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from left: Noel Comia, Armando Paguio, Jean Canlas-Bernardino, Victoria Kapauan-Gaerlan

Last I saw any of them was in 1975. Well, except Jean who I visited late in 2003 on one of her balikbayan trips. Some time in 2002 we had another small gathering with Danilo Fernando, Christopher Inductivo, and Emerlinda Villapando, but I can’t remember where I put the pictures.

They are my classmates from elementary school. We went to Mater Carmeli School in D. Tuazon, Quezon City. Noel was our First Honor. Armando was one of the tough guys. Jean had light brown hair and was very quiet except when the boys were teasing. We’ve known each other since prep, which means we had started going to school a few months before man first stepped on the moon. We had taken sides on who would win the first ever match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier in 1971. We had a vague feeling that Proclamation No. 1081 was serious, but enjoyed the months of no school. We could rattle off the names of the nine previous presidents of the Philippines in chronological order, but knew only of one during our time—Ferdinand Marcos.

We made field trips to the Nayong Pilipino, and the Luneta Planetarium, and Jose Rizal’s house in Calamba, Laguna. We had nutribun for recess. Sarsi was at P0.15 centavos a bottle, and your family must be filthy rich if you had P0.50 centavos pocket money on a school day. It was forbidden to go to any public place dressed in your school uniform, unless it was on a school sanctioned outing. We did not have malls—we had the Good Earth Emporium on Avenida Rizal. The girls wore perpetually shiny shoes called “charol”, and the “tex” cards the boys played with were the size of playing cards and had illustrations of comic book heroes, not the tiny ones for sale these days with actors from Jumong and Asian Treasures.

I could go on, but I feel my arthritis coming on. It was great to see you guys again.

Little Bambit
Maria Victoria Kapauan, circa March 1970

MCS Batch ’76 Master list — the list of students who were part of Batch 76 at Mater Carmeli School, D. Tuazon, Quezon City. Please have a look-see if you know anyone (malay nyo, nanay tatay nyo pala graduate ng Mater) and give me a buzz when you find a familiar name.

Blast from the Past

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12 thoughts on “Blast from the Past

  1. awww kakkuyt sa imong picture hehehe
    its great to see old friends i mena not literally “old” friends from the past. Sabi nga nila the best mirror of your life is an old friend.

    Good to know you had a great time!

  2. cutie!! hehehehe
    you must be a “mixed”. you don’t look like a pure blooded cebuana ah este (i-apil nalang nato ang tibuok nasud!) filipina…

    siguro sa da’ga (dalaga – corrupt man gud kong pagkabisaya gud) daghan kaayong nalibat nimo nga guys, nabangga o nabanggaan tungod lang sa pagsige’g tan-aw nimo… hikhikhik

  3. Hi — Whatever happened to your wonderful “Mater Carmeli School – Batch 1976” website? I thought it was a pioneering and entertaining website!

    Best Regards.

  4. Hi there! I also attended MCS (batch’74..I think).

    I was salutatorian of my batch (after being first honors from Kindergarten to Grade 5…sigh!)

    I was just wondering if any of my batchmates have had the time to put up a website for our batch. You must’ve been a batchmate of one of my brothers (either Dindo or Erwin or Rico). I think Noel Comia (the guy in the picture) is the younger brother (or cousin) of Noel Comia (my classmate).

    Anyway, I just want to wish you more power (to your batch’s efforts to stay in touch). I realy haven’t been in touch with my batchmates since I left MCS for UP High School ages ago!

    Godbless!

  5. I knew quite a few of you. The twin brothers Boothwell and beethoven are younger siblings of my good friend Benny. Just to name a few. I was Batch 1971. Is there any website for this batch to get in touch.

  6. Hi dats my brother. I am noel’s youngest and only sister. My brother rex and I also went to MCS. Batch 80 ako. I also have a batch mate na Atencio. Hope to hear from my batch also.

  7. hi:) im one of the people who is helping the sisters in mater carmeli to organize the upcoming grand jubilee as celebration for its 50th anniversary. we have difficulty in finding alumni since most of the infos are already old. i hope you could email me and i will give you the details. rdg_gonzales315@yahoo.com. i hope we could keep in touch. thank you.

  8. Good day, fellow Carmelian!!

    I just want to invite you and your batch for next year’s Golden Jubilee of Mater Carmeli School. We are currently on the organizing stage and would launch the official website in about 2 – 3 weeks time.

    We need all the help we can get. Please tell your batchmates to prepare for something big on July 16, 2010. We will be counting on your group.

    Thanks!

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