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USTHS Batch'68 2011 Reunion at Club Mwah

Feb. 1, 2011 - A day after the culminating activity of UST's Quadricentennial Celebration, USTHS Batch'68 held its annual reunion last January 29, 2011 at Club Mwah   an entertainment theater and bar in Mandaluyong City.   The affair was well attended.  Everyone enjoyed  the elaborate dance/musical show featuring gay dancers resplendent in their costumes reminiscent of Les Folies Bergere.  Several batchmates took to the dance floor and showed their dancing skills throughout the night.  We want to thank the organizers led by our batch President Bebet Gozun for their tireless efforts in making the evening possible, and of course, to all the batchmates who attended, Maraming Salamat sa inyong lahat.

 

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2010 Batch Christmas Party

Dec. 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.  We were happy to see several new faces like Shirley Sy Yap, Josefa Lim, Norma Plata Belmonte, Orlando Ancheta, Anselmo Ramos, Dante Alfonso, William Vicente and Dr. John Pastores.  Since there were several first-time attendees, the evening began with self-introduction by each batchmate, followed by dinner.  We would like to thank Caloy Corsiga for the delicious Cebu-lechon, which was instantly demolished by everyone.  It was again an evening of fun complete with games like the Boat is Sinking, and the Longest Line, where participants are supposed to form a long line using things that they are presently wearing.  Everyone had a good laugh when batchmate William Vicente gamely  took off his shirt and belt just to complete their line to the end.  Exchange of gifts (with the Left-Right Christmas Story), dancing and singing followed.  Of course, the night will not be complete without the raffle of gifts and prizes.  Again, our gratitude to Bebet and the rest of batchmates who donated raffle prizes.  Everyone happily went home with a raffle prize.

Again, Batch'68 would like to thank John and Ruby Tan for their generosity in once more opening their house for the batch activity.  Many thanks also to Bebet for organizing everything despite her busy schedule. And most importantly, to all batchmates and their spouses, thank you - your presence made the evening memorable.

To view a photo slideshow of our Christmas Party, click here:  2010 Batch Christmas Party.
(Note:  To those who took pictures during our Christmas Party, kindly email them to albuen82@globelines.com.ph or you can upload them to Facebook  and I can download it from there.  Thanks for your cooperation.)

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2009 Batch Christmas Party

Dec. 9, 2009 - Batch'68 celebrated its annual Christmas Party last Dec. 5 (Saturday) at the residence of Baby Balatbat De Guzman at  #7 Joya St., Corinthian Gardens, EDSA, Quezon City. There were about 40 batchmates who attended the party.  It was an evening of non-stop eating, chikahan, Kodakan,  games, and raffle of lots of prizes donated by batchmates.  Of course the party will not be complete without the dancing - with several D.I.s ready to dance the night away with batchmates.   Bebet and Baby were the very creative game masters that evening, presiding over fun games like pic, pac, boom, hep hep, hooray (from Wow Wow Wee) and botica, bituka, butiki.  A lot of batchmates were mentally challenged that night to remember what they were supposed to say and do during the games.  A unique way of exchanging gifts was done that evening - we all stood in a circle holding the gift that each one brought.  Bebet read a story, and every time the word RIGHT is read, everybody passes his gift to the right, and when the word LEFT is read, gifts are passed to the left.  The gift that each person is holding at the end of the story is the gift he/she keeps.  To those who have  been asking for a copy of the text read by Bebet, we have uploaded it here - Left-Right Christmas Exchange Gift Game.

We wish to thank Baby for once more opening her house for our batch party and Bebet for her untiring efforts to unite the batch.  Of course, the party will not be successful without the presence of Batch'68, their spouses and friends.  So to everyone who took time from their busy schedule to celebrate with us, Maraming Salamat Po.

To view a photo slideshow of our Christmas Party, click here:  2009 Batch Christmas Party.
(Note:  To those who took pictures during our Christmas Party, kindly email them to albuen82@globelines.com.ph .  Thanks for your cooperation.)

