Perspective: GSISVHS-IMSHS, the emergence
of the GSIS Village High School and rise of the Ismael Mathay, Sr. High School
the annals of Ismael Mathay Sr. (GSISVillage) High School,
optimism is its own reward ........
based from the 35-year-old files of Albert T. Rosales USN (Class 1975)
“Optimism is the faith that expects large results. In every conquest, it is the foretaste
of victory that is likely to follow, for the singers in life are generally the winners in life. It is with this attitude that
we play our parts in the rare task of starting an institution. The start is always the hardest, but we prove that strength
endures all kinds of tests …..”
- George Prado III-1 CP
The Village Bounty, 1971
The Dream Time
At the height of former President Ferdinand
Edralin Marcos leadership, there were threats of rebellion and insurrection. Before the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus
in 1971 followed by the declaration ofProclamation Number 1081, otherwise known
as Martial Law, on 21 September 1972, there were massive demonstrations, pickets, and
rallies in universities and high schools in Metro Manila mainly concentrated in the so-called ‘university belt’
and ‘Diliman’ areas. This intense upheaval during the Marcos regime had affected many parents in various communities
in the national capital region including the tranquil GSISVillage and Project 8 in Quezon City. These villagers envisaged a high school within the village
for safety and convenience of their young children instead of traveling in the mayhem of an immense metropolis.
Conception of a New High School
The steadfast crusade towards the establishment of a new secondary school in
Quezon City commenced sometime in February 1971
. . . . .
The Parents & Teachers Association (PTA) of the GSIS Elementary School with Mr. Restituto
Aguilar as President and the original Village Association under Atty. Bernardo Cuaresma initiated the plan where they filed
a resolution requesting the City Superintendent of Schools for the opening of a high school within the Village in the school
year 1971-72. The PTA group was supported by Mrs. Vicenta Tabujara, District Supervisor, Mrs. Estela Ponce, Teacher-in-Charge
of GSISVillage Annex of ToroHillsElementary School (THES) and Mrs. Rosenda Arriola, principal
of the THES. Others included Engr. & Mrs. Enrique Nario Jr., Mr. & Mrs. Pablo Nolasco, Mr. & Mrs. Damian Rayala,
Mr. & Mrs. Jesus Sabado, Atty & Mrs. Ricardo de la Cruz. The opening of first year classes was approved on 6
The original initiators encouraged by the initial success of their petition went on to work for a complete high school. They
filed another petition to this effect. More came to join this working group among them Ms. Consuelo Alvarez, Mrs. Gloria Caday,
Mrs. Remedios Borromeo, Mr. & Mrs. Ricardo Dumagpi, Atty. Garcia, Mrs. Laureta M. de Guzman, , Mrs. Honorata M. Ibabao,
Mrs. R.. Jatulan, Engr. Francisco Lameta, Lt. Eliseo Marasigan, Mr. Bonifacio Nino, Mr. Mariano Sobrejana, Mrs. Teresita Espejo,
and Mrs. Eugenia de Jesus. The opening of second year classes received approval on 19 June 1971. Delegations from the group were assigned
to see the City Superintendent on the opening of third and fourth year classes on 8 July 1971. Their fighting spirit carried them through until they got what they
want – a complete high school [excerpt from The
Village Bounty, August-November 1971 issue entitled ‘GSIS Village High School Opens’ by Nestor Nario (Class 1974)].
Birth of the GSISVillageHigh School
Quezon City Mayor Norberto S. Amoranto issued Ordinance Number 8605, S-71 approving the opening of a complete high
school at the GSISVillageHigh School in Quezon City, Metro Manila on 26 July 1971. The ordinance was endorsed on 21 June 1971 by the city
councilors granting four thousand eight hundred pesos (Php 4,800) to refurbish the second-floor of the GSIS Village public
market formerly named Norberto S. Amoranto Public
Market located within the perimeter of Grants, Benefit, and Redemption Streets at the atrium of the village
with eight rooms subdivided by ply woods and timber flooring.
