Welcome to the
UST High School
Class 1980 Website
This website is dedicated to all the men
and women of Class 1980 of the University of Santo Tomas High
site showcases the fun and nostalgia of the best batch USTHS has ever
OUR VISION, MISSION & GOALS
Yahoo Group Site
USTHS80 US Site
Leo Riingen featured at BusinessWorld, May 12,
WE HAPPY FEW.
by Yna Torres.
The men and women of
USTHS80 are never so happy as
when you tell
them they have a party.
The USTHS80 Photo Class ended
2006 with an On-the-Spot Photo Contest at Leah's Jalajala
residence. Photo entries will be posted soon.
and Leo Riingen as recipients of The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL Awards) for 2006 in
Health and Allied
Science and Technology, respectively.
The awards were
conferred by the University Rector on the awards night on
February 17, 2005, Friday at the UST Central Seminary Gym.Kudos to Jojo and Leo! Article,
Leo Riingen and Yna Valenzuela Torres (receiving the award for Jojo Sayson)
The USTHS Batch 80 Alumni Association
President's Award is conferred upon Rey Espino in
recognition of his selfless and tireless efforts to reunite the
USTHS Batch 80. Through the establishment
and continued management of the USTHS80 e-group, he has been
instrumental in the realization of its Jubilee vision.
Image of a Creative Executive Manila Bulletin, Dec 7, 2005.
Leo Riingen feature.
USTHS80 Girls Valedictorian, Greenwich big boss and our Batch
Secretary Gina Bautista-Naverrete was featured at People Asia
Magazine November 2005 issue.
Click here for the link.
Our very own,
National Coach Jobet Morales, leads the Philippine Taekwondo
Team, to a gold medal haul at the Southeast Asian Games.
Click here for pictures.
UST High School
Batch 80 in US and Canada celebrates Silver Jubilee in Vegas.
A Toast to Remember - The 2005 Las Vegas
Reunion -Full Recap by Chito Rabadam
UST High School
Batch 80 celebrates Silver Jubilee at manila hotel
holds silver trek to
ust high school
prepares for the jubilee
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UST High School
Teng Aguilar -
Leo Riingen -
Militar-Castillo - Treasurer
Chie Meneses-Candelaria -
Ibe Arevalo -
Rey Espino -
Mallari-Alvarez - Chair/Ways&Means
Bong Castaneda -
Jo Manalad - Asst.
Valenzuela-Torres - Vice-chair/SpProjects
Nina Rigor - Asst.
Growing up in
the sixties and early seventies, you drive downtown and you see painted on
the walls the sign, "POST NO BILL." You don't see those signs anymore.
And so with this website, fellow batch members, we invite you to contribute
your bills, your thoughts and your photographs. Let this be a chronicle of
the best works and of the delicate artistic expressions of our members.
Let this photographed volume tell the stories of all those willing to work
side by side seeking to inform and enlighten thru their lens.
Valenzuela-Torres - Editor-in-Chief
Anthony Fallarme -
Rey Espino -
Chito Rabadam - US
Leo Riingen -
80 CONQUERS HALF-DOME
It all started with an
idea, that became a thought, that grew into a plan, that led to a
call…and now, finally the CONQUEST– the 3 Mountain Goats Gruff of
USTHS80 and their Goldilocks conquered the crags and steppes of Half
Dome at the Yosemite Valley.
Chito Rabadam, Jojo
Sayson, John Talabis and Tweet Vizcarra; together with John's better
half Hannah Talabis, after almost a year of preparation, of pumping
iron, of deciding which ski-boots to wear, of taking protein milkshakes
in between jumping in and out of red briefs, of flying in and out of
Pinas for a covert hospital check-up, finally made it to the 3,000 foot
high granite dome.
is 200 miles east of San Francisco where 3 state roads (CA 41, CA 40 &
CA 120) converge. CA 120 is often closed by snow until July but is now
open with its spectacular cascading falls from the melting snow. The
hikers brought with them their Gatorade, camelback hydration system,
1000 calorie snackbars, flashlights and other life saving device,
including bear bells to forewarned grizzlies of their approach.
Aside from its fun,
thrill and adventure, the trek was dedicated to Batch80 in celebration
of the e-Group's 5th anniversary. It also marked the launch of the
fund-rasing campaign for CHILDHouse Manila, the batch's beneficiary.
