We were fortunate to hold our reunion on January 24, 2015, following Pope Francis’ spectacular religious service in which some of us were fortunate to attend.
Ten class members, who came with their spouses from the U.S., hosted a reunion for Philippine-based classmates in return for their efforts in organizing activities for us every year.
It was indeed the most joyous occasion for us to be with longtime friends again even as we hold reunions and tours twice a year and join medical/surgical missions once a year. It was also our special privilege to be the first class to hold a reunion at the truly elegant Thomasian Alumni Center.
We had the usual picture-taking sessions, a tour of the Alumni Center, an informal meeting at the beautiful ballroom and a Lauriat luncheon by the Wanchai restaurant.
Our distinguished guests were Rev. Fr. Rolando Dela Rosa, O.P., our principal speaker; Rev. Fr. Angel Aparicio, Regent of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery; Dr. Jesus Valencia, current Dean of the College of Medicine and Dr. Marcel Banzon, UST Medicine Alumni Association president. All three welcomed us and gave brief update of recent important events of the Faculty and of the Alumni. In response, the president of the Philippine Chapter, Ludy Torres, and I also gave updates from our class. Unfortunately, Rev. Fr. Rector Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P. could not join us in the event.
Fr. Dela Rosa gave an inspirational speech about the joys and privileges of growing older spiced with his trademark humor that inspired this “Forever Young” Class to finally agree to grow older. It was Fr. Dela Rosa, during his term as a Rector, who challenged us to reach a seemingly impossible goal of raising $200,000 for the Thomasian Alumni Center. When we reached $247,000, he bestowed on us the official titles of “The Distinguished Medicine Class of 1962” and “Exemplars of Loyalty” for donating the highest amount. Hopefully, other classes in any college will be inspired or challenged to give more.
During our Golden Jubilee celebrations in UST in January of 2012, Fr. Dela Rosa honored us with a “special luncheon reception” at the Seminary Gym and awarded every member in attendance a gold medal. In addition, our golden jubilee wonderfully coincided with the stupendous culminating celebrations of the Quadricentennial year of UST.
We have retired many years ago, but we are just very loyal and proud Thomasians. We have deep love and gratitude to UST for our outstanding education that prepared us for our professional careers. We eagerly look forward to our 55th anniversary in January 2017 with a major reunion in UST to almost equal the over 200- member attendance last 2012.