Heidi M. Pascual*
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* 2006 Journalist of the Year for the State
of Wisconsin (U.S.-SBA)
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A Filipino Christmas Tradition
Heidi Pascual with some of her high school batch mates during
their class Christmas Party last December 16.
endless laughter to all, as losers provided comic relief amid strong competition. Even the group singing of locally composed
contemporary tunes with lyrics that speak of greying hair and eternal love became more meaningful to everyone that dared to
share their voices, regardless of whether or not they were in tune. The greetings, the hugs and endless chatting were surely
a visible showing of what’s going to happen during our Golden Jubilee. One thing certain though, was the fact that each
person looked for former classmates for company. It was undeniably a wonderful sight to watch former classmates
embrace, kiss, and group together for prolonged chatting. Nobody wanted to part ways even after hours of storytelling about
their lives, family, children, etc!

I, like all the rest of my high school batch, am looking forward to our Grand Reunion, where we’ll have the opportunity to thank
our former teachers for helping shape us as young individuals with dreams, most of whom worked so hard to accomplish
whatever we enjoy today. It will also be an opportunity to see long-lost old friends who went abroad to seek greener pastures
and succeeded in reaching their dreams. In like manner, it will be an opportunity to reach out to batchmates who never left
our town and didn’t have the chance to go to college or pursue a career; or those whose health are failing and need help.
Batch ’68 looks at making a difference in the lives of those batchmates who are in need, as well as of young students whose
education is in peril because of poverty.

Meanwhile, let me share with you a photo that captured the memorable Christmas Party get-together of our high school
batch.
By Heidi M. Pascual

As our high school batch nears our Grand Reunion this
coming February 2018, our get-togethers become more
often and more well-attended. This year, we started
having monthly meetings, personalized visits to homes
of former high school batchmates, and a more
aggressive promotion of our meetings and Grand
Reunion. Last December 16, we held our Christmas get-
together at the town mayor’s covered court in Barangay
Calios, Santa Cruz, Laguna, and we were all extremely
glad to take note of more than one hundred attendees,
many of whom bringing food to share and raffle prizes
ranging from kitchen wares to small and medium-sized
appliances. Christmas season is truly the season for
giving, and doing so gives one that special feeling of
being in the spirit of this most important and happiest
month in the Christian world.

The games for the seniors were fun games, bringing