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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 School. This site showcases the fun and nostalgia of the best batch USTHS has ever produced.

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UST High School Batch 80

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Trustess and Officers 2005-06


Teng Aguilar - President

Leo Riingen - Chairman/Vice-President

Gina Bautista-Navarette - Secretary

Leah Militar-Castillo - Treasurer

Chie Meneses-Candelaria - Auditor

Ibe Arevalo - Chair/Special Projects

Rey Espino - Chair/Membership

Happy Esquivias-DosSantos - Chair/Socials

Benjie Mallari-Alvarez - Chair/Ways&Means


Bong Castaneda - Legal Counsel

Jo Manalad - Asst. Secretary

Yna Valenzuela-Torres - Vice-chair/SpProjects

Nina Rigor - Asst. Legal Counsel






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.









Yna Valenzuela-Torres

Anthony Fallarme

Rey Espino

Chito Rabadam



Batch80 Celebrates

Christmas Jubilee Party!



It was the best of times! A time of quickening…..

The last Batch 1980  Jubilee event for 2005 happened on  December 3, 2005, Saturday at the Madrigal Grill, Quezon City. Over 70 batchmates arrived to cap our Silver Jubilee year with singing, dancing, jamming, talking, fun and booze. 

It was to be an "ordinary" Christmas party for an extraordinary batch. Jubilee year near over, a year spent in celebratory mood while half-consciously planning the next occasion with anticipation and regularity. There were despedidas, bienvenidas, birthdays, a summer outing, and a spate of videokes; that not much else was expected from its Christmas party. Bigger attendance perhaps, and a dash of this and that.
To everyone’s pleasant surprise, the yuletide cheer, and goodwill built throughout the year made batchmates come bearing good tidings. After all, ours was the most attended grand reunion, and the bonding forged from subsequent get-togethers proved to be deeper, more honest than it seemed. This most important ingredient, plus, a live band consisting of male batch members, a mini-concert from the ladies, a dance showcase from the jubilee dancers, good hosting, a well-crafted AVP, ABS-CBN partial coverage to honor a member, the recognition of one of its most self-effacing members, generous gestures from batch mates here and abroad, and its first general assembly headed by its president, combined to make this occasion truly befitting a Christmas party of the most extraordinary batch.

More stories to come.  Click here for pictures.



Batch 80 Holds Career Talks

for UST High School Seniors

Thomasians Leading Thomasians

Almost a year after the Grand Jubilee, the USTHS Batch 80 once again flexed its social muscles, this time for a worthy cause, by participating in a slam-bang Career Talk held on November 8, 2005 at the UST High School’s auditorium, the Benavidez Hall. This shining moment came when dedicated men and women from its roster vaulted busy schedules, and in cooperation with USTHS Guidance Office and the Alumni Club, capped what was supposedly the last phase of the school’s Career Orientation Program.

It was a day of Thomasians guiding younger Thomasians, a day of sharing experiences and wisdom gained through the years by dint of perseverance and faith. This is Batch 80's first major project after it has been formalized as the UST High School Batch 1980 Alumni Association.


The batch event was organized and led by Marina Valenzuela-Torres.  She closely coordinated with Leny Gadiana, USTHS guidance counselor and Olive Mapanao of the Alumni Club.  The plenary speakers were led by Rene V. Molano, valedictorian PM session, and joined by no less illustrious peers, Margie Agapinan-Alfonso, Rey Rey-Matias, Ronnie Cabanes, Hans Lopez, Tato Martinez, Joel Navarro and Leo Riingen. Teng Aguilar, Salvador Tan, Happy Esquivias-DosSantos and Jo Medina-Manalad shared their experiences at the career break-outs in the afternoon.

The event launches the first of a series of batch's social-responsibility projects for the Jubilee Year.  Click here for more stories by Yna Torres. Click here for pictures.


The Career Buddy System (CBS)

Penultimate, because the career talk gave birth to the Career Buddy System (CBS), a simple online career guidance program, proposed by US based, Chito Rabadam. This program provides an avenue for batch counselor volunteers to "buddy up" with interested students via email on career topics and help guide these students during their tricky but challenging career decision making process. These students could in the future serve as junior buddies and help out on future inquiries from the next wave of 4th year students. Revolutionary!! Watch out for more announcement on the CBS!!

