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Hali Na Mo 2019: Our Greatest Show

The annual Lourdes College High School Grand Alumni dubbed as “Hali Na Mo 2019: Our Greatest Show” ended on a festive note with over a thousand Lourdesians in attendance – past and present converging at the Limketkai Atrium of this city last February 9.

TRIBUTE. Batch 94 (back) along with their former teachers (front) during a photo opt.

This annual event of the RVM-run institution serves as its founding anniversary. It is the biggest gathering of Lourdesians from different timelines of this prestige school where everyone could reconnect with their fellow batchmates once again in one common home.

Hali Namo 2019 hosting Batch 94.

Kicking off the event was this year’s host batch 94 who made an impact that set the mood of the entire night with eight batches performing some of the most memorable Broadway acts dubbed as “Greatest Broadway Musical”.

BIGGEST DELEGATION. Representative from Batch 74 receives the award handed down by Batch 94 Stephanie Uy-Isaac (left) and Ivy Guantero (right).

Performers were Batch 74 with Priscilla Queen of the Dessert; 78 with The Lion King; Batch 69 with A Chorus Line (The batch also celebrated their Golden Jubilarian or 50th Anniversary); Chicago by Batch 91; Batch 95 with CATS; Batch 73 with The Little Mermaid; Mamma Mia! Performed by Batch 79; and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s the South Pacific played by Batch 84.

QUEEN OF THE NIGHT. From L-R 1st runner-up Portia Roldan Golo of Batch 73, Queen of the Night Wally Walter-Sarraga of Batch 74 (Center), 2nd runner-up Ingrid Viado of Batch 85 presenting the awards were Stephanie Uy-Isaac, and Mikki-Ann Baconga Nunag of Batch 94 (black).

Winning performances were Batch 74 for Priscilla Queen of the Dessert who took home 2nd place; meanwhile CATS bagged the 1st place; and lastly, Batch 78 with their energetic performance of The Lion King was name champion of the “Greatest Broadway Musical”.

KEY OF RESPONSIBILITY. LCHS 1995 President Michelle Lopez holds the “Key of Responsibility” handed over by Batch 94 President Joanna Michelle Sabal, and Hali Na Mo Chairperson Ivy Guantero.

Meanwhile, each batch that performed in the musical also had one Lourdesian to represent them as  their “Queen of the Night” and the winners are as follows: Ingrid Viado of Batch 85 2nd runner-up, followed by Portia Roldan Golo of Batch 73, and finally crowned Queen of The Night was Wally Walter-Sarraga of Batch 74.

nacleta “Titay” Valmoria Baz (raised arm) along with receives an award for being the eldest delegate to join the Grand Alumni Homecoming.

Other awards given were Best Batch Shirt Design won by Batch 1981 fashioning the schools traditional white and pink colors polo-shirt, meanwhile the Biggest Delegation was awarded to Batch 1974, and receiving a special award for being the eldest Lourdesian to attend this year’s Grand Alumni Homecoming goes to Batch 1953 Anacleta “Titay” Valmoria Baz.

GOLDEN JUBILARIAN. Representative from LCHS Batch 69 holding their awards signifying their 50th Anniversary given by Batch 94 Valedictorian January B. Magno along with Mikki-Ann Baconga-Nunag (black).

In Memoria for their fellow Lourdesian who were no longer with them to celebrate this glorious gathering a moment of silence was given along with a heartwarming tribute (AVP) was offered – “Gone, But not Forgotten”.

BEST BATCH SHIRT DESIGN. Representatives from LCHS Batch 81 receiving their award for Best Batch Shit Design (In Pink) along with Stephanie Uy-Isaac, Ivy Guantero, and Mikki-Ann Baconga Nunag (far right).

Another tribute was also given by the host batch, this time it was for their teachers who have guided them throughout their youthful years. They offered bouquets while their fellow batchmates serenaded on stage – one of the most emotional highlights of the evening.

CHAMPIONS. During Batch 78’s winning performance of The Lion King.

To conclude the event a turn over ceremony of the “Key of Responsibility” was also conducted entrusting next year’s gathering to the next host, wherein Batch 1995 proudly accepted.

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Dave Achondo
A person who enjoys doing what he does best – writing anything under the sun; strong-willed and straight to the point. Contributor at SOUTHWALL Magazine a Cebu-based company under Soline Publishing, A former Feature Editor, Business Editor, and Columnist of Mindanao Gold Star Daily, and is the currently its Digital Marketing Head.

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