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PLAQUE AWARDING INTRODUCTION (Posted: 01/27/09) 


Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.com THESE AWARDS ARE CALLED "THE NESHS CLASS OF '58 SPIRIT AWARD".  THEY ARE NOT ONLY BEAUTIFULLY-DESIGNED AWARDS ... BUT THEY ARE ALSO IMBUED WITH MEANING.  IT IS MADE OF THICK CLEAR GLASS THAT IS SHAPED LIKE A FLAME.  IT IS 10 INCHES HIGH AND STANDS ON A BLACK WOODEN BASE.  THE OUTER EDGE OF THE GLASS HAS A GOLD TRIM - TO SYMBOLIZE OUR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY; AND A BLUE INNER TRIM - TO SYMBOLIZE OUR SCHOOL LOGO'S COLOR.  ACCORDING TO ELI, OUR COLLEAGUE WHO SELECTED THE DESIGN, "... THE FLAME SHAPE SYMBOLIZES THAT BURNING SPIRIT WHICH DRIVE US TO PERSEVERE, CONFRONT AND ENDEAVOR TO OVERCOME LIFE'S CHALLENGES ...".

IT IS MY DISTINCT PRIVILEGE TO BE GIVEN THE HONOR OF HANDING THESE AWARDS TO THEIR U.S. RECIPIENTS. THERE ARE ONLY TWO OF THESE AWARDS FOR THE U.S. ALUMNI.  THE RECIPIENTS, AT THIS TIME, DO NOT KNOW THAT THEY ARE AWARDEES.

1ST AWARDEES:

SOME BACKGROUND ON THE FIRST U.S. AWARDEES.  IN TH U.S., WE USUALLY HAVE A REUNION ONCE EVERY TWO YEARS.  OUR FIRST REUNION WAS HELD 19 YEARS AGO, IN 1989 IN WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA; AND THE LAST ONE WAS HELD LAST YEAR IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA.  THERE HAVE BEEN EIGHT REUNIONS IN THE U.S. AND THREE IN THE PHILIPPINES - MAKING A TOTAL OF ELEVEN REUNIONS TO DATE THAT THE U.S. GROUP HAVE PARTICIPATED.

THERE ARE ONLY TWO U.S. ALUMNI, ONLY TWO, AMONG THE THIRTY OR SO U.S. ALUMNI ... THAT HAVE THE UNMATCHED RECORD OF HAVING ATTENDED ALL ..., REPEAT, ALL ... ELEVEN REUNIONS.  THAT 100% ATTENDANCE IS THE PUREST INDICATION OF THE AWARDEES UNSURPASSED, UNWAVERING AND EVER-BRIGHT CLASS SPIRIT AND LOVE FOR THE NESHS CLASS OF 1958.  IT IS AN INDICATION, OUR FAITH, THAT THE SPIRIT OF THE CLASS OF '58 WILL BE CARRIED BY THE AWARDEES TO THE END OF OUR GROUP'S TIME.

THE AWARDEES ARE ... ALUMNA ERLINDA BAGUISA SIWA ... AND ALUMNUS ROLANDO SIWA ... BOTH ARE ALUMNI OF THE CLASS OF '58 ... AND BOTH ARE HAPPILY MARRIED TO EACH OTHER.

LET US GIVE OUR FIRST AWARDEES A BIG HAND!!!

NOTE: Photo close-up of the Siwa's award.


2ND AWARDEES:

Free Image Hosting at www.picturetrail.comSOME BACKGROUND ON THE 2ND U.S. AWARDEES.  IMAGINE INVITING 10 TO 20 PEOPLE, SOME TIMES MORE, TO YOUR HOUSE, ONCE A YEAR, FEEDING, ENTERTAINING AND HOUSING THE GUESTS FOR A WHOLE WEEKEND.  HARD TO DO, YOU MIGHT SAY.  NOW IMAGINE DOING THAT ANNUAL HOSTING CONTINUOUSLY FOR THE LAST EIGHTEEN YEARS. IMPOSSIBLE TO DO, YOU MIGHT SAY.

THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THESE COUPLE HAVE DONE SINCE 1990.  THEY HAVE GIVEN A MINI CLASS REUNION AT THEIR CHESAPEAKE VIRGINIA HOME SINCE 1990.  THEY ARE THE ONLY U.S. ALUMNI FAMILY, ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE ... AND A WHOLE LOT OF GIVING ... AND A WHOLE LOT OF HARD WORK ... THAT HAVE DONE SO ... SO GRACIOUSLY ... AND ... SO SINCERELY ... FOR THE CLASS OF '58 ALUMNI AND THEIR FAMILIES.  IN SO DOING, THEY HAVE SHOWN ... A PURE, SIMPLE, AND ALL EMBRACING WARMTH AND HOSPITALITY ... FOR THE CLASS OF '58 ALUMNI AND THEIR FAMILIES, THAT ACTUALLY BROUGHT TO REALITY, THE IDEAL OF AN EMBRACING FAMILY WHOSE MEMBERS ARE THE INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES OF THE CLASS OF '58 ALUMNI.

THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS AWARD ARE ... ALUMNUS RODOLFO MARIANO AND WIFE ANGELINA IBAY.  BOTH ARE ALSO HAPPILY MARRIED TO EACH OTHER.

LET US GIVE THE SECOND AWARDEES A BIG HAND!!!

NOTE: Photo close-up of the Mariano's award.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           (By: HML, U.S. Alumni Coordinator)

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DVD COVERAGE OF 2008 REUNION -HOW TO ORDER (Posted: 01/27/09) 

Eli sent a dvd (thru Efren) contaning the video coverage of the reunion at the Dreamwater Resort and portions at Romy P's farmhouse. The dvd runs for about 1 hr. & 45 mins. It is fun to watch, gives you the feel that you are in the reunion.  Excellent dvd for attendees to keep and re-visit the reunion; and for colleagues-who-were-not-there to experience the reunion. See the smiling faces of your long unseen colleagues; Mesdames David and Talens talk about the best among the NESHS' grad classes; what & how the U.S., Metro Manila and Gapan groups did in their program performances; the Siwa's hilarious comedy skit; everybody's fun time with the conga dance; Mario P's impromptu "primetime" serenade; the touching acceptance of the gift envelopes by the "alay alumni" recipients; and many other fun-&-memorable moments.

A video shop can make copies of the dvd. For 1-5 combined orders, the total delivered cost to each buyer will be $12.23 ($9.95 copying fee + sales tax & mailing). For 6-10 combined orders, the total cost per will be $11.49 ($9.25 copying fee + sales tax & mailing). If you want to order a copy, please make two checks (to save time since we cannot project whether we will have 1-5 or 5+ orders) - one with the amount of $12.23 and a second with the amount of $11.49; both made payable to EFREN P.  - and send to MERNILO D. before February 14, 2009. (NOTE: If you want your order insured, pls. add $1.70, the insurance fee, to EACH check amount). ONLY ONE OF YOUR CHECKS WILL BE USED. The other check that is not used will be shredded or returned to you (just instruct so in a note to Nilo). This will be a 1-time combined order and 1-time mass mailing at the Post Office. We will place the 1-time order to the video shop on Feb. 16 (based on the number of mailed-in orders received by Nilo on Feb. 14, 2009).

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VIEW REUNION PHOTOS (Posted: 01/27/09) 

We now have 44 reunion pictures in our NESHS bulletin Board. The photos were contributed by Nilo, Efren and Ace. If you wish to share your reunion photos, please email the pictures' .jpg file to my email account. To view the photos, visit our Board site at:  http://groups.google.com/group/neshs58.  

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT ADDRESS BY U.S. ALUMNI COORDINATOR (Posted: 01/06/09) 

MARAMING SALAMAT, ROMY, SA IYONG MAGANDA AT MALUWALHATING PAGBATI SA AMIN.

