Velada

Assumption Convent High School Batch 1969 celebrated their 40th anniversary “velada” last night, Sunday, 18 October 2009 at the auditorium of the San Lorenzo campus.  They were some of the most accomplished  ladies in the land.  Among the ruby jubilarians were Tess Barcelon, Lody Barranda, Jojo Borromeo, Charo Cancio, Lynnie Castillo, Fay Chan, Annette Chanco, Coritha, Tutti Crisostomo, Aida Cui, Nini Diaz, Deng Dimayuga, Emy Faustino, Paula Feria, Gigi Fernandez, Nena Fule, Vicky Ignacio, Stella Illustre, Ito Kahn, Roxanne Lapus, Tess Lopez, Clarita Magat, Marivic McCann, Annie Molina, Mayen Ordoveza, Nenuca Ortigas, Mau Padilla, Lidia Pamontjak, Annie Rocha, Rose Rodriguez, Marivic Rufino, Tina Samson, Helen Silva, Pandy Singian, Tina Ty, et. al..

Happy Homecoming, Ladies!!!   🙂   🙂   🙂

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“Walking Through Years of Friendship:  The  Assumption High School Class of 1969”

By:  Tess Z. Lopez

It’s show time for the glittering rubies of High School Class 1969!

As we prepared for the velada, we swung to the tune of “Pretty Woman, in celebration of life as fulfilled women in our chosen vocations.  We rocked to the beat of “ These boots were made for walking” remembering the twelve years we walked together at the Assumption Convent, coping with the disciplinary measures of the Assumption nuns,  cramming for quizzes and tests and, on the fun side, sneaking out of the watchful eye of Mang Segundo to eat at  Blums Coffee Shop in old Herran!  Those were fun days when life seemed so simple and everything a bed of roses.  After all, we belonged to the Age of Aquarius and “Flower Power’ was the “in” thing.  We became idealists, seeking peace and harmony in a world racked by global turmoil.

As we bade goodbye to the ivy walls of the Assumption after graduation, we began our individual journeys to fulfill our destinies.  We were full of queries where life would lead us to and what the future had in store for us.  Young as we were, we were charged with an adventurous spirit, and were willing to challenge whatever stood in our way of fulfilling our dreams.  And true enough, with determination, we found our niches in the world.  Many of us became full time mothers, others chose to pursue a career or business while raising children, a few have remained single.  No one chose the religious life! 

Forty years after high school, we come together again to celebrate the friendships that were nurtured through the years.  Thanks to the Age of Technology, the Internet has successfully located classmates who have been silent in the different  corners of the world.  Our friendships, aged by the passing years, resonate with the happy and sad times that  have been shared through the years.  Age and  the passing winds of time have developed new episodes in our lives.  A number of us have become widows, others are now young doting grandmothers and many have retired from their careers.  A few have left us forever to live in eternal peace.  We may not be as physically fit as forty years ago, but the class still holds on to a wellspring of zest and enthusiasm for life, seeking new dreams to pursue, never holding back to the ongoing challenges of life.

In whatever path of life my classmates have taken, I take pride that all of them have become the “ideal woman”  that the Assumption education prayed we would be.  In their sphere of life and work, Class ’69 has given dignity to womanhood, shared their material and spiritual resources to their families and workmates, taken up their crosses with strength and patience and in a thousand ways given of themselves for the betterment of society.  Truly, this has been the dream of our Mother Foundress!  As the curtain goes up on October 18, forty glittering rubies of High School Class 1969 will bring the show down in a dance medley celebrating Life, Love and Friendship.

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6 Comments

  1. lidia pamontjak said,

    November 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    ah yes, tess, you got me videos?! of the whole velada that afternoon?! well, my friend bert hofman is coming to jakarta around end of november. would you drop them at his house- 10, molave st, forbes park south. or would it be easier if you mailed them to him? il text you the landline. oooooh im ever so grateful to you! tx beforehand, tess!

  2. Odette Paredes Mendoza-Andaya said,

    November 3, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Hi, hope this is not too late to share the velada 2009 photos I posted on my multiply account. (www.fullnessoflife.multiply.com). Was testing my skills at photography and truly had fun capturing those moments. Congratulations to the jubilarians! —

  3. Tess Lopez said,

    October 29, 2009 at 12:05 am

    Lidia, my fault! Mea culpa! It was I who gave him the list. I was in a hurry so please forgive me. But you did look great with GMA in Betchay’s FB! Take care and I want to send you all the videos. How do I do that?

  4. Lidia Pamontjak said,

    October 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    thanks for mentioning me, tess! toto forgot all about me already, haha. but never mind, i AM indebted to him for bringing us together. i will love him forever! and yes, let’s not wait for golden, tess, let’s just barge in on the silvers in 2014 (what’s the icon for 45….?), ‘coz 6 minutes of boots and pretty women IS kinda short…don’t you think? and btw, thank you for the uniform…

  5. Tess Lopez said,

    October 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Taddy! Thanks for your greeting! There were about five that came from the US and one from Indonesia, Lidia Pamontjak whom we hadn’t seen since high school. We actually located her in Toto’s blog! So for that, we all thank Toto for this. You are right, Taddy, while we all still can dance, we might as well swing to the music of LIFE!!! Regards!

  6. Dr. Taddy Buyson Gonzales said,

    October 26, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Congrats Tess!
    so much happy memories!
    were there a lot of classmates from abroad who came for this?
    we had our Ateneo Class 68 last year and around 30 from abroad came, most for the first time since graduation.
    the officers made sure a lot came and it was worth it, besides, why wait for the Golden!


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