From its humble beginnings at the compound of the modern village market, the GSISVillageHigh School poised assertively and confidently amidst the many difficulties and speculations.
The new high school opened its doorsteps to the first students and from these ‘first students’
heralded the induction of all ‘firsts’.
Michelle's Song from the
1971 Movie 'Friends' released in the US on 24 March 1971
and shown simultaneous on Philippine screens.
Mrs. Regina I. Novales was elected to head the faculty of the new high school. She was the Head Teacher-in Charge of
San Francisco High School located in nearby San Francisco del Monte in Quezon City from the time of her appointment.
In 1974, Mrs. Novales was replaced by Mr. Jose V.Aguilar
with a title of division supervisor-in-charge.
In an effort to promote good image of the
new high school, selection of a unique design that would symbolize loyalty and pride was initiated.
The Class of 1972 and 1973 played a vital role in this scheme with the guidance of the four faculty advisers in each
year. A myriad of elegant and exclusive designs nominated for female students' wear were similitude of elite institutions
while a horde of more ambitious male students preferred a formal wear a la La Salle cum
Ateneo or Letran style. To the female students, the approval of a la UST Girls High School one-piece light brown formal wear and two-piece sports wear bathed them with
much pride and glee even flaunting in fashion from as far as UST High School in España to Farmers' Market in Cubao and Quad Makati, or even KBS Studios and Congressional Bowling Lanes in time for
the afternoon 'pormahan or gimikan blues'.
Conversely, many male students rejected the mediocre khaki pants and white cotton shirt.
A class action opposing the enacted boys wear was triggered mainly by the junior students led by Philip Balangue (Class
1973), Fernando Prado (Class 1973) and assisted by a few from Class 1972, but supported by many from Class 1973 such as Danilo
Nolasco, Larry Reodica, Alex Aguila, Glen Borromeo, Danilo Guevarra, Rene Aguinaldo, Nick Aquino, George Prado et al. The group demanded to the principal a more formal
black trouser and light brown (or any color but not white) collared shirt with black formal shoes instead of rubber shoes. Philip Balangue and Fernando Prado were called into
principal's office for a close-door interrogation and the rest is history.
The controversial khaki pants became mandatory as boys wear for its simplicity, affordability, and coyness. Male students
resisting to wear the khaki pants were ultimately given strict disciplinary action. Yet, many boys persisted to wear a more
formal light brown tailored trouser particularly from Third Year (Section One) students.
The first faculty administration enacted a mandatory uniform policy.
First Student Council, 1971-1972
Emilio Estacio, a Fourth Year Section 1 student, won the highest seat in the first Student Government Organization
during the elections held at the school campus on 8 September 1971.
Estacio and his other candidates of the Democratic Party almost bested the candidates of the Independent Party of all the
elective positions. Ricardo Rosales, another senior student and the official presidential candidate of the Independent Party
put up a good fight in the last balloting but to no avail.
The other elected officers were Philip Balangue, III-1 CP, Vice-President; Luisa Empaynado, IV-1 CP, General
Secretary; Lydia Samson, IV-1 CP, General Treasurer; Rosemarie Rodriguez, Freshman Treasurer; Agustina Vicente, Sophomore
Treasurer; Florentina Vicente, Junior Treasurer; Liza Briones, Senior Treasurer; Senators: Altair Carpio, Rodrigo Cid, Josefina
Lopez, and Nestor Nario, all of 1-1; Marilyn Galanza of II-1; Hope Quina, III-2 CP; Mercedita de la Paz, III-I CP and Vicky
de Jesus, IV-1 CP, Romeo Alba, IV-1 CP, Auditor; Teresita Sodusta, IV-1 CP, Business Manager; Regina Yance, III-1 CP, Press
Estacio, the first elected president of the student body, together with the other elected officers laid down their
plans and objectives for the betterment of the school. These plans included campus cleaning, providing security by the officers
of the Executive Council themselves and the strict observance of the wearing of the newly-launched school uniforms. Other
plans for a better GSISVillageHigh School were also implemented.
