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Pampanga High School Class of 1954

The Class Members - Five Decades Later (Part III)

Many of the members of PHS Class 1954 attained their "ambitions" but there were some who changed professional careers to suit their needs and personal desires. There were some who joined the labor force and some initiated their own business ventures after graduating from high school.

As we are aware, we do not know when The Almighty God will call us to cross the Great Beyond. Although it is difficult to admit but it is a reality, the following were reported to have departed from this world ahead of us:

Aurea Ablaza, Orlando Aguilar, Ricardo Angeles, Melencio Basco, Hermenigildo Batac, Armando Biliwang, Candido Bingcang, Rogelio Bondoc, Ricardo H. Castillo, Amor Castro, Garner Cruz, Exequiel Cunanan, Agustin Cuyugan, Alberto David, Fernando David, Ireneo David, Remedios David, Tirso Dayrit, Arcadio Dimalanta, Simon Dionicio, Josefina Dizon, Catalino Domingo, Aida Garcia-Rodriguez, Iluminada Garcia-Cruz, Pacita L. Gopez, Zoilo Gonzales,  Zoilo Gueco, Orlando Guerrero, Eduardo Herrera, Nestor Herrera, Igmidio Javier, Jr., Paulina Koh, Prudencio Lacson, Pacifico Lagman, Alfredo Lumba, Alberto Lanuza, Eduardo Lapuz, Jovencio Liwanag, Isabelita Lugue-Lorenzo, Roberto Lugue, Gabriel Magtoto, Virginia Magtoto, Josefina Malang-Hsiao, Jesus S. Mallari, Ruben Mallari, Lucila Manaloto-Calma, Teodoro Maniago, Jose Manlapaz, Maria Paz Marucut-Peralta, Vicente Mercado, Ofelia Miranda-Domingo, Augusto Nepomuceno, Jr.,  Onofre Pangilinan, Virgilio Panlilio, Bienvenido Pinpin, Benjamin Policarpio, Nestor Pongco, Pascual del Prado, Orlando Punsalan, Honorio Reyes, Ernesto Sagun, Rogelio Sagun, Vladimer Sampang, Antonio Santiago, Amelia P. Santos-Sandico, Bernardo Santos, Lydia Santos, Ricardo Santos, Joselito Sembrano, Camilo Simon, Ruben Sitson, Armando L. Tala, Abelardo Tolentino, Antonio Tuazon, Angelina Twano-Evangelista, Lourdes Twano, Pedro Vargas, Jr., Jesus A. Yangco, Benjamin Yap, Iluminada Zapanta and Jesus Zapata. May they rest in peace!

Partial list based on information compiled by the author:

InventorDalmacio P. Inventor (IV-1), the class valedictorian, graduated Summa Cum Laude in Accounting from Far Eastern University in Manila. He joined SGV, the biggest CPA firm in the Philippines.  His employer sponsored his graduate studies at Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S.A. After obtaining his MBA in Corporate Finance, he worked for a year with Coopers & Lybrand, CPAs. While in New York; he married Dr. Merle S. David of PHS Class 1955. He returned to the Philippines to fulfill his contractual agreement with his graduate studies sponsor. During the martial law regime of President Ferdinand Marcos, he decided to return to New York where he and his wife worked for many years. He retired in 2003 as a senior staff member in the financial management group of Pfizer, a large worldwide pharmaceutical firm based in New York City. The Inventors have a home in New York and a newly built home in Temecula, California. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the PHS Class 1954 Alumni Association USA-Canada Chapter and a PHS Centennial Awardee in the field of Accountancy.

 

PunsalanCicero J. Punsalan (IV-1), the award-winning orator, outstanding student leader and high school salutatorian, graduated also as salutatorian from the prestigious College of Law of the University of the Philippines. He became a highly respected attorney, a popular politician, a successful businessman and a private school executive. His distinguished public service is highlighted by his election as number one councilor and vice mayor of the capital city of San Fernando, provincial board member and President Pro Tempore of Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pampanga and a member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa. He was also elected twice as provincial vice governor and became the acting governor of Pampanga in the eighties. He is married to the former Purificacion Calma of PHS Class 1959 and their children are Norbin, a lawyer, Rowena, a Biological Science and Zoology graduate, Adeline, a Mass Communication degree holder, Oliver, an Occupational Therapist and Marco, a graduate in BS Management. He is the Vice President for Pampanga of the PHS Class 1954 Alumni Association and an officer of several socio-civic-religious-professional organizations and a PHS Centennial Awardee in the field of Law.

 

TalaArmando Tala (IV-1), 1st Honorable Mention, who originally planned to become a chemical engineer, graduated instead in Accounting and joined the CPA profession. He and some members of his family perished in a tragic fire that destroyed their lives and their home. May they rest in peace!

