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Torres High School Batch '78 News Page
"Our aim is to link us together as we prepare for our 25th Grand Anniversary Reunion in the year 2003."

Who's got some retro photos?
Would you rather let it collect dust and cobwebs?  Please share them and send us a scanned copy.

September 2001 Edition

      "A life journey without prayer would be like traveling across a country with your best friend-but never speaking to each other!  No one travels life's journey alone.  God is our constant companion, accompanying us from beginning to end, even when we get off the path, move too slowly, or take a step backwards.  Prayer is one of the ways we always keep God at our side."


Jan Galvez (son of Celso & Joan) for winning the MVP Award in the B.C. Provincial Baseball League in Kelowna, B.C.

Happy Birthday !!!

Nell Cena - Sept 2
     Beng Nuguid-Evangelista - Sept 10
Chito Alnajes - Sept 10
Riz Bautista - Sept 12
Jovito Ombrete - Sept 15
Rolando de Vera - Sept 17
Lex Parado - Sept 19
Boyet Kabigting - Sept 22
Ester Trillana - Sept 23
Dante Manalang - Sept 30

Please notify us if your birthday/anniversary is not on the list.  If you know other celebrants please notify us, too.

Newly-Found Buddy

We found another one of our buddies or should we say another batchmate found us? I was thrilled to get this email from 
Luis Antonio Abad
who is my schoolmate in G.A.U.F-CVM.  Doc Chito was a Science-1 in high school.

You can contact Chito @


We're still waiting for his profile and pictures.

 New Canadian Immigrant treated well in Toronto
      Nilo Espino, as we mentioned before was testing the grounds in Toronto.  We were delighted to see another Torresian hit the Canadian soil.
      Rey Bisda put together a narrative of the V.I.P. treatment given to Nilo.
     Nilo, by the way is currently in  Vancouver to visit his batchmates and to assess which city in Canada his family will call home.

Happy Anniversary !

Julius & Terry Abad's 8th - 
Sept 18

Rey & Gretchen Bisda's 9th - 
Sept 19

Get Well Soon!!!

Paring Erick Santos
(Who is recovering from a gall bladder surgery)

(Extra Torresians)

Ate Angie Batang from batch 75 sent Fr. Erick and Felix an email asking for help to find some of her batchmates.

We are posting her email in the hope that we can help her in locating her old friends.

Please read on and send Ate Angie any info at sufrage@aol.com.

Buddy to Buddy
  This section will demonstrate to us the buddy system in our batch.  It is people helping people.  Do you need to find a buddy?  Send your "Buddy to Buddy" request to your geographic contacts.

Please help us find the following buddies:

(Still) Wanted:

 Joseph Gelito,  Maybelle Limasing, Rogelio Isleta, Bien Cruz, Ester Trilliana, Emma Nicholas, Yolanda Wines, Myrna Canlas, Elena Villalon, Caroline Palero-Torres, Bong Lauza, Nenette Kit Cruz, Antonio Ocampo,  Rainier Virgino, Susan Prado, Mario Mendoza, Benilda Inocencio, Precila Concepcion, Rodel Lachica, Rioben Guzman, Nora Villanueva

If you have information on them please let one of us know

BUSY ???

Here is an eye-opener that was forwarded by Felix.  Make sure we don't fall into the trap.

Who's Child Is This???
We're asking for help from our vigilantes especially from the P.I. to intensify the search for our wanted buddies.  There has been reports that Joseph Gelito, Myrna Canlas, Moises Sta.Ana, Fernando Celis has been spotted please send us your leads.

