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"There is a given time for everything and
a time for every happening under heaven. 
A time for giving birth, a time for dying;
a time for planting, a time for uprooting."
 
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

 Please communicate to us any information about our batch mates who have gone ahead of us.  If you would like to pay  tribute to any of our departed batch mates by way of sharing with us some memories you have about them, please email them to lcbuenviaje@gmail.com . Thank you.

Jose J. Abejuela
Edgar A. Adriatico

Anthony B. Cañada
Anacleta "Amy" M. Chua
Sebastian B. De Guzman, Jr.
Emily Gosiengfiao De Jesus
Anthony D. Dee
Roy P. Dungo
Antonio L. Escano
Wilma T. Franco
Fernando P. Guanlao
Benedicto "Benny" M. Guidote
Victor "Vic" B. Jongko
Noriel G. Landayan
Romeo Y. Lechuga
Ramon R. Lopez
Reynaldo "Rey" A. Mediarito
Regalado "Jojo" M. Montemayor, Jr.
Generoso G. Orijola
Joel H. Pajarillo

Armingol "Chito" Pangilinan
Antonio V. Picache

Jaime C. Pitco
Alfredo F. Ramirez
Ponciano E. Sabas, Jr.
Ma. Dulce C. Sabino

Jose C. Samson

William G. Vicente
Rolando "Rolly" Z. Villanueva

Rodolfo G. Villavicencio, Jr.

Minerva Gacad Whitney
Cesar M. Yap
Ricardo "Ricky" L.  Yatco
Benjamin "Benjie" S. Zamora   
 


 
 

Video Tributes to Our Departed Batchmates

 

Video trobute  prepared by Mulong Yambao

 

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Jose J. Abejuela
(April 25, 1951 - Feb. 11, 2015)

"My deepest sympathies to the family of Chitoy. He is a very good friend and in fact, so excited to join us in our SFO Reunion but had to back out due to health problems. He will be in our prayers. May his soul rest in peace." - Manny Aquino

"So sorry to hear that. I was just communicating with him a few months ago about a possible relative here in the States. My condolences to his wife & family." - Bing Macavinta

"Our heart goes to Chitoy and wife on his time of death. You will be in our daily prayers. May you rest in Peace. Kindly pray for us here struggling here as well as we pray for your soul." - Javier Omana

"On behalf of the NorCal group, our condolence to the Abejuela family. We are sorry that Chito did not make it to our SF reunion but he will be in our memory. His picture made it to our souvenir program, as he intended on coming, per his conversation with Manny Aquino. We are praying for the eternal repose of his soul and for the family as they go through this time of grief." - Enri Sabio

"Condolence to Chito Abejuela family. In one of our recent reunion was the last time that Isaw him for he eldom attend our reunion. May the Lord bless and take care of his soul. We shall miss him." - Pete Dobles

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Edgar A. Adriatico
(January 9, 1952 - July 8, 2008)

" It is with much sadness to learn of the passing away of Edgar Adriatico.  Ed was the Class Secretary of Seniors Section C.

I just regret that I was not able to join the group who visited him at his residence last February 2008 after our Batch 68 Barrio Fiesta at Eucalyptus Resort. I could have at least seen him and said hello before I went back to the U.S. at that time. I shall pray for the eternal repose of his soul." - Jun Reinoso

       "So sad to hear about Ed Adriatico's sudden demise.  I personally visited him at his residence (in Roxas, Q.C.) after my trip from Binmaley last March, three days prior to my departure.  I had a long conversation with him and his wife. I also met his children.  Just like many of you, Ed and I were very close during elementary and high school.  I will always remember him as the smiling, low key and congenial individual.  My deepest expression of sympathy to the family.  Eternal rest grant unto the soul of Ed." - Gurmel Singh

     "I was saddened upon reading about Ed Adriatico's death. Ed was one of my really good friend in High School and college. He went to Commerce and I went to Engineering. We were members of UST Legion of Mary in High School along with Tony Adea, Mel Singh, Resty Galura and Virgil Caraig.   I think he was the one who recruited me into the Legion.  We were both interested also on the same girl at that time.        I left the country in 1970 but still corresponded with each other. Ed was about to leave for Mindoro the last time we got together in 1978. I enjoyed the time we spent together with other High School friends and it will be memories I will always cherish. Good Bye my good friend, Rest In Peace."    - Jun Tantoco

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Anacleta (Amy) M. Chua
(Jan. 30, 1951- June 12, 1974)

 "She left this world as quietly as she had lived. But that's getting ahead of Amy Chua's beautiful life story. Flashback to year 1968: In Section E class, Amy sat behind me -- we were a whispering distance away from each other. But nobody really heard Amy talk or even whisper in class. She was just always smiling, her eyes disappearing into slits behind nerdy eyeglasses. It must be true that opposites attract because I, the talkative one, and Amy, the quiet one, found ourselves simply drawn to each other. We became such good friends she would invite me to her house. We had quite a number of common crushes whom we "shared." If there was one person who knew all my deep dark secrets back then, it was Amy. She was a most trustworthy friend I knew my secrets were safe with her.
       Fast-forward to 1974: I had just come home from an out-of-town assignment when my mother told me that my high school batchmate Amy Rosete (also from Section E) called up and left word that one of our classmates had died. I couldn't believe what I just heard and said to myself: But all my classmates are just a little over 20, certainly too young to die! There must be some mistake. Is this somebody's idea of a bad joke? Then Amy R. called again and told me it was her "tokaya" Amy Chua who had passed on. Amy and I agreed to go together to pay our last respects to a dear friend. During the taxi ride to the funeral parlor, a lot of questions raced through my mind: Why Amy? She was such a good person, I don't think she had a mean bone in her body. Why at such a young age when she was just starting to live and pursue her dreams?
        We were met at the funeral parlor by Amy's older sister (if I remember right, Amy was the youngest in the family and the family's darling). Her sister said that Amy wasn't told she had cancer. She was all set to report for her first job. We saw a huge wreath from Amy's would-be employer who was never privileged to know what a model employee Amy would have made. We were told that Amy pleaded to her family to let her have the crucial operation, thinking that it was just a minor one and she would surely come out of it alive. Sadly, she didn't. She died with the book "Love Story" beside her. Her sister told us she was reading the book (about a dying girl, almost as young as Amy) when she was wheeled into the operating room.
Amy lives in the hearts of those whose lives she touched in her all-too-brief life. Every day, as I say a little morning prayer for Amy, I know that she's quietly smiling down on us." - Ching Alano


