College Class ’77 reunites – and How!
April 06, 2017
Margie T. Logarta (A.B. Communication Arts ’77)
COLLEGE CLASS ’77 REUNITES – AND HOW!
By Margie T. Logarta (A.B. Communication Arts ’77)
It was sheer pandemonium and bedlam – but the nicest kind – that marked the first Ruby Jubilee reunion of Class ’77 at the Ateneo College Chapel on March 26, the date it graduated 40 years ago.
After a flurry of planning and organizing and coaxing batchmates through social media to join the first in a series of activities marking an event that saw the Ateneo graduate its first co-eds with full four-year courses, the big day fulfilled expectations. Now, some 60 of these graduates were returning to the “school on the hill” to recall their college days and share in nostalgic memories.
At 10am, the Events Committee, headed by Nancy Araw-Limuaco, set up registration tables in front of the College Chapel in the Science Building (now called Gonzaga Hall). Assisting her were group members Nanette Dulay-Iñigo. Alice Dee-Chuaunsu, Vicky Lu-Choa, Irma de Guzman-San Miguel and Aggie Angeles, ready to welcome the 60 batchmates who had signed up on the ACC ‘77's Viber group. Early birds Rolando Reyes, Chona Castro-Floro and Agerico Bilbao set the hilarity ball rolling with shrieks of “Hello!”, “How are you?” and “Haven’t seen you since graduation!” as more batchmates started streaming in from both ends of the corridor.
Some had brought along their spouses and children, while others chose to come solo.
An unexpected surprise was the appearance of Class Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude and Departmental Awardee, Raul Q. Montemayor, whose controversial valedictory address in Taglish, earned mixed reactions from both the Administration and Faculty, but to the graduating Atenistas, proved to be one of the most candid and most down-to-earth speeches they had ever heard.
Glee and high jinks soon settled down as Fr. Louie David, S.J. (B.S. Mathematics ’77), the Mass’ main celebrant, assisted by Fr. Bert Ampil, S.J. and Fr. Kit Bautista, S.J. (Director for Ateneo Alumni Relations), proceeded with the first activity of the day.
Jun Dalandan was the commentator, while Noel de la Paz led the singing and Inday Villanueva-Armes, Lily Reyes-Lao and Buboy Trinidad (who delighted everyone by mustering enough strength to show up despite a recent kidney transplant) did the readings. Juny Lim and Ricky Jalbuena performed the role of sacristans.
Margie T. Logarta composed the Prayers of the Faithful, which she tailored to fit the group’s concerns such as remembering to pray for the health of Buboy. Margie also summed up her batch’s wishes they remain “always happy and ready for the adventures that God sends their way”.
Dearly remembered were classmates who had passed on, with Irma Cecilio, the College Class ’77 Representative, reading out the roll call of 39 friends, now surely angels.
The requisite group shot followed, and posterity was achieved, but not without furious attempts to keep the noise level down between friends, most of whom had not seen each other for some four decades.
Lunch at the Aerie Lounge of the Cervini Cafeteria was simple fare, capped by the delicious turon provided by Ely and Rina Quinto stuffed with bananas from their Pangasinan farm, and “the wrappers were old test papers of Ely”, quipped Benjie Bautista, always the joker. The Cebu chicharon, sent by the much missed Marissa Fernan, proved to be such a hit that one guest, Fr. Bert Ampil, who religiously watches his diet these days, couldn’t resist munching on several pieces. Probably, the presence of four priests in the dining room – the mass celebrants and Fr. Asandas Balchand, S.J., who dropped by – calmed fears that should the untoward happen, while indulging in the pork crackling treat, they would be blessed instantly into the Beyond.
After lunch, a brief meeting was held with Irma Cecilio, Fr. Kit Bautista, S.J. and the heads of the various committees Nancy Araw-Limuaco (Events), Monie Hechanova (Video), and Margie T. Logarta (Publicity) providing updates.
The day’s event ended with much eagerness among the class members in anticipation of the ACC’77 year long homecoming activities.