We shall wait for the
blow-by-blow account of the conquerors. Meantime, enjoy the
spectacular pictures of the USTHS80 Half-Dome climb at our Photo Album and
Chito's Yahoo Album.
CONGRATULATIONS to Chito,
John & Hannah, Jojo & Tweet!
Click here for photos.
E-group and Web Netiquettes INTRODUCED
HEIGHTS & VISTAS
Our Philosophy: There is no measure to all
the knowledge accumulated by man. The tomes of books and
information that are laid out before us, ready to be accessed at the
press of a key, pages after pages, are almost wearisome to behold.
These usths80 sites however exist as "watering holes" to all usths80
classmates where we can refresh our tired senses, express our minds,
share our needs and calling to other members in a manner pleasing and
beneficial to all.
Our Mission: The pages herein are committed to demonstrate our
talents and versatility as a group, to articulate our aspirations, ideas
and interests, to build each other up while edifying truth, to
consolidate all our god-given resources and channel them to good use,
that we may ignite a level of participation and good-will that could
profoundly touch and transform not only our individual lives but the
society we move in.
Our Conduct: We shall conduct ourselves in humility, doing nothing out
of selfish ambition and vain conceit but in lowliness of spirit consider
others better than ourselves, consequently making us patient and more
forgiving of each other's shortcomings. We shall look out not only
to our own interests but to the interests of others.
House Rules: The e-group is a great medium to communicate; to
share, solicit, express and interact. To avoid miscommunication
and ensure that the purposes of which are served, the following are to
1. Use language comprehensible to most;
English, Pilipino & Spanish.
2. No chain letters, pornography, extreme
violence and vulgar language.
3. Healthy participation is encouraged.
Please post and contribute.
4. Exercise freedom of _expression;
personalities and styles should be given vent.
5. Exercise personal responsibility in
discerning contents of materials.
6. We shall be more accommodating and
tolerant than discriminating. Even trivia are welcome, and help
enliven the exchanges.
7. No editing, word/writing critiquing
please unless solicited.
8. If one wishes to express a contrary
view, do so in a respectful manner. Or, one may post one's
contrary view with out having to correct and refer to earlier message.
9. Debates, and friendly spirited
arguments are healthy signs of camaraderie and maturity; they should be
10. If feeling alluded to or slighted/offended by certain remarks or
email, please privately email concerned party.
11. Sensitive issues and very personal topics should be e-mailed
1. Make subject title more descriptive of
the message. Be specific. This will save busy readers precious time
sorting out messages. Example: "Informatics Franchisee" is better
than "Business Opportunity"
2. When replying to a message, try to cut
or shorten message you are replying to, one need not include the whole
message (unless for clarity), more so include the entire trail.
3. Clean files of viruses before
4. Compress files to at most 200kb (or if
necessary, less than 1MB) for each downloading. Do not attach more
than 1MB files.
5. Switch your option to Daily Digest if
you find your e-mail program overloaded with usths80yahoogrps mails.
Go to yahoogroups site -> members -> edit membership -> check Daily
Digest instead of individual emails. Try this URL too -
from espana to
E-GROUP IS 5 YEARS OLD
How it Started
by Rey Espino, father of USTHS80
This group started right after a small
reunion with HS classmates attended by Leo, Teng,
and Tato at Dome Greenbelt1. I was telling them the
story that I accidentally joined usths79 yahoogroup
and I was impressed on how the earlier batch
communicate among their batchmates. Their moderator
enrolled me inspite of him not seeing my name in
their yearbook. At that time, i did not know that a
technology called 'yahoogroup' exists and i thought
that you will need
a special software to be able to start this group.
Later on, i discovered that yahoo! has made the job
easy for anybody who wanted to start a group. This
discovery as well as the short reunion inspired me
to create our own.
Setting this up is a very memorable journey. Monthly
reunions started not only here but also in America.
Almost every week, a new batchmate will enroll. At a
time, we were very idealistic that we can contact
ALL our batchmates and we would be able to get all
their updated contact numbers and addresses. But
later on we realized that this is impossible. But
our efforts bear fruits... as we all know, our batch
was the most well attended reunion so far!
