“GOING strong @ 40” was the theme of the USA High School Class 1975 reunion, as the group celebrated its Ruby Anniversary on 23 January 2015. The event was highlighted by the Holy Mass held at the USA Main Chapel at 10:00 A.M., with Fr. Williener Jack E. Luna, O.S.A, Director for External and Alumni Relations, as main celebrant.
The group members then revisited the High School Building where they had their pictures taken. A “Luncheon Tribute to the Teachers” followed at JD Emilion Roadhouse, General Luna Street, Iloilo City. Thereafter, the Fellowship and Party was held at El Jardin De La Sagrada Familia at the Sacred Heart Subdivision in Hibao-an Sur, Mandurriao, Iloilo City from early afternoon until midnight.
The whole event was guided by the theme, more specifically, by the acronym, STRONG, which spells out the reunion vision: S for Staying united, T for Trusting each other, R for Reminiscing good old memories, O for Opening our hearts to everyone, N for Nurturing our friendship, and, G for Gearing up for a more cohesive relationship.
The same acronym guided the planning and implementation of reunion activities: S for Simple yet meaningful, T for Totally fun, R for Reaching out to everyone, O for Oneness in spirit, N for Non-stop enjoyment, G for Great bonding moment. In no way did the late rain downpour – that diminished as the party progressed – nor the traffic spoil the affair.
The reunion was originally planned as a “One Day Affair to Remember.” Yet, a night-out kicked off at Planet Mug on 22 January 2015, followed by several unplanned activities in the succeeding days – which included participation in the Dinagyang Sponsors Mardi Gras, a Barrio Fiesta themed gathering in Pina, Buenavista, Guimaras, and the savoring of fresh seafoods at Panitan, Capiz.
It was a great homecoming attended by almost ninety class members coming from Luzon, Davao, Bohol, Cebu, Panay, and as far as the United States, Canada, Italy, Australia and Japan. Faces and figures that grew more sophisticated with time were all eager to once again sing the USA Hymn, exchange pleasantries, as well as to reconnect and bond with teachers, with each other and their classmates’ spouses. More importantly, they were all willing to pledge support to the plans and projects of their Alma Mater, through the Office for External and Alumni Affairs of the University of San Agustin. With great enthusiasm and undying support to their Alma Mater, they chanted “Viva San Agustin,” “Viva Senor Santo Nino.” (HS Class 75)