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All roads will lead to Sto. Tomas Catholic School, formerly Santo Tomas High School, Mangaldan, Pangasinan on March 1-4, 2013, by the more than 3,000 Alumni lead by the Pioneer Class of 1948-1552, former Administration, faculty and staff for the grand celebration of its 65th Founding Anniversary with the theme “Faithful Service, ‘Fruitful Harvest”.
The Alumni Officers headed by President Bonafe De Vera- Parayno are doing their best to make the reunion successful by conducting regular monthly meeting every 3rd Saturday of the month, 2:00 p.m. at the STCS since April 2012. However in November, the body decided to have meetings twice a month to discuss status on the preparation of the various Committees. The Vice-Presidents abroad like Ms. Marie David Aquino Juino of Canada, Mr. Silvestre Moulic of USA and a lot more are doing the information dissemination, coordination and networking with our fellow Alumni abroad, and most especially to the Pioneer class of 1948-1952 until the senior years of the 1960s.
Download the full details of the preparations for STCS 65th Anniversary Grand Alumni Homecoming/Reunion.
As the Santo Tomas Catholic School ( formerly STHS ) prepares to welcome Alumni for the 65th Anniversary , Class '63 are also getting ready to celebrate their Golden Jubilee . A flyer ready to reach all Class '63ers has been sent for publication here in Aliguas Mangaldan by Cristy Aquino Abreu so all members of this class will try to be present for the celebration . So , Class '63 members , save the days of your Class Reunion ...And that goes to all ALUMNI ! SAVE THESE DAYS OF THE GRAND REUNION AND LET US ALL BE THERE ! !
Meetings have been going on since the planning of the STCS ( formerly STHS ) 65th Anniversary celebration started . Officers have been elected . To keep the alumni on the loop , Anne Evangelista Buaron sent the minutes of the three meetings which occurred the past few months .
Minutes of the Meeting
April 21, 2012
A. Printing of banners/poster for the dissemination of information about the 65th
STCS Foundation Celebration with the following venues:
3. Market (Mangaldan)
B. Batch presidents will be informed through letters.
C. Posting of activities and information at 65
th Grand Reunion 2013 Facebook Account.
D. Batch registration fee will be directed to the Alumni treasurer to be assisted by the Secretary and properly noted by the auditor. The following are the Batch Registration bracket:
Graduating 2012-2013……will served as Usherettes during the affair.
Batch 2000-2006………… P5, 000.00
Batch 1990-1999………….P6, 000.00
Batch 1980-1989………….P7, 000.00
Batch 1970-1979………….P8, 000.00
Batch 1960-1969………….P10, 000.00
Batch 1950-1959………….exempted from Registration Fee
E. The following Committees were decided upon:
1. Souvenir Program- c/o Mrs. Anita Evangelista - Buaron
Following the Ads suggested costs:
Inside Back Cover Page - P10,000.00
Inside Front Cover - P10,000.00
Flop Page - P10,000.00
Whole Page - P2,000.00
Half Page - P1,000.00
Note: All class pictures (1) are included in the Batch registration.
Inside Back Cover Page c/o Mdm. Bona De Vera- Parayno
Flop Page (Inside Front) c/o Sir Ben Limon
Whole page c/o Sir Arnulfo Bautista
2. Souvenir Items- includes T-shirt
3. Decoration-c/o STCS
4. Peace and Order-c/o Mr. Francisco C. Evangelista, Jr.
5. Awards- c/o STCS and Mrs. Anita Evangelista –Buaron as member
*Awarding of successful Alumni
6. Medical-Dental-c/o Mdm. Bona Parayno
7. Farmer’s Trade- Mr. Arnulfo Bautista
F. Next Alumni Meeting will be on
May 19, 2012, Saturday, 2:00 p.m. at STCS . Furthermore, it was agreed upon that the succeeding Monthly Alumni Meeting will be every third Saturday of the month, 2:00 p.m. at STCS.
Prepared by: Ms. Luzviminda Nanalis
Mr. Jonathan Nato
Mdm. Bona De Vera Parayno 2
: Bonafe De Vera- Parayno - President
: Ben Limon- Pangasinan- Vice- President
Anita Evangelista- Buaron- Metro Manila
Corazon Aquino Natavio-Southern California
Benedicto Sarzaba- Northern California
Silverio Moulic- New Jersey, NY
Margarita Aquino Junio - Canada
: Gloria de Guzman (resigned)
: Arnulfo G. Bautista
Francisco C. Evangelista, Jr.
: Virgilio Leocadio
: Rowell Casaclang
: German Balolong
Minutes of the Previous Meeting on February 4, 2012 at STCS , 4:30 p.m.
1. Schedule a joint meeting between the incoming and the outgoing alumni officers regarding the Turn-over of Alumni fund, proceeds of the fund and suggested school project, with the STCS Principal and Director.
2. Formulate the Alumni Association By- Laws which contains in particular the following concerns:
a. Annual date for corporate meeting
b. Venue of Alumni’s regular meeting
c. Schedule of Alumni meeting
a.1. Bi-annual meeting
a.2. Monthly meeting
a.3. Other Emergency Meeting
d. By-Laws must be checked by Atty. Cerdan c/o Mr. German Balolong
3. The President, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer will be the bank signatories for the Alumni fund.