 

TwanoAngelina Twano-Evangelista (IV-1), 2nd Honorable Mention, exceedingly diligent, conscientious and determined as she was in her studies, on a scale of one to ten (1 to 10), with 10 being the best, she was a perfect "10" to accomplish her goal of becoming an educator. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in Education (BSE) from the University of the Philippines in April, 1958 and she taught at her college Alma Mater in Metro Manila until 1972. She received a generous U.S. Government Scholarship Grant in 1964-66 to pursue graduate studies at the University of Hawaii and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Later, she obtained a Master of Education (M. Ed) from the University of Illinois. She is married to Exquicinio Evangelista, a professional engineer and a member of PHS Class of 1950. They migrated to Chicago, Illinois in 1972 and raised a beautiful and successful family. She recently retired as a junior high school teacher in Chicago. Her two sons (Angel - BS Chemical Engineering/BS Chemistry) and Jesse (BS in Mechanical Engineering) grew up in the Windy City and followed the footsteps of their Dad as professional engineers. She is a director of the PHS Class 1954 Alumni Association USA-Canada Chapter.

 

LumbaRuth Lumba-de Jesus (IV-1), 3rd Honorable Mention, gracious, brilliant and hardworking, graduated in 1958 at the University of the East in Manila with a degree in Business Administration, major in Accounting. She passed the Philippine CPA Examination in 1959 and garnered the 5th place position. She worked as an accountant in private companies before joining the Central Bank of the Philippines as a loan officer and rose to the position of Deputy Director of the Bank Notes and Securities Printing Department and retired on September 26, 2001. She is married to Atty. Romeo Y. de Jesus, a lawyer and a retired assistant fiscal of Manila. The Lumba-de Jesus marriage is blessed with five successful children namely: Irma L. de Jesus-Gatchalian, a management engineer and information technologist of Hayward, California; Ronald L. de Jesus, an architect of Vancouver, Canada, Edmond L. de Jesus, a businessman of Quezon City, Alan L. de Jesus, a restaurateur of Daly City, California and Joy L. de Jesus-Yulit, a HRM graduate and restaurateur of Fremont, California. She and her husband migrated to California in April 2002 and enjoy their retirement in the Golden State. Ruth is the current Auditor of the PHS Class 1954 Alumni Association USA-Canada Chapter.

 

LugueRoberto Lugue (IV-1), 4th Honorable Mention, graduated from the College of Law of the University of the Philippines and became an eminent legal counsel in Metro Manila. He was a director of the PHS Class 1954 Alumni Association prior to his death in early 2006.

 

 

Pedro Joven Jr. Pedro Joven Jr. (IV-1), 5th Honorable Mention, pursued his ambition to become a medical doctor and graduated from the College of Medicine of the University of the Philippines in Metro Manila. He migrated to the USA and took up graduate studies in medicine. He established his medical practice in New York and raised a successful family. He and his wife, Luba, a registered nurse, have two daughters, Leilani and Kim, and a son named Jose.

 

Orlando AguilarOrlando Aguilar (IV-5) listed his ambition as a merchant marine. He opted to join the labor force after high school graduation and started a family of his own after a few years. An active member of his alumni association, he participates in most of the activities of PHS Class of 1954.

 

Lucila Alipio-Cervantes (IV-5), one of the "Pretty Women Threesome" from Lubao (the other two are Aurea Dabu and Belen Morales) who took the trolley everyday to school, graduated with a bachelor's degree in Commerce. She and her husband Eddie Cervantes own and manage large fishponds in western Pampanga. Their children are Marivic, a doctor of medicine, Edwin, BS Architecture, Eduardo, Rufino, BS in Commerce, and Marilen Michelle-BS Education.

 

Ofelia L. Aquino (IV-6) whose ambition was to be a pharmacist resides in San Fernando City, Pampanga.

 

Josefina Baliton (IV-1)  completed  a Bachelor of Science degree  in Home Technology  at UP Los Banos and a Masters Degree in Home Economics Education at  the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. She also received a PhD in Development Education from  the Central Luzon State University  in Munoz, Nueva Ecija. She is currently employed as Dean of the College of Education at the Eduardo L Joson Memorial College In Palayan Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija and ELJMC Coordinator at  the Guimba  Annex  in the same province.

