Myrna De Guia-Gutierrez, Patsy Schultz, Sylvia Javier, Maripaz Calero and Marilyn Abalos

St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA took part in the 6th Homecoming sa Konsulado (HSK) on October 21, 2017 in New York City.  The program featured a parade of schools with participants wearing their school colors and carrying their respective banners and introduction of alumni associations.


“Homecoming sa Konsulado is a fun and lively event!” said Patsy Santiago Schultz, Co-Chair of St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA, “It fosters not only unity, cooperation and camaraderie among the different colleges and universities in the Philippines but also promotes a work ethic in meeting a common goal.  It is an event not to be missed!”

Consul General Theresa Dizon-De Vega thanked all those who contributed their time and resources to making the 6th HSK possible. She encouraged the participating alumni associations to use the HSK as a venue to strengthen and expand their respective associations and to take part in the HSK collective programs such as the Gabay Mag-aaral.

Myrna De Guia-Gutierrez, Maripaz Calero, Patsy Schultz,

ConGen Tess de Vega, Sylvia Javier and Marilyn Abalos

A highlight of the 6th HSK was the Project Update on “Gabay Mag-aaral” a mentoring program for Philippine public schools being undertaken on a pilot level by volunteers from the HSK Core Group.


Leila Dizon Sumulong said, “The homecoming was quite enjoyable...meeting schoolmates as well as being among others from different schools. It brings that warm feeling and happy memories of yesteryears' school days back in Manila/Philippines. Adding games, some entertainment and raffle drawings for grand prize added to the fun and excitement.”

The 2017 participating alumni associations were – Assumption, Ateneo Alumni Association, Cebu Normal University, College of the Holy Spirit, De La Salle University, Letran College, Maryknoll/Miriam College, Mindanao State University, Philippine Women’s University, San Beda College, Silliman University, St. Paul University, St. Scholastica’s College, University of Santo Tomas and UP Alumni Association.  Alumni of other schools such as Mapua Institute of Technology, and Lyceum of the Philippines also attended the event.


“Look who you can find if you go to the Homecoming Sa Konsulado!” exclaimed Cora Yabut Custodio.  A number of alums were “dual alums” having graduated from one high school and another college or university.  It was especially poignant for St. Paul graduates Maripaz Calero and Cora Yabut Custodio to meet up at the University of the Philippines Table – they discovered they were sorority sisters!   

The pre-Launch of the Department of Tourism’s “Bring Home a Friend to the Philippines” project was likewise introduced by New York DOT Officer-in-Charge and concurrent Tourism Representative in San Franciso Ms. Purificacion Molintas. Ms. Molintas outlined the project mechanics and encouraged everyone to be an active for Philippine tourism and join the program.  The Bring Home a Friend Program runs from October 15, 2017 to April 2018. Details may be found at

Left Photo: Myrna De Guia Guttierrez, Sylvia Lavadia Javier, Philippine UN Ambassador Teddy Locsin Jr, Maripaz Calero and Patsy Santiago Schultz.  Right Photo: Maripaz Calero and Cora Yabut Custodio.  

Left Photo: Hermanas at HSK 2017 Vivian Talambiras-Cruz of Assumption and Sylvia Lavadia Javier.  Right Photo:  Sylvia  Lavadia Javier, Leila Dizon Sumulong, Patsy Santiago Schultz and Maripaz Calero.