Atty. Blue Festin is one of the key founders of the organization which is ruled by only one person, the Taipan. All decisions come from him and he picks and molds the person who will succeed him. This set up has been going on for the past twenty years and so far there has been no “Edsa Revolution type of upheaval for this authoritarian set up mainly because even the Alumni respect the current taipan.
High School Batch 1985 which made up 90% of ASSOC graduated in 1989 and some in 1990, me and some other left over assoc friends started something that most barkadas in the Ateneo do not do – recruit younger people to join the barkada. The primary reason was that we want to immortalize the group and also have a place to stay when we visit the campus. When we joined ASSOC, Blue and company just invited us to stay with the group everyday since we share common interests mainly because me and my constant companion then, 1990 -91 Taipan Neil Bernardo, were members of the Blue Babble Battalion. The only other Freshman Assoc member then was Albert Padua.
The first September storm was held at the house of Edong Eulalia in
Ryan Buenafe passed by to do the traditional
self intro and toast for new ASSOC members
Assoc is now on its twenty third year and hopefully this year we can jumpstart preparations for the 25th year anniversary celebration come 2010. Like what I said to the new guys who just joined, Assoc is the only barkada in the Ateneo with which new members and alumni meet and get to know each other. And like what I have always said in the past in ASSOC, “VIDI, VICI, VENI – I saw, I conquered, I came!” Welcome to new Assoc guys.