 

Mamerto Barrera (IV-1) completed his degree in civil engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila. He became an excellent civil engineer and worked for Clark Air Force Base in Angeles City. He migrated to southern California and after many years of service, he retired as a project engineer from the United States Veterans Hospital in Long Beach, California. He is married to the former Honorata Manalo, a beauty queen from his hometown. Their marriage produced five intelligent children namely: Joel-BS Computer Information System, Jonelle -BS, Computer Engineering, Jeanette-BA Integrative Biology and Physician Assistant (PA), Jerel-BS Computer Design, and Jemelie-BS Telecommunications Management. Three of them graduated with honors (Magna Cum Laude). Mamerto is actively involved in socio-civic-religious activities and serves as director of three non-profit organizations. He is the Executive Vice President of the PHS Class 1954 Alumni Association USA-Canada Chapter.

 

Melencio Basco (IV-5) who wanted to be a CPA became a prominent businessman in San Fernando. He joined already his Creator. We pray for the repose of his soul!

 

Pelagia Basilio-PinedaPelagia Basilio-Pineda (IV-1), petite and very cute, whose ambition was to be a pharmacist is married to Matias T. Pineda, Sr. of PHS Class 1955. Their five children are Matias, Jr., Nancy, Marnie, Marlon and Andrew. The Basilio-Pineda family is very fortunate to have the luxury of maintaining two homes, one in London, England and one in Santo Tomas, Pampanga.

 

Ricardo Bautista (IV-7) whose wish was to join the Navy took up Commerce and married his co-graduate, Remedios Lacsamana (IV-3), who followed her dream of becoming an educator. They settled and raised a family in Metro Manila.

 

Armando Biliwang (IV-2) earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He turned to politics and he was elected as municipal councilor. He eventually became a long-term mayor of San Fernando, Pampanga. He died of natural causes in the late nineties. May eternal rest be granted to his soul!

 

Norma Binuya-Quizon (IV-5) obtained her B.S.E.H.E. degree at the Philippine Normal College in Manila. She was given a scholarship grant in Reading Specialization at the same college, a delegate of Region III in 1983-84. She graduated meritissimus in her Master of Arts degree in Reading. She was chosen the most outstanding teacher of San Fernando, Pampanga in the school year 1987-88. With this accomplishment, she was awarded financial assistance for her PhD studies at the Angeles University Foundation by the Municipality of San Fernando and the Soroptimist Club of the Philippines. She finished her academic requirements for PhD and passed the comprehensive examination. She retired at the age of 60 as a Master Teacher III. She is married to Angelo C. Quizon Sr., a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired Pepsi-Cola supervisor. God has entrusted to her four children in whom she finds the joy of living and the joy of being - Ma. Eingana, an Occupational Therapist; Angelo Jr., a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy; Glenn, an O.R. Charge Nurse in Texas, Tiny Louisa Ann, R. T. and Bilingual Educator in English in Quebec, Canada. The Binuya-Quizon family has their home in Newport Richey, Florida.

 

Rogelio Bondoc (IV-4) pursued a degree in Commerce and made his second home in Southern California with his family. He joined the Kingdom of his Creator in December 2005. May eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

 

Victoria Bonus-Nunag (IV-5) aspired to be a registered nurse. She tied the matrimonial knots with Ponciano Nunag. Their only son, Romeo graduated with a bachelor degree in commercial science (BSC) major in accounting and auditing.

 

Ricardo Briones (IV-6), an outstanding soccer player who planned to have a degree in Commerce is with the administrative staff of San Fernando Electric and Power Company (SFELAPCO). He married the former Rosario Monterey.

 

BundalianPaulita Bundalian-Dayrit (IV-1) known for her dramatic skills, poise and congenial personality received her degree in education. She was married to her late classmate, the popular Tirso D. Dayrit, a topnotcher in the national licensure examination for architects. She runs an Interior Design business and makes frequent trips to Australia and California to visit her two married daughters and their families. The Bundalian-Dayrit children are Anna Marie, BS Economics, Aileen, BS Physical Therapy, Jose Pericles, BS Architecture, Maria Rowena, BS Architecture and Francis Achiles, bachelor degree in Behavioral Science. She is a former Treasurer of the PHS Class 1954 Alumni Association and chaired the Food and Accommodation Committee of the Golden Jubilee Grand Reunion while her late husband, the late Tirso chaired the Souvenir Program and coordinated the overall activities.

 

Rogelio Camaya (IV-3) who intended to enroll at the Philippine Military Academy, retired from the Department of Waer and Power of the Philippines. Roger makes himself busy with many socio-civic-religious activities in his hometown of Apalit, Pampanga.

