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Reunion: Part 3

January 9, 2009

10 Years After

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When my former classmates Macoy and Lovely told me that there will be a school reunion in SRES (San Roque Elementary School) on December 27, I told myself  “This is it!”. That would mean I would get to see them (plus other old friends and classmates) after a decade. We haven’t seen each other for quite a long time so I thought it’s the right time to bridge the distances between us and reunite for a class reunion in Cavite. lols!

I started planning (and saving almost every cent I can see) since September for my plane tickets. My parents had no complaints about it. Of course, I’ll be spending my own money. hehe. However, I could barely send them remittances during the process.lols.

It was in November when they informed me that the coordinator who was supposed to arrange everything for our batch failed to do his task. That would mean there would be no booth, no food, and no drinks for our batch. We’ll just be drooling over other batches’ food and drinks! Whoah! At first I was tempted to cancel the trip but Macoy was able to convince me to attend. I just hoped everything would still fall into place. Actually, Macoy didn’t need to persuade me ’cause I’ll be there no matter what. Besides, it’s only them (Macoy, Lovely, Aileen, Jervin, and my bestfriends Harold and Mean) that I wanted to meet because I can’t completely recall the others. hehe.

The Grand Alumni Homecoming started with a motorcade but I didn’t bother going to the school that early. What for? picture-2712Nuff said. I can sense resentment here. lols. I just can’t help it ’cause we’ve waited long enough for this for 10 years but it didn’t turn out the way we expected. Argh!

[Nakakapagod mag-English]

Tanghali na ko pumunta sa school around 11AM siguro. Inantay ko muna si Macoy sa may gate ng mga 30 minutes. Busy din kasi sya at ang ermat nya na coordinator ng Batch 72. I haven’t met this dude for many years. In-add ko sya sa FS a year ago pero ala kaming ideya pareho na naging magclassmate kami. Nung September ko lang siguro nalaman. Pero di naman kami nagkailangan nung magkita kami sa gate ng school. You can really be comfortable with an old friend. Nagkwentuhan kami habang nilibot yung dati naming tambayan. Bago na yung rooms namin nun. Malaki na rin ang pinagbago ng school. Pagkatapos tumambay kami sa booth ng Batch 72. Ayos para na rin naming kabatch eh. Sabi ko nga parang di lang kami tumanda. lols.

picture-3014After an hour dumating sila Aileen, Lovely, at iba kong classmates. Yikee! Nasa likuran ako ng classroom nun kasi naihi ako.lols. Nagtanong agad sila, “Asan na si [insert my full name here]?”. Then, it was sort of a dramatic entrance. haha.Binigay agad sa akin ni Aileen yung pics namin nung Grade 2. [Insert roaring thunder SFX here]. She had a Close-Up smile in the pics while I was glaring like I was only coerced to sit there. Hagalpak ako sa tawa. lols. Nameet ko din sa school sila Vanessa (Benneth), Richard (a.k.a. Osang), at Julia (formerly Julius). haha. I barely recognized Richard and Julius ’cause they transformed. Okay, let’s leave it that way. You know what I mean. lols. 

Nakita ko rin yung teachers ko dati. Matatanda na rin. Gusto ko sana silang lapitan para kumustahin sila at pasalamtan na rin dahil sa mga natutunan ko at sa paghubog nila ng pagkatao ko. lols. Pero nag-alangan ako. Baka di na nila ako makilala at sabihing “sino ang damuhong to?”. haha. Tinignan ko na lang sila mula sa malayo at kinunan ng stolen shots. hehe. Yun nga lang blurry kasi palpak ang digicam ko pag naka-zoom. Pero na-meet and greet ko yung teacher ko nung Grade 3 sa may gate nung paalis na kami ni Macoy. Sabi ba naman ni ma’am “ang gwapong bata”. Gusto ko sanang sabihin “matagal na po ma’am”. haha. Si ma’am talaga bolera pa rin. Saka malabo na rin siguro ang mga mata. hehe.

