Here’s an invitation to a high school reunion PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 June 2016 14:15



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Train the child in the way that he should go, and he will not depart from it when he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible).

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GRAND REUNION SET FOR NRMC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES: One awesome and truly great school in Central Luzon in the 1970s through the 1990s was the Dr. Nicanor Reyes Memorial Colleges (NRMC) in Paniqui, Tarlac, where I finished my high school education in 1973. It was owned by the family that also owned, then and now, the world-famous Far Eastern University in Manila (and now in Diliman, Quezon City, too).

For one mysterious reason or another that was never explained fully, however, NRMC closed down in 1998 or so. It could not have been due to financial reasons because NRMC was a school that generated heavy enrollment from many areas of the whole of Luzon, and was therefore totally profitable.

But whatever be the reason for NRMC’s closure, its graduates from its high school department from 1950 to 1998 are not about to let the fond memories of their stay in NRMC go down the drain. They are literally fighting back to immortalize their togetherness, as it were, during the times they were carefree and full of visions and dreams, and this they intend to do with one grand alumni homecoming in March 2017.

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HERE’S AN INVITATION TO THE NRMC REUNION: So, here’s a personal message to those concerned: if you graduated from NRMC High School Department somewhere between 1950 and 1998, you are expected to attend and meet not just your fellow graduates, but even the others who graduated before and after you finished your secondary course with the school.

According to Dr. Rowena Abubo Bautista, the president of the NRMC High School Class 1973, the date of the grand alumni homecoming has been set on March 25-26, 2017. The venue however is yet to be chosen, but it is more likely to be held at the public auditorium infront of the Paniqui Town Hall.

There is now a core group which is undertaking the preparations, as Dr. Bautista’s message in the Facebook account known as NRMC HS 73 says:  “We already have the interim officers to prepare for the homecoming this coming March. I have added some of our batcmates to the group so, please add the others too for easier dissemination of advisories. We would like also to include during this time our batch reunion so we will be hitting 3 birds with one stone…”

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RELIVE THE PAST, THE JOYS AND PAINS OF HIGH SCHOOL LIFE: Indeed, there is something greatly emotional in the life spent by everyone as a high school student. For many, it was during their high school days that greater academic achievement had been pursued and attained, as well as having their youthful hearts tied up with puppy loves, crushes, and, for some, longer-lasting relationships.

I know, for example, that many of those who studied together in NRMC ended up being husbands and wives who are still living together. Some, however, have had the misfortune of soured relationships and have parted ways, seeking the embrace of others. Others simply got contented with nurturing secret loves, but finding their hearts beat faster and their stomachs flutter, just by seeing the former apple of their eyes, even now.

The NRMC Grand Alumni Homecoming on March 25-26, 2017 is therefore worth attending, if only to catch up with old friends, and perhaps, old flames. I am therefore writing about this here, in the hope of generating as much interest, and as big an attendance, as possible, to make this reunion of a lifetime a successful reality. Let’s go, fellow Nicanorians!

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REMINDER: For those who have questions about the March 25-26, 2017 NRMC Grand Alumni Homecoming, you can post your queries at the Facebook page NRMC High School Class of 1950-1998 Grand Alumni Homecoming. Or you can perhaps approach Tito Valenzuela, Col. Joe Mina, or even Dr. Rowena Bautista.