25/09/2017 … Eminent Goans’ Day was celebrated by Goa Cultural and Social Centre (GCSC), Panaji in collaboration with St. Joseph Convent High School, Nagoa, Our lady of Succour High School, Nagoa, Marina English High School, Verna and Fr. Agnel Multipurpose High School, Verna.
The function is observed annually to mark the birth anniversaries of Abbe Faria and Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes and death anniversary of Dr. Bhau Daji Laad. The function was held on September 23, 2017 at St. Joseph Convent High School, Nagoa in the presence of Chairman of EDC, Shri. Siddarth Kuncoliekar as Chief Guest and Nuvem MLA -Shri. Wilfred D’ Sa as the Guest of Honour.
Speaking on the Occasion, Shri. Kuncoliekar urged the students to inculcate good values from eminent Goans such as Dr. Bhau Daji Laad, Abbe Faria and Dr. Francisco Luis Gomes, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar, Dr. Dada Vaidya, Smt. Lata Mangeshkar etc.
He advised the students to study hard and achieve heights in their career as well as personal life. He also advocated the need to acquire Swatch Bharat Mission by every student in order to make the state clean and green. He later released a souvenir and felicitated eminent personalities from Nuvem constituency Shri. Irineu Mariano Gonsalves, Adv. Filomena D’ Silva and Dr. Joao Brito Araujo for their contribution towards the society.
Speeches on renowned villagers of Verna Late Joao Franisco C. Cabral, Late Floriano Machado, Late Joao A. Valdares and Late Dr. Constancio Roque de P. Monteiro were given by Ms. Joyce Da Costa, Ms. Loraine Bravo Da Costa, Ms. Fedora Tavares and Ms. Queency Afonso respectively.
The committee also felicitated meritorious students who excelled in S.S.C and H.S.S.C exams. Ms. Kanika Phate, Mast. Vaibhav Chari and Ms. Pradnya Naik Tari were honoured for securing highest marks in Konkani in S.S.C. exams. Ms. Joyrel A.L. Vaz, Ms. Sampada Shet and Ms. Vandita Kandolkar were felicitated for excelling in Konkani in H.S.S.C. exams while Mast. Shivam Pawar, Ms. Sakshi Singh, Ms. Queency Silva and Ms. Amanda D’Souza were felicitated for topping in their respective schools.
The program began by welcome dance performed by students of St. Joseph Convent High School, Nagoa followed by lighting the traditional lamp and garlanding the portraits of Eminent Goans by the Chief Guest and other dignitaries. President of GCSC, Shri. Fransisco A. de Noronha gave the welcome address. Sr. Cleret Varela, Headmistress of St. Joseph Convent High School, Nagoa told the significance of the day while Smt. Shilpa Silveira introduced the guests. The students of various schools danced on the tunes of Goan folk songs. Smt. Joyce D’ Costa and Smt. Shilva Silveira compered the function while Secretary GCSC Shri. Milagres Fernandes proposed vote of thanks.
Also present on the occasion were Sarpanch of Nagoa Village Panchayat, Smt. Trinidade Pereira e Rodrigues, GCSC’s Vice President, Shri. Isac Dias, Jt. Secretary, Shri. Silvestre S. Estibeiro, Treasurer, Shri. Suresh Azgaonkar and committee members, Shri. Jose Fernandes, Shri. Inacio C. Viegas, Shri. James Cardozo, Shri. Padmanabh Lotlikar and Shri. Fabian Pinto.