       
"We were classmates since first year high school  up to college and she had been my seatmate for quite some time. We used to ride the jeepney in going home.  During the entire time that I knew her, she had never said a mean word against anybody.  She always saw the good side in a person.  She was  quiet and shy , but once you got to know her, she was quite fun to be with.  The last time we saw each other was after college, sometime in 1974.  I was then working with China Banking and she visited me in the office to tell me the good news that she was applying for work at Land Bank.  Sadly, this never materialized, since shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with terminal cancer.  I guess God had a shortage of angels at that time and needed Amy to fill that gap."  -  Lorna Cayas Buenviaje

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Emily Gosiengfiao De Jesus
(November 23, 1951 - February 4, 2003)

"Whenever we think of Emily, the picture that comes to mind is that of a girl who was full of life, perky, bubbly, very "kalog", and always ready with her one-liner jokes.  So, it was quite a shock to learn from Odette a few years back, that Emily was bed-ridden, paralyzed and could hardly move, with her body weakened by cancer.  We were able to communicate with her via e-mail and thru the end, she maintained her sunny disposition.  She was full of stories about her grandchildren and even sent photos of them."  -  Lorna Cayas Buenviaje

        "Emily lived a happy life. She loved the theater, dance, music, food, travel and most of all, the joys of friendship. She succumbed to complications of spinal cord cancer. ......Since she passed on, it has taken a while for me to get used to living without her. I can only comfort myself with the realization that she is now in a place of eternal joy and peace - which she so richly deserves after much suffering and pain. Thankfully her spirit lives on within me and in my 3 children and now 3 grandchildren! " - Jojo De Jesus (Emily's Husband)

        "...... Emily Gosiengfiao was my mother. Seeing her high school pictures really touched me. I am happy to hear that Mom reached out to many of her old friends before she passed away. Thank you for your kind words about her. She was, is, an extraordinary woman." - Bumper De Jesus (Emily's Son)

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Anthony D. Dee
(July 10, 1949 - October 1, 2010)

"Anthony and I have one thing in common.  We both married USTHS'68 batchmates.  He married Carmelita Ang while I married Lorna Cayas. 

The most outstanding characteristic of Anthony is the generosity of his heart.  He was always there to share his blessings with less fortunate people.  Batchmates and their families have likewise been beneficiaries (scholarships, free medical assistance, etc.) of his generosity.  He also made our reunions more fun and memorable not only by his presence but also by donating major raffle prizes and in one instance by shouldering the cost of the dinner (during one of the pre-planning activities for USTHS'68 35th anniversary).

Batch'68 will certainly miss Anthony and his loving presence for our batchmates.  Lorna and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to his wife Carmelita and the rest of the Dee family.  In our prayers, please remember Anthony." - Albert Buenviaje

Anthony Dee...A Humble Man Blessed with
Unconditional Compassion and Love for the Less Fortunate of this World...
by Gurmel Singh

"May the grace, peace, love and comfort of our dear lord be with Carmelita and family during this time of trials and tribulation.

The month of October is the month of our Blessed Mother. Somehow , yesterday, Oct.3, while I was praying the rosary, I thought of my dear beloved classmate Anthony See. I remember him, perhaps somehow he came into my mind while contemplating on the sorrowful mystery. I remember Anthony sharing with me a few yrs. ago the reason why he made a trip to the St. Mary's Church in San Francisco CA...to thank our Blessed Mother for all the granted intercessions. He shared with me how he would go down on his knee all the way to the altar.

If there are words to describe Anthony... one thing is....he was a man of few words. He was a humble man truly blessed by our dear Mother and our good Lord with unconditional compassion and love for the less fortunate. He has this one mindset, he was a doer!!

I have so many wonderful experiences with brother Anthony. We were not only classmates but also a fellow altar servers during our high school days.

Thirty five yrs. Later, I started going home for my mission outreach work for the Legion of Mary. Every time I would go home , the first person I would asked for was Anthony. We finally made connection when he had me picked up and taken to his residence in Dau, Pampanga. I stayed at his place for 2 days and he expedited my trip to Ilocos Sur wherein I have to meet with the Bishop of Candon to make arrangements for the ordination of a seminarian who was staying at our home and going to school at St. Patrick Seminary in Palo Alto CA.

On my yearly trip to Phil. I made it a point to always connect with him. I learned his way of living which consist mainly of attending to the needs of the church and the poor in any community he could be needed most especially in areas devastated by Mt. Pinatubo.

Anthony's daily routine was to be up early morning and attend to the the people already lined up at a McDonald restaurant needing financial and medical assistance. Yes, this was his daily chores.

On one occasion, I was blessed to have a taste of his unconditional compassion. After completing a mission outreach in the Metro Manila and provincial areas with the Legion of Mary, Mirror of Justice , he
offered his resort for the volunteer workers and poor children from the Metro Manila area. I couldn't refuse his offer and brought to Pampanga almost 350 people to have a fun excursion at his resort. He provided the food and one thing I couldn't forget is when he thanked me for giving him the privilege to be instrumental in making the fun day possible for the children from Metro Manila area. Yes, Anthony had a big heart ..bigger than him. The children called him a God-sent angel!!

One characteristic Anthony has is his humility. He always loved to work behind the scenes. When I am back home in the U.S., he would always give me a call, a chat . Anthony was absolutely a caring person.

In memory of our dear beloved batch mate, I wish to share this humbling comforting reflection taken from Ecclesiastes 3

'There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to weep and time to rejoice, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to be in tear and a time to mend, a time to be in silence and a time to speak, a time to love and a time for peace for our departed love ones.'

