Sunday, August 17, 2014

Our tribute to those who are no longer around


I remember the message of Atty. Lope Montajes, our school Director, during our last graduation march rehearsal at the frontyard campus stage of our school. He said to us,  "Right after your graduation, you will never be complete again like you used to be in your days in high school." He told us to enjoy the very last moment of being together as one and remember that moment wherever we will be. True enough, some of us left the town days after the graduation to pursue college as there was no higher school yet in town even at present.  Others went to other places and even abroad in search for a greener pasture. While some remained to stay in our humble town.

As days went by and became months and then into years, the message of our school Director eventually became our reality. But life went on with our hearts missing lots of our high school life. The message lingered in my ears up to now - We will never be complete again like we used to be in high school.

Few months later, we were saddened by the news that one of our classmates was lost in the  tragic fate of M/V Doña Paz when it collided with an oil tanker and burst in flame in the middle of the sea on its way to Manila.  It was our first loss, and that assured the message of our school Director that we will never be complete again like what we used to be in high school.  Then, as years passed by, we lost five more in our batch.  For those who passed away and left us in this world to pursue our aspirations, dreams, and missions in life, may I request that we pay a moment of silence in memory of them . Let us offer a prayer for their eternal repose. Let this moment of silence be heard by them and the Almighty.

May they all rest in peace. Via con Dios  Elsa, Via con Dios  Orlando, Via con Dios  Eduardo, Via con Dios  Nestor, and Via con Dios  Isagani.

Yes, we will never be complete again like we used to be. But least when called after long years of being apart, please make it happen that you will come and join the gathering. Whoever will hear the blowing horn of invitation, please listen. Listen when called and follow the calling and let us be together again on that same ground. Unless you became part of the list of the departed whom we will offer and tribute the next moment of silence.


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

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