In Focus: The DWU High School Class of 1966

With apologies to Kurt Vonnegut,Jr., you go out into the world, and it’s high school all over again: class officers and all. And for all the time that you are out, there’s this longing to meet up, to relive the banter of those years with your second family–yes, family, as in home!

June 25 through June 29, 2016 marks the Golden Jubilee of the Divine Word University of Tacloban High School Class ’66. A half century since the best years of your life. And it is a de rigueur that you attend. The venue is where else but the DWU campus in Tacloban City. (DWU has since closed shop, but the buildings are still there, and the school has morphed into LICEO of Tacloban.)

The air in those days reverberated of the Beatles, Cliff Richard, the Monkees, Dave Clark Five, the Beach Boys. Where such beauties as Marie Villegas and Baday Chapman lorded it over, in the same manner that Father Joseph Jaschick ruled the Boys High with an iron first. Where your JS Prom was held in the hangar, masquerading as a gymnasium. Where your military ball was on the roof top of the Granda Building. Where your movie theater of choice was the Republic along Gran Capitan.

Those were the days. . .

Where during the baccalaureate breakfast, Romeo Antido would wolf down a chunk of ersatz butter at Rolando Villablanca’s taunting. Where you were in awe at the Liz Taylor-ish beauty of Josefina de Veyra, your Literature teacher. Where Tito Gonzales’s antics rolled the room in hysterics. Where you filed in cadence during the flag raising under the huge narra tree, which was bedecked in colored lights at Christmas. Where Estefano de la Cruz was tops in mischief; ditto Eduardo Nierras.

And along the way you reckon that you have lost Benito Pacho, Alfredo Morden and Enrique Enage, Jr., and that you wish for their peace in the afterlife.

Yes, you are raring to touch base with your second family, long lost in the travel through time, if only for the last moment.

5 thoughts on “In Focus: The DWU High School Class of 1966

  1. Hi Ben,

    Your piece ushers us back into those precious time of our lives and gives us the excitemet all the more in meeting those who we felt are close to us and those who were not. But just the same, they were all part of making our high school days more memorable. Thank you so much and may God bless our Golden Jubilee celebration abundantly. See you soon

  2. HELLO BENITO …SUCH NOSTALGIA BUT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER…WE EXPECT TO SEE YOU SOON & I
    BET YOU…THIS ISN’T GOING TO BE THE LAST TIME !!!
    IT BECOMES MORE EXCITING & FUN …YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO MISS THIS FOR THE REST OF OUR JOURNEY. SHALOM & MORE WISDOM/POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT !!! KEEP ON WRITING & PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO OUR SOUVENIR Program !!!

  3. You said it all for us!! It is a wonder to me how you remembered all the important events and the places where they were held.. I can recall so few and so blurry at best. Kudos to you.! This piece will have an important place in our souvenir program. God bless!

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