2017 GENERAL ALUMNI HOMECOMINGDate: February 8, 2017Posted by: Marionette Martinez
The annual general alumni homecoming was held on Sunday, 29 January 2017. Over four hundred graduates of St. Paul Manila trooped to the school for this event, which was named “HOME Ease on Down Herran” by the High School Golden Jubilarians, Batch 1967.
The activities began with registration at 2:00 P.M., followed by Mass in the Chapel of the Crucified Christ at 3:00. The Eucharistic Celebration was presided over by Fr. Rolando Agustin, Parish Priest of the Cathedral Parish of St. Andrew and Director of St. Andrew’s School of Paranaque. The arrangements for the Mass were handled by High School 1962, Emerald Jubilarians.
Alumnae who had difficulty climbing up the chapel steps stayed in the Founder’s Hall, where the Mass was streamed.
After the Mass, the different jubilarian classes had their traditional picture taking on the chapel steps. Fellowship followed in the quadrangle, where the dinner and program were also held. Sr. Bernadette Racadio, SPC, gave the invocation before the dinner.
During the program, Sr. Ma. Evangeline Anastacio, SPC, University President, welcomed the alumnae and gave them a brief “state of the school address.” In her speech, Sister pointed out some school achievements, including the following: the university’s autonomous status, its being institutionally accredited by the FAAP, being a Center of Excellence in Music and Center for Development in Nursing; faculty achievements: Sr. Maria Anunciata Sta. Ana—Musicam Sacram Award; Maestro Jose Valdez—Bato Balani Foundation award, "The Many Faces of the Teacher 2016: Leaving a Legacy"; and Dr. Brian Bantugan—National Research Council of the Philippines grant for researches related to Digital Arts and HIV-AIDS Advocacies; student achievements in licensure exams for teachers, nurses, and psychometricians; overall increase in student population this year—27% (from 1817 to 2304). She also spoke about the donations to the H.O.P.E. Ablaze Program, a number of which came from generous alumni, specially SPU Manila HS Batch ’62, who are supporting 25 students; Mrs. Mila Garcia-Glodava, supporting 45 students; Mrs. Charo Santos-Concio, supporting 40 students; and Mrs. Maria Cariaga-Banatao and Mrs. Teresa Cardozo-Dwyer, supporting 35 students. TOTAL collected funds = Php 8.9M.
After Sr. Evangeline’s presentation, Grace Eusebio-Torres of HS 1962 gave her the balance of their donation for the SHS Scholarship Program. Lourdes Coching gave Sister a copy of her book on paintings of Philippine First Ladies and Corazon Alvina of her book on Batanes.
The entertainment portion of the program included the Ease on Down Herran Dance by the Golden Jubilarians, a Dub-Smash by the Coral Jubilarians (College 1982), and a Fashion Show by the Sapphire Jubilarians (High School 1972). Professional performers were Marissa Sanchez, host; The Company; the Mulatto Band; and Martin Nievera.
Raffle prizes were given out, the minor prizes having been pre-drawn and the major prizes drawn by Martin and Sherry Lara, SPMAFI President. The program came to a close with a wine toast and the singing of the Paulinian Hymn, but dancing to the music of the Mulattos went on for some time.