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.


Walang hanggang paalam

Ito ang huling saludo natin sa ating yumaong kamag-aral na si Ronnie Gorgonio. Nailibing na kanina ang kanyang bangkay, at kahapon ay nakapagpaalam ang pangalawang grupo ng peps na nagtungo sa kanyang burol.

Para sa mga kamag-aral na nasa labas ng bansa ay ibinabahagi namin sa ibaba ang ilang larawang ipinadala ni Larry Ramos. Ang mga teksto naman, na naglalaman ng ilang rekoleksyon ukol kay Ronnie, ay galing kina Dado Dizon at Eddie Roberto.

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Ronnie po, may pakain

Ronnie Gorgonio will be celebrating his birthday this Sunday, November 23, and would like to have lunch with all of us at SM San Lazaro Food Court, 11:00 am. This is the first time that Ronnie is celebrating his special day with the peps so make it a point to be there.

Rorie Quijano is also celebrating her natal day on November 24 and we have yet to hear from her if she’s organizing anything. She is leaving for South Korea on the 20th of November for a speaking engagement and will be back two days later, in time for daughter Rachel’s birthday.

And finally, it’s Dado Dizon’s birthday today. Dado, as you all know, will be arriving soon.

Happy birthday to all of you, beloved classmates.