4. Bank of the Philippine Island Mangaldan Branch will be the official bank of the STCS Alumni.
5. Officers of the Alumni will also be the Board of Directors.
6. Officers are advised to notify the secretary for any future plans to be attended.
7. Communication letters must be copy righted.
8. Create a Letter Head
9. Ads and Solicitation Letters must be secured and monitored through a control number, for proper dissemination and accounting.
10. All Batch Presidents will be invited to attend the April 21, 2012 Alumni Meeting at STCS 10:00 a.m. for the dissemination of 65
th Foundation Celebration.
11. After the April 21, 2012, all Batch Presidents are hereby advised to attend the Regular Monthly Meeting
12. Facebook Account: STCS 65
th Grand Reunion 2013.
13. February 19, 2012 Saturday, at 1:00 p.m. will be the next meeting of the Alumni Officers at STCS.
14. Color Coding are assigned by Decade following the Rainbow Color –ROYGBIV, except Indigo). The Order of Color by Decade/Batch are the follows:
a. Batch 2000-2006………… RED
b. Batch 1990-1999…………. ORANGE
e. Batch 1960-1969…………. BLUE
f. Batch 1950- 1959 .........VIOLET
g. Amendments of the particular portion of the minutes of the meeting last January 27, 2012
1. Retention of the 10,000 registration fee for 1960-1969 bracket.
2. Bidding-define as additional source of fund. Example: T-shirts
3. Registration fees will be a source of fund
4. Prioritize the alumni for the Alumni Expo.
Prepared by: Ms. Luzviminda Nanalis
Mr. Jonathan Nato
Approved by: Mdm. Bona De Vera Parayno
FIRST ALUMNI MEETING
January 27, 2012
STCS Director’s Office
Presided by: President Bonafe De Vera Parayno
Present: Bona De Vera Parayno(President), Benjamin Limon (Vice President), Luzviminda Nanalis, Jonathan Nato (Secretaries), Gloria De Guzman(Treasurer), Noli Bautista (Asst, Treasurer), Francisco Evangelista (P.R.O.) Virgilio Leocadio (Asst. P.R.O.), German Balolong (Asst. Auditor).
Absent/Excused: Corazon Aquino Natavio (Vice President), Benedicto Sarzaba (Vice President), Silverio Moulic(Vice President), Margarita Aquino (Vice President), Rowell Casaclang (Auditor)
The first agenda of the meeting is the idea of calling or setting a joint meeting between the former officers and the newly elected officers of the Alumni Association. The purposes of the plan joint meeting are:
a. To officially turn over the positions in order to plan independently for the activities for the Association especially the Alumni Homecoming on the 65
th Foundation Anniversary of the Santo Tomas Catholic School.
b. The initial planned date of the 65
th Foundation will be on March 2-3, 2013.
c. The standard batch registration of P5,000.00 has been agreed to categorize into brackets according to the following:
Graduating 2012-2013 will served as Usherettes during the affair
Batch 2000-2006……… P5, 000.00
Batch 1990-1999………. P6, 000.00
Batch 1980-1989………. P7, 000.00
Batch 1970-1979………. P8, 000.00
Batch 1960-1969………. P10, 000.00
Batch 1950-1959………exempted from registration fee
The Board of Directors of the Alumni Association will composed by all the newly elected alumni officers. They are the president, vice presidents, treasurers, secretaries, PROs and auditors. However, in terms of withdrawing/depositing alumni funds from the bank, the President, Secretaries and Treasurers must always be present.
3. The funding of the association will be coming from biddings and ads/ batch registration during the hold of the homecoming. The proceeds will go to school improvement.
It was noted that every batch should give charitable contributions aside from their paid ads during the homecoming.
All batch/class presidents or secretaries should be called for a meeting this coming April 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in STCS. This will be disseminated through letters and website which include MIO, Aliguas Mangaldan and alumni website/Facebook.
The officers agreed to create an account/website wherein checks, donations and alumni updates will be posted.
It has been proposed that on March 1, 2013 before the alumni homecoming, there will be a whole day and overnight native products expo wherein booth tickets will be sold for the interested alumni businessmen to showcase their products. The said expo will be part of alumni funding.
a. The expo will be called as Santo Tomas Farmers’ Market Affair (the proposed name) composed of alumni vendor/businessmen of fish, vegetables, peanuts and other native products.
b. The booth registration will be administered by Mdm. Bona
c. Only the space for the booth will be paid and so every businessman will be free for the creation of their booth. The size of the both will be canopy like/price.
d. The booth will be open for public and not limited to alumni batches.
e. The selling of each booth is P500.00.
On March 2, 2013 Saturday will be the mass, parade, lunch and alumni night wherein cultural presentation will be showcase by every batch. March 03, 2013 will be for medical dental mission and March 04, 2013 Monday will be batch outing.
