Graduation story

Cathy, Caridad and Pia

March is known as women’s month, March 8 being International Women’s Day. But in the Philippines it is also considered graduation month.

To close this very special month, we thought of reprinting a graduation story written by Inquirer columnist Cathy S. Babao-Guballa, which, on close reading, is also a “herstory” of three generations of women.

In the article, Cathy ruminates about the high school graduation of daughter Pia and how she feels having graduated too “after more than a decade of shuttling her to and from school.” She then goes back to her own school days when her mother, actress Caridad Sanchez, was doing the same thing for her.

Read on and be reminded of how we felt – or would feel –  “graduating along with our own kids”.

Our sincerest thanks to Cathy for allowing us to have this article reprinted on our blog.


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Buhay-riles 2

We would like to thank Ric Javier (Batch ’69) for sending us this award-winning video that captures daily  life along the railway tracks of Metro Manila.

Created by the UP Alumni Association, this short film will definitely help those who haven’t experienced living on the edge, so to speak, understand what we were talking about in our previous post Buhay-riles.

Beauty of mathematics

Our class salutatorian, Zeny Cervantes, who also graduated summa cum laude in college, has been working with numbers all her life. So we were not surprised when we received the following food for thought  from her, which we will be calling numbers to live by. Enjoy it!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9

12 x 8 + 2 = 98

123 x 8 + 3 = 987

1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876

12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765

123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654

1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543

12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432

123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

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A journey to Lubao

San Pablo 1st

San Pablo may not immediately ring a bell, but this small barrio in Lubao, Pampanga, was one of the places that the peps used to visit. Its official name is actually San Pablo 1st – to differentiate it from San Pablo 2nd – and is the birthplace of Lito Parungo’s ancestors.

Those who have been to the place include George Hizon, Eric Macatangay, Mario Mercado, Noel Guevarra, Ruby Gaviola, Zeny Cervantes and, of course, Mel Abas, who eventually moved from Sta. Rita to Lubao after marrying a local lass from the  nearby Remedios.

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Joke lang


A Pinay, wanting to earn some money, decided to hire herself out as a handyman-type and started canvassing a wealthy neighborhood. She went to the front door of the first house and asked the owner if he had any jobs for her to do. “Well, you can paint my porch. How much will you charge?”

The blond Pinay said, “How about pipty dollars?” The man agreed and told her that the paint and ladders that she might need were in the garage.

The man’s wife, inside the house, heard the conversation and said to her husband, “Does she realize that the porch goes all the way around the house?” The man replied, “She should. She was standing on the porch.”

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Mrs. Arafiles live

We are broadcasting a short video of Mrs. Sabina Arafiles, a former LDHS teacher, being interviewed by Ric Javier (Batch ’70) during their get-together in California on March 20-21. The event was attended by alumni from different batches.

Our thanks go to Marissa de Jesus, an adopted member (she’s from Torres High) of the LDHS Alumni Network, for posting this video and the pictures. And, of course, to Ric for the nice interview (showbiz na showbiz ang dating).