August 1, 2017

Alumnae Homecoming Nov. 18, 2017

More precious than rubies, more costly than gold, all the friendships we created just never get old.

See you at the Alumnae Homecoming on November 18, 2017.

Order your tickets now!
Available at the Alumnae Office and from you Batch Reps.

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March 27, 2017

Call for Donations WAA Garagae Sale

Declutter this summer!

Drop off your old clothes, toys, books, shoes, appliances, and anything and everything else you don’t need at Gate 5, Woodrose School between now and April 29 for the WAA Garage Sale.  Kindly label packages “WAA Garage Sale Donations”.

This is a fundraising project of batch 2015 for the benefit of the High School extension building.

Thank you in advance for your donations!

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March 22, 2017

Batch ’84 Movie Screening

Movie Screening of Beauty and the Beast
by Bubbles de Mesa

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The Class of 1984, the first batch to graduate high school from Woodrose, held an exclusive screening of Beauty and the Beast at Power Plant Mall in Rockwell Center on March 19, 2017. The sold-out screening was part of a series of events planned by the Woodrose alumnae in celebration of the school’s Ruby Anniversary. Aside from the 1984 graduates, many more alumnae came with their families and friends to support the event.

The screening was sponsored by Meralco, as well as URC, which provided all the guests with various snacks including Griffin’s, Mintini Sweet Mint, Nissin Cup Noddles, Calbee, and Nova.  URC also sponsored some games before the actual movie screening, the Nissin Cup Pyramid Game and Griffin’s Lucky Bear Game.The winners received gifts packs of Nissin Cup Creamy Searfood and Griffin’s cookies.

Over the next few months until the end of the year, the Woodrose alumnae will be holding events that would serve as an opportunity for alumnae to meet and reconnect with their batchmates as well as other graduates. These events will lead up to the Homecoming on November 18, 2017. We hope to see all of you in every event!

 

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Batch ’84: Ginny Villegas, Maitoni Cuervo, Gaita Ongsiako-Tan Climaco, Marisa Reyes-Tablante, Pia Marco, Rosanna Leveriza, Wendy Dizon-Rondaris, Marilen Gonzalez-Elizalde and Bubbles de Mesa

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Alumnae came in full force to support the fundraising project of batch ’84.

 

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Post Movie Screening Get Together of Batch ’84 With Ms. Lopez

 

 

 

March 13, 2017

Woodrose at 40! Alumnae Mass

We begin the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Woodrose on the month of the Holy Rosary, this October 2016, with Holy Mass and an offering of 40 roses in prayer and thanksgiving to our patroness, Our Lady of Woodrose.

 

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More Pictures of Woodrose at 40! Alumnae Mass

May 4, 2016

Gilmore Girls, 40 Years Later

By Bubbles de Mesa, Class of 1984

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On April 9, 2016, 39 of the Gilmore Girls, from Batches 1984 to 1988, gathered together for an afternoon. 

We call ourselves the Gilmore Girls – a nod to those four vivid years when we lived our Little House on the Prairie days in that not-so-little house on Gilmore Street.

It seemed even then that we were aware of being a part of something different, maybe even special, when school was not just school – because our familiarity with each other did not end with those who sat in the same room as us, because those outside of our own classrooms were not just a passing face or a familiar name. With only 76 or so girls to count on, school programs and Field Days had to involve all of us, whether we were inclined towards song and dance or not, and whether we had an affinity for ball games or not. It was every introvert’s nightmare. Unknowingly, we were taking part in an experiment that could work – or not. And that made us family, for better or worse.

From the perspective of 40 years, it seems safe to say that the Gilmore experiment has worked. Thirty-nine of us gathered recently – with mental faculties still sharp and intact, with arms and limbs still in place, each one with 10 fingers and, we assume, 10 toes.

As such gatherings go, this one did not so much challenge the memory, as push it to the fore. For who among us have actually forgotten about Ms. Lorenzo and her Opel Ascona, or the painting of the Annunciation that hung in her room? Who can’t recall, word for word, the lyrics to ‘Fill the World with Love,’ practiced in that little room that doubled as library that doubled as music room, and then sung as a congregation to end yet another school program on a make-shift stage on the patio?

