While most people say that high school life is the best time spent in school, mine is different: it would have to be GRADE SCHOOL. Don’t get me wrong, I had A LOT of fun in high school (a lot of firsts!) — but I had the BEST childhood anyone could ever ask for. I lived in a village where most kids are my age so I spent most afternoons playing in the streets, my mom is very lenient so I was pretty much out in the malls with friends in as early as fourth grade (I just have to be home before 6pm though), and I went to one of the best schools in the South where I’ve met some of the best people in my life.
It was my bestfriend Kathy who dropped the news to me in October: St. James College of Parañaque, my Alma Mater, will cease its operations immediately after school year 2011-2012. Rumors of the school being bought by SM quickly surfaced, until everything was confirmed when my batchmates and I finally decided to visit the school. It was a sad sad day for all of us.
Last Wednesday, March 28, marked a very special event for all Jamesians in the South (there’s St. James QC, fyi) as we all gathered to celebrate the 25-year existence of our Alma Mater. Seeing everybody was bittersweet for all of us, because we know that a few months (or even days) from now we won’t be seeing the walls of the school where most of us spent our childhood years.
Up until now I am still on Jamesian high and I guess all of us is gonna take a while to recover until we actually see our school being demolished before our very eyes. More than half of my childhood memories are spent in the very walls of this campus and it makes me sad to know that my future kids won’t get see the school where I’ve met some of the best people in my life.
My sister’s and boyfriend’s batchmate, Pong Pagsisihan, created this wonderful video as tribute to our beloved alma mater and I can’t help but shed a tear as all the memories came rushing back to me. I may not remember everything that was taught to me by Ms. Esteral, Mr. Acedera, Mrs. Sorolla or Ms. Navera, but thru them I gained lasting friendships and priceless memories that I will cherish over the years. Sobrang mahal ko ang school na ‘to!
Anyway, here’s my simple tribute to my early years in this school. Hope you like it. 🙂
I will always be a proud Jamesian through and through. Farewell St. James, your legacy indeed lives on. *tear* 🙁