15 years. That’s how long ago since my batch in high school graduated from our alma mater. Unbelievable. I never would’ve guessed had it not been thrown into the dinner table yesterday.
Yes, there was a reunion. A high school reunion. It’s by our class at Araullo High School, IV-1 of Batch ’96. I almost passed but I’m glad I saw Jovee scratching a prepaid load card at a 7-11 store near the meeting place. It was only recently that I was with Jovee, when our barkada celebrated Christmas and his birthday.
The plan according to Pablo, our class president, was for us to do something different this time around. We’ll do an outreach program, he told us over Facebook last December. And then text messages went flying in and around as to the date, venue, and what to bring. The program details were hazy but our beneficiary: KASAMAKA CBR Foundation at Brgy. La Paz, Makati City, an NGO that cares for disabled children. It was an easy choice as Olive works as a social worker at KASAMAKA.
Aside from Pablo, the first ones we saw at the meeting place were Vangie, Marvin, Jeff, and Jojet. Pablo and Marvin were the main driving force behind this occasion as their vacation will be over soon and they’ll have to go back to the middle east to work. I was surprised to see Vangie because it was a Sunday, family day. Jojet, on the other hand, is a big surprise to reunion regulars as he had been missing in action for a while now. It was also my first time to see Jeff after so long.
Next to arrive at the meeting place were Jamin and his girl, Raschel, and Rosemarie. I often bump into these two (or should I say three) in various places. The last time I saw Jamin and Christine was at a mall last November. And Rosemarie while waiting for a bus ride along Gil Puyat Ave.
Shaun came in a little later and then Nhess. I was happy to see Shaun and Nhess in a much better state now. Shaun now sports a car and Nhess is now a regular at a telecom company. Very nice turnaround.
And then there’s Bel and Dheck and Beth and their beautiful baby. Bel is still single but beautiful and simple as ever. On the other hand, I’d like to say for the record that Beth and Dheck is a beautiful couple. I am close to being a fan, no kidding.
Joining us in our celebration were 20 kids from KASAMAKA and their families and two more social workers.
The afternoon was generosity in overdrive. There was overflowing sharing not just of the goods that we brought but also in terms of fun and good vibes. The parents we saw were not of the “paawa” type we always see on Wowowee. What I saw were happy and confident parents. I am not sure how KASAMAKA forms them but what I am sure of is that they are doing a great job.
The after-outreach party happened at Gerry’s Grill in SM Mall of Asia where we all stayed for three hours of never-ending reminiscing and updates and everything in between. After-after-party was at Starbucks and then we all parted ways. Special thanks to Marvin and Pablo!
Unbelievable was the span of time that we’ve known each other. Wonderful is were we all got to right now. The future certainly looks bright for all of us! I am so proud to be part of this class. Ibang klase!