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Cong Corrales .

“Woe unto you when men shall speak well of you.” — Unknown


HERE in the city, the last days of November mean a flurry of high school homecoming celebrations. Of all the high schools in the city, guess which school did not allow its high school alumni to hold their homecoming inside its campus — Xavier University High School.

We are or were the only high school alumni in the city to hold their homecoming inside a mall.

Unlike the college alumni, who spent only four to five years at the university, most of us, high school alumni, spent at least 12 years. The word “spend” doesn’t only mean time. It also means money spent on tuition and what-have-you.

The XUHS homecoming used to be held at the tennis court at the rear portion of the main campus. It was the infamous guesting of one Maui Taylor that changed all that. The priests were reportedly scandalized with the girl gyrating on stage. The crowd got so loud that it disturbed the residents at the Loyola House.

The Cambridge dictionary defines homecoming, a noun, as a “celebration at a school or college, usually including a dance, when people who were students there at an earlier time can return to visit; a celebration at a school or a college to honor people who were students there earlier.”

I understand homecoming as a way for those who (read: Jesuits) got our money to welcome us and thank us for the money well-spent in their fine educational institution.

I know the alumni association has been continuously pleading our case with the priests. I have heard that these relics, who for the most part exist because of their flock, would not budge an inch and restore celebrating XUHS homecoming in the campus. I say, shame on them.

We are asking only one night every year to use a small portion of the main campus for homecoming. For most of us who spent most our time and a butt load of money on you, Jesuits, that’s not really a big thing. Our homecoming is not even close to the kind of debauchery priests did in the Middle Ages.

If anything, these priests are ungrateful, selfish, and privileged relics.


About Cong Corrales

Before joining the Gold Star Daily, Cong worked as the deputy director of the multimedia desk of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), and before that he served as a writing fellow of Vera Files. Under the pen name "Cong," Leonardo Vicente B. Corrales has worked as a journalist since 2008. Corrales has published news, in-depth, investigative and feature articles on agrarian reform, peace and dialogue initiatives, climate justice, and socio-economics in local and international news organizations, which which includes among others: Philippine Daily Inquirer, Business World, MindaNews,, Agence France-Presse, Xinhua News Wires, Thomson-Reuters News Wires,, and Pecojon-PH.

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