Now, I'm still part of the usths79yahoogroup. So far
i can say that ours is much much better... Happy 5th
year anniversary to all of us!
30, 2001 9:55 PM Phil. Time
Welcome everybody!! Our group is growing. We are
now growing in number since we registered the yahoo
group yesterday. We would like to aknowledge jopet,
teng, wendel, and yours truly as the first 4 to
join. I also invited others ... sila ring, ray b.,
tamey, arlene. Ifyou know the email addresses of
other batchmates, lets invite all of them.
You can start sending email to
email@example.com and all
the members of this group can see your message.
July 30, 2001 3:55AM US Time
Hi, Rey! Great idea to keep in touch with
highschool friends. I forwarded this to Sally,
Alice, Gina, Bubut and Doybie (Pastor). Actually,
Pastor, Alice and I will get together this
Saturday...finally. We are all in LA, ngayon lang
the nalagans in
Color Our Sky Clear
by Yna Torres
And we got one, with just the right amount
of sun. We should have asked for a rainbow but maybe we needed none.
While portions of Manila were being rained out, we have none from our
One could say it was a pretty long drive to take for some
honest-to-goodness chitchat. But there are sub-plots to those long
drives if one will care enough to pause and appreciate them, besides,
the chat was truly honest-to-goodness. Somehow I knew the weather will
be clear and surely, sub-plots underway. Few days before the
get-together for Gerald and Linda, the rains were coming down in
torrent. Few suggested we postpone, one suggested I offer eggs to Santa
Clara and pray. I did the latter but not the eggs…natatakot akong
malimahan. Imagine, asking for fine weather and I end up with number
The rains broke and my mind cleared. I knew
why I was doing what I was doing. I knew many wanted to spend time with
this couple regardless of their no show. Their absence only gave me more
time to ask some personal questions but before that, the palabok muna.
Gerald and Linda were brother-sister section in high school. During our
grand reunion at the Manila Hotel they won that Mr. and Mrs. Batch 80
award, or a version of it. Rightfully so, almost 3 decades after and we
find them still very much in love with each other.
Two days before Saturday, Benjie Mallari-Alvarez
brought the Nalagans to PSJ (if you do not know by now where that is,
you are not eating good food enough) where they were joined by Margie
Agapinan- Alfonso. The two doctoras couldn’t make it to the Tagaytay
trip so they had their small reunion that day.
Saturday, Nina, Gigi and I were to meet at PSJ and ride with the
Nalagans (who were with their three beautiful children, Lance, Macky and
Gab). Malaki daw sasakyan. Malaki nga, pick-up, walang bubong! Eh ang
laki pa naman ni ----! Problema, problema, SOS ki Gina. Whew! Meet at
Petron Slex and disgorge some baggage, that means, Nina and I. I hardly
expect Gina to join our batch affairs, meetings or socials, because of
her very busy schedule - especially after she was made general boss of
Red Ribbon. But she made way and Friday morn came the text she will
join. So there, in her comfy van, Nina and I started updating her on the
Reaching Tagaytay, the house looked a
little different, I have not been visiting it and I realized, why not?
Sayang. Others started trickling in and soon after the talks around the
oval table started. We snacked on Red Ribbon ensaimadas, yummy mammon
and other junk food. We had beers and cheers, San J cold cuts, Greenwich
lasagna and fried chicken, dessert galore. Gina brought chocolate
tiramisu that was excellent. You take the cake, Gina!
Teng and Rey came with their lovely wives,
Cecille and Rose. Harold Kraft was our first time visitor. He gave an
excellent report of the group after and promised to come, no, asked be
invited more often. Ponch Villaroman and Noel Mayuga were there too to
jeer with all our kalokohans. Probing we reveal the immortal love story
of our couple. Love at every sight for Gerald, mooning for this girl,
waiting for her to pass by, angling for a view, while Linda hides her
face or turns the other way. He was a CAT officer, Lt. Col. Gerald
Nalagan, she was his lady-sponsor. 3rd year high school, 4th year high
school, first year college and finally they were on. Pinahirapan talaga.
She was his first love, he, finally, became hers too. From looks of it,
they are to be each other’s last. Kung hindi pa nag-Charismatic, hindi
pa maka-ka-first base. Bakit sya? I asked. Of course I could see why,
but I wanted to hear it from the lovers, always better that way.
