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ABE PETE CELEBRATES HIS 84th

Friends and family come from far and wide to drink, dine, dance, and offer their very best wishes and advise to their Abe Pete Manansala!

UPHS/UPIS celebrates 100th with ‘Centennial Coffee Table Book’; ’Sang Siglong Sigla’ set for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

 

It was a 2-day fest. A smash bang party organized by his wife Vilma and made the more notable by his children and grandchildren. It was a celebration of Abe Pete Manansala’s 84th birthday on Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21, 2016.

FULL STORY | 71 PICTURES

Video: Little Pepito: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Abe!

Say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Da Abe!

2016 Manansala Birthday

Pete Manansala celebrated his 84th birthday
with family and friends August 20-21, 2016.

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65th ANNIVERSARY REUNION:

Class celebrates 65th anniversary in style at Tony Protacio’s iconic hotel penthouse

12 ‘upright and kicking’ alumni brave travel hazards to meet up for day of fellowship

By Ophie O. Lagmay

Twelve 1950 U. P. H. S. graduates still upright and kicking after 65 years, braved the traffic on EDSA to gather at the swanky Nichols Airport Hotel owned by the Protacio family in Baclaran. What a magnificent panoramic view of the skyline from the 8th floor penthouse!

After a holy mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Willie Ramos, and a welcome speech delivered by our president, Fernando Campos, the ball started rolling. Members present were Fernando Campos, president; Aniano Bagabaldo. VP/treasurer; Enrico Andaya. internal auditor; Jose Macario Laurel IV, Ponciano Bernardo; Juanito Billote; Eduardo Elejar Mendoza, Victor Perez; Antonio Protacio; Andrea E. Sarapuddin; Mercia C. Aquino and Ophelia O. Lagmay.

Click here for the full story.

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65th Anniversary Reunion Group Pic

The 12 65th Anniversary Reunion Attendees (from left): Tony Protacio, Cario Laurel, Nanding Campos, Victor Perez, Ophie Lagmay, Ponciano Bernardo, Andrea Sarapuddin, Enrico Andaya, Juanito Billote, Aniano Bagabaldo, Mercia Aquino, and Eduardo Mendoza.

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2015 MID-YEAR REUNION:

At the gathering held to honor late president-for-life Francisco ‘Paking’ Floro

By Mercia Crisostomo-Aquino

The 2015 Mid-Year Reunion was held at the usual venue – the Legend Hongkong Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City – last Friday, May 29, 2015. 

2015 MidYear Reunion Attendees

Classmate Nanding Campos planned the gathering to be held on this date to coincide with our late “President-for-Life” Paking Floro’s birthday.

Mark Floro (Paking’s son) graciously attended the event which was dedicated to honor and memorialize Paking.

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Click here to reunion pictures.

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64th ANNIVERSARY:

Class meets to celebrate milestone, fete July-December birthdays

Inspite of traffic woes and issues with old age, 19 “sprite, early octogenarians” make it 64 years after leaving school

2014 Reunion Attendees

Patsy Putong-Sison chronicles the UP High School Class of 1950’s record-breaking 64th Anniversary and Christmas reunion held Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the traditional venue - the Legend Hongkong Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City. The event also was cause to celebrate the birthdays of classmates born July through December.

Click here for the full account by Patsy Putong-Sison.

Click here to view Reunion pictures.

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2014 MID-YEAR REUNION:

Class observes 64th Anniversary mid-way and fete January-June birthday celebrants

Pacita Putiong-Sision reports on the UP High Class 1950 Alumni Association 64th anniversary mid-year celebration which was preceded by a pre-reunion meeting.  The pre-reunion meeting - a planning session - was held Sunday, May 3, and the mid-year reunion and January-June birthday celebration festival was held Saturday, June 28, both at the traditional venue: the Legend Hongkong Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City.

Read Patsy’s COMPLETE REPORT.

Click here to view Mid-Year ‘Balik-Saya 2014’ pictures.

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DECEMBER 27, 2013 ‘BALIK-SAYA’

Eighteen classmates meet, reminisce, make promises, and celebrate some birthdays

By Ophie Ongkingco-Lagmay

A breezy and sunny Friday, December 27, 2013 brought together eighteen UP High Class 1950 graduates, still strong, sprite and up on their toes (or pretending to be) to the Legend Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City, a place renowned for its delicious and sumptuous food.

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The eighteen were Francisco Floro, Fernando Campos, Aniano Bagabaldo, Amador Casiņo, Delma D. Dungan,   Mercia C. Aquino, Luz R. Ramos, Andrea E. Sarapuddin, Aurora S. Genuino, Ruben Piczon, Celia N. Padilla, Jose Macario Laurel IV, Ramon Cruz, Jr., Juanito Billote, Ponciano Bernardo, Enrico Andaya, Tomas Carunungan,  and Ophelia O. Lagmay.  We missed Patsy P. Sison who failed to attend.

