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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Birthday Lyn~

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Pictures of the Makati Get-Together

Ate Marynat wanted to see the pictures of the Makati get-together so much that she was finally able to open her email to check if these were already posted. That’s what we call “atat-na-atat”. And so she was disappointed to find out that they weren’t there yet.

I found the time this early morning to do some resizing and cropping of the pictures. By the way, all the shots were taken by our adopted classmate Willy, the self-designated documentor-official photographer. As a result, he himself is not in any of the photos taken during the Makati get-together. I brought my camera, but it was again a disaster. I still am not used to it. My old Samsung digital camera, which conked out after 6 years of use and abuse was much easier to manipulate. I promise that by next year, I would have mastered the art of taking pictures using this camera. That is, unless, it doesn’t get lost before the next occasion.

So finally, Ate Marynat, you can view the photos by ‘clicking’ the link below. If there are problems, visit our website and go to the photo gallery, or open a facebook account. Paalala lang, "pag-gustong-gusto mo daw yong picture mo, hindi mo yon kamukha. Pag-ayaw mo nung kuha sayo, yun ang kamukha mo!" Joke lang po!

Would you like to see Sis Tere being kissed by Boboy Ong, not once but twice? Madre mia! Que horror! Ma-eskandalo si Sor Victorina!

Actually you won’t. But that shouldn’t disappoint you. What’s in it anyway? A kiss is just a kiss. There are many more exciting pictures than that. Aside from what's posted here, there are many, many more still for posting - those taken at K-Sarap, at Marybeth's residence in Daet, and pictures of the Feb 5-6 Reunion. In due time..... dahan-dahan lang, mahina ang kalaban.

Just BE COOL!

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February 23, 2010
Fely J's and Merck's
Greenbelt 5, Makati City


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Latest on Joe Chavez's untimely death

Mendy and Emily have gone to Joe's wake and Mendy relayed this news.

Joe was bitten by a dog last November. Apparently, few people knew about it and he did not seek any medical treatment for it. So, it was not a case of having eaten dog meat for "pollutant".

The rabies virus had a long incubation period. Probably at the time of our reunion, the virus that was traveling along Joe's nerves was already nearing his central nervous system. At least, it took its time and allowed Joe to see us and enjoy his last class reunion.

I mentioned in my account of the welcome dinner that I noticed the "spirituality" in JoeC. He said that before he goes to sleep he prays to "Bro" (that's how the child actor in the very popular teleserye, "May Bukas Pa", called Christ/God) and leaves to Bro everything that could happen to him while asleep. Then, upon waking up, he thanks "Bro" for giving him another day. I hope he continued with this practice until the very last.

We really don't know when our time will also come. Only Bro knows. So we have to be prepared. Una-una lang, but eventually, we will have full attendance in our class reunion somewhere. I'm not too eager to have that yet, though. I'm satisfied with having annual reunion in Daet or Metro Manila with even just 50% or less attendance.


Again, we are one in praying that Joe will find his peace and joy and final home in God's kingdom.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Watch Out

Soon to be uploaded at Picasa photo gallery and Facebook are all the pictures taken by Willy of the February 5 and 6 Class Reunion, Send-off Dinner at K Sarap, Welcome party for Chi-Chi and the Get Together in Manila yesterday. Full account of yesterday's event will also be posted soon.


For the information of our foreign-based classmates, we had more than a hundred percent attendance of those targeted. All 17 who were invited came to the get-together and in addition, there were two guests brought in by Ebo when we transfered to Merck's ( a music lounge) after dinner. They were Carlos Grecia and Mita Llanes. For many, it was their first time in a long, long while to see Chi-Chi and Sister Tere and Marynat (in the case of Boboy Ong).

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In Memory of Joe Chavez



JOSE CHAVEZ - March 19 - February 21, 2010



photos of Joe smiling, but his eyes look sad.



We received the sad news that Joe Chavez died last Sunday, Feb 21, 2010 in Cavite. Reports relayed to us mentions the cause of death as rabies caused by Joe's eating dog meat (obviously the dog must have rabies). It's not clear, however, when this happened since the effect would not have been instantaneous.

His body will be cremated in Cavite and his ashes will be brought to Daet. No specific dates announced yet.

Let's all offer prayers for the eternal repose of his soul. We hope that he'll finally find peace and a true home in the Kingdom of God.