We are reminded of a story of a master weaver...our lives are but fine weaving that our good Lord and we prepare. Each life is a fabric well planned and fashioned in his care, thou we may never understand just how the weavings intertwine, we must trust the master's hand and follow his design. Sometimes a strand of sorrow is added to his plan, and thou it is difficult for us, we must still understand, it is he who knows what is best, so we must weave in patience and leave him the rest: for one day , God will unroll the canvas and explain the reason why...for it is in dying that we are born into eternal life.

From all of us ..your beloved batch mates. Our deepest expression of sorrow and sympathy.

So many people come and go into our lives and quickly go. We must remember that Anthony stayed with us for a while and left so many beautiful footprints in our heart which will never make us the same.

Our beloved Anthony ...we love you so much and will forever miss you.! May you rest in peace together with our departed batch mates.

Anthony did pick a good time to leave...a time he surely love so much...the month of October dedicated to our Blessed Mother whom he loved so much!!"

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Roy P. Dungo
(May 27, 1951 - Sept. 27, 1999)

"Roy P. Dungo was my father and he passed away almost nine years ago, on September 27, 1999. He had a long 4 year battle with cancer, and is survived by 4 kids and 2 stepsons, brothers, sisters and mother. Though cut short, he lived a fruitful life and was successful in all endeavors. He was a graduate of NJIT, here in the U.S. and worked as an engineer. My father Roy then received certs as an echo-tech and worked along side his brother for years. My dad managed Rock bands on the side and even owned a successful bar and grill, in which he was the chef. His faith in GOD kept him going through the years.

Roy P. Dungo, my dad, was an EVANGELIST and a Sunday school teacher in the Philippines before his diagnosis. I miss him dearly and pray for his guidance. I feel his presence constantly and try to tell both my fiance and 2yr. old son about him and the kind of man he was. I hope that everybody has fond memories of him that one day can be shared. Thank you for taking the time to read this. GOD BLESS!!!" - Trisha C. Dungo

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Antonio L. Escano

"It was a shock for me to learn that Antonio Escano passed on already.  We were classmates since elementary and he had asked me to be his Graduation Ball partner at USTHS." - Eva Kalaw

"We were both Senior Scouts when we were in UST high school. He was a humble nice guy and a gentleman. Never heard from him again after graduation.  But in one occasion, when the batch/boys attended Francis Magsaysay's birthday party, we learned the tragic news!!  Antonio Escano lived in Lagro, Quezon City.   He was a neighbor of Francis Magsaysay when he was still living in the Phil.  Antonio Escano became a lawyer. He died many years ago, even before our 35th coral anniversary. We always offer prayers for them, most especially Antonio, as a batch mate the best we can do while we live and remember them." -  Don Mejia

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Wilma T. Franco

 "....It shocked me that Wilma Franco had gone. She was my classmate and an elder sister of a former good friend/colleague at UST High whom I have lost track.   I will keep Wilma in prayer. - Eva Kalaw

" Wilma loved life and lived well . Until the end, she fought her best, seeking refuge constantly from God and from family and friends.  I believe she died at peace with the Lord."  -  Monica Gonzalez Mendoza

          " Wilma had a hidden strength which helped her cope with life's many trials. Despite some limitation, she was a generous person who shared her time, love, care and possessions in whatever way she can." - Anna Marie Salcedo Manio

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Fernando P. Guanlao
(Aug. 5, 1950 - 1997)

"I can't recall the exact year ...... most probably close to about 10 years ago since the sudden demise of Fernando. 
Nandy ...That's how we called him, was married to Sylvia Javier, also a 1968 batch mate.  They were blessed with two children, a boy and a girl namely Grace Ann (she must be in her late teens now).  I became the godfather of Grace Ann.  When I got transferred to Sacramento, I always made it a point to visit them in Mountain View CA.   Nandy will be remembered as the smiling gentleman.  Every time you see him during our high school days, he would give you a contagious smile.  He was truly a very congenial person and very caring of his wife Sylvia, and his son and daughter he left behind.
I did the eulogy during the mass prior to his interment.  A legacy he left was his easy-going and friendly attitude and his love for horse racing.  May he rest in peace." - Gurmel Singh

         "My friendship with Nandy started during the early days of our 3rd year in High School. We became best friends as we always were together during and after our PMT days. Regular school days, I almost always go to their house to have lunch as they live very close to UST. His family treated me as their own as much as we have treated him as a member of our family. He had spotted Sylvia and had fallen for her but shy as he is, he did not pursue her until we graduated High School and went to enroll at the College of Engineering where coincidentally Sylvia enrolled likewise. They were both good friends of mine and I know he likes her and she likes him. I was his bridge to Sylvia and until finally "sila na". Nandy loved Sylvia so much as he would always tell me. My friendship with Nandy slowly faded as we both got busy during our college days, him with their family business (Policarpio Engravers) and me with my full time job. The next thing I found out was when Mel (Singh) visited Hawaii about 5 years ago and told me that Nandy passed away in California. I was shocked as I have always been thinking of where he was and getting him to join our e-group. It was too late. He was my only good, good friend while I was in High School and early College days. Now that he has joined his Creator, I know that he will be looking at Sylvia and his two kids from up above that they are always safe from all harm, evil, temptation and sickness. I missed him so much and I envy brother Mel that he was able to spend some days with Nandy during his last days on earth. I know someday somehow, our paths will cross again and when that time comes, we will continue on our friendship. Eternal rest grant unto him and to the rest of my departed batch mates O Lord .... and let perpetual light shine upon them .... and may they rest in peace, Amen." - Manny Aquino

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Benedicto "Benny" M. Guidote
(May 6, 1952 - June 9, 2004)

"I awoke sometime in the mid '80s from a knock on my bedroom door when I was still with the folks in Q.C.  My "yaya" told me that someone was outside looking for me. To my surprise it was Benjie (as I have always called him) who to my surprise was dressed in "guru" attire asking for monetary assistance. I gave him such and this became a regular thing so I asked him what he does those days. He just smiled so I understood that it would mean never to ask again the question.  I always admired Benjie during our HS days as an intellectual who always will help me in my math and numbers homework so you can imagine my astonishment to see him that way. Anyway, I will always respect his choice in our borrowed life.  GOD bless his poor soul. I know that he is with Him happily ever after........" - Danny Diy

