Monday, December 10, 2007

Coming home for the Ateneo Homecoming

The Ateneo de Manila High School was a place were young minds were developed and nurtured into what it is now. The opening song of Dulaang SIbol’s “Sinta” puts it in a better perspective “Ating sariwain ang panahon ng puso nati’y wala pang galos, pangarap nati’y wala pang gapos..Alalahanin, Gunitain!” It was the battlecry of all the Jubilarians this year.

The Ateneo Alumni Homecoming that was held at the Ateneo HS Covered Courts was indeed a homecoming for me. I was so overwhelmed by the number of friends coming from different batches that I saw last night. The High School class of 1982, this year’s hosts, had a lot of happy and sad memories written on my mind. 1982 was the High School batch of my big brother and most of the Jubilarians were his classmates. Let me just give a rundown of the people I remembered from this batch:
Onnie Martin, Iggy Sison, Mike Gayoso ,Dennis Ancheta, Dennis Pantig, Jojo Mapa, Alvin de Vera, Mon Santana

I wasn’t able to talk to: Jocot de Dios,

Okay let me refresh my memory this time, let me just put the names of friends I got to chat with last night.
HS 1983 – Gerry Sison, Sio Marquez, Choco Protomartir, Teody Alcantara, Cesar Santana
HS 1984 – Glenn Pantig, Ronald Ventura, Joey Berenguer, Nilo Mapa
HS 1985 – Crippy Baizas, Cyril Soriano, Rookie Garcia, Sato Ridad, Franz Bonoan, Anton Bengzon, Eric Roa, Rick Olivares,
GS 1982, HS 1986 – Randy Sevilla, Tonito Sun, Quito Quema, Dennis Manalo, Saint Mendoza, Henry Abes, Chuck Baizas, Gene Tamesis, Lito German, Reggie Nolido, Joel Aguada, Dino Lising, Jay Santos, Alex Panlilio, AA Aguirre, Bob Aquino, Benjie Custodio, Leo Laraya, Bebop Sanchez, Jing Cosca, Ed Battala, Chito Bello
GS 1983, HS 1987 and my batch!
Phoo-Phoo Francisco, Rufi Parpan, Nikos Ong, JC Mercado,Eric Capinpin, Eric Bello, JJ Barcelona, Chichos Bautista, AA Legarda, Natus Rodriguez, Heaven Torres, Teng Vitug 4D- Miguel Aguiluz, Lloyd Anastacio, Jong Castaneda, Dong Feliciano Jojo Habana, Buzzie Ona, Naresh Ramnani, Jay Amatong, Red Atendido, Bong Berbano, Neil Bernardo, Deo Deomano, Peter Macam, Mike Montero, Olsen Racela, John Tanjangco, Dino Tanjuatco, AA Aquino, Dennis Aquino, Marvin Tiburcio, Tanch Tanchoco
Other people I got to talk to or said Hi
The Lady Eagles - Che, Kariz, Treena, Kathy,Anne, Mariana, Jessa,Hila, Ronagie, & Sarah
The Blue Eagles – Jai, Rabah, Ken, Yuri, Eric, Eman, Mike B.
Mommy Michi Mother Goose, Jackie Marquez, Chot Reyes, Joey Gomez, Dave Dualan,
Hope I didn’t miss out on anybody I got to talk to.
The Homecoming provided a venue to revisit so many friendships that was started in the very halls of the Ateneo. So many memories filled my mind that I got to sleep at 3am. Next year will be the start of something special for my batch for we will celebrate the 25th year of Grade School 1983. Being at the homecoming and renewing ties with friends from the Ateneo community made me say “Ang Sarap Maging Atenista.”


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august aspiras said...

Mhel, this is August Aspiras. Still remember me? 1-H Ateneo HS 1983-84. Our classmates then were Olsen Racela, Steve Bonsol, Lyndon Arcega, Bugsy delos Reyes, Alfie Manlulo, Mr. Over der, etc. Anya nalagip mon lakay. And especially Valencia. Hope to see you soon.

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