Student Council Axed
The rise of student activism and political turmoil prevailed during the second term of President Ferdinand
E. Marcos in office. Students’ protests became more violent and intense as radical students battled with the police
and military particularly at Plaza Miranda in Quiapo where unstoppable rallies were regularly conducted.
Mass student demonstrations were widespread on the streets of Metro Manila to denounce the military abuses, rampant
graft and corruption, removal of U.S. military bases, human rights infringement, meteoric rise of school tuition fees, and a US-puppet leadership.
Two radical student groups spoon-fed by the communists have won the hearts of university and high school students.
These groups known as the Kabataang Makabayan (KM) and the Samahang Demokratikong Kabataan (SDK) recruited students from Class 1972 and 1973 (names withheld) where they joined forces in the famous bloody battle at the 'Makibaka Sa Plaza Miranda' in one sizzling afternoon of August 1971.
year, events unfolded that were claimed by Marcos to contribute a “state of emergency.” In August 1971, two grenades
rocked a political rally in Plaza Miranda (Sison and Werner, 1989). A fortnight later after the student government campus
elections, this GSISVillageHigh School students’ participation earlier had
reached the principal’s office and Mrs. Regina I. Novales immediately suspended all students’ activities on the
school grounds including the newly-installed Student Council.
Marcos made ready his presidential proclamation and announced it that night of 21 August 1971, suspending the writ of habeas corpus, and started a series of mass arrests of progressive mass leaders
in order to paralyze the opposition and the resurgent national-democratic movement (indybay, 2006).
At the following school year, all forms of student organizations and activities were banned due to Marcos’ suspension
of the privilege of habeas corpus. Subsequently, on 21 September 1972, Marcos imposed martial law that swiftly ceased all student demonstrations.
University and high school student councils as well as class homeroom officers were restricted. The GSISVillageHigh School conformed to the president’s martial law declaration. There was no student council election during the school
year 1972-73 and the entire school year was muffled by extreme silence not only at the
palengke high school but throughout the archipelagic nation.
Formation of the Village Bounty
In an attempt to promote communication between the school and community, the English Department led by Mrs. Didi Shirley
Grego proposed the creation of a school organ. At the commencement of classes, Mrs. Grego conducted an essay writing selection
test for the school editorial staff. The first writers were carefully chosen and a school referendum was held to name the
intended school paper.
The editorial staff initiated
a contest to name the school organ. Numerous titles were submitted but mostly reflecting the school atmosphere such as “Market
Vendors”, “Tinderos and Tinderas”, “The Villagers”, “The Village People”, “The
Market Dealers”, “Sellers Rendezvous”, and the most popular of all, “The Palengkians”.
“The Beacon”, or symbol of hope and inspiration, was nominated by George Prado, III-1 CP,
and from this word, Mrs. Grego suggested the term “Bounty” instead as the reward, prize, grant or bequest was
already there. The birth of a new high school was a bounty and not just a beacon. The editorial staff suggested a title “Villagers
Bounty” and Mrs. Grego further edited it to “The Village Bounty” to the solid agreement of the editors.
With the approval of the principal, Mrs. Regina I. Novales, the first edition was published on August
1971 with Renato dela Cruz (Class 1972) as the first editor-in-chief, Danilo Marcelo (Class 1972) as associate editor,
and George Prado (Class 1973) as managing editor. Likewise, the shaping of “The Village Bounty” coincided
with the introduction of the selective course on Journalism 1 and 2 for both junior and senior years.
The editorial staff coached by the Village Bounty’s adviser, Mrs. Grego, also represented the new school in the
Metropolitan Secondary Schools Press Conference held at the RamonMagsaysayHigh School in España, Manila and competed in news, editorial, literary, sports, and poetry writing in both English and Pilipino. The team received
an accolade in creating a school organ for a newly-established high school.
