"We're the best, you know it's true, we're the class of
and our yearbook lives on...
1982, the year we parted
ways, some 25+ years ago
(excerpts taken from Echoes '82 San Beda
College High School yearbook)
I still remember our first day in high school. We caught
ourselves staring at new faces, much in the same way that they
stared at ours. Everything seemed new and strange. Even the friends
whom we'd known since grade school looked new and unfamiliar to us.
For the first time, we heard the bell which would call us to our
classrooms for years to come. We felt giddy. It seemed as though
everywhere we turned, a cloud of fear, of doubt and of anxiety hung
menacingly above us.
That first day seems so long ago, and yet it was only
yesterday. Now, it's all over. Time went by so fast we didn't really notice the things that
happened. It's difficult to believe that despite the thousands of
things we remember doing, only four short years have passed. Four
years of high school will always be too brief to be significant.
Four years are but a twinkle of an eye on this planet, but since
then, the world has turned a thousand times. The experiences we've
shared will always overshadow this seeming insignificance. We remind
ourselves that it is not how long we live that portion of life, but
how well. Who will ever forget those hot afternoons in class, or
those tedious homeworks and researches?
Will we ever forget the hours we
spent with our respective clubs and activities? Will we ever forget
the campings and the bivouac, or maybe the Peace
Retreat? Who will forget Mr. Blanco's Monday morning announcements
or the times we spent at Aling Shirley's or Mang Conde's? Will we
forget the parties and proms and dances we've attended, or maybe the
happy moments we shared at the Pasteleria? More importantly, we will
never forget the people who, in one way or another, have guided us
through this very delicate stage in life. And finally we will never
forget the triumph we all shared during our graduation. These
memories will forever linger in our hearts and minds, and forever
shall we treasure them.
This website is a treasure chest of memories which will endlessly
breathe inspiration into our hearts. With these memories, we will be
able to disperse those clouds and see the heavens above. And soon
we will start saying "I remember when..." instead of "What's new?", for
nothing is as perishable as memory.
We would like to express our countless thanks to the many people to
whom we owe a great debt of thanks, a debt which may only be repaid
by what we make of ourselves in the future. Together we share in our
triumph and glory. This is us, Beda7882. To the High School Class
'82 of San Beda, our sincere gratitude, our warmest congratulations,
and, till we meet again, God Bless Us All! (excerpts taken from
Echoes '82 yearbook by Rene Balmaceda)
And then we graduated...
Finally, we bid four years of high school goodbye. It was one great
experience. And now it is just one great memory: all the joys and
triumphs; the pains and the defeats. Remember the first day in
school? The integration? Frolics? The Prom? All but things in the
past. Not to forget the study groups, the scouting office, the
cutting classes, the escapades- reminding us of those carefree
feelings and attitudes. How about teachers? Ah yes ... teachers!
Each one unique. Everyone possessing a different character. Remember
the graceful hands? The joke for the day? The high waists? The
flying Pringles? The fancy hairdos? And of course ... the ultimate
"terror." Well, forget the books, the pens, the paperworks. Feel
proud and keep those chins up. Say goodbye to high school dreams.
Hello college nightmares!
and the rest was history...
NCAA Basketball 1982
A crowd of some 10,000 gathered on July 26 at the Big Dome, the
Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, to witness the opening of the
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball
season for 1981. The NCAA, one of the most prestigious amateur
basketball leagues in the country, opened with a big bang, ushering
in the participation of six schools: Colegio de San Juan de
Letran, Jose Rizal College, Mapua Institute of Technology, San
Sebastian College, Trinity College, San Beda College (led by Mukesh
Advani, the senior team's captain; Jose Jacinto Q. Mendoza III, the
junior team's captain, and Miss Tina Maristela, the school's muse. A
total of three games was played as openers, one of which immediately
posted a victory for the Red Lions after beating the defending
champion, the Letran Knights. The Red Cubs won the title.
Class of HS batch `82
brought home honor and glory to our Alma Mater!
Basketball - Joey Mendoza (Captain),
Tae Kwon Do -
Track & Field -
Jojo Legaspi (Captain)
Alejo Jose (Captain)
Archie de los Santos,
Gerry Quebral (Captain),
Jun de la Cruz,
Chuck de Leon
Roland Arjonillo (Captain),
Ralph Paterno (Captain),
Larry Guidote, Lyndon Sarmiento, Rolando Garcia Jr, Alain Maulion, Walter Salva
and Larry Guidote
Model Platoon -
Eric de Guzman,
Golf Team -
NCAA SWIMMING 1982
The San Beda junior swimming team finally regained the crown
they last held in the early seventies when the likes of Pinky
Brosas and Ral Rosario held up the SBC colors. This year, no
such superstars swam for the school. However, solid team
effort accounted for victory after victory in the dual meets
culminating in the splendid performance in the general meet.