Nagtext si Harold, bestfriend ko nun (pati pa naman siguro ngayon), mga bandang 2PM, nagtanong kung anong picture-3402oras kami pupunta sa kanila. Matagal na rin kasi kaming nagkayakagang mag-inuman. Sabi nga ni Macoy nun, “pare pagpunta mo dito patayan sa inuman”. Kaya alam ko na malupet na inuman ang sasalubong sa kin dun. haha. Nung elementary kasi laro lang trip namin kaya ngayon dapat sulitin ang inuman. Toinks! Sayang nga lang kasi di kami nagpang-abot ng isa ko pang bespren na si Me-an. Isa pa naming sidekick yun ni Harold eh. lols.

picture-324Ganun pa rin naman si Harold lalo nga lang tumangkad. Sabagay ako lang naman siguro ang di tumangkad sa batch namin eh. hehe. Finally nakilala ko rin yung pamilya nya – yung erpat nyang Tito Nesty, asawa nyang si Adie, anak nyang si Liam at ang inaanak kong si Franchesca na cute na cute gaya ng ninong nya. *kidlat* Wala sanang umepal.lols.

Umalis kami kila Harold bandang 9PM. Akala ko uwian na yun pala eh nagchange venue lang. Lumipat kami kila 14Benneth (isa pang classmate). Marami din pala kaming batchmates na nag-antay dun – sina Jordan, Mark, Minda, at Roy (yung coordinator nung batch namin). Oo, nagpakita sya sa min pero di sya masyadong umimik. Mukhang guilty. haha. Di ko na natandaan yung iba pero pamilyar yung mga pangalan. Okay lang naman kasi nakasabay ko rin sila sa inuman.lols.

Di naasikaso yung class reunion kaya nagplano na lang silang mag-outing nung January 3. Dedma lang ako nun kasi picture-354nga supposedly luluwas na ko ng Maynila nung 29. Nung malaman nila na di ako tuloy, nag-eport silang i-move yung date sa 30 para makasama man lang raw ko. Naks! I felt so important. Nakaka-touch naman. haha. Pero unfortunately di na namove yung outing kaya pinilit nila akong mag-extend. Kaya lang ala na akong perang pambayad sa rebooking penalty kaya di na ako nagpapilit. lols. Kaya nag-inuman na lang ulet kami nung 29 ng gabi kila Benneth. Apat na lang kami nun pero masaya pa rin. Laugh trip kami sa kwento ni Jervin na katatakutan na naging katatawanan. lols. Ayos din ang jamming at sound trip kasi parehong marunong mag-gitara sila Jervin at Macoy (na bassist ng The Perdibles [per-di-bols], local band dun). Pagkatapos nun di na kami nagkita-kita ulet hanggang lumuwas ako ng Maynila nung 30 ng hapon.

Pero nag-iwan naman ako ng assurance na babalik ako every year. Gusto nga nila pareng Harold at Macoy bumalik ako sa March at pagsabay-sabayin na lang ang birthday celebrations namin. Graduation din kasi nila Harold. Si Lovely naman nag-invite din kasi graduation nila sa June. Sana lang makaipon ako agad para makaluwas ulet ako agad. Kelangan na sigurong sumideline sa gabi. lols.

Tama si Pareng Bob Ong (ABNKKBSNPLAko?!) nang sinabi nyang “Nakabalik ako sa lugar, pero di ko na naibalik ang panahon”. Di nga natin kayang ibalik ang panahon pero kaya nating gunitain yung panahon na yun sa simpleng reunion. Huwaw! Na-enjoy namin yung reunion kahit pano. Wala sa reunion namin kung sino ang nakatapos ng pagaaral at hindi, sino yung yumaman at hindi, sino yung may trabaho at wala, sino yung may asawa na at yung single by chance at single by choice pa rin, at sino yung may anak na at baog. lols. Sa halip naging daan yung reunion namin para makapag-bonding ulet kami at ibalik yung dati naming samahan at pagkakaibigan.  Naks!

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Thank you so much guys! You made my vacation all worth it. I had a great time before the year 2008 ended because of that reunion experience. It was a fulfillment of  something I wanted to do. Indeed, the older you get the more you need to reunite with friends who’ve known you since you were young. ‘Til next class reunion…I’m looking forward to seeing you guys again…

 

Here’s the complete coverage of the event. 