9. THE CREATION OF COMMITTEES
The officers decided to trim down the committees of the previous alumni association. The following are the new combined committees.
a. Music, Orchestra, Entertainment and Sounds Committee
Chairman: Mr. Ben Limon
b. Decoration and Souvenir Committee
c. Tshirts, Ads, Publicity and Souvenir Program Committee
Chairman: Mr. Virgilio Leocadio
Members: Mr. Rowell Casaclang, Mr. Ben Limon and Mr. German Balolong
d. Lights, Streamers, Physical Arrangement and Fireworks Committee
c/o Santo Tomas Catholic School
e. Peace & Order, Marshall, Emergency Services and Motorcade Committee
Chairman: Mr. Francisco Evangelista
f. Awards and Religious Activities Committee
c/o Santo Tomas Catholic School Director
g. Medical and Dental Mission Committee
Chairwoman: Mdm. Bona De Vera Parayno and Mdm. Anne E. Buaron
h. Farmers’/ Trade Fair Committee
Chairman Mr. Arnulfo Bautista
i. Finance Committee
Chairwoman: Mdm. Bona De Vera Parayno
Members: Corazon Aquino-Natavio
Margarita Aquino Cendana
The officers’ next meeting will be on February 04, 2012 4:30 p.m. at STCS. The agenda will be amendments of Constitution and By Laws and the Articles of Incorporation of the Alumni Association.
Meeting adjourned at 12:00 noon
Prepared by: Ms. Luzviminda Nanalis
Mr. Jonathan Nato
Approved by: Mdm. Bona De Vera Parayno
The Santo Tomas Catholic School Alumni Association recently elected the new President of the association . Bona De Vera Parayno is the incoming President and Fe Tolentino Datuin is the outgoing prexy . Congratulation to you , Bona . We wish you success for the forthcoming activities of the association . The officers list will be posted soon .
Oath Taking of the new set of officers headed by Bona was January 27th , 2012 after the 7:00 a.m. mass in celebration of it's Foundation Day .
Message from the new President , Bona De Vera-Parayno :
Class '59 of the Santo Tomas High School is 50 ! A year after our dear Alma Mater celebrated it's Diamond Jubilee with a Grand Alumni Homecoming . Hopefully however , to Class '59 it's not too soon to come together again and celebrate it's Golden Jubilee . For the joys of this wonderful event and the blessings of Class '59 are many .
Members of class '59 thank and praise the Lord for the gift of batchmates who found joy in looking for old classmates , tracing their whereabouts and connecting them to one another . Many class get-togethers have been organized which by now have become a tradition .
Through these get-togethers we batchmates were able to renew acquaintances , formed new frienships and strengthened existing ones .We shared and rejoiced over each other's accomplishments and successes which come in varied forms . We learned from one another 's mistakes and compforted each other in times of pain and loss . We were able to re-establish our links with our school and gave our generous support to its projects . Together we mourned the passing away of dear batchmates whom we learned to love and treasure . From the seemingly idifferent young boys and girls who would reluctantly acknowledge one another even with just a smile fifty years ago , we have bonded like a family . And thus , each one becoming a gift.. a grace to each other ..
To all of us members of Class '59 , may our Golden Anniversary then be a continuous celebration of life and love . May this blessed event unite us in praise and thanksgiving to our all-loving and merciful God for the love and blessings He has bestowed on us all these years . And may we look forward to many more happy and grace-filled class get-togethers while keeping the bond that make us one , strong as ever ...
By Ludivine Mir-Loresco , Chairman on Souvenir Program .
The celebration was a three-day affair which started with a mass on Feb . 28 , 2009 .
Picture was taken before the start of the mass . Photo at the top includes Fr. Joel Ynson , the Director Of STCS .
The following pictures were taken during mass at Santo Tomas Parish Church in Mangaldan .
Ludy Mir Loresco doing the reading for that day .
Bishop Jesus Cabrera with his very interesting homily .
Father Joel Ynson , Director of STCS concelebrated the mass with Bishop J. Cabrera .
Catered breakfast was served at the gym after the mass , followed by tree planting by the class .
Breakfast with Olympia Mercado , Tita Morales Quinto , Venus Jimenez Dioquino , Nieva Biala Sabado , Vivien Cera Mariano , Nora Cabrera and Marie Aquino
And the trees were planted on the grounds of their Alma Mater , STHS . We hope the mahoganies will thrive ...
Marie tried to dig the soil for the mahogany tree with the help of Fernando while class '59 members joined in the event .
Tita tried her hand in tree planting while Thelma , Cecile and Fernando looked on .
It was Serafin's turn to plant a mahogany while Diosdado , Rodrigo and Fernando watched him .
And now it is time for lunch and the Fellowship Hour ... .
It is true that we all went our separate ways after our HS graduation to follow our dreams and our quest for the unknown . It was a scary time for us . But the memories of our four years together in STHS remained intact and became one of the driving forces in our journey . The virtues that were inculcated to us by the Sisters and our mentors became the beacon that guided us through life's trials and difficulties .
One thing is certain , the bond that had been established in our batch '59 has endured the test of time . Nothing can break this bond . Petty misunderstandings and small spats may occur but we become more non-judgmental and forgiving . We have matured and mellowed . We accept each other as we are , without any questions , pretenses or egotism . SHARING in all aspects is what this reunion is all about . The quest for the unknown has become the thing of the past . We have conquered the unknown .
After all the members have shared their experiences during the "Fellowship Hour", it was very evident that most members of the class sacrificed a lot during their high school years as well as after . But look at everybody now , each is proud of what their families turned out to be ..".If there is a will , there is always a way ."