Below are pictures of joe with classmates during the February 5 and 6, 2010
Class Reunion in Daet, Camarines Norte.














both solo pictures of Joe and the class reunion pictures were taken by Willy Bautista

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

43rd Year Class Reunion Socials - Feb 6, 2010

The group attended the anticipated mass at St. Joseph’s Chapel in Lag-on at 6:30 pm. (I noticed on the way to the Chapel, just a few hundred meters away, there was a store or a shop with the signboard “Lehman Bros”. Wow, big time na an Daet). After the mass, we headed back to Dorset’s residence in Bagasbas. Ebo, Willy, Felino, Mendy and Remo brought their vehicles and those were enough to transport the members. Boboy rode his motorcycle.

When we reached Dorset’s place, the band was still busy setting up their instruments in a covered portion outside the house. Remo brought the tables and chairs and we helped set them up on the grounds outside Dorset’s house. In a little while the class members were already sitted and bottles of ice-cold san-mig lights were passed around. Willy and Marybeth brought the “stateside” drinks. The band led by Felix Abano (Anabelle’s brother) started singing 60s and 70s tunes. Maning’s lechon came. There was enough crispy balat for everyone who wanted to stay young. We had plenty of cholesterol for pollutants. Food from Kingfisher’s arrived and Mendy was again busy setting them up on the bigger table. I can no longer recall what the food consisted of (senior moments or i’m just not too particular about the food).

Estring Asis and Tita (Teresita Quinones-Cadag) were no longer able to attend the socials, while Adonis Bertillo who was not around in the other activities due to an appointment in Bagacay, Camarines Sur was able to make it. Adonis - (beautiful name, kung sa babae, pareho man kan “Lovely” - dai gabos binabagayan ka iyan - maray na lang ta si Adonis ta pogi man, problema kun naging kalalawgon ni Max o Martin – Alvarado/Marfil, tapos aapudon mo, hi Adonis!). Estring couldn’t make it because she was not allowed by her strict mother to go out unchaperoned, joke lang. It was her turn to take care of her 80+ or is it 90+ yr old mother since the caregiver took the day off. Tita had to take care of her apo.

In a little while, the ladies were dancing maski pops on the grounds, may mga duot-duot pa, garo pabayle ni kapitan sa barrio, pero enjoy! Maray ta mga babaeng cowboys man si mga girls ta. But it would be hard to imagine Nemia/Baby nagti-twist sa daga na may duot. Among the guys, HATAW si Felino! He did not only sing, he danced ala-DI, mayong panama si John Travolta. Pati attire niyang all black – DI na DI ang dating.

Remo was the first to sing. Adonis did several duets with Felino, Boy Rios sang solo while Boboy jammed with the band.

Then there was clamor for Marybeth to sing “Downtown”. She must have sang this in the 2008 reunion, kaya tumatak na sa mga fans. This time, it wasn’t downtown that she first sang. Instead it was a sentimental song – “Crazy” ..... i’m crazy for feeling so lonely....... crazy for feeling so blue .... “ sang ala-Barbra Streissand, naks! But far from feeling or looking lonely or blue, Marybeth should be giving seminars on the Art of aging gracefully. She looks radiant and regal. Maybe it’s in the genes (I saw her Mommy Beth in Daet, and like Marybeth, she looked much younger than her age). But it must have something to do not just with the body but with the mind and spirit..... having inner peace.... She should start writing about this.

I heard the band say that somebody requested for “Bikining Itim”. ..... but nobody knew the lyrics.... I wasn’t the one who requested the song. But it became my sort of favorite novelty song when I heard a “band” as in bandang pang-parada play it in Naga City..... the tune is playful and the lyrics naughty ..... “ang iniingat-ingatan ko, kaisa-isang bikini mo, na tinatago-tago ko pa at katabi sa pagtulog ko...ako’y dumadalangin na kahit manawari, huwag sanang sungkitin bikini mong itim na alay mo sa ‘kin”.

Another sentimental songstress, Mona, belted out the song “Twilight Time” – heavenly shades of night are falling, it’s twilight time..... out of the mist your voice is calling..... I was able to catch a portion of that song on video. Just listen to the voice because for the most part, all you’ll see are dark shots.... i was trying to adjust my camera but forgot how.....

Yoly and Fechie were the dancing queens of the night. Emily and Mona, danced too. Several of the guys did not loosen up and hesitated to ask the ladies, “May I dance over you”. Kwento-kwento na lang while drinking. Maray ta nag-sunod man kay Mommy Dioneysia na nagsabi sa Ginebra commercial – MANNY! Dapat.... may polotan!

