Farewell, Ric

reunion 1988
Ricardo Manuel, rightmost in this photo, during the peps’ 10th anniversary outing in Batangas in 1988

Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. ~Richard Bach

And yet again, we say goodbye to another classmate of ours, Ricardo V. Manuel, who has joined his creator in heaven. Ric’s death was confirmed by his son, Exequiel, who told us his father passed away last January because of a lingering illness.

The last time we saw Ric was in 1988, when we celebrated our section’s 10th anniversary in Matabungkay, Batangas. He then moved to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, with his family.

Our deepest condolences to the whole family. 😦


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.

Birthday boy

This photo was taken in October 2008, when classmate Ariel Dimacali was leaving for Bahrain. We just realized we haven’t seen or had much contact with him since then. It’s his birthday on February 4 and we would like to wish him all the best. We’ll try to organize something for Ariel when he comes back this year.

Ric Manuel is also celebrating his birthday this month, but we have yet to locate him. Any news?