RMHS Batch 70 Alumni Association’s Logo

February 9, 2009

The circle with an upward arrow inside it is the symbol chosen by  Batch ’70. It is drawn in a light blue background representing the color of RMHS Manila. After almost four decades of separation, batcmates are starting to reconnect, rekindle old ties and bring forth a new kind of relationship. The circle signifies the bond of friendship that started in 1966 until 1970 when every member left the corridors of RMHS without an “official” goodbye since there were no graduation. In a sense, there was no break-up….each member simply walked away. Now they are back to their Alma Mater, Batch ’70 has made a full circle. The solid white arrow pointing upwards signifies the continuous efforts of each member to move forward and face the life’s challanges courageously.


Christmas Party at Kowloon Rest. – Dec 13, 2008

February 9, 2009

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Dec.13 ‘08 Christmas Party

November 25, 2008

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Kapuso ka man o kapamilya, unang hirit ko sa iyo umagang kayganda. Ikaw ay aking inaanyayahan, na dumalo sa Kowloon West malapit sa Delta, sa ika 13 ng Disyembre sa ganap na ika 5:00 ng hapon hanggang 8:00 ng gabi. Para ito sa maagang Pasko upang tayo ay magsaya at magsalo-salo. Asahan po namin kayo.

Reservation: P350/pax. Get in touch with Miyam Garcia (0918-914-7355) or you can get your tickets at the venue on the said date.

From : Agnes Martin-Arellano


RMHS Facade

November 24, 2008


Grand Reunion Jan 12, 2008

November 3, 2008

Message from Atty. Antero Penasales – 2007 President

RMHS Batch ’70 Alumni Association

I can still recall the honor that I felt when I was elected by the RMHS Board of Trustees as the President of RMHS Batch 70 Alumni Association.  I will always value the trust bestowed upon me by its Alumni.

As I assumed my role as President, I, together with the officers who represent different sections of our Batch, defined the vision and direction of the Association. I appealed to everyone to take an extra mile in supporting the efforts of the Board of Trustees and Officers in realizing the Association’s dream, vision and goal. As we worked toward our dream, we encountered problems and difficulties, but our dream is big enough…the problems are surmountable. We your Officers and all the Committees work hard and persists to make our goals realities.

William Penn wrote, “No pain, no cross, no crown, no thorn, no throne, no gall, no glory” As we stretch our backbone in reaching our wishbone, we were able to make things happen and accomplish the following:

  • Donated the complete instruments to the RMHS Rondalla
  • Donated books to the RMHS Library
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly in Corazon Samedra-Cagahastian residence in Sampaloc, Manila on February 17, 2007
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly in Pansol, Laguna on March 24, 2007
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly in San Mateo Rizal on April 21, 2007
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly in Holy Trinity, Sampaloc, Manila on August 11, 2007
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly St. Joseph House, Bustillos, Manila on December 9, 2007
  • Published a souvenir program for the Grand Reunion of RMHS Batch ’70
  • Published Batch Directory
  • Extended financial Assistance to our batch mates who are in distress
  • Elected Vice President of the RMHS Alumni Association on November 17, 2007

Well, all things work together for the good, for those who love the Lord. I am grateful and privileged to work with esteemed and competent members of the Board of Trustees, very supportive Officers and the Chairmen of the different organizing committees. I would also like to acknowledge the inspiration and financial support of our batch mates overseas, namely those in Australia, Canada and the United States of America. Without them the foregoing accomplishments would not have been possible. Nevertheless, our work is not yet over, we have so much to accomplish.

Today, we are all together after 38 years to share our joys and pains, the sunshine and the rain, our ups and downs, our triumphs and failures and sweet smell of success. Needless to say, what is important is that we are here to celebrate them all.



Nov. 16 General Assembly

November 3, 2008

You are all invited to our General Assembly on November 16, Sunday, to be held at Joe Placido’s residence at Montalban Rizal.

Meeting Place for car pool is at Von Zubia’s Office located at 3rd floor, L&L Bldg, EDSA corner Panay Avenue, QC. Landmarks are Henlin, Mc Donalds.

Meeting Time for car pool – 9:00am – 9:30am.


Oct. 30 ’08: Halloween Party/Lizbeth Antiporda’s Despedida

November 3, 2008

Lizbeth “D’ Witch” Antiporda

Enter at your own risk

Sinner or Saint

A Despedida cum Halloween Party was held at the Green Meadows Clubhouse, QC last October 30, 2008 in honor of Lizbeth Antiporda.


