Year 2010 News

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Bebet Gozun Appointed as Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change

Dec. 21, 2010 - USTHS Batch'68 congratulates Elisea (Bebet) Gozun   for her appointment as Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change under the Office of President Aquino.  Bebet concurrently holds the position of Chairperson of the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities Partnership Council.   More power to you Bebet! 


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First Meeting of the Pacific-Northwest Group

Dec. 12, 2010 - We are happy to announce that the the Pacific-Northwest group of USTHS Batch'68 has been recently formed, composed initially of Manny Aquino, Soc Reyes Swinford and Danny Dinio.  Manny shared with us some photos and details of their first meeting in our Activities Abroad Webpage.


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2010 Batch Christmas Party

December 5, 2010 -The annual Christmas party of Batch'68 was held last night Dec. 4 at the residence of John Tan in West Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila.  We had a pretty good attendance this year, with 53 attendees, consisting of batchmates and their spouses and some guests.  For details and photos, visit our Reunion webpage.

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Condolence to Jun Tullao and Family on the Death of their Father

December 5, 2010 - We extend our condolence to our batchmate Jun Tullao and the rest of his family on the death of their father, Mr. Tereso Tullao Sr.,  last night, Dec. 4, 2010.   His remains lie in state at the Sanctuarium, Araneta Ave., Quezon City.  Let us all pray for the eternal repose of Mr. Tullao Sr.

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USTHS'68 Batch Christmas Party

November 27, 2010 - The Batch'68 Christmas party will be held on Dec. 4, Saturday 6:00 p.m. at the residence of John Tan at No. 14 Jackson St., West Greenhills (entrance along Wilson St., right after Cardinal Santos Hospital).  Please bring a gift worth P200 or more for exchange gift and wear holiday colors of red or green.  Cost of dinner is P300 per head.  Hope to see you there for a night of fun, games, dancing and camaraderie.

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Condolence to the Family of Batchmate Noriel Landayan

November 27, 2010 - We extend our condolence to the family of our batchmate Noriel Landayan who passed away recently.  His remains lie in state at Krus sa Wawa, Bocaue, Bulacan.  Let us all pray for the eternal repose of his soul.  Let us also pray for the family he left behind, that God may give them strength and consolation during this trying time in their life.

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Official Promotional Video of USTHS Grand Alumni Homecoming in 2011

Here is the  official promotional video of the UST High School Grand Alumni Homecoming 2011 as shown in YouTube.  Our homecoming is scheduled on Feb. 5, 2011, 5:00 p.m. at the UST Plaza Mayor.  See you there!!!


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Post-Reunion Gathering of the NorthEast Group (Organizers of the 2010 NYC Reunion)

Nov. 1, 2010 - Last  Oct. 30,2010, the NorthEast Group, who successfully organized the 2010 NYC Reunion had a post-reunion meeting at the residence of Jolly & Estelita Canlas.  For details and pictures, visit our Activities Abroad webpage.

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2010 NYC Reunion

The 3-day 2010 Reunion of USTS'68 held from October 8-10 in New York City was a resounding success thanks to the efforts of our NorthEast Group batchmates led by Michael Mendonez Jr. as Chairperson and Andring Maranan as Co-Chairperson.  Andring generously opened his house as sleeping quarters for some batchmates and as staging area for the many gatherings leading to the grand reunion .  For pictures, videos and message of the chairperson detailing the 3-day event, please visit our 2010 New York Reunion Webpage.

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Condolence to the Family of our batchmate Anthony Dee

October 3, 2010 - We extend our condolence to the family of our batchmate Anthony Dee who passed away last night at 8:00 p.m..  His remains will be at Holy Mary, San Fernando on Oct. 3-4, Sunday and Monday, then will be transferred on Oct. 5, Tuesday noon to Arlington Memorial Chapels, Araneta Ave. Q.C.. Let us all pray for the eternal repose of his soul.  Let us also pray for his wife, Carmelita Ang Dee, also a class'68 batchmate and their children, that God may give them strength and consolation during this trying time in their life.

Our batch president, Bebet Gillera is inviting batchmates to join her in paying our last respects for Anthony this Tuesday Oct. 5, 7:00 p.m. at Arlington Memorial Chapels.

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UST Quadricentennial: Dates To Remember

Sept. 27, 2010 - 2011 UST Quadricentennial, important dates to remember:

  • Jan. 26 - Quadcen Parade

  • Jan. 27 - Countdown to 400 yrs

  • Jan. 28 - Quadcen Dinner, Tnxgving Mass

  • FEB 5 - High School Grand Alumni Homecoming

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Chronology of Events for the UST Quadricentennial Celebration

August 29, 2010 - The final schedule of activities for the UST Quadricentennial Celebration may be viewed in our Plans and Programs Page.