By three o'clock , we all went home to relax and prepare for the evening's event ...
The invitation and program of the evening ..
The luau centerpiece ( lechon ) with Serafin ( over -all Chairperson for the Golden Jubilee celebration ) , Pat Gilladoga , Marie ( Chairperson of the Hawaiian Luau Night ) , guest Cecile Ferrer Mejia , Venus , John Gilladoga ( President of Class'59 ) and Ross Mejia ( guest )
Cecilia Cabrera conducts the singing of the Phil. National Anthem and the STHS Hymn
Marie dances with John Gilladoga , President of Class '59
Prayer before meals is being led by Fr. Joel Ynson , Director of STCS
Chow time for the Hawaiian clad Class '59ers and guests .Guests enjoyed the lechon ( masalangsang tan mananam ) and the catered dinner .
John Gilladoga , Rebecca A. Serafica , Rosie Serafica , Sister Andrea , Maura and Marina Vergara are seated . Standing are Rosie Barrozo Perez , Serafin Serafica and Marie Aquino .
Guest Cecile Ferrer Mejia poses with former classmates ( STHS First year ) Cora Cabrera , Marie Aquino , Marina Vergara , Rosie Barrozo , Cristina Malabuet and Veronica de Vera .
Some of the tables where members of Class '59 are seated .. Rosa Daroy , Mercedes Biador Veronica De Vera , Estrella Cuison , Cora Cabrera , Gleceria ( Molina ) and husband Cesar Radoc .
Seated for dinner are guests Cora J. Aquino and her daughter Ashley , class members Venus J. Dioquino , Marie Aquino , Nieva B. Sabado and husband Raul .
Lilia A. Coronel sits with other guests Ross and Cecile , Pat Gilladoga , Lito Quinto , Marie , Lita , ( Lito's wife ) and Rebecca .
Most Class '59 members during the Hawaiian Luau : Seated are Corazon Abrazaldo Riovaldez , Emerita Barrozo , Gilda B . Bautista and Marina Vergara . Standing behind are John Gilladoga , Vivien Cera Mariano , Rodrigo Tibig , Rosario Barrozo Perez , Norma Roca Quinto , Cristina Malabuet Cornel , Yolanda Frianela Cabiles , Veronica Magno Caluza , Gleceria Molina Radoc , Jovencia Embuido Eslava , Margarita D. Aquino and Manuel Biason .
A song medley is being presented by Estrella , Vivien , Thelma , Enriqueta , Gleceria , Veronica , Marina , Veronica M. , Yolanda , Norma , Jovencia , Mercedes , Corazon A ., Gilda , Corazon C., Emerita , Rosa , Olympia and Cecilia as the guitarist .
What is a Hawaiian Luau without the Hula dancers ? The " dancers " in grass skirts are Diosdado de Guzman , Manny Biason , Rodrigo Tibig and Serafin Serafica who did a Hawaiian interpretation of " Hukilau " song . Kudos for a "job" well done . Mely Tibig led the pack ..
Lilia A. Coronel , Director of Cherished Moments School , shares her ideas on " Bonding " as the Guest Speaker .
Time out for "dance for all " . On the dance floor are Lito and Lita Quinto , Rodrigo and Mely , Ludy and Raffy , and Marina and partner .
Time to acknowledge the hard-working , behind -the-scenes individuals . Serafin presents Olympia Mercado , who is the treasurer and the "detective " who tracked down Class '59 members , a Plaque of Appreciation .
Ludy expresses her gratitude as she receives her plaque of appreciation for an excellent job she did as Chairperson of the Class '59 Golden Jubilee Souvenir Program ..
Manny and Marie presenting Lily A. Coronel a Plaque Of Appreciation for being the Guest Speaker of Class '59 .
Another dance for all . This time the dancers are Nieva and Raul , Manny and Naida , Lito and Lita , Veronica M. and partner .
Thelma and Mercedes showed that they still can enjoy dancing without male escorts .
The lack of male members of Class '59 did not bother Estrella and Enriqueta . Dancing " g to g " is the way to go nowadays .
Marie and Venus giving their interpretation of the Hawaiian Wedding Song .
Musical Chairs , a parlor game became a part of the program .
The chairs are getting fewer ...finally a winner emerged .
Statue dance was also a part of the games . Winners were given cash ..
In between dances , door prices were drawn . Prices of cash and goods were donated by Serafin Serafica , Marie D . Aquino , Enriqueta Morales Quinto and Venus Jimenez Dioquino .
The night ended with a closing remarks from Diosdado de Guzman , Vice-President of Class '59 for the Philippines . The Chairpersons and the members of the committee wish to express their gratitude for the cooperation of all Class '59 involved in this event .
MARCH 1 , PICNIC AT THE PTA RESORT IN MABILAO , SAN FABIAN , PANGASINAN
Inspite of the late night , all the Class '59 members attended the early Sunday Mass at the Parish Church .. First group to arrive at the resort was Tomas Espiritu , his wife Concepcion and company . Next group was Marie and Venus ( with sister Cora and Alex ) who did not stay long . By 12:00 noon , almost all have arrived . Last to arrive were Olympia and her husband who were designated to cook pinapaitan and kaldereta ( goat ) . Food was in abundance . Lou S. Biason , the widow of Class'59er Dionie and a resident of Marikina made it to the picnic .
