PPNHS Alumni, USA Holds 7th Biennial Grand Reunion
Las Vegas, NV – The Pangasinan Provincial National High School Alumni, USA (PPNHS) held its 2018 7th Biennial Grand Reunion August 31 to September 2 in this city, with a standing room only attendance at the Westgate Resort Hotel & Casino. The 3-day event hosted by Class 1967 was Chaired by TeresitaQuitlong-with Virginia Panoringan-Cantillo as Treasurer. Members of the Executive Committee include Rose Yanes-Sacks, Sally Dalisay-De Guzman, Sergio Ignacio and Elizabeth Hilario-Sison.
Founded in late 2005 by respected community leader and retired San Francisco Bay Area business executive, Mario Cendana-Panoringan of Class 1965, PPNHS Alumni, USA held its first Biennial Grand Reunion in San Francisco, California on a Labor Day weekend in 2006, with close to 300 alumni and their guests in attendance. The Alumni group was established specifically to serve as a link amongst its graduates and preserve the legacy of their Alma Mater, formerly Pangasinan Provincial High School and now Pangasinan National High School. It also aims to help the educational institution thru worthwhile projects that will benefit current students and the school.
Projects delivered include the 2008 Adopt A Classroom Project (10 classrooms with Classes 1965 and 1967 leading the way with 3 classrooms each, 1 classroom each by Class 1966, 1969 and 1970), Renovation of the Medical Dental Clinic, Donation of 20 benches along the Lingayen Baywalk, conducted Medical and Dental Missions, Major Sponsor in the Photo Exhibit at the Agew Na Pangasinan Celebration (2017-2018), Donation of Books for the Provincial Library, Major Sponsor of the School Feeding Program, Renovation of the Home Economics Building by Class 1958, Guidance Counselling Center by Class 1963 and Teachers’ Lounge by Class 1985
This year’s Biennial Grand Reunion brought more than 300 alumni, who came from Aruba, Australia, Canada, England, Philippines and the United States. They took part in the 3-day celebration attending the Friday Meet & Greet and Hosted Cocktail Reception, the Saturday Night Grand Ball & Awards Dinner and the Sunday Fellowship Breakfast. Congressman Leopoldo N. Bataoil of Class 1970 served as the Inspirational Speaker. A special video presentation titled “Through the Years” which was produced by JovitoViray-Macam, was featured during the evening’s program.
The Mario Cendana-Panoringan Founding Chairman’s Perpetual Trophy for Largest Attendance was presented to Class 1975, together with the Largest First Timers Award.Special recognitions were given to Juanita Mangasi-Samiley of Class 1959, Lifetime Achievement Award, while Virginia Panoringan-Cantillo was presented with a glass trophy by the hosting Class of 1967, for her leadership role as an outstanding alumnae and teacher of Pangasinan Provincial National High School. Other awards recipients included Linda Hilario of Class 1955 Most Senior Alumni; Jolly Juan Santos-Diaz of Class 2014 Youngest Alumni; JovitoMacam-Viray of Class 1970 and FelyQuitevis of Class 1962 Founding Chairman’s Plaque of Appreciation.
Those receiving the Founding Chairman’s Medallions and Certificates of Appreciation for their continued support of the Alumni, USA included: Rose Yanes-Sacks, Sergio Ignacio, Sally Dalisay-De Guzman, Elizabeth Hilario-Sison all from Class 1967, Myrna Sison-Guiang and Bert Velasco of Class 1963, Ben and Angelina Sison-Biag of Class 1965, Benjamin Tendilla, Class 1968; George Mata, Class 1970; Faustino Sino Cruz, Jr., Class 1971, Yolanda Ong-Ramos and Janice De Guzman-Rosales, Class 1972, Melva Evangelista-Valdez and Arnold Galvez, Class 1975, BadettePua and Gerry Gajeton, Class 1979 and Blas Tiangson of Class 1989.Friends of the Alumni, USA recognized for their support included Lydia Morales-Bautista, Mary Ann Verdeflor-Macam,Lito Ramos-Cantillo and Jess Burguillos.
The 8th Biennial Grand Reunion will be held in Lingayen, Pangasinan February 17-23, 2020 with with business executive Yolanda Ong-Ramos, Class 1972, Atty. Melva Evangelista-Valdez, Class 1975 and Atty. Verna Nava-Perez of Class 1985 serving as Executive Co-Chairpersons. Founding ChairmanMario Cendana-Panoringan will serve as Adviser.