"From October last year to the present,  finding Benny had been instrumental in bringing together Batch'68. Right in the middle of a busy Christmas season, with very little notice, we all moved to put together a soup kitchen to join Benny's world among the homeless. Whether  we were sitting in Lourdes Church courtyard (where we found him) or in Atok St. sidewalk, Benny never missed to give us a glimpse of those happy years.  Only Benny could give us a concrete picture of how we looked like in those days. When we took him to the Sisters of Mercy convent for relocation, he begged us to sleep there with him as though we were still irresponsible teen-agers. For a little while in this busy complicated world, Benny transported us back to those carefree days when we could just hang out and be oblivious to it all. Time simply stood still." - Odette Ko Wallace

      "Yes, Benny was like our batch mascot wasn't he. He brought out the spirit of affection, concern and caring in all of us. May his spirit know the peace that his body couldn't find in this lifetime. We will join you in memorial prayers for a dear friend. In keeping with his spirit, let's raise a toast to Benny. To you Benny, with our love!" - Dulce Sabino


       "I will always remember Benny as the groovy 'Amboy' with his bell bottom pants and mop- head haircut. He was the original 'kilabot ng mga kolehiyala' even before the likes of Hajji Alejandro came to fore.  He broke quite a number of hearts during high school and had a string of girlfriends.  His transformation from a fun-loving guy to a deeply philosophical man is quite surreal.  Although we were really shocked to see his scruffy physical appearance the first time we saw him in 2003, deep inside, Benny showed  peace and harmony with his surroundings.  He imparted a lot of  words of wisdom to our batch mates, which I hope some day they will compile  into a book, possibly titled "The World According to Benny". - Lorna C. Buenviaje

        "Benny lived a full life in his early years more than anyone of us. He was a deep thinker and had a perspective of life far more profound than the ordinary mind." - Ernie Morales

       " .....I remember when I was a Captain in the military assigned to Metrocom Western Sector. During one of our drug related raids in Quezon City one of the guys who got busted was Benny Guidote. While he was getting booked, he called my name out of nowhere (he was screaming Villa) and I knew immediately this guy knew me. I could barely recognize Benny's face when I approached him, he looked haggard, helpless and confused. Anyways, I got him out without any problem or police record. I did not know if that letting him go was good because after that incident every time he got busted he mentioned my name to the arresting officers and they had to let him go. Sad to say, he passed away." - Efren Villa

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Victor "Vic" B. Jongko
(Jan. 27, 1952 - Jan. 2001)

"After selling me my first insurance policy in the 1970s, Vic gave me a book entitled "The Law of Success" by Napoleon Hill.  The powerful idea of creating one's "master mind" found in this book has helped in my personal and professional development. Vic is not only a dreamer, he is also a factory of creative ideas.  One of the dreams of Vic is to put all batch members of USTHS '68 and their spouses on a luxury liner for a world cruise." - Albert Buenviaje

        "We heard that Vic succumbed to a heart attack after participating in Edsa 2 for several days.  He is one person who stood up for his convictions up to the end." - Lorna Cayas Buenviaje

         "It was the month of October 2000, three months before Vic departed this world, I was with him discussing chores he has to do before Christmas.  Vic has so many leadership qualities.  Some of these qualities anyone who knows him is great confidence in getting things done.   I was responsible in inviting him to join the Legion of Mary, Mirror of Justice Presidium in high school at the UST Santissimo Rosario Parish Church.  He was a very compassionate and caring individual, which was manifested when he became a Corp. Commander of the UST ROTC.   Some of the organizations he was affiliated with includes the Capitol Jaycees and the Rotary Club.  Vic was a doer and dedicated in completing assigned tasks.  Vic's legacy is to always think positive and grow rich not in material things but in spirituality.  God bless." - Mel Singh        

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Noriel G. Landayan
(August 6, 1951 - Nov. 2010)

"I remember very distinctly Noriel Landayan in our 1st year high school under the Pilipino class of Mr. Dimaculangan.  Noriel was so energetic, probably quite unruly and so he got a punishment.  He was told to pull his chair in front of the classroom facing the wall and sit there.  All of us were astounded with this different kind of reprimand.  Kakaiba talaga!  After sometime, when the teacher thought Noriel had enough, he was asked to redeem himself by answering a question about Filipino family values.  Mr. Dimaculangan asked, "Ano ang gagawin ng anak sa pagtanda ng kanyang mga magulang?".  And Noriel answered, "Ang mga anak ay gagampanan ang katungkulan na sila ang magiging gabay at aakay sa paglalakad at pamumuhay ng kanilang mga magulang.  Kapag sila ay matanda na at malalabo ang kanilang mga mata....."  Mr. Dimaculangan was so touched by the way Noriel delivered his short speech so eloquently and with passion.  He was told to go back to his original seat in the classroom.  We all clapped our hands for Noriel. - Gani Buenaflor

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Romeo Y. Lechuga 
(Sept. 24, 1952 - 1994)

"Although long been gone from his earthly existence, fond memories of Romy as far back as our grade school days at Espiritu Santo Parochial School, still linger.  This chap, full of color, truly left a very remarkable and long lasting impression on so many of his acquaintances, including me.  I vividly remember how the bohemian and wanderlust in him charted the course of a life altering decision to work for Philippine Airlines over his academic pursuit of a profession in health care at the University of the Philippines.  Recounts of his travel adventures around the world have always left me in awe and motivated me to do the same.  I won't ever forget how he always gave us a chuckle and never dwelt on the negative.  Life to him was a precious gift that has to be lived to the hilt and savored.  If anybody would come up with a yardstick to measure the worthiness of life being lived, Romy would, hands down, score close to, if not, a 100%.  I know that he continues to stir things upstairs - for he is indeed somebody who will always believe there shouldn't be any dull moment.
Lastly, if there is one thing that Romy has constantly instilled in our minds, it is "to give others the freedom to be themselves, and appreciate the differences between their ways and yours." - Roberto Salazar

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Ramon R. Lopez
( June 11, 1952 - 2001)  

A Tribute to a Great Friend
By Wilfred E. Yu

One day, my phone rang at the office. It was Egay Justiniani who requested me to write a piece of story for a dear friend. I did and here is my version.