The following school year, the Village Bounty ceased to operate due to the declaration of martial law
over the entire country. Newspapers were shut down, and the mass media were brought under tight control, in particular, university
and high school press suspected to release subversive articles and messages. A presidential decree banning all forms of mass
media was released.
Although the circulation of the Village Bounty was short-lived, it formed a catalyst towards enrichment
of high school journalism.
or Pre-Military Training
PMT was a mandatory course in military discipline, tactics, and marching. While a national requirement for able-bodied
male students to finish high school, it is optional for the female.
The first junior and senior male students were inducted into the army training program under the genial command of
Major Tomas A. Pablico, first commandant of the new high school. At the first military drill in 1971, Danilo Marcelo
(Class 1972) was designated as the first commander-in-chief.
In a simple but colorful ceremonial military change-over in 1972, Marcelo relinquished his title and decorated
Mario San Diego (Class 1973) as his successor. A new set of chic green fatigue uniform and combat shoes were also introduced
to replace the dreary khaki attire.
In 1973, the new high school garnered the bronze medal at the Quezon City Secondary Schools Model Platoon Drill Competition
held at the Amoranto Stadium under
the command of Lieut. Mario San Diego. It was the second most prestigious honor of the GSISVHS after the
athletic achievement of Ricardo M. Rosales (Class 1972).
The PMT Class of 1973 provided the impetus for the military and tactical reforms that would work more closely
and effectively in the high school since the founding era to today's youth military training course now called the Citizens'
Arm Training or CAT.
First District Meet
new high school managed to send a small delegation to the Quezon City District Meet held at the Amoranto Stadium with representatives
from various sporting events such as track & field, swimming, archery, volleyball, and basketball. The first delegation
was headed and coached by Mr. Jose San Buenaventura, Health & Physical Education teacher. Ricardo Rosales, IV-1 student,
became the first high school legend when selected with his running pace for the MPQCAA Team to the Palarong Pambansa that
year. Others in the delegation were Dave Guerrero, III-1 CP (men’s archery), Amy Nena Arizabal, III-2 CP (women’s
archery), Fernando Prado, III-1 CP (Swimming), Danilo Guevarra, III-1 CP (Swimming), George Prado, III-1 CP (800m run, javelin
throw, shot put), Jose Buan Jr., First Year (track & field) and more. The players of the men's basketball representative
team were picked mainly from Class 1972 led by Gerry Aguinaldo (deceased), Alex Villanueva et al. Alluring Elizabeth F. Bautista , a first year student, was in
the women’s volleyball team and bloomed to be crowned a national beauty queen (Miss Republic of the Philippines 1975)
then rose as a respectable and sensational film star of Manila’s glittering movie industry. Like Rosales, Bautista became a
legend of the school.
(The author attempts
to recall the names of the other students in the first delegation and wishes to convey his apology for missing out in the
aforementioned. Please advice for inclusion)
Parent-Teacher’s Association (PTA)
Mr. Pablo Nolasco was elected first president of the Parent-Teacher’s Association. The other officers
were Atty. Bernardo Cuaresma – Vice-President; Mrs. Maria Luisa Nario – Secretary; Mrs. Nene M. Aguinaldo –
Assistant Secretary; Mrs. Paz Rayala – Treasurer; Mrs. Remedios Amante – Assistant Treasurer; Mr. Celso Mendoza
– Auditor; Mr. Federico Arizabal – Business Manager; Atty. Sylvia Adame – Press Relations Officer; Atty.
Bonifacio Nino – Legal Officer; Capt. Nicolas Vargas – Peace Officer; Engr. E. Nario Jr, Mr. P. Villarosa, Mr.
