A Must Read Pieces of Literature
We were introduced to two books that were published. THE BELLS OF BALANGIGA was written by Eleanor Mendoza-Gonzalez. This is a story of 3 church bells stolen as war trophies by the US Army from the town Balangiga in Eastern Samar in 1901 during the Philippine-American war. The other book, LOVE LIFE was authored by Buding Tolentino-Gabriel’s son, George. It is a collection of life changing anecdotes that the author experienced growing up. The chapter George wrote expressing his love for his mother on Valentine’s Day was quite moving and inspirational.
A CASH FULL IN A SHOPPING BAG
Known as a true Philantrophist in heart and soul, Fil Salvador and his lovely wife, Wilma donated PhP.100,000 to the Mutual Assistance Fund. This large amount of cash would not fit his wallet so he handed Cyn Flores-Fernandez a large shopping bag filled to the brim with Peso bills. The MAF is a Class 72 Interns endowment fund to support classmates who have serious ailments.
MIKEY SANTOS, The Next Manny Pac Man?
Mikey Santos, the pride of Ides Santos won the Championship on his weight division at the Alabama Golden Glove Championship Tournament held March 31-April 1, 2012. Next stop Regional Southern states conference. The next Manny Paquiao?
2012, THE YEAR OF OUR RUBY JUBILEE. 40 YEARS!
The UST Class 72 Interns is celebrating its Ruby Jubilee next year, 2012. Our Ruby Jubilee will be celebrated in two events. In January, 2012 there will be a kickoff party in Manila, hosted by Philippine Classmates. Jan 22, 2012 will be the USTMAA Phil Grand Alumni Homecoming to be held at the Manila Hotel. The Blessing and a Soft Inauguration of the Thomasian Alumni Center will take place Jan 26, 2012. The much anticipated Closing Ceremony of the Quadricentennial Celebration will take place Jan 27, 2012.
The main event of our Ruby Jubilee celebration will be at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, the week of August 18-22, 2012 and hosted by USTMAA in America. Much planning has gone into making these years of celebration truly worthy of your attention. Mark these dates on your calendar. The detail of activities will be posted.
HIGHLIGHTS UST QUADRICENTENNIAL, JAN 22-28, 2011.
It is my pleasure and privilege to bring you highlights of the recent Quadricentennial Reunion that was held in our home country, Manila, Philippines. More than 40,000 Thomasian Alumni and Students came to celebrate the 400th Birthday of the Founding of the University of Santo Tomas. The largest ever gathering of all Thomasians!
Over 60 of our Class 72 Interns Classmates came together at Makati Intercontinental on January 25, 2011. Some came for the first time, 39 years since graduation. While the years have brought change to our physical bodies, our spirits remained young and eager.
Our enthusiasm was evident in the joke telling sessions we all enjoyed. We were entertained with ballroom dancing of Walter Lucas and wife Lilia, abundant food and drink, and fellowship unrivaled by anything else. Our only problem was that more time was needed to fully grasp the magnanimous agenda that was laid before us.
While at the Reunion I was honored to pay respects to our classmate Menchit Borja-Yudis whose father, Dr. Manuel Borja died the last week of January, 2011. As you recall he was a professor, FMS Dept of OB-GYN.
UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS –
TOP 100 UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD!
DON’T MISS THIS AMAZING EVENT COMING UP
An amazing event is coming upon us very soon. How fortunate we are, UST Medical Alumni to be a part of this momentous, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, the Quadricentennial celebration of the founding of our beloved University of Santo Tomas in 2011. The 400 years’ existence of the University has nurtured a reputation of excellence, of which we are all fortunate beneficiaries of.
AN UPDATE OF THE UST QUADRICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, January 22-28, 2011 in Manila.
Highlites: Jan 22 Sat Gala Night for 2010 Jubilarians. Jan 23 Sun Gala Night for 2011 Jubilarians, both will be held at Shangrila, Makati. $60/person/night.
Jan 25 Tue Dinner Reunion with Class 72 Interns- 7 PM at 2nd Floor, Makati Intercontinental. $40/person. Contact person for above events: Cyn Flores-Fernandez, E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan 26 Wed (Optional) Street Parade at UST Campus in lieu of the Luneta to UST Parade.
Top picture: TAC groundbreaking ceremony held Dec 2009. L to R: Ramon Legarda, Auring Gonzalez, Zita Yorro, Charlie Capati, Tony Gonzalez, Joe & Stella Evangelista, and Fr. Rector Rolando de la Rosa. USTMAAA & FOUNDATION representatives giving our initial donation of $250,000 for the building fund.
UST Medical Alumni Association in America (USTMAAA) Quadricentennial Celebration Schedule of Events: Jan 27-28, 2011 at the Manila Hotel & UST Campus.
Jan 27, 2011, Thursday.