For one afternoon, we were not just a Gilmore Girl, but a girl back in Gilmore. We could very well have been on that familiar walkway where we would wait for our ride home, where we would stave off the pull of time by clustering around random playground games, or joining ever-mutating knots of girls talking in overlapping fashion, voices rising higher and higher, racing faster and faster, as each one tried to get a word in, get a word out, hoping to elicit yet another round of laughter. The voices were familiar, and the names even more so as the same girls called out to each other – Montse! Leah! Rosanna! (Which Rosanna?)

For one afternoon, we were again either Red or Blue, challenging each other in games of no consequence, the lack of a prize not deterring us from fighting for and over every point. Shouts of encouragement and dismay were as heated as they were on Field Days on that Gilmore garden – shouts that, as before, just as quickly gave way to laughter, aware as we were that we had already won.

For that one afternoon, we basked in camaraderie, in the glow of remembrance of a time that was indeed unique to us, out of reach of the girls who came after – a remembrance so vivid it glowed in a tint of orange, such that, for a moment, it was as if we were once again garbed in that uniform of lore.

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The main entrance of the Gilmore ‘campus’, which led to the walkway where we would converge after our last class to wait for our ride home

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A precursor to the Sportsfest and Intramurals, the Field Day was held in the garden, with nothing to distinguish one team from the other with everyone donning the original PE uniform

Class of 1984 with Woodrose’s first directress, Ms. Lorenzo, after their Grade School graduation in 1980, the first graduation day in the school’s history

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For lack of a stage, school performances were initially held in the smaller rooms of the Meralco Theater; and in keeping with the virtue of simplicity, outfits were limited to the school uniform – a blight we endured for the first three years

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Back when they were really small – the Class of ’88 in their Grade 3 iteration

Proudly displaying our hand-made banner welcoming the Pope during his 1981 visit to the Philippines

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The school programs then had a home-made feel – one can only conclude that these two scenes were for the celebration of United Nations Day

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We “Fill the World with Love” as we conclude the first-ever Foundation Day program in 1978

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Class of 1984, the first batch of graduates that Woodrose unleashed on the world

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Class of 1985

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Class of 1986

Class of 1987

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Class of 1988, also known as the Pioneer Batch

February 19, 2016

Alumnae Garage Sale 2015

Thank you to all the Alumnae who donated and helped in The Alumnae Garage Sale Last November 14!
Special Thank You to Mica Bautista (batch 2014) for letting us use her residence.

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February 18, 2016

Eucharistic Procession 2015

Thank you to the alumnae volunteers who came to Woodrose on November 27, 2015 to prepare floral carpet at the chapel lobby for the Eucharistic Procession.

Volunteers:
Tata Reyes-Sibayan ’03
Carms Hernandez ’02
Kat Lim ’02
Mylene Pineda-Mapa ’88
Marina Reyes ’98
Lisa Mapa-Sator ’93
Ria Arada ’06
Joy Herrera ’89
Carmela Vertido ’98
Ashley Aquino ’06
Jill San Juan-Singian ’99
Monique Basa-Halili ’93

The making of the floral carpet:

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The Eucharistic Procession:

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September 10, 2015

Celebrating Mrs. Paloma

By Margaux Claros-Cupino, Class of 1996

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L-R: Mrs. Torralba, Jill San Juan-Singian ’99, Mrs. Paloma, Tallie Corcuera ’96, Margaux Claros-Cupino ’96, and Annex Sta. Ana ’95

 

Mrs. Paloma turned 88 on the 27th of August 2015.  To many, Mrs. Lydia Paloma is simply known as the former Associate Director for Personal Formation of Woodrose from 1983 to 1995.  Since her retirement, she continues to serve the school as Personal Formation Mentor to numerous high school students.  To us, her former mentees, she is our beloved and very doting second mother who was very interested in our teenage lives – from crushes to prom dresses.  And of course she never forgets, even now that we are all grown up, to remind us to go to mass and confession!