Egay and this man were my classmates in college. We were so close that we were like real life brothers.

I didn’t have any idea that this man was in high school with us when we were teenagers. But then, he was our classmate in college – taking up Architecture together with Egay, George Escano, Ed Alimagno, Ernie Morales, Ed Vendil, Albert Laguardia, Ed Bartolome (I wonder where this guy is now), to name a few, and others that I can’t remember. From 1st year to 5th year college, we were in the same class section. Our friendship and camaraderie started there.

In my own description, this person was fun to be with. He never ran out of jokes and comical stories. We didn’t know where he excavated those jokes from and I believed he was a gifted comedian. During party time, we leave it up to him to pilot and as always turned the dull moment to an exciting and a lively one. When he started a comical conversation, everything else turned to a hilarious interaction. He was the life of the party. But it was the opposite when it comes to his studies. He was serious, industrious, and one who has intelligence. I remember, he constantly submit his projects on time and even has spare time to help me and other friends in finalizing some of our drawings. He was an ally – never turned the question off without a bright answer.

A compassionate man - We were once a member of the Student Volunteers Corp, a university student body organization where Tisha Reyes was then, the president. This person was always there if volunteers were needed either for a courtesy visit in Tala Leprosarium during Christmas time or helping the Red Cross during that terrible fire in Tondo, Manila.

There was no doubt about him being a very religious man. He devoted his life serving the Legion of Mary to the very end. I remember, during Saturdays, our group sometimes went to mass after school.

After college, we parted  ways and saw each other only during weddings, birthdays or other occasions like children’s baptisms. We continued our respective jobs and focused on our families.

One time, while I was  continuing my Civil Engineering at the MLQU, I was surprised to see this person there. I’ve learned that he has taken a job as an architecture design professor of the school. Whenever we saw each other, there was always some small real conversation but still the funny side of this man never ends. I always teased him na baka marami na siyang “chicks” sa students niya. But I know the guy was very faithful to his lovely wife, Rose. Although the couple was not blessed with a child, the marriage was strong. They devoted their time going places for the Legion of Mary.

The last time I saw him was during my daughter’s wedding in December 2000. As he was my daughter’s godfather on her baptism, I again asked him to be one of my daughter’s wedding sponsors after 24 years. He was there, happy, smiling, dressed up in barong and in great shape. You’ll never know that he’s going to be gone soon.

I don’t remember the exact date when I heard that he was sick with lung cancer, but it was year 2001. I called the hospital once where he was confined trying to speak to him but he couldn’t talk to me. He was in oxygen mask as he had difficulty breathing because the disease was so advanced. I promised Rose that he is in our daily prayers. Rose, told me that her husband has conveyed to her that he was ready to go with God and was really eager to join him in heaven. He passed away in peace with the Lord in the year 2001.

This man, a great friend was Ramon R. Lopez, a loving, caring, faithful, funny man.

We will always remember him.  Do not despair my friends, the end is just the start of the journey to heaven.

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Reynaldo "Rey" A. Mediarito

"Rey was a Cadet Captain during our PMT days, Asst. Cadet's Editor for the Aquinian and Staff Artist for the Veritas.  I am very proud to have worked with him in these three organizations.  In the 1968 Veritas, you will see him in the Aquinian section pounding the typewriter.  That's the Rey I knew - a passionate worker."  -  Albert Buenviaje

"Rey was my Brother in con fraternity, my classmate, and my very close friend at University of the East. We took the CPA oath together the same time in 1975 and that was the last time I saw him. I remembered him as a big brother to me, even if I am a month older. During the years together, he was over protective of me that he would not leave my sight not until he was sure that I was on my ride safely home, rain or shine. We never had a dull moment together, he would always bring up quality conversations, mostly funny daily happenings in school and the girl he had an eye for. He was caring, thoughtful, loving, and very gentleman. I am very lucky to have him as part of my life. In a far country, it is always nice to be in touch with close friends, I started searching for him that turned out a sad ending but a very good knowledge that God only take the best! Prayers are offered to you Rey, you will always have a special place in my heart. " - Linda Dorado-Reveche, Lakewood, California, 12/15/2012

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Regalado "Jojo" M. Montemayor, Jr.
(August 13, 1950 - December 28, 2005)

"Jojo was my soccer buddy in the HS team with Go Eng Hi (as captain), John and Jimmy Tan, Peter So, Philip Dytoc, Tino King, Alex Uy, Willy Vicente, Mon Moreno, Danny Rodriguez, Ivan Cruz and Orly Ancheta. Theirs and my family are also close as his parents and mine are good friends. He will always bring me home after practice in his Ford station wagon. I was in remorse for not going to his funeral wake when Ricky Yatco and Don Mejia texted me about the sad and dreadful news of his passing as I was out of town then. I will surely miss the good and bad (matches won and loss) times we shared together. He is now forever joined in the bosom of the Almighty Lord GOD and I yearn the time when we will all see ourselves up there." - Danny Diy

"Jojo died of heart failure on Dec. 28, 2005 at the Philippine Heart Center. Their family ran and managed the famous X'or Studio,  the official photographer of UST graduates for the yearbooks." - Don Mejia

"I am so sorry to hear about the passing on of my classmate and batchmate Jojo Montemayor. At one time, Jojo and I were the Sergeants-at-Arms because we were two of the "tallest" guys in the class. I shall always remember him and will pray for the eternal repose of his soul." - Jun Reinoso

     "My wife, Grace, and I will always remember Jojo .... he also did our wedding album. Our prayers are with him." - Manny Aquino

     "We were saddened to hear the sad news of Jojo Montemayor's passing away.  The whole family will include Jojo in our daily prayers for the eternal repose of his soul.." - Javy Omaña & Family