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Plans for 2011 Batch Reunion

Aug. 11, 2010 -  Our Batch President, Bebet Gozun is appealing to all batchmates to give their feedback on their preferred activity for our 2011 batch reunion which will be held back to back with the 400 years anniversary celebration of our alma mater or what is called the quadricentennial celebration.  We are reproducing Bebet's letter(please click link).  Kindly email your feedback directly to Bebet at .

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Condolence to our batchmate Alicia Dominguez-Testa

May 9, 2010 - Our deepest condolences to Alicia Dominguez- Testa for the recent loss of her husband (last March).  Let us all pray for the eternal repose of his soul.  Let us also pray for Alicia and her children, that God will give them the strength to cope during this trying moment in their lives.

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SoCal Update on Batchmate Al Ramirez

May 2, 2010 - "SoCal group gladly reports that batch mate Al Ramirez  had a very successful bone marrow transplant and is doing wonderfully well. The prognosis could have not been better. He & his wife, Mila, are grateful for the blessings. They also extend appreciation to all for the good wishes, the prayers & he is now enjoying a healthy life!" - Bing Macavinta

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Merle and Anita Welcomed Joji

April 27, 2010 - Joji Pangilinan Linan shared a photo taken last January 2010 when she met up with our New-Jersey based batch mates Merle Cruz Encarnacion and Anita Viri-Pazcoguin.  For details, visit our Activities Abroadwebpage.

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Gurmel Singh Links Up with Robert De Dios

April 4, 2010 - We received word from Gurmel Singh that he was in Colorado last month during his wife's conference with A.O.R.N. Congress in Denver.  He was able to link up with Robert De Dios who is residing in Denver together with his wife and 3 kids (Joshua - 3 yrs old, Christian 10 yrs. old and Crystal 13 yrs. old. )  Please visit our Activities Abroad webpage to view the pictures shared by Gurmel.

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USTHS Batch'68 USA Reunion is set on Oct. 8-10, 2010

USTHS Batch'68 NorthEast Chapter has finalized plans for the 2nd USA Reunion to be held in New York City on October 8-10, 2010.  For details, please visit our webpage - 2010 USA New York Reunion.

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USTHS Grand Alumni Homecoming 2010:  Biggest USTHS Alumni Homecoming Ever

Feb. 28, 2010 - One thousand attendees. Over one million pesos as batch donation to the scholarship fund. One fun-filled night. All in honor of one Alma Mater.

These and more can be said about the just-concluded UST High School Grand Alumni Homecoming (USTHS GAH) held on February 20, 2010, at Plaza Mayor of the University of Santo Tomas.

Not only was this the first USTHS GAH of the new decade or the first full-fledged USTHS GAH to be held at the Plaza Mayor—the panoramic, wide-open space in front of the iconic Main Building. It was also one of many celebratory events coinciding with the ongoing, yearlong countdown to UST’s grand Quadricentennial celebration.

Over a thousand UST High alumni were in attendance that moonlit night, the biggest USTHS GAH attendance yet. Those present spanned over 60 years’ worth of UST High alumni, from way back 1948 all the way to 2009. Plus, this Homecoming reaffirmed the USTHS’ and USTHSAAI’s reputation as having one of the biggest—if not the biggest—homecoming attendance in UST every year.

Attendees began flocking to Plaza Mayor as early as one hour before the 4 p.m. registration—many bearing pre-bought tickets, a few others buying on the spot after having learned of the event from the press releases published in national media. While most hailed from Metro Manila, a good number of those present trekked from out of town or flew in from abroad.

The nightlong affair actually began in the afternoon with the 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Mass near another UST icon across Plaza Mayor, the Benavides monument (made in honor of UST founder, Fray Miguel de Benavides, O.P.) Celebrating the Mass—which doubled as an anticipated Sunday Mass—was no less than the UST Rector, Rev. Fr. Rolando V. De La Rosa, O.P.; the USTHS Regent, Rev. Fr. Rodel E. Aligan, O.P., and Rev. Fr. Alex Bautista, O.P of Batch ’85 were the concelebrants.

One year in the making before its eventful unfolding, the USTHS GAH 2010 was a production of the UST High School Alumni Association Inc. and the 2010 Organizing Committee (OrgCom)—the latter featuring USTHS alumni across batches but primarily the 2010 jubilarians, namely Batches 1950 (the Diamond Jubilarians), 1955 (Emerald), 1960 (Gold), 1965 (Sapphire), 1970 (Ruby), 1975 (Coral), 1980 (Pearl) and 1985 (Silver).

