What was planned as a brief orientation on the current activities and projects of the Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School Alumni Association (MAA) turned out to be a long afternoon of nostalgia and involvement.
Twenty alumni, representing eleven batches, attended Huntahan sa Amerika held at the Center of Hope on May 14, 2016 at downtown Los Angeles, California.
The event was graciously hosted by Pastor Benny Arañas and wife Aida Buluran Arañas, both members of Class 1965, in the compound of Lord of Harvest at 2707 West Temple Street.
In attendance were alumni from the following classes: 1950, 1955, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1978, 1973, and 1978.
1950: Alejandro Solcruz; 1955: Ofelia J. Buluran; 1963: Eddie G. Agustin; 1965: Benny Arañas; 1966: Aida Buluran Arañas, Gerry Torres, Joey Villafuerte; 1967: Josefina S. Narciso Sioson, Marina Ramos Kesecker, Paz de la Cruz Mabini, Lolit Teodoro Tongco, Danny Tongco; Aida Pimentel Pangandian; 1968: Glecy Roque Bagasin, Perfecto T. Martin; 1969: Leni FlorCruz Florentino, Daisy San Juan Blake; 1973: Ric Lopez, Jerry C. Celis; 1978:Virginia de la Rama de la Cruz.
The MAA brochure and the reprinted issue of Alumni Republic-Malaya newsletter (issued during the Araw ng Alumni in August 2015) were distributed at the start of Huntahan, and the video message of MAA president Raffy dela Rosa (C1966) was shown before the question-and-answer portion of the meeting.
In his video message, the MAA alumni president explained in detail the plans to have a place for the alumni inside the campus and the “dream to expand the school as a college and eventually, as a university in the future.”
President de la Rosa also also explained the new financial housekeeping system being put in place by the MAA in order to make its operations more transparent and efficient.
Visiting member of the MAA board of trustees, Perfecto Martin, who acted as Huntahan moderator, discussed in detail the plan to construct a Bahay Alumni at the Sta. Isabel campus if and when the original plan to renovate the 1985 building—the PTA-Alumni Hall constructed through the joint efforts of the PTA and alumni led by Engr. F.F. Cruz and Justice Jose C. de la Rama—will be turned down by the school administration.
Pictures of the event , taken by Ric Lopez (C1973) who came all the way from New York, and Lolit Teodoro (C1967) are posted in the Facebook page of MAA.(P.T. Martin, C1968)
The MAA board expressed its gratitude to the Arañas couple for providing the venue of the first activity of its kind to be undertaken by the school’s alumni body. The couple, together with Ofelia Buluran, also prepared sumptuous merienda for the alumni who expressed to their readiness to support the MAA projects and get their batchmates more involved.