By Federico A. Espiritu

Charity missions have commenced the mammoth celebration of the golden anniversary of the Rizal High School (RHS) Class 1970 which pinnacles in a potpourri of activities this February 15 at the Tanghalang Pasigueno in Pasig City Hall.

Over 700 patients were served during a medical mission at the Sta. Martha Parish grounds in Kalawaan, Pasig City last January 11. The charity work was participated in by 21 RHS 70 volunteers led by Myrna Dela Cruz Lee.

This was followed by a relief operation benefitting Taal Volcano eruption affected residents of Taal, Agoncillo and Laurel towns in Batangas last January 28.  RHS 70 volunteers distributed mats, blankets, grocery packs, and health kits to 300 families and 300 children as they motored to eight (8) barangays in Indang, Cavite where the displaced Batanguenos were evacuated and provided refuge by Samaritan Cavitenos.

Rest stop from hauling relief goods amid banana plantation going to evacuation areas
Dental Mission in Sta Martha

On February 9, RHS 70 will conduct another relief outreach mission for 150 families and 100 children in Talisay, Batangas funded by batchmates based abroad and domestically.

All these charitable projects are anchored on the RHS ’70s 50 years anniversary homecoming celebration theme “Oneness, Unity, and Solidarity” that signifies purity in the golden hearts of Class 1970 alumni. Ailing and needy classmates will receive financial support raised by Pateros-born Eugene Santos of Glendale, Los Angeles from RHS 70 donor-batch mates residing in California and from other sources.

Over 50 RHS 70 batch mates mostly from California, the rest of the USA and the world are flying in for the golden anniversary festivities while alumni from the Philippines are expected to groundswell to over 300 on reunion day.

Mat giving in Indang
Relief from Disaster

Apart from renewing fond memories of the good old days, Holy Mass, dance and song exhibition, unique games, stateside raffle prizes, an “Elvis Presley” dinner concert and fundraising bingo will keep the golden anniversary program alive starting at 10 am until pre-midnight. RHS 70 US and Philippine core groups jointly anchored the organization and implementation of reunion programs and activities.

RHS was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest secondary school in terms of student population until India surpassed the record in 2005.  Among its prominent graduates are Senate Presidents Jovito Salonga and Neptali Gonzales, Senator Rene Saguisag, Music Maestro Lucio San Pedro and National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco.

RHS 70 will host the school’s grand homecoming reunion this December 2020.