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|Subject: REMINISCING THE ARAULLO DAYS... by Larry Tan Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:10 am|| |
The academic quadrangle looked much the same as when we last saw it in 1977, although there are some buildings considerably repainted but some shows the worse for wear. The years had left their mark as well on the alumni, most of whom were of approximately the era of Nora and Tom Jones. Of bell-bottoms and shaggy hairstyle. We were between 14 and 17, baby boomers at that or Marcos babies, young then when last we met; now some are grandparents (LOL). Somehow, though, a quarter-century seemed to melt away as we so easily slipped back into the role of students: quarreling either between Nora and Vilma, or Crispa and Toyota, not so much of John Travolta and Novo Bono; debating the problems of the world esp. about oil crisis and OPEC, Marcos abuses and Imeldific buying spree, Van Cliburn and George Hamilton and Dovy Bim, or simply argue on eating in the campus canteen or outside but definitely not Jolibee as it then was a small food store sitting along Carriedo! As pleasant as it was, the ease with which we returned to those days had some struggling aspect; obviously, it wasn't all that long ago, and yet our youth is behind us.
To be sure, so far we have mostly managed to stave off the dire effects of aging hahahaha. So many stories to share…... In this beloved place, we made the innocent, exciting passage from teenage into a challenging youth stage when people begin to call us either Mr.or Miss! Besides the obvious intellectual challenge, here was our first introduction into the exciting world of new friends, a different set of challenging homeworks, Noli Me Tangere, no more put-jumps and lollipops, but a more mature insight and fear of the future, the conflict of faith maybe as we see rock ‘n roll go wilder, step dances go wilder and nasty, plus the mind-altering substance destroying people around us that made us fear about pin-prickers. After all, it was the early seventies! We cannot help but look back in wonder on how young and sometimes foolish we were. Yet most of us have made our way through life safe so far; how much is due to Araullo experiences, the 4 year flag ceremony’s pick up the pieces of paper, Miss Bilog and Miss Merris’ litanies also, plus the discipline of madames Lansang, Sarmiento, Mendoza, Mahusay, and Macatangay, Sandoval, not to mention the famous, “Taro-tarong Bukid” and how much is due to providence, we may never know. At that time, we had been plagued by doubts as to whether “my life” has been worthwhile, and questioned what we wanted to accomplish with our remaining years on this earth; we suppose it was inevitable that these doubts were reignited by revisiting this place evocative of our youth.
And now, we simply look back and wonder how the thirty years made us what we are now! Some still decent, others prim and proper, some few remained spick and span, others still amboy at mahilig magpa-badge, yet some many were like private persons, others go for parties more than responsibilities, etc., etceteras! While memories of our youth and that of our contemporaries will always be of the Araullo High campus, the essence is in the method. What makes some of us unique is dedication to the truth, to be found by free and open inquiry and discussion and this is what I am after even through the years when life begins to challege. AHS has always been a school of middle classes, There are no enormous lecture halls, sophisticated audio visual rooms neither an aircon auditorium (we love the Journalism room) but we are all proud to have an alumnus who became the only Filipino journalist to win the Pulitzer Prize and the first Asian to serve as president of the UN General Assembly (1949). He also gained prominence as America's most trusted Asian spokesman aside form Ninoy. No less than AHS Carlos P. Romulo! The more Araullo became the best high school in the heart of Manila near Manila City Hall! Maybe, there were quite several times that through the years we wrestled with this question, “What if one day we meet a batchmate in high school? What kind of image should we project?” I remember our first year in this picture...That day came! And we will never forget how excited we share how we spent the past three decades, we were so excited to post messages… only to wake up this morning that like before, not all schoolmates will like us, but what is important is we got some few to stay for life. It may have happened to us after a day’s work in the journey of life that we had arrived home quite tired, grabbed a cup of coffee and in the quiet moments of our room came the thought that “I was not alone because that day came!” Lalo na sa hindi nakapagasawa, tama ba ako? There were others who lived the life of the mind, others who were willing to hear others' arguments against their most prized conclusions hahaha, others want bridge than walls, while others just merely enjoy some of us and what the heck are these people doing! Just enjoy life, let’s continue to coffee!!! If only such generosity of spirit were more common in society! Though unity may be so elusive, Solomon is precise and correct to conclude in Ecclesisastes 11… “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. 2Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: 8But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity. 9Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. 10Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.” Since that time, we have resumed contact with a number of our old classmates, and have been newly surprised at the ease with which we have resumed our old conversations. We do not intend to let these old friendships slip away again, if only because of the difficulty of finding people with whom we have so much in common (except Elmer, heeelp!). Of course, one place where such people might be found is on Forumotion e-campus. After all, to those who treasure the intellect, age and other surface attributes are much less important than the person under the skin. Feel at home at our new Home Site!
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