The Batch '62, with balloons and all, leads the march around town, at the same time celebrating the 50th year of the alumni group. - More MWBuzzpics below by ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
The Batch '85 braves the blistering heat of the sun by arming themselves with a anahaw palms leaves.
By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
MORE than 1,000 attended the 65th grand alumni homecoming at the Jose Panganiban National High School in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte on Saturday, April 28, 2012.
Many of the attendees came from as far as London in the UK, and Alaska in the US, and elsewhere in the Philippines, including those based in Jose Panganiban.
The oldest alumni seen were those who represented Batch
'50 while the youngest came from the graduates of 2012.
Proudly displaying banners showing their batches' years, the former graduates with many of them in their 50s and 60s marched around town starting from the JPNHS campus grounds.
They regrouped at the school campus after more than an hour of walk under the blistering sun.
Still, many alumni in their 60s and above opted to stay in their quarters at campus, reasoning that they would not be able to "survive" the "long march".
The march took off after holding a concelebrated Mass at 8am.
Jose Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla gestures as he speaks at the 65th grand alumni homecoming of the JPNHS graduates. Wearing the homecoming official T-shirt, Padilla rallies the alumni to help the municipal government achieve its baranggay road cementing project, which is being done for the first time in the history of the municipality. The mayor himself belongs to Batch '81.
The day-long event featured the release of 65 colorful balloons, which symbolized the number of years that the school has operated as a community high school, then later as a national high school.
The "pista sa nayon"-themed event also highlighted a number of "bahay kubo" (native houses) built by different alumni batches.
In his inspirational message, town mayor Ricarte Padilla had urged the alumni to find ways to help their community and their local government instead of expecting what the community/government could do for them.
On Sunday, April 29, a number of alumni batches went on an outing at Pag-asa beach at Baranggay Pag-asa, also in Jose Panganiban.
MWBuzz editor Alfredo P Hernandez poses next to a banner welcoming the alumni to the 65th grand alumni homecoming on April 28-29, 2012. - MWBuzzpic
This nipa hut put up by Batch '73 is the winner in the best "native house" competition. The hut also features a traditional "sorbetes" cart that sells what is commonly known as "dirty ice cream". - MWBuzzpic by ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
MWBuzz editor Alfredo P Hernandez (left) poses for a picture with his Batch '65 mates which managed to rope in only 10 members. Now all aged 64, the group opted to stay indoors while most of the alumni batches marched around town. Also in the pictures are Emma Lasala, Yollie Jamito, Letty Cu, Lydia Toliao and Paz Rodrigo. Not in picture is batch member Danny Aban, who takes this picture. Batch 65 was represented by 10 members. - MWBuzzpic
More than 30 members of Batch '67 showed up at the grand homecoming to pose for a posterity picture. - MWBuzzpic