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40th Anniversary Celebration

Feb. 18, 2008 -  "Sana Maulit Muli" - The theme of our 40th Anniversary Celebration best describes what every batchmate felt as we wound up our 3-day anniversary celebration yesterday.  "It was well worth coming home to."  "We hope our other batch mates would be encouraged to attend our forthcoming reunions once they see the fun time we all had."  - These are some of the comments of our batch mates who attended our ruby anniversary celebration last Feb. 15-17, 2008. 

Day 1 - Batch Party:
The evening's celebration began early last Feb. 15, 2008 as batchmates who attended the batch party started trooping to  the clubhouse of Corinthian Gardens as early as 5:30 p.m.  As they registered, each member of  batch'68 was given a plastic laminated ID showing his/her high school graduation picture and name with our 40th anniversary logo.  So, as we milled around talking to newfound batchmates, we couldn't help but look at their high school picture in the ID they were wearing and compare it to their present appearance.  In general, I must say that despite the added lines and pounds here and there, and for the "Top Gone" for some of the boys, the batch'68 has remained youthful looking.  (Mukhang mga silver jubilarians instead of ruby.)

An audio visual presentation of old high school photos and batch activities both here and abroad entertained the crowd as they waited for the program proper to start.  Chito Pangilinan led the opening prayers and grace before meals.  The buffet table was filled with a wide array of mouth-watering dishes to choose from.  We had crepes filled with crispy lechon and duck, rolled bangus belly, grilled tuna (donated by Ricky Yatco), lechon (donated by Ed Alimagno) and many more.  The Manila contingent prepared a special '60s dance number complete with their retro attire.  The group composed of Bebet Gozun, Odette Wallace, Baby Balatbat De Guzman, Liway Geronimo, Renee De Los Reyes Nolasco, Evelyn Reyes Laurel, Jojo Panganiban and Arminda Espenilla, together with Jun Tullao brought the house down with their dance number, reminiscent of the movie "Grease".  On the other hand, the West Coast group showcased their comedic flair via a comedy skit featuring Chito Cardenas and Jayvee Omaña posing as main actors in a movie production with Chito Pangilinan as the clapper for the next scene and Chito Zuniga as the irate director.  The musical director was played by Ernie Morales with Cory GIllera, Luisa Acal Novenario and Rosalinda Ocampo Espejo as the make-up girls.  The East Coast group had an impromptu number - a swing dance featuring Merle Cruz Encarnacion with Rey Protacio and Peck Pecaña, alternating as her partners.  Andring Maranan provided the background music with his flute. 

To provide more fun and spice to the party, a series of contests were held.  First was the most "Top Gone" (or hair loss) among the boys.  It was a close fight between Andring Maranan and Chito Zuniga, that it was declared a tie.  Next, our heavyweights were called in front to determine who has the biggest tummy.  Gurmel Singh was the sure fire winner.  The last contest was for the batchmate who has the most number of grandchildren.  Lody Ramos Uy, who has fourteen grandchildren, won.  Actually, with her svelte figure, she doesn't look like a Grandma at all.  "Gandang Lola".

As promised, aside from give-aways  which consisted of the Veritas reprint, CD of '60s music (courtesy of Chito Cardenas) and an anniversary T-Shirt,  everyone came home with a raffle prize, thanks to our batch mates who donated the raffle prizes.   The major prizes consisted of a free stay at Club Panoly in Boracay (courtesy of Jojo Panganiban), 2 electric bikes (donated by Bebet Gozun and John Tan), an I-Pod (donated by Olive Tiburcio) and $500 (donated by a batchmate, who has requested to remain anonymous).  The lucky winner of $500 was Renee De Los Reyes Nolasco.

The emcees for the evening- Odette Wallace, Jun Tullao and George Tadena, did a fine job interviewing and introducing our batchmates.  There was dancing all evening with music provided by the  band - Behind Closed Doors who performed  songs by the Beatles, Dave Clark Five and other top bands during our time.  You can see most batch mates dancing the bye-bye, soul, watusi, cha-cha and bugaloo.  That evening, we were all  transported back in time and felt like we were in high school again, attending parties.  The party ended way past midnight.  I heard that some batchmates even went to McDonalds to continue their bonding and went home at around 3 am.  (Talagang feeling high school students pa rin.)

