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The Divine Word College of Urdaneta (DWCU) recently celebrated its 35th founding anniversary with a 4-day long festivities capped by the holding of the Parents, Teachers, Administrators and Staff (PATAS) night.


The affair was graced by different alumni from as far back as 1970, former teachers, and current students.


Like prodigal sons and daughters, Mrs. Aurora Sandoval-Manzano, the High School Department Coordinator and Ms Margarita Aguilana, School Registrar, two of the many teachers who are considered a byword to old-timer alums, welcomed them.  The big smile on their faces and the warm reception they got was indicative of their joy to reunite with their former students again.


According to Elpidio Angeles, Class 1973 alumnus, the Class of 1976 had the most number of alumni in attendance and were obviously the ones having the most fun.  He said without the class adopting him that night, he would have felt uneasy and out of place.  Among those he can identify were his brother; Filomena Marcelo-Bautista’s sister, Pinay; Alma Monte’s brother, Darwin; and Carlos Liberato’s sister, Helen.  He added there were also two priests in their batch that night:  Fathers Jaucian and Garay.


A batch roll call was held thereafter and no one stood when Classes of 1970, 1971 and 1972 were called out.  Elpidio felt uneasy when he thought he was the oldest alumni around; however, his apprehension turned into relief when he found out later that three other veteran-alums were present, namely:  Gene Geronimo of Class 72; and Elpidio’s former classmate, Lorenza Serafica, and her sister, Adelaida Serafica Deogracias, of Class 70.


Highlighting the event were entertainment numbers belted out by numerous class batches including the school’s administrators.  There were singers and dancers galore aided by good-looking dance instructors.


Election of the new set of  officers of the local alumni association was put on hold, as there was not enough time to hold one, Elpidio declared.  He conferred with the incumbent local Alumni President to establish liaison with his counterpart here in the States, Johnny S. Soriano, and look into the feasibility of establishing a formal link-up between the two organizations.  (YCD)


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