In between songs, Boboy was able to make a few privilege speeches, thanking several persons but almost always forgetting until reminded to thank Dorset, the host of the day’s activities. I also heard him thank me for being the “nerve center” (the NERVE!...... he, he, joke lang Boboy! I don’t know what it really means. I’m just a messenger who delivers and facilitates communication among the members).

Around 12 midnight, the band played their last song, and we started clearing up the place – putting empty bottles of beer back to their cases, folding up the tables, stacking up the mono-block chairs, picking up the litters, “balotizing” the left-overs, etc. Masupog man kay Dorset na basta bayaan si mga kalat.

I rode with Ebo together with the brothers Alito and Pepe. Boy Rios, Adonis, and I’m not sure which other guys rode with Felino, who I could hear was shouting, asking me to join them. Bitin pa and I’m sure may lakaw pa ang mga ito. Boy was leaving for Manila at 6 am, so he could stay awake the rest of the night (or early morning) and just sleep in the bus. I was already in the hospital (bantay sa brod ko) when I received Felino’s text asking for Boboy’s contact number. Hmmmm..... mahagad nin tip kun sain marhay magduman.......

It was truly an enjoyable night, again thanks to the Daet core group – Mendy, Remo, Dra. Yoly, (by the way tulo na ang doctor ta sa klase!), Boboy, Maning, and our host Dorset.

Postscript

There was a send-off dinner for Marybeth and Willy at K-Sarap on Wed evening, then another gathering the following night for Chi-Chi Venida at Marybeth’s place. Manila group will be hosting a dinner on Tuesday, Feb 23 in Makati.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Aging


Image by kKimpel from the Digital Photography School

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43rd Year Class Reunion Socials - Feb 6, 2010

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year and HAPPY VALENTINES

This first message is still about the re-union. Madrama pala ang mga macho gwapito nating classmates.


"Kay sarap gunitain masayang reunion natin, ngayo'y alaala na lamang ang naiwan ng isang masiglang pagdiriwang. Sana'y bigyan pa tayo ng mahabang buhay ng Diyos na sa atin ay pumapatnubay, upang paggalang at pagmamahal natin sa isa't isa ay pagbukluring muli ng isang re-uniong pagsasama-sama." - Boy Rios

Cheesy! Grabe, ibang level na..... magGreenwich muna tayo mga pre!




Boboy says he is not endorsing presidentiable you know who. This picture was taken two years ago, before the 2010 election season started. His message for today's Valentine's Day:

"It's Nice To Be With You", a song popularized by the monkees during our heydays. It's Valentine's Day and allow me to greet you my dear classmates a Happy Valentine's Day. May you always feel young at heart, regards and God Bless You always." - Boboy





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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Post-Reunion Messages

While completing the final chapter of the DPS Class 67 43rd Yr Reunion write-up, I'd like to share text messages sent by some of our classmates:


Please extend my thanks to all. I enjoyed the reunion. God Bless. - Dra. Yoly

Being with all of you is the best thing that ever happened to me. I'll be missing you, good luck, good health, God bless you. I love you all. - Boy Rios

I always look forward to our reunions and cherish each moment of it after, till our next one. Take care and God bless dear friends. - Marybeth

I'm still awaiting the send-off messages of manny (abogado), feli-noynoy (jacobo), bro. eddie C, gibong zano and the rest.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

DPS Class 67 - 43rd Year Class Reunion - Outing



For those without Facebook account, see some pictures of the outing by clicking the link below: (the more beautiful pictures taken by Willy will be posted later).


It was a fine Saturday morning for the Class outing. The sun was up, the skies were clear. The heat was still bearable. Initially, Little Tagaytay located in the direction of Basud was the venue of the outing. The Daet working group decided to change it to Bagasbas, when they found out that the road leading to the place was bad. Mendy requested Dorset to be the host, and luckily he agreed. Food would be brought in from Louie’s (the same Louie’s of our high school days). An added attraction would be the ongoing International Kite Boarding Festival (although the actual competition day was on Sunday).

Everyone was supposed to just go directly to Dorset’s residence at nine thirty am. But since it was just a time for tsikahan, with no specific agenda or schedule of activities, people initially came in trickles. Remo and Joe Chavez (again) were the earliest to come. Remo brought the sticky hinalo. Toti (that’s me) came next. Hmm, good track record so far. Estring, Millet Mila and Emily were also among the early birds. I showed them class pictures from my laptop, including the Nobody, nobody video, and Sor Victorina’s pictures taken on her 99th birthday. Aliw na aliw si Estring.