The following pictures show the joy and camaraderie of former classmates . The Mayor of San Fabian , Mayor Mojamito Libunao , dropped by to greet the class for their Golden Jubilee Celebration .
Are these the same faces as last night ? They shoud be , being in the same class '59 . Sitting down are Enriqueta , Estrella Marie , Mercedes , Rosa and venus . Standing are Virginia ( Aida ) Thelma , Ludy , Cecilia , Serafin , Yolanda , Veronica M ., Marina , and Veronica de V.
Well , Naida and Nieva just joined the group ...
Seated are Rogelio , Alicia , Cora , Rose and her granddaughter . Standing are Cresencio , Teofilo , Raffy ( seated ) , Johnny M. and Rosie ..
Augusto is trying to practice for the Mangaldan "Idol" while Cora , Fernando , Petronilo and Rudy wait for their turns .
Chow time .. See those broiled ( or are they fried ? ) chickens ? I think Amado Carlos caught them single-handedly ! ! Olympia tries to sure everybody will have enough to eat ....Definitely ! !
By three o'clock , everybody was ready to head home .. There will be another picnic ... a day after today ...
March 4th , 2009 ... Hundred Islands , here we come ...........
It was very early in the morning when started to head for Lucap , Alaminos to get the boats for Hundred Islands . We did not board the two boats until we all bought ourselves hats for the hot sun . We also took the opportunity to take some pictures while the sun was not yet at it's peak .
These are the Class '59 members who were able to join the Hundred Islands trip . Seated in front are Venus , Corazon , Nieva , Serafin , Vivien , Fernando , Cresencio and Adolfo . Seated in the 2nd row are Teresita , Cecilia , Emerita Cristina , Marina , Enriqueta , Ludy , Rosa , Mercedes, Marie , Estrella ,Gilda , Rosie , Manny and Olympia .
Venus , Marie , Rebecca and Serafin stayed for another photo ..
The same class '59 members but not all gals are wearing their newly -bought hats ...
The short boat tour started at about 8:00 a.m . so there were not strong waves ..
Looks of anticipation showed in all of us .. Nieva , Teresita , Marie , Tita , Manny , Naida , Venus , Rosa , Mercedes , Gilda , Marina , Estrella and Rosie .
Do you know what time this is ? It was about 10:00 A.M. but we were ready to eat our lunch .. Yes , lunch ! ! Do you know what Manny cooked ? Bisokol ( escargot ) and pising . He gave a short lesson on " how to suck a bisokol " Mangaldan style . We have all your hearts ( or shall I say stomachs ) desire in this picnic . Agaylay karakel lamet na panangan , so we started eating lunch quite early .
Hey , Manny and Serafin , are you trying to push or are you pulling the boat ? Naksel kayo amon maong so are you trying to prove your strength ?
The lure of the water was too much to ignore .. Unfortunately , our bikinis were left at home ..
Manny and Serafin really made a lot of splashes . They were quite ready to bare their bodies .
After a bit of exploring the fivesome decided to take time out for another " oraca ". Ludy , Venus , Marie , Eva and Rebecca love the place .
Another discovery by Eva , Vivien and Marie ; the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes , which sits on a cliff overlooking the water .Truly a breath taking view ..
Is'nt this a fantastic picture with the small islands as a background ? Manny looks tired after his romp in the water . By now , you must know the names of those class '59ers in the picture , don't you ?
Here are the guys , Arturo Ferrer , Dr. Raul Sabado , Fernando Rivo , Raffy Loresco , Cresencio Caballero , Adolfo Yonson and Serafin Serafica ..
And here are some of the gals ; Rosie , Tita , Ludy , Olympia and Marina ...
After a hearty merienda at 12:00 noon and a lot of chika chika , the class was ready to head back home ." Simpet abong la " before the big waves will invade the sea .
The whole three - day experience of our Golden Jubilee celebration was much more than we expected . The "bonding" which is our theme have grown stronger . We have enjoyed each other's company tremendously...
And as we prepare to go to our homes and to the old grind , remember that we have added more SOUVENIRS WITHIN OUR CLASS ' 59 WHICH TIME WILL TURN INTO OUR TREASURES . GOD BLESS US ALL .. MAY WE HAVE MANY MORE HAPPY CLASS ' 59 REUNIONS AS YEARS GO BY ...
By Marie Aquino Junio
Fifty years after graduating from the Santo Tomas High School , Class '59 members are celebrating their Golden Anniversary back at their Alma Mater in Mangaldan , Pangasinan . Members of the class are requested to get in touch with the class coordinators either in Mangaldan , USA or Canada .
The celebration will be a two day affair , February 28 and March 1 , 2009 . I am printing the tentative program and activities during those days ...
FEB. 28 , 2009
1. THANKSGIVING MASS ..........................................................7:00 a.m.
2. BREAKFAST........................................................................8:00 a.m.
3. GETTING REACQUAINTED .......................................................9 :00 a.m.
4. LUNCH .............................................................................12:00 NOON
5. PARLOR GAMES /BINGO/ VIDEOCADE ( OPEN TO CLASS '59 FAMILY MEMBERS,
CHILDREN AND APOS ).............................................................2:00 p.m.