 

Andro CamilingAlejandro S. Camiling(IV-1 who is described by his friends as cerebral, self-effacing and low key, earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree at Far Eastern University in Manila. He worked for Pampanga Sugar Development Co. as Chief of Internal Auditing and Accounting, practiced his accounting profession and taught accounting and auditing courses. He took up graduate studies in Advanced Executive Management at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He retains his Philippine and California CPA licenses and worked for the University of Southern California in Los Angeles as an accounting/financial director. He married an educator, the former Teresita Manalansan Zuniga and their marriage is blessed with four children who all attended USC (Theresa, bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science & Finance and a certificate at John F. Kennedy School of Politics and Government at Harvard University and employed as Los Angeles Field Office  Director of the United States Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and served as Chairperson of the Federal Executive Board of Greater Los Angeles; Ador, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Alain, Public Administration and is employed at California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) as a Contracting Officer and Leanne, Bachelor of Science in Education. Very active in socio-civic-religious activities, Andro was a two-term president of the Filipino-American Association of Altadena-Pasadena and serves as director of three non-profit charitable organizations in California. He is the president of the PHS Class 1954 Alumni Association USA-Canada Chapter and a PHS Centennial Awardee in the Field of Accountancy in 2008. For his strong advocacy of the propagation of the Kapampangan language and as a conscientious researcher and writer of  Kapampangan history and culture, he received the 2011 City of San Fernando, Pampanga's Outstanding Fernandino Award in the Field of  Culture. He maintains a comprehensive website dedicated to his research findings and writings. (http://www.andropampanga.com/).

 

Merita Canlas-Galamay (IV-7) who planned to take up a secretarial course married Felix Galamay. Their children are Marilyn, a BSC degree holder, Ferdinand, an Engineer, Girlie, a BSC graduate and Gina, who also earned a Commerce degree.

 

Corazon Canlas-Mesina (IV-2), the star athlete in Track and Field who was inspired by the loving care of Florence Nightingale for the sick and suffering people, took up Business Administration instead.

 

capituloLoreta Capitulo-Martinez (IV-2), recognized for her “Miss Universe” beauty and pleasing personality, graduated from the Philippine Normal College with an Elementary Teacher’s Certificate.  She retired from the teaching profession after a total of thirty six years of dedicated service in the school districts of San Fernando City, Pampanga, Quezon City in Metro Manila and Iligan City in Mindanao.  She and her husband, Angel G. Martinez, an architectural designer have six successful sons namely; Joselito with a bachelor of science degree in  Economics; Ariel, an Architectural Designer based in Nepal and connected with the United Nations Organization; Michael who earned a degree in Agricultural Management and works for Quezon City in the Licensing Department; David, a degree holder in Psychology from the University of the Philippines who resides in southern California, Martin Christopher, a Radio/Electronics Technician and Angel Loreto, a graduate in Hotel and Restaurant Management who owns and manages his own restaurant in Quebec, Canada. Loreta and Angel are now enjoying their retirement in Tustin, California.  

 

Rodolfo Carlos Sr. (IV-6) planned to pursue a career in Commerce. He is married to Lolita S. Carlos and their children are Yolanda, Florante, Laura, Jocelyn, Rodolfo, Jr., Carlos and Carren.

 

Ricardo H. Castillo (IV-5) attained his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of the East in Manila and worked for a marketing company dealing in the export of sugar and molasses. He died in the late fifties. May he rest in peace!

 

Francisca Castro-Maniago (IV-3), soft spoken, compassionate, reserved and very charming graduated with a degree in Nursing from the University of the Philippines. She was married to her late classmate, Teodoro Maniago (IV-1). They migrated to Los Angeles, California where she worked for nineteen years at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center as a registered nurse while her husband was employed as a senior accountant at University of Southern California and as a businessman on the side specializing in real estate marketing and financing. She and Ted have four intelligent and responsible children who all graduated in prestigious universities in the USA. The children are Catherine, a Nurse Practitioner who has a Master of Science degree in Nursing; Connie, a Financial Advisor in a big Los Angeles investment firm graduated from UCLA with a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics; Teodoro, Jr.; who completed a degree in Computer Electronics and Alvin, another registered nurse in the family has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Kits enjoys her retirement and makes herself busy as president of the Legion of Mary and the Altar Society of Holy Trinity as well as a coordinator of the Rosary Group at Holy Trinity Parish in Los Angeles, California. She is the Treasurer of the PHS Class 1954 Alumni Association USA-Canada Chapter.

 

Garner Cruz (IV-4) climbed the corporate ladder of success to become a vice president of Mercury Drug Corporation. He married his co-graduate, the former Iluminada Garcia (IV-4). He did not recover from a fatal illness and died in the nineties. We pray for the repose of his soul! 

 

Agustin CuyuganAgustin Cuyugan (IV-4), tall, dark and handsome, enlisted in the Philippine National Police and rose to the rank of colonel. He served as Chief of Police of the towns of Guagua and San Fernando, Pampanga. He departed ahead of us at the turn of the 21st century. We pray for the repose of his soul!

 

 

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