Surprisingly, only one gold medal was obtained. This was by
Juan dela Cruz. A near sweep of the silver and bronze medals
accounted for the avalanche of points. With a solid training
ground in the PRADA, San Beda hopes to start a new swimming
dynasty for the years to come.
NCAA SOFTBALL 1982
The San Beda junior softball team almost won the championship
by figuring in a triple tie with Mapua and San Sebastian.
After soundly defeating San Sebastian, they engaged Mapua in a
winnertake-all game for the crown at the Philippine Normal
College softball diamond. Although they managed to gain the
initiative at the start, they eventually lost to the more
experienced Mapua players, 14-9, and had to settle for second
place. Comprising the team were team captain Rafael Paterno,
Emmanuel Alicante, Jonathan Cordova, Peter David, Richard
Fernandez, Allan Garcia, Hilario Guidote, Menandro Magsalin,
Alain Mauleon, Angelito Mendoza, Robert Ocampo, Robert Salva,
Walter Salva and Lyndon Sarmiento
NCAA VOLLEBALL 1982
The San Beda junior volleyball team oF 1981-82 was composed of
only two veterans and eight newcomers. With such a depleted
line-up, they could only manage fifth place, registering only
one win against Jose Rizal. Still, they managed to put up a
good fight in their bid to qualify for the round of four. The
two veternas in the team were team captain Rolando Arjonillo
and Remigio Jocson. Ably supporting them were basketball
stalwarts Joey Mendoza and Ronald Cunanan, Luisito Aquino,
Peter Gabat, Miguel Geronimo, Anthony Tuason, Rannie Tajonera
and Rodolfo Collantes.
NCAA TRACK & FIELD 1982
The San Beda junior track and field copped its first ever
championship in the NCAA this year. It was a splendid showing
by the 24 athletes who never expected to win the crown. Aside
from winning the title, they also garnered 25 medals, the
highest by any school. The team was led by team captain Jojo
Legaspi, who captured five gold medals, and Ronald Cunanan,
who won three gold medals and one bronze medal. Other gold
medal winners were Joseph Buccat, Fitz Canilao, Ariel Jamias,
Glenner Legaspi and Peter Pujalte. A fine showing by 'the
junior tracksters who, aside from winning the crown, greatly
contributed to the junior division championship won by San
Beda for only the second time.
San Beda High School formally welcomed the freshmen and other
newcomers to the Bedan family during the integration rites at the
Covered Courts. The Integration-Pagkakaisa has become a tradition in
the High School and, as in previous years, it carried the theme of "pagkakaisa."
"Pagkakaisa" connotes a joining of two separate elements into
a complete and harmonious faction. This means this event takes care
of the need to unite the neophyte students and their "elder"
brothers to form a stronger and firmer high school community.
As expected, the rites were highlighted by the usual "dressing up"
of the newly-integrated Bedans and their parade around the covered
courts. All in all, it was April Fools' Day and Halloween
rolled into one!
BIVOUAC IN TANAY 1982
All gears packed and ready to go on an exciting three-day trip to
the wilderness. But the trip did not quite turn out to be exciting
as expected. The bivouac came out to be a real test of
strength, stamina and suffering, not necessarily in that order.
Imagine yourself in Tanay's rustic scenery complete with all the
dust, dirt, hills, slopes, and the Maryknollers (smell & taste their
luscious gourmet dishes) versus ours, a cup of rice, one piece of rock-hard meat,
Yakult for breakfast, and soup served on plate, if you get lucky.
Bask yourself under the tropical sun-burn, don't tan! Nevertheless,
it turned out to be fun (not necessarily lots of fun) and
exciting-that is, if you do not consider the dust, the dirt, the
hard meat, the sunburnt skin, the flaming hot afternoons, the
aching feet, the cold and sleepless nights. And to top it all, our
tents didn't even work!!!
JS PROM (Junior-Senior
Promenade Ball '82)
It was one event that separated the men from the boys. Even just for
one night, the awkward teeners were transformed into decorous and
prim gentlemen. Both the Seniors and the Juniors appeared
outstandingly radiant, projecting a true image of a Bedan gentleman.
Venued at the Grand Ballroom of the Philippine Plaza, the Bedans
were fashioned in formal suits, dashed with husky and manly
scents, and with lovely ladies by their sides. Nothing could ever go
wrong. The Junior-Senior Prom came out to be not just a night for
gentility and romance, but also an evening of solemnity, marked by
the formal turnover rites of high school seniority to the third year
students. And so the evening grew old ... the dance floor suddenly
filled with music, aptly accompanied by gyrations and dances. The
night blossomed into gaiety and romance ...