MARCH 1, 2009
1 . PICNIC ..............................................................................9:00 a.m.
2 . RETURN FROM PICNIC ..........................................................3:00 p.m.
3. EVENING GET TOGETHER ....................................................... 8:00 p.m.
HAWAIIAN ATTIRE AT THE STCS GYM
PROGRAMME WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE ENTRANCE
CLASS ' 59 ers , PLEASE DO COME .....SEE YOU ALL IN 2009 ! ! ! !
CONTACT PERSONS :
LUDIVINE MIR .... 75-523-5881 , DIOSDADO DE GUZMAN ....... 75-523-5869
SERAFIN SERAFICA .....714-693-3072
MARIE AQUINO JUNIO ......604-921-6845
by Anne Evangelista-Buaron
The euphoria of the STCS (60th) Diamond Jubilee and Grand Alumni Homecoming last March 1-3, 2008 is still being felt by most alumni who attended.
In a way, Class ‘75 played a proactive role to make our grand reunion a success; like posting the Advisories on the updates and preparatory activities at the Pangasinan.org.–Mangaldan/STHS & Aliguas Mangaldan websites, which have contributed to a lot of attendance. Atchi Marie Junio had vividly written the highlights of the celebration at the Aliguas, which connects our kabaleyans around the globe. She is not only an STCS outstanding alumnus, but more importantly co-owner and founder of this very popular website, with Sir Djoma de Guzman; hence they both deserved our warmest congratulations.
Relative to this and in response to the prodding of some batchmates who are envious with the other Batches, because they can’t find any B’75 picture posted in the Aliguas, I am sharing therefore our experiences in three parts; Before, During and After the momentous event.
I. BEFORE – PREPARATORY ACTIVITIES
Some Class ‘75 alumni excitedly met at the STCS, Feb. 28, pm. to brainstorm and finalize the preparation for the 3-day activity. After a simple dinner, visited our balikbayan couple and batchmates from Hawaii, Tito and Virginia Gutierrez- Cendana in Salaan. With the power of text messaging, our dear friend and benefactor Bona and husband Melchor Parayno, who just arrived direct from the USA (despite very tired and jet lag), also joined us in reminiscing our HS memories as evidenced by the two photos:
Standing (L-R) : Larry Segundo, Julio “Twit” Fernandez, Perfecto Cendana III, Maximino Castro, Anne Evangelista-Buaron, Andres Laluan, Rufino Aquino, Rodrigo Visperas, Bona De Vera-Parayno and Rolando De Vera. Seated (L-R) Arnulfo Bautista, Nora V. Gonzales, Genaro Bautista, Virginia Cendana & Glorina C. Aquino.
The next day, Feb. 29 p.m., we met again at the school to rehearse for the Alumni Socio-Cultural Presentation on the much awaited day,
Two pictures of C’75 rehearsing the presentation of their chorus and national song, “ Kung Sama-Sama...” If We Hold On Together”
While rehearsing, saw some alumni of Batch ‘59 and about to practice also. I excitedly approached no other than Atche Marie Junio of Aliguas to meet her personally for the 1st time. Sayang, missed to capture with a picture together that rare moment.
After the rehearsal, our very generous TFC batchmate/ninong Genaro S. Bautista, Navy Reserved, USA brought a lot of pasalubongs for all of us, contained in 2 big balikbayan boxes. They consisted of branded shirts, tshirts, maong pants, slacks, perfumes, lotion, soaps, jewelries, bags, watches, sunglasses, wallets, rubber shoes, etc. Batchmates who weren’t present were also given their shares when they visited him at the ancestral home of his wife, Aida Gatinga near Romana Peanut Brittle.
And now... a time of gift giving and distribution of pasalubongs... me
Principal Arnold all smiles with his presents, . ..the printed polo he’s wearing and a nice t shirt on hand.
Noli Bautista fits his pasalubong of printed polo and shows to Ninang Bona, (another very generous batchmate)the brand of t- shirt (orig) given by Gene. When all the contents of the 2 boxes were emptied... It’s time to thank Ninong Gene ... and poses for prosperity....
A wacky and joyful shot...One more happy pose
Time to partake simple dinner of pansit and softdrinks. Pic shows Rosemarie Ferrer- Magtangob and husband, Josie Jimenez-Petilla, Daniel Cabanilla, etc.
II. DURING -THE BIG DAY – STCS Diamond Anniversary,
March 1,2008, First Day
Class ’75 before the Thanksgiving Mass
B ‘69 with my brother director Ces M. Evangelista. Five alumni of Batch ‘67 including my Kuya Angel M. Evangelista. Sorry I didn’t get the names of the others.
Queuing up for the Holy Communion . . . Bonafe de Vera - Parayno with husband Melchor, accepting the Plaque of Appreciation from Fr. Joel Ymzon, STCS Director, as major donor and sponsor for the construction of the STCS Gymnasium.
With the support of hubby Rodel M. Buaron and son Reinard.
AFTER THE MASS...THE MUCH AWAITED MOTORCADE!!
Hello from Class ’75 ! Class ’65 with my Atche Rose, Rosario M. Evangelista.
Class ‘73 with my Atche Julie M. EvangeIista-Sierra
Class ‘ 75 posed at the gym after the motorcade . . .
