Marielle Benitez (fourth from left) — Photo Courtesy of Mia Montayre
Marielle Benitez, class of 1998, steers the under-16 girls national youth football team to a second-place finish in the AFF Championship in Vientiane, Laos.
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Movie Screening of Beauty and the Beast
by Bubbles de Mesa
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!
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.
Isa Lorenzo, Woodrose Class of 1991, one of the eight TOWNS (The Outstanding Women in Nation’s Service) Awardees for 2016.
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By Bubbles de Mesa, Class of 1984
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.
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
Mitzi Borromeo, Woodrose Class of 1994, won the award for Best TV Newscaster from the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) during the 24th Golden Dove Awards held on April 29, 2016.
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