D. Rayala, Mr. J Sabado, Mr. E. Guerrero, Atty. M. Garcia, Mrs. L. Sahagun, Mrs. B. Tan; Mrs. M. Jaca, Ms. F. Racquel –
Board of Directors; Mrs. Regina I. Novales – Adviser.
Mr. Nolasco’s platform includes the fast acquisition of the permanent school building and
basic school equipment. The first set of PTA officers was inducted by the Superintendent of Quezon City Schools, Mrs. Commemoracion
Concepcion, in an evening program held at the school hall on 14 August 1971. In her talk as
guest speaker, Mrs. Concepcion reiterated the reasons for the opening of a high school in Project 8. She congratulated all
community members who helped in working for the realisation of an urgent need. She expressed her hope that the local PTA should
be always aware of its function as a potent force in promoting closer relationship between parents and teachers. Others who
gave short talks were Vice Mayor Ismael Mathay Jr. and Councilor Rafael Mison Jr., Chairman of the Committee on Education,
[excerpt from The Village Bounty, August-November 1971 issue, entitled ‘Nolasco First PTA Prexy’
by Liza Briones (Class 1972)].
the Year that was . . .
The declaration of martial law in 1972 had severely affected the Class of 1973 who were the senior students at the
time. There were presidential decrees banning many aspects of a high school life like the imposition of curfew hours and military’s
harsh treatment to teenagers. Even exclusive graduation ceremonies were banned and the Class of 1973 must join a mass graduation
rite of all Quezon
high schools at the Amoranto Stadium. Many graduands did not wish a graduation in mediocrity. Instead, they received their
high school diplomas and report cards unceremoniously. Likewise, the classes of 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975 never
experienced a Junior-Senior Prom. To them, it was an elitist culture – a mirage.
As pioneer students struggling on a makeshift campus in a nation paralyzed by military coup, the Class
of 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1975 survived the many challenges and stood proud. Optimism is its own reward.
Sometime in 1976, the village market was
gutted by a blaze turning classrooms into ashes. Immediate evacuation to shelter the students of a struggling young high school
was supported by various sectors of the local city council, political figures, and community leaders that bridged a gateway
to its new campus.
That name . . . ‘Mathay’
early 1970s, Ismael Mathay Jr. was a young councilor of Quezon City. Later,
as a Vice Mayor, he graced the induction of the very
first set of
PTA officers with the superintendent of Quezon City schools, Mrs. Commemoracion
Concepcion, in an evening program held at the GSISVillageHigh School hall on 14 August 1971 where he also gave
a short speech (Briones L., The Village Bounty, 1971).
Mathay Jr. is a son of a prominent man in the Philippines named Ismael Mathay Sr., who was a former auditor of the Central Bank of the Philippines and later as auditor
general, board director, and general manager of the National Marketing Corporation
(Supreme Court of the Philippines, 1968). Like his lawyer father, Ismael Mathay Jr. pursued a law degree. He was admitted to
the Philippine Bar on 10 March 1958 (Ibid, 1998).
February 1975, President Ferdinand E. Marcos issued Presidential Decree 824 creating the Metropolitan Manila
Commission (MMC) that integrates the Philippine capital Manila and adjacent Quezon City with two cities and twelve
municipalities of the province of Rizal and one municipality
of the province of Bulacan. Marcos appointed his wife
Imelda Marcos as governor and Ismael A. Mathay
Jr. as vice-governor (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, 2005).
Steadily, Ismael A. Mathay Jr. became a mayor in
the ‘richest city of the Philippines' (Quezon City website, 2006) where he served from 30 June 1992
to 30 June 2001 (Quezon City Government, 2006).
Ironically, during his reign
as vice-governor of Imelda R. Marcos’ MMC, the GSISVillageHigh School at the premises of the village market had just turned into ashes
in 1976. Immediately, the GSISVHS was given a new home along Branches Extension within the village and, shortly later, baptized
with a new name. From his MMC vice-gubernatorial position, Ismael A. Mathay Jr. was elected mayor of Quezon City in 1992.