4:00 – 5:00 PM UST Singers Concert. Choir of the World- L. Pavarotti Grand Prize Winner at Manila Hotel.
6:30 PM Dinner/Dance Manila Hotel Fiesta Pavilion.
Jan 28, 2011, Friday
8:00 AM – 12 PM CME at Manila Hotel
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM Luncheon & Fashion Show at Manila Hotel
3:00 PM Depart for UST Campus (Shuttle Service to be provided to registered guests)
4:00 PM Blessing of the Thomasian Alumni Center at UST
5:00 PM Grand Procession in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary at UST
6;00 PM Quadricentennial Concelebrated Thanksgiving Mass at UST
8:00 PM Grand Dinner- Thomasian Alumni Community (Reserved ticketss and seats) at UST.
For USTMAAA Quad Events: Registration Fee $235/person. Includes all events of USTMAAA Schedule of Events Jan 27-28, 2011. Send check to
USTMAAA Exec Office, 7071 Orchard Lake Rd, Suite 333, West Bloomfield, MI 48322, No later than November 30, 2011. For more information, visit USTMAAA Website: www.ustmaaa.org
It is no secret that the University of Santo Tomas has been deemed by the International Education Commission one of the top 100 universities in the world. The UST, Faculty of Medicine & Surgery is in the top ten among the foreign medical institutions by the US Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. As alumni, we know first hand the quality education we received. An anonymous author has stated that an educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life. Our Alma Mater has given us the skills to make comfortable and gracious lives, lives that have been enriched by families and successful careers.
It is now time for us to join together and give back to the university. Education has been described as the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. In order for us to pass the opportunity from our generation to future Alumni we must act on the chance to help build a world class Alumni Center. It is the goal of our Father Rector Rolando de la Rosa to have the funding in place for this much needed facility.
Visit USTMAAA Website: www.ustmaaa.org to donate on line. PAYPAL is available for your convenience.
PACMAN AND VP MEET THOMASIANS
One notable highlight during the UST Quadricentennial Celebration was the opportunity to meet Congressman Manny Pacquiao and the Vice President of the Philippines, Jejomar Binay in one of the USTMAA in America’s events at the Manila Hotel Fiesta Pavilion on January 28, 2011. The Vice President of the Philippines, the former Mayor of Makati City, was the keynote speaker and Congressman Manny Paquiao was a Luncheon Special Guest. Both VIPs that graced the USTMAA in America event were adored by avid supporters and admirers.
REACHING OUT TO CLASS 72 INTERNS
We are reaching out to you once again. Let us team up together with class 72 Clerks to raise the $50,000 minimum goal, $25,000 for each class. Your tax deductible donations to the Thomasian Alumni Center will not only entitle your name to be preserved for future generations to see, but also help our Alma Mater take its rightful place among world class universities with world class alumni centers. A limited number of rooms are still available for name giving opportunities. We need to join our efforts and meet this challenge with high degree of success.
The Rev. Fr. Rector Rolando de la Rosa acknowledged and thanked among others Class 72 Interns for their support of the Thomasian Alumni Center. See donations of Classmates below.
FOR MORE INFO OR TO PAY ON LINE LOG ON TO USTMAAA WEBSITE. PAYPAL is available for your convenience.
CLASS 72 INTERNS DONORS/PLEDGES FOR THE THOMASIAN ALUMNI CENTER (TAC)
(For an individual donation of $1,000, your name will be inscribed in perpetuity at the Thomasian Honor Gallery of the TAC)
List of Classmates who gave their donations:
Cora Aguilar-Veza $1,000
Christy Alcid-Bumatay $500.00
Glorietta Ang-Fonte $1,000
Rey Cordero $1,000
Raffy Diokno $1,000
Dante Gapultos $1,000
Beth Garcia-McCoy $1,000
Ping Labayo $1,000
Vir Lopez $1,000
Tessie Silverio-Lansang $1,000
Mimi Villanueva-Dejarme $1,000
List of Classmates who each made $1,000 pledge for the TAC:
Jun Agbunag, Cecille Bayes-Vallejo, Boy de Guzman, Mar Loveranes,
Greg Tolentino, Edgar Vallejo.
HOW TO DONATE / PLEDGE:
Make your check payable to: USTMAAA FOUNDATION- Alumni Center. Please notate on the memo, write TAC and name of class or organization to which donation will be credited to, e.g., Class 72 Interns.
USTMAAAF EXECUTIVE OFFICE
7071 Orchard Lake Rd. Suite 333
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
I look forward to hearing from you soon. THANK YOU.
F.C. Dante Gapultos, M.D.