And like the familiar refrain of true love
– no clear definite answer, just that unexplainable certain knowing that
she or he is that special one. Coca Cola body, pahabol ni Gerald. Yakult
daw corrected Linda. It was not an easy road they took to get to where
they are now. Gerald worked as a Mc Donald’s crew and had a stint with
Pizza Hut. Linda had to make determined decisions to get her degree and
M.A. Now they are building a vacation (and batch) house in uplands
Antipolo while residing in and working for Uncle Sam. Their children are
their best showcase; disciplined, achievers, getting their best
combination, all their best features.
We will not brag; it was a simple
afternoon. We got clear skies and clear minds; we got lovely, lasting
smiles. We got good time, fancy, funny lines; it was simple, simple,
Linda and Gerald coming, I am inviting.
Respondez S’il Vous Plait - No regrets!
Fourth of July:
Pasiklab in Manila
by Marina Valenzuela-Torres
Independence Day: World Peace and Inter-Galactic
Creatures - the film that propelled Will Smith to
stardom. These are not the topics I will ponder on.
Rather, on this historic date (especially to our
American immigrant batch mates) the batch had, to my
mind, one of the best reunions we’ve had. It was
very casual, very relaxed, yet the conversation
was free-flowing, non-stop and on any topic, from
labada to the upcoming board election, from planning
when to have the next bigone, possibly in the US, to
whodunits. With us that night, basking in “usths80”
welcome,” were two very pretty, very affable batch
mates: John Talabis and Mot or Marie Rosette Barin.
This is going to be a long one. I have not done a
blow-by-blow recap for some time, the last I
remember was for the Career Talk. You may follow me
in my Alice-in-Wonderland narration of last night
for I will let my mind and story meander from
reportage to impressions.
To kick off the afternoon, Teng, Leah, Leo & I,
chose this date to finally turn over our batch
donation for Sagip Leyte to the GMA 7 Kapuso
Foundation. Mabuhay! This had been much delayed but
we assure you the help, which totaled to a tidy sum,
was not tardy. Leah could not join us, so the three
of us trooped to GMA’s cramped and overcrowded
compound looking so pogi and sige na nga, sexy.
Humor lang ha, walang ma-a-antipatikahan. It is
common knowledge that Lewis Carol was on high on
substance when he penned this children’s classic.
I was deposited at the entrance of the building
where I sat myself rather primly in one of the
ubiquitous plastic monobloc chairs. Took more than
half an hour for the guys to find parking, and only
after a little resourcefulness - they left their
vehicle in a nearby car-wash. We were made to wait
for another half an hour or so but having so much
fun gabbing with each other, we hardly minded the
wait. An omen of more good things to come, not only
for the night but perhaps of future undertakings.
Mr. Nonie del la Fuente, GMA Kapuso Foundation
Executive Director, finally arrived, was charming,
grateful and sincere,
briefed us on the status of their outreach in
Southern Luzon, gave us bottled water and huge
ensaimadas we didn’t touch, posed for some video and
picture taking, and off we marched to our next
misadventure. Meantime, a short status
report on the foundation’s program for the affected
region: The tragedy tugged the heartstrings of many
donors that there was an outpouring of assistance to Sitio St. Bernard, the barangay entombed by mud.
The foundation then decided to extend help to
surrounding villages which were adversely affected
too and presently beset by periodic mudslide.
Infrastructure is underway, they have thus far built
3 school buildings of 2 to 3 classrooms each, and of
the 300 families whose lives were interrupted when
they were uprooted and evacuated, 100 are assigned
to GMA Kapuso. This is where our donation will be
After saying hi and goodbye to Kapuso Foundation
Chairperson, Miss Mel Tiangco (sans make-up), who
was caught by surprised when we peeped into her
improvised dressing room (Ow, hahahaha, thank you,
said she. What else could she say?), we fetched John
Talabis, he of eyes fair and curly lashes known.