Day 2 - UST Grand Alumni Homecoming:
The following day, Feb. 16 (Saturday), batch'68 met at around 4:00 p.m. at the UST High School for a courtesy call at the office of the Fr. Regent, Rev. Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P.     We were greeted with a performance by the High School Glee Club who rendered some Tagalog love songs.  Fr. Rodel even accompanied them in the piano.  When the glee club rendered some Beatles songs, the batch'68 led by Bebet Gozun, Don Mejia, Renee De Los Reyes, Ernie Morales, Flora Baetiong Leyba and other batchmates gamely danced and sang with the high school kids.  Our batch pledged to donate direct to the UST High School.  Don Mejia and Bebet Gozun promised to meet with the high school principal Mrs. Eden Tolentino (who was not around during our courtesy call since she was with the College of Education who was also celebrating their Silver Jubilee) and the Fr. Regent to determine the immediate needs of the high school and how our batch can help. 

At past 5:00 p.m. we then proceeded to the Main Building for the courtesy call at the Office of the Rector, Rev. Fr. Rolando De La Rosa.  The group of Odette Wallace, Baby De Guzman, Liway Geronimo, Evelyn De Los Reyes Laurel, Susan Pineda and others were already there when we arrived.  Fr. De La Rosa was a gracious host who accommodated our request for a picture-taking.  He even gave us a personal tour of the refurbished UST Museum which was then featuring the works of  Joey Velasco.  Mr Velasco is the famous painter of Hapag-Asa, a modern interpretation of the last supper featuring Jesus Christ with the street children instead of the 12 apostles.  When the boys saw a sample of an old printing press used during olden times, they were saying that this was the same instrument used for circumcision. Kulang na lang daw ang dinikdik na bayabas para pang buga. They started laughing, but to their embarrassment, they found out that Fr. De La Rosa was right behind them.  The good father pretended not to hear anything.  Another picture taking ensued at the stairs leading to the museum. 

The Grand Alumni Homecoming celebration started with a holy mass concelebrated by several Dominican priests.  It was held at the grounds in front of the main building.  In his homily, the officiating priest explained that as Thomasians, we are blessed to have the White and Gold colors as our symbol, since gold is something precious and white represents purity - these two colors embody our university motto "Veritas"  or truth which is precious and pure.  He also enjoined everyone to pray for and emulate our fellow Thomasian, Jun Lozada, who is  bravely battling for the truth to come out in his on-going Senate testimonies.  After the mass, we then proceeded to the tables designated for the UST High School Batch 1968 and partook of the prepared dinner.  The program proper started - with the College of Engineering Silver Jubilarians as the evening's hosts.  The homecoming was well attended with representatives from different colleges.   To our surprise, we saw batchmate Danny Singson, who was registering with the College of Medicine for the alumni homecoming.  Danny, who is now based in Delaware, U.S.A. and is practicing medicine there, was totally clueless about our 40th anniversary celebration. He stayed for awhile to chat with his high school friends.

The Grand Alumni Homecoming is sort of a dry run for the 400th anniversary of UST in 2011.  So we hope to see all of you three years from now.

Day 3 - Batch Outing:
The final leg of our 3-day anniversary celebration was  the batch outing at Eucalyptus Bay Resort in Muntinlupa City, along Laguna De Bay, which is owned by our batchmate Gani Buenaflor.  (Thanks again Gani for letting us use the place.)  The entire place was decorated with "banderitas" and really had the barrio fiesta atmosphere. 

The afternoon began with a cultural show featuring the Muntinlupa Dance Troupe.  They presented several native dances in colorful costumes.  As a finale, a tinikling dance  was performed with some of our batch mates gamely joining in the dance.  Wala namang naipitan ng paa.  We would like to thank Bebet Gozun for bringing the Muntinlupa Dance Troupe and for shouldering the group's talent fee.    