Click here for the full story - UPDATED!

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63rd ANNIVERSARY REUNION

Classmates ’balik-saya’ at mid-year reunion and January-June birthday celebrations

Twelve classmates got together at Legend Hongkong Seafood Restaurant - the usual venue for reunions - last June 28 for another of their “balik-saya” moments that included greeting January-to-June birthday celebrants.

2013 Reunion - Group of 12

2013 Reunion - Birthday CelebrantsOphie Ongkingco-Lagmay reports that class president Paking Floro characterized the gatherings as “getting to be happy and sad affairs . . . happy because we are able to see each other again after sometime and enjoy each other’s company” but “sad because of dwindling” attendance.

Because there was news of an approaching typhoon, the class ended its balik-saya meeting at 9:30 PM.

Click here for the story by Ophie Lagmay.

Pictures: 2013 Mid-Year-01 | 2013 Mid-Year-02

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2012 YEAR-END REUNION

2012 Year-End ’Balik-Saya’ Christmas party also honors birthday celebrants

2012 Class Reunion - Manila

In what was billed as a ‘Balik-Saya’ the Class celebrated its 62nd Anniversary with a Reunion Dinner that also served as a Joint Birthday Bash of July through December celebrators and a Class Christmas Party on December 28, 2012 at the Legend Hongkong Seafood Restaurant in Pasay City.

Click here for the full ‘balik-saya’ story.

View Photo Album 1 and Photo Album 2 of the event.

Classmate Mercia Crisostomo-Aquino reports on the recent celebration of UP High School/UP Integrated School’s 100th year of existence. The school also announced the scheduling of its all-alumni reunion set for December 10, 2016 at the high school campus in Diliman, Quezon City.

Read Mercia’s REPORT.

View STORY PICTURES from Mercia.

Read MESSAGES from classmates.

UPIS Centennial Celebration

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UP Elementary School grad? Join the ‘UP Elementary School Diliman’ Facebook group

Al Escobar, an alumnus of UP High (1978) and the UP Elementary School (1974) is inviting members of UP High Class 1950 who may have studied at the UP Elementary School to join the Facebook group UP Elementary School Diliman, a closed group open to all alumni of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, who were enrolled at the elementary school.

Click here for details.

Click here for the UP Elem School Facebook page.

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SYL GAMBOA TURNS 80

Golf Queen Sylvia hits #80, celebrates occasion in style

Classmate Sylvia Roque-Gamboa was honored on her 80th birthday with a party tendered by three of her siblings (Dr. Joe Roque, Francis Roque, and Frances Felix) and her three children (Richard Gamboa, Ginny Majer, and Debbie Jorgensen).

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Syl Gamboa Turns 80

Send Syl a MESSAGE.

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ROSE HAS OVERCOME:

Hot Lava Serge’s wife, Rose, out of ICU - is now in rehab

Saturday, March 26, 2016: Classmate Sergio “Serge” Domondon’s wife, Rose, is in a hospital intensive care unit, suffering from asthma and pneumonia.

Rose was in an induced coma for a few days and is now able to respond to family and friends despite “all the tubes in her mouth and a respirator,” according to Serge.

Because of her illness, Rose was not able to celebrate her birthday (March 23) and the Easter weekend.

Serge is “hopeful, that in time, Rose will get over this event in her life.”

Let’s all pray for Rose’s speedy recovery.

UPDATES:

May 19, 2016: Rose is now in REHAB.

April 5, 2016: Rose left ICU for rehab.

Read MESSAGES.

Serge: domondonr001@hawaii.rr.com.

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A SECOND ‘BUNDLE OF JOY’:

Abe Roger and Abe Siony Austria are once again proud ‘lolo’ and ‘lola’

In an email to classmates, Roger and Siony Austria proudly announced that they have been graced with a second grandchild - Benjamin Paul - born Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington.

Read the FULL STORY

Send Roger & Siony a MESSAGE

Click here to view more pictures.

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Above: Lolo & Lola with grandson.

Below: Benjamin Paul, Mom and Dad.

Austria Second Grandchild - 2016

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MINI-REUNION IN SF:

Abes Pete, Jules, and spouses meet for a bit of Fellowship

Pete Mansala and Julius Willis - and their spouses Vilma and Norma - met for a bit of Fellowship Sunday, October 11 and Monday, October 12, 2015. Pete and Vilma AMTRAK’ed to Hayward (where the Willises reside) from their Sacramento home.

Jules & Pete Meet - 2015

The two-day mini-reunion took them to two Bay Area cities through dinner and lunch.

Read the FULL STORY.