Several came wearing the “Oragon pa ini”, 2008 T-shirt courtesy of Fechie, (just as some did during the welcome dinner). I failed to bring mine. Elmer and Anabelle couldn’t make it anymore on the second day of the reunion. They had previous commitments so they had to leave early. Elmer went home to Nabua, Camarines Sur (do you know that his wife is a relative of Ate Guy?) while Anabelle went back to Penaranda, Nueva Ecija for her early Sunday morning commitment in the church. How nice of them to have travelled far even just for the welcome dinner!

Alito Yadao who was absent the previous evening arrived. He said he wasn’t notified about the welcome dinner. Tita Quinones-Cadag, also missing in the welcome dinner, came with a granddaughter in tow.

Mendy came just to drop the other ladies but had to go back to Louie’s to get the food. Boboy came straight from the awarding ceremonies of the Palarong Bikol. He received the award wearing the DPS Class 67 Oragon pa Ini T-shirt. (I will be posting his picture and news clipping on the Cam Norte victory).

Ebo Lukban came with his elder brother, Miguel, a good friend of Dorset. Miguel is still recovering from a stroke.

Felino came with a bottle of his home-made sawsawan of suka and siling labuyo (mayo pa itong spicy pili nut candies). Others such as Marybeth and Willy, Fechie, Dra. Yoly, Mona, Boy Rios, Joe Yadao, and other Vinzonians Jebong and Efren were accounted for. Of course, Dorset, as the gracious host was there. Willy continued with his self-assigned task as documentor of the activity.

Maning Abogado came bringing his ‘aphrodisiacally’ delicious soup No. 5. The matador was lucky that day, so that was the bull’s balls and b_ _ o , and not his. For a while, the topic turned to aphrodisiacs. Iba-ibang kwento about other concoctions. Willy said that there was one which was really, really effective. It can make you real hard, as hard as you can possibly get. But the liquid formula came from makahiya essence. So the partner can feast her eyes as long as she wanted but shouldn’t make the mistake of touching it. Else, just like the makahiya leaves............ ayayayyyyy!

There was plenty of food...... inihaw na baboy, sugpo, tinumok, frankly I cannot recall the others. May hinalo, angko, and tipong for snacks. I realized that I didn’t take any picture of the food. Perhaps my sub-conscious was just taking a health advice more seriously – that in gatherings, there should be less emphasis on the food. Enjoy the food, take it slowly and savour more the company and the conversations.

Drinking started much earlier than the eating. There was beer, but the imported hard drinks from Dorset’s bar were the main fare – I also had several shots although I still didn’t know whether it was a scotch or a whisky, what's the difference anyway? I’m sure it wasn’t gin or vodka. (Willy’s wine and liquor were reserved for the socials.) Some of the ladies were worried that most of the guys would already be drunk when they attend the 6:30 pm mass.

After lunch, drinking continued at the back of Dorset’s house where the food and drinks were laid. Majority were however, sitted on the grounds outside (garo baga ma-focus group discussion) reminiscing about the past. Natural bangka for this bolahan are boboy ong and boy rios. Ed C wasn’t there, but he was remembered for the Tagas escapade after the graduation. It was Ed C whom the Vinzonians saw on their way home entering the cabaret. (by the way, mayo nang Tagas ngunyan, malumoy na daa.)

Felino was turning out to be makulit. He said he hadn’t lost hope that there would be classmates who would end up with each other. Aram ko na ang tinutumbok ni Felino, I just kept on smiling, which made Felino say na hilam man daa ang ngirit ko. He continued with his pangangantiyaw, maluya kaya daa ang manok ninda, still no reaction, just smiled and smiled until he had to move on to another topic.

Most of the recollections were about the kalokohan in high school days – like the different ways of cheating successfully – using the feet to open the book, which was laid on the floor, preparing a codigo ala-lastilyas sa jueteng and putting it inside the shirt pocket. The late Rabinder Idnani was also recalled for catching students cutting classes to watch movies.

There were many other funny anecdotes I couldn’t now recall that kept everyone laughing. There was no serious discussion or sharing about what one is currently busy with. That was done in side conversations but not shared with the bigger group.

