3rd Set: Reunion Photos
Sightsee by boat
Ladies & gents
All the alumni
Some of the alumni
a poem about the 2003 reunion
(by Eladio de los Santos, '58 alumnus).
U.S. Coordinator's Reunion Recap
2nd Set: Reunion Photos
The hula guys
Formal group photo
1st Set: Reunion Photos
Alumni group photo Sightseeing in Baguio
Latest Reunion Itinerary
U.S. Liaison's 8/10/03 EMail
Listing alumni attending, to date.
Schedule Of Activites To Date
- U.S. Coordinators Named (Posted: 6/12/03)
- Preliminary Plans:
- Mla. Alums Meeting
March for the 2003 Reunion
- Class' 45th
Anniversary To Be Held In The P.I.
U.S. Coordinator's Reunion Recap
By all accounts it was a successful celebration, a
meeting of former classmates and friends. It was week for the treasure chest,
memories to be recalled over and over again.
The week started on October 30th. The U.S. Group
met at our hotel room at Galleria in Ortigas Center at noon. We rehearsed our
hula presentation. They have already received the lyrics and tape of the song
and each one got their leis and grass skirt. Around 2 pm we proceeded to Romy
and Lety's house for a pre-reunion dinner. Present were Remy San Jose, Matt
Garcia, Zeny Linsangan, Sal Ligon, Oscar and Myrna Vallarta, Vicki Pascual,
Jess de Leon, Eli Santos and Efren Pascual along with the host. Off course,
lots of beso beso, kumusta, tawanan at kwentuhan. The next day we all went
home to our hometowns for All Saint's Day. Todos los Santos in Gapan these
days is party time. Everyone brings food. I could not believe my eyes when I
saw vendors taking orders for pizza, hamburgers, etc, for delivery in the
November 2, 2003
The venue was Lacson Memorial banquet hall at
Castellano. There were 52 alumni plus their guests, that started arriving
after 10 am. The theme of the day was Apos and Anaks. The Pilipino Dance
Troupe entertained us with folk dances and ballroom dances. There were songs
and dances presented by the Anaks and Apos. The alumni had the "Battle of the
Minds" parlor game and of course our very own love duet by Eyo and Lilia de
Guzman. The Caballero String Band provided music. The audience participated
in dancing the tinikling with the Dance Troupe. Raffles were
drawn, prizes given. Everyone had a prize. The buffet lunch was
very good. Two lechons
donated by Bayani Peralta and Norma Camaya. The group parted about 5 pm.
November 3, 2003
Meeting place was in front of Gapan Central
School. An air conditioned bus was waiting for us at 8 am. There were 24
alumni and spouses, 2 grandchildren and a son that came along. Matt and
Bayani went to the palengke to buy nilagang mais, grapes, paper plates and
spoons and 2 gallons of gulaman sa malamig. The two forgot to buy a
cucharon. The bus stopped at every palengke along the way to look for one.
Bayani, Eyo, Rudy and Efren alternately went down to buy one. It was not
until we reached Guimba that we found one. While the bus was moving 50 miles
per hour, picture this scenario. The jug of gulaman on the floor, Rudy
holding it tight, Vicki filling the cups and Efren passing them to the back
and not a drop spilled. We arrived Agoo, La Union around 2:30 pm. We stopped
at a Jollibee for lunch. I was not really hungry yet at that time because all
along the way there was a continuous passing of food from the front to the
back of the bus - chicaron, mani, butong pakwan, sandwiches, etc. We arrived
at Baguio about 4:30 pm. After checking into the Sun Rise hotel, we went
shopping for some souvenirs. Baguio is now too crowded. Wow, traffic galore
and a sea of pedestrians. I missed the pine scents. There was a mix up in
communication. We were supposed to meet at the entrance of the mall by 6:00
pm, but Lety, Efren and Vicki were missing. After waiting for 45 minutes, we
headed back to he bus and found them waiting for us in the comforts of the air
conditioned bus. After mea culpa the three were forgiven and we
headed to Barrio Fiesta for dinner. We feasted on grilled seafood,
crispy pata, sinigang na
hito, tortang talong and caldareta. I am still salivating just thinking about
it. After dinner we had a mini sight seeing. We drove around the Mansion
house, Camp John Hay and Wright Park. We retired early that night, tired form
the trip but looking forward for the rest of the week.
