A World All Our Own
The euphoria of the highly successful unequalled SJS Alumni Association Homecoming held last April 2015 had not died down. If ever, it even stoked the fire of camaraderie, deeper friendship and loyalty but most of all, THE sisterhood of REAL kinship. The aging-gracefully-and-glowingly population of Saint Joseph's School is even throbbing and thriving with zest and vigour. Never will anyone find such graduates carry the torch for their Alma Mater even when the physical buildings were no more and only a slab stands.
Who could then kindle the desire of this formidable mass of strong-willed globe-trotting women to strengthen the chain linking each other through the years?
There is only one alumnus whose feat can never be duplicated. She has this power of persuasion - a real gift. Endowed with multi-talents - a singer, a dancer, a writer, a salesperson, an organizer - name it and she'll deliver.
Yes, that's a feat I can not see anybody duplicate in the near future.
|Eden B. Santiago|
Once again the girls came together. February 27 is actually her birthday. The celebration was held on Sunday, February 28 - a post Valentine affair. The girls were all agog. Each batch brought their assigned food. And as anyone can imagine, girls from far and near came to celebrate and share this event. I guess we're all just having excuses to be together again and again.
And the Little Eden had become the spot we all can rewind and enjoy the best relaxation especially for the aging bones and weary muscles. Of course the sea breeze invigorates everyone.
Our ever kind and faithful teacher, Miss Nimfa Magdalena Florendo has always been a guiding force. She offered a piece of poetry - actually the summation of Eden's student life and beyond.
|The celebrant with a crown of flowers|
|Our very own Ate Nitz and the beloved celebrant Eden B. Santiago|
And who would be rowdily cheering for the candidates for Miss Post Valentine (or should we say Miss Menopaused?).
|Candidates: Ms. Mila Artango, Ms. Aida Dayao and Ms. Cecile Tayamora|
|Seated from left: Mila Artango, Jo Soliman, Queen Cecile Tayamora, Melinda Mendoza and Aida Dayao. Standing from left: Ching Morales Espada, Clemen Guarin, Josie Casao, Nitz Florendo, Zeny Madayag, Denz, Helen Acla|
Who cares about the calories gained and raised cholesterols when food, and cakes and ice cream and 'dynamites' and spaghetti and salads and chocolates and every tidbits are presented on the table?
And as we sang Happy Birthday to our dear Eden and prayed with all our hearts for more fruitful and blessed days ahead, we are all ever grateful that we all found each other and laugh back at all the remembered shared memories.
|Letty, Nora, Lily, Vangie, Gilda, Fausta (partly hidden) Trining, Buna - all of Batch '64|
And as such I would happily add that the closeaness of the girls is really worth mentioning especially Batch '64. Gilda has always been a very efficient coordinator and makes sure everyone is having good time. And our dear Mila always welcomes us in her abode.
|Nora, Letty, Gilda, Fausta, Bebot, Trining, Buna, Vangie, Lily, Linda, Ofelia, Mila (owner of the inn)|