Mini-Reunion - Manila, Philippines -
reunion we had in Manila wasn't intentional. It was one of those
spur of the moment type get together. We met three times. The
first being at Sol Mendoza-Mamiit's mansion in Sucat, Paranaque on June 2,
2001, followed by a birthday-reunion party for Remigio Abacan at TongYang
Restaurant at the Mega-Mall Complex in Ortigas, and then a farewell party
at the Tratoria Italian Restaurant and Starbucks, Shangrila Edsa complex.
Our classmates in
the Philippines extend their warmest invitation to any of our class 63
classmates. We will have a grand reunion on April 2003. Be there!!
This picture was taken on June 2,
2001 in Sol Mendonza-Mamiit's residence in Sucat, Paranaque, Rizal.
Among those who came were Les Cacapit-Licerio (She has just arrived from
the US that same morning), Lourdes Banadera, Florenda Galoyo-Soriano (This
was the first time we've seen her after so many years), Remigo Abacan,
Aurora Abad, and of course our host Sol Mendoza-Mamiit.
The same group around the dinner
table. We would have had a bigger crowd except to many, 20 kilometers in the
Philippines is considered very far to
travel to. Not because it's really far, but because it takes
three hours to get there and another three hours to get back!!
Finally I got the chance to see
Floren again. Boy! I can't believe it's been over 30 years
since I saw her last. Floren is a special person to me because
she'd always been very kind when we were in high school (not that she
shared her "baon" with me or something). She laughed when
I described her as always prim and proper, truly spic and span with her uniform. So much for having a Major-Dad in the Army I
suppose (and also one of the major reasons why we stayed away he he
Hail! hail! the gang's all
here so they seem to sing in unison... Floren, Au, Melody (Mateo), Vangie
(the Big Apple) Lazaro, Noemi Seno. Just the same,
hello Noemi!! Noemi is one of those classmates that I really
remember well because we practically spent the years in KES and QCHS
together in the same sections.
Thank god Remigio's not in this
picture again!!! So everybody seems to say. From left Vangie
(the big Apple) Lazaro [she's a perennial New Yorker that's why], Melody
(sitting), Adelaida David-Rinario, Myrna Gacad-Fernandez, and Aurora Abad
(standing) - picture taken at a place where Remigio wasn't invited (wala
pa yata ako sa Pilipinas noon - ang galing nilang magtago sa akin)
June 4, 2001 - It's my birthday
party and a good excuse to have a reunion and not pay for it. We
really had a good attendance that night. This was taken at Tong-Yang
Restaurant at the 4th Floor of the Mega Mall Complex in Ortigas. To
all those who attended, especially those who had to forsake their week's
baon to pay for our dinner - Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat.
Round the clock - Floren Galoyo, Aurora Abad, Melody Mateo, Vangie Lazaro,
Noemi Seno, Sol Mendoza, Les Cacapit and Florentino "Boy
Les Cacapit-Licero, with her
ever-present bottle of San Miguel beer, contemplating the night's
event. Are we going dancing or what? - Les bakit hindi kayo nagyaya
A quiet night at Sol Mendoza's
Finally I can smile because Tino
Tuason took the bill despite my not too forceful objection. I
believe it was split several ways among the gang. I really
enjoyed the time with them, despite me being late due to the
horrendous traffic. Unseen somewhere in this picture areTinoTuason's
bodyguards. Boy is big now and requires
24 hour bodyguard protection - lest he runs away with the
Floren Sino ang ka-text
Oh Au bakit naman negte-text pa
kayo in Floren e magkatabi naman kayo?