Lunch followed immediately after the show.  We wish to acknowledge the generosity of Odette Wallace, who provided for most of the food during our outing.  We had chicken and liempo inasal, grilled veggies with bagoong balayan, grilled fish (courtesy of Gani Buenaflor) caldereta, chicharon, sisig, laing (courtesy of Caloy Corsiga), pancit palabok, lechon (courtesy of Ed Alimagno) puto and dinuguan, lumpiang sariwa, crispy okoy (courtesy of Albert & Lorna Buenviaje)  and tokwa't baboy.   Our foreign-based batch mates had their fill of  bibingka, and puto bumbong which were cooked right on the spot.  For dessert, there was a wide array of native kakanin, fresh fruits, halo-halo and cinnamon roll (courtesy of Baby Balatbat De Guzman's St. Cinnamon).  There was also a sorbetero who dished out ice cream in cones in various flavors - cheese, mango, ube, etc.  As if our lunch was not heavy enough, there were again loads of food for merienda - nilagang mais, banana and camote que, and taho (donated by Marisol Lim Ibañez.). 

Aside from the overflowing fantastic food, batchmates were also given the option to avail of a  body massage  performed by masseurs brought by Emma Ruivivar Yeung and Liway Geronimo Pelayo.  Emma gave away free Katinko ointment for muscle aches which were used by the masseurs.  A lot of batchmates and guests availed of the relaxing massage.     

The real fun began after lunch when we had our games.  The boys gamely participated in "Maria went to market" where they have to dress up in a tie around skirt and bandana complete with hat and basket and sway their hips while walking.  There were two rounds of the "Blanket" game in which each team should be able to randomly name the members of the other team correctly.  The next game consisted of the "Boat is sinking, and you have to group yourself into a specific number of persons."  This is the game where there are no real friends - ilalaglag ka kung kailangan.  There was also a ball relay game featuring husbands and their wives.  But the game that really brought the house down was the Banana Version of the Trip To Jerusalem. The boys, forming a circle had a banana in between their thighs and the girls dance around them and  when the music stops they scramble towards the boys to grab a banana.  It was a close game between  Ruby Espiritu and Lody Ramos Uy who were both really determined to get the remaining banana which was then in between the thighs of Ricky Yatco.   In the end, Lody Ramos prevailed over Ruby.

We were supposed to end at around 4:00 p.m.  but nobody wanted to go home.  When the sound system started playing the music of the '60s everyone started singing and dancing and performed a line dance which circled around the swimming pool.  It was with a heavy heart that we had to part ways, but with a promise to repeat the same experience in 2011, together with the 400th anniversary of UST.

We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the Ruby Organizing Committee led by our Chairperson Bebet Gozun and our President Don Mejia for leaving no stone unturned to make sure that the 3-day 40th anniversary will be a successful one.  Of course, in the end, what matters most is the attendance of our batchmates.  So we would like to thank everyone who attended the 3-day event - our batchmates here in the Phil. and  our foreign-based batch mates most of whom  had to leave behind their family and jobs just to celebrate with us.   Also, we would like to acknowledge the generosity of our foreign-based batchmates who, despite their absence, sent their donations to help fund our activities.  We hope you will be able to make it next time.   Mabuhay ang Batch'68!!!

Please click the links below to view some of the initial pictures of the event. .  We hope to post some more pictures once we receive them from our official photographer and as our batchmates start to send them.  Thanks to Jun Reinoso,  Andring Maranan, Ruby Espiritu Magsaysay, Ernie Morales and Connie Romana Saavedra for sharing their pictures.  (Calling on other batchmates who have pictures, kindly share them with us for posting in our website. Thanks for your cooperation.)

