ST PAUL MANILA 2017 HOMECOMING
On Sunday, January 29, SPMA USA Officers Chair Marilyn Abalos, CoChair Patsy Santiago Schultz and Secretary Sylvia Lavadia Javier traveled from New York and joined over 400 Paulinians and guests at the St. Paul Manila Homecoming. Celebrating HS Class 67’s 50th Anniversary, from New York Lily Gamboa O’Boyle attended her Golden Jubilee with classmates.
“Our 50th High School reunion was certainly true to its theme of ‘Home’. As soon as I stepped inside its familiar surroundings, I was indeed home,” said Lily O’Boyle. “Seeing my old classmates and teachers, the quadrangle where I stood and recited the pledge of allegiance every morning, and the chapel where we attended Mass religiously brought a flood of happy memories. I was grateful for the opportunity to reconnect with childhood friends and to revisit the institution largely responsible for the woman I am today. Thank you St Paul!"
The activities began with a Mass in the Chapel of the Crucified Christ celebrated by Fr. Rolando Agustin, with HS 62 Emerald Jubilarians arranging. After the Mass, various Jubilarian classes had their photos taken on the Chapel steps.
During the program, Sr. Ma. Evangeline Anastacio, SPC, University President, welcomed the alumnae and gave them a brief “state of the school address.” In addition to reporting some of the school’s achievements, such as accreditation by FAAP, being a center of Excellence in Music and Center for development in Nursing, highlighting Dr. Brian Bantuan’s National Research Council of the Philippines grant awardee for research in Digital Arts and HIV-AIDS advocacies, 27% increase in student population, she also spoke about HOPE Ablaze program and Senior High School Program donations. She acknowledged durig her speech alumni donations supporting student scholarships including Maria Cariaga Banatao as well as St. Paul Manila Alumnae USA.
The program, “HOME Ease on Down Herran” led by the High School Golden Jubilarians, HS 67, was spectacular. Coral Jubilarians (College 82) performed Dub-Smash while Sapphire Jubilarians (HS 72) participated in a Fashion Show. Professional artists were Marissa Sanchez as host, with The Company, Mulatto Band and Martin Nievera performing.
"Starlight, star bright, Class 69 is ready to party in 2019!" said Patsy Santiago Schultz.
Paulinians from US celebrate St. Paul Homecoming in Manila! From New York were Lily Gamboa O'Boyle, Cora Yabut Custodio, Patsy Santiago Schultz, Sylvia Lavadia Javier and Erlinda Tobias. From California were Lydia Boston Ilomin and Maria Banatao and Carol Del Gallego Limjoco. Paulinian nurses from the US also attended including Lolita Compas, Perlita Arzadon Castro, Lita Roemero, Myrna Tiongco Telan (NY-NJ-PA), Carol Ilamanzares, Carmen Dionisio, Norma Abiog, Esther Simpson (CA-WA), Virginia Pilar, Evelyn Lloren (VA) and Gina Villapando. Brava St. Paul!