AND WE PREPARED TO GRADUATE
Then, it was coming - our graduation day. From the beginning, this
was the moment we had toiled, worked, labored for. There was a
thrill of pride in us - in one and all of us. The punishing ordeal
was over. We were in good cheer. We beamed with smiles. There was a
common joy in each of us. "Ga-graduate na akoooo! " exclaimed one.
The rest echoed it. For the day, our Graduation Day, we had some
practices, as shown below... and the rest was history.
"Class of 1982 - Commencement Exercises Program" - April 2,
...AND THE CAMARADERIE LIVES ON... (excerpts taken from the Bedan Pride 2007 San
Beda Alumni commemorative yearbook)
... Paano kami ngayon?
Life is full of surprises so is GS78/HS 82. After twenty-five
years, we have gone the distance amidst the turbulent sea of life. A
lot are now Christian family men successful in more ways than one. A
number entered the medical profession and became doctors,
psychiatrists, med. techs, and nurses. Others went into the
IT-enabled services like network gaming, multimedia, and other BPOs.
Many are now practicing lawyers and accountants in various
capacities. Several decided to be servants of people and of God
either in the legislative, executive, judiciary, or military branch
of government and the religious. Many became teachers, writers,
entrepreneurs, businessmen, advocates and even development managers
while some entered the entertainment and sports world. But one thing
has never changed, the Bedan spirit is still very much alive,
showcasing quality and excellence in everything we do and stand for.
...Preparing, organizing, fund-raising for the 2007 SBC
It all started with get-togethers at Pax Grille in Pasong Tamo in
2000. Then came the 20th Anniversary of the batch held at St. Maur's.
Then, the batch saw the need to organize, locate the wherereabouts
of other batchmates and drum up interests. Technology facilitated
everything. There was email and e-group, texting, voice, chat and
telecon. Then, a website was created courtesy of MacArthur Gastrock
which updated everyone on what's happening with our batchmates
around the globe at a click of a mouse. Then, the occasion called
for a formal organization. Hence, duly SEC-registered Beda 7882,
Association, Inc. (see separate story) was born. Of course, we had
our regular Monday and Thursday meetings, emergency meetings and
Bedan nights to promote fellowship.
...2007 Parties of GS78/HS82... And the camaraderie goes on
(and we're back in color)
Endless nights to remember! Welcoming our visiting batchmates from
overseas namely Atoy, Butch, Ronald sige sama na si Noel at Francis,
Ferdie, Erwin, Jun, Sam, John as well as Arnie and Duane who came from Cagayan de Oro and
Aparri, respectively. It was good to see Winston Sy, Chu Hizon, Joey
Mendoza at si Chong... as usual walang tapos na alaskahan. Masarap
ang pagkain hinanda ng Mocha Blends, chicken wings, pasta, grilled
pork. Malinamnam ang vegetarian caldereta na dala in Peter Pica. I
had two servings it was really that good =)... meron grupo ng mga "Bobo",
Accelerated at ang dating mga Bad Boys. Just identify them in the
pictures... looking forward seeing each other again sometime soon...
Beda 7882 Association, Inc.: Its Beginnings
By Eric Francis Estoesta
The "Beda 7882 Association, Inc." was organized and registered with
the SEC on August 3, 2006. The association is a non-stock,
non-profit corporation composed of the SBC High School Class of 1982
and Grade School Class of 1978 as members. The name "Beda 7882" is
derived from "San Beda College" composed of the graduating classes
of Grade School 1978 and High School 1982. The thought of having a
formal organization lingered through the minds of a number of
batchmates even before the e-group was formed. However, its was only
a couple of years ago that the batch decided to move a step forward
to formally organize. The e-group firstname.lastname@example.org and of
course the 2007 San Beda College Grand Homecoming of which HS82
plays host and honoree (Silver Jubilarians) fast-tracked the
process. Hence, the association was established primarily to
formalize the organization of the batch and initiate and support
charitable and educational projects for the benefit of the Bedan
community in general. Soon after its incorporation in August 2006,
the association secured the necessary registration with the BIR and
now maintains a bank account with EPCIB where members can deposit
their contributions to the batch. In 2005, the association launched
and hosted the lst San Beda Badminton Tournament and last year, the
association organized the 2006 Abbot Cup Golf tournament as
fund-raising activities. As it consolidates the membership, the
association hopes to move forward with more projects and activities
designed to benefit the Bedan community in general and strengthen
the unity and camaraderie of the batch in particular.
site is only as good as the info we have. We need updates of
our former classmates DEAD or ALIVE. This site will probably
expire by the year 2050. The last surviving person on this
list (shall we say the winner) should maintain this site at
designed by MacArthur
"Gus" Gastrock - Beda7882.com - Webmaster