FRIDAY, 17 Feb 2006:
Matatags started to trickle in to Elizabeth
Hotel where most of the members were billeted. The group of
Boyet Runes (Battle of the Classes rep for golf) however,
came 1 or 2 days before so that they could prepare and defend
their title, whatever that is...Later that evening, we were
given the news by Boyet that we were the runner-up. Not bad
Boyet except that there were only two classes that were represented
or played. Class 70 and 71......%$#@...
The dinner party turned out to be one of
the most enjoyable party that we had. Hmmmm, I guess being
retired gives you more liberty and freedom to say and do what
you could not do before.......
Anyway, there were lots of good food, booze,
dancing, picture taking, bolahizing (ano pa nga ba) in between
the stand-up comedy of Rolly Garcia, the dancing exhibition
of Ave-Eva Cruz and Virtus-Lita Gil, and the rendition of
a song by Ave (kaya ka ba umalis sa Academy Ave dahil sayang
talent mo???) and Josh Domingo (son of Ariel)....
To the surprise and delight of everyone,
the foreign based Matatags, spearheaded by the MasMatatags,
gave away graduation pictures, printed t-shirts with individual
pics of how we looked 35 years past, and mouse pads with our
class crest. Some enterprising Matatags used the mouse pads
as car pass the following day to get inside restricted areas
and park their vehicles inside Fort del Pilar......Hindi na
naka-angal yun mga MP.......
The night of fun had to be cut short dahil
baka ma-late for attention call si Ging Cagurangan for the
Alumni Parade the following day.....
Again, thanks to the very generous Class
Prexy, Dick as well as Annie de Leon, for hosting the dinner..
For info of the members, Dick and Annie hosted quite a handful
of Matatag activities during his tenure......
Saturday, Feb 18, 2006:
The Alumni who attended this year was not
as big as the previous years. by my guess, the number was
only about half of what I usually see. Our Class participation
however, was pretty much well represented with 37 members
reviewing the "long" (I dont think all cadets took
part in the parade) gray line...
An election of a new set of Board of Directors
was held during lunch graciously hosted by Egay and Mawee
Aglipay near Loakan Airport. It was agreed that in as much
as all Matatags were already retired from the military service,
all cadet companies (3 ea) should be have representatives.
Also, the foreign based mistahs should have representatives
though 7 would already constitute a quorum during meetings.
Hereunder are the results:
Ruben Domingo - President
Aris delos Reyes
Saturday, Feb 25, 2006:
Coup or no coup, red alert or not, resignation
or no resignation, the despedida party hosted by the Class
in Cafe Villa at the PA Officers Clubhouse pushed thru. Those
who signified to attend were advised to bring extra clothes
just in case the members were not allowed to go out of camp
anymore.. hehehe. Guess the intelligence people had an easier
time monitoring and accounting the whereabouts of the Matatags..
( I gathered Rex Piad was not arrested but went along with
his arrested golfing partner Gen Montano)...
The evening unexpectedly turned out to be
full of fun and laughter with lots of again food, dancing,
picture taking and bolahizing....The ladies had loads of fun
doing lots of line dancing believing that this would bring
back their shapely figures 35 years past.... And this is for
the record..All Matatags present (well, except for Aris and
Mel), had some line dancing lessons under the tutelage of
....who else....Eva Cruz. One of the big surprise of the evening
was the dance exhibition (well aside from Ave-Eva Cruz and
Virtus-Lita Gil of course whom we envy very much) of Dan Perico
and ___ (could somebody help me out here kung sino na nga
partner nya!!!!!)......Saan ka nag-secret lessons Dan? Kaya
ka ba madalas umuwi dito? ...hahahaha, joke lang po!! Happy
Birthday pala (28 Feb).
In the 'Name that Bogo-bogo" game concocted
by the MasMatatag balikbayans, the ladies present almost had
a perfect score until they failed to recognize the looks of
1st Class Cadets Viduya and Cabagnot........The Class would
like to thank the foreign based Matatags and MasMatatags for
those blowup grad pictures...For those absent that evening,
I have some of the unclaimed pictures..
Just before the party broke at way past midnight
(I think it was already 0030), Rolly Garcia suggested that
a reunion be held at the US in Feb of 2007. He had to eat
his words when he initiated a US round trip ticket raffle
joke which was followed by pledges from some members present.
Those who left early were disqualifed in the raffle.....Sorry
po sa inyo.....
Here are the winners of that raffle (economy
ticket lang po ha):
|Roll and Malou Garcia
|Virtus and Lita Gil
|Ariel and Rochee Domingo
|Ave and Eva Cruz
|Ernie and Ching fernandez
||Nina delos Reyes
|Danny and Charito perico
|Jun and Tess Paynor
|Unknown sponsor c/o Rolly Garcia