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Reunion: Part 2

December 4, 2008

Klasmeyts

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.  ~ John Ed Pearce

Still remember REUNION Part 1: 3-Way Journey? I guess you forgot what was that about. Anyways, you don’t need to remember it. I’m just asking. lols.

It has been ten years (if my memory is doing its job well) since we left Cavite, the place where I grew up and enjoyed my childhood days the most. And unfortunately, I wasn’t able to set foot again to the place that I consider my hometown. I’ve always been excited to go back and reminisce my childhood days, those that I’d never want to lose and the memories that I’ve been holding on to for the last few years. [Nuff said. Ingles-Inglesan ends here].

Habang tumatagal lalo akong nai-excite bumalik dun. Ewan ko ba. Malaki lang siguro ang naging impluwensya nung lugar sa childhood ko. Dun lang naman ako nagasgasan ng tuhod habang nag-aaral magbike. Dun ako muntik malunod habang nag-aaral lumangoy. Dun ako muntik mabungi dahil sa paglalaro sa may puno ng kawayan. Napaka-memorable talaga ng lugar, di ba?

Ang sarap balikan nung time na wala akong iniintindi kundi magpalipad ng saranggola, magtampisaw sa ilog, maghanap ng gagamba, umakyat ng puno ng mangga, santol, bayabas, duhat, sinegwelas, chico, papaya, sampalok. Ayun! Parang may fruit salad na. lols.

At dahil dun din ako unang nag-aral, dun nabuo yung tinatawag na educational foundation ko. lols. Masaya na ko nun pag bumibilli ng tira-tira sa canteen. Madalas din akong maglaro ng teks at pog at umabot pa sa isang karton ng gatas ang collection ko nun. lols. Naging masaya din ang school life ko kahit pano. Ang dami kong naging kaibigan na halos kasa-kasama ko araw-araw – sa laro, sa kainan, at sa marami pang trip.

Kaya ganun na lang ang lungkot ko nung umalis kami. Masyado na akong na-attach emotionally sa lugar (sigh). Di man lang ako nakapagpa-alam sa mga kaibigan ko nun. Para akong nawala nang parang bula. I vanished in thin air ika nga. lols. Wala man lang silang ideya kung buhay pa ko nun.

Konti na lang sa mga klasmeyts ko ang natatandaan ko. Blame it on my poor memory. Basta alam ko Harold at Mary Ann ang pangalan ng mga bespren ko nun. Di na nga ako umasang matatandaan pa nila ako. Last year, August 2007 siguro, nagbaka-sakali akong isearch sa Friendster ang profile ni Harold. Akalain mo’t sinwerte ako. May pakinabang din pala talaga ang Friendster. Dun kami nagkakumustahan at nagkapalitan ng number. At mula dun, nahanap ko rin ang iba kong long-lost klasmeyts. hehe         