President, USTMAA in America Foundation, 2010-12
Cell: (256) 810.1360 Home: (256) 332.9754
An initial monetary outlay of $5 Million has been proposed for the 5 story building. USTMAA in America & Foundation has pledged $1,000,000 for the project which will be built at the site of the old Gymnasium at the P Noval entrance to the campus. As of October 2011, more than $800,000 have been collected in cash. Please make your contribution with haste so that the Thomasian Alumni Center (TAC) can become a reality. The building will have several hostel-like rooms, a few mini-auditoria, a ballroom, alumni offices, meeting rooms available for wedding banquets, baptismal parties, etc. Based on the level of giving all these rooms are available for “naming rights”. Once operational, the Center will be self sustaining. Visit USTMAAA Website: www.ustmaaa.org for on line giving.
The top fundraisers for the TAC to date:
Drs. Jose & Stella Evangelista Class ’68 – $100,000
Class Organization or Chapter:
Class ’62 Association – $154,000 and counting.
If a class of retired Alumni can make a significant contribution, there is no doubt we can meet or surpass the contribution ourselves.
HOW TO DONATE / PLEDGE:
PAY ON LINE: Log on to the USTMAAA Website:www.ustmaaa.org
Make your check payable to: USTMAAA FOUNDATION- Alumni Center. Please notate on the memo, write TAC and name of class or organization to which donation will be credited to, e.g., Class 72 Interns, Flores Family, Tau Mu Sigma Phi.
USTMAAAF EXECUTIVE OFFICE
7071 Orchard Lake Rd. Suite 333
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
THE CLASS 72 TATALON PROJECT
A kick-off of our Class 72 Social Project spearheaded by Ching San Luis happened on the day of the Epiphany. The class of the Precious and Elite and their spouses, Jerry and Bebay Rivera-Arcangel, Cyn Flores-Fernandez, Rey and Virgie Mariano, Ging Najera-Ison, Jopie Merino, Marivic San Luis, with classmates from USA and Germany, Raffy Diokno, Nancy Padla, Rosel and Mike de Perio graced the special occasion. The Class 72 donation of Php 75,000 was handed over to GK to build a house for Mr and Mrs Ramos and their 9 children. At present time the family of eleven lives in a small shack in a depressed area in Quezon City. Click
here to view more photos of the Class 72 Tatalon Project. Pictures compliments of Bebay and Jerry Rivera-Arcangel.
Our most generous classmates: Raffy Diokno has pledged Php 50,000, and Ides Santos pledged to build 6 houses for the village! The Class 72 ladies conducted a Rummage sale, most of the stuff provided by our generous classmate, Lepit Tan. It made Php 1,400 out of the sale. Our ever gracious, Nancy Padla, matched the amount. When all is said and done, the Village will be named UST Medicine Class 1972 GK Community.
Click here to read the full text of Ching SL Homily.
It is just befitting homage to THE CLASS 72: The Precious, The Elite, and I may add, The Magnanimous!
Jan 6, 2008.
THE FIRST RESPONDER
On Northwest Flight 0071 from Detroit to Manila, Dec 7, 2007, a distress call was made by the flight attendant for a passenger having a coronary syndrome. Quess who was the first responder? Susan Borromeo-Yuson was first. She evaluated the gentleman and reassured him and the flight attendant that he will be okey.
We did not know we were on the same flight until we deplaned in Narita, Japan. She asked me why I did not respond to the call. “Definitely, if it was an unscheduled delivery, I would be there first with my shoe string.” I replied.
Susan, you are the best, you know you don’t need me there! -Dante.
THE 3 SAINTS TOUR DE FRANCE
The 3 Saints of Class 72 Tour de France. Oct 2007.
The three Santoses, Left to Right: Ed Santiago, Mones Santos, and Ides Santos concluded their Tour de France which included the Holy places of St. Therese of Liseux, St. Catherine Labour of Rue du Bac, St. Bernadetee of Lourdes. The background of the photo is the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
HALL OF FAMERS
Greg and Melinda Tolentino & Family were inducted the Model Family, at the 14th Annual Chicago Filipino-American Hall of Fame on November 3, 2007. Greg Tolentino is practicing Radiation Oncologist in Blue Island, Illinois. Greg and Melinda’s three daughters pursued medical careers. Click here to see the full Tolentino’s family picture. Angie is Chief Resident in Medicine at Lutheran Medical Center. She will undergo Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology after her residency. Meg is a Resident of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine at Rush Univ Med Ctr. Stephani is a 4th year medical student. Congratulations to Greg and Melinda Tolentino. Your family is a great boon to your community and to society at large.
A CLASS ACTION
Cecille Bayes-Vallejo was inducted President of the Royal Pontifical University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association of New York October 20, 2007, in their 16th Anniversary Festivities, Manang Biday at Sheraton Hotel, Newark, NJ. The Past President of the esteemed organization was Ramon Legarda, and the Immediate Past President, Mel Agbayani-Bravo, all from Class 72. A Class Action indeed. Congratulations!
