SLU Boys' High School '68 50th Anniversary Reunion
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 11:07

SLUBHS Class ’68 golden jubilee set

By: Nito Meneses

How wonderful it is to reminisce the good old high school days. Definitely, however, it is more wonderful and doubly exciting to bring back memories when you have others to remember and share them with. Classmates, batch mates, teachers, and of course the circles of barkadas all make up this scenario.

The members of the Saint Louis University - Boys High School Class of 1968 from all over the world will experience this thrill during their upcoming Golden Jubilee Reunion on January 26 to 28, 2018 at various venues in Baguio City. The last time they got together was during their 40th Ruby Anniversary reunion in 2008 also held in the city.

The three-day jubilee reunion, which is exclusive to Class ’68 graduates, will be a significant, timely, and historic milestone in the life history of these baby boomers as they enter farther into the cusp of being full-fledged senior citizens and grandpas.

The planning for the 50th Anniversary Reunion was three years in the making since 2015, although there were small and sporadic group meetings held even earlier. It is a dream-come-true for all batch mates who welcomed the invitation and blocked their calendars immediately for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Organizers from both the Philippines and the U.S. closely coordinated via social media and in-person meetings, all geared up towards meeting the goal of calling back home as many batch mates as possible. Baguio-based overall reunion chair Andrew Filler and US-based co-chair Rudy Liporada are supported by different committees.

As of the latest count, about 70 batchmates and 37 spouses/partners have confirmed to attend, and will be joined by their guests.

The organizers bared the detailed schedule of activities. The Class ’68 batch mates will be welcomed on January 26 with a dinner, program and fellowship at the Hotel Veniz. On January 27, outdoor and indoor fun games will enable the batch mates to pit their skills and talents against each other in the spirit of camaraderie at the Baguio Country Club. Some will play golf while the others will compete in indoor games at the Recreation Center where an awards program will be held.

A visit to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) immediately follows for the signing of the Deed of Donation, ribbon-cutting and the formal turnover of the Class ‘68 donation consisting of one unit of commercial type Oxygenated Alkaline Water Purifier and two units of Portable Ozone Air Purifiers. Expected to receive the donation is BGHMC director Dr. Ricardo Ruñez in the presence of the members of the BGHMC Advisory Board and Class ’68 members.

The donation is a manifestation of the support of SLU - BHS Class ‘68 to BGHMC’s mission of promoting the health and well-being of its patient-beneficiaries as well as its programs in preventing and controlling diseases. Both purifiers were invented in 2009 by Class ’68 batch mate Rodrigo Duque, an engineer by profession, who spearheaded the donation on behalf of his batch mates.

The BHS Class ’68 will later integrate with the other BHS batches in the evening during the BHS grand alumni homecoming bonfire in an open-air fellowship, dinner and music from rock bands.

The daytime activities on January 28, 2018 will be both spiritual and nostalgic for the Golden Jubilarians as they will experience once again the ambience of the school that provided them basic Christian high school education. The time for giving gratitude for the rare opportunity to hold a 50th Anniversary Reunion as well as for 50 years of a life of success and good health, will be expressed through a Eucharistic celebration or Holy Mass followed by a picnic - style lunch at the sprawling SLU Maryheights campus in Bakakeng.

Capping the entire three-day 50th Anniversary Reunion is the jubilee dinner - dance and program with music by a live band at the Hotel Supreme. The program will include portions on giving tribute to their teachers in high school as well as remembering batch mates who have departed. A special entertainment will highlight the musical skills of Class ’68 batch mates after they have formed a band among themselves that will play some of their favorite 1960s songs.

As the SLU - BHS Class 1968 Golden Jubilee is now “green and go,” we continue to enjoin all other batch mates who have neither heard of this event nor responded to our calls, to stand up and be counted. You may call or email Andy Filler (63) 917-564-0288 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Ric Maniquis (63) 917-506-1795.

Nito Meneses

Member, USA Organizing Group
Coordinator, Communications & Publicity Committee
San Jose CA 95148
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