Union High School of Manila holds Alumni Grand Reunion in Niagara

Community Round Up Aug 19, 2008 at 12:45 pm
Union High School of Manila alumni, family and friends pose for souvenir photo.

Union High School of Manila alumni, family and friends pose for souvenir photo.

For four glorious days, it was as, a highly popular song goes, “yesterday once more” for close to a hundred alumni of Union High School of Manila (UHSM).

And for a fleeting moment in time, UHSM alumni from the Philippines, the United States, and other parts of the globe, were gathered and boisterous like young kids again for a Grand Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario from August 6 to 9, 2008.

The event, organized by Ontario-based UHSM alumni, was the first ever in the Philippine high school’s 61-year history to be held in Canada. For more than three decades, grand reunions of the high school had been held in Manila and some cities in the United States.

Reunion participants, aside from rekindling relationships with former classmates, were treated to various opportunities to experience, first-hand, the Canadian (Canuck) way of life through tours around Niagara and neighbouring communities, picnics (barbeques) and other leisure and outdoor activities.

Programs and activities held nightly at the Crowne Plaza Hotel allowed reunion participants to let their hair down and be high school kids again partying and dancing the night away just like memorable prom nights of days gone by. A highlight of the reunion had alumni participants dressed in replicas of their old high school uniforms or the clothes of their era. Reviving experiences of the past, observers noted, gave the participants a new sense of belonging and greater camaraderie.

Niagara, with its world-famous majestic waterfalls, exciting nightlife, vibrant business centers, enthralling theme parks, challenging golf courses and special attractions for nature-lovers, once again proved to be one of the world’s best settings for school reunions and a variety of social and leisure events, where people from various places and of diverse backgrounds can congregate in a grand scale.

The affair was coordinated by Olivia Galang-Daantos of Class ’67, and assisted by Elsa Ignacio-Gamelo (Class ’71), James Chanco (Class ’70) and Joel Caes (Class ’67).

The Presbyterian Church in the Philippines first established Union High School of Manila in 1919. However, in 1947, both the Methodist and Presbyterian churches jointly establish the Philippine Christian College (PCC), and integrated Union High School as its high school department.

Today, PCC has become a top university in the country and is now known as Philippine Christian University. It has its main campus in Malate, Manila, Philippines. A second campus is located south of Manila in Dasmarinas, Cavite. (PRESS RELEASE)

References: Olivia Galang-Daantos James Chanco
Tel. #(416) 439-7346 Tel. #(905) 863-1117