JUBILARIANS HONORED, Oct 2007
The Class 72 Coral Jubilarians were honored at the 16th Anniversary of the Royal Pontifical University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association of New York at Sheraton, Newark, N.J.
THE DANCING STARS
Walter & Lilia Lucas garnered the championship medals in ChaCha, Rumba, and Bolero at their age group at the 2007 National Dance Sport Championship held at Louisville, Kentucky. Walter & Lilia are world class ballroom champs.
Congratulations Lilia and Sky Walter!
Angela Veza, youngest daughter of Cora Aguilar-Veza and late husband,Greg, had her debut at Marriott Hotel in Louisville, KY, August 2007. We watched her grow from a pretty girl to a fully blossomed beautiful lady. Happy Birthday Angel!
Melanie Agbayani-Bravo was elected President of The Pontifical University of Santo Tomas Medical Alumni Association of New York for the year 2007-08. They will hold their 16th Anniversary Celebration to honor their Alumni and 2007 Jubilarians, October 20, 2007 at Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel, Newark, New Jersey. Melanie is a practicing Pediatrician in New York. She is married to Joaquin Bravo, brother of Genevieve Bravo.
SI KAPITAN AT ANG KANYANG TENYENTE
Nancy Castro, the spouse of Raffy Castro, is Kapitan Del Bario of Hickory Hills, Illinois. The 32nd “Samahan Sa Baryo” Anniversary Ball took place on September 29, 2007. Saludo kami kay Kapitan Nancy at ang kanyang guapong Tenyente, Raffy sa kanyang tabi.
HOT TV HOST
Our very own Mandy Saguin is the host of a popular Philippine public service TV programs, Kaagapay and Kami Naman. You can see him everyday Mon-Fri at www.untvweb.com. Kaagapay is aired Monday thru Friday, 7-8 PM (RP time), and Kami Naman is on Sat and Sun,5-7 AM (RP time). More power to you Mandy.
A PLEA & A PRAYER. by Alexis Munoz-Dasig
This is a plea and a prayer written by Alexis Munoz-Dasig for our classmates in need.
Ernie Tan, The Big Brother.
Our classmate, Ernie Tan is featured in the July 1, 2008 issue of the OB-GYN News, of all newspapers being a urologist. You need to read the inspiring article of Ernie. His magnanimous spirit shines to everyone for us to emulate. Ernie and Connie are also benefactors of The Class 72 Legacy. We are so proud of you. More power to you and your family.
Mano-a-Mano Medical Mission in Palawan
Mano-a-Mano Medical and Surgical Salvage Inc. of New Jersey, USA held a medical mission at El Nido and Taytay, Palawan. 1800 indigent patiens were served. The noble medical mission was headed by our classmates, Lorna Bayes, Susan Borromeo-Yuson, and Dolly Belmonte-Sy.
To the big hearted trio, MORE POWER TO YOU!
THE TOTAL AWARDEE, 2008
Dr. Rimando “Mandy” Saguin was the recipient of The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Award for Community Service, for the year 2008. The TOTAL Award is the highest recognition and honor bestowed by the University and USTAAI (UST Alumni Association Inc.)
Congratulations to our very own Mandy and his lovely wife, Peachie.
From left to right: Dr. Placido “Jun” Calimag,Past Pres. of USTMAA Phil. Fr. Rector Magnificus, Rolando de la Rosa, Dr. Mandy Saguin, Lady Pres of USTAAI, and Fr Regent FMS Winston Cabading.
NEW HEAD OF UST FMS MEDICINE DEPT.
Bernardo “Doy” Briones, M.D. is the newly appointed Chairman of the Department of Medicine, University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. Congratulations to our very own classmate, Doy Briones to this well deserved position.
A BIG MOVE FOR MANDYS KAAGAPAY
Our Celebrity Public Service-Caster, Mandy Saguin moved to a larger Station at 907 Philam Homes, Edsa, QC. The Public service program, KAAGAPAY which he hosts is aired at regular channel in North America and Canada IPQUBE or www.untvweb.com. It is on at 4:30 – 5:30 PM Monday to Friday. See our classmate celebrity!
The 3 LOCOS!
The Three Locos. June 2009
L to R: Mar Loveranes, Walter Lucas, Vir Lopez.
Go Go Go GOK
Introducing the Incredible Go Koc Tin
Walter Lucas, (Center), Vir Lopez, (right).
MR PRESIDENT, RUSTY
Rustico Jimenez. President of the Private Hospital Association of the Philippines at a Ballroom Event, Hyatt Hotel & Casino, November 2009. The event was graced by Secretary Gibo Teodoro and USEC Alex Padilla of DOH. More power to you Rusty!
Click here to see more pictures of Pres. Rusty.