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2005 top events


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

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UST High School Batch 80 celebrates Silver Jubilee at manila hotel


Batch 80 holds silver trek to ust high school


Batch 80 prepares for the jubilee










Updated December 4, 2005


What's Up


Rey Espino is USTHS80 Alumni Association Presidential Awardee

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.

  • 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.

  • Watch out for Jojo Sayson's international TV debut at ABS-CBN and TFC's  "Nagmamahal, Kapamilya" hosted by Bernadette Sembrano.  Airing in January 2006.  Abangan is Super Jojo!
  • We are official (and legal!)

The UST High School Batch 1980 Alumni Association is born.  Our articles of incorporation and by-laws were approved by the Philippine Security and Exchange Commission on May 20, 2005.  Thanks to our bachelor-lawyer Atty. Bong Castaneda and Nina Rigor for making this happen.

  • The USTHS80 25 in 05 Silver Jubilee US/Canada Alumni Homecoming was held on July 23, 2005 at St Croix Room of  The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada at 6:00 pm.  ..articles
  • A videoke-despedida night was hosted  for Angelo, Jojo and Jun Lao.  Ano ba yan, every 3 days ang kasayahan!  Click for photos.
  • A mini-reunion of sort  greeted the balikbayans - Jojo  Sayson and Angelo Sanchez ( the S Boys) at Gina Bautista-Navarette's place in Tagaytay.  Another wonderful gathering --singing, dancing, reminiscing, bonding. More stories. Photo album.

  • Visit the USTHS80 US Reunion Website -  Initiated by Chito Rabadam, our US website needs articles and pictures.  Please contribute. Sali na!
  • Jojo Sayson was featured by Hummer Magazine.   Great article super-jojo, or is it bat-jojo?!  Batman begins! Click here.
  • Early-June birthday celebrants, Yna, Vita, Anthony and Fides, were given a surprise birthday party during the 1st official Board Meeting on June 15, 2005 at Leo's place.  Click here for pictures.
  • The USTHS80 Band is here! The founding  band members are: Tato Martinez - bass & vocals, Jun Villmayor - lead guitar & vocals, Ariel Lorenzo - drums & percussion & vocals, Wendel Mediarito - keyboards and acoustic guitar. They are still inviting additional members for rhythm/2nd lead guitar
    and female vocals. Just contact Tato.


  • We are starting a Features Section in the website.  Please contribute news and magazine clippings of our batchmates.  Send these to the webmaster.



2005 Summer Outing


May 14, 2005.  Tagaytay.  

The summer heat wave did not spare the normally cooler air of Tagaytay.  The day sizzled with fun, laughter, a lot of ribbing and intermittent green jokes.


We were one happy, playing family out there feasting on food and friendship.

Click here for Yna's blow-by-blow account. To see the pictures, click here.


Jun Baylon Despedida


April 9, 2005. Acropolis, Quezon City.  

He cut a figure and his was a big name in high school--Raulito C. Baylon, aka Jun Baylon.  Talented and witty, he is the batch's perennial show host and vocalist.
As his batchmates paid him tribute during his farewell party (as he embarks to his newfound life in New Zealand), it became clear that his big stature is amply matched with a big heart.



Grand Homecoming

February 26, 2005. Manila Hotel, Manila.   

The "Grandmother" of reunions; as hailed by many. Its robust attendance, heart-pounding dance numbers, impressive song numbers and most touching tributes will prove difficult to match in years to come.


Under pressure and with great expectations, USTHS Batch80 delivered a knock-out punch of a performance.


A showcase of unity, creativity and fun!


Silver Trek

February 28, 2005. Espana, Manila. 

After 25 long years, they came back to visit and pace the once familiar schoolground. Retracing steps, re-living fond, carefree memories from youth, they; older and wiser now, some silver streaked, have taken on where they have left off.


Red Box Bash

February 28, 2005.  Greenbelt, Makati. 

The euphoria continues as the "silver trekkers" trooped en masse to a popular videoke joint to belt out their new-found sense of kinship and camaraderie. Melody and unity make perfect harmony!


Souvenir USTHS80 Shirts

Order your UST High Class 80 Shirts now.  Great memorabilia. Proceeds will go to the USTHS80 Alumni Association.


Click on Souvenir Shop to see pictures of the shirts worn by USTHS celebrity (?!) models.