PERSONALLY, AND ON BEHALF OF THE ALUMNI FROM THE U.S., AND OUR RESPECTIVE FAMILIES ... WE THANK YOU AND OUR PHILIPPINE COLLEAGUES FOR INVITING AND WARMLY WELCOMING US TO THESE OUR 50TH REUNION.   HAVING, A 1-DAY REUNION IS A DIFFICULT TASK IN ITSELF TO BRING ABOUT.   HAVING, A 3-DAY REUNION COMPLETE WITH THE COMPANY OF FORMER TEACHERS, A SOUVENIR MAGAZINE, THREE LUNCHEONS, A 2-HOUR ENTERTAINMENT EXTRAVAGANZA, TWO DINNER DANCES, AN OUT-OF-TOWN SIGHTSEEING EXCURSION, A DESPEDIDA DINNER AND MANY OTHER FINE TOUCHES ... IS AN EXTRAORDINARY REUNION INDEED!   PLEASE ALLOW ME AND OUR GROUP FROM THE U.S., TO GIVE YOU OUR PHILIPPINE COLLEAGUES, A BIG ... BIG ... APPLAUSE ... FOR A JOB ... EXCEPTIONALLY ... WELL DONE!!!

I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE A SPECIAL GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE WITH US HERE TODAY, OUR FORMER TEACHERS ... MESDAMES LUCIA GALANG-CABATUANDO, ELISEA DAVID, AND FERMINA TALENS-RIVERA.   OUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE UNSUNG HEROES. THEY HAD THE FORMIDABLE TASK ... WITHIN THE WALLS OF OUR SCHOOL ... OF BEING BOTH TEACHERS AND PARENTS, NOT MERELY FOR ... ONE ... OR TWO ... OR MORE ... SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF PARENTS ... BUT A CLASSROOM FILLED WITH 50 TO 80 ENERGETIC KIDS ... EACH WITH A VARIETY OF SCHOLASTIC AND PERSONAL NEEDS.   THEY DID AN EXCELLENT JOB ... AND THEY PLAYED A BIG ROLE ON HOW WE COME TO BE WHO WE ARE TODAY.   LET ME REPEAT THAT VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT ... OUR TEACHERS PLAYED A BIG ROLE ON HOW WE COME TO BE WHO WE ARE TODAY.   IN THAT LIGHT, I ASK THEN, MY HIGH SCHOOL COLLEAGUES, FOR ALL OF US TO GIVE AN OVERDUE "THANK YOU" TO OUR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS ... , WITH A BIG ... THUNDEROUS ... APPLAUSE!!!

LOOKING BACK NOW TO THAT DAY IN 1958 WHEN WE FINISHED OUR SCHOOLING AT NESHS, 10 YEARS, WENT QUICKLY BY, ALMOST UNNOTICED.   THAT WAS QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER 10 ..., THEN ANOTHER ... AND, BEFORE WE KNEW IT, 40 YEARS WERE ALL BEHIND US.   WE SOMEHOW SURVIVED ALL THOSE YEARS. AND NOW, HERE MAGICALLY WE ARE.   IT IS 2008 AND WE ARE NOW MARKING OUR 50TH GRADUATION ANNIVERSARY!   IT IS TRULY AMAZING THAT WE HAVE COME THIS FAR ... AND THAT WE ARE ALL HERE TODAY ..., BREATHING ..., THAT IS A CRUCIAL WORD ... "BREATHING" ONCE AGAIN ... THE WONDERFUL, HOMETOWN AIR OF GAPAN AND ITS SURROUNDING AREAS.

LET US BRIEFLY CONSIDER WHY, THIS OUR GATHERING IS SUCH, A WONDROUS THING.   AT ANY POINT IN THAT LONG ROAD WE HAVE TAKEN ..., YOU OR I ..., COULD HAVE MADE A WRONG TURN, LOST OUR WAY AND NOT BE HERE TODAY. YOU OR I COULD HAVE MET A TRAGIC MISFORTUNE AND NOT BE HERE TODAY.   YOU OR I COULD HAVE SIMPLY THOUGHT THAT THESE GATHERINGS ARE NOT IMPORTANT, NOT FOR US , NOT CARE AT ALL ... AND NOT BE HERE TODAY.   ALL THOSE POSSIBILITIES AND MANY MORE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN STATED ... AND THAT WE ACTUALLY ARE HERE TODAY... IS WHAT MAKES THIS OUR GATHERING SUCH A WONDROUS THING.   DIVINE PROVIDENCE SOMEHOW SMILED ON ALL OF US AND GAVE US ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY ... TO SEE AND BE WITH HIGH SCHOOL COLLEAGUES ... AND FORMER TEACHERS.