Click here to view pictures.

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A TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS

Chairman Austria pays tribute to ‘their commitment, sacrifice’

By NAC Chairman Roger Austria

Each year - on Veterans Day (November 11) - we salute our veterans who served their countries (the Philippines and the USA) with honor, valor, and great sacrifice. The men and women who entered the armed services of their country were prepared to give up their lives. This, by any measure, is the gold standard of courage and love of country.

Read the FULL TRIBUTE

Read COMMENTS/MESSAGES

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NAC REUNION 2014

Classmates meet on Oahu, Hawaii for week of fellowship

Six UP High 1950 classmates and their spouses from the US and Canada met in Honolulu, Hawaii Sunday, September 28 for a week of fellowship and fun. The six are NAC chairman Roger Austria, Bert Garcia, Serge Domondon, Pete Manansala, Walter Butler, and Julius Willis, and their spouses Siony Austria, Chelita Garcia, Rose Domondon, Vilma Manansala, Barbara Butler, and Norma Willis.

Read the day-by-day FULL STORY, including Renion VIDEOS, picture ALBUMS, and comments.

Six Classmates Meet In Hawaii

2014 HAWAII REUNION PARTICIPANTS (from left): Bert Garcia, Serge Domondon, Julius Willis, Pete Manansala, Walter Butler, and Roger Austria. Picture taken at the Pearl City home of Serge and Rose Domondon.

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CALIFORNIA MINI-REUNION

Austrias, Gamboas get together for some Dove Canyon golf

NAC Chairman Roger Austria and son Albert visited with classmate Sylvia and her husband Lu Gamboa on October 22 and 24 at their Gamboas & Austrias MeetDove Canyon, CA home. They also met up with Joe and Donna Peczon who happens to live in the same Dove Canyon community as the Gamboas.

The Peczons are mutual friends of the Gamboas and Austrias. Joe Peczon is a UP medical school classmate of several UP High 1950 alumni.

Click here for full story.

Click here for more pictures of the Austria-Gamboa mini-reunion.

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LAS VEGAS 2012

Nine classmates meet in Sin City for six days of fun

The NAC-sponsored “2012 REUNION IN LAS VEGAS” was a fun-filled six days of fellowships that included lunches, dinners, a round of golf, a visit to the Hoover dam, Talk Stories, and a Past & Present gig. Attending classmates were Roger Austria, Serge Domondon, Bert Garcia, Enrico Garcia, Syl Gamboa, Cario Laurel, Pete Manansala, Lumen Martinez, and Julius Willis. Second picture includes spouses Siony Austria, Rose Domondon, Chelita Garcia, Evelyn Garcia, Lou Gamboa, Letty Laurel, Vilma Manansala, and Norma Willis.

FULL STORY | REUNION VIDEO

DAY 1 | DAY 2 | DAY 3 | DAY 4 | DAY 5

DAY 6 | Bus Singers | Salo Salo

OBSERVATIONS | COMMENTS/MESSAGES

 

ANOTHER PROMOTION

Classmate Anatolio Cruz’ daughter set for promotion to Vice Admiral and Defense Health Agency head

Admiral Raquel Cruz BonoClassmate Anatolio B. Cruz, Jr., a retired captain in the U. S. Navy’ medical corps, is the proud father of Anatolio B. Cruz III and Raquel Cruz Bono, both of whom are admirals in the U. S. Navy.

Rear Admiral Raquel Bono made news again recently when President Obama nominated her for promotion to Vice Admiral and to head the Defense Heald Agency (DHA).

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Gloria Balmaceda writes about her father and her sister, schoolmate Grace Balmaceda

Gloria BalmacedaSchoolmate Gloria Balmaceda has written a book on her father and her sister, schoolmate Grace Balmaceda.

Read about it.

Read MESSAGES

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OUR SWIMMING CHAMP!

Walter Butler wins two swim event medals in the 2014 World Senior Games

Walter Butler - 2014 World Senior GamesWe are happy to report that classmate Walter Butler won two medals - a silver in the 50-meter and a bronze in the 100-meter freestyle swimming events, respectively - during the 2014 Huntsman World Senior Games held in St. George, Utah October 8 through 10.

Read the FULL STORY

Send Walt a MESSAGE

Read MESSAGES to Walt

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ABES JULES & PETE MEET

Classmates meet in San Francisco for two days of fun, talk Hawaii 2014

Classmates Julius Willis and Pete Manansala and their spouses Norma and Vilma met May 22 and 23, 2014 for a two-day mini-reunion in the San Francisco Bay Area. Click here to read the full account as posted in the “UP High 1950” group page on Facebook.

Click here to view more pictures.