..... in Toronto

The Three Stooges

               Toronto, Markham and nearby City of Mississauga went frenzy when Nilo the brother of our batch mate Leah Espino-Ponio came to Canada last spring.  He landed actually a week earlier and has settled somehow in his ďBrodísĒ house in Mississauga before he was able to visit the exciting City of Toronto and Town of Markham where Rey Bisda and Val Buzon live respectively.  It was almost a whole day affair for Nilo.  He was picked up by Rey at 10:00 in the morning and had lunch with the Bisda Family  after the forty five-minute drive from where he lives.  Val and family came a little bit late because they have to drop off their daughters to a Kidís Birthday party.  Lunch was just a simple home made pork chops-beef steak style with soya sauce and lots of onions, stir fry mixed vegetables with Tofu and fish balls, crispy fried Tilapia, steamed rice and Leche flan for dessert. 
                After some talks and retrospection about high school days, Val and Chona 
left ahead - this time to pick up their kids from the party.  Nilo was kept busy by Rey browsing through old photograph albums and watching video film taken last year during the Fellowship/Pre-reunion Meeting in Manila hosted by Father Eric Santos.  By the time Rey knew Val and family was already home, he drove Nilo to the Buzonís Mansion in Markham.  Refreshment was served consisting of truly Canadian beer, pop (soda), nuts, chips, etc.  Pictures were taken before Rey left for home to attend a friendís party, with his family.
                 Nilo by the way presented Val and Rey an original music album of his late brother Noeh.  He stayed on for a while with Valís family to meet Renato Buzon, Valís older brother. Val hosted the Dinner at Hoshim, a Japanese/Korean Buffet Restaurant.
It was already very late before the group realize what time it was.  Nilo did not come home Ďtil past eleven only to be greeted again with another party where his ďBrodĒ  was
the host.
           So folks,  Donít hesitate to come to Toronto  or else youíll be missing a  lot!!!

Randell, Russell, Nilo, Rey and Gretchen
North York's Best 

Rey and Gretchen Bisda gave Nilo a taste of their finest cuisine (sariling atin) and a great view of the regions north of Toronto from the balcony of their 12th floor apartment.

Nilo, shown here toying around with Russell and Randell, enjoyed the Bisda family's hospitality.

Nilo candidly offered to wash the dishes afterwards.  Rey almost agreed but Gretchen said "NOPE"...not in our house!!!

Nilo with Randell, Chona, Caitlyn, Russell, Daddy Luis (Chona's Dad) and Rey

A Taste of Markham

     The Bisda cuisine would be a hard act to follow...Val and Chona offered a simple snacks.  Nato joined them later on to chat with Nile for a bit.  We were supposed to take Nilo to Frankie's Tomato but the lineup will take an hour (it was Father's Day afterall)...so we change the plan from Italian to Japanese-Korean at Hoshim.  It was chaotically full inside but we manage to get some tempura and a lot of sushi, sashimi, Korean beef and a host of other dishes.  We manage to talk a lot about Canadian life and we get to know Nilo well and vice versa.  Nilo is such a good buddy that we felt more like relatives than friends.



Hello everyone!

We have just came back from Kelowna, BC (4 1/2 hours drive from 
Vancouver) where my eldest son Jan played baseball for the Provincial Game. 
They were second runner-up and he got the MVP award on the final games.  It 
was a nice experience for my son and my family.

Thank you and God bless.....

Celso S. Galvez


Dr. Chito Abad, DVM

-----Original Message-----
From: Chito [mailto:chito99@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2001 5:00 PM
To: Val Buzon
Subject: Greetings from the Philippines!!!

Greetings from the Philippines!

I was browsing on the net last Sunday and by a sudden stroke of luck I landed on the THS'78 website. I couldn't believe my eyes feasting with awe on the many names & faces of our classmates and batchmates during high school.  A lot of old familiar faces with vivid and vagued memories attached to it. It warms my heart...

Thank you for doing a job well done. Please convey my thanks to those who in one way or another, helped in putting up the website. It's a great site and I'm ecstatic beyond words to have found it. 

Before I forget, my name is Luis Antonio Abad. Friends call me Chito. To refresh your memory, I'm in IV-Sc.1. We were also batchmates in Veterinary School and Chona was a classmate too in one or two subjects in college. I think she was taking a Food Tech course at the time. Now, do you remember me?

Please convey my warmest regards to Chona and the kids. 

A fellow Torresian,

Dr. Chito Abad, DVM


Who's Child is this ????


