SAN JUAN, Ilocos Sur — Seventeen years passed by swiftly and this summer, Batch 2002 of San Juan National High School (SJNHS) here found it an ample time to meet in what they termed as their first global reunion.
Some 70 SJNHS (formerly Bacsil NHS) alumni from all over the globe recalled their high school escapades as they beat the summer heat at the Afamosa Resort here April 14 for their first reunion after 17 years.
Hosted by DWRS anchor Rexon Peneyra, Batch 2002 engaged in a “tell-all” activity where some 17-year old secrets were revealed, eliciting “owws and awws!” from concerned individuals especially when the topic shifted to their high school lovelife. Some former lovers, however, ended in marriage while those who did not are still nursing the pain of their spurned love affair. Others who engaged early also ended up marrying another and the reunion meeting rekindled their old flame or grudges, at the same time, throwing a stealth look at their former boyfriends or girlfriends – a form of signal, perhaps?
Peneyra of DWRS’ “Oh, Yes Spalatoting” program fame applied his comedy talent, entertaining everyone to make the affair lively. He handled it so well that one balikbayan reunionist likened him to the late Gary Lising and Apeng Daldal when it comes to entertaining large crowds.
Some of their batch teachers also joined the activity headed by Head Teachers Epigenia de Peralta and Mercedes Viloria.
The batch group also came out with the idea of collecting donations as a fund for a classroom project for their Alma Mater.