     "I remember Jojo as the guy who welcomed me to his home and brings me home from school when he drives his 8 cylinder station wagon. We hung out for a brief period but a lasting impression of a person who has a heart. He is now in Peace and as written in the Bible: Absent in the Body-Present with the Lord." - Edgar "Baby" Vendil, Danville, California

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Generoso G. Orijola

""I was really surprised to learn about the death of Gene as we fondly called him.  I can still remember him to be a kind and soft spoken individual.  He was my seatmate during my junior year sandwiched between Ongsiako and myself.  He was my buddy during those days because he was always on my side whenever Ongsiako and I had an argument.
"Gene" wherever you are please pray for me and our batch mates and you are welcome to join us in spirit on our "Ruby Celebration". Adios from, JV Omaña

"Gene was a fine man, the silent type of guy but one with an impeccable smile. That too always come to mind when I think of Gene Orijola. May God grant him eternal rest!!! - Don Mejia
 

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Joel H. Pajarillo 

"Joel is one person who had an eye for the really beautiful women." - Benny Guidote

"He must have died at the age of 19.  A jolly good  friend.  Together with Benny Guidote, Ernie Morales and Romulo Yambao, we  often raided their refrigerator in their Sampaloc home and later in their Greenhills home."- Albert Buenviaje

            "Joel was the best example of a person with a kind heart.  He treated everyone like his brother or sister.  He was the idealist who wished everyone good. He could have made our world a little better." - Ernie Morales
 

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Armingol "Chito" H. Pangilinan

(November 16, 1951-October 17, 2013)

 

"Not to discount the sadness & the sympathy that are pouring in, but as the SoCal Group, we are in shock & very much saddened by this untimely passing. Those, who are particularly closer to him, carry a heavy heart & truly miss him. Words cannot articulate the somber mood that most of us are feeling at this time." - Bing Macavinta

 

"Our prayers for his eternal repose. Condolence to the family." - Don Mejia

 

"Condolence to the Pangilinan family. May his soul rest in peace. We will surely miss you." - Dolly Galang

 

"Yes we are all going to miss Chito!" - Leenda Yu

 

"Your sufferings has ended and your happiness has just begun..May our Lord Jesus Christ shower you with love and peace." - Rick Dizon

 

"Nakikiramay ako sa mga naulila ng kaibigang Chito" - Jun Tullao

 

"Chito you will always be remembered as a true friend real trooper and a very kind man. We will always pray as you pray for us as well." - Javier Omana

 

"We remember Chito as one of the better high school debater. He was also the original HS Amboy. He spoke English well with an American accent even when we were still in high school. This was the time in our lives when carabao English was the norm and accents were influenced by the province where the student came from." - Albert Buenviaje

 

"Remembering Chito during his last days. We had a chance to spend dinner with him....and always in such good spirit. Taken at a Chinese restaurant around town... looking at this with mixed emotions of gladness and sadness." - Ruby Ramos

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Alfredo F. Ramirez
(February 11,1951- Sept. 14, 2011)

"Alfredo Ramirez's greatest success in life is the life he led with his wife of 43 years Mila Ramirez. Together they had two sons Hector and Ronald and four grand children Benjamin, Abigail, Riley and Emily. Those who were fortunate to come into contact with him (Family or Friend) would define Al as fun, caring, loving and generous.

Al spent the last three years battling Myeloma Cancer before finally succumbing to his disease on September 14th. Though Al may not walk with us on this Earth his spirit forever lives on in the lives he has touched." - Excerpt from the obituary for Al posted at
Alfredo Fajardo Ramirez Obituary - Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary

"Our deepest sympathy to Al & the entire family. We will always include him in our daily prayer for the repose of his soul." - Javier Omana

"Our heartfelt sympathy to Mila and family. May GOD grant Al eternal rest.l" - Cesar Balbontin

"Condolence to the family of Al. May he rest in peace, Amen." - Rosaleda Alesna

"my heartfelt condolences to the family..." - Jane Feliciano

"Our heartfelt sympathies to Mila Ramirez and family. Eternal rest grant unto Al's soul Oh Lord, May perpetual light shine upon him and all who rest in peace. Amen." - Rosenna Carpio

"To Mila Ramirez & family: No word can describe the pain & sorrow of losing a loved one for good. Be consoled that he is now at peace with the good Lord. Please accept our condolences & prayers for your dearly departed as well as your family. Take care & God bless!" - Rita Gutierrez

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Ponciano E. Sabas, Jr.
(December 12, 1950 -October 23, 2011)

"Today is a sad day for all of us USTBatch'68.  Today Albert (Sy) Azana called me up and told me that Ponciano (Jun) Sabas passed away in California.  I am and still sad by the passing away of Jun. Jun was one of our barkadas in high school with Albert and me and Salvador. Please pray for the soul of Jun....May your soul rest in peace my FRIEND...." - Jimmy Tan

"I was able to talk with Dolly, the widow of Jun Sabas today.  Jun was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009 and was given 18 months to live. The 18th month came and passed last February 2011 and was just living on borrowed time. He peacefully passed away last Sunday and as to his wishes, his remains were to be cremated and buried in the Philippines. Since it was only his wife and son as the surviving kins, the family opted not to have any viewing.
After so many years, Jun was able to trace me last April 2011. He was very enthusiastic during our conversation and he did not tell me about his health problem. He worked at a care home in Alameda, CA where he also lives. We were exchanging phone calls and planning to see each other. He originally planned to join us in the reunion for Baby Balatbat but that did not happen. Another reunion was held at the house of Louie Acal during the visit of Andring Maranan and we were able to talk to him (Chito Z., Albert Laguardia, Manny Aquino, Mel Singh, Enrie Samson, Odette) over the phone. We were egging him to pass by even for just one hour but he begged out. The wife said Jun must be embarrassed to join because of his health condition - he was coughing and feels weak.
I am just disappointed that I was not able to see Jun before he passed away. Had he told me about his cancer, I would have gone to his house right away to see him.
We will miss Jun. Let us all pray for the eternal repose of his soul." - Chito Cardenas