November 4, 2003
Breakfast was at 7:00 am. The hotel staff was
overwhelmed by the deluge of hungry guests. Service was a little slow.
Bayani was the last one served. Well, he really gave them a piece of his mind
before we left. While having breakfast Efren, Matt and Vicki were trying to
recall the names of the attendees on the first day. They could only come up
with 51 names. Who do you think was the name they missed - Bayani. After
breakfast we continued to Ilocos Sur. The sun was bright, the sky was blue
and clear. We made a stop at a gas station at San Fernando La Union. Eyo
bought all the banana qs of a vendor to her delight. Efren overheard Vicki
trying to haggle the price with a vendor. He said "Vicki, alam mo bang 5
cents lang ang tinatawad mo? Masarap kasing tumawad." We arrived at Bantay
Ilocos Sur where we stopped at the oldest church built in 1590. Lunch was 2pm
at Chow King at Vigan. The waiter was so confused with our orders, I think he
was ready to call it a day. We toured the old Spanish town in a caretela,
stopped by Fr. Burgos, former home and the pottery factory. It reminded me of
Intramurors but better preserved and developed for tourists. Pushing
northward we arrived at Fort Ilocandia around 6:00 pm. It is a 5 star hotel
casino, the pride of Ilocos. After dinner we went to a far away corner of the
hotel grounds. Rudy Mariano taught the group, the Chili Cha Cha line dance.
He made sure everyone knew it before we stopped. Before we retired that night
the U.S. Group again practiced the hula at Efren and Vicki's room.
November 5, 2003
We had complimentary buffet breakfast the next
morning. It was also the birthday of Remy San Jose, so we had an impromptu
birthday party. While waiting for the bus, we took pictures, talked and
laughed once more. We left at around 8:30 am on the way to Ilocos Norte. We
stopped at Marcos Museum, where the body of the former President still lies
frozen. The room has little light and cold-kind of eerie. Next stop was
Sarrat, where we stopped at the old church where Imee Marcos got married. We
walked the grounds and went back to the bus but we almost left Rudy Siwa. He
got engrossed talking with the church keeper, telling him about "apparitions"
of the Nazarenne to him. We headed further north to Pagudpud - the
northernmost town of Luzon. We stopped for lunch at Saud Beach Resort, a most
beautiful place white sand, coconut trees, and blue clear water. Too bad it
was high tide, the water was deep, we could not swim. Not too far is the
Patapat Ridge, where the China sea meets the Pacific Ocean and where the
Cordillera Mountain ends. I have to admit, the Ilocos Region is far more
scenic than Nueva Ecija. The roads are all cemented, no pot holes. The
Cordillera Mountain is always on one side and ahead. The south China Sea is
on the opposite side along the way peaking through the trees and the fields.
We traced our trail back south to Alaminos Pangasinan. It was a 9 hour ride
in the bus. Bayani tried to keep us from being bored by singing a la Tom
Jones. Everyone complained about how cold the bus was. The driver did not
know how to adjust the a/c. Rudy Mariano complained the most. He was sitting
by an air duct, the cold air hitting his lap. When we made a gas stop, he got
out of the bus "to thaw", so "as not to ruin his sex life". We arrived at
Alaminos around 1 am. The budget hotel and restaurant had meager amenities
but the owner made up on hospitality.
