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"The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle." - Pierre de Coubertin

Sir Ismael Mathay, Sr.
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Photo source: The Library of Congress, Washington D.C. 1944


IMSHS Alumni Legends

* Ricardo M. Rosales (Class 1972), a IV-1 student became the first high school legend when selected with his running pace for the MPQCAA Team to the Palarong Pambansa in 1971. Kadong Kabayo, as fondly called, was the first ever student in the history of the IMSHS to represent the high school in any national secondary school event. He was also the first official presidential candidate of the Independent Party in the first Student Council elections against his classmate Mr. Emilio Estacio, the first elected president. Mr. Rosales, who married his long time high school sweetheart, is now living in the United States with his family.

* Arlene Sison (Class 1974), sweet and ravishing mestiza entered the 1974 Miss Republic of the Philippines beauty pageant after graduation from Grants Street high school. Ms. Sison, one of the top favorites, landed a spot amongst 15 semi-finalists from the 31 official candidates that was won by Ms. Agnes Rustia (Miss RP-World). After her Miss RP stint, she instantly became the face of Manila celluloids. She appeared on her first movie break in the 1974 Luciano Carlos-film titled 'Shazam Boom' with sensational jukebox-king Victor Wood, Max Alvarado, Renato del Prado, Gloria Romero, Rosemarie Gil and Lucita Soriano. In 1975, she dazzled the Filipino crowd on her role in Lamberto V. Avellana film "Kapitan Kulas" with Ramon Revilla, Elizabeth Oropesa, and Walter Navarro. In 1976, her career was booming and starred in Jun Gallardo's "Ikaw ... Ako Laban sa Mundo" with Rudy Fernandez and Alma Moreno and followed by a bigger role in a F.H. Constantino blockbuster film titled "Barok" starring Chiquito and Trixia Gomez . The glamor beauty from GSISVHS flourished to stardom until 1977 with her last films including a Nilo Saez-action-film, "Valentin Labrador" with Rudy Fernandez and Marianne de la Riva; and a takilya-record-breaking movie of Joseph Villamor's "Kapten Batuten en his Superbatuta" with Philippines' greatest comedian Dolphy and Jean Saburit. Ms. Sison had been traveling to various places since then.

* Elizabeth Fajatin Bautista (Class 1975), won the hearts of the entire GSIS Village and Project 8 communities when crowned as Miss Republic of the Philippines, 2nd runner-up to Ms. Anabelle A. Bayle, 1st runner up, who transformed into a famous Paris model in the 80s and 90s and model-turned-film star Ms. Suzanne T. Gonzales (Miss RP World) besting 30 other official candidates representing regions nationwide in 1975. Later, the golden girl-next-door- turned-national beauty queen-turned-movie star became a sensational award-winning and highly respected actress screen-named "Beth Bautista". She garnered the Gawad Urian Award for Best Actress in 1978 on her role in the movie, "Hindi Sa Iyo Ang Mundo, Baby Porcuna" and nominated in 1979 at the prestigious FAMAS Award for Best Actress on the same movie with Vilma Santos (Pagputi ng Uwak Pag-itim ng Tagak, 1978) and Susan Roces (Gumising ka Maruja, 1978) that was won by the latter. She was recently seen on ABS-CBN's popular global television soapie "Gulong Ng Palad". The film star Beth Bautista was married to Cheng Muhlach, younger brother of veteran actress Amalia Fuentes, Philippine cinema's answer to Hollywood's great, Elizabeth Taylor.

                                         amazing alumna on scintillating screen

.... a story of a young girl that struggled to triumph .... a contemporary cinderella ... watch
the GSISVHS legend Beth Bautista in her movie trailer titled "Mga Huwad Na Mananayaw"
above ....

IMSHS Amazing Alumni Achievers

1) Jerome S. Baxinela, PSSupt/PNP (Class 1980), belongs to Class 1986 of the Philippine National Police Academy and currently Regional Director for Metro Manila Regional Office (MMRO) of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) which implements the new anti-drug law; eliminates the supply and demand of illegal drugs, prevents and controls drug-related crimes, and provides a drug-free community for Filipinos. The PDEA operates under the umbrella of the Office of the President of the Philippines.