Batch 1960’s Girme Gutierrez dutifully served as the Chairman of the GAH 2010 OrgCom—Girme’s generosity extending to hosting the committee’s monthly meetings (venue, meals and all). Girme also donated the 32” plasma TV that was the night’s grand raffle prize. A specially made alumni ring from Suarez & Sons was the 2nd prize. A high-end cell phone, courtesy of Noel Dinio of Batch ’60, was the 3rd raffle prize. Overnight accommodations for two at Astoria Plaza Hotel and Tagaytay Highlands , respectively, rounded up the raffle as the 4th and 5th prizes.

On an even bigger scale, the entire Batch ’60, whose President is US-based balikbayan Brad Victoriano, made the unprecedented donation of P1,100,000 to the USTHS-USTHSAAI joint scholarship program, thus upping the current fund to P4.5 million, or roughly just P500,000 short of its targeted P5.0M total consolidated endowment fund. Initially established in 2000 and institutionalized in 2008 to cover at least one scholar per year level in the high school, the scholarship fund is generally derived from the accumulated donations of the jubilarian batches of the yearly GAHs, as well as from each GAH’s general revenue.

Part of the GAH 2010 show was devoted to the ceremonial turnover of a check for P1.1 million by Chairman Girme to USTHS Alumni Association Inc. President Leebai Esquivias-Gamboa of Batch ’78. The 2010 homecoming itself earned a total of P500,000 which, as with all revenues from previous USTHS GAHs, will go to the USTHS-USTHSAAI joint scholarship program.

The jubilarian batches of 2010 were likewise responsible for most of the production numbers or presentations that evening, which ranged from the dancing to medleys of their era’s hits by Batches ’60, ’70 and ’80, to the montage of nostalgic photos by Batch ’75 and the “Bagets Forever” music video by members of Batch ’85.

Batch ’85 had two celebrity-reps that night as well: foxy actress Eula Valdez, who co-hosted the program with Rene Molano (himself a Pearl Jubilarian as a Batch ’80 graduate); and sultry chanteuse Jenine Desiderio, an alumna of the global musical Miss Saigon, who rendered two numbers, including her leading the singing of the UST High School Graduation Song.

Special awards, in the form of certificates of recognition, were handed out as well at the Homecoming. The Oldest Alumnus in attendance was awarded to two Batch ’48 alumni, Johnny Rodriguez and Jess Tanchanco Sr., while the Youngest Alumnus present was Keisha Mae Manalad of Batch ’09. In terms of presence, Batch ’85, this year’s Silver Jubilarians, was recognized with the Biggest Jubilarian Batch Attendance, while the Biggest Non-Jubilarian Batch Attendance was awarded to Batch ’81, a.k.a. the Pearl Jubilarians of 2011.

Not to be forgotten is the Batch Roll Call, led by the USTHS Pep Squad on vocals and drums—an attendance-checking call-out of the batches represented, and a chance for every batch’s reps to noisily make their presence felt. To underscore their jubilarian status, the 2010 jubilarian batches got the privilege of a longer “shout time,” replete with further sonic accompaniment from a children’s lyre-and-drum band. Visually punctuating the batch roll call were the popping of confetti cannons and the releasing of white balloons, among other eye-catching batch gimmicks.

The program proper concluded with the symbolic candle rite, whereby USTHSAAI President Leebai and the rest of the attendees, with lit candles in hand, renewed their Thomasian pledge.

Teeming with fun, festivity, fireworks (emanating from the nearby football field), drinks and merriment, the USTHS GAH 2010 was consequently one for the books and, moreover, a memorable evening for everyone present. And as a postscript, as seen on the back of the souvenir program distributed that night, the next USTHS GAH is already in the pipeline, with “JUST can’t get enough of HIGH SCHOOL” as theme.

The band Men in Gold, whose members include USTHS Batch ’67 alumni, capped the entire evening with an hour of great live music of yesteryears to the present as many alumni, still high from the euphoria of the preceding program and getting together, kept the party going by shaking their booty on the lengthy dance floor right across the stage. Others continued catching up with each other, seeking juicy bits about each others’ personal and professional lives. In between the various highlights, innumerable hugs, kisses and handshakes were exchanged, and snapshots or videos of old friends, old teachers and the old school alike were taken ’til batteries ran out.

All told, smiles were all around that glorious, resoundingly successful homecoming. After all, even if for just one night a year, USTHS alumni get to ride the time machine that is the Grand Alumni Homecoming and bask in that distinct, youthful high school glow all over again.  - Leebai Esquivias-Gamboa, President ,UST HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC.

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MannyA Reconnects with batchmate Sylvia Javier-Guanlao

Feb. 17, 2010 - Manny Aquino had the chance last Valentine weekend to reconnect with long lost good friend and batchmate Sylvia Javier-Guanlao.  For details and pictures, please visit our Activities Abroad webpage.

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