LET US THEREFORE BE MOST THANKFUL THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY ... LET US THEREFORE LIVE THIS DAY'S MOMENTS MOST FULLY ... LET US THEREFORE ENJOY TO THE UTMOST EACH OTHER'S COMPANY ..., AND LET US THEREFORE ... REMEMBER MOST VIVIDLY THESE OUR GOLDEN REUNION.

MARAMING SALAMAT, PO!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            (By: HML, U.S. Alumni Coordinator)

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RECAP - 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION (Posted: 12/07/08) 

We had a WONDERFUL 50th Graduation Anniversary reunion! It was held in a nice venue; graced by the presence of four former teachers; with an excellent attendance; and showcased with a 2-hour surprise-filled entertainment program with performances from the Gapan, Metro Manila and the U.S. delegations.

1. 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION RECAP. The Dreamwater Hotel/Resort was an excellent venue for the main reunion event (and as official lodge for the out-of-town attendees). The facility's function-&-guest rooms, upkeep and service were all very nice.

- Four of our former teachers joined our 50th: Mesdames Lucia Galang-Cabatuando, Elisea David, Filomena Talens-Rivera (our Sophomore English teacher) and Gregoria Velayo-Reyes.

- There were the (P.I. reunion) regulars and "first timers" (among the latter of whom were Sinia, Nydia, Rustico, Peng, Elpidio, Francisco, Mario and Rodrigo).

- The attendees were entertained with a 2-hour programmed (and unprogrammed) extravaganza (such as, Mario's serenading of his previously undeclared high school "person of interest")

- Watching the "Alay Alumni" gift recipients emotionally receiving their "envelopes" was a special moment. (SEE: Item 3 below for more info).

- From the resort, we took a passenger jeepney thru a country dirt road to lunch at Romy's farm; and to dine-&-dance at Norma country house. Romy's countryhouse is a work-in-progress. The setting made the catered luncheon (which was sumptuous) unique. Likewise the servings at Normas.

- The third day, Sunday, we took a Baliwag Transit bus to Tagaytay. We lunched at Leslie's restaurant (with a panaromic view of Taal lake); shot a lot of souvenir photos and then the heavy downpour came ... buckets of them. No problem ..., we kept the reunion going huddled under the picnic huts. Later in the afternoon, we drove back to Manila for the despedida dinner. Our bus could not locate our Makati hotel. Eli had to secure the services of a motorcycle cop to lead our bus to the hotel.

- The festive "all you can" buffet dinner at the Kamayan restaurant marked the 50th's official ending. At about 9:00 - 9:30PM, the celebrants quietly bade each other "see you" ..., and "adieu" ...

2. REUNION SOUVENIR MAGAZINE. On the opening day, a souvenir magazine (well-done and well-received) was given each alumni attendee. Kudos to Eli de los S (the magazine's editor-in-chief). NOTE->: Each North America alumni who was not able to attend the 50th reunion will be provided, by separate USPS mail, a copy of the magazine.

3. "ALAY ALUMNI" GIFT RECIPIENTS. There were eight (8) colleagues selected (by a panel of P.I. colleagues) to receive the alumni's "Alay" monetary bestowal. The recipients were: Elpidio, Letty, Aurora, Milagros, Susana, Elena, Lydia and Cipriano. The first two on the list (on an assessed higher need basis) each received P10K. The other awardees each received P6K.