2) Reynaldo S. Rodrigo, Esq (Class 1975), chief financial officer and chief operating officer of the US-based Healthcare Solutions Services, Incorporated. A booming business operator, community leader and philanthropist, he lives at Los Angeles’ voguish Orange County. Hardworking and down-to-earth, he exemplifies the monogamy and loyalty of an exceptional man and has been married since 1982 to the mother of his three children, the former Jessie Grace Fontanilla, a health care professional.


                                     amazing alumnus from tinseltown Hollywood

… a unique story of struggle to triumph … raised from the rugged brook of the outback to

the dreamtime of palengke and ISdaan to the savage rocky shores of the unknown to the

divine paradise of the promise land. Reynaldo Saldivar Rodrigo (on video) made a par-bogey

start to his round but undid the damage with a birdie on the 4th to only other bogey of the

day coming on the 8th at the glorious teeing ground of the Aliante Golf Course in Las Vegas,

Nevada, USA ... he also joins other buffs for a tee at Las Vegas' Royal Links Golf Club which

features the 18 best holes of the British Open rotation all on one course. Mr. Rodrigo tests his

skills on legendary glory holes such as "The Road Hole" and "Hell Bunker" from the old course

at St. Andrews and "The Postage Stamp" from Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland ... next time

you go to America, give him a yahoo for a tee-4-two over a burgundy and 'bogey' at the

Royal Links Golf Club ...


3) Santiago Rodriguez, MD (Class 1983), AFP medical officer and resident doctor of V. Luna Medical Center in QC. Dr. Rodriguez inspired the first alumni pet-project in the early 1990s.

4) Aileen D. Sanchez-Hong, BBA (Class 1973), emigrated to the US after her tertiary studies with her parents and siblings in 1977. A global telecommunication IT entrepreneur, she was once honored the ‘loyalty award’ by the alma mater. Mrs. Sanchez-Hong lives in Fremont, California with her engineer husband and three US-born sons. Her eldest son is a US-trained dentist while the other two are currently pursuing their respective degrees at the University of California in Berkeley. A cosmopolite, she travels between North America, Indochina and the Philippines regularly. She is also the chief executive officer of her famous international telecommunication company and call center based in Makati where she owns real estate properties including Vietnam.

5) Moises H. Latorilla, PNP (Class 1974), belongs to the 52 graduate cadets of Class 1978 under the Philippine Air Force Regular Officers Procurement Program. Now a superintendent of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame, Lt. Col. Latorilla served as a military attaché under the UN Peacekeeping Mission. His most recent in Kosovo as head of the 38-man PNP contingent.

6) Maria Cristina S. Batalla-Jaromamay, BSW (Class 1975), specialist social worker for the Community Living BC, a crown corporation catering foster care for special children of the province of British Columbia in the Dominion of Canada. A graduate of the University of the Philippines, she is a founding member of the Filipino Social Workers' Association of British Columbia. Life is great for Mrs. Jaromamay as she quotes "count your blessings, life isn't that bad afterall". Besides her tough social work job, she is an entrepreneur of natural health products. Sure, life is not bad afterall for the flourishing 'little sister' of Mr. Jose S. Batalla (Class 1973). You can visit Mrs. Jaromamay here or in her home on vibrant Vancouver, more famous as North America's dog-friendly city.

7) Neofito C. Perilla, LLB (Class 1989),  chief of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) Prosecution Division of the Philippine National Police.

8) Catalino M. Burias, CPA (Class 1975), accountant of the Baha’i faith’s world headquarters located on the slopes of Mount Carmel overlooking Haifa and Akko in Israel. He concurs that 'virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea'. He is married to the former Diana Gatchalian, who is active in the social activities of the Bahá’í in Haifa, Israel. Mr. Burias has lived in Israel with his family for more than a decade and calls the birthplace of the Lord Savior Jesus Christ his home.

