"It’s hard to lie about your age once you've told someone you've just been to your 50th high school reunion." - Mused Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer Robert Koehler in a Huffington Post article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-koehler/reflections-on-a-high-sch_b_3791583.html).
My high school batch is not yet in our golden moment but at 30, we sure are nearing it steadily and for some, creakingly painful. But we are optimistic, some even stubborn, and we continue to challenge father time. It may take many forms and for a dirty dozen among us 83neans, the mode of challenge is running.
Part of our celebrations for the 30th Batch Reunion of the Ateneo de Naga High School Class of 1983 last December 29 was a 14-km fun run that took us from the university campus in downtown Naga to the high school campus in Pacol and back to the university. A fun run with no registration, no race bibs and no official singlets. No matter as it had a lot of fun running buddies. And a ton of endorphins.
It was actually an optional activity as only a dozen or so of our batchmates are passionate about running. I kind of expected less than a handful would answer the bell on that early Saturday morning as the night before, there was drunken revelry among the running 83neans and their classmates. But come 5:30 am, in front of the iconic Four Pillars, 9 batchmates assembled to run: Allen Tolledo, Bob Castilla, Ed Balcueva, Ernie Badong, Ruben "Fards" Fajardo, Noel "Ghibz" Guevara , Ron Hemady, Ric Lozano and the Bicolano Penguin. On hand to provide support in his bike was our classmate Jun "Erfs" Erfe together with his kid John Michael who is a 3rd year student at the Ateneo de Naga High School. And the number grew bigger as we were joined by Ron's nephew Mike Hemady; Allen's gym friends She Desaliza, Belle Romualdo, Kevin Moral and Alex Tresvalles; and Ric's running buddies Joji Asis and Gary Castillo. And the latter brought along his college-age son Janjo.
|83nean runners of the Reunion Run|
|Running buddies supporting the 83neans|
|Bike escorts: Jun Erfe and son John Michael|
In total, there were 17 runners who started the Reunion Run. Thank you to all that communed with us on this run. You guys bring the fun in the run. It was an enjoyable experience as the photos would show:
Reaching the Ateneo de Naga High School campus in Pacol
|Group photo at the high school campus|
|In pairs with Bob the sweeper|
Escorts in action
|Castillo father and son|
|Endorphin – rich Fards boosting the run|
|Ric and Ghibz taking the lead on the way back|
|Janjo showing good form|
|Proud half marathon finishers.What is next?|
|All smile Ernie. Where is the Hoka?|
|Finishing together – She and Kevin|
|Belle and She having a photo with Bob while Allen doing a "Chris Bosh"|
At the end of the run, which brought us back to the Four Pillars, gatorade hydration was provide by another classmate Ronel Gascon. There was a delicious merienda waiting for us courtesy of Jun Erfe and wife.
|Pansit bihon and...|
The Reunion Run is shaping up to be a family affair which lead Fards to suggest that next year, we should be inviting our children to join us in the run as what Jun and Gary have done.
|83nean finishers getting wacky|
|Group shot of all the finishers|
For more photos of the reunion run and other reunion activities of Batch 1983 last December 29, kindly visit this link –https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.776669835683743&type=1.
Thank you to Karl Llorin and Gui Deblois of the Ateneo de Naga alumni affairs office for the pictures and the warm hospitality.