How often can you attend your secondary school’s 50th year? Secondary? Or…simply HIGH SCHOOL. Not often, I guess. It sure is a “ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME” event! So, I did went to ours 2 Saturdays ago. 🤗🤓👓📝📚 As early as the start of this year, I knew it was something worthy to attend but being based now in the far South part of the country – in the islands of MINDANAO, I admit I was a bit reluctant at first to GO for it. I had my second thoughts, 3rd or 4th thoughts even.🙄😔 Hey, but at the back of my mind were these ‘bubble thoughts’ – “I’m out of work, just retired, with some “manageable” freelance work ( ‘small writings’) and has NO definite scheduled activities nor visitors yet for mid-September – why could I not go? Then, out of the blue – a very good friend, a “barkada” ( or ‘squad member’ of today’s millennial language, hehe…) sent me a Private Message at FB. It was J. Being an anesthesiologist, this lady is a busy doctor, balancing work and career and yes, a rather reluctant FB user and for her to message me asking me to join the school’s 50th is quite a “tall order.” Frankly, I am REALLY surprised! Peace, Dra! 🙂 I didn’t give a commitment that time as I was not yet sure of my schedule or the hubby’s. Things might come up! But deep in my heart – it’s telling me: GO…by all means!!!! Soooo….BOOMMMM! 💥 Early JUNE – there were PROMO fares from a favorite airline. It seems the stars are aligning to my universe….so why not?!?!
I immediately booked a DAVAO-MANILA roundtrip…as I was early and I really waited for the 1st day of the promo period – I had a very easy time. It was a fare I couldn’t resist – P3,150 when the regular fare would usually be close to 10K- 14K depending on how early you get your tickets. It’s almost 78% OFF – okay, do the math ( thanks to my HS science education…I can still do it…but I hate Math, haha!). NEXT AGENDA: accommodation. Of course, I can always stay at my Mom’s house in Quezon City but I figured if I can get a good price, why not stay at the venue (in a 4-star hotel…) so it will be more convenient with me. You know how it is in MANILA now – going from one place to another. Got it?!? Not used to it anymore. OK – don’t even get me started on that…please!!!!! 🙂 It was a good decision after all! In fact, I stayed at the hotel for 2 nights! It was on PROMO, too! Talk about BLESSINGS IN TIME! I also requested my nieces, K and B to join me on my 2nd night. Both of them are from the same school I attended so there was some sort of “synergy” among the three of us! 🙂
The EVENT – what happened:
Although the program was supposed to start 5PM, it didn’t…. till 8PM. But we were not mindful at all! It was a rather “short” catch-up with the doctor-friend as she had to go to a family commitment – watching a daughter act in a play! But I was happy we shared some moments, hehe. Short and sweet. 🙂 I could only hope we will have a longer talk next time. Either here in Davao or in Manila, whichever. Another friend, C, was coming from the far South of the metro and also had to do some ‘mother-errands’ that day….but the good thing is that we’ve reconnected already (albeit, unexpectedly) late last month so we just moved on from where we left off the last time.
Well, I guess the HIGHLIGHT of the evening was the awarding for some alumni of the school (different Batches at random) who’ve made an impact to the community and the country. Our Batch is no exception. Our awardee, Dr. R, is a distinguished geologist who has both Masteral and Post-doctoral fellowships in his line of expertise from the University of Tokyo. A multi-awarded geologist and a recognized authority in nickel laterite ( what, yes…aaahhh ok….nickel something…whatever it really means, hehe…). He has also done pioneering researches on Philippine rocks and soils and has been a guest speaker/lecturer in many international undertakings, to say the least. WOW…just wow! 🙂 But to us, he will always be the quiet guy in our Batch – ‘Puge’ as we call him – unassuming, witty, funny and serious at the same time. Happy to know he loves to study and research. 🙂 So really proud of him….WE all are!!!!! 🌟🏆🎖🌏
But do you know the the “real” highlights? They’re the small, random moments which are left to memories that one day we would want to relive and share with the rest of our batchmates in perhaps our NEXT homecomings:
- Shrieks of “surprise” and “happiness” upon seeing classmates for the 1st time after HS ( well, some are really like that – no sightings ever until this event – although we’ve had regular meet-ups in the past when a classmate out of the country comes home and we also had our 25th year about 12 years ago…) ;💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
- The shrieks will turn to laughs when suddenly one realizes she blurted out the “WRONG” name, haha ( and this actually happened…);
- Lots of stories about what’s present and what have been – mind you, some are in the “second wind” of their careers proving that we always remain competitive and productive; 🤓
- Some of us went to our teachers’ table and went guessing who they are, the subjects they taught and what year we were when they taught their subjects….ahem (with all humility) — I got it quite perfectly; ✔️💯🙌🏻😝
- Taking selfies or groufies were the most in-demand (or enjoyed) activities during the event ( but mine was updating my IG stories, haha – *wink*) as expected since we weren’t born with this ‘thing’ and so we’re keeping up with the times…. but most will say – “Where do we look?” Hahaha! 👯👭👬
- When time came for the BATCH cheer – ours of about 24 people didn’t feel too “small” compared to other Batches with a lot – maybe about 3-4x more from us. We agreed to stand up and shouted at the top of our voices “BATCH ’80!” It made quite an impact and every Batch thereafter followed suit – they also stood up! But we were the FIRST to do it. Yay!!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻✔️🤗😅😜🙌🏻🙌🏻
- Had “goosebumps” while everyone was singing our “Alma Mater” song! This is really an “iconic song!” The melody and lyrics stuck to my MIND up to this very day! I’m pretty sure I will never forget this song till I’m 84! 🙂
- We planned to have a quick “after-event” catch-up of maybe more chats (and “harmless” drinks…) but sorry we didn’t know of any good place near the venue. Hehe. Had I known that there’s a McDonalds nearby – we could have done with burgers, sundaes and french fries that midnight! So the plan went pppffft! Everyone was too-tired and some had to wake up early for some appointments for early Sunday morning so maybe next time…..we can plan ahead for that! 😁
All in all, it was really worth the time….nothing compares seeing people from your past – people who have shared the same struggles (keeping up with the “QC GOVERNMENT SCHOLAR” tags…), hardships, joys, triumphs, milestones, defeats, crushes, Science Fairs, CAT trainings, most favorite teachers and most feared ones ( yes, there was – ahhh, Practical Arts, hehehe…), class anecdotes, extra-curriculars, organizations and our sprawling school grounds where grasses grew TALLER than us (Aren’t we lucky SM NORTH EDSA was not built yet (which is literally a few steps away from school…) – or else, most of us would always cut classes, hihihi 🙂 ). Ahhhh, memories. Too bad – “no Facebook-slash-Instagram” yet to snap and post those pics of priceless moments! 🙂
We were honed to be “analytical-creative-imaginative-logical-inquisitive-systematic-critical” yet we were also “studious-cynical-adventurous-rebellious-carefree-persistent-responsible” AT THE SAME TIME – these were traits formed when we (the girls) were in our memorable white tops and blue-plaid skirts and the boys in their white polos and blue pants. The DISTANCE and YEARS apart were never issues when we get together AGAIN and AGAIN – it’s as if we’ve never left our dear Alma Mater. Forever SCIENTIANS – YES we are!!!!! ♥
Have a happy life!
"...To distant lands we may go, searching for truth and the unknown, To thee we pledge our loyal hearts and souls..." -excerpts from our QCSHS Alma Mater Song by A.Sison-