Photos of Batch Party on Feb. 15, 2008 (Part 1)

Photos of Batch Party on Feb. 15, 2008 (Part 2)

Photos of UST Grand Alumni Homecoming on Feb. 16, 2008 (Part 1)

Photos of UST Grand Alumni Homecoming on Feb. 16, 2008 (Part 2)

Photos of Batch Outing at Eucalyptus Resort on Feb. 17, 2008 (Part 1)

Photos of Batch Outing at Eucalyptus Resort on Feb. 17, 2008 (Part 2)

Photos of Batch Outing at Eucalyptus Resort on Feb. 17, 2008 (Part 3)

Photos of Batch Outing at Eucalyptus Resort on Feb. 17, 2008 (Part 4)

Photos of Batch Outing at Eucalyptus Resort on Feb. 17, 2008 (Part 5)

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2007 Christmas Party

The Batch'68 2007 Christmas Party was held last December 8 (Saturday) lunch time at  China Bistro in Libis, Quezon City.  The affair was well attended with  a total of 32 batch mates who came.  It was a pleasure to find some new faces among the attendees. Again, it was an afternoon of bonding, never-ending jokes and stories among friends.

Here are some pictures of the party.

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2006 Christmas Party

Dec. 9, 2006 -  The Christmas party of USTHS batch ’68 can be best described as SUPERFUN. Held at the Roofdeck of Garbrielle 3 Condominium at the heart of the Ortigas Center last December 2, 2006 the get-together is a glimpse of what the Ruby anniversary shall be!!!

The beautiful venue, the sumptuous buffet, the tandem of Bebet Gozun and Jun Tullao doing the emceeing chores, the music emanating from the 3-man band doing live disco/ballroom selections, the party games, prizes galore donated by generous batchmates Don Mejia, Marlene M. Cabilao, Liway Geronimo Pelayo, Anna Marie Salcedo Manio, Fe Cristobal Raval, Teresa Sierra Manahan, Emma Ruivivar, Glenda Trinidad , Ruby and John Tan, Pete Dobles, Josie Illescas and the delicious desserts courtesy of Baby Balatbat de Guzman and Jojo Panganiban all summed up to a special evening.  Of course, we would like to acknowledge the generosity of Bebet Gozun who provided the venue for the party and brought the LCD projector which was used later in the evening for the presentation prepared by Don.

Adding excitement to the party were new faces belonging to the batch who joined the group --- Jun Reynoso who came all the way from the USA, Lourdes Ramos, Nonia Cabrera, Alex Uy, Liway G. Pelayo, Ana Marie Salcedo and Carlitos Cristobal.

Special guest for the evening was Yanina de los Reyes-Seeger, sister of Reggie (Renee) de los Reyes-Nolasco, a resident of Germany but who returned home to join the Ruby anniversary celebration of USTHS batch 1966. She shared her beautiful experiences during the still on-going reunion. Also present were Boy Nolasco, spouse of Reggie and Ruby Tan, better-half of John Tan who gamely assisted in the games. Ruby Tan and another Ruby…. Ruby Espiritu did a duet while the dancers of the batch … Liway Geronimo, Bebet Gozun, Baby de Guzman, Plut Cardenas, John Tan, Don Mejia and Jimmy Uy kept the dance instructors on their toes. George Tadena took over the mike when Bebet had to leave to catch her flight to Vietnam.

Of particular interest to the merry-makers were slides of various photos taken during mini-reunions of batchmates residing in the USA and Canada. Don Mejia, batch president, took pains to share the photos with the group. As faces were flashed on the wall, Bebet asked those present to guess the identity of the batchmate shown on the screen. It was a nostalgic moment for everybody.

When it was time to go, all were unanimous in saying “Bitin na bitin” ang gabi. They did not yet have enough of each other’s company. -
Reggie Nolasco

Here are some pictures of the party:

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2005 Christmas Party

The Batch'68 2005 Christmas party was held last December 3, 2005 (Saturday) at the residence of Ricky Yatco in Mayon St., Quezon City.  Don Mejia sent the following e-mail recounting the evening's festivities:

"The Christmas Party went well last Saturday (Dec. 3). We first had the invocation read by Jun Tullao, then followed by Odette's Yuletide message that was posted in our website. Bach Cuyugan and Bebet Gillera Gozun further explained Gawad Kalinga to the group. Each one of the batchmates present was called in front and was given time to introduce themselves to the group. We had karaoke, dancing, exchange gifts and raffle prizes.
We would like to thank all those who joined and participated in this party and we specially thank those who supported us by giving plenty of prizes for the night like Josie Illescas, Fe Cristobal Raval, Baby Balatbat De Guzman, Danny Diy, Rey Fernandez, Albert Sy Asanza, Emma Ruivivar Cheng who gave samples of their product "Katinko", Marlene Cabilao and Boy Gabriel . We also thank Ricky Yatco for providing the venue for this Christmas party. We had our dinner catered by Mary Tan, sister of our batchmate Philip Dytoc who operates her own BBQ Express at Scout Borromeo, Quezon City. Bach Cuyugan and John Tan provided the sound system and the karaoke.
We had Leda Reyes Alenas and Odette Ko Wallace, both from California, as our "balikbayan" visitors.  Alfie Co and Jorge Cabanilla of Class 69, Alex Uy from Davao, and the mother of Odette Ko Wallace were also there as our guests for the evening.
Tony Cancio was the latest batchmate who joined us. Boy Gabriel, Odette and Ruby Espiritu belted out their solo songs with great performance. Jorge Tadena and Bach aside from being emcees also provided hilarious jokes that made the audience very happy.
Being with fellow batchmates really mean real fun, Fun and FUN!!! (pics to follow.)
Merry Christmas to all !!! " -
Don Mejia

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2004 Christmas Party and Reunion

The batch Christmas party and reunion pushed thru last December 4, 2004 (Saturday night) at the top mid-floor of the Petron Building along Sen. Gil Puyat Ave, Makati City. We had a pretty good attendance (51 batchmates) despite the recent typhoons and the start of the Christmas rush. Sumptuous dinner was served at around 7:00 p.m. while the program proper started at around 8:00 p.m. The emcees for the night were Odette Wallace (Lourdes Ko), Jun Tullao, Bach Cuyugan and Jorge Tadena (who never ran out of his irreverent jokes that kept our batchmates laughing the entire night).

The program started with an invocation by Tessa Sierra, followed by the message from the President - Don Mejia. We had the usual games, dancing and videoke singing. Bebet Gillera Gozun came up with some unique and interesting parlor games that night. She also brought along three dance instructors, who, along with Bebet, taught the latest steps in reggae, cha-cha and line dancing. We also raffled off some door prizes contributed by batchmates (Odette, Albert, Don, Ching and Olive, who sent her donation all the way from the U.S.). The batch greeted Ching Alano who celebrated her birthday that night and other December celebrants like Ronnie Galang. Commemorative t-shirts with collar featuring a logo of batch '68 on the left chest were also made available that night at P150 per piece. The Class IV-E girls and boys who had the biggest attendance that night (16 all in all) were given free T-shirts for this feat. (Note: To those who would like to purchase the T-shirt, we still have available stock. Please get in touch with Don Mejia or Ricky Yatco.)

Despite the festive mood that evening, the batch did not forget the calamity which befell our countrymen due to the flashfloods and landslides caused by the two typhoons that hit our country recently. Led by Odette, a bag for voluntary contributions for the typhoon victims was passed around. The donations that night totaled P57,750 (cash and checks) plus pledges in kind like rice, shoes and clothes.

We would like to thank all of our batchmates who unselfishly worked hard to make our reunion a success. First and foremost is Danny Diy, who provided the venue for the party and took care of other logistics like parking, the live band music, the videoke, etc. On top of all these, he also gave away to each batchmate 2005 Petron calendars.  The delicious food was catered by the daughter of Baby Balatbat de Guzman. Go Eng Hi "Boboy" provided the two big streamers for the party. Odette brought in ten bottles of wine. John Tan, although he could not attend the party for some health reason, also donated two cases of wines and two cases of light beers. Ed Alimagno brought a huge lechon all the way from his farm in Calamba, Laguna. Bebet Gozun brought her specialty 'maja blanca' while Josie Illescas brought lots of delicious cakes and pastries from her bakeshop 'The Ensaymada Factory' located at Vito Cruz Ext., Makati City. Offie Ramirez and company worked hard that night manning our registration booth. And of course,  special mention goes to our honorary member, Manny Villafuerte, who tirelessly support all activities of our batch by donating financially and also by making his talent in photography available to our batch as photographer that evening.  Another honorary member of our batch is Eppie Yatco (the beautiful wife of Ricky) who  generously made her home open to all batch meetings and get-togethers and also helped that evening in manning the registration table.