Elpidio (who was an architect, professionally) sufferred a medical episode some time ago and presently moves about, with the assistance of abler bodies, in a wheelchair. He looked frail and much different from his graduation photo. Elpidio's physical condition was no deterrent for his will to be with his Class' 50th anniversary celebration. Another "Alay" recipient who is also using a wheelchair is Lydia (who was not able to attend). From what I have heard, Lydia was incapacitated by an errant bullet that unfortunately hit her during a street or store robbery. Cipriano, because of a past medical complication, underwent a radical medical procedure. Lety C's husband and herself both have had a stroke (which severely aggravated their's family income). The families of the other recipients, generally, have a number of children and "apos" to support and with very low income to support their respective families.

Thanks to all your generosity, we are able to help and bring joy and hope to our colleagues who needs our help dearly.

4. REUNION'S "N.E.S.H.S. CLASS OF '58 SPIRIT AWARD" - U.S. ALUMNI AWARDEES. The award was beautifully designed, made of thick clear glass that has the simple shape of a flame. It is about10 inches high and stands on a black wooden base. The outer edge of the glass has a gold trim - to symbolize our golden anniversary; and, inside the gold trim, a blue inner trim - to emulate the NESHS logo's color. The flame symbolizes "... the burning spirit in each of us; which drives us to persevere, confront and endeavor to overcome life's challenges ..." (per Eli, who selected the design).

Called forward to the staging area during the awarding ceremony were the two U.S. alumni recipients: Erlinda and Rolando; and Angelina and Rodolfo. The first awardees received their award "For their steadfast upholding of the Class' esprit de corps ...". The second awardees "For their singular hospitality ... in their eminent hosting ... of the alumni". Trophies were also awarded to the following P.I. colleagues: Soledad, Marciano, Jacinto, Estrellita and Norma. SEE: Photos and wordings of the U.S. awards at the "Files" Section of our message Board at: http://groups.google.com/group/neshs58

5. REUNION PHOTOS. Five (5) photos are shown in the attachment. There are more (23) posted in our online NESHS '58 Message Board. More will be posted in the future (as the photo shares are received). You can visit-&-view the photos (anytime) at our online message board at the following address: http://groups.google.com/group/neshs58

6. REUNION FUNDS ACCOUNTING. Based on the summary of Eli's 11/8/08 financial report, the reunion's total collections (U.S. & P.I.) was P________; a total expense of  P________; which results in a Total Excess Funds of  P________. Per Nilo's report, the "special collection" donors were: Ace, Chit, Rudy M, Efren, Nilo, Esper, Leonora, Rudy A, Roly, Erlinda, Francisco, Norma A, Cely (all P2.5K or $50 donors) and Ben S (P1.1K donor) SEE: Details of the financial report at the "Files" Section of our message Board at: http://groups.google.com/group/neshs58

7. THANK YOUS! To (a) all Reunion Fund donors: Your donations were crucial in enabling our 50th event to happen and to help our financially-adversed colleagues; (b) the magazine write-up/photo contributors: Your short messages and photos helped make the magazine very readable and a hit that it is; (c) the reunion attendees: Your presence made the reunion complete, historic, exciting, and a success; (d) the reunion Program performers: Doing an "impossible" feat, you were game and did it!; (e) Efren and Nilo (and respective spouses Vickie and Annie): Your unflagging backstage support made doing the U.S. role in the reunion smooth and possible; (e) the scarf donors: Your donations enabled the performers to have a good-looking accessory to wear (and the alumni and teachers, to have a nice memento of the reunioni); (f) the "scarves trustees" for handcarrying the scarves from the U.S. to Dreamwater; (g) the "special collection" donors: Your donations enabled us to help Romy lower his funds advances some; and (h) To Isko and the rest of the U.S. Group present: For your 11/07 late-in-the-day not-in-the-program tribute. This writer, Efren and Nilo are touched and humbled. We do it for the Group and for us to have a, plain-&-simple, good time.