Unavoidable as years pass by is counting the number of those who have passed away ahead of us. This directed the talks to the need for more frequent class reunions. After some discussion, the group arrived at the consensus to hold a yearly class reunion, a simple gathering without the big preparations. Those who are available, whether coming from Manila or abroad, will gather in Daet every first Saturday of February (mayong maghapot ha kung anong aldaw yan – pirmi ng Sabado iyan mapatak, baka arog kan iba, mahapot pa kung anong aldaw mapatak ang Good Friday, delikado pag Martes!). Though simple, this will still need a core group that would remind the class of the agreed schedule, determine the number of attendees, select the venue, make the reservation, and pay the deposit.

Earlier, a decision was also made to hold the socials also in Dorset’s place, instead of the Kingfisher, which they said was too small, since we would be having a live band (courtesy of Dra. Yoly) and people would be dancing. It was actually a big hassle for Dorset who had to contact electricians who would set up connections for the lights and sound system at the roof deck. (When the band arrived, however, in the evening, they requested that these be put on the grounds, instead. Since the deck didn’t have any cover (no roof, no walls), they were afraid that they would lose their voices or catch pneumonia.)

Around 4 pm, the group decided to disperse

The group attended the anticipated mass at the St. Joseph’s chapel in Lag-on celebrated by Fr. Villania at 6:30 pm. From the Chapel, the group proceed to Dorset's residence in Bagasbas.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Attendance to the 43rd Year Class Reunion of DPS Class 67

1. Anabelle Abano-Adica
2. Maning Abogado
3. Millet Adem-Banal
4. Fechie Alarcon
5. Estring Asis
6. Elmer Auro
7. Remo Balce
8. Mendy Balon-Ching
9. Adonis Bertillo
10.Joe Chavez
11. Mona De Jesus-Luzarraga
12. Dorset Dwyer
13. Mila Echano-Rosales
14. Toti Grageda
15. Emily Herrero-Cruz
16. Yoly Hernandez-Reyes
17. Felino Jacobo
18. Manuel Lukban
19. Efren Mago
20. Boboy Ong
21. Marybeth Regalario-Bautista
22. Boy Rios
23. Alito Yadao
24. Joe Yadao
25. Joe Zano
26. Willy Bautista, honorary/adopted classmate

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Pictures of the 43rd Year Class Reunion

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Renewing the Ties - DPS Class 67 43rd Year Class Reunion




February 5, 2010 - 6:30 PM: Welcome Dinner


Bagasbas Beach was alive that Friday evening of February 5, 2010. The BACNA Medical mission volunteers were holding a party. Not too far away, there was also a community dance party going on. Meanwhile, inside the Kusina Ni Angel, a small group of adults on the verge of acquiring second citizenship● were having dinner and getting updates on what each one is currently busy with, two years after their last get together. ‘60s and ‘70s music from the CDs brought by Remo Balce was being played in the background.

(• senior)

Welcome Dinner for DPS Class67 was set at 6:30 pm. in Kusina ni Angel in Bagasbas. Joe Chavez – (Jose 1) - arrived first followed by me (Toti Grageda – Jose 2). While waiting, we ordered ice-cold San Mig Lights to go with the usual kumustahan. Joe C said he stays in Cavite most of the time. What seems to be new with him is his newfound spirituality and health consciousness. He says that before going to sleep he leaves everything that could happen to him to Bro and upon waking up, he thanks Bro for giving him life to start a new day. (I didn’t ask if May Bukas Pa had anything to do with this.) He does not have hypertension he says, because he eats garlic everyday. (I did not come too close to check if this has any effect on his breath.)

A little later, Marybeth Regalario and Willy Bautista arrived followed by Joe ‘Pepito’ Yadao (Jose 3). A few minutes later, Mendy Balon-Ching, with Mona de Jesus-Luzarraga and Anabelle Abano-Adica arrived. The rest began arriving – Joe Zano (Jose 4) completed the Jose Quartet (Joe Sales was missing to make it a Quintet), Estring Asis, Mila Echano-Rosales, Emily Herrero-Cruz, Dra. Yoly Hernandez-Reyes, Remo Balce, Millet Adem-Banal, Maning Abogado, Efren Mago. Willy announced that drinks were on him as he started taking solo pictures of everyone, after which, he continued documenting the occasion with his beautiful and I’m pretty sure, very expensive camera.

Buffet dinner started, which consisted of a special menu that was personally selected by the over-all coordinator Mendy (not the usual Kusina ni Angel fare). She also cooked one of the dishes, delicious misua noodles.

