SJCS Batch ’89 kicked off their Silver Jubilee celebration with RE-UNITED @ 25 (月圓人團圓), a Thanksgiving Dinner last Sept. 6, 2014.
The celebration started with a mass held at the Fr. Peter Yang Hall. The mass was led by their batchmate, Fr. James Ty, I.V.E. and co-celebrated by Fr. Vic Rayco, Fr. Peter Li, Fr. Arthur Villanueva, Fr. Jerome Ormita and our parish priest, Fr. Rocky Aquino.
This was followed by the turnover of Batch 89’s donation of 640 theater-class auditorium chairs for the orchestra level. Fr. Vic Rayco accepted these on behalf of the school and led the blessing of these chairs.
It was a sea of golden yellow as all members of the celebrating batch proudly wore their ‘uniform’ for the night as a sign of solidarity.
The ground floor was spruced up to accommodate the teachers, administration personnel and maintenance crew who had a part in the lives of the Silver Jubilarians. Representatives from other batches and members of the school administration were also invited to join the festivities.
Emcees for the evening were Jonathan “Bonsai” Lim and Margaret “Meg” Koh. Entertainment for the evening was purely home grown. The talented singers of Batch ’89 – Susan Ong-Tiu, Norman Ong and Hubert Sy – serenaded the teachers and guests, with the help of the second generation of 89ers who not only sang but were part of the singers’ band. The children of Batch ’89 also performed a pop dance number and a Chinese hiphop dance number.
A medley for the teachers featuring the perennial Teachers’ Day standards “When Teachers Eyes Are Smiling” and “老師我們永遠祝福您” tugged at everyone’s heartstrings with the special arrangement commissioned by the Silver Jubilarians. This was dedicated to the teachers by selected members of the batch together with their children.
While watching slideshows of new and old pictures and video clips of batchmates and teachers, members of Batch ’89 and the guests enjoyed food by Verleo and unlimited fishball by Mang Alex. Roving photographers were also there to provide instant pictures to the guests who wanted to have a keepsake from this special evening.
The raffle committee ensured that no teacher went home empty handed. The grand prize of a gift certificate from the Asian Eye Institute for any eye surgery went to Mrs. Josefina Villaranda, former Grade School Headteacher. A full 4-year scholarship to any local university was also offered by Batch 89’s Elmer Ngo on the condition that the student must be a child or a grandchild of one of Batch 89’s teachers and must be in college by school year 2015-2016. The lucky applicant will be chosen by representatives of the batch.
The former teachers, administration staff and maintenance staff all went home with a loot bag filled with products donated by the 89ers. All of them also received one unit of Cherry Mobile phone courtesy of one of the members of Batch ’89.
The evening ended with the song that defined the 89ers – Friends Forever.
Re-United @ 25 – a celebration of unity, friendship and thanksgiving!
e phone courtesy of one of the members of Batch ’89. The evening ended with the song that defined the 89ers – Friends Forever. Re-United @ 25 – a celebration of unity, friendship and thanksgiving!
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