Music Alumnae Reunion and Homecoming
alumnae from different generations flocked to the social hall of SSC
last January 31 (Sunday) for the annual reunion and homecoming.
The special event started off with the Holy Mass which was
officiated by Fr. Manuel Maramba, OSB – an alumnus himself. The
social hall brought nostalgia to everyone as each recalled her own
memorable experience of recitals, concerts and other musical
activities held there in the past. There were warm embraces
and pleasantries exchanged as each alumna greeted one another. One
could see the excitement and joy in everyone’s faces in meeting once
again long-absent friends and colleagues.
honourees for the day were the jubilarians for 2010 who were
recognized and given St. Benedict medals to once more renew their
ties with the school as Benedictine children. Two of the Diamond
jubilarians (60 years) came – Fidela Ocampo-Unson and Digna Agra-Roxas.
The Emerald jubilarians (55 years) who came were: Grace Africa-Gatchalian,
Aida Rodriquez-del Rosario, Aleli Bautista, Lourdes de Gala-Sian,
Florencia Vizconde-Tomas, Maria Lopez-David, and Sr. Evelyn Coronel,
RGS. Cristina Carrion-Bichara, Rosemarie Santos-dela Paz, Emily Wee
Sit-Lim and Zenas Reyes-Lozada received their medals as Golden
jubilarians (50 years) for this year. Only Renee Camu was there to
represent the Sapphire jubilarians (45 years). The Ruby (40
years) honorees were Ingrid Chang-Chua lao, Joyce Juco-Dellosa, and
Sr. Salvacion Umali, OSB. Ramona Tatco-Balingcos was the lone Coral
jubilarian (35 years). Most of the Pearl jubilarians are now
residing abroad and so no one was able to come. Denden Sy-Beltran
received the Benedictine medal in behalf of her sister, Wen Mei
Sy-Malenab, who is one of the Silver jubilarians (25 years).
highlight of the reunion was a short but undoubtedly a world-class
concert. Camille Lopez-Molina thrilled everyone with her songs,
With a Song in My Heart
This was followed by Greg Zuniega who played a Rodgers and
Hammerstein broadway hit, Lover.
Gina Medina and Mary Anne Espina did two numbers for violin and
piano, Danse Espagnole
The final concert numbers were Fly Me
to the Moon
performed by the Jazz Trio composed of music
students Rafael del Rosario (piano), Allan Abdulla (drums), and Nick
Lazaro (double bass). The concert left everyone wanting for more.
highlight was the presentation of Ramona Tatco-Balingcos on the
recent developments in the School of Music. These included the
various activities of music students, the increase in enrolment, the
new music programs and course offerings, to name a few. In the words
of an alumna, “It gives me so much hope to know the big stride that
the School of Music has made”.
The reunion lingered on because it was hard to part ways. It was as if time were suspended, friendships are renewed and the bond that all Scholasticans and musicians treasure for the rest of their lives.
Posted: Friday February 12, 2010 02:45 PM