9) Dave Guerrero, VMD (Class 1973), former resident veterinarian of Foremost Farm in Pasig City which claims to be the biggest piggery farm in the Philippines and the whole of Asia, and owned by taipan Lucio Tan. A graduate of the University of the Philippines in Los Baños, Dr. Guerrero now owns a sprawling piggery and poultry farm and hacienda in Tanay, Rizal where he also lives with his family.

10) Teresa Marie Felizardo, MD (Class 1982), specialist surgeon of the E. Delos Santos Hospital in Metro Manila

11) Emmie Puertollano-Abaring, BEd, Cert (UVienna) (Class 1973), returned to alma mater after fulfilling a teaching degree from the National Teachers College. A retired educator, she is now living in Vienna, Austria and working for a Vienna-based foreign embassy. Mrs. Abaring is also active in missionary counselling serving destitute and dejected Filipinos in Austria, Italy, and Germany. She is married to Col. Romeo Abaring, former officer-in-charge and deputy chief of the Pasig City police. They have two professional children. She travels between Manila and Vienna regularly.

12) Ricardo A. Benitez, NZIA (Class 1979), architect in the Philippines and now member of New Zealand Institute of Architects. He belongs to a handful pioneer Pinoy architects recognized to practice professionally in New Zealand. He is a Planning and Design Manager of Prime Property Group in Wellington, New Zealand. Click  to find him.

13) Berlin Valencia-Mercado, BScECE (Class 1976), holds a top position with the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration of the Department of Science and Technology - national institution dedicated to provide flood and typhoon warnings, public weather forecasts and advisories, meteorological, astronomical, climatological, and other specialized information and services primarily for the protection of life and property and in support of economic, productivity and sustainable development.

14) Bobbikins A. Reyes, CPA (Class 1978), bank officer in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and associated with the spectacular Toronto Film Festival; film critique; community leader; third placer in 2005 Pistahan sa Toronto's Filipino Singing Idol Contest.

cross-over Manila sounds and scoops as you browse this page

15) Rostum Aquino, DMD (Class 1975), dental general practitioner with special interest in orthodontia and corporate dentist of the Araneta Group of Companies in Metro Manila. He is also committed to the aspirations of Gawad Kalinga, an anti-poverty and nation-building movement launched by Couples for Christ, a Catholic lay community, to care for less fortunate Filipinos and survivors of natural disasters.

16) Rogelio L. Miguel, BSEng  (Class 1973), dedicated to public service and humanity, he is the general manager (GM) of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), an agency located on E. Bayuga Street, Muñoz City in Nueva Ecija serving water supply to Region III or the Central Luzon Region. LWUA is the only Philippine water supply institution with consummate expertise that spans the technical, financial and institutional aspects in developing individual household connections of water supply systems. Engineer Miguel is also the president of the Central Luzon Association of Water District.

Engr. Rogelio L. Miguel seated in front


17) Maria Victoria S. Carlos-Ascue, MD (Class 1976), medical general practitioner and runs her own private medical clinic in the Philippines.

18) Celedonio B. Ceballo Jr., BSE (Class 1975), product of MLQU and now a prominent civil engineer; consultant of Negros-based Hossana Construction and Development; and board director for Manila-based Promotech Resources Inc. Engineer Ceballo is commited to the expansion and development of infrastructures in Metro Manila and nationwide.

19) Heidi N. Dacayo-Ersando, CEO (Class 1977), entrepreneur and administrator of The Senior Caring Connection in the United States.

20) Edith Puertollano-Amosin, BEd (Class 1986), active faculty member of the Ismael Mathay Sr. High School, PHEM Department.

                               amazing mrs. amosin

... a story of struggle to triumph ... from GSISVHS to IMSHS ... loyal alumna to loyal teacher ... watch the unrivalled Edith Puertollano-Amosin (on video) shares her triumph to her students to triumph ...


21) Eddie Laserna, PPSA (Class 1974),  a public servant for a Philippine government agency and a professional shooter who is an active member of the  Philippine Practical Shooting Association under the National Range Officers Institute. He is also a Gun Safety Instructor. You may visit him here

22) Renato B. dela Cruz, MNSA (Class 1972), first editor-in-chief of the Village Bounty holds a degree in Agriculture and Master in National Security Administration. He is the Region V Officer-In-Charge and Superintendent of the Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Training Institute, Philippine Rice Research Institute based in Albay City.

