|Posted by The Administrator on December 25, 2009 at 10:08 AM|
Dec. 22, 2007 - “Saya at Parangal ng Alumni” was the adopted theme for the 60th Founding Anniversary and Grand Homecoming of La Carlota City High School/Doña Hortencia Salas Benedicto National High School. This momentous gathering was held for two days that kicked off December 22, 2007
“This is a big event since I was here 15 years ago,” said Class 1973 alumnus, Dr. Jane Regner-Ramiro as the guest speaker. She was grateful to her Alma Mater, La Carlota High School which nurtured the same passion, the academic excellence through out her existence. She realized with that mission, the school has produced thousands of graduates who had been molded “to be great people.” And lot of them became leaders who had shown their responsibility to survive through hard work, education, and discipline, she further pointed out.
“With power comes great responsibility,” she quoted a line from the popular Spiderman movie. As an alumnus she challenged everyone to come up with a realistic project to further enhance the present school's structure. In closing she thanked those teachers who imparted their precious gifts of knowledge. And on the other hand she urged the youth “to carry the flag of excellence in education” in order for them to succeed and glorify our Master.
Mr. Denny Castañeda, this year's high school principal delivered his welcome address. He said in this momentous gathering of alumni of La Carlota High School is considered to be the best opportune time “to pursue our dreams” for our Alma Mater.
While La Carlota Sangguniang member and chairman on Education Jackie Jalandoni expressed in his talk that those who were gone from afar after graduation are here “to show their love and loyalty” to their Alma Mater and “to renew their bond of friendship” among themselves when they were here several years ago.
Meanwhile the present Alumni president, Atty. Rex G. Rojo told that the alumni are the living witnesses of the school's existence. “And this calls for a celebration,” he concluded.
On their part a handful of Class 1970 spent their time to get back to their alma mater, La Carlota City High School after 38 long years of absence.
The IV – I class alumni was by led the class 70. They converged at one of the rooms in the extension building along the Locsin-Ledesma Street. Before they took their lunch a one-minute prayer was offered for the eternal repose of their classmates and schoolmates who were already dead like Nick Catalan, Oscar Tan, Asher Villarias, among others.
Foods, drinks and deserts were more than enough to satisfy everyone's tummy. Although Leo Valdez, Josette Lim-Riley, Melba Lanzar-Debulgado, Nehemia Espinosa, Wilfredo Inocencio, Jessica Atiles were not present because they were working abroad but yet they had supported the food provisions of the said gathering aside from a measly financial contribution of those who participated for the souvenir T-shirts.
The fun began when some selected seniors of the said class presented a cha-cha dance number in the afternoon opening program at the covered court of the said high school campus just at the back of controversial Doña Hortencia Salas Benedicto building. And an instant and unrehearsed "Papaya" dance number by some of those willing class 70 alumni at the stage ensued.
Earlier a parade to main thoroughfare of the city started off the 2-day general homecoming. The class 70 took a ride on the "magarang" wheels of some successful and well-off alumni like Jose Tionsay, Armando Famoso, Ninfa Bartolo, and Narcisa Torrefranca-Trayfalgar.
Two (2) lechons donated by the two members of the class 70 enlivened the month-long preparation of the class who used to convene every first Sunday of the month at the facade of historical Gabaldon main building of La Carlota High School.
This writer was able to renew his acquaintance with his buddies Jose Alayon, Edwin Blanca and Rodolfo Celestino. While his high-school sweetheart and wife, Rebecca, who was his schoolmate and graduated at the same year, was also able to be reunited with her classmates and friends.
Ninfa Bartolo, the current class 70 president spearheaded the distribution of gifts and tokens from their generous and thoughtful classmates who found a greener pasture at abroad.
So far on the first day only seventy (70) were in attendance as evidenced by signed attendance roll. Those present were Gaudencio Lingamen, Jr., Edwin Blanca, Felizardo Jimenez, Edgar Lacson, Rufino de Leon, Narcisa Torrefranca-Trayfalgar, Gilbor Camporazo, Rebecca Demabildo-Camporazo, Prospero Rojo, Jr., Rita Alinco, Adela Historiador, Willy Heria, Jose Tionsay, Milagros Sitchon, Leda Gatucao-Tumunong, Asuncion Roquero, Nenita Golez, Yoland Pagsuberon, Violeta Tingla, Mercedita Sia, Alicia Alolod, Delilah Javellana, Excelsa Piojo, Elma Buenafe-Droste, Nilda Figueroa, Noeme Parcon-Javellosa, Maximiana Sayosa-Navales, Julie Lorico-Balsomo, Gemma Qui-ay-Abaygar,Emma Marquiño-Magbanua, Esteleta Guillem-Tan, Zenaida Capistrano, Edna Jallorina-Soratorio, Marilyn Layos-Ortiz.
Also Paulina Alibutdan-Antipolo, Albert Montero, Edgar Toda, Teresa Rojo, Emma Orendain, Monina Cagayanan-Tambasen, Rodolfo Celestino, Nilda Juguan, Ninfa Bartolo, Christine Layson-Guerra, Jose Alayon, Sr., Amy Albay-Papasin, Nida Gan-Malabanjot, Virginia Sacudit, Josette Lim-Riley (represented by Lilit), Alma D. Eslabon, Flordeliza Pacardo-Corgos, Herminia Orendain-Deocampo, Leonilo Soratorio, Norbela T. Gonora, Henry Sitchon, Luis Cabuguason, Norberto Ostan, Mandy Famoso, Angelita Galanza, Romulo Cardiente, Vicky Guinanao-Tadlan, Ruben Guerra, and Joel Fornes attended.
The program of activities were as follows: (Day 1 – December 22, 2008) 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Registration by class at the covered court; 9:30 – 11:00 Thanksgiving Service; 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch by class; 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Grand Parade and Motorcade around the city; 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Opening Program at the covered court; and 6:00 – 10:00 Regodon/Ballroom Dancing. (Day 2 – December 23, 2008) 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Registration on going; 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Presentation of Sponsors/Parade & Review in Honor of LCHS/DHSBNHS, Open House Exhibits; 11:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch/Fellowship by Class; 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Entertainment; 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Presentation/Recognition of Retired Teachers; 6:00 – 8:00 Dinner for a Cause, Recognition of Outstanding Alumni; and 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Business Meeting.
Those who generously donated financially and in kind were Willy Inocencio, Elizabeth de los Reyes, Jessica Atiles, Josette Lim-Riley, Leo Valdez, Haydee Villanueva-Rivera, Mandy Famoso, Willy Heria, Jose Tionsay, Christine Yanson, Cecilia Matutina, Jessica Atiles-Lao and Ninfa Bartolo to name only few.
Source : Vibrations OnLine