I was not able to go back to St. Scho ever since I graduated in 2009. I haven’t gotten my yearbook yet, even my Senior’s Night DVD, when in fact they were already released last year. It’s not that I don’t wanna go back, I just can’t find time. But last Sunday, 17th of July, I felt it was about time I should make time for it. I felt it was the right time to visit our alma mater. My bestfriend, Pau, and I felt it was the perfect time to go back home. After all, this school has been a big part of who I am now. It molded my whole being, and it taught me countless values. It is indeed my second home. (Too bad Anto, Jesz and Mazy weren’t with us…)
St. Scholastica’s Academy-Marikina is celebrating its 50th year which is why there was a really huge and grand event: an Alumnae Homecoming. Pau and I planned to meet at the Gate3 at around 3PM. And at that very moment we stepped in, I felt extremely relieved. After more than two years, finally, I was back in my comfort zone. I can’t even explain my happiness. Though I noticed a lot of changes, it is still my school. That is still St. Scho Mkna right there. I can’t believe I was again within the campus!! So we first decided to go to the HS Principal’s Office to claim our yearbooks but unfortunately, it was closed. We immediately proceeded to our ‘tambayan’ during recess and lunch time. I felt like crying, really. I missed the old times. I missed how that corner witnessed all the laughter, all the stories we used to tell, and everything we used to do. I missed how we call that place ‘ours’.
After visiting the canteen and reminiscing our memorable moments, we then went to Gym1 and Gym2 to see what was in there. We saw some of our teachers and I was so glad when they said who I was. OMG! My highschool teachers still could recognize me! That was one of the best things in life, at least for me. Hee hee! I was actually hoping to see Mrs. Cabantac, our adviser back in fourth year, but she wasn’t there. Anyway… There were also booths which sell different kinds of stuff: shoes, bags, make up, food, etc.
After roaming around for some time, we then decided to go to Alana’s place since: 1.) It is just near the area; 2.) Our other batchmates were nowhere to be found and; 3.) We couldn’t think of something to do anymore. Well, perhaps that is because the Gala Night (I think this was the highlight of the event) is still at 7PM. And the time was just 5PM. Hahaha!
At around 6PM, we went back to St. Scho already. Now, along with Alana and Rox. And this time, there was more excitement! When we arrived at the gym, there were lots of fellow Kulasas from different batches! I remember how we gather at that exact same place for first Friday mass, general assembly, symposium, variety shows, etc. during our time. What an awesome time to reminisce! ♥ Plus, our batchmates were already there! I was so glad we were all able to catch up, to take pictures, to cheer together and more importantly, to be as one all over again!
The hosts for the night were Ms. Agot Isidro and Ms. Amy Perez given that they are also alumni of the school. The whole thing was fun and I swear I missed yelling for the whole batch. Batch2009 was the best! The roll call of batches started from batch1960+ (I am not sure of the exact year) up to the latest batch who graduated. And there were 14 batches who performed, though Pau and I weren’t able to watch all of it. And oh, there was a special participation of Mr. Randy Santiago. Sadly, I got no picture of the three celebrities. Oh well! In totality, I absolutely enjoyed the whole homecoming stuff! It really felt like ‘home’ coming. Yes, literally. As what I’ve read in @TatakKulasa‘s tweets, SSAM is a home away from home. True that. I love you, St. Scho! Happy 50th anniversary!
PS. Credits to Roan Reyes for some of the photos. Thanks, girl!