Monday, December 1, 2014

ICA Golden Jubilarians receive roses and kisses for they have come a long way

Famous heartthrob Daniel Matsunaga gallantly gave the Golden Jubilarians long-stemmed roses when he appeared as guest performing artist at the Immaculate Conception Academy’s recent alumni homecoming. The serenade highlight of the evening’s memorable program saw the tall and dashing actor and model of Brazilian and Japanese parentage plant kisses on a few of the surprised honorees in long gowns.

The Batch 1964 alumni included Pho Hoa restaurateur Nancy Cua, Miriam College dean Lourdes Samson, CEO of Philscan Travel and Tours Sylvia Sangco and journalist Nancy T. Lu.

A Microsoft PowerPoint presentation of pictures from Helen Cokee's scrapbooks of memories unfolded while the Golden Jubilarians were in the limelight. With help from her staff at the Miriam College, Lourdes Samson put this together for projection during the program.

The 6-foot-1 entertainer’s moves titillated the audience during the “CHICA NA!” event on November 22 at the ICA Greenhills campus in Little Baguio, San Juan City. As he suavely romanced each of the 18 alumni in the spotlight with his song, the watching younger alumni gushed and screamed with delight. Crowd pleaser Matsunaga at one point went down on his knee before the flabbergasted alumna Mary Ng. Unstoppable fans finally rushed onstage to mob the 26-year-old ever-smiling Matsunaga.

During the preparatory meetings called by the Silver Jubilarians who were behind “CHICA NA!” on November 22, Hilda Tan So served as coordinator for the Golden Jubilarians. She kept everyone posted on the developments regarding the details of the program.

The ICAns belonging to Batch 1964 went through months of preparation for the celebration of their 50-year milestone as alumni. The fund-raising for their beloved alma mater got launched last year with Helen Cokee and Lourdes Samson opening a bank account for the purpose. The target goal of one million pesos was surpassed during the bank account closing time. One million pesos went to a scholarship fund for the poor and 300,000 pesos to the health care of the aging sisters. The money turnover took place after a Mass offered by Father Ari Dy, principal of Xavier School and himself a Silver Jubilarian of the Jesuit school he now runs.