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.
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.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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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