8. THE FUTURE. NEXT, 2010, U.S. REUNION. In a business meeting, held November 8, 2008, among the twentysome U.S. alumni present at the Maburac farmhouse of Norma de G, the U.S. alumni decided, by majority decision, to (1) move the scheduled 2009 cruise-reunion to 2010; (2) change the planned cruise-reunion to a conventional land-based reunion; (3) hold the reunion in the METRO WASHINGTON, D.C. area (which covers the D.C. Capital, Maryland, and Virginia region); (4) the reunion's Coordinator/Host will be Ace L; and (5) the following two sites/events to see/do were requested; (a) the cherry blossom festival; and (b) a White House tour. An "Alumni Preferences Survey" is attached. This survey would help this Coordinator to well plan and develope the affair. Pls. fill-in and return to my mailing address by/before Dec. 20, 2008. . We plan to give everyone a new, exciting and fun reunion experience!.

Thanks a BIG bunch, as always, for your enthusiastic support and participation.

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SUPER 3-DAY CLASS OF '58TH'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY REUNION HELD (Posted: 11/17/08) 

The long-planned and much anticipated 50th Anniversary Reunion was successfully and grandly held November 7, 2008 at the Dreamwater Resort/Hotel (in Penaranda);  November 8, 2008 at the Bungo farm of Romy Padiernos and the Maburac farmhouse of Norma de Guzman Camaya; and November 9, 2008 and at the Kamayan Restaurant in Makati City. The 3-day reunion's schedule of activities are shown below;

DAY 1 (November 7, 2008, Friday)

8:00 AM - Registration, Alumni & Guests;
9:00 AM - WELCOME and GREETINGS Attendees first meet up, re-acquaint and socialize;
12:00 NN - Lunch;
2:00 PM - Program presentation.
4:00 PM - Group or individual fun/leisure time or time for fun w/ DWR activities.
6:00 PM - Dinner-Dance (casual attire) at DWR.

DAY 2 (November 8, 2008, Saturday)

9:00 AM - Trip to Romy & Letty's farm at Brgy. Bungo;
12:00 NN - Lunch at the farm.
3:00 PM - Trip to Norma de Guzman Camaya's place at Brgy. Maburak.
6:00 PM - Dinner-&-dancing (casual attire also) at the Camayas.
8:00 PM - Drive back to Dreamwater.

DAY 3 (November 9, 2008, Sunday)

8:00 AM - Bus trip to Laguna and viewing of the Volcano Islands;
12:00 NN - Lunch at Leslie's Restaurant.
2:00 PM - Bused tour of nearby area attractions;
4:00 PM - Drive back to Metro Manila;
6:00 PM - NEW INFO: Despedida dinner at KAMAYAN Restaurant
8:00 PM - (For attendees returning to Gapan) Bus ride back to Gapan.

 

The November 7th "main event's" program is shown below;

- Emcees: Esterling Fernando-Estrella & Jessie de Leon

- National Anthems, Singing of (Musical accompaniment - Caballero String Band)

        * Philippine Anthem - Esterling Fernando-Estrella conducting               
        * U.S. Anthem - Esperanza Magbitang Tanghal conducting

- Welcome Remarks:
       
        * Romy Padiernos, Class President P.I. 
        * Ace Lotuaco, U.S. Alumni Coordinator

- Prayers for the Departed:

        * Mar Alvarez, P.I. Alumni Coordinator

- Introduction of Alumni & Guests: (Philippines & U.S.)
       
        * Erlinda Baguisa-Siwa introducing U.S. alumni 
        * Jessie de Leon  introducing P.I. alumni

- Special Dance Numbers: (Philippines & U.S.)
       
        * Erlinda & Rudy Siwa (U.S.) 
        * Norma de Guzman Camaya & partner (P.I.)

- String Medleys: Caballero String Band (P.I.)

