Zamboanga of my dreams (Part 11) PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:45

By VIRGINIA F. ELIAS

 

My dreams of Zamboanga had a detour, a change of direction, when one windy afternoon. I had a pleasant surprise, when Mr. Jose Maria “Bong” Bue, of WMSU (Western Mindanao Slate University) Masscom Department faculty extended an invitation to the WMSU Alumni Homecoming, the Masscom Department in particular.

The Masscom Batch 1989. (Silver Jubilarians) decided to come home and honor WMSU and their former Masscom faculty members. And so. one Saturday morning I revisited WMSU. Bu! I was like Silas Marner revisiting Lantern Yard, his former hometown, there were several changes in the campus. Dr. Milabel L. Ho, WMSU president, strives hard to make her vision lor WMSU. a reality.

And so. there I was with the Masscom group — some Masscom faculty members and Masscom alumni (Silver Jubilarians). trying to absorb the landscape and give my version of ihe affair. We broke bread (snacks and packed lunch). We had a “hot seat, love seat” session recounting our adventures and misadventures with humor in-between. It was a moment of truth, of reconciliation. There were some regrets in some of my mechanics, but not a heartache. Great names were recalled and some sad remarks in passing for the departed ones.

To the group, 1 extend my sincere thanks for the kind gesture. It was a perk. The fire of inspiration was rekindled. It was a consolation in my old age.

To Rhodora Vidad Eguia, a successful graduate, thanks for the donation of t-shirts. To Mila Arieta, thanks for the write-up.

Among those who shared the memory lane were Masscom faculty members Joy B. Mendoza (current Masscom department head), her mother Julie B. Mendoza was a former Miss Zamboanga and her aunt Helen Mendoza is a writer; Dr. Lea U. Laput, competent WMSU University Bulletin editor Prof. Julie U. Cabato (beauty and brains); Jose Maria “Bong” Bue, smart and popular media man; and resourceful Edralin “Butch” Villanueva.

Among the Masscom Silver Jubilarians present were Jose Maria “Bong” Bue, Felipe, “Philip” Abuy III, Fedibert Alejandro, Marietta Kanapia Jose, Shirley Santiago Barrios, Reina Lozada, Nurhani Handi Cruza. Their epilogue was a celebration.

Loitering before going home I seemed to hear the whispers of the old school days. My thoughts wander. But the mists of time shadowed the images.

WMSU will always be a landmark for me. It nurtured my parents, myself, husband, brother, sister and my children. God bless WMSU.

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A lament: We were all stunned by the passing away recently of TERESITA N. SOL1VEN, a prominent resident of Tetuan, Zamboanga City. We fondly remember her as cheerful and smart, caring of family, relatives and friends, involved with out-reach activities, full of social graces and also piety. Goodbye “TITS”.