23) Reynaldo D. Abad, CRO (Class 1980), chief range officer/certified firearms instructor of the American Shooting Centres in Houston, Texas, USA. He belongs to the Freshman class during the historic old palengke blaze. Join him shoot at "The premier shooting facility in the United States" on

24) Tamerlane D. Sanchez, CEO (Class 1974), a booming global telecommunication business executive in the United States. He lives in Union City in northern California with his wife and children. The GSISVHS golden-boy-next-door emigrated to the United States in 1977.

25) Nelson P. Nario, PCSupt (Class 1974), belongs to Class 1980 of the Philippine Military Academy; Chief Superintendent of the Philippine National Police and deputy regional director for administration of the Police Regional Office 10 in Northern Mindanao, also directorate for research and development of the Philippine National Police-Preparation Committee under the chair of Chief  Superintendent Silverio D. Alarcio Jr., PNP Director for Operations. PCSupt Nario was formerly the provincial police chief of Isabela Province.

26) Rudsen Pacis, PhD (Class 1975), has given a lifetime of deep spiritual direction to hundreds of Roman Catholics worldwide. A Vatican-sanctified Deacon of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in Missouri USA, he is fully dedicated to the ministry of the Omniscient Omnipotent Omnipresent.

27) Yolanda L. Nasoles, CMA (Class 1976), general manager of the Ascendas (Phils) Corporation, Asia’s premier developer and manager of business space.


28) Jerry John S. Lim, OSC-DOH (Class 1975), budget officer of the Philippines’ Department of Health, Office for Special Concerns (OSC) which serves as the Field Implementation Management Office (FIMO) for the National Capital Region providing overall coordination and supervision of the Center for Health Development (CHD) including its component hospitals in the implementation of health programs, projects and activities undertaken in partnership with other government agencies, local government partners including the private sector and civil society. Mr. Lim is married to an economist of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. They have three children.


29) Evelyn Templonuevo-Valmonte (Class 1973), manages a large fish and meat dealership for 5-star hotels in the Philippines. Living in Bulacan, she is blessed with three good sons helping in the rounds with her lucrative business.


30) Nerilyn A. Tenorio, BC (Class 1975), journalist; business correspondent of Hongkong-based Thomson Reuters. the world's largest international multimedia news organization providing information for media and business professionals. Talk about NASDAQ, AMEX, Dow Jones, Nikkei, S&P/ASX, NYSE, Hang Seng, Bovespa or FTSE and the current global financial crisis, she is the expert to consult over a cup of coffee in Fragrant Harbor. Ms. Tenorio was a member of the editorial staff of the high school publication from its post-martial-law-declaration resurrection in 1975.


31) Josefina Ela, BSEd (Class 1973), a UST-graduate educator-turned-entrepreneur, she owns the popular Eppiecurrean Bakeshoppe in Cubao, Quezon City.


32) Maria Paz Aguirre-van Lieshut VMD (Class 1976), a veterinarian living in The Netherlands.


33) Samuel G. Amante, Jr. (Class 1975), designs and makes custom menswear-style jackets, trousers or pants for metrosexual men and women. He owns a large tailor shop in Metro Manila.


34) Asuncion Aguirre-Kralingen, BSc (Class 1973), geologist of the Philippine Bureau of Mines for twenty years. Now living in Rotterdam, she is married to a Dutch. They have a daughter named Priscilla.


35) Mario San Diego, BSEng (Class 1973), former chief marshal of the Quezon City Fire Department and married to Lucila Dayego (Class 1973), a trained nurse. They have five children. Eldest son, Vincent, who stands 6'9" tall, plays for the elite Red Bull Thunder Team in Asia's glamor basketball professional league, the PBA.


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Fellow Ismaelians, we are not alone

"Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life... as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed." - - Booker Taliaferro Washington, 1856-1915, mixed-race son of black slave mother; freed from slavery as a child; American educator; and author/leader of the African-American community

"Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success." - - Og Mandino, essayist & psychologist, 1923-1996

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