"What a sad news! I was happy that we were finally able to connect with him 'cos been looking forward to meeting him again- he was my partner at JS prom-but then came this news...my heartfelt condolences to Jun's family." - Jojo Panganiban

"Nakikiramay ako sa mga naulila ni Jun. Dasal ko ang kapayapaan ng kanyang kaluluwa at dasal ko rin ang katatagan ng loob ng mga iniwan niya." - Jun Tullao

"Am shocked to read this news...I remember he came home only recently...my heartfelt condolences to the family..." - Jane Fernandez

 "Indeed very sad to hear that news. I was even hoping that I would see him in California. Goodbye my friend. May your soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathies to the family of Jun." - Manny Aquino

 

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William "Enteng" G. Vicente
(Feb. 26, 1949 - Feb. 20, 2014)

"Let us pray for the soul of our beloved batchmate William "Enteng" Vicente".  - Odette Wallace

"Our deepest condolences to the whole family. We will include  William in our daily prayers..... He was so active and vibrant the last time I saw him at FB. That's so saddening." - Javier Omaña

"Today Friday, I will offer my mass for you Enteng, here in the Sepulchro, Landayan, San Pedro.  Will miss you." - Plutarco Cardenas

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Rolando "Rolly" Z. Villanueva

"Rolly was class president of Section IV-B of the UST High School Batch of '68.  Aside from his leadership qualities, he also had the good looks which made him a natural matinee idol.  His acting ability and good looks were put into good use when he partnered with Ate Guy (Nora Aunor) in one of her movies." - Albert Buenviaje

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Rodolfo G. Villavicencio, Jr.

(Oct. 15, 1952 - August 15, 2017)

 

"Rudy Villavicencio was one of our officers in USTHS Senior Scouting.  Kasamahan namin nila Caloy Corsiga, Silas Ibanez, Benjamin Ang, Ed Alimagno". - Don Mejia

 

"I recall Rudy.  He was with the ME group.  We were all in the same building.  I was with the Chem Eng. group and recall bonding with him many times in the hallway with the rest of his classmates - Ver, Caraig, Javier, Aurelio, Dijamco... and many more of the M. Eng group.  My profound prayer of peace, comfort and strength to the family of Rudy.  Will offer a mass intention for Rudy.  God bless his family. ." - Gurmel Singh

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Minerva Gacad Whitney
(June 7, 1951 - January 20, 2016)

"For a very long. long time, I have been in search of "Minnie", as we were not only seatmates but best friends high school days in Manila...It hurts a lot not to be able to reconnect with her.. I refuse to feel she has left and will be gone forever..This, despite the decades that passed and the distance that separated us. .I have had to accept, she chose to be incommunicado from the rest of us (her high school friends), when I heard news that somehow she lives near one of our batchmates...you have always been in my heart and mind, more so, these past few days..perhaps, you were in touch somehow with me spiritually..to the family she left, my sincerest condolences and extend wholeheartedly my prayers for your solace and comfort..good-bye my friend, I will always miss you!!"  - Jane Fernandez

"Our prayer of profound comfort  and strength for the family... A time for everything..a reason for very season under heaven...May the light of our good Lord shine upon Minerva in her eternal journey with our loving Lord..." - Gurmel Singh

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Cesar M. Yap
(December 28, 1950 - March 26, 2006)

"With sympathy to the family of Cesar Yap. He will be in my prayer. "It is the season under the sun...the life, the death. Morning becomes mourning...and in the afternoon, when the sun sets, we pause for a while. Some are just led away for a final  destination...we the living uplift their souls by prayers...good night, Cesar." - Rod E. Cantiveros (UST High School Professor)

      "The first time I met Cesar was last 2004 during the wake of Don Mejia's mother in Pansol, Laguna.  I never got the chance to meet him nor talk to him during our high school days.  However, at that brief meeting, Albert and I had the opportunity to chat with him and reminisce the past.     He is one person who is so easy to talk to that even though I just met him that night, I felt at ease with him.  He was so excited about our website at that time and told us he makes it a point to check out our website daily for new developments.  He even knew the titles and contents of the different pages in our website.  So.... Cesar, I do hope that you will continue touching base with us thru our website.  We will keep your spirit alive in our hearts." - Lorna C. Buenviaje

     "Condolence to the family of Cesar Yap.  God Bless His Soul." -  From: Cesar Balbontin, Joseph Bautista, Raffy Eusebio, Al Ramirez, Pancho Tabora, Manny Tadena, Ernie Morales, Gurmel Singh, Ike Lloren, Raul Dijamco and Bing Macavinta, all from Southern California. Ricardo Dizon, Cesar Fernandez, Efren Villa and Christian Salonga all from Toronto, Canada.

     "Sad to hear  about Cesar Yap, a fine gentleman.  God bless his soul.... - Danny Diy

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Ricardo "Ricky" L. Yatco
(Nov. 5, 1950 - March 15, 2009)

A Tribute to a Gentleman and Friend

Ever since Caloy Corsiga informed me during the 2nd general USTHS alumni homecoming about the sad news that Ricky would be admitted at UST hospital because of stage 5 colon cancer, my throat clogged and a tear dropped. From thereon, I always included him in my daily prayers and masses. I appealed to our Almighty GOD that should he not fully recover thru Divine Intercession, He take him gently and spare him from the human pain and sufferings.

