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Class History

By: Alexis Ailex C. Villamor Jr., ’07-‘08

Most of us would agree that the days we spent in high school were certainly the best days of our lives. Memorable ones I suggest. It was in high school that we made
our grown-up friends, competed to excel, hoped for places in the sports team, toiled to lead in the student council, and yielded to take part in the school organ. It was also
in high school when we first felt and experienced to love – puppy love as people say. Thus, it is indeed in this chapter that we learnt lessons about life; that what lies
behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. And it is inevitable that we encounter obstacles along the way, from which we learn to
fight and to be strong.

The class of 2008 has come along way since the freshman year at San Francisco High School, and memories come flooding back every time we reminisce each high
school happening. All of which were joyous, worth remembering and unique in their own right.

I. Igniting the inner light – freshmen year

Anxiety filled the air as freshmen wandered during the opening classes in San Francisco High School. All of whom were thinking who their adviser, teachers and
classmates may be. And as the school bell rang, every freshman began to walk hurriedly along the school grounds to finally reach their destination – their new home.
Thus, the meandering class of 2008 came together under one roof in the white walls of Molave Building. Consequently, here is where our story began.

Everyone leapt unto their respective classrooms, and as they found themselves seats to sink in, murmurings started to conquer the place. Then a glaciating breeze seemed
to stun every freshman and jerked them silent, way too different from the usual noisy chitchats, chants and laughter heard within the four corners of a classroom.

The first day of classes in high school signifies that to be a freshman is to be in possession of a wonderful thing: time. There is time to figure out what you want to do with
your life, time to figure out what books you want to read. There is time to make friends.

This was the time of building friendships again, for each may have parted with old friends and that new sets of close acquaintances are to be developed. That I think is
what being a freshman is all about – to begin again.

Our freshmen year may have been unique compared to the other years for it was in our time when the school decorum or dress code was changed, so that the boys could
wear black pants instead of kaki pants. It was also in our time when the Department of Education first launched a project to further intensify the form of education in
public high schools: the Bridge Program. Yes, we will never forget this program. Every time we remember it, a painstaking examination flows back into our minds. And
as days passed, we encountered several more mind-boggling and constraining tests to cogitate on. Take the National Achievement Test that welcomed us at our first year
at SFHS as an example. But through all these, we came to the extent to study more, learn more and acquire more knowledge.

Our days in San Francisco High School continued to pass by and progress started to set in to our school as it welcomed development and change. The usual flood-prone
and muddy area by the entrance of the Molave Building was then transformed into something more accessible as the drainage was improved and pathways concretized.
Likewise, the school cafeteria with dull, tedious and wearisome ambiance has become lively, bright and auspicious, but was unfortunately set on fire months after the

Notwithstanding the aforementioned concerns, every freshman continued to weave a strong bond of relationships with their new classmates and schoolmates, overcoming
the sadness they felt as they went separate ways amongst elementary friends. And the once aloof, coy, and cold-hearted freshmen were turned steadfastly amicable.
Hence, this was the time of being true and showing who you really are . . . again.

Sometimes our light goes out but is blown again into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled
and ignited this inner light.

II. Shoreline of growing up – sophomore year

Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.

This is the time of schooling where learning requires maturity; where the playful freshmen turn out to be dreamers. And that these dreamers learn to plan for their lives –
on what they desire to become and what paths they ought to take. It is in our sophomore year that we began to write our own plans and arrangements for our own future.

As San Francisco High School welcomed back the class of 2008 for their sophomore year, the school then waved goodbye to Dr. Consolacion Montano, principal, as she
moved to another high school. SFHS then warmly opened its gates for the arrival of their new head of authorities, for their new school principal, Dr. Milagros San Juan.
This was surprisingly a news breaking event for the school at that moment.

Time flew and San Francisco High School started to embrace changes and improvements initiated by the effort of the newly appointed principal of the school, Dr. San
Juan. In the first three months of her service, she revised the mission-vision of the school focusing on academic excellence and the realization of students’ and teachers’
giftedness, which dramatically changed the attitudes of both the teachers and students. Also, Dr. San Juan organized an infrastructural set-up in the school to produce a
more conducive learning environment among the students and in lieu of the pending condemnation of the old Narra Building. Indeed, through the collaborative endeavour
of the school administrators, stakeholders and Quezon City Government, a four-storey 18-classroom building has started its structural foundation in San Francisco High
School and has become operational in our junior year. Meanwhile, the Dao and PUP Buildings in SFHS underwent renovation for replacement of roofing and repainting.

