December 29, 2007 -- Almost 90 Aguman alumni and residents gathered for a night of reminiscing and camaraderie for the kick-off party of UP Aguman’s 35th Year at the Simple Asia Restaurant & Bar, Angeles City. The event was spearheaded by the UP Aguman Alumni Foundation, Inc led by its President, Meliza Santos-Henares. The residents also took part in the preparations by helping out in the decoration of the venue.
The alumni and resident members donned their best Hawaiian attire for the Luau-themed party. Vicky Keys (27 One 1979B) and Renan Del Rosario (Charter) were crowned the Queen and King of the Luau for having the best attire.
The Opening Remarks by Charter member Marian Santos-Nash kicked off the evening’s formal program. It was followed by the roll-call of all members starting with the residents, 2000s, 1990s, 1980s and 1970s alumni and then finally, the three Charter members present – Meliza Santos-Henares, Marian Santos-Nash and Renan Del Rosario. Most applauded in terms of their hilarious reminiscing antics were undoubtedly, the 1970s batch, led by Rosve Henson (1976B) and Kenn Ramirez (1978B).
LEFT: The venue for the event, Simple Asia Restaurant & Bar, is owned by Aguman Alumna, Vicky Keys (27-One 1979B).
RIGHT: The wacky 1970's batch, as they introduced themselves and divulge old 'secrets'!
After a Hawaiian feast consisting of roasted calf, pork kebab and garlic fish to name a few, in true Aguman bonding style the fun games began, as prepared by Rosie Dayrit (Siklab 1980A) and the residents’ Membership Committee. Some of the games were Pinoy Henyo, Bring Me and the classic Charades.
Aside from the fun games, intermission numbers were also performed: the Dance Medley of the 1970s Batch, “Mutya Ning Aguman” Kevin Peñalba’s (Langgotsi 2006B) repeat performance of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and the impromptu stand-up act of Felipe Pablo IV (Langgotsi 2006B), who spoofed Annabelle Rama and Ruffa Gutierrez.
Past UP Aguman Presidents that were present during the Luau Party were also honored: Rosve Henson (1978-79), Rene "Powie" de Guzman (1983-84), Jose Erwin Enriquez (1989-90), Greg Bituin (1993-94), Leslie Salunga (2002-03), Joeven Rex Dizon (2003-04), Joman Laxamana (2005-06) and Celine Dagdag (2006-07). Charter member Meliza Santos-Henares was also recognized for her exemplary leadership of the UP Aguman Alumni Foundation, Inc since its inception.
The prizes for the winners and the recognized individuals were Kapampangan Ensaymadas and baskets of fruits for the New Year.
LEFT: Some residents and some Alumni at the registration table.
RIGHT: The resident AguGels enjoy their free party
The alumni members present were:
Marian Santos-Nash, Charter
Meliza Santos-Henares, Charter
Renan del Rosario, Charter
Froilan "Froi" Tinio, 1974A
Rissa Hipolito-Tinio, 1974C
Edwin Dayrit, 1975A
Joseph "Boogie" David, Jr, 1976A
Christine Bautista, 1976A
Amelia "Mae" Dizon, Perez, 1976A
Joaquin "Jake" Manalastas, 1976A
Melina "Meng" Tinio-Arreza, 1976A
Alma Dionisio-Porciuncula, 1976A
Sanc Pugeda, 1976A
Rosve Henson, 1976B
Cecilia Batac, 1978A
Kenn Melencio Valentino Ramirez, 1978B
Gloria "Goya" Roque-Canlas, 1979A
Victoria Jane "Vicky" Keys, 27 One 1979B
Julie Riparip-David, 27 One 1979B
Rene "Powie" de Guzman, Siklab 1980A
Rosario "Rosie" Dayrit, Siklab 1980A
Mary Ann "Meng" Bernard, Bisaclat 1981A
Gerardo Pangan, Siklab 1980A
Malou Hipolito-Tuñgol, Sican 1983A
Annette David, Sangmetung 1985B
Jose Erwin Enriquez, Tanikala 1986A
Doby Pineda, Tanikala 1986A
Jose Victor Martin, Jr., Tanikala 1986A
Greg Bituin, Pamikalugud 1990A
Jennifer Manarang-Canlas, Pamikalugud 1990A
Patrick Canlas, Abe-Abe 1991A
Anna Katherine "Katen" Morales-Sabile, Abe-Abe 1991A
James David, Kawul-Kawul 1991B
Cherry "Cheks" Esguerra-Roa, Sapunggul 1993A
Lec David, Pecat-Pecat 1993B
Carel Roxas, Pecat-Pecat 1993B
Leslie Salunga, Ambula 2000A
Mary Ann Laud, Ambula 2000A
Andre Galang, Salagpi 2001A
Argel Joseph Casupanan, Salagpi 2001A
Joman Laxamana, Kasaup 2002A
Diana Jean Sarmiento, Kasaup 2002A
Celine Dagdag, Sampelut 2003A
Krystel "Ngotty" Cruz, Sampelut 2003A
Jean Avy Dimabuyu, Kaputul 2004A