Mendy has always been the work horse since the very first class reunion. She makes the venue reservations, pays the deposit, selects the menu, cook additional dish, take care of transporting the food, and communicating with classmates. Before the age of the internet, Mendy had to write all DPS Class67 members.

Mendy is ably assisted by other classmates like Remo, Maning, Boboy, Dra. Yoly, and Susan. Remo’s assignment is also tedious. It involves selecting and buying the best quality seafoods and ordering kakanin (pasadya) for the outing. He begged off from doing most of these this year since his alalay was not available. Nonetheless, he brought the delicious hinalo (although problematic for those who were not true to their teeth, so now, they are false to them) and angko, and took care of bringing tables and chairs for the socials. Dra. Yoly has been providing us the live band, and Maning, the lechon. These are becoming more expensive every year, such that we have to assume part of the cost now. Susan does coordination work and Boboy contacts, informs, and makes follow-up of DPS class 67 members’ attendance. All of them are also very busy with their own work yet they find time to fulfil their commitments just to ensure that every reunion is a successful gathering. We salute and thank all of them!

The group wondered whether Boboy Ong would be able to come as he was busy with the Bicol Meet. He did come and happily announced that Camarines Norte grabbed the overall championship from the Palarong Bikol’s perennial winner, Camarines Sur (which turned out to be a sore loser by not leaving any representative for the awarding ceremonies the following day).

Fechie Alarcon came, gorgeous as ever. She was with the BACNA Medical Mission, a commitment she does yearly. Then the “enigmatic” (that’s his self-description) Felino Jacobo arrived, so with Elmer Auro. Almost everyone was looking for Boy Rios. Several tried contacting him but his cellphone could not be reached. I told the group that Boy took the bus based on the information of Alot. He was supposed to ride with Tess Cereno-Solis, Alot Barbin-Arcilla, Lina Angeles-Nieva and Sis Tere Azanes early Friday morning. Unfortunately, Alot who was very eager to attend the reunion developed colds and wasn’t feeling well enough to travel. She backed out past midnight (12:45 AM). Tess sent me a text message that Lina too had some heart problem (not about love and romance, but with her heart organ), while Sis Tere was having therapy. Tess decided not to proceed anymore as she said, “Ayaw kong ipag-drive si Boy Rios, baka magka-developan kami sa daan!” A week before, Tess also said Roberto Manly would be riding with her. That announcement immediately found its way into the internet. That was an added incentive for Fechie to attend the reunion. Others were also excited to see if Roberto has remained Manly after all those years. It turned out that the news was a dud. Nakuryente lahat. Nang gud-taym lang si Tess. She said it was meant to make Fechie happy (??)

Manuel "Ebo" Lukban, couldn't find where Kusina ni Angel in Bagasbas was. He did find it though and finally arrived. It was Ebo's first attendance to a DPS Class 67 reunion. He has been a regular though in gatherings in Manila.


In the middle of the dinner, Boy Rios, finally arrived. He was very tired and hungry after taking the bus from Olongapo to Manila, then Manila to Daet. Dorset Dwyer, our host the following day, came late and explained that he was attending to the BACNA Mission.

Aside from Alot and her group, super-missed were the couple Bert and Marie Padrigon (who gave moral support and generously remitted some amount for the reunion). Many didn’t know that Bert and Marie are now based in the US. The group more or less anticipated that Rudy Surla wouldn’t be able to make it again because of the Chinese New Year. Maning relayed the information that his Pading Rudy will be retiring on his birthday this May. (Rudy is not in government service, so do not associate retirement with age 65!)

Susan-King Pural who has always been present in all major activities of the Class. However, she developed heart palpitations and was advised by her doctor to take a full rest for three days. She was not allowed to travel to Daet (from Naga City). Does the forthcoming February 14 have anything to do with several classmates having some heart problems during our class reunion dates? Danny de la Fuente also said that he would be seeing a cardiologist.

Dra. Liding Ferrer-Ty texted Mendy that her husband was recovering from a surgery. Wilma Quintela-de Belen had a prior commitment in Catanduanes. Manuel Tutop in Pangasinan no longer answered subsequent follow-up calls and text messages.

Fechie and Dorset asked permission to leave earlier because they had to cross over to the BACNA Medical Mission Party. Before eleven pm., the welcome dinner was over.


(Coming up Next... the Outing on Saturday)

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Sor Victorina de la Providencia, Mother Superior of Daet Parochial School

HS Solo Graduation Pictures

DPS Class67 HS Graduates, 40 Years After

This Day in History

Today's Birthday