LEX: oi, pare musta na? c lex 2.
MACOY: ok lang naman. kw ba?
LEX: ok lang din. and2 ko cebu ngaun.
MACOY: cnu2 p b naalala mo sa mga clsm8 natn?
LEX: konti na lang eh – sila harold, mean, kc (crush ko nun), margie, jerry, mary ann, at genevieve
MACOY: ah ok. may grand alumni kc d2 sa dec eh.
LEX: nasabi nga rin sa kin ni lovely eh (isa pang clasm8). ngkta-kta p b kau jan?
MACOY: d ko na nkkta iba nating clsm8 eh. di ko na kc maalala kung cnu2
LEX: eh si harold? (bespren ko nun)
MACOY: ninong ako ng anak nun. lage nga akng niyykg mg-inom eh. hehe
LEX: buti na lang naala2 mo pa ko.
MACOY: iniicp ko nga nun kung cno ka e.
LEX: ako yung payat at medyo singkit. hehe.
MACOY: oo biyak pa yung buhok mo nun. naala2 kta dhl sa class pic (*err, ang panget ng hairstyle ko nun*)
LEX: hehe. ako nga yun. hehe. pwdng humingi ng copy nung class pic?
MACOY: cge hanapin ko tas scan ko na lng
LEX: ok, thanx pare
MACOY: cla armando at lester tanda mo pa?
LEX: uhm, familiar c lester.
MACOY: cguro nman si matthew klala mo
LEX: oo nman. d ko mkklimutan kc may “trademark” yun eh. hehe (clue: *may luga si matthew nun*)
MACOY: sikat yun sa skul eh. hehe.
LEX: oo nga eh dhl dun sa “trademark” nya. pero mabait naman yun.
MACOY: mbait nga un. blita ko nsa ibang bnsa n un eh.
LEX: tlga? alam ko klala nya ngturo sa min ng sayaw nun.
MACOY: ah oo. mga katropa nya yun eh.
LEX: sabi ko na nga b eh. naka2-miz tlga skul natn.
MACOY: mdme na din ngbgo sa skul eh. ung ibang mga teachers wla na. ung ibng bldngs e bago n.
LEX: eh si ma’am ng22ro p b?
MACOY: retired na si ma’am pro nkkta ko pa xa. mnsn pmpnta sa bhay, bnebentahn ako ng chinelas! (*ayun may sideline pa si ma’am. hehe*)

HAROLD: hello? musta tol? inuman kami ngayon.
LEX: talaga? ayos ah! nktxt ko pa lng si macoy.
HAROLD: ganun ba. ninong ni Liam yun eh.
LEX: sbi nga nya. sayang di rin ako nakapag-ninong.
HAROLD: ok lang yun. next time na lang.
LEX: hehe. tagal mong di nagparamdam ah.
HAROLD: medyo busy eh. nanganak pa lng si misis eh.
LEX: kaya pala. musta baby nyo?
HAROLD: ok nman. pa2bnygan namin sa dec. ninong ka ha.
LEX: cge ba. kelan ba binyag?
HAROLD: sa dec (*nakalimutan ko ang date*)
LEX: naku, baka di ako umabot. sa reunion pa dating ko eh.
HAROLD: sayang. bsta pag pumunta ka d2 kht sa bahay ka tumuloy.
LEX: salamat pare. kita-kits na lang jan.

LEX: musta? naalala mo pa ba ko?
LOVELY: syempre naman. san ka nga pala ngaun?
LEX: sa cebu ko work. tgal kong di nakabalik jan
LOVELY: bkt namn? dec na lng pra reunion mak2ta mo pa ibng clsm8s natin. klala mo ba si roy [insert family name here]? sya kc naga-ackaso. sabi nya dec 24 dw.
LEX: di ko na sya matandaan eh. bsta confirm nyo na lng. si aileen ba a-attend?
LOVELY:  pag pinayagan ng asawa nya. cge upd8 na lng kta.
LEX: may asawa na pala c aileen? (*ouch!*)
LOVELY: yup, nung may lang.
LEX: may pic pa kya sya nung parade dati (*escort ako ni aileen nun*)
LOVELY: d ko alam kasi lumipat n cla ng haus. bka sembreak pa uwi ko dun. bgay ko na lng # nya sau. 0920*******
LEX: ok, thanx. txt ko sya l8r.

LEX: musta po? lex here. clsm8 mo nung elem.
AILEEN: oi, musta na? san ka ngaun?
LEX: ok lng nman. sa cebu ako ngaun. may copy k p ba ng pics natin nung parade? ang kyut ko pa dun no? (*wag sana akong tamaan ng kidlat*)
AILEEN: nsa kin pa din ung pix. bkt mlki na ba pngbago mo? bt ang layo mo? jan ka ba lumipt dati? (*dahan-dahan lang mahina ang kalaban*)
LEX: uhm, medyo panget na ko ngaun eh. hehe. work lang ako d2.
AILEEN: may ipa-panget ka pla (*sus naman, ang epal. hehe*). ang lau mo naman. ngkta ba kau ni lovely?
LEX: indi sa FS lang. nktxt ko knina tas binigay # mo.
AILEEN: ano bng email add mo? bgy mo sa kin mtingnan kung ano na itsura mo ngaun (*hmm, wag na lang kaya*).
LEX: [insert my emaill add here]. add mo na lang ako.
AILEEN: cge. naalala mo pa ko? tagal na nun eh.
LEX: syempre nman (*kaw pa, eh…eh…wag na nakakahiyang sabihin eh*)

