In honor of the 60th year of the presence of the Marist Brothers in the Philippines, the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University has lined up a year-long celebration in the campus.
The year-long Diamond Jubilee Year celebration actually started on June 6, 2008 and will end at June 6, 2009. I have yet to get a copy of their activities (paging Reuben!) but will post it here once the NDDU Alumni Office emails it to me.
But at this point, I wish to pay tribute to the following unforgettable Marist Brothers who have made their marks in my life:
- Bro. Henry Joseph Ruiz, FMS – the President when I was in my early elementary years and the school was then known as NDDC. I remember him as a kind-hearted American soul who knew all of us by our first names!
- Bro. Eugene Pius Taju, FMS – the first Filipino Marist Brother I have come across with. Very good-looking and so even at that time, he was the crush of teachers.
- Bro. Samuel Geveso, FMS – i think he was the first Pinoy president of NDDC. He always hands out my medals and awards during the convocation for honor students.
- Bro. Paul Meuten, FMS – we were in high school when he became President, one of the strictest. He could be German or something. I still remember his face turning red when he admonished our noisy group who were going up the building.
- Bro. Wenceslao Paterno, FMS – our Algebra teacher and 2nd year homerooom mentor who was the simplest and most down-to-earth brother I’ve known.
- Bro. Willy Lubrico, FMS – our Economics teacher (a newbie instructor at that time) who would move on to become President of NDDU and instrumental in the major changes in the school, including its application as university which he spearheaded, he is the closest to me and the family. Now as NDMU president, things are also looking up for that campus, too.
- Bro. John Adams, FMS – a Burt Reynolds look-alike but more of a Crocodile Dundee type of guy, he was our Biology teacher who got us into hiking 8 hours from the estuary of Silway river, across the Lions Beach and exiting at the what is now known as Ladol beach, past the Alcantara property. He made me realize that I am not cut out to be a soldier.
- Bro. James McKnight, FMS – an American, he was never our teacher but his tall, lanky presence in all our activities during our sophomore year made him unforgetable. He joined us in Bro. Adam’s 8-hour trek along Sarangani Bay, and from him, I first heard the word, GODDA*@?! uttered by somebody other than Clark Gable.
- Bro. Wenceslao Calimpon, FMS – our principal during our 3rd year (if am not mistaken), he was quite the silent type but has no qualms in giving you the “grip” (fingers locked on your shoulders) if he catches you.
- Bro. Manuel Uluan, FMS – another newbie teacher when I was in 3rd year, he taught us Chemistry. One of the most maligned teachers of our time because of the pranks played by my classmates, I recall him shouting “YAWA” when upon entering the room, he saw all the chairs overturned. He’ll end up to be one of the closest friends of our batch.
- Bro. Danilo Pamplona, FMS, SLN – the closest brother to me, next to Bro. Willy, he was our Sophomore Year Homeroom adviser. He was not only a teacher to me but was a “kabarkada”, never letting you feel that he’s older than you are. I still feel bad not being able to find out soon enough that he died in 2006 for me to be able to pay my last respects. 🙁
- Bro. Bob McGovern, FMS – spearheaded the Notre Dame Business Resource Center which linked up with government and private sectors on projects which enhanced the competitiveness of the city.
- Bro. Crispin Betita, FMS – although he was introduced to me after I graduated, I met him more than a couple of times in the different launchings and inaugurations of his pet projects for the youth. He is a model brother and a modern-day hero for me.
- Bro. John Yap, FMS – currently the president of the NDDU. He was a stranger for most of the “gensan dameans” when he assumed the position, but immediately endeared himself to us because of his laudable efforts to propel NDDU onward to becoming the premier educational institution in Soccsksargen that she is right now.
How about you? Who are your unforgetable Marist Brothers?
hello po! pwede ko ba mahingi ang email add ni Bro. Manny Uluan, fms? please kasi gusto ko sya ma contact, I was once his student in high school way back 1974 in NDL. He was our class adviser. thanks
to add persons whom be unkalimtable about notre dame’s education are;
1. bro. manny uluan = my best friend
2. mam ruth umacob = our guidance for the cocofed scholars
3. mrs. gacal = accounting professor
4, ms lyn mirar = barkada
daghan pa to sila, nkalimot.
1978 – 1982 = si bro. james mcknight pa to ang president
then bro. paul mueten.
bibo kaayo ang notre dame.
@Jordan Ray Quinco : ganyan parin ang nangyayari sa campus,hindi makalabas ng school,at ma’am Alma hordista parin ang principal,tapos sa CPI coordinator(CPC noon) ay bago na ,si sir Jun Flores.
waaa… in my time…
1. Mrs. Alma S. Hordista, Ph.D.
High School: (2000-2004)
1. 2000-2001 (Bro. Samuel Purto, FMS – before..)
2. 2001-2002 (Bro. Willy Lubrico, FMS)
3. 2002-2004 (Mrs. Alma S. Hordista, Ph.D.)
grabe pagkahiskul namo.. nashock gud mi ug nalipay na si maam hordista na pod ang among principal… ahhaha.. and that time… kulong mi pirmi sa school during lunch time… grabe di jud mi kagawas… kay bombing daw lagi.. safety sa students, etc… maremember nako, daghan gud kaayo students na mag over the bakod.. and i tried once.. hahaha…
anyways, lingering and missing those moments.. ehheh god bless marist! proud to be one!
hello, TUNA MAN…
would you happen to have the calendar of activities for this celebration? i’m planning to attend the activities (if there are any) when i’ll be home for the holidays…
muchas gracias… 🙂
the principals of my time:
1) priscilla dinopol – from kinder to grade six siya lang ang natatanging principal na nakagisnan ko… the best talaga!