November 6, 2003
The next morning we had a buffet breakfast while
waiting for the rented motorized banca, we practiced the chili cha cha in the
dining room to the delight of the owner and her staff. She offered us free
2nd night if we would stay another day. We took the motor boats to Hundred
Islands. It was warm and humid in the Islands, but the water was clear and
cool and so inviting. The two apos of Ben Siwa went swimming. Unable to
resist, Leonora, Cely, Remy and Dina went swimming too in their clothing. The
rest of us were contented on rolling our pants and wading in the water. We
went back to the hotel in time for lunch. We were greeted by vendors outside
the hotel. Word got around that there were tourists in the hotel. Lunch was
fresh, seafood and the best ginatan topped by pinipig that I have ever
tasted. We had a schedule to meet so we left around 2 pm back to Gapan by 6
pm. The Gapan group got off and I went with my brothers driver back to the
Galleria Hotel. The rest went to MLA on the bus. I heard they got stopped
twice by the police for lack of permit. Efren bribed the cop to let them go.
November 7, 2003
Club Pilipino, Green Hills. Attire Hawaiian. We
arrived early for the farewell dinner. We had great band that played '58
music and pop songs. Reservation was for 70 people but around 8:30 pm a big
group from Gapan came, so two tables were added. Benito Sumang, Into Yamsuan
and Bayani Peralta took them along in their cars. Guests came in colorful
Hawaiian attire. Dinner was buffet. The program started around 9:30 pm.
There were guests singers. Not to be out done, Eyo and Lilia gave us another
duet. The Ilocos group presented the chili cha cha line dance headed by Rudy
Mariano. My husband and I danced the Bolero. The P.I. group gave their
choral rendition of Magandang Gabi. Bayani surprised us with his a la Tom
Jones Delilah -ay Diana pala. Doming and Linda Cenon also gave us a duet.
The surprise hit was by the hula dancers of the
USA. No one knew except Eli and he kept his promise to keep it to himself.
The spouses sang the first verse of the Hawaiian song, Pearly Shell. Before
the 2nd verse, the lights dim and in came the guys one by one swaying into the
dance floor in full Hawaiian gear - grass skirts, leis, bra and wigs. The
crowd was really surprised. They gave a round of laughter and applause. The
guys did a superb job. They were all troopers, not one was timid. They
danced in unison like pros. Can you believe it - the crowd asked for an
encore. So they did one again to the tune of Tiny Bubbles. There was dance,
dance, dance for the rest for the evening, but even good things has to end.
When it came time for Romy to say his closing remarks, there was a crackle in
his voice. He had extended the night for another hour, but the reunion had to
end. We sang Auld Lang Syne 5 times hand in hand, reluctant to part but we
had to say goodbye to each other. Till we meet again in 2008, Hasta la vista
- Linda Siwa
NESHS 2003 Class
Reunion Itinerary (As of 10/2/03)
Our reunion is only 4 weeks away.
Here is a summary of activities and our participations:
Nov 2, 2003: Meeting place
at BUCANA from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. A bus will take us to Lacson Memorial at Castillano.
Duet by Rogelio de
Guzman and wife.
- Duet by Domingo Cenon
- Dance number by Rudy and
I will be calling to introduce
each of you; you will stand with spouse and family (or maybe come to the
Nov 3, 2003: Meeting place
at Bucana 6:00 am to join the trip to Ilocandia.
Nov 7, 2003: Last day
dinner dance at Club Filipino in Greenhills. Attire is Hawaiian.
Duet by Rogelio de
Guzman and wife.
Dance by Rudy and Linda
Group presentation of
Hawaiin song while the men are doing the hula. I will be sending you the tape
and lyrics of the song. Please memorize the song. The men will dress up as
hula dancers. I already ordered the grass skirts and leis. Improvise for the
bra, be creative use flowers, coconut shells, etc. This will be hilarious and
fun. Please let me know your departure dates, and telephone numbers where I
can reach you. Rudy and I will be staying at the Galleria Suites at Ortigas
Center from Oct 27. evening to Oct. 31 morning. We need to meet Oct. 29 and
Oct. 30 to practice.
