AFTER a four-year hiatus, Everest International Academy (EIA) celebrated its 4th Annual Benefit-Gala in a night fueled by purpose and hope.

The event took place on Nov. 10, 2023 at the main lounge of Manila Polo Club, Makati. Guests were shuttled to the venue in special driven cars provided by the Yuchengco Group of Companies.

This year's theme, "Driven," reflects the school's unwavering commitment to make a positive impact on the local community.

Main beneficiaries were scholarships for EIA's sister school Mano Amiga Academy, aid for the humanitarian activities of Family Missions and Mission Youth, assistance for the ministry of Legionaries of Christ and Consecrated Women of Regnum Christi, and developments for the EIA Sports Program.

The evening's festivities were hosted by CK Agbayani and Jackie Go, both of whom are part of the Everest community.

The program began with the welcome remarks of EIA Executive Director Rosa Maria Lopez.

The pillar of the event, Driven Gala Chairman Dr. Roberto de Ocampo, also shared a few words about how the gala was both a fundraiser and a mission.

The speeches were followed by an angelic serenade by the Everest Chorale. A sumptuous five-course dinner prepared by Gaita Fores was then served, as guests were treated to an acoustic performance of Top Suzara, vocalist and guitarist of Freestyle. A mini fashion show by designer and Everest 2019 alumni Ellis Co, also added a touch of glamour to the event.

The highlight of the night was the live charity auction, led by host extraordinaire RJ Ledesma. Notable pieces included artwork by Arturo Luz, Dominic Rubio and Ram Mallari.

The motto of Everest is "Semper Altius," which means "always higher." This year's gala has taken the school's commitment to be a guiding light and fortress of Christian values to new heights.

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