PGMHS 1969 - News
November 2008

Here's a few quick nuggets:

We will produce a souvenir program for the Homecoming. Full page and Half-page ads will be sold. Please contact the organizers if you want to send your greetings to Batch 69 via an ad.

The Las Vegas mini re-union has come and gone. Click here to read about it. More pictures are in the Photos section of our e-group.

I really don't have much to report. If you have anything newsworthy, please contact me.

August 2008

Fernando and Cata arrive in North America 

Fernando and Catalina  Malveda started their tour of North America with a visit to Los Angeles, California.
They arrived on August 12, 2007 at the Los Angeles Airport aboard a Continental Airlines flight.

While in LA, Fernando and Cata were shown around the city by Ruby and  Jimbo Bautista and Cesar Vitangcol.  Fernando also attended the international reunion of his college fraternity.

From LA, the couple will go to San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Calgary and Las Vegas before heading back to Manila.

Slogan picked for Grand Homecoming 2009

"Kuwarenta Na, Masigla Pa'" was  picked as the official slogan for PGMHS 1969's Grand Homecoming in 2009. This slogan, which was submitted by Lody Gatapia, was selected from a number of entries via a poll conducted in the PGMHS69 yahoo group.

With her winning slogan, Lody will receive round trip tickets, with special cabin accommodations,  for a family of five on the Super Ferry from Manila to Cebu. This prize is courtesy of Fe B. Macalino.

Congratulations, Lody.

2009 Reunion Organizing Committee holds meeting, forms committees

The 2009 reunion organizing Committe met on August 5, 2009 at the residence of Jay and Marilu Gervasio to discuss plans for the upcoming reunion.

The following committees, with the respective chairs,  were formed  as a result of the meeting:
Musical Program & Concert  - Fe Becina-Macalino
Homecoming Day Program  - Dan Infante
Invitations & Class Directory (Sta. Cruz) - Danny Odejar, Gregoria Elca-Icasiam, Lilibeth Raz-Tongco, Angelito Limjuco
Invitations and Class Directory (Overseas) - Ruby Reyes-Bautista, Josefina Javan
Food and Beverage - Catalina Limjuco-Malveda Logistics and Physical Facilities - Danny Odejar
Treasury and Secretariat - Marilu Romana-Gervasio
Ways and Means - Fernando Malveda, Danilo Cuevas, George Capili, Rex Mogul
Communication - Josefina Javan 
Give-aways - Anita Abella-Mogul

No decision was reached regarding a lasting donation to the school. The organizing committee previously considered renovating the school cafeteria but according to Danny Odejar, the cafeteria has recently undergone a renovation. Currently being considered are scholarships or a waiting shed for the students.  

July 2008

Mario A. moves to Florida

Mario A. and his family have recently moved to Orlando, Florida from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The move reportedly was made due to a job  promotion. There's no word as to whether all the Florida attractions, especially those of Orlando's, played a big role in the decision to move.

If you have been considering a trip to Disneyworld Orlando, remember that Mario now lives there (I mean in Orlando, not in Disneyworld). Give him a call. Tell him we sent you.

Philip Bautista passes NAPLEX

Philip A. Bautista, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Rofolfo Bautista (the former Natie Zaide) of Newport News, Virginia,  recently wrote and passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) which is administered by  National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) . Aside from being a  Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) graduate of Howard University in Washington D.C., Philip also has a B.S. Biology degree from the University of Chicago. Now that he has successfully hurdled the NAPLEX,  Philip will be starting his one-year Pharmacy residency very soon.

Our congratulations go to Philip and to his proud and happy parents - Natie and Butching.

Lilibeth Raz hosts Despedida Party for Fely Florez

Lilibeth Raz hosted a despedida party for Flaviana (Fely)  Florez at the Raz's home in Santa Cruz, Laguna on July 17, 2008. Fely, who is based in California,  was on holiday in the Philippines. The party, which was initiated by Danny Odejar, was also attended by Cynthia, Vilma, Ofie, Violy Tobias, Wilma Jovellana Eguaras, Rachel Sienes Daoa, Emma Zaguirre Cruz, Rolly Ceuz, Flor Agus, Goying Elca and Isabelo Kakilala. According to Lilibeth, everyone had lots of laughs and lots of fun.

June 2008

Roger Bueno passed away

Roger Bueno passed away on May 21, 2008, according to a report from Armando Remorosa. The cause of death is not known.

Mandy said that he always called Roger at his office at the Cainta Municipal Hall to keep him posted on the  Grand Homecoming that is being planned by the PGMHS Class of 1969.  He learned the news of Roger's death
from one of Roger's officemates.
Our thoughts are with Roger's family in this time of grief. He will be missed.
Planning underway  for Grand Homecoming 2009

Plans are being made to stage the Grand Homecoming 2009 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the high school graduation of the Pedro Guevara Memorial High School Class of 1969.  A group of Class 1969 members have been holding meetings in Manila to make plans for the big celebration which will be held in February, 2009.

Once the details for the reunion  are in place, they will be posted in the PGMHS69 Yahoo e-group as well as  in the Events page of this website.

The Malvedas to tour North America

Fernando and Catalina Malveda are coming to North America in August 2008.

 Fernando will be attending his college fraternity's  reunion conference in Los Angeles. He and wife Catalina will be visiting a host of U.S. and Canadian cities after the fraternity reunion and they hope to be able to see friends from their high school days while they are on tour. After L.A., they are planning to visit  San Francisco, Las Vegas, Toronto, Calgary and others.

Mario and Neysa Alvarado have a new baby

A baby was  born to Mario and Neysa Alvarado on June 4, 2008. The baby, whom they named Gabriel Lorenzo, weighed in at 6 lbs. 3 ozs. Mother and baby are doing well. Daddy is over the moon and  couldn't keep the foot-wide smile off his face.

The baby will be called Gabe for short.
Congratulations to the proud parents.

Ovie Relova-Panganiban is in the Philippines

Zeny Garcia-Williams reports from Texas that Ovie Relova-Panganiban and her  family are in the Philippines in June, 2008. The family's visit coincides with the Pila town fiesta. While in the Philippines, Ovie and family will be visiting friends and relatives.

North America-based PGMHS69'ers to gather in Las Vegas

Some members of the PGMHS Class of 1969 who are based in the United States and Canada are planning to get together in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 20, 2008. The gathering is being organized by Ruby Reyes-Bautista.

Fe Becina-Macalino and her husband will be joining the group in Las Vegas. The Macalinos, who are based in Manila, will be in the United States for their annual holiday. Fe decided to  go to the States for their vacation this year  after she learned of the Las Vegas mini-reunion. While in the USA, Fe and her husband will also visit Los Angeles and Dallas.

Ted Robiso hosts the Gervasios in Australia

 Ted (aka Teofilo) Robiso played host to Malu Romana-Gervasio  and husband Jay and their children when the Gervasios visited Sidney, Australia in May, 2008.

 Ted and his family showed the Gervasios the scenic sights of the Blue Mountains and treated them to a  reportedly sumptous picnic lunch at Katoomba Park. Ted later hosted a Chinese banquet dinner at the Canterbury Club of the Dynasty restaurant in  Sidney  in honor of the Gervasios. Some friends of the Robisos were also in attendance at the dinner.

It sounds like a good time was had by all.
(Note: Now we know what to expect from Ted if we visit Sidney, Australia. ::-).)