Star athlete


In our previous post we promised we would be publishing selected articles from Ang Baranggay (AB)/The Barangay (TB), our school publications. To start off the series, we are reprinting here a TB article (June-August 1977 issue) that focuses on classmate Ric Manuel, our star swimmer that time.

What a weird coincidence that three deceased classmates figure in this clipping: article writer June Lapira, illustrator Eric Macatangay, and Ronnie Gorgonio, whose name appears in Eric’s drawing.

Below is the full article (in case the image is not readable):

“Sportsmanship is a virtue an athlete must possess.” This is what Ricardo Manuel, IV-1 of F. Varonoa, Tondo, stated.

Manuel, a skillful swimmer, son of Mr. Maximo Manuel, towers at 5’5″ and weighs 110 lbs. He started developing his talent since childhood but Mr. Jose Sidlacan and Mr. Domingo Esperanza, both YDT teachers, discovered Manuel’s talents. He received a plaque for placing first in a summer camp training-swimming competition held at Mt. Arayat.

“Hard practice and perseverance make an athlete go far,” he emphasized during the interview. He explained that if one wants to be a swimmer he must be physically fit and patient enough to practice.


Farewell, Eric

Our dear classmate and friend, Eric Macatangay, has left us today.  The wake will be at Dulce Funeral Homes on Abad Santos, Tondo, Manila. We join his family in praying for the eternal repose of his soul.

Sulat kay Eric


Dear Eric,

Natanggap ko ang mensahe mo sa Facebook. Pasensya na at huli na ‘kong sumagot. Hindi naman kasi ako madalas mag-login dun. Kaya heto email na lang.

Dadalawin ka ni ermat one of these days. “Ay, oo, sige puntahan ko. Si Eric pa! Napakabait nung kaklase mong yun,” sabi niya nung pakiusapan kong makibalita tungkol sa kalagayan mo. Nagulat nga ako sa balita ni Eddie. ‘Kala ko pa naman OK na lagay mo. Nang dalawin kita sa ospital, kahit pa nga nakita kong namayat ka talaga, ang pakiramdam ko’y makakabawi ka rin. Madaldal ka pa rin kasi, tulad nang dati.

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High spirits


Here are the pics taken during the peps’ visit to classmate Eric Macatangay yesterday. Those present were Zeny Cervantes, Nitz Mercado, Gil Buan, Eva Llabres, Ana Marie Joaquin and Larry Ramos. We’re not sure if Evelyn Bongalon made it on that day, as she was still on her way when the group was already leaving.


Larry reported that Eric’s condition had somewhat improved compared with the previous days and that our ailing classmate was in high spirits upon seeing the peps.

We’d like to thank Ana Marie for sending these photos.

Eric is home

Eric and Edith

Eric Macatangay is now in Manila, as we found out from the photos posted by Lisa Santos on her Facebook account. We have no idea who organized this small get-together, but those who attended came from three sections:  Editha Ocampo (IV-2), Rowena de Omaña Santor ( IV-3), Lisa and Arnel Batungbakal (IV-4) and our very own Minerva Llabres and John Marcella.

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