Rest in peace, Buddy

Buddy and daughter Celestine

Last Thursday, a group of peps was traveling back from the wake of George Hizon’s mother when Larry Ramos informed them via a text message that another classmate, Salvador Ignacio, had passed away. Disbelief greeted the shocking news, for no one in the class was aware of any health issue Buddy was having. In fact, we had hardly heard from him since our class reunion in 1988 in Batangas. All we knew was that he had been working in Bahrain for years and would spend his vacation in the Philippines every now and then.

Then came the news of his sudden death.

Larry has been in touch with Buddy’s daughter Celestine (in photo above), who said that lymphoma was the cause of his father’s death. She also shared that Buddy’s remains might be brought home next week and that the wake would be in Calamba, Laguna. She ended her message with the hope of seeing all his dad’s classmates.

Our condolences to Buddy’s family, especially to wife Pilar Pabustan. We will include you all in our prayers.

Rest in peace, Buddy, and we’re sure you fought the good fight.

Oktoberfest

This month Munich was once again host to what is called Oktoberfest, an annual event that attracts an estimated six million people not only from all over Germany but abroad. It’s more than two weeks of revelry – and beer. Lots and lots of it.

Our class would have wanted to ape this merrymaking by celebrating our classmates’ birthdays. Today is Buddy Ignacio’s birthday and on October 16 it will be Rosemarie Domingo’s. But we are putting off the partying because, as you know, we have yet to locate them.

Oops, teka lang!

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O Captain! My Captain!

“O Captain! My Captain!” is one poem that the peps knew by heart. Written by American writer Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819-March 26, 1892), this was our entry piece in the various group reading contests that our school took part in. Learning and memorizing this poem really produced some of the most hilarious moments that we, as a class, experienced.

We remember Mrs. Sunga, our new English department head then, who gave us all the tongue-twisting workshops to improve our pronunciation. We also remember some classmates, particularly Mel Abas who took these workshops seriously, his newly-acquired American twang making all of us roar in laughter.

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Angono days

Map of AngonoKung may susulat man ng kasaysayan ng IV-1 peps, siguradong hindi mawawala ang Angono sa kwento. Pagkatapos ng graduation sa high school, naging paborito na itong bakasyunan ng marami sa atin. Salamat kay Eddie Roberto, o sa parents niya na nakabili doon ng bahay at lupa, nagkaroon tayo ng isang ligtas at libreng lugar para magsama-sama.

Ang Angono ay isang munisipalidad na sakop ng lalawigan ng Rizal at may layong 30 kilometro mula sa Maynila. Binansagan itong art capital ng Pilipinas dahil dito nanggaling ang dalawang national artists na sina Lucio San Pedro para sa musika at Botong Francisco para naman sa sining.

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