There are homecoming programs, and there are homecoming programs. For the alumna of Assumption High School, it’s called a “Velada,” a musical performance on Old Girls’ Day, a tradition that dates back to the prewar years.
This year’s batch of Silver Jubilarians, ACHS ’91, named their show ImpACt ‘91, to convey a call to action couched in a question: “If you had only a day to change someone’s life, what would you do? Are you ready to make that impact?” The core group created the “Kalusugan ng Kabataan” program, an educational program to be taught to underprivileged and street children by Assumption students from grades 8 to 12.
Through the efforts of batch ’91 president Jackie Verano, her twin Jennie Verano, visionary director Luis Miguel III or “Direk Chito,” choreographer Jo de Peralta and musical arranger Edward Lamberte, ACHS ’91 came up with a show that transported the audience to another world.
ACHS ’91 also created the first inter-Jubilarian dance ever to be performed in a Velada, which they called “Bejeweled.” Pearl, Emerald, Jade, Gold, Ruby, Diamond and Blue Diamond Jubilarians joined the Silvers in a fun dance medley.
For finale, the Silvers performed “One Day More” from the musicale “Les Misérables.” Among the alumna were Lissa Romero de Guia, Sen. Grace Poe, Malu Gamboa, Tessa Prieto Valdes, Popsie Gamboa, former Rep. Gina Perez de Venecia, Marilou Tantoco Pineda, Dr. Wally Ledesma, Marilu Tuason Guingona, Marixi Rufino Prieto and Judy Araneta Roxas.