- Special Dance Presentation: Gapan Group (Ph)

- Song-&-Dance Presentation: U.S. Troupe 

- Choral Presentation (Metro Manila Group)

- Awarding of Plaques: (by Romy Padiernos & Ace Lotuaco)

- Distribution of ĎAlay Alumnií Gifts : (by Esper M. Tanghal and Efren Pascual)
         to selected alumni

- Special Gifts Raffle: (by Rudy Siwa & Efren Pascual)

- Nuggets of Wisdom: (Address by alumni's former teachers)

- Closing Remarks (by Romy Padiernos):

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NEXT U.S. ALUMNI REUNION - 2010 IN METRO WASHINGTON, D.C. (Posted: 11/17/08) 

In a business meeting - among the U.S. alumni then present - held November 8, 2008 at the Maburac farmhouse of Norma G. Camaya, the U.S. alumni decided, by majority decision, to (1) move the scheduled 2009 reunion to 2010; (2) change the planned cruise-type reunion to a conventional land-based reunion; (3) hold the reunion in the Metro Washington D.C. area; and the reunion's Coordinator/Host will Ace Lotuaco.

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U.S. ALUMNI RAISE RECORD AMOUNT FOR '08 REUNION FUND (Posted: 05/18/08) 

Nilo D., the U.S. Alumni's Comptroller, reported May 18, 2008 that the U.S. Alumni's fund drive for the 2008 Reunion raised a total of $3,700. $200 was received from the following alumni; Chit P, Rudy M, Nydia M, Estelita D, Rufino H, Leonora A, Teya R, Norma A, Francisco M, Luisinia L, Esper M, Lumeng M, Efren P, Ace L, Nilo D, Erlinda B, Rolando S,  and Cecilia Y. $100 was received from Domingo C.

The funds raised were sent to the Philippines May 28, 2008 by Efren P. The funds, together with funds sourced from Philippines-based colleagues, will be apportioned for the reunion's "Helping Hand" program (where giftings will be made to 25 selected financially-adversed colleagues); and to support the reunion's line-up of reunion activities.

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FORMER TEACHERS ATTENDING THE '08 REUNION (Posted: 05/15/08) 

Per Eli's advise, the following P.I.-based former teachers have committed to attend the NESHS '58's 50th reunion; J. Denoga, A. Carillo, A. Padiernos, and E. David. Per Ace's advise, the following U.S.-based former teachers have committed to attend the Class' forthcoming reunion; Gregoria V. and Lucia G. Another surviving former teacher, Leandra S., would not be able to join the festivities.

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2008 REUNION SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES (Posted: 12/01/07) 

1. Overview.

The reunion will be a 3-day event of "bidahan, tawanan, salo-salohan at kodakan" (as aptly described by our colleagues in the Philippines). Day 1 and Day 2 will be in a selected venue in the Gapan area; and Day 3 will be a day trip to historic Corregidor.

2. Reunion Schedule of Activities:

Day 1: Nov. 7 (Fri.) - Arrival of guests at the reunion venue; fishing & cooking; lunch; short program; bonding; dinner at a host/hostess house in Gapan. Day 2: Nov. 8 (Sat.) - Trip to a colleague's farm; lunch/merienda at the farm; more bonding; then back to the reunion venue. In the evening: A night of casual dining-&-dancing (w/ casual attire for everybody, the thought is to promote oneness by a mode of attire that does not create an invisible barrier amongst the alumni).

Day 3: Nov. 9 (Sun.) - Facility check-out; early morning (bus) trip to Manila; then trip to Corregidor by motor boat/launch. The conclusion of the Corregidor trip will mark the official ending of the reunion. Alumni could then go back to Gapan OR their residences/lodgings in Metro Manila.

3. "A Helping Hand" Fund Drive. To mark the 2008 Grand reunion, we are helping deserving colleagues who are in financially adverse situation. The goal is to raise enough funds so that the amount gifted to each deserving recipient would be substantial enough to significantly help our colleagues and their respective families.

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2008 REUNION TO BE HELD IN GAPAN CITY, NUEVA ECIJA (R.P.) (Posted: 07/04/07) 

During their June 22, 2007 alumni-only business meeting (held at the Uytingcos residence in Victorville, California), the alumni were advised of the plans  and ongoing activities by their Philippine colleagues to hold a 50th anniversary reunion in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija (Philippines). The U.S. alumni concurred to participate in the Class' "Grand" reunion in Gapan City. Horatio L. and Efren P., U.S. alumni will be the liaison with P.I. reunion Coordinators' Romy P. and Eladio S. 

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