- Angie's Email to Fr. Erick -

      i have read your website and it is so incredible, you guys have such an active group and i felt so sad that i could not even find anyone from my batch. i wanted to at least get in touch with someone and then start from there. maybe some of our batch are still back home. does this surnames seam familiar to you? galicha, binuya. cardenas, guttierez, santos, siao, parado if so please help me get in touch with them. i think finding them and remembering our good times is torres high school would be a breather from all our problems, emotional, financial and so on. 
     i was so touched with the articles that you have regarding sir rudy's b-day,actually i remember naz guttierez, her sister alma, was batch"75 too so maybe that's a good start right? i have also navigated to the canadian website, and to my surprise i saw my sister's picture, she is still with torres. use to be a teacher there right? i have so many fond memories of torres high school and maybe someday, i  will come home to visit, i just needed to see my old friends and then i will be very happy. 
      so father eric as i write this letter to you i pray to god that you answer me and that you find my friends, please. 



peace and every blessing! 

i think i can recall the surnames cardenas (if i'm not mistaken, he was a troop 85 leader when i was still starting), parado (felix is my friend and batchmate; i know his mother and you must be a classmate of his brother), santos (was he the editor of "ang sulo?" if yes, then, i know him but i don't know if he eventually married my batchmate's sister).

i'm sending your query to felix parado (stationed in so. ca) and our website keeper val buzon (in toronto).  they must have some links to your batch.

i'm sure you've had your silver jubilee homecoming already last december.  i'll try to ask some people in torres; i still maintain contacts with our alma mater.

keep in touch.  here's praying for you and your endeavors. 

fr. erick 


- Email to Felix -

hi! i am a torresian batch'75.actually i am froilan's classmate, my name is angie batang, well if he does remember me or any of our friends, like
jopet, deng, sandra, tektek, jee bulaon, riza, dan cardenas, elvira santos and many more. if he does remember us pls. tell him to e-mail me at




hi! thanks a lot for answering my e-mail,i got your address from your website, and i was so amazed that your batch is so in touch with each
other. i wrote your brother and i hope he writes me back. by the way i emailed fr.eric in the phil.hoping he could find some of our schoolmates batch'75, by the way '76 had their reunion this july and my sister who still teaches in torres (mrs.carmelita samson) said they had a
good time. maybe, just maybe our batch will get together and see each other again. do say hello to your wife and five wonderful kids. again



Satan's Convention

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.

In his opening address he said, "We can't keep Christians from going to church.  We can't keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the truth.  We can't even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with their Savior.  Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is broken.  So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish dinners, but steal their time, so they don't have time to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ."

"This is what I want you to do", said the devil: "Distract them from gaining hold of their Savior and maintaining that vital connection throughout their day!"

"How shall we do this?" his demons shouted.

"Keep them busy in the nonessentials of life and invent innumerable schemes to occupy their minds," he answered.  "Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow."

"Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty lifestyles.  Keep them from spending time with their children.  As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape from the pressures of work!"

"Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still, small voice."

"Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they drive.  To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays non-biblical music constantly.  This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ."

"Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers." "Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day." 

"Invade their driving moments with billboards." 

"Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs, sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free products, services and false hopes."

"Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their husbands will believe that outward beauty is what's important, and they'll become dissatisfied with their wives." 

"Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night." "Give them headaches too!  If they don't give their husbands the love they need, they will begin to look elsewhere.  That will fragment their families quickly!"

"Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children the real meaning of Christmas." 

"Give them an Easter bunny so they won't talk about his resurrection and power over sin and death." 

"Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.  Have them return from their recreation exhausted. Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God's creation.  Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts, and movies instead.  Keep them busy, busy, busy!"

"And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.  Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to seek power from Jesus.  Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their health and family for the good of the cause."

"It will work!  It will work!"

It was quite a plan!  The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians everywhere to get more busy and more rushed, going here and there.  Having little time for their God or their families.  Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change lives.  I guess the question is, has the devil been successful at his scheme?  You be the judge!  Does "busy" mean:


....... Forwarded by Lex


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