It was a genuine experience of coming home for Josefino alumni, as the San Jose Seminary community, in cooperation with the SJS Alumni Association, led by its president Rev. Fr. Jeronimo Ma J. Cruz (Batch ’91), held the 85th Alumni Homecoming last 20 and 21 November, 2014 at San Jose Seminary. With the theme “Bayani at Banal: Liwanag at Anino sa Buhay ng Josefino,” this year’s homecoming emphasized holiness and heroism as virtues that the Josefino lives by, as he strives to live his life in imitation of St. Joseph, oriented to Christ the Lord.
The 2-day festivities started with registration and welcoming of the alumni, courtesy of the SJS community, together with cocktails served as the Del Pilar Music Band plays lively music. At about 4:30pm, all participants gathered in front of the grotto of the Our Lady of the Poor for the traditional Salve, the special Marian Devotion to greet the Blessed Virgin Mary. Afterwards, everyone proceeded to the St. Joseph Oratory for the talk and reflection points given by Rev. Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, former Rector of San Jose Seminary and, at present, President of the Ateneo de Davao University. The whole devotion ended with the singing of the traditional Toque de Angelus.
Afterwards, the alumni proceeded to the St. Jean Marie Vianney Covered Courts for their “Life Sharing” held by groups, facilitated by Herbert Santos (T4-Cubao). And at about 7:00pm, the much awaited dinner and evening program started. Hosted by Albert Paluga (T1-Maasin) and Roberto Oliveros, Jr. (T3-Bayombong), the evening celebration served not only as an opportunity for the alumni to greet each other and express their gratitude to distinguished figures in their formation, but also a chance for members of the current San Jose community to entertain their brother alumni through a showcase of skills and talents. This year’s San Jose Mananayaw, led by Adelson Jaugan (T1-Tagum), opened the festivities, and was then capped by this year’s play entitled “Josefino: Bayani at Banal,” directed by Eric Legada (T3-San Jose de Antique). Rev. Msgr. Romeo Nietes (batch ’64), one of this year’s Golden Jubilarians, and Mr. Resti Pitogo (batch ’91) of the host class, were the Voices of the Ordained and Lay Alumni respectively, expressing their gratitude for what San Jose Seminary made them to be. Most importantly, the whole assembly paid tribute to the Golden and Silver Jubilarians and awarded Rev. Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ the prestigious Gawad Dakilang Guro Award for his contributions not only in the formation of Josefinos but also in the local Church as a whole.
The evening program ended with socials, with Josefinos bonded together through food, drinks, and stories.
The second day of the alumni homecoming began with Lauds and a hearty breakfast for the Alumni. Everyone then gathered at the Parlor for the General Assembly. Elected during the assembly as the new President of the Alumni Association is Msgr. Rigoberto de Guzman, of the Diocese of Antipolo, from next year’s host class, Batch 90. After the General Assembly, the Alumni gathered in the Oratory of St. Joseph for the Eucharist, presided by Msgr. Romeo Nietes of the Golden Jubilarians’ batch. Fr. Odine Areola, from the Silver Jubilarians’ batch preached the sermon. In this Mass, Golden and Silver Jubilarians were honored, as well as two very important Jesuits for San Jose Seminary, Bishop Federico Escaler, SJ and Fr. Jesus Diaz, SJ, the one who facilitated the transfer of San Jose Seminary to its present location in Loyola Heights. Prayers were also said for the departed formators and alumni, especially Fr. Mon Morres, SJ, then formator in Highway 54, whose cremated remains were blessed during the Mass. Lunch was then served at the Vianney Gym. During the lunch program, Fr. Patrick Falguera, SJ, current Minister of the House, addressed the alumni on behalf of the Faculty. The incoming alumni of Batch 2015 were also initiated into the Alumni Association during the lunch program. To end the program, Fr. Fruto Ramirez, SJ, himself an alumnus of the seminary, gave the closing remarks, after which the Himno del Colegio was sung, to end the affair. ¡Salud, Colegio bienhadado!
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