Jules & Pete Meet - 2014

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ABE ROGER NOW A ‘LOLO’

NAC chairman’s ‘not-me-a-Lolo’ status is history; he and wife Siony now have an ‘apo’

Roger AustriaAmong the happiest classmates these days is Roger Austria who -- with wife Siony -- have been dislodged from their “apo-less” status.

Click here for details.

AN UPDATE - 3/25/14.

Send Roger & Siony a MESSAGE.

 

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A MINI-REUNION

Roger Austria, Walter Butler and their spouses meet in Las Vegas for that mini-Fellowship

Roger & Walt In Vegas

Click here for a full account.

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FINDING WALTER

Ruben Piczon, Roger Austria find, bring Walter Butler into NAC fold

UP High 1950 has a new class member: Walter Butler. Although Walter graduated in 1949 (a year ahead because he took summer classes), he was formally inducted into the rolls of Class 1950 by NAC chairman Roger Austria.

A trail of email messages will for now introduce us to Walter, and tell us how he was discovered, until we have more on him: pictures, profile, etc.

DISCOVERING Walter: email trail . . .

WELCOMING Walter messages . . .

NEW! View Walter’s Profile

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ADMIRALS IN THE FAMILY

Classmate Anatolio Cruz’ daughter and son are U. S. Navy admirals

Classmate Anatolio B. Cruz, Jr., a retired captain in the U. S. Navy’ medical corps, is the Tol Cruz Daughter In Commandproud father of Anatolio B. Cruz III and Raquel Cruz Bono, both of whom are admirals in the U. S. Navy.

Rear Admiral Raquel Bono was in the news recently when she was placed in command of the navy’s Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical operation. Admiral Bono is shown in the picture receiving the command flag from assistant secretary of defense Karen Guice.

Click here for the full story.

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AUSTRIA-DOMONDON MINI REUNION

NAC chairman Roger Austria meets up with The Hot Lava on Oahu

They meet in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. AustriaDomondonMiniReunion-175-short

It was just weeks earlier that the famous Hawaiian molten rock known as The Hot Lava and sometimes referred to as Sergio Domondon had a quintuple heart bypass operation before he was traipsing about the island to meet classmate and NAC chairman Roger Austria.

For an entire day they drank and dined and partied about while visiting the great sights of the famous ”big island.”

Read more . . .

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NEWS FROM HAWAII

Oahu’s ’Hot Lava’ goes under the knife

Dear Classmates:

I received a call from Rose Domondon that Serge checked Serge Domondon - HeartBypassin at the hospital on Saturday (3/9/13) for an emergency heart bypass surgery. This was confirmed by Chelita Garcia (wife of classmate Roherto Garcia) who added that Serge had five (5) by-passes and that he is doing well. Let us pray for Serge's speedy recovery.  Unfortunately, I have no information on the hospital where Serge is now recuperating. Here are Serge's contact information where you can send him best wishes:

Mailing address: 2218 Auhuhu St., Pearl City, HI  96782

Home Phone:  1-808-455-7844

Cell Phone:  1-808-341-4086

E-mail address: serged@hawaii.rr.com

Let us join in wishing Serge a speedy recovery.

-Roger and Siony Austria

Message from Serge 3/23/2013 (and to Serge).

The Latest News [March 21, 2013 from Roger Austria] on classmate Serge ‘Hot Lava’ Domondon’s condition after surgery.

Messages from classmates to Serge and Rose.

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A MINI-REUNION IN HAWAII

Hot Lava Serge Domondon meets up with Pete and Julius in Honolulu

2012 Hawaii Mini Reunion

Pete Manansala, Serge “Hot Lava” Domondon, and Julius Willis and their spouses met in Honolulu, Hawaii for a full day of fun on Sunday, October 28, 2012. In picture (from left) are Vilma Manansala, Pete, Serge, Julius, Rose Domondon, and Norma Willis. Hot Lava and Rose (with daughter Liana and family friend Scott Dirk) took Pete and Julius to important sites on the island of Oahu.

Click here for the full story on the 2012 Mini-Reunion In Hawaii.

Click here to view 36 rotating pictures of the 2012 Mini-Reunion In Hawaii.

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OTHER NEWS [In The News for more.]

RIP Cesar S. Tibajia - passed away August 30, 3016

RIP Harry James Butler, Walt Butler’s brother

Rodolfo Ramos passes away at his Florida home

Delma Dojillo-Dungan succumbs to cardiac arrest

RIP Pacita Putong-Sison [BABY DOLL, an ode to Patsy]

Pneumonia claim Wenceslao ‘Peewee’ Trinidad

Francisco ‘Paking’ Floro departs [40th Day Photos]

RIP Processo Almando, 2/22/2015

RIP Aurora Salegumba, 2/16/2015

RIP Cesar Z. Dario, May 14, 2014

 

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