Even though Ricky has had a stroke before, he tirelessly did efforts to revive our batch camaraderie with the help of Lorna and Albert plus Babes de Guzman, Odette Wallace and Don Mejia way back in 2004. The first affair he contacted me about was during the second soup kitchen held beside his home at Sta. Teresita church. From thereon, I did my best to attend the reunions he set up at his home. We would always have fun reminiscing the good old high school days we spent together. Ricky was our graduating class president and was always around to see that all concerns are immediately attended to, be it regarding school or our social lives. He was always there to give a helping hand to those in need. I/we will surely miss him although I know that he is now happy beside our Lord GOD, Creator. A salute to such a fine gentleman and dear friend who has left a legacy of kindness within our midst. Hope to see and be with you up there in Paradise which is the ultimate gift of GOD to his people." - Danny Diy

"Tribute To Ricky Yatco -

So long to a long time friend, Ricky, also a good friend of Raul Dijamco! I was shocked to read a text message from Fiscal George Cabanilla that you've passed away! When I think of you, fast and nice cars always come to my mind. I will miss you and the fun we had at Mayon, Halcon and at D. Tuazon. You were happy to show me your unfinished building at Mayon then and now it will be Eppie to show me on how nice of your DREAM to become a reality. You will always be remembered in my prayers and thanks for sharing your time with us. So long . . . . " - Cesar Feniquito

"It was truly one of the saddest event in our batch68 life in Manila. To lose Ricky was like losing an important pillar in a home. Ricky was the "tambayan", the center , the last resort of batchmates who needed help or simply wanna hang out. His home became the refuge , the venue for gift giving and sharing. I personally would not have found long lost batchmates had it not been for Ricky and his desire to bridge us all.   I just hope that despite his death , we can all find another Mayon tambayan ( Hi John Tan) and that Batch 68 will stay close like always. " - Odette Wallace

".......I cannot help but reminisce all the fun times at Ricky's residence in Mayon. We would constantly complain about going up to the third floor. And he promised to install an elevator someday when Batch '68 will no longer be able to go up the flights of stairs. ..." - Odette Wallace

"Ricky did renovate his ground floor and made it the batchmates' regular weekly venue......" - Don Mejia

"....We are praying for him. I remember the emails, especially when you guys found Benny Guidote, Ricky was always there. Now they're probably jamming to the Beatles songs. May he rest in peace." - Enrie Sabio

"Ditto from the USTS'68 Northeast U.S.A. Batchmates.  His good deeds will always be in our membory. Such a nice gentleman, Ricky Yatco. " -  Ray Protacio

"Condolence to the family of our dear friend RICKY YATCO who passed away today, March 15, 2009.
We shall miss him dearly. Let us pray for the repose of his soul. " - Jun Reinoso

"Ricky Yatco will be missed by everyone, especially the so-called Mayon boys who usually hang out at Ricky's place.  He and his wife Eppie, have generously made their home open to our batch for our get-togethers, outreach and other activities.  Our hearts also go to Eppie, who has been a devoted wife to Ricky, and stood by him throughout their years together.  To Ricky - have a much needed rest, my friend, in the bosom of our Creator. You are now in a much better place, free from the worries of the global financial melt down that we mortals still have to face.  Your memory will live  forever in the hearts of your family and batchmates." - Lorna Buenviaje 

"We are stunned by the turn of events on Ricky & his family.  We are truly saddened by his passing. Our hearts go out to his family. In behalf of the SoCal batch, please extend our condolence to Eppie and the children." - SoCal Batch
 

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Benjamin "Benjie" S. Zamora
(Sept. 18, 1949 - March 1, 2004)

"Benjie is one person who is  comfortable talking to strangers to the point that any person he just met instantly becomes his friend.  During our reunion last November 8, 2003, he hopped from table to table to say a word of cheer to everyone.  Even the husband of batchmate Nonia Cabrera Ramirez told me that it was Benjie who made him feel at home with a group most of whom he does not know.  On hindsight, the movement of Benjie from table to table during our class reunion must have been his way of telling us that he was about to leave this world sooner rather than later.  The ladies will not only miss his friendly ways but also the 'kiamoy' that he never fails to bring during our gatherings." - Albert Buenviaje 

      "The one thing I will remember most about Benjie is his humility combined with a self-deprecating attitude.  During our reunion last Nov. 8, 2003, the girls were kidding him that he already looked like a grandfather because of his gray hair.  He told us that way back in high school, he already looked like a "Lolo" and even showed us his picture in the Veritas where he starred in a Christmas play and the caption read as follows: 'But Lolo, I thought you were blind'.  We all had a good laugh." - Lorna C. Buenviaje

       "It is heartbreaking to learn that Benjie Zamora passed away recently.  I had a big crush on him during our junior year but he had his sights on Lourdes Abcede. Our section used to have acquaintance parties at his brother's house in San Franscisco Del Monte and he introduced me to his nephew, Bobbit Elvina, who became my first boyfriend. Good memories.  I remember Benjie being a serious gentleman and his reference to being called Lolo because at high school he already had gray hair.  He is remembered fondly.  I guess there is some truth in the  saying, the good die young, speaking from my own life experiences." - Socorro "Socit" De Jesus

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Anthony B. Cañada


Sebastian B. De Guzman, Jr.


Antonio V. Picache  


Jaime C. Pitco
(March 16, 1951 - Feb. 2012)
 

 
Ma. Dulce C. Sabino


Jose C. Samson
(October 4, 1950-April 2014)

"Oh My Gosh!! What short lives they have lived. It is fortunate that we are still here but we are reminded that maybe we still haven't fulfilled the mission we were set out to do. Let us all lift up to God their souls. May eternal light shine upon their souls. May their souls be saved from the fires of hell and may they find that elusive peace that comes only being with our Creator. " - Marisol Lim Ybañez    

".....Let us offer a short prayer for them every time we think or talk about our dear departed batch mates. This is the idea of our obit page, for the living to remember and offer a prayer for them. Isn't it a great tribute!!!" - Don Mejia

"It is sad to know that all of these friends had gone home. Ed Adriatico, Amy Chua, Jun De Guzman, Roy Dungo, Tony Escano, Fernando Guanlao, Benny Guidote, Vic Jongko, Romy Lechuga, Mon Lopez, Rey Mediarito, Gene Orijola, Tony Picache, Cesar Yap, Joel Pajarillo, Rolly Villanueva, Ricky Yatco, Jojo Montemayor and Emily Gosiengfiao with whom I have crush. I will miss them dearly because they touched my life in way or another specially Ricky, Jojo, Roy, Rolly, Joel, Vic, Benny and Emily. I will always treasure the memories of my high school days with them. They will always be in my prayers." - Eduardo "Eddie" Reyes

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After reading, please spend at least a minute in silence and prayer for the eternal repose of the souls of our departed batchmates.

 

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