Thursday, June 19, 2014

The homecoming of Batch 1986 is set on July 11 & 12, 2014


ATTENTION BATCH 1986! 

For the past 28 years after they marched in the altar in the St. Isidore the Labrador parish church in Inopacan, the batch of 1986 graduates of Inopacan Institute (I.I.) is coming home to town in an attempt to gather once again all members of Section A and Section B of Class 1985-1986.  The plan was hatched online via Facebook a month ago.  

After few weeks of witch hunting around the globe, most of them were found in the net's social media and the modern telecommunications we have these days. 

The number of would be attendees now reaches to 50 that includes few of the faculty members in 1986 of the erstwhile Inopacan Institute.

For those remaining members of Batch 1986 whom we lost contact with, if you can read this blog, please join the headcount in this homecoming. Be counted and join us in reminiscing our old days in I.I..  You can find us in Facebook and we are now chatting and exchanging and posting messages 24/7.

The two-day homecoming will be held at the Asunto Beach in Brgy. Maljo, Inopacan, Leyte on July 11 & July 12. Contact Zenen Dadios, Bernadette Halawig-Mastrili, Nelson Valenzona, Loudie Cloa-Sanchez, Cris Licayan-Laco, and Maralud "Ral" Nuñez via their Facebook accounts for more details about the upcoming reunion. 

So far, the would be attendees are the following:

ADAM GARCIANO
ALINE BISNAR
ANGELINA DANTE
ANTONIO BALINA
ARLENE MANTBOTE
AURORA BISNAR
BENUERTO LICAYAN
BERNADETTE HALAWIG
CRISILLITA LICAYAN
DANILO DECATORIA
EDGARDO POLISTICO
EDSIL OCLINARIA
ELISA BALINA
ELMER NIRZA
ELOISA OCAMPO
ERIC DADULA
ERIC PROJO
ESTRELLA SALINAS
FRANCIS VILLAMOR
GASPAR PAYOT
GRACE GOMEZ
HERNANDO LUEGO
IMELDA LLANO
IMELDA NOPAL
JEAN JOSEPH
JERRY MOLATO
LOLITO DACERA
LOUDIE CLOA
MA. IMELDA JOSEPH
MARALUD NUñEZ
MERLA DADULA
NANETTE VALENZONA
NEIL RAMIREZ
NELSON VALENZONA
NOEL BAYHONAN
PARMELA PERAS
RIZALINO OPONDA
RODOLFO DEDACE
RONALD MANAPSAL
RUEL BAYHONAN
RUFINO CUBIAN
SALVACION ABREA
TESSIE PISCOS
YOLANDA BACALLA
ZENEN DADIOS

Sir JIMMY LEMITA
Sir ELMER efren MONTAJES
Maam teresita "DAYA" CAPANGPANGAN
Maam  ZENAIDA ANDRADE
Maam BernADETTE KIRONG-dante

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Let the old school rest in peace.

In another topic, my thought of their plan to rehabilitate our alma mater is not only about the reconstruction of the dilapidated wooden and paper building (though some concrete is getting visible on the ground floor).

The school was likened to an old lady who suffered from a lingering ailment that nobody cares to call a physician until after her demise two years ago. If we have to resurrect the old school from her grave, we would surely find that we are not only rising her bones from the ground, we inevitably would open also the Pandora box. I suppose that we just let the old school rest in peace. I remember how poor the school was that every year we have to paste on the wall some used white bond papers to mask the ageing walls and ceiling. Do you still remember the science project papers that ended up on the classroom walls? I could even recall the time when each student was told to bring a meter-long bamboo stick for the perimeter fence and the afternoon gathering on the grounds to pull out weeds.

The school virtually had no money for the wall painting and maintenance of the building. The building tried its best to withstand the bitterness of its physical structure with no big help coming. Not even from the patriarchs in the Catholic Church. Much more from us – the alumni. I appreciate the care you may pour upon it now. But let’s face the fact that everything for the old school now is already too late. It suffered a lot and so long from the cancer of financial distress and management crisis.

Finally, the old lady rested in peace two years ago. She deserved to finally rest in peace. Only few of its alumni knew about the old school’s Pandora box. It deserved to be buried with the school and let’s not open it again.

Should we desire to continue the good values and legacy of our alma mater, I suggest that we give birth to a new school - not Lazaru!