Parang ang daming flashback na nabuo sa isip ko. Andun yung cute pa ko at naging escort ni Aileen nung United Nations’ Month parade. Yung nagsecond honor na lang ako dahil sa halos isang buwan kong absent nung umuwi kami sa probinsya nung mamatay ang lolo ko. Yung napunit ang salwal ko nung final rehearsal namin ng sayaw na “Tootsie Roll”. lols. Yung hiya ko nung pinasayaw kami ng folk dance na di ko na naalala kung ano (pero salamat kay Macoy na walang memory gap at naalalang “Cariñosa” yun). Yung nabasag nila Macoy yung salamin namin sa room nun. Yung argumento namin ni Harold kung pano ipo-pronounce and word na “accent”.lols.      

That was nostalgia at its finest. At the end of those conversations, I smiled knowing that their memories are as good as mine. And what made me smile more is the fact that I was never forgotten despite of my absence for almost a decade. lols. Yeah, some things have changed. Some of my classmates  have their own families, careers, and new set of friends now. But one thing remained intact – the friendship that we once had. And now that our school reunion is set, I won’t miss my chance to see them once again! Woot!

Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.  ~ Tryon Edwards

Reunion: Part 1

September 9, 2008

3-Way Journey

Only few of you, my blogger friends, know that I grew up in Cavite. Since some of you expressed interest in knowing my three-way (Leyte-Cavite-Cebu) journey, this would be the tell-all three-part story.haha. It’d be better to tell this here than to send hundreds of SMS whenever someone asks me. hehe.

We actually moved to Cavite in the late 80’s for reasons I can’t completely remember. I was just four years old then and I was just attending my day care classes when we left. 

I skipped nursery and kindergarten and attended Grade 1 three years after. Can I say I was accelerated? hehe. I didn’t like the first school (it’s actually called primary school) because we share the same room with the Grade 2 pupils. There was only one teacher and she was teaching all of us alternately. That was I think “multitasking”. I kept complaining that I won’t learn that way. 

After few days, my parents transfered me to a bigger (or normal) public shool. I liked it there, finally. I had my firsts, of course. My first 100 points in the exam which is usually a big deal for parents. And many other firsts. The school became a playground and a learning place for me at the same time. School days were fun because of my classmates. I actually had different set of classmates every school year. Heck, I can’t even remember all of them, especially the one who got me into a fight when I was in Grade 3 and the boy scouts who confiscated my “teks” . But I also ahd some good classmates who outnumbered the bullies, those who became my good friends.

Time passed by so quickly. We had to go back to Leyte, which I consider a strange place since I haven’t been there for so many years. I was totally brainwashed, thinking that I’m a pure-blooded Caviteno. All of my memories from Leyte were wiped out. I got upset when we went back because I already considered Cavite as my hometown.

One…two…three…four

I kept counting the years. But I really never had the chance to go back to Cavite. My parents did but I had a fat chance ’cause I was already attending high school. At first, I freaked out at school ’cause I only knew a little “Waray”.

Five…six…seven…eight

Four years have passed and I finished high school. I went to a university in Tacloban City. Met new classmates for the next 4 years. Studied this and that. Basicallly, I became busy with the absence of my friends, classmates, and relatives in Cavite. But there was never a day that Cavite didn’t cross my mind.

Nine…Ten…

At long last I earned a a bachelor’s degree after another 4 years. My initial plan is that I’ll work in Manila so I’ll be nearer to Cavite. But unfornately, my parents didn’t like the idea. Being the bunso in a brood of four, my parents want to see me every time they want to. hehe. As a masunurin son that I used to be, I did what they told me to do and decided to work in Cebu instead.

I’ve been here for more than a year. And as expected, I go home most of the times. But not to my “real”  home. Would I still be able to go back “home”? Would I still be able to meet old friends and relatives?

(to be continued…)