Possible line dancing to
be taught by Rodolfo Mariano.
Don’t forget to bring 3 raffle
prizes….nothing expensive, just a memento of the reunion. If you want to share
your talent during the first or last day, please let me know right away.
Linda Baguisa Siwa
(Excerpted from Eladio delos Santos'
, P.I. Liaison, 9/17/03 email to Efren Pascual, U.S. Liaison, consequential to
the hosting group's meeting held September 14
at the residence of Romy Padiernos)
First day of reunion, Sunday, Nov 2,
2003 - A bus will ferry reunion participants from 8:00 AM - 10:00
AM from "Bucana" in Gapan to Lacson Memorial at Castellano, the venue of the
Live String Band will be at Castellano on Nov.
2, 2003 to provide the music.
There will be presentation numbers from the US
Group, Metro Manila Group and the Gapan Group plus a special dance number
from the Nueva Ecija South High School Dance Troupe.
PI alumni are requested to bring at least 2
raffle prizes each (not compulsory). US alumni to bring at least 3 raffle
prizes each (not compulsory).
Second day of reunion, Monday, Nov.
3, 2003 - Reunion participants joining the trip to Baguio and the
Ilocandia will converge at "Bucana" at 6 AM where the busses will be
Last day of reunion, Friday, Nov. 7,
2003 - Dinner dance at Club Filipino (Greenhills, San Juan)
starts at 7 PM. Attire is semi-formal.
Live String Band will be at Club Pilipino on
Nov. 7, 2003 to provide the music.
Encore presentation from the US Group, Metro
Manila Group and the Gapan group.
Schedule Of Activities To Date
(Excerpted from Eladio delos Santos'
6/20/03 letter to alumni)
The general reunion will be
held in Gapan City on November 2, 2003 - a whole day fest with a ‘talents’ program
prepared by the Class ’58 members and their children.
* November 3:
to the Baguio City. Lodging at Teachers’ camp.
* November 4: Start of the
tour of Ilocandia (highlighted by the white sand beach of Saud in Pagudpud).
Lodging at Saud Resort and Hotel.
* November 5: Trip
through Patapat shoreline on the way to Fort Ilocandia and its historic
churches; tour of Vigan & Alaminos, Pangasinan. Lodging at the resort cottages
in Alaminos wharf.
* November 6: Tour of Hundred
Islands. Trip back to Gapan City and Manila.
* November 7:
Farewell Dinner at Club Pilipino in Greenhills, 6:00 in the evening.
Reunion U.S. Coordinators Named
In a letter dated May 7, 2003, Romeo A. Padiernos,
2003 Reunion Coordinator, officially named Erlinda and Rolanda Siwa (husband-and-wife
and both NESHS '58 alumni) as U.S. Coordinators for the 2003 reunion. In the
same letter, Erlinda and Rolando were requested to exert all efforts to promote
the active participation of the alumni and their families in the November
Plans: 2003 Reunion
(Excerpted from Eladio de los Santos 4/1/03 Email
to Efren Pascual. Messrs. de los Santos & Pascual are both NESHS '58 alumni)
1 April 2003
From our La Vista meeting, I
am happy to report the following:
Sun Nov 2, Day 1:
General Reunion in Gapan (Venue: Rotary Club across De Leon old residence, Green
Meadows in Castellano or Water Resort in Penaranda). Subject to result of
comparison and ocular inspection.
Mon Nov 3, Day 2: AM
Trip from Gapan to Baguio (approx 5 hrs travel by bus); PM City Tour & Shopping.
Overnight stay at Teacher’s Camp.
Tue Nov 4, Day 3: Trip
to Ilocos: (6.5 hrs) First stop- Pagudpod., where the group could go to the
white sand beach, ‘sight-see’ and spend the night at Saud Resort & Hotel’s
cottage type accommodations (2, 4, & 6 persons/cottage).
