Last Nov. 4-6, 2016, the Notre Dame Educational Association conducted the NDEA Cotabato-Tacurong Elementary Area Meet 2016 held at Notre Dame of Esperanza, Inc. enduring the theme ”NDEA @ 50: In the Service of Quality Catholic Education in Southern Mindanao”.
The meet was participated by eight Notre Dame Schools within Cotabato and Tacurong Area to include ND Cathedral of Cotabato City Elementary, Inc., ND Esperanza, Inc., ND Isulan, Inc., ND Kulaman, Inc., ND Parang, Inc., ND RVM College of Cotabato, ND Tacurong College and ND University.
It was started by a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, DD with Rev. Fr. Elmer I. Dela Cruz, DCC, Ed. D.
Rev. Fr. Dela Cruz, principal of ND Esperanza, welcomed all the delegates in the event. It became more exhilarating when Mr. Noel Reponte, NDEA Elementary Commissioner, finally declared the opening of the Area Meet and then followed by the hoisting of the NDEA and delegation banners.
In the afternoon of the opening day, different ball games started and oratorical contest was held. In the evening, the contestants for Academic and Singing contests proved their wit in answering the questions and their singing prowess as they rendered their winning songs.
On the second day and last day of the activity, socio- cultural and sports eliminations continued to wow the teams and championship games were then held.