On 23 August 2005, with the National Historical Institute and the Quezon City government as the co-sponsors, the 109th Anniversary of the ‘Sigaw ng Pugad Lawin’(a) at
Brgy. Bahay Toro in Quezon City was celebrated. The present ‘Sigaw’ site is within
the premises of the PugadLawinHigh School (Ramos, Fidel Valdez, 2001), a baby school of the Ismael Mathay
Sr. (GSISVillage) High School.
Pugad Lawin High
School (PLHS) dances his freedom from father school, Ismael Mathay Sr. High School (IMSHS).
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more Lawinians' dances on menu.
The ‘IsmaelMathaySr. High School - Toro Hills Annex’ and ‘Pugad Lawin High School’
Quezon City was once a small town adjoined by then now known as the communities of San Francisco
del Monte, Novaliches, and Balintawak. In 1896, the Philippine Revolution was declared by Andres Bonifacio in Pugad Lawin
which is now the Bahay Toro at Project 8, Quezon City (Quezon City, 2006).
On the basis of the 1983 committee's findings, the National Historical Institute placed a marker on 23 August
1984 at Seminary Road in Brgy. Bahay Toro behind the "Toro Hills High School' (Guerrero, M.C., 2003).In 1993, the ToroHillsHigh School was established
at the old incinerator site with a total land area of eight thousand six hundred ninety six (8,696) square meters in Sitio
Militar, Brgy. Bahay Toro, Project 8, Quezon City just opposite the Pugad Lawin Shrine where Katipunan(b)
leader Andres Bonifacio and the rebels signified their protest against the Spanish colonial rule by ripping their cedulas on 23 August 1896 (DCSQC, 2007).
The Project 8 high school was later named ‘IsmaelMathaySr.
High School - Toro Hills Annex’ under Quezon City schools district IV headed by Mdme. Grace A. Tariman, Principal II (Philippines Department
of Education Masterlist, 2004). The Toro Hills Annex high school was under the tutelage of his father school, the Ismael Mathay Sr. (GSISVillage) High School.
Likewise, in Quezon City, a large portion of Tandang Sora(c)district is Brgy. Bahay Toro,
where a historic site of the Philippine Revolution known as Pugad Lawin is located (Metropolitan Manila Development Authority,
2005). From its innate Tagalog name, the IsmaelMathaySr. High School – Bahay Toro Annex would later become the PugadLawin High School.
The Pugad Lawin High School of Quezon City was inaugurated
on 21 June 1998 as part of the Centennial Freedom Trail (Ramos, F.V., 2001) becoming
an autonomous institution from the father school, Ismael Mathay Sr. High School,
located in GSIS Village, Project 8, Quezon City. Under Quezon City Schools District IV, the former annex school is currently headed by Mdme. Cleotilde B. Fernandez, Principal III (Philippines Department
of Education Masterlist, 2006).
The Great Man
Mathay Sr. studied law and was admitted to the Philippine Bar on 16 January
1925 (Supreme Court
of the Philippines, 1998).Later, he was appointed by Sergio Osmeña, second President of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Philippines (1 August
1944 - 28 May 1946) as Budget and Finance Commissioner for the War Cabinet (1944-45) when President Osmeña issued Executive
Order 15-W reorganizing and consolidating the Executive Departments of the Commonwealth government on 8 August 1944. Afterward,
Executive Order Number 27 was issued on 27 February 1945 upon the restoration
of civilian authority to the government of the Commonwealth, and members of the new cabinet were appointed on 8 March 1945. Subsequent renaming and mergers of departments have separate listings.
Osmeña created the Cabinet and Judicial Appointments (1945-46) and appointed Ismael
Mathay Sr. as Secretary of the Budget (Quezon III, M.L., 2007). The former Secretary
of the Budget then served as auditor of the Central Bank of the Philippines and retired from office on May 12, 1964.
