HS’69 INVITES YOU TO JOIN 2019 HOMECOMING AT COLLEGE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT MENDIOLA , MANILA ON FEBRUARY 3, 2019
For more information ,Please contact Luz Cotoco (0917-838-0002) ,Emily Silva +63-917-539-4392 or Secretariat c/o Cora Parco and Jes Petillo 711-78-91, 63-927271-9325
HS ’69 GOLDEN JUBILARIANS & 2019 JUBILEE HOST
We are CHS High School Class ’69
Thank you Mr. Cecil Suarez for the Photos & Videos !
We are CHS High School ’69
by: Teresa Schnabel HS’69
In 1969, 145 16- and 17-year olds completed a major milestone in their lives: high school graduation. We marched down the auditorium aisles to the tune of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March with no doubts in our minds that the world was our oyster. It was a time of contradictions for us: Miss Philippines Gloria Diaz was crowned Ms.Universe; incumbent President Ferdinand Marcos won an unprecedented second full term as President, a decision the majority of Filipino people would sorely regret for decades to come; Michael Jackson turned 11; Neil Armstrong took the first steps in the moon; the Philippines New People’s Army was formed (CPP-NPA). And we graduated from high school!
We were filled with the exuberance and idealism of youth. We were sheltered but rebellious; we were idealistic but pretended to be jaded; we were religious and spiritual but were drawn to all things secular; we were creative, competent and hard-working, even as we down-played our emerging talents and character. The seeds we planted then, sprouted, thrived and luxuriated through a 50-year period which comes to a head in Feb. 2019.
We were idealistic – We gave up our junior-senior prom that year, a hugely important rite of passage, in favor of donating funds to a CHS school in Sapang Palay, which still stand to this day. We shed a few tears and argued amongst ourselves but came through for something bigger than us. And as we slogged through dark years of social unrest and martial law, we saw some classmates embrace radicalism, give up their creature comforts and goals, and head for the hills, taking a path that forever changed their lives. Some of us chose to work for change within the system and worked for government agencies, an attempt to foster change from within.