Reports were true that he is cute, but that’s not
the best of him still. The best of him, is that, he,
like us, is usths80.
am fast becoming an apologist of the group. Don’t
push it, Marina. Only in this site, only with this
The place had a lot to do with the success of the
night. As I thought, the mezzanine level of Dome
Podium would make an ideal get-together joint for
the batch. Place was private and classy, chairs were
comfy, food was good, service was excellent, the
waiters trained by Leo to take digital photos of
kodakan-hungry batchmates, and, as bonus, food was
free. Thank you Domemaster, I mean, Domehusband, I
mean, takusa. That was the thread that ran
throughout the entire evening. Leo proffered this
theory that all, or most, usths80 males are under.
Under the weather? Agree naman ang John, ang Nonoy
Ruda, Teng mitigated their condition by saying,
“mabait lang kami sa asawa.” Then they started
enumerating male members who they believe were
active members of the league, damay ho pati mga wala
pa ruon. Pinakain nga kayo, nilait naman pagkatao
Another pleasant surprise of the night was Fides
another balikbayan batch mate, Mot, in tow. The
youngish-looking Mot is based in Houston the last 20
years. Mot was immediately at home with the group.
Galing! Hence conversation was lively and
uninterrupted. John was just quiet, his pretty eyes
(ayan na naman kami sa mata!) scanning around,
panning our faces, taking imprints of what was going
on around him. Mot’s were chinky and always smiling.
Present that fabulous evening were (in order of
appearance): Teng, Leo, John and I, Fides and Mot,
Nonoy Ruda, Noel Mayuga, Nina Rigor, Wendell and
amiable wife, Chie Meneses, Jeff Castro, Lou Torres,
Tato Martinez, and Anthony Castillo. It doesn’t
require much to have a grand time.
From 4:30 that afternoon to 12 midnight, I was
batch members! And there was no gap, no awkward
silence, no boring moment. I think. I think the
batch has so evolved we are ready for more
challenges ahead. I think we have realized to the
full initial goals set out by the founders of this
egroup. I think this is extra-ordinary. I think we
should pause, take this into account, appreciate it,
be thankful and in turn, reach out to more members,
not perfunctorily, but with our substance, our
commitment. I think I shall want to have more fun. I
think we are wonderful creatures.
P.S. – Allow me quote the good book again that
reminds us, when words abound, sin is present.
Forgive us Father.
Nominate our USTHS80AAI
Coinciding with our coming
anniversary this July, allow me to also announce to you the opening of the
formal nomination period for the next batch (2006-2007) of
directors for our USTHS80 Alumni Association Inc.
First, let me run you through the requirements as stated in
our association by-laws and actions that your current board
agreed on during its regular meeting last June 17:
1) As required by the USTHS80AAI by-laws, the new set of
association directors/trustees need to be elected by October
10, 2006, coinciding as well with the required annual
general membership meeting. USTHS80AAI will target an
earlier date by which to complete both the general
membership meeting, and the elections. Our objective is to
have the new set of officers elected by the end of August,
2) The process entails the election of nine (9)
directors/trustees to be voted on by the USTHS80AAI members
(i.e. USTHS80 alumni). Officers are
then elected by the nine directors/trustess from among
3) Officers include the President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and the Treasurer. The other five remain as
directors/trustees and form part of the executive body that
run the affairs of the association.
4) Nomination period for directors/trustees will start from
July 1 and will be open to all bonafide USTHS 80 alumni,
until July 31.
5) After the nomination period, voting will be done via the
voting function of Yahoo Groups to simplify the process. We
will open the voting by August 1, and close it by the end of
August 25. Leo Riingen will set up the voting function in
Yahoo Groups once the nominations list is finalized in
6) With the above timing, we will satisfy our by-laws'
requirement that members are given at least two weeks
advanced notification of both the election of directors and
the general membership meeting.
7) Proposed date for the General Membership meeting, on the
other hand, is October 7, 2006. Venue will be
8) The Board resolved to form a "COMELEC" who will define
and managethe election process. This will be composed of
Zorayda "Dha" Vazquez-Ang as Chairman, with Chie Meneses and
Anthony Castillo as members.
We enjoin as many from the batch to be directly involved
in leading and furthering this team towards its purpose and
vision. Truly, it entails work, time, and resources spent,
but guaranteed it is equally meaningful and rewarding to be
in such an important role. It is definitely fun as well
given that you work with friends!
Our COMELEC will release details of the mechanics/process
and will lead us towards delivering the above actions so
please watch out for it.