RMHS 50th Anniversary

April 11, 2009

 

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Grand Reunion Message from Atty. Antero Penasales

November 24, 2008

Message from Atty. Antero Penasales – 2007 President

RMHS Batch ’70 Alumni Association

I can still recall the honor that I felt when I was elected by the RMHS Board of Trustees as the President of RMHS Batch 70 Alumni Association.  I will always value the trust bestowed upon me by its Alumni.

As I assumed my role as President, I, together with the officers who represent different sections of our Batch, defined the vision and direction of the Association. I appealed to everyone to take an extra mile in supporting the efforts of the Board of Trustees and Officers in realizing the Association’s dream, vision and goal. As we worked toward our dream, we encountered problems and difficulties, but our dream is big enough…the problems are surmountable. We your Officers and all the Committees work hard and persists to make our goals realities.

William Penn wrote, “No pain, no cross, no crown, no thorn, no throne, no gall, no glory” As we stretch our backbone in reaching our wishbone, we were able to make things happen and accomplish the following:

  • Donated the complete instruments to the RMHS Rondalla
  • Donated books to the RMHS Library
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly in Corazon Samedra-Cagahastian residence in Sampaloc, Manila on February 17, 2007
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly in Pansol, Laguna on March 24, 2007
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly in San Mateo Rizal on April 21, 2007
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly in Holy Trinity, Sampaloc, Manila on August 11, 2007
  • Mini Reunion/Assembly St. Joseph House, Bustillos, Manila on December 9, 2007
  • Published a souvenir program for the Grand Reunion of RMHS Batch ’70
  • Published Batch Directory
  • Extended financial Assistance to our batch mates who are in distress
  • Elected Vice President of the RMHS Alumni Association on November 17, 2007

Well, all things work together for the good, for those who love the Lord. I am grateful and privileged to work with esteemed and competent members of the Board of Trustees, very supportive Officers and the Chairmen of the different organizing committees. I would also like to acknowledge the inspiration and financial support of our batch mates overseas, namely those in Australia, Canada and the United States of America. Without them the foregoing accomplishments would not have been possible. Nevertheless, our work is not yet over, we have so much to accomplish.

Today, we are all together after 38 years to share our joys and pains, the sunshine and the rain, our ups and downs, our triumphs and failures and sweet smell of success. Needless to say, what is important is that we are here to celebrate them all.


It Was The Best Of Times – By: Corazon Samedra-Cagahastian

November 24, 2008

It was quite hard to recollect events that happened 37 years ago given one’s age and cluttered memory and still able to remember with crystal clarity what transpired in Ramon Magsaysay High School Manila – always with “Manila” to differentiate it with the other high school of the same name in Cubao.

While the task is daunting, it can always be done. That is the spirit that every Magsaysay graduate has.

A question comes to mind though. We had always used “Ramon” or “RMHS” or “Ramon Magsyasay” to refer to the school. When did students and alumni start referring to it as “Monsay”? First time I encountered the term in YOU TUBE last week when former actress and beauty queen Jennifer Cortez (RMHS 1977) referred to herself as “Monsay Girl” and some 1999 graduates used the term in commenting on the RMHS Batch 1983 video tribute to the school.

Now for the nitty-gritty of the article. RMHS Manila 37 years ago in 1970 when we graduated. high school memories may be aided by recalling the events that shaped this year, and the three years before it.

We started high school in 1966, when Ferdinand Marcos was President and Antonio “Yeba” was Mayor of Manila. Villegas was seriously for free education and made good on his word.  We and our parents made the most of public school education with little “gastos”, and in hindsight, wasn’t it all worth it?

Our was the last to use the one-story RMHS Old Building fronting Espana St. It used to be the Manila North General Hospital, and was demolished in 1968 to give way to the five-story building that now stands on the site. RMHS of our time was the three-story building, the quadrangle and the makeshift classrooms, classes held in where Home Economics building used to be, and where Principal Maria M. Ocampo held office. She transferred of course, to the New Building towards the end of our term.

Those were happy days at school, although the political storm was brewing in the national scene.  Modern Math was just in its second year of instruction and we grappled with sets and subsets with the Beatles singing in the background.

Some of us were picked to attend E-TV at Ateneo, then being introduced in the Philippines by Cecille Guidote and Onofre Pagsanjan. The year 1966 was a transition year for most of us, and school activities were more or less “general” in nature. My starting out in First Year Section 2 had its advantages, with the amiable Mrs. Flerida Roque as adviser, breezing through First Year without much fanfare.

