Super Mario

Remy Tuazon has just had a long-distance chat with our long-lost classmate and friend Mario Mercado. Malu Ortiz’s info – courtesy of Josie Urbiztondo (IV-3) – is correct: Mario is now a resident of Canada.

So how did we locate him? We should thank another batchmate, Becca Pabustan (IV-2), for this. Upon learning we were still looking for Mario, she took the initiative in getting in touch with Mario’s wife, who happens to be a friend of hers. She then passed the couple’s contact information to Remy who, in turn, immediately called up Mario.

Mario is not into this internet thing yet so there was no way he could find us online. He did try to look for the peps when he was in the Philippines in 2005 but was disheartened to find out that eveyone had either left Tondo or gone abroad. He would like to meet up with us when he returns to Manila this December. More on him as soon as we get his first email.

Welcome back, Mar!


Father’s Day

Tomorrow’s Father’s Day. Let’s all greet our great Tatays and thank them for all the things they have done for us. And of course, our greetings also to all the peps who are proving to be wonderful fathers themselves.

Below is a song by Luther Vandross, “Dance with my father”, which is for all those who miss their fathers.

Joke! Joke! Joke!

Nanay: Ano ‘tong malaking zero sa test paper mo?
Anak: Hindi po ‘yan zero, ‘Nay. Naubusan lang ng star ang teacher ko kaya binigyan niya ako ng moon!


Guro: Sino si Jose Rizal?
Juan: ‘Di ko po kilala.
Guro: Ikaw, Pepe?
Pepe: ‘Di ko rin po kilala eh …
Guro: ‘Di nyo kilala si Jose Rizal?
Pedro: Ma’m, baka po sa kabilang section s’ya!


Tanong: Paano mo sasabihin sa isang babae na mataba siya na hindi siya mababastos?
Sagot: “Uhm, excuse me, miss … Mang Tomas ba ang lotion mo?”


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Welcome home, Pearly

Perly Jaramilla

George Hizon is sharing this photo taken with Pearly Jaramilla, our Japan-based classmate who is currently vacationing in Manila.

Here’s George’s account of this get-together:

“We met up last Sunday, June 8, to welcome Perlita. This picture was taken at Seattle’s Coffee in Eastwood. Before this, we dined at Dencio’s to trade stories and get updates from Pearly. Peps who were also present were Keith dela Cruz, John Marcella, Ruby Gaviola and Remy Tuazon. We really had a nice time with Pearly. She’s a strong woman, principled and so humane. Her life story is really inspiring.”

Pearly is coming back in July to attend our reunion. Welcome back, our dear friend. And enjoy the rest of your vacation.

Birthday story

The following is a story Ruby Gaviola wants to share with all our birthday celebrants this month. It first appeared in the Reader’s Digest. Enjoy it.

One day I met a sweet gentleman and fell in love. When it became apparent that we would marry, I made the supreme sacrifice and gave up eating beans.

Some months later, on my birthday, my car broke down on the way home from work. Since I lived in the countryside I called my husband and told him that I would be late because I had to walk home. On my way, I passed by a small diner and the odor of baked beans was more than I could stand. With miles to walk, I figured that I would walk off any ill effects by the time I reached home, so I stopped at the diner and before I knew it, I had consumed three large orders of baked beans.

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Tuition blues

Graduates Batch 2008

Fresh graduates of the Holy Family School, with Joseph Benjamin Parungo (right), modeling for this post

Schoolyear 2008-2009 officially opened yesterday. And for sure, many of us are among those who have been affected by the spiraling cost of college education in the Philippines.

Consider yourself lucky if you can still manage to send your children (or nephews/nieces) to school, for many high school graduates will have to put off their dreams of earning a degree because of the limited budget their parents have at their disposal.

This sad state of affairs is the topic of a news story we are reprinting below, which also talks of students transferring to public schools that, in turn, can no longer accommodate this massive influx.

Magkano lang ba tuition noong panahon natin? At the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, for instance, tuition in 1978 was 100 percent free and an incoming freshman had to shell out only P500 or less for the miscellaneous fees. (Tama ba, Remy and Ruby?)

But as the years went by, we also witnessed how education was becoming more and more a privilege rather than a right.

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