Christian Gentlemen

Last night, I attended the 25th anniversary of my La Salle Greenhills High School Batch 1984.  It coincided with the 50th anniversary of the school and it was a very big and very successful event with a record ++ 1,700 alumni attendees thanks to the stalwart leadership of several former batchmates and classmates, all outstanding achievers in their chosen fields. 

It was absolutely wonderful to see my former classmates and batchmates from H.S. ’84.  Yes, it had been that long!!!  At about 42 years old, some born in 1966 the Year of the Fire Horse and in 1967 the Year of the Sheep, many were still bravely holding on to their youthful looks, but several of them already showed the stress and difficulties of the many years past.  Personality-wise, Nobody had changed and it was great!!!  Several were stellar successes, a great number were successful professionals, some were laidback sportsmen.  Everyone last night was just so glad to see Everybody Else.    

We may have mellowed down the last 25 years, but in its time Batch ’84 had many provocative characters and caused the school administrators more than a few headaches.  We occasionally spelled T-R-O-U-B-L-E.  While there was no lack of stellar academic achievers, nor outstanding athletes, there was a distinct abundance of stimulating, exciting, and unpredictable individuals [ the Chinese would refer to the 1966 Fire Horse influence ].   We had a truly heady mix of “astig” macho hard drinkers [ during school hours  😛 ], car enthusiasts, drag racers, wild boys, truants, young Lotharios / “pablings” / “chick boys,” Polo Club boys, wheeler dealers, budding entrepreneurs, artists, eccentrics, “fashionistas” [ way before the term ], punk rock guitarists,  preppies, soul searchers… the whole gamut!!!  

In an effort to stir up conversation, I started to take an informal poll…

“Married already, of course?!”


“No.  Still single.  Still enjoying!!!”

“How many children do you have?”



“Just one.”

And I would ask:  “And you’re on your… nth wife?”  And since it was already the year 2009, I fully expected a range of first wives, second wives, third wives, mistresses, partners,  sex buddies, in-between entertainments, one night stands, fatal attractions, disclosures, indecent proposals, 9 1/2 weeks, basic instincts, etc., etc., etc..

Unexpectedly, the answers, despite all the liquor, were…

“No, I’m still with my first one.  She’ll always be the one.”

“Nooo, only one for me.  Thank you.”

“Oh, the first one.  She’s the only one for me.”

A grinning former classmate explained:  “You know, Toto, we’re the last holdover of the traditional values.  Yes, we were ‘wild’ in those days but the Christian values somehow became ingrained.  Really did.”


MAKES ME PROUD.  So we’re not bad, Batch ’84.  Not bad at all.   🙂   🙂   🙂


  1. sisigman said,

    February 21, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    DAVAO… CEBU… ILOILO… BICOL… BACOLOD… CENTRAL AND WESTERN MINDANAO… BAGUIO… they have all been making films that depict their lives and imaginations.

    It is time for the Kapampangan region to participate in this next wave of Philippine Cinema by holding its first ever Kapampangan Film Festival not only in Pampanga but also in surrounding Kapampangan-speaking regions!

    Rules and mechanics of competition

    – everyone is allowed to join (no age limit), except members of the core organizing committee
    – animated entries are also allowed
    – no music videos, only narratives
    – no limit of number of entries
    – dialogues must mainly be in Kapampangan
    – setting of the story does not necessarily have to be in Pampanga or other Kapampangan-speaking regions like Tarlac and Bataan
    – film must have English subtitles
    – strictly 10-20 minutes in length
    – in digital format (submit final work in playable DVD)
    – any topic is allowed
    – extreme violence and obscenity and unnecessary abuse of foul language are discouraged
    – use of copyrighted music is not allowed
    – deadline of entries (final DVD, registration form) will be on July 31; they must be shipped or submitted in person to the Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University, Angeles City
    – 8 to 10 finalists will be chosen (depending on the quantity of submissions) to compete in the festival; prizes are at stake for the top three best short films; special awards (best male performer, best editing, best screenplay, etc.) will also be given

    watch example of Kapampangan short films:

    BALANGINGI (Nosebleed):

    PUPUL (Harvest):

    ING BANGKERU (The Boatman)

    MISTERYO NG HAPIS (Sorrowful Mystery)
    Search the title @


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  2. February 18, 2009 at 4:26 pm



    Toto Gonzalez 🙂

  3. larry leviste said,

    February 17, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Has it been a decade since I was a Greenhills JUBILARIAN ?

    My childhood buddy Ricky Punzalan went to last weekend’s though, it was SWELLEGANT by all accounts. Roasted calves, lechon, wine and spirits flowing all night.

    All Ricky could tell me that all my beaus had gone balding with paunches to boot.

    Ay buhay, parang LIFE.

  4. Babblefish said,

    February 16, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Times have changed. Did you hear about the incident in Greenmeadows involving high school students from the Ateneo? “Spoon” dancing, “F**k drinks”, condoms on the clubhouse lawn the morning after… Makes us look like monks.

  5. chong mo said,

    February 11, 2009 at 2:08 am

    The pics are all over Facebook.

  6. zippo said,

    February 10, 2009 at 3:02 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed the homecoming Toto. Congratulations to your batch.

    I was involved with the homecoming last year when our batch (then the silver jubilarians) was the host. I make it a point to go to the La Salle Green Hills homecomings but I unfortunately missed it last Saturday as it was my daughter’s prom [nothing beats the bitter-sweet sight of your daughter resplendent in an evening gown being escorted by a young gentleman — too bad he was an Atenean 🙂 ]

    Z 🙂

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