by Matlyline C. Talastas
The Guina-ang Elementary School and its volunteer alumni invite all alumni and friends to its 1st grand alumni homecoming on April 15 at Pinurra, Guina-ang, Bontoc, Mountain Province.
The school that opened in the 1950s has grown into a big school that caters to 209 students from the barangay.
The homecoming was planned in recognition of the need to tap the support of the wider community as the school continues to grow to support the educational requirements of the barangay.
With the theme, “Aditako lichungan nan sush-uro, sumaartako ta umilew chadlo,” the gathering generally aims to form the alumni association of Guina-ang ES, with the school as venue to discuss matters about their alma mater.
The homecoming also aims to complete the directory of its students and graduates; to document stories that will enrich the history of the school; to generate different forms of support for the alma mater; and strengthen camaraderie and the values of “Inkakaushkilaan ya inkakailyan, insisinneg-ang para ashnan inkawisan” among the graduates and pupils of the school.
The preparation of the activity started as early as 2014 when Manuela Lomasoc, the former principal of the elementary school requested that the alumni homecoming be organized.
Immediately last year, the interim officers headed by Hilary Manera were appointed to spearhead in facilitating the preparation of the activity. Aside from the interim officers, some young and old volunteers rendered their time even at late hours to talk and plan the first ever homecoming.