2) sa highschool naman heto ang maremember kong naging principals:
a. bro. wenceslao calimpon – i had a crush on him noon. hehehe.
b. bro. antero lacia – tahimik lang pero malalim.
c. bro. vic braza – terror ito sobra.
d. rosalita nunez – extension ng mga nanay…very motherly but firm.
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Hello fellow Dameans,
Viva Marista! I’ve been a product of Marist education from elementary to college. I’m thankful for the marist brothers for their unselfish service. My principal in HS is Bro. Crispin Betita, he is really an outstanding educator and a principal to us all.
Proud to be Damean. Congrats!
sa akin ay si brother louiz omer dahil yan ang name sa section nami nung 1st year pa kami .. hehehehhe kami ang pinaka-maingay na section halos hindi ko marinig ang mga discussions sa teacher…pero ginatry nko ang best para ma honor….
hahahaha naa miy t-shirt logo sa marist
ngayon ko masasabi na gamit na gamit ko ang natutunan ko when i was in india. kesehodang british accent ang english ng mga indian… eh ako… NOTRE DAME ACCENT!!! hahahahaha!!! proud to be a damean!
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Bro. Danny was well-loved by our batch. Too bad he died young. He loved eating rin kasi. Tsk-tsk. Yes, jojo. We could only pray for his soul in heaven. Amen.
I could hardly remember Bro. Corpus. We have a Bro.Wenceslao Paterno and a Bro. Wenceslao Calimpon. Nalito na tuloy ako. hehehe 🙂
I’m from HS Batch 1999.
hello, SIR ORMAN… how’s india? 🙂
as president of the NDDU alumni federation, i take my hats off to the MARIST CONGREGATION for making a difference. let’s continue to support our school! let us also take that step and make a difference in our own little way…
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Bro. Danny was our teacher in Practical Arts II-Electronics in NDMU-HS… we were able to make an antennae and transistor radio… Bro. Dan was one of the most dedicated Marist Brothers I meet… May he rest in peace in Heaven…. All to Jesus ,, through Mary…. Cheerss.. for MARIST BROTHERS….
KUY… hope you can post/cover the activities in the diamond jubilee celebration here… 🙂
yup, i agree EPM… BRO. PAT (CORPUS) was a good principal when i was in high school… a good teacher… i remember him having the students he chanced upon the road on the way to nddc-hs (now, nddc-ibed) ride in the school van… nakasakay na pud ko sa van sa una… i used to wait for the jeepney on the way to school sa may duratrak (national highway), then kung maagi-an ko niya, pasakyon dayon ko sa van… then carpool mi with my schoolmates whom he chanced upon pud… hehehe… 🙂
BRO. CRISPIN (BETITA) is a kind-hearted man… he’s the forerunner of the Marcellin house for street children… he has a big heart for street kids… i remember having one of his kids as my classmate when i was in elementary… he was also nominated for abs-cbn’s bayaning pilipino a few years back… 🙂
BRO. GEORGE (VALLE) is one of the Marist brothers that i look up to… he is the closest to our clan… he’s a basketball genius, and a kind prefect of discipline when i was in my early elementary years…
BRO. BOB (McGOVERN) is a very gifted speaker… i am in awe everytime he shares his wisdom…
BRO. LARRY (SEVILLA) is good to me when i was in high school… one of those who share guidance to the Marist aspirants back then…
Epm, hi! What batch do you belong to? 🙂
congratulations to the Marist Brothers!!!
hope to have the activities posted here… i might probably be able to attend when i get home… 🙂
Hi! I also want to include Bro. Paterno Corpus, FMS. He’s our Principal way back in High School.
Hi Gilbert! Finally, you’re back! Thanks for the additional info and minor corrections which you pointed out. Will make the necessary adjustments soon.
Hey, long time, no see? Still busy with your batch reunions?
Do keep in touch. Thanks again, bert. 🙂
The Marist Brothers and the OMI Fathers were forerunners in Christian education in Mindanao.
Bro. Pius’s family name is Tajo and yes, Bro. Paul is German.
Bros. James McKnight and Manny Uluan also served as NDDC Presidents.
Bro.John Tan is no stranger to Gensan as he spent his aspirancy formation in Lagao. 🙂
Congrats NDDU for 60 years of Christian education!
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Oh God! Thanks for reminding me archmykel! Yes, how did i ever forget the ilonggo Brother Bogacia? I am actually fond of him because of his loud voice and boisterous laughter.
And Bro. Antero, too! One of the most intelligent brothers I’ve known, he made Physics look easy although it was not my cup of tea.
As for the teachers, we owe them a lot and this Jubilee Year celebration of the MB is for them also as much as for the brothers.
Salamat myk! Galing2x mo!
You forgot Brother Gilbert Bogacia, our principal after Brother Wency, Also Brother Antero Lacia our physics teacher who has opted to lead a family life a few years after we graudated.
Its really nostalgic to look back. We must also thank our good mentors: Maam Alicia (ling) Montilla, Maam Belinda (pong) Montilla, Maam Lolita Antic, Maam Velez, The Nanali Brothers, Maam Sheba Matavia, Mr. Felix Cordero, The Rebucan Couple, Maam Gloria (our Pilipino teacher)
Thank you very much maam’s and sir’s.