In the meantime, you can start identifying people whom you
think would be very much willing and capable of expanding
our association's reach and accomplishments in the coming
Looking forward to those nominations!
They whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make
USTHS80 participates at 3rd
Leo's Badminton Cup Invitational
Playing on a Palm Sunday (April 9, 2006), the USTHS80
Badminton Team got disoriented. Thinking it was Easter
Sunday, the team laid nothing but eggs. It was
calamitous fun! This was to be the third year Leo was
to celebrate his 40th birthday through a
badminton tournament. The first and second wasn’t
represented by any team from our inimitable batch. As
early as February, Leo planned to assemble one from the
batch but got too busy asking Dha to form one with
hardly a month to prepare.
pictures, click here>)
was tasked to form a team, and got herself a rag-tag one
- as fiery as the Kapitana but to their (opponents’)
luck, this is a different court we are talking about.
Some of those who responded to the postings never saw
practice. Jobet, Dha, Nina and Wendell were able to
practice with my regular Monday badminton buddies.
Responding to my pangungulit, Jim “igme” Mendiola came
and practiced with Guia, Johnny, Anthony Castillo, Ponch,
Dha, Nina, Wendell, Jobet and a sick celebrant the
Thursday before the tournament. All is not set but all
is ready to draw first blood.
Sunday came. Waving this sheet of paper that contained
the team bracketing and schedule, we, to the very last
minute, didn’t know who will be playing for Division A
or B. Those who came to play were: Dha, Jobet, Igme,
Anthony, Nina, Wendell, me and Ike Martinez, who showed
up the first time but sent word days prior he will
come. I will not go through the nitty-gritty as it was
a day of ignominy but I will dwell on the happy
impressions of the day.
The atmosphere was festive like a fair. Food and
drinks courtesy of Dome were being hauled in, music
blaring loud, participants slowly trickling in and
cordoning off choice seats with their bags and
paraphernalia, while the celebrant was looking dazed and
excited. The players were sporting their team colors.
Ours was light blue. The ten competing teams
represented the celebrant’s many interests. There was
the team from Informatics, Camera Club of the
Group, Riingen-Zamora team, All Stars, 4 Acropolis teams
and the USTHS80.
The affair opened with the introduction of the teams,
followed by an invocation led by a lady friend of Leo
who looked like an angel (watching her play though
proved she was neither an angel nor a badminton
player). Games for the three divisions were played
almost simultaneously making it difficult to watch and
cheer for each other. But it was really the cheering
that brought us fun and endeared us to each other. Ike,
who was my barkada in 4th year was at
courtside and with his wonderful wife heckled and jeered
and injected so much yabang in me that I really had so
much fun. I was chewing gum the entire time to muffle
the oaths and invectives.
Allow me this moment of glory as Wendell and I,
for Div C, drew first blood by beating one of the
Acropolis teams. Nina and Wendell copped our second win
by beating Leo’s son and his equally young friend.
Another good game followed and from hereon we shall talk
about the food, hahaha! We strung up losses but ate
most of the banana for the banana caramel waffle that
later I saw the waiter serving banana caramel waffle
without banana slices. Food was wonderful and the
homemade gulaman and sago in garapon, yummy! Nina and I
turned our attention to the gulaman and sago, and going
scientific, asked which drink would provide us more
mileage: gulaman and sago or Gatorade? I took both.
Next time I will try battery fluid.
Our beloved Teng came with sweet and charming Cecille
with their two young kids in tow. The boy is a carbon
copy of his father, even his brains, Cecille
interjected, and whiled away his time boxing with his
older sister using plastic cups as boxing gloves. Gee,
they see their mom and dad do that? I would like to
thank Teng for the team uniform. I was the one who
placed the order, chose the text and color, and since I
have an affair with words, I doubled his budget with all
the letters I had embroidered. He didn’t say anything,
he simply paid. Dear Leah came and provided moral
support. She plays the sport too and will join the fray
in future tourneys.