Clearly, Dr. San Juan’s vision for SFHS in pursuit for academic excellence beyond mediocrity has slowly made possible and she cited that SFHS will regain its pride in
due time.

and the highlight of the evening – the ball. Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo to ensure that government resources entrusted under his discretion be utilized for the general welfare of the citizenry. significant aspects in striking the aim. IV. if I may say. Senior year: the final lap. Armie Saces. and Kristine Joy Torela. Go for it now. Not to mention the turn-over ceremonies of responsibilities from seniors to juniors that indicates relief to the fourth years. Opportunity comes only once. Peace Officer. P. All new academic school year at San Francisco High School and all new happenings for the juniors to encounter and celebrate. .. . The first week of school was a mere catastrophe. Leira Anne Nolasco. . It is clear that the future holds great opportunities.I. workshops. then metamorphosed to responsible students for they ought to show off what they can do next year. Vice-President. glamorous formal attires. Thanks to the Quezon City Government and Quezon City Division of City Schools. The once little youngsters have now grown and became young adults. YOUNG and CUP. Treasurer. symposiums and trainings which honed their virtues and intellect. The positions from the President down to the year level representatives were opened to those who are willing to dedicate their service. For the school cafeteria alongside the Narra Building was torn down accidentally by the SM construction team. Janine Joy Ilagan. The growing students of class 2008 have come to the point of hitching their wagons to a star. formerly Student Council had its election of new set of officers for the next academic school year. but the beginning of busy schooldays for the third years. Looking back weeks before the prom. President. but we can adjust the sail. new hopes are to be hoped for. a day of joy and euphoria. All were devoted to serve the school. to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight. Adelpha Gonzales. First was the transformation of the school library into something innovative as it coped with the technological advancements of the community – the school library went online. Alexis Ailex Villamor Jr. All our dreams for our school. as part of San . if we have the chivalry to pursue it. particularly the juniors. Finally the prom was held . but when it does not knock. It also holds pitfalls. Second in line was the commemoration of the school’s 49th founding anniversary – again. The future is promised to no one. the students then enjoyed various school activities such as seminars. the Brigada Eskwela of San Francisco High School. and a lot new works are to be worked on. family and ourselves can come true . To give into the fear and hopelessness would be to declare defeat. Setting adrift – senior year Do not follow where the path may lead. setting aside the duties that await them. After a democratic school wide voting. success. after several decades. the student body has elected their new leaders. Auditor. and never stop fighting. In line with their duties in school. the feeling of excitement aroused upon each junior when the news about the Junior and Senior Promenade came about. This most awaited moment was jam packed with programs. Rose Solas. you must learn to build a door. went beyond the National School Maintenance Week and won 2nd place.O. they then approached the instance of making the hardest decision. spearheaded by the School Governing Council (SGC). It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. Our profound gratitude to Congressman Crisologo! But our thoughts of gratitude have not stopped there. Steering with countless effort – junior year The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm. such as love and justice. tasty food. they will now embark and handle over great responsibilities and obligations duly bequeathed unto them by the previous senior students. However. III. Gradually moving forward. The laboratory was built at the fourth floor of the SB Hall. Judith Regine Santos. Ferdie Javier. signifying more obligations for the seniors to deal with. the company vowed of replacing those that were destroyed in due time. Believing that dreaming is the beginning of success. And from boring and tiresome schooldays. time and effort for the school. Secretary. New dreams are to be dreamed. In preparation for the opening of classes. that from playing and chatting. fourth year representatives. something that one is not ready to do while there is still the will to struggle. all necessary as they grow. classes continued and academic club elections were held. instead. It is circumstantial that in this chapter of high school life. Obstacles come at every chance and these are those frightful things that one sees when he takes his eyes off his goal. San Juan’s arrival that SFHS first celebrated its founding anniversary after many years . However. Continuity of vision and specified goal are necessary requirements for upcoming seniors. after years. Remember that we cannot direct the wind. However. leaving the area with looms of rocks. The trick of succeeding is to seize the opportunities and avoid the pitfalls. All of which were struggled by the three competing party lists namely: Uno Kabataan. these sophomores then begun to mold their future in their young minds.It was also in the plight of Dr. a myriad of responsibilities is at par facing the junior students for here is where they are trained and honed in preparation for the duties that await them. February passed and March came. Mary Grace Papa. . the seniors went to school with vigor as the school year started. Through the commitment of the Hon. stories of triumph. Rose-lyn Ann Reyes. loss and frustration are expected from this new journey. Go. the night was then enjoyed with relish and zest by all. welcoming the students with festal pleasure and felicity. Ma. . Growing up is not that easy for growing requires valor and bravery as one meets challenges and hindrances along the way. great music. Cong. and the so called “Magic Four”. That their future counts on the manifestation of this decision. he gracefully turned-over an audio-speech laboratory to the school for the productivity of the English language amongst students. Eventually. night and day. All that one can do is spit in the eye of his fears by living each day with as much passion and commitment as possible to what truly counts. shuttered glasses and cluttered pieces of wood. The juniors turned leaders. . but only a few were to be chosen. the Supreme Student Government (SSG). This was made possible by the noble and spectacular work of the SGC. The prom was over and each student went home with smiles on their faces. All downhill comes this year. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best. where there is no path and leave a trail. Nevertheless.

