Welcome to the club

We would like to greet US-based classmate Dado Dizon who is celebrating his birthday today. Welcome to the golden club, Dado. What do you prefer to hear from us, Dado: cheers or cheer up?


Lifelong learning

This congratulatory message for classmate George Hizon (above, with colleagues) is long overdue. Did you know that he has recently obtained his MBA degree from the Ateneo de Manila University? It took George quite a while to finish his master’s (due to his busy schedule, needless to say), but his belief in the importance of lifelong learning gave him the extra push to go back to school and finally get his diploma. Congrats, George!

And, by the way, did you know also that Lito Parungo has gone back to UP for a master’s degree in development communication via distance education? And that Keith dela Cruz is also contemplating doing the same soon? Let’s wish them all the luck.

Wanted: male teachers

Written by Dr. Michael L. Tan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

My daughter was clearly excited when she came home from her first day at school last June. In between giggles, she blurted out, in Filipino, what seemed almost like a secret: “Our teacher is male.”

I thought it was a breakthrough that her school had hired a male to handle the main teaching tasks for a Grade 1 class. Before that, for all my kids in their preschools and kindergartens, I’d hear of male teachers only as “coaches” handling sports, but it’s different having a male teacher handling the three Rs and other academic subjects.

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Laarni, is that you?

We came across this interesting obituary published in the Los Angeles Times of October 31, 2006:

“Eleanore Leon Carrillo was born in Los Angeles on March 30, 1916. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and loved ones in her home of 65 years in Burbank, CA on October 26, 2006. She is mourned with great sadness by her much-loved daughters Eloise Carrillo, Virginia Wirffel; son-in-law Bob Wirffel; granddaughter Jennifer; son Edd Carrillo; daughter-in-law Jane Carrillo; two grandsons Brett Carrillo, Bart Carrillo; daughter-in-law Cyndie Carrillo, and two great-grandchildren Aidan and Colton; brother Gilbert Leon, and her three loving care givers Glenda Foster, Brenda Foster, Laarni Canicula, many nephews, nieces, cousins and everyone fortunate enough to have known her. Rosary and viewing will be held Nov. 1st 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Old North Church, Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills. Services the following day at 10:30 at the white Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn.”

If the Laarni mentioned above is our classmate, then we were right when we wrote in a previous post that she had indeed immigrated to the United States.

Our search for her and the other 11 missing peps continues …..