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We couldn’t let this milestone pass without celebrating with her and showing her how much we love and appreciate her for all the care, concern, attention, and wise advice that she has given us.  On August 29, while she was only expecting a visit from Tallie (Corcuera ’96) and Margaux (Claros-Cupino ’96), several alumnae came to surprise her with a food feast!  We had cakes from sisters Nina (‘05) and Aissa (‘01)Atilano, siopao from Natalia Lobregat-Olondriz (‘97), barbecue from Annex Sta. Ana (’95), pizza from Niña Santos (‘09), chapchae from Margaux, and drinks from Tallie.  An even bigger surprise is a photobook with a collection of messages and pictures from her mentees and friends!

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Happy 88th Birthday, Mrs. Paloma!  We look forward to having you as the mentor of our daughters when they get to high school in Woodrose.

March 26, 2015

The Seeds We Sow

By Criselda San, Class of 1996

To light a path, to lighten a load, to lift others to places higher than they ever thought they could go –  that is service. It is in this spirit of service that the Woodrose Alumnae Association created the BINHI Scholarship Fund which aims to provide education to deserving yet underprivileged children.

Binhi means “seed.” In each seed lies potential, the promise of life. Likewise, each BINHI scholar represents more than their own abilities and ambitions but also the dreams and hopes of their parents. Each BINHI scholar is a seed ready to be nurtured and eager to grow through the charity of others.

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It is often said that charity begins at home. So it is with BINHI. Woodrose alumnae recognized the fact that much of what they received from their second home, PAREF Woodrose School, was made possible by the dedication and sacrifice of the auxiliary staff, the men and women who tirelessly maintained the school facilities. It was out of gratitude to them that the Woodrose Alumnae Association founded BINHI. BINHI was more than just another charitable project; it was a message. BINHI was a message to the auxiliary staff: “Your selfless giving was neither unnoticed nor unappreciated.” It was also a message to BINHI’s beneficiaries, the children of the auxiliary staff: “You can be and do more. Reach higher; aim farther.”

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This message resonates in the heart of Manilyn Concha, a BINHI Scholar who worked as a secretary in PAREF Woodrose School after graduating from college. “Before, I used to be content with grades that were either average or barely passing. BINHI made me realize that I can do much better, that I can excel not just in school but in the world.” The confidence she gained is echoed by another BINHI scholar, Hazel Villaruel, who says that, “I realized that the scholarship is an opportunity which is not given to everybody.” With confidence came determination and clarity. “BINHI made me more focused on the things that I really want and the kind of life that I want to have.” The kind of life Hazel wants to lead is one of service. She is now a teacher in PAREF Rosemont School. And so the cycle of giving and receiving continues.

In Manilyn and Hazel, the dreams of their parents are realized. But there are more dreams still waiting to become reality. There are currently BINHI scholars in preschool, grade school, high school and college – young minds and hearts still inching their way towards the sun. While the scholarship may directly benefit the children of Woodrose auxiliary staff, these scholars are given, through their education, the tools to serve others, to serve their nation, and to become useful hands in moving the world in a better direction.

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If you wish to sponsor a child for one year, one semester, one quarter, or one month, please contact the Alumnae Affairs Office.  Your contribution, no matter how small, can make a difference in the huge task of educating the underprivileged.

March 9, 2015

Alumnae Booth on Family Day

The alumnae booth at the Woodrose Family Day had the Red & Blue Shop selling official school merchandise on one side and a book covering corner on the other. Our heartfelt thanks to:

Carms Hernandez ’02 for the pretty set-up;
the alumnae who came to volunteer and cover with plastic the donated books that will be shipped to Palo, Leyte;
and to everyone who anonymously donated their pre-loved books.

We still have a long way to go to reach our goal of 5,000 books though.  Please spread the word and invite your relatives and friends to donate books for Palo Basa ‘Ta!

Red & Blue Shop Booth:

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Book Covering Session:

L-R: Milette Dizon-Lorenzo '86, Carms Hernandez '02, and Sabs Elane '03

L-R: Milette Dizon-Lorenzo ’86, Carms Hernandez ’02, and Sabs Elane ’03

Edna Zagala-Reyes '88

Edna Zagala-Reyes ’88

Marianne Arcenas-Santos '88

Marianne Arcenas-Santos ’88

Margaux Claros-Cupino '96

Margaux Claros-Cupino ’96