emotion of sadness abound the dance floor as seniors danced along with slow music. Essay Writing and Oratorical Competitions outside school. Center for Excellence – a help in regaining the school’s prowess. breaking the silence. Math Challenges. with the help of Dr. The fireworks begin today. Everyone must get ready to march to the beat of college life. let us hit our goal so that he will hit his too. and the 50th Founding Anniversary of San Francisco High School was successfully commemorated in spite of the not-so-friendly weather. and it turned out to be a big success. “Gulayan sa Paaralan” of the PTA and a lot more. The 29th of September came. administrators and stakeholders furnished out the program and other necessary materials and equipments for the celebration. San Francisco ’07. it’s March 23. After several discussion and meetings. and fabulous? Actually. after moments or lifetime. our families are extremely proud of us. our presence automatically liberates others. who are you not to be? We are children of God. division and regional levels and qualified the national level. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. The celebration still continued as our days in San Francisco High School passed.Francisco High School’s Anniversary Celebration. is certain for those who are friends. Armed with diplomas and idealistic dreams. Hence. the SSG. We can’t imagine the sense of relief they are experiencing. As we are liberated from our own fear. Student Technologists and Entrepreneurs of the Philippines (STEP) Skills Competitions: district and division levels. it’s just the beginning. Each one of the graduates is a fuse. we can presume that we have left a legacy. but let us not be dismayed at goodbyes. as children do. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. the SSG decided to hold a Sports Festival. camaraderie and rapport! After all the effort of the School Governing Council. With only one week preparation. . who am I to be brilliant. San Juan herself and Mrs. Industry and Nationalism. To prove that the officers of the SSG were indeed capable of leading the school. happiness and enjoyment aboundingly invaded everyone’s hearts as they involve themselves in the historical event of the school. it is in everyone. Well. Values Education Competitions: district. not our darkness that most frightens us. its time for the Supreme Student Government to step its foot in preparation for the school’s Golden Jubilee Celebration. This must be a sign of farewell to friends. Thanks to the SGC’s continuing support. Dance Competitions topped by the schools pride. talented. It is not just in some of us. for our batch has successfully brought honor and pride to the school as we reaped places in annual competitions: Secondary Schools Press Conferences: district . Yet. we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. each and everyone would say with pride. And meeting again.S (Save Our Students) – Needing collective efforts towards academic excellence. as we leave our Alma Mater. the Leaders for Juan seminar and workshop. Commencement exercises are not the end. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. Logo and Slogan Making Competitions. Tutorial Sessions. The uncertainty of the future looms large over new graduates as they spread out their wings. . division and national levels. Thus. Virginia Amin. . One must not be afraid on attaining great things. And as we let our own light shine. Other programs that kept students involved were: the Mr. Each diploma is a lighted match. Surely. 2008. we’ll throw off the bowlines and we’ll sail away from the safe harbor. a trail that others may follow and an inspiration to those who are next in line.O. It is our light. everyone still enjoyed the evening. And we are happy that we would be leaving San Francisco High School a better place for what we have done and what we have been. Then our story will begin once more. Arrivederci! For now. We ask ourselves. and Ms. with a diploma for a sail and lots of nerve for oars. knowing that this was the last prom that they would attend. we’ll land among the stars. the SGC and SM Foundation jointly conducted medical-dental-optical missions last July and August. anxiety and eagerness. gorgeous. They also came up with the theme: S. Graduation day fills the heart with mixed feelings – fulfilment and sadness. even if we miss. Though the seniors’ excitement was not as much as last year’s. Shoot for the moon. the organization volunteered to preside and prepare the programs for the celebration. Our small plays do not serve the world. tears have no place on the center stage when loud music jammed. Till we meet again. five days to go and we’ll set adrift. the 2008 Junior and Senior Promenade was held. Student Debate regarding Honesty. And as the graduating class of 2008 dresses in identical caps and gowns. Year 2008 was a leap year and with the phenomenal February 29. Each one then must dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. they charge ahead with enthusiasm. and in the SB Centrex. Books in Motion of the English Club. Poster. Another record in school history. Poster and Slogan Making Contests. Graduation day is yet to come. as we set adrift. As days move onward. We are all meant to shine. which served as a treat to the students and teachers. Seniors will say goodbye to the comfortable and secure life within the high school walls. Pamanadanse. and as we venture through another life. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. and our history doesn’t end here. “The tassel’s worth the hassle!” At this moment of our lives.

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