Friday, December 28, 2012

STI - ESG Christmas Party

Me as Big Momma

It was a red carpet premiere and just like in Hollywood, the employees of the STI Education Services group came up with Hollywood stars and local stars for the STI - ESG Christmas party most aptly dubbed as Hollywood stars meet Pinoys. Not much has changed since the formula for a successful STI party has always been good food, good booze and all night dancing which has been a staple in almost all STI Parties. Here are some notable costumes during the Christmas party.

Alwina with the Gurls 

Psy with Easy A and Mano Po Star RJ 

The Flintstones 

Wendy, Peter Pan and the fairies 

Russel from the movie UP with the girls 

Captain Jack Sparrow 

Lara Crofts with the gurls

Monday, December 10, 2012

Ateneo Alumni Homecoming - a journey of brotherhood

AHS 1987 - the SIlver Jubilarians

You have to give it to the Ateneo.  Even after High School they teach you things that you have never done before through an event and eventually you the experience you encounter makes you wiser and gives you a better perspective on a lot of things.  Being an Atenean has its twist and turns while being a student but the lessons we have learned in mounting the annual Ateneo Alumni homecoming has made an impact in my life and  in the lives of the other council members who are the representatives of each class.

 My class 4-E 1987

As hosts of the annual Ateneo Alumni Homecoming, our batch had a three to four year head start immediately after our Grade school batch reached 25 years. Unfortunately, nothing happened and it was only in September of last year that the batch eventually went down to talk and line up things to raise the proposed 2 Million pesos to mount the event.  As they say the start is always the hardest as me and my batchmates laid down plans on how to raise the 2 million and eventually get some amount of money to give to the Tulong Dunong Foundation. 

Mass at the GESU

Twenty five years is a long time to be out of each others reach and a lot has really changed with regards to the attitude, personality and orientation of most of us all.  There were many disagreements, problems  and most of all frustrations in dealing with every project we lined up but what made the event succesful was our common agreement to give it all to our beneficiary.  It was moot and academic that the tulong dunong foundation would benefit from us but a more noble cause was the support that the Jesuit infirmary would get from us.

Two classmates Fr. Joey Faylona and Fr. Amang Garcia
concelebrate the mass with Fr. Jett Villarin

The only investment we had was our time and effort and the last one a half years we, the council members, devoted a lot for this worthy cause witht he most trying time barely a month before the event. What we discovered was that a little miscommunication will really rock the boat. But one thing fine about it is was that we discovered that we can admit if we committed a mistake and humbly accept it – we acted like Ateneans.

Me and my co-hosts 

Jed Montero and Given Teves

This homecoming was much more than seeing classmates and batchmates who I spent 16  of my first 21 years of my life with.  It was a journey to solidify bonds that were started when we were young, bonds that became stronger with each time we were together, bonds transformed us from friends to brothers. Happy 25th Anniversary Ateneo High School 1987, I am what I am because of you!

Fun with a capital F

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Benchingkode - AHS '87 marks 25th year

click picture to see the BENCHINGKODE video

The theme of the Ateneo Alumni Homecoming for 2012 is The (Last) Ateneo Homecoming.  This theme is an end of the world celebration which is derived from the single most talked about phenomenon that is about to happen in the year 2012 - the end of the world.  This teaser shows various clips which eventually ends in a party at the Ateneo High School covered courts. The story actually comes from the Mayans creating a book which is called "The Benchingkode." The book contains the prophecies of the Mayans which includes the end of the world on December 21, 2012.  The book was passed on from generation to generation which was eventually transferred into a USB which was found at the sword of St. Ignatius. After seeing the contents of the USB, a text and call blast was made to members of AHS 1987 to call up every Atenean to go to the AHS Covered Courts which will be the last remaining frontier when the world ends. 

A familiar naughty tradition

Everyone is tasked to bring his own end of the world gadget or something that you would definitely bring when the world ends.  The story line is very timely and it makes us ask ourselves - are we ready for the end of the world?  Whether you are ready or not, come to the Ateneo Alumni Homecoming on December 8, 2012. If there is one thing that we will guarantee is that you will have all the fun in the world and as we say let's party like there's no "toMAYA!" See you at the Ateneo Alumni homecoming Ateneo High School Covered Courts 6:00 pm.