Wednesday, June 13, 2018

40 years later

To reminisce with my old friends, a chance to share some memories, and play our songs.
- Ricky Nelson

40 years ago, we stepped out of the portals of Binalbagan Catholic High School, our alma mater. On May 11-13, 2017, we came back--- as the alumni homecoming theme says, to reconnect, retrospect and reminisce.

Binalbagan Catholic College - Elementary School, as it was formerly known, now the current BCC High School campus, was the venue of the 8th General Alumni Homecoming where Batch '77, that's our batch, was honored as Ruby Jubilarians. Well, not all attended but if I am not mistaken, this was the first time we had a very good number of attendees compared to previous reunions. Great time, indeed, it was to reconnect, retrospect and reminisce.

In the photo below, you will see our batch seated on stage. A special program was conducted to honor us, Ruby Jubilarians, at the covered Multi-purpose Gym. This gym, named after the founder of the school, Rev. Father Patrick V. Hurley, was a project of the BCC High School Alumni Association during the term of office of  Mr. Rogelio (Roger) Jumuad as President. The idea of building a multi-purpose gym was conceived in 2004. Fund raising for the project was initiated a year later. Construction was done under the care of the Task Force Pavilion. The Task Force, chaired by Roger, was composed of the alumni association officers, BCC High School principal, faculty members and administrative staff. The project was finished in 2017. Hmmm... just in time for the reunion? Credits to Roger for all these information.

A special program was held at the Multi-purpose Gym especially for our batch.

I was among the three alumni from our batch asked to share reflections of our high school years. 

That's me!
I was teary eyed while reading my script, glad though that I was able to contain the tears. I thanked our teachers, the Columban Fathers and sisters (Fr. Hurley, Fr. Gaeghan, Fr. Shannon, Sis. Annunciata, Sis. Teresita) and Principal Mrs. Pacita Y. Jo, among others. We salute them all for having played their part so well in molding us to become the persons we are now.

Then, Pablito (Pabs) Gonzales introduced Batch Valedictorian, Angelita (Angie) Geronimo-Tuale. It was her time to talk

Lawrence Ledesma
Finally, for his reflections, Lawrence Ledesma in an acrostic, introduced a new meaning to the letters B-C-C:
B- est High School education 
C- hristian values
C- ommunity service


Look, this is one of the necklaces with floral pendant given away for all Ruby Jubilarians. 

Each one of us was called to receive the pendant from Sis. Soldevilla. 

Rogelio Jumuad
Ronald Alangre

Chona Cuison
Nida Gomez
Elsa Buenaflor

May Dizon   
Libertad Patalagsa 
Pabs Gonzales
Joelito Billones

Jocelyn Jaleco - Camemo
Angie Geronimo - Tuale

Cherry Pie Lino - Sermonia 
Lory Ann Padilla
Doreen Coriana

Raynalyn Ngitngit 
Erilyn Susana 

Lawrence Ledesma
 Jerome Dazo
Vicente Genzola

Regina Gayapa 
Rosemarie Gemarino
Bernardita Malunes
These were among the alumni present during the Honoring Program. I'm so sorry that I wasn't able to take photos of all  the other alumni receiving their pendants. I was not in a very strategic location to take photos. Credits to May Dizon and other alumni for some of the photos here. 

It was real nice to see everyone and feel their presence. Happy faces I haven't seen for so long. Some were not able to attend our Silver Jubilarian Homecoming in 2002.

We deserve to have this pose. How about a wacky one? Say "silver"!

Batch'77 Alumni 
Ruby Jubilarians of BCC High School 
Click here for more photos of Day 1 

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