LDHS teachers reunite

LDHS teachers, with Rorie and Dr. and Mrs. Quijano
LDHS teachers, with Rorie and Dr. and Mrs. Quijano

Rorie Quijano-Siasoco’s eldest daughter, Rebecca, celebrated her 8th birthday last July 20, and her well-wishers included not only the young ones but the young once: former Lakan Dula High School teachers who took the occasion as an opportunity to visit their LDHS colleague, English teacher Mrs. Severina Quijano.

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Recent finds

Henry Bondoc

Two more LDHS batchmates – Yolanda Lat-Ballesteros (IV-4) and Henry Bondoc (IV-3) – have found us via this blog. Just today we got another message from Henry (photo), who just arrived last August 1, presumably, from abroad. That’s the reason why he was not able to attend our batch’s meeting at Dencio’s

We would like to welcome both and we do hope to see them in future activities. Please click here to view Henry’s Friendster account and here to view Yoly’s page on LDHS Alumni Network.

Visit to Nolasco High

Ma'am Beth at Nolasco

Whenever Lito Parungo visits the Philippines, Tondo is always part of his itinerary. He would usually take different routes so that he could cover all the streets and alleys he used to traverse in his youth. During his recent vacation in the country he took a jeepney from Tayuman to Pritil and just rambled around the area. He then went to Nolasco High School to visit Ma’am Beth Bustamante-Hua (Batch ’70), our former journalism teacher at LDHS.

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Grand reunion plans

As we promised in our previous post on the recently-held meeting of Batch ’78, here are more photos taken during the historic gathering. This is in response to the many requests we had received  from batchmates, especially those who were not able to attend.

Those present were the following: Remedios Tuazon-Martin (who came with husband Danny), Jose Chan, John Marte Marcella, Reynaldo Ramirez, Cristino Abuan, Sonnie Jarabe (and his daughter), Carlito Parungo, Victoriano Aguila, Annabelle Beroy-Aguila, Bernardita Gonzales-Cruz, Catalino dela Cruz, Gil Buan, Reginal Cruz, Rowena de Omaña-Santor, Red George Hizon, Christopher Panlilio, Rolando Sanchez, Ruby Rosa Gaviola-Guevarra, Ana Marie Joaquin-Chua (and her daughter), Lauro Ramos, and Rizaldy Espiritu.

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Ma’am Arafiles’ ordeal

This is a video of a Pinoy television program in the US, which featured the plight of former LDHS teacher Sabina Arafiles and other retirees who are now based abroad. Ma’am Sabina’s pension was recently stopped by the Philippine Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for her failure to renew her so-called e-card online. New rules adopted by the GSIS require that pensioners based abroad should renew their membership via Skype, a chat program that is completely unknown to many of our senior retirees who do not have much experience with computers.

Many LDHS graduates in the US, including George Gange (Batch ’68), have taken up the cudgels for Mrs. Arafiles by getting in touch with GSIS offcials in the Philippines. Mr. Gange has even written a letter to Senator Nene Pimentel and requested the latter to look into this issue. Our fellow alumni are correct in saying that former public servants, especially teachers who have dedicated their lives molding the youth, deserve better treatment from the government.