Having been booted out early, we left the celebrant with
his many remaining guests and walked to the neighboring
Not that we were hungry but we wanted to plot our
(revenge?) next badminton get together. It was a good
feeling. We were tired, egos were bruised but we were
glad we came and played like true kamikazes. To our
So, see you next year at the 4th Leo’s
JALA BIRA SA JALA-JALA
Mga Birada sa Jala-Jala
layo! Ang saya! Ang daming pagkain! Ang bait ni Leah! Ang gara ng
resthouse! Ang galing-galing ng mga nagsidalo! Sarap ng kwento! Bitin.
Kailan kaya mauulit? (More pictures>)
19 from Class 80 came, 38 in all including kids, spouses &
Leah's supermom. Some of those who came missed the sunset on Laguna de
Bay. Many of us here in Pinas, missed Jala-Jala and perhaps, some of you
out there may want to know how the day went.
Weekending is one of the most respected and most popular American
institutions; and we of batch 80 saw the merit of that last weekend. To
many, travelling more than 57 kilometers on Philippine roads and in this
oppressive summer heat is akin to holyweek penitensya, but to us, it
became an adventure. In
fairness, the road from Teresa to Jala-Jala is paved and
well-maintained. We downloaded Leah's detailed instruction and navigated
our way quite successfully to her house with “pink roof” as stated in
her sketch, which actually is not pink but orangy. Rey Espino built
Leah's house with a roof that is not actually pink, but orangy (terra
Unang birada sa Jala-Jala – wow ang gara ng resthouse ni Leah, parang OP
sya sa terrain and to which the WOG boys would later on kid her na
tataas ang value ng property in the area because of Leah's house.
Initially, we ignored the pool and the
court as it was a scorcher that noon and all of us in succession went
staright to the breakfast table. Pangalawang birada, ang daming pagkain,
breakfast, lunch n supper. Yung mga biik ni Chie pinalitson ni Fides,
and wow! How baboy the pigs! We made sure nakahilata duon sa lamesa at
hindi lumilipad like pigs.
Those who came before and during lunch were: Vita with son Igi, 2 nieces
and Vicky; Noel Mayuga, Fides, Rey E, Chie, mwah, Leo, Wendel with
daughter Pia, Gina, Teng, Nina Rigor with husband,
Julius and 2 kids, Jeff, Lou Torres and Benjie with 2 sons. While Leo
and ardent photo-wards went out in the baking sun to capture their
prize-winning entry, Vita, Chie (both she and Vita would shuffle from
taking photos and singing),Fides, Gina, Teng and I lounged at the den
and launched a singing barrage. Birada ni Teng, total performer!!
Kumpleto ang birit king with
Gary V gyrations and DJ/announcer pa – kulang na lang kopyahin yung mga
poses ni Josay. We viewed the video presentation Leo did of Munting
Handog and Josay's portfolio.
Soon after, Ponch Villaroman arrived with her charming wife,
Mel, and daughter. Fresh from meeting up with Wijohn, Beto and other
batch mates, he was simply eager to meet more members of our class.
Katuwa! This is why we should encourage others to come because it does
make us want to see more of the others. He, too, enjoyed the videoke and
did a great duet with Vita. Nearing dusk, the alagad ng kadiliman came,
representatives of the WOG, Arman Pagiou, Igme Mendiola with wife,
Sophie, and Rene Sario. Sorry, gumaganti
kasi pinagtripan ako ng mga yan sa text, concerned pa naman ako tapos
nagtatawanan sila duon sa kabilang linya. Seriously, these guys never
let us(Special Projects) down. All for WOG and Wog for all ang drama ng
mga yan; they are really maginoo, matulungin at maaasahan kahit medyo..........pogi.
The best birada was the grand time mingling with the family
members of our batchmates. Julius has become a regular fixture sa batch
gathering, kids of Benjie hindi maawat sa pool, Mommy ni Leah naging
surrogate mother, Igi who is with the photo class played volleyball with
Lou & Jeff, conversations with Mel and Sophie were relaxed and
interesting. So many things augur well for us. Nina and family, Chie
(who was joined by her friend Mari and baby Justine) and I were the last
Birada ni Chie- ang Huling Birada sa Jala-Jala – secret!
P.S. - If I did make a dig in this article, it is not to poke fun at
anyone, far from it. Instead, it is to make light of the issue and make
us take ourselves less seriously, learn to laugh at our foibles and make
us embrace everyone back to the egroup.
More pictures to be posted soon --Ed.
Updated August 11, 2006
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