THE fourth year Gold section of the XUHS Class 1970 held a surprise reunion of us senior citizens and our spouses on Sunday, Dec. 3. The night was full of nostalgic music by the XU Philharmonia (did not get the right name though) whose violinists were versatile and the flutist flawless.
Of the original 51 classmates that we had way back in 1970, six already passed on, after a sort of “inventory” that was done as classmates arrived. The spouses of the then all-male 4-Gold were also stunning, to say the least. My wife Juliet was with me and she was also able to renew acquaintances with “old friends.”
Each of the more than 30 who attended was asked to update the classmates about their lives from 1970 onwards. Some spent most of their lives abroad after graduating from college and some others stayed put in the country. Except for one or two, the “Goldies” have already retired from their main jobs.
It was a night of renewals and revelations which was made possible through the generosity of classmates Francisco “Frank” Guerra, Alfredo “Yoyong” Beltran, and Eduardo “Edung” Uy.
Frank retired from Johnson and Johnson, a multi-national company, and is now the chairman of the board of trustees of Xavier University. Yoyong is a practicing physician while Edung used to be with the US Navy and is now still gainfully employed in the US. Of the three, only Yoyong could not make it physically. He was to join the fun only by watching the video recording of the night.
The night before, the guys had a “for-the-boys” gathering at the home of Monet and Vern Fernandez by the Pueblo de Oro fairways. Nap Liloc, Monet revealed, was also instrumental in having that “exclusive” evening held.
The 4-Gold of XUHS Class 1970 informally agreed to hold an annual reunion until we will have reached our golden anniversary in 2020, and beyond. And we hope to see the remaining 45 still kicking and intact.
Looking forward to Golden 2020 of the 4-Gold Class 1970.
(Egay Uy, a lawyer, is chairman of the city’s Task Force Hapsay Dalan.)