It’s time to eat for lunch! We have the privileged to have 3 Sisters and 1 Father as our guests, but very sorry, didn’t get their names. On the table are Anne, Fe Suque-Maramba, Armando Ydia , Sister? and Sister ?, Father Carino, Andres Laluan and Sister ?. Am really very sorry, Sisters.
The second photo above shows Gil Abrazaldo, Nora Carmen Aquino, Nora Gonzales, Glorina Aquino, Josefina Petilla, Merlinda Evangelista, Luz Bautista and Susan Torralba.
A posed by the guys... Twit Fernandez, Alfredo Costes, Rufino Aquino, Nicanor Abalos, Ernesto Natavio, Gerardo Abrio, Boy Visperas, Larry Segundo, Bernardo Tandoc and Maximino Castro .
Right photo is the group of Alex Bautista, Jose Oca, Arnulfo Abe, Diosdado Surait, Santiago Cerezo, Romulo Martinez and Ernesto Natavio.
Leticia Villanueva, Jose Oca, Cenon Pulanco and Rodrigo Cabanisas.
Above right, a happy shot with B’75 Jose Oca, Lydia Tibig, Leticia Villanueva, Anne, Nora, Rose, Rogelio Evangelista, Twit Fernandez, Gene Bautista and Max Castro
The photo below shows B’75 on stage before the Cultural Presentation . . . . . With more C ’75 members, and calling for more.
Batch ’69 with my Kuya Cesar M. Evangelista.
Above right, this time with my Atche Gelimina M. Evangelista-Espino and Class ’61 alumni.
B’75 Noli Bautista, Connie Aquino, Anne Buaron, Jose Juanatas, Gene Bautista , Nora Gonzales , Janet Cendana.
BEFORE THE PRESENTATION.... The guys getting ready and fixing their outfits with Paz Morales-Romero assisting.
The Actual Presentation... Batch ’75 ..guys and ladies giving their best in “Katawan”,
And the Class ‘75 rendition of Kung Sama-Sama ..‘If We Hold on Together... Where we got 2nd place. Batch ‘73 got the 1st place!
Anyway, most of us have Ates or Kuyas in Batch ‘73, so we were all winners. After the program, some stayed a while in the school for more bonding, me included.
Above right, In the photo are, Standing; Josie Petilla, Susan Torralba, Paz Morales-Romero, Anne Evangelista- Buaron, Rosemarie Ferrer-Magtangob and husband. Infront are Rodrigo Visperas, Manuel Tandingan, Arnulfo Tangulig, and Nora De Vera-Gonzales. Rosemarie was our contestant to the Mrs. STCS Alumni 2008.
THIRD DAY- MARCH 3- MEDICAL AND DENTAL MISSION
The STCS Alumni Volunteer doctors, nurses and dentists were treating some patients, others were waiting for their turn, when I went to the school around 10:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m. , no more medicines, so the patients were just given prescriptions. The Mission ended around 2:00 p.m. When I went to the school, saw Fr. Dir. Ymzon and approached him, but was surprised with his comment, “ I thought nawala na ang suporta ng Batch ’75, kasi wala pa akong nakita, unlike before.
Although batchmate Fe Suque-Maramba, Chief Nurse at the Regional Hospital was already there. I replied of course, B ‘75 is always supportive, that’s why I’m here. But told him that I want to explain the absence of Bona De Vera-Parayno, who was supposed to be the Chairperson.
As a background... The Diamond Jubilee Program and Schedule of Activities were distributed 2 weeks before the Homecoming. In the Med Dental Mission Project, nowhere can we read the name of Bona in the Committee, even as a member. Where in fact, as early as June 07 of the Alumni Meeting, when the officers decided that a Medical and Dental Mission shall be conducted, it was suggested that it was to be chaired by Bona due to the successful 1st STCS MedDental Mission in March 2007, which she sponsored, in cooperation with STCS Admin., volunteer doctors, dentists nurses, B’75, etc.. There were more than 2,000 patients treated and given free medicines. Bona readily accepted the chairmanship, and I, as the coordinator of B’75 and contributing writer for STCS at Aliguas, tried to attend the Alumni meetings at least every other month, since am based in MM. Prepared the Terms of Reference (TOR), and started our coordination with the alumni through the net, emails and texts. However, Bona learned that she wasn’t included in the Committee, so we have to cease our preparations and coordination. But for the sake of STCS, she was still very willing to shoulder half of the expenses for the medicines. That’s why, during the Cultural presentation break, she announced a meeting for the Med Dental Committee officers and volunteers after the presentation to finalize the plan. However, the meeting was also cancelled without even notifying her again, so that was the final blow/ moment.
However, during the Alumni Ball, Mrs. Fe Datuin, Alumni President approached her inquiring on the medicines. She was taken by surprised, but did not comment anymore.
After the Grand Alumni Ball, we (Bona, Manny, Principal Arnold, Noli and me) discussed about the Mission, and our final decision was..to let the Med/Dental Committee take charge, since we are not included in the Committee.
When I finished narrating to Fr. Ymzon, he said that did not know anything about it. He then invited me to tell to the Alumni Treasurer Mrs. Rosario Serafica–Cervantes and Sub- Secretary Ms. Abejero who were at the Admin. Office and they too, were surprised. If it ever reached the Alumni President, Ms. Datuin, don’t know, I just raised our sentiments.
