“Always United”

PWU, JASMS and PWC alumni came from all over the Philippines and all over the world for PWUAA’s 85th Homecoming on Feb. 20, 2016. PWU’s Chairwoman Helena Z Benitez and Mrs. Dolly A. Laconico were the most senior alumnae present (at 101 and 104) but their enthusiasm matched that of all the others who attended the event.

PWUAA president Mrs. Vicky Amalingan Sales delivered an impressive final report after which the world famous Bayanihan paid tribute to the nine outgoing PWUAA board members. A new board of directors was elected consisting of alumni from PWU, JASMS, PWC Davao and the Bayanihan, in keeping with the Homecoming’s theme: “Always United.” PWU President Dr. Francisco Benitez emphasized the important role of the incoming board who will usher in the university’s centennial celebrations in 2019.

Diamond Jubilarians (HS Class ’56) led a spirited chacha session while College Jubilarian Class ’66 showed that 70 is just a number as they performed a dance skit. rs. Teresa Jocson (HS’51) composed new lyrics for “Those Were the Days” which she sang with student volunteers after an emotional introduction by pharmacy alumna Virginia Ricafranca. Jubilarian class HS ’66’s finale presentation recalled their golden high school days and included snippets of the PWU Hymn performed by classmates from different parts of the world.

Lilibeth V. Fajardo then turned over responsibility for next year’s Homecoming to Sylvia Lina who accepted on behalf of her HS Class ’67. Bayanihan alumna Chiqui Veneracion emceed the program held at Le Pavillon in Manila and her infectious humor set the tone for a fun-filled evening shared by old classmates, their families and friends.