We also would like to acknowledge the support of our foreign-based batchmates who sent in their donations to fund our various projects - Joji Pangilinan Linan, Merle Cruz Encarnacion, Olive Tiburcio, Jun Tantoco and Gurmel Singh.

Highlights of the Christmas Party in Pictures
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Year 2003 Batch Reunion

Last November 8, 2003, the UST High School Batch of 1968 celebrated their 35th  (Coral) anniversary with a get-together held at the Clubhouse of Corinthian Garden in Quezon City.  The event was well-attended, with some foreign-based batchmates taking the time out to fly-in just to attend the reunion.  The party began at 6:00 p.m. and ended in the wee hours of the morning.  The invocation was written by Don Mejia and delivered in a homily-like manner by Jun (Tereso) Tullao. The invocation is being printed in full as it reflects the feelings, hopes and aspirations of the batch of '68 in eager anticipation of the 35th anniversary celebration.

The keynote address was delivered by our very own batchmate, the Honorable DENR Secretary Elisea "Bebet" Gillera Gozun. Music was provided by Bach Cuyugan and his BandITs who regaled everyone with their reportoire of songs from the Beatles, DC5, Critters, etc. to the "makabagbag damdamin"  tune of Mr. Suave by Parokya ni Edgar.  Wilma "Bebot" Bautista, a former member of the famous singing group "Rainmakers", delighted everyone with her rendition of some songs from the '60s like Guantanamera and Masquerade.  Likewise, Boy Gabriel, a former member of the Circus Band (the top band during the '60s), gave his rendition of some high school favorites like Mr. Dyingly Sad, and some songs from the Dave Clark 5.

The success of the reunion is credited to  the untiring and superhuman efforts of the organizing team composed of Don Mejia, Ricky Yatco, Baby Balatbat De Guzman, Tessa Sierra, Odette Wallace (better known as Lourdes Ko), Offie Ramirez Lanto, Manny Villafuerte, Manny Manuel, Benjie Zamora, Peter So, Go Eng Hi, John Tan, Bach Cuyugan, Jorge Tadena, Caloy Corsiga, Danny Rodriguez,  Letty Banzon Tecson, Elisea Gillera Gozun,etc.  Special thanks should also go to Anthony Dee who donated the delicious food,  Manny Villafuerte (Honorary Member of Batch '68) who donated the soft drinks, beer and still photos, Lourdes Ko for the red wine and white wines, Isagani Buenaflor, Fe Cristobal, Jimmy Tan, Ernie Espinosa and Ching Alano for the raffle prizes, Go Eng Hi for the four big streamers for the occasion, Josie Illescas for the delicious cakes and pastries, Baby Balatbat for the coffee, St. cinnamon rolls, helpers, and the use of the facilities, Carlos Corsiga for the grapes and sweet Fuji apples, Manuel Manuel and Benjie Zamora for the logistics, Ofie Ramirez Lanto and Jorge Tadena for manning the reception, and Tessa Sierra for overall coordination.

During the program, the members of the Executive Committee who will lead the batch to the 40th Ruby anniversary celebration were elected.  The committee officers elected were:

        Chairman  -  Don Mejia
        Vice-Chairman - John Tan
        Secretary - Tessa Sierra
        Treasurer - Baby Balatbat De Guzman

The committee was granted full authority to appoint other officers to assist them in their leadership function.  They were also given authority to tap any member of HS Batch '68 to assist in the preparations for the 40th year anniversary. For this purpose the committee and their appointees will serve as the officers of the de facto UST High School Batch of 1968 Alumni Association up to year 2008.Please refer to the Plans and Programs page.

Click here to see the full program of activities

Highlights Of The Reunion In Pictures
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