Joining the Section One class in our Sophomore Year may be considered fun but challenging. The Honor Roll was a good (now they would say “cool”) list to be on, and everybody who was somebody academically wanted to excel.  The Second Year also provided an opportunity to choose your favorite activities other than reading books and studying lessons – the Rondalla, the Student Catholic Action, the Hi-Y and Y-Teens, and Scouting.

During the Sophomore Year, the girls in our batch started to “Bloom” and the entire school did not fail to notice the beauty and charm of our friends like Leonor Abad, Vida Piamonte, Elvira Capacete, Elizabeth Pascual, Raquel Loyola, Ma. Luisa Arriola, Alicia Belen, Teresita Canlas, Fe Guan, Estrella Capinpin, linda Infante, etc.  Likewise, the boys were equally intelligent and good-looking Francisco Mendoza, Rolando Swing, Wilfredo Gonzales, and Adelardo Raflores) but some were naughty and “makulit” like Johnny de Leon, Pedro Bulatao, Jesus Espiritu, Hermie Padua and Agrpino Tambunting, Jr.

No longer neophyte, we were carefree and at home in Magsaysay, and by then, more or less defined by the company we kept. Some excelled in writing (in English or Pilipino), some in mathematics, music, dance, etc.  With Mrs. Leticia Halili as adviser, this year was a most eventful segment. What with young crushes developing and you and your classmates looking forward ro every “barn dance” or party at the Quadrangle, I could even hear  now the Electromaniacs and RJ and the Riots with their electric guitars.  Even just portable turntables that were in vogue then, and cold fruit punch will do to a start a classroom party.

Come to think of it, have you ever wondered why Pepsi and 7-Up always accompanied our chicken sandwiches during those school parties, and Coke was never served?  Years later, in an alumni meeting with Principal Mateo Angeles, my husband found out that RMHS had a long-running exclusive tie-up with Pepsi.

Christmas of 1968 was a time for SCA members to attend the leadership training conference in Bagiuo City, and for many of us, it was the first time to visit the City of Pines.  Among the delegates were Teodoro Tabien,  Corazon Ronquillo, Florence Zablan, Miriam Fulgencio and Fe Nano.

In our Junior Year, every girl in class had pretty much developed physically and some had stsarted dabbing in “going steady” with some guys, to continue until Senior Year. The big hit in downtown was the movie “The Graduate” starring Ann Bancroft, and every one was singing “And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson…”  Our adviser then was Miss Adelina Advincula, the English teacher. Known for their neatness and being likeable to evryone were Proserfina de los Reyes, Cecilio Estrella, Antero Penasales, Isabel Concepcion, Enriqueta Santos, Shirley Flores, Ernesto Esmerio, Helen Co, Miriam Garcia, Lourdes Prealta and Benito Solis. I could very well remember the faces of the humble Rosita Enriquez, Evelyn Darum and Erlinda Salvador.

The third year also came with responsibilities, as Mrs. Bella Abangan began to train me and others-Miriam Fulgencio, Teodoro Tabien, etc. – for editorship of “Ang Silahis”. It was a time when “silahis” meant a ray of light and nothing else – look how the word has evolved.

In 1970, Mrs. Abangan took me and Miriam to compete in the National Secondary Schools Press Conference (NSSPC) in Bagiuo City, after a series of writing competitions among Manila high schools student writers. It was also a time when our counterparts in our English paper, “The Blue and White”, Marcelino Mision and Maria Fe Pineda, were likewise winning honors for the paper, with adviser Mrs. Laurencia Abad guiding them. Others in the B & W group were Thelma Miguel, Romeo Clamor and Abelardo Ulanday.

During our Senior Year, 1970, the IV-1 CP class adviser was the very sexy and feisty physics teacher Miss Teresa Nebrida. It was the year of the First Quarter Storm and RMHS was somehow affected because several alumni who graduated a year ahead of us such as Herminio Espiritu (Class 1969) were leading figures in the FQS and they maintained connections with RMHS batches from 1969 to 972. It was also a time when “ideological” riots were rampant in school especially during the transition from day shift to night shift, what with KM’s influence on the day students and MPKP’s hold on the the night students.

Turbulent as it was, 1970 was good year for making plans and building dreams, for starting oung but full of confidence and hope, of expectations and forward planning.  And although, President Marcos suspended the Writ of Habeas Copus then, and activists went underground, we who stayed behind stayed the course and continue our daily grind.  Graduation came even without the commencement exercises, and a new chapter in our lives unfolded.

The years 1966 to 1970 have been an eventful and enjoyable years for all of us.  Truly, it was the best of times.


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