Kainan at kwentuhan

Mark your calendar! This Sunday, August 7, from 5pm, is our planned get-together. The event will be held at Spring Deer Restaurant on Timog Avenue, Quezon City. Please confirm your attendance by texting or messaging Remy Tuazon or Ruby Gaviola-Guevarra. Long-lost classmates, like Rorie Quijano and Mel Abas, will be there. The event is also open to our former teachers and batchmates. Please do come.


Laguna excursion

We are glad to post a couple of pictures we dug up recently (thanks, Rorie Quijano). They were taken in Cabuyao,, Laguna, on March 29, 1978, a day after our high school graduation.



In these photos are Rorie, Minerva Villafria (our host), Mario Mercado, Evelyn Bongalon, Gil Buan (or is it Buddy Ignacio in the first pic?), Ric Manuel, Laarni Canicula, Zeny Cervantes, Dado Dizon, Eddie Roberto, Ma’am Fe Calope-Lomantas, and three classmates who are now deceased: Jaime Borja, Ronnie Gorgonio and June Lapira.

We are finding it hard, though, to identify three persons in the second pic: the one standing almost outside of the frame (is it George Hizon or Larry Ramos?), the guy behind June, and the tall lady on the right (click photo to enlarge).

Also unfortunate is that not all those who joined the outing are in these group photos. Sayang!

Online conference

Yahoo chatroomOver the past few days the peps have been savoring the joys and wonders of online chatting.

Last Sunday, for instance, Ruby, Lito, Eric and Eddie (with John intermittently joining in) were huddled in one chatroom for their first online chikahan. Although they talked about lots of things both mundane and trivial, they also came up with bright ideas with regard to our forthcoming reunion. A summary of suggestions made during this chat session has been emailed to all of you.

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Alam n’yo bang kinarir din ng ilang peps ang caroling noon? Pasimuno nito sina Mario Mercado at Ana Marie Joaquin. Ewan kung ano ang nakain at bigla na lang naisipang mangaroling.

Christmas break noon kaya madali para sa mga carolers ang makpraktis sa Fullon St. o Pampanga St. Bukod sa mga tradisyunal na kantang pamasko, paborito s’yempre pa ang panlaban nating awiting “We three kings” na matiyagang itinuro sa atin ni Ana Marie. Kung natatandaan n’yo pa, ito rin ang awiting isinali natin sa isang citywide choral singing contest sa YMCA at sa ating iskul mismo na kung saan ay nanalo tayo ng first prize.

Yet another version of “We three kings”

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Makukumpleto ba ang pagbabaliktanaw sa ating high school days na hindi nababanggit ang slumbook? Lalo na noong malapit na tayong grumadweyt, sunud-sunod ang dating ng mga slumbooks na kailangan nating sagutan.

Di rin biro ang oras na ginugugol ng may-ari ng slumbook. Isang simpleng notebook lang ito, at dito’y uulit-ulitin ng nagpapapirma ang mga tanong na gusto niyang sagutin ng kanyang mga classmates at kaibigan. Name, address, date of birth, etc.

Pero hindi ito ang mga pinaka-exciting na sagutin sa slumbook. Hindi rin ang tanong tungkol sa ating favorite color, o favorite song, o favorite film, o kung anu-ano pang favorites. Ang nakakatuwang balikan ay ang mga tanong (at sagot) tungkol sa ating pagtingin sa love.

Dahil mga dalaginding at binatilyo na, halos lahat ay nagsisimula nang i-explore ang konsepto ng pag-ibig, kung ano nga ba ang love. Kung babalikan natin ang ating mga naging sagot noon, ganito natin binigyan, halimbawa, ang kahulugan ng crush: “Crush is paghanga.” O kaya naman “Crush is one step towards love.” Ganito naman ang pakahulugan ng marami sa pag-ibig: “Love is like a rosary that is full of mysteries.” (Paki-send naman ng iba’t ibang definitions natin ng love.)

May nakapagtabi kaya sa atin ng slumbook? Pakipasa naman at nang maidagdag natin sa post na ito. Sarap pagtripan kung paano mag-isip ang mga peps noong panahon ng kanilang kamusmusan.

Young journalists

Did you know that a group of peps published a newsletter called The Link when they were still in college? That was how obsessed they had become in trying their darndest to maintain our links after graduation.

The plan was hatched in 1981 at Larry’s place in Pritil, which was one of the peps’ regular meeting places. Larry’s family had moved to Malinta and he was left alone in the apartment that was just awaiting demolition. The idea was to publish a simple newsletter that would document all updates on the peps and share these to the class members.
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