Lepanto Elementary School, one of the public schools in Benguet that produced countless professionals now holding key positions in public and private institutions, celebrated its first foundation day and first grand alumni homecoming on June 3, or after 75 years of existence.
With a theme “Looking back pushes moving forward” the twin celebrations were attended by hundreds of alumni who belong to batches 1953, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2019.
The organizing committee led by Lourdes Batchi regarded the attendees who came from far places as the “heroes of the event” for attending despite short notice and even with the bad weather.
Batchi, who belongs to batch 1968 and current president of the School Governing Council, has motivated the faculty and staff of LES to push through with the events even as it was approaching the end of the school year and there was a short time left to prepare and promote it.
Firmlink Pharma Executive Director Jingle Garcia Diola of batch 1987 was the guest of honor and speaker.She shared life lessons from her own experience being a daughter of a lowly mine company worker to becoming an international pharmaceutical marketing executive.
Those in attendance thanked Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company for its unwavering support to the school that earnestly accommodated every dependent of mine workers and children from host communities as well.
LCMCo. Resident Manager Engr. Magellan Bagayao, who also graced the occasion, has acknowledged the school faculty and staff for fulfilling their duties to ensure that no learner is left behind in line with the company’s goal to let every child in the community to finish their education.
“This maybe one of the reasons why the company is not giving up on you because of your continuous dedicated service to the community making us proud,” Bagayao said.
LES, meanwhile, acknowledged the support of the Parents-Teachers Association, LCMCo, the local government units, Lepanto National High School, and other stakeholders for making the events possible.
It was also the first time that the general alumni organization of the school was formed with the election of officers led by president-elect Jeanilyn Pomeg-as. The other officers are Joann Gatchalian as vice president, Hazel Tuazon as secretary, Ellen Anongos as treasurer, Kurt Linus Ursua as auditor, Michelle Ngala as PIO, and Ruth Galimba and Benevil Longatan as business managers.
The second grand alumni homecoming will be in June 2026, or every after three years with batch 1976, 1987, and 2011 as the sponsoring batches. – Josephine B. Ferrer