent on the day of our Zumba session. But what I have learned and what I can share with you is that YOU can be fit because you are born to be one. From what we have experienced and heard, you don’t need to be a great dancer to feel welcomed in a Zumba session. It was all through a mantra and a process. Zumba is for people of all ages! And indeed, it enables us to perform up to our potential.

Even though the class had one less person that day, the fitness event was overall successful. Not only did it show what the class is capable of, but it has also garnered the hearts of everyone.

Cheers to Stonyhurst Southville International School Malarayat’s 10th Year Anniversary!







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