Class 4-42 or PALOS-42 had the
bespectacled Mr. Francis Mendoza as class adviser. Due to his
striking resemblance to the cartoon character "TOM" by Larry Alcala,
the class fondly called him Mr. "Tom" Mendoza, complete with his
unique moustache and high waist, floor-sweeping flare pants, very
much like that of fashion plate Iking Gabuyo's jeans. Mr. Mendoza
will always be remembered for his cool and composed nature when
confronted with the antics and stunts pulled off by the class.
Palos, presumably came from our classmate Francis Pelino's moniker
"Palos". Our class had as its members the core of the SBC Junior
Golf Team led by Norman Sto. Domingo and FD Santos, wine magnate
Gerry Mendoza, advertising whiz Cirio Cinco and SBC Junior
Basketball Team player Fitz Canilao. Further, Palos 42 now has an
airline pilot, lawyers, doctors, dentists and successful
The class will never forget the late Nonoy Tayao, with his "yosi"
and coke bottle in hand as early as 7:00 a.m. who dazzled us with
his brilliant physics equations. There was also science genius John
Balili and Mr. Jose Blanco whose stem and dead serious stare made us
think twice before committing infractions of rules. We also had Fr.
Andy as our retreat master and the late Fr. Bellarmine Baltazar of
the HS Class 1957 as one of our speakers.
Memorable events were the class retreat and CAT bivouac in Tanay,
Rizal, where we were sheltered in tattered and smelly tents. For
4-42, we crafted our own destiny, made our mark in our respective
fields and will come together again on February 24, 2007 to relive
and recall the best days of our lives. Go Palos 42! (by Eric