This year is the 8th year anniversary of my graduation from Pisay. I still remember my 5th year anniversary in 2004. I was really excited to go back and see how things have changed since I left. But not a lot of my batchmates shared this sentiment. A lot of them said they didn't want to go because they had nothing to show for the 5 years since they graduated. I was, at the time, still in school, not nearly finished with my Mechanical Engineering in UP, but I wanted to go. So I went.
I have only a few memories of Pisay, and I wanted to go back and try to see what else I could dig up from my subconscious. I suppose high school went by too fast for me...
I arrived in Pisay a small unknown kid from a small unknown private school in Pasig. The year was 1995 and I was the first and only kid from my elementary school to pass the entrance exams. High school was a challenge for me, especially the first year. I had to deal with commuting to Quezon City everyday (from just walking to school), the lessons (Algebra! waahh!) which everybody seemed to already know about except me, my not so popular status with my classmates, and of course dealing with the pressure to excel... "You're the cream of the cream of the crop!"
But it wasn't bad the whole time. I did make a lot of really good friends, some of which I have until today. And I did get to put in my resume that I graduated from Pisay. Haha!
I'm thinking of going to this year's Alumni Homecoming. I know that not a lot of my batchmates will be there, it not being our 5th or 10th year and all, but I still just want to visit anyway. What the heck.
Aureaus Solito, award winning Director of "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros" and Pisay alumnus, made a movie about Pisay during the Martial Law era. It will be part of the Cinemalaya Festival. Here's the trailer:
Am I excited to watch it? Hell yeah. Hope I can, if not in CCP, then on DVD or something. Haha. Seeing the school uniforms in the trailer was enough to convince me that I needed to see this movie. :p