CULTURAL POTPOURRI| PWC’s Batch of 1962

  FIVE years ago, the ladies in their 60’s donned their sexiest black outfits and mightily jumped, thumped and bumped to the explosive tune of Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud!”  It was the batch’s Golden Jubilee celebration.  This year, the Philippine Womens College of Davao Batch of 1962, the sparkling Emerald beauties who are now in their 70’s, had the same bravado and youthful exuberance, as they performed, demurely this time, a tap dance number that many of their amigas thought was an impossible dream of theirs.  Tap dance, as dance maestra Lourdes “Bing” Dakudao Locsin told her newest students, who were once-upon-a-time her classmates, requires physical and mental stamina.  But the matronas were confident they could do it citing the dance maestra’s battle cry: “It’s Never Too Late to Dance!”

PWC BATCH 62 Singing In The Rain Tap Dance in PWC Homecoming 2017

PWC BATCH 62 Singing In The Rain Tap Dance in PWC Homecoming 2017

   Indeed, during their twice-a-week practices which began in late March, you could hear them groan with the countless “aray!” and, doubts began creeping in when you could hear some ladies comment, “Kahirap naman nito uy! Kaya ko ba ito?”  But you could see the gentle dance maestra simply smile and say, “Continue…Ipakita ang mga ilok niyo!”  Oh my, but the ladies chose to dance to the tune of the Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds classic, “Singing in the Rain.”

    “Rain signifies abundance, blessings, new life…and we have had many of that in our long years.  We call them the bonus years…But rain also signifies sadness and grief, disappointments, failures, and we have had many of that, too,” wrote the batch’s profound writer, Cynthia Nograles-Lumbera.  How true, indeed.  No life on this earth is ever perfect.

“This is my confession.  Teaching my classmates to dance tap was the most challenging and humbling experience I’ve ever had in my career as a dance teacher and choreographer…The happiest memory I have of the experience is their zeal for dancing; and learning tap dancing with such a passion.  More importantly, we are all one in Christ,” Bing wrote me and ended her short note with a heart emoji.  Mind you, but she’s truly proud of what she and her classmates had performed before a crowd of hundreds of PWC alumni members and students, both young and young before, who cheered them on during their performance.

SUSA Lopez Nerney; Cynthia N. Lumbera, Janki H Mahtani, Bong Alba, Marylou Diaz de Rivera; Norma Hearn Liberty L Bandigan; Lillian L Abella; Flora S Leocadio.

SUSAN Lopez Nerney; Cynthia N. Lumbera, Janki H Mahtani, Bong Alba, Marylou Diaz de Rivera; Norma Hearn Liberty L Bandigan; Lillian L Abella; Flora S Leocadio.

“This batch is bound by deep friendship which we nurtured through the years.  Most of us believe that we keep each other young by our frequent reunions and gatherings.  During these times, we never tire of recalling our high school days which we consider, up to now, the best years of our lives,” revealed Lilian Lim-Abella.

Prior to the greatest performance of their lives held last August 18 at their Alma Mater, the ladies had their “Seniors’ Week” with different classmates hosting varied activities daily for 10 days.  It seemed like the ladies were in the prime of their senior years.  “It’s obvious that the renewing of old bonds in their youth have worked its magic,” commented a Betsy whose sister belongs to the Emerald Batch.

Congratulations, PWC Batch of 1962, this year’s Emerald Jubiliarians. Much love to my dear cousin and my only dance teacher, Bing Locsin.

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