Wed Nov 5, Day 4: AM
Trip to Patapat (approaching Cagayan Valley)- 1 hr; then to Fort Ilocandia (Ilocos
Norte)- 3hrs; then to Ilocos Sur- 2.5 hrs; then to Alaminos Pangasinan- 3.5 hrs
for overnight stay.
Thu Nov 6: Day 5: AM
Trip to Hundred Islands; PM Trip to Gapan/Manila.
PhP 75,000.00 from the Class’ fund of PhP 86,758.42 (as of 2-24-03) will be
used to subsidized expenses of the class members PLUS wife/husband ONLY.
Dependents’ expenses, should they decide to bring their children along, will
be shouldered by the parents.
fixed amount, say PhP2,000.00, from each class member (out of their own
reunion budget) will be given to the Class Treasurer who will take charge of
settling the group’s expenses OTHER than "personal".
Bus service from Manila to Gapan (if the US based participants will be staying
in Manila) and from Gapan to the various destinations up North and back to
Gapan/Manila, will be provided by Romy.
November 3 is a Monday. It was suggested that US based class members should be
in the Philippines by Nov 1st AT THE LATEST, so we could hold the
Day 1 scheduled reunion in Gapan on Sunday, November 2; the reason being that
those in Gapan who could not join the trip to the North, could AT LEAST attend
the reunion in a weekend and enjoy the pleasure of everybody’s company being a
There will be a "Talent Exhibition " portion during the scheduled events so
that the US/Phil groups are requested to do the necessary preparations.
Ocular inspection and place’ assessment, including per head cost computation
of accommodation and related matters, will be done by Romy’s aide. Into will
assist in Gapan’s inspections.
Have furnished Romy of the e-mails addresses of US-based members who can
communicate with Romy’s daughter, Dondi. Dondi will handle Romy’s
Romy will send the letters of invitation to the Philippine reunion thru Dondi.
Metro Mla. March Planning
Meeting for the 2003 Reunion
Eladio de los Santos' 2/25/03 Email to Efren Pascual)
25 February 2003
Dear Pareng Efren:
... I was able to talk to Romy and he is scheduling a March get-together for the
Metro Manila members. This will be followed by another grouping in Gapan, after
which the reunion plans will be finalized.
Lahat daw ng pag-uusap ay naaayon sa November's frame of
time na na-discussed na nuon sa Virginia.
Until here and warm regards to everyone.
All the best,
Anniversary To Be Held In The Philippines
During its 4-day reunion held July 12-15, 2002
in Chesapeake, Virginia, the NESHS Class '58 alumni, in a closed-door business
meeting held July 14, 2002 at the residence of Host\Coordinator and NESHS '58
alumnus Rodolfo Mariano, unanimously decided to hold a "grand" reunion --
commemorating their class' 45th graduation anniversary -- in Gapan, Nueva Ecija
and Metro Manila in November 2003.
The alumni in attendance decided that the P.I.
reunion will start on the first week of November 2003 and conclude by November
8, 2003. The highlight of the commemoration will be a "grand" reunion in Gapan
of Gapan-, Manila- and U.S.-based alumni. The alumni group also delegated
Mernilo Dionisio, NESHS '58 alumnus, to be the Reunion's U.S. Liaison and that
the P.I. Liaison will be designated by the P.I.-based alumni at a later date.
Both P.I.- and U.S.-based alumni were present
in the meeting. The alumni in attendance were: Remedios de San Jose Almodiel (P.I.),
Mernilo Dionisio, Norma Afablo Grajo, Horatio Lotuaco, Illuminada Mariano (P.I.),
Rodolfo Mariano, Romeo Padiernos (P.I.), Conchita Palomo dela Pena, Estrella
Reyes, Erlinda Baguisa Siwa, Rolando Siwa and Esperanza Magbitang Tanghal.
Romeo Padiernos, NESHS '58 alumnus and P.I.
alumni delegation lead, proposed the inclusion of a multi-day tour of northern
Luzon, for interested alumni, in the line-up reunion activities.