Photo credit: Yolanda Olaer-Callera


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Yesterday morning (at 11:00 AM to be exact on 08 June 2011), I received a text message from Mr. Boy Luego asking me to comment about the Inopacan Global Family (IGF) and his dinner meeting with Mayor Loloy Lumarda in Inopacan last 14 May 2011 wherein they talked about the story of Inopacan and the promotion of tourism in our Cuatro Islas. He also asked me to help in the rehabilitation of the erstwhile Inopacan Institute.

I thanked him for making me that important, for asking my thoughts about the IGF and the projects they were discussing about. Boy is one of my FB friends for quite some time around. His being Luego gave me hint that he is related to the Luego’s I met before in town (that include Cris Luego my old next-door-neighbor, playmate and classmate in Inopacan Elementary School), and to some Luego’s I met in some of my travels in Cebu. I found that Boy is actually now in Consolacion, Cebu. This guy first called my attention when he followed some of my blogs, particularly that of "Inopacan, Leyte and the Inopacnons" and this blog "Inopacan Institute" where he left some flattering comments.

I promised Boy to pop him a message here in FB. Thus, I could not go to bed now bringing my collected thoughts in my sleep on how could I address the topics he brought up in his text message.

I strongly recommend to the organizers of the IGF to duly register your group as a charitable institution in the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) in the Philippines, its counterpart abroad (such as in the US) for the IGF to enjoy the following: ...Read more here

Monday, June 6, 2011

SCIENTIA EST POTENCIA (Knowledge Is Power)


Long before the late Ernie Baron (monickered as the walking encyclopedia of the ABS-CBN) used to say "Knowledge is power" as his parting words (right after giving trivial information at the end of his weather report), our alma mater had inscribed it already as the motto in the school's logo. It was a seal that was not meant for nothing. Though the old school had already rested from serving Inopacnons two years ago, the message of the school's logo remains a challenge to everyone and all.

We must fully grasp and realize that indeed knowledge is power.

Value information and don't hesitate to share them with our fellow. It could be like telling a story to a dear child before the young one goes to sleep, or could be feeling like standing in front of a class of students delivering a lecture or discussing a lesson with them.

Let us not be selfish in partaking knowledge of what we learned while in our hometown, much more of information and knowledge that we got while away from Inopacan. Come and share what you know that may be useful in uplifting the awareness of our folks. In any way, share it to us all. Somehow, you could have saved one from being ignorant and contributed to the success of the sons and daughters of Inopacan, of fellow Inopacnons. Somehow that shared information and knowledge could make our place a wonderful place to stay; and its people, wonderful folks to live with. We could be among the powerfuls.

This challenge must not be for those who just came to the portals of our alma mater. Otherwise, it is my fear that greed may create a dreaded monster within us. For sure, in every greedy monster that would exist, there would always be one who would stood as Inong Pak-an, who is wiser (and even getting wiser) to bring the monster down.

Just remember, "Knowledge is Power!"

(Note: Some old school documents show that the I.I. motto was written as Scentia et Virtus, which translate in English as "Knowledge is Strength" )






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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

INOPACAN INSTITUTE - THE LAST TIME I SAW IT AGAIN

As the I.I. hymn goes, "To your portals they all go."
Take a look at the old school and reminisce the moments when we came here every day.

Monday, March 15, 2010

INOPACAN INSTITUTE HYMN


Let's sing this together every time we have our reunion 
Sing it with your heart, whoever are there, even if you are the only one who is present there.

I continue living in the spirit of this hymn.
Try to paraphrase the lines.

I did (and damn, I failed to hold back my tears the first time I tried it)


CLICK HERE to play the I.I. Hymn, or in Youtube channel 


BATCH 1980 of graduating class of Inopacan Institute

Courtesy of Dodong Apostol

The NEMIELEVAR gang


The name NEMIELEVAR is the combined initial letters of the following senior students of I.I. circa 1986, who bonded their friendship during their last year in high school in Inopacan Institute:
 
N - Nanette Valenzona
EM - Emelyn Fajardo
I - IMelda Nopal
EL - ELizabeth Avellana
EV - Evelyn Rosalada
AR - ARlene Mantabote

They studied their lessons together, shared notes and experiences in life, gossip about people they hate and admired, exchanged pleasantries, etc.,  on and off school hours. 

1986 Graduating Class of Inopacan Institute

It was the time of People Power.
The graduating class of Martial Law babies






















































INOPACAN, LEYTE and the INOPACNONS: HISTORY OF INOPACAN (in my years of research)


THE LEGEND OF INOPACAN (in my years of research) Click here

Citizen Military Training days

Edgar with Cristina Cuenco

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