Thereafter, he held positions as auditor general, board director, and general manager of the National Marketing
Ismael Mathay Sr. begot a son named Ismael Mathay Jr., who would later follow his father's shadow and who was instrumental
to the flourish of the GSISVillageHigh School.
That Man Behind IMSHS
Ismael A. Mathay Jr., Esq
of the Philippines, BBA Economics 1953
Beda College, LLB 1957
Philippine Bar, 10 March 1958
City Vice Mayor to Mayor Norberto S. Amoranto, 1970 – 1976
The GSISVillageHigh School is now a milestone of an entrenched foundation of learning with
its new name IsmaelMathaySr.High School (Philippines Department of Education Masterlist
2005), sprawling permanent campus
along Branches Extension in the village, and booming population.
IMSHS Senior Class 2006-07
new school outfit
Located in Quezon City Schools District VI, the Ismael Mathay Sr. (GSIS Village) High School is currently headed by Mdme. Justina A. Farolan (Principal
IV). All enquiries to 926 2005 -phone, or 925 2606 - fax (Ibid, 2006).
(a) Pugad Lawin - modern-day Pugad Lawin
is in low and stony ground. Literally, hawks do not nest in the lowlands. The descendants of Tandang Sora claimed that the
"Cry" or whatever, happened in Gulod, Banlat, Kaloocan. Their explanation is that the Katipuneros did not refer to their meeting
place by its geographic name, but used a code to mislead the snooping Spaniards. Pakpak Lawin was suggested as another site but this was also dismissed because, botanically, it is a fern just
like Diliman. The Pugad ng Lawin or Pugad Lawin was a specific landmark, a real hawk's nest atop a tall santol (or sampaloc)
tree in Tandang Sora's backyard in Banlat, Gulod, Kaloocan (Ocampo, Ambeth
(b) Katipunan - in 1892, Filipinos interested in the overthrow of Spanish rule founded an organization following Masonic rites and
principles to organize armed resistance and terrorist assassinations within a context of total secrecy (Library of Congress,
(c) Tandang Sora - better known asMelchora Aquino. Born in
Banlat, KalookanCity on 6 January 1812, she helped
the Katipuneros under the leadership of Andres Bonifacio by providing them food, shelter, and other material goods. She is
recognized as the Grand Woman of the revolution and the Mother of Balintawak. She died on 12 March 1919 (Philippine Centennial Celebration,
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The GSISVHS-IMSHS thanks four alumni from Class 1973 and Class 1975
of their modest link through the alumni.net web site. Without their indulgence, this story on the emergence of the GSIS
Village High School and rise of the Ismael Mathay Sr. High School may not be written and cybercasted. Special mention to .
* Allan Pacampara (Class 1975), earned a
sociology degree from the University of the East. Now a bank officer of the Royal Bank of Canada and a corporate sales specialist, he lives with his wife Winnie and two children in the enchanting
city of Toronto in Ontario,
Canada. He is the very first link with the alumni 35 years later and the rest is history. Without his personal contact,
this web site may not be existing today.
* Reynaldo Rodrigo (Class 1975), chief operating officer of US-based Healthcare Solutions
Inc., community officer and civic leader. He lives in LA's Orange County in southern California, USA with his wife Jessie
Grace and three children. He initiated first contact and link of the alumni through the global alumni net.
* Albert Rosales
(Class 1975), holds a highly distinguished E-8 position as Port Operations Officer with the United States Naval Force Port
Operations Cryptologic Technician - Collection based at Naval Weapons Station in Seal Beach beside the monstrous US Naval
Station at Long Beach in California. He lives in North Western Orange County in southern California, USA with his
wife Liberty and two children. Mr. Rosales
owns the original files and photographs from the first print of 'The VillageBounty'.
* George Prado
(Class 1973), a resident of Australia. He was married for 29 years to his late wife Elizabeth and built a close-knit