In my job/ nature of work, I have been involved in organizing and coordinating national and international events. As I observed, the Med Dental Mission conducted was alright. However, it would have been more successful, if the Alumni Officers honoured what had been agreed and decided during meetings as stated in the Minutes of the Meeting , and let us, B ’75 did the coordination as we’ve started. Besides our efforts and sacrifices that we started were nasayang, when the Officers suddenly changed the committee without the courtesy of informing the original members. Nevertheless, we would like to congratulate the Medical Dental Committee for doing their best to make it a successful one.
On the other hand, life goes on for Batch ’75. At 4:00 p.m., met again at the STCS to evaluate the 3-day STCS Diamond Jubilee Celebration.
We also agreed to have another get together on March 8, 2008 (also the town fiesta) at the Hidden Rock Resort , pot luck for the food.
After the meeting, we’re treated dinner by Mr. and Mrs. Mechor Parayno at JG’s restaurant in Mangaldan as shown in the 2 photos. . .
GOLDEN BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
On March 4, 2008, a day after the Diamond Celebration, our batchmate from the USA, Genaro Bautista and his wife, Aida Gatinga -Bautista, MNHS ’74 celebrated their joint birthdays with their friends and relatives here in the Phils. at Casa de Dona Upeng (the former Mansion of Dona Upeng) . Aida, celebrated her golden birthday last Sept. 2007 in the US, while Gene will celebrate his birthday on Sept. 7, 2008, also in the US.
Below are some photos taken during the joyful event:
Aida Bautista with partner, relatives and friends started the ballroom dancing.
Above right, Gene with batchmates and friends, from (L-R) Noli Bautista, Salome Cervito (Elem.), Bona Parayno, Anne Evangelista-Buaron, Gene Bautista, the celebrant, and Manny Tandingan.
Below left, Standing: (L-R) Manny, Gene, Fe Suque-Maramba, Nora De Vera-Gonzales, Cenon Pulanco and Salome Cervito, Seated(L-R) Christopher Bautista (Gene’s son), Bona, Anne and Paz Morales-Romero.
Above right, the handsome guys, Maximino Castro, Noli Bautista, Julio (Twit) Fernandez, Rodrigo (Boy) Visperas, Perfecto (Tito)Cendana, III, and Conrado Mangsat.
Lets Swing .. by Rodrigo Visperas and Janet Cendana Salome Servito and Julio Twit Hernandez.
MARCH 8, 2008
1. AT HIDDEN ROCK FARM RESORT, 8, 2008.. It was a day of singing, story telling ,even playing tong-its for some... The guys with Mariet, while playing tong-its...
2. FromHidden Rock, the group were invited by Joel Meneses since it was also pistay baley. Katon panangan lamet, stomach progress talaga. Then lumipat kamid abong di Max tan Mila, masasarap lamet so handa nila , naimpatso kami lan talaga. Max, Dandie Damba , (naogip la ta apoyat ed biyahe), and Rodel.
And now...It’s time to give Certificate of Appreciation to Ms. Bonafe DeVera-Parayno...
and to Perfecto Cendana, III, etc...Thank you very much for support to Batch ’75.
March 14, 2008 –DAD’s Kamayan, SM Megamall
The despedida dinner of Daniel Cabanilla before his return to Australia the next day, with Dandi Bamba, Jun Tandoc, Daniel, Gil Abrazaldo, AnneBuaron and Nora Gonzales.
2. LAST TCF BATCHMATE TO LEAVE –GENARO BAUTISTA
The 2 pics were taken at Dusit Hotel lobby, Makati City on March 18, 2008, the night before Gene Bautista and family went back to the USA.
Nora, Gene, Christopher (Gene’s son) and Anne. . . .With Christopher, Anne and Gene
With this, babaleg ya salamat for spending your time to read and share with us, the Class ’75 memories on the STCS Diamond Jubilee and Grand Alumni Homecoming and beyond.. Hanggang sa muli. Muaahh...
ABOVE ALL, Thank Very Much Our LORD and SAVIOUR , for all the blessings and guidance !
(Kamay ni Hesus Shrine/Grotto, Lukban,Quezon)
- Anne Evangelista – Buaron,C75
I am in Manila now and will try to upload Raffy Rivera's posting (Djoma):
I don't know if i did it right,but i got some batch 71' pictures during our motorcade,you think it's good enough to be printed in Aliguas website?picture#12
sitting inside Raquel Golea, & Gloria Tandoc.standing are Elvira Cendana,Ella Soriano,Violeta Lambino &Roberto Fernandez.
#14 Rafael Rivera,Bart de Vera, Mario Biason,&Mario Calicdan.
#17BartDV.,Simeon Clata,Robert F.,Roberto Guban.,Mario Biason, Mr.M.Soco Arnel Dutong,Edelberto de Vera& Alex Tambaoan.
#18 Larry Lambino,E. dV., Crispin Padilla,Alex T., George Nabua, Unknown LeonardoGubatan.
#19 Ella Soriano &The boys
#20 The fun has just begun.
#21Batch 71' group pictures
Thank you somuch we all had such agreat time.