Apr 25, 2015

OLOPSC High School Batch 1990 Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Reunion

Batch 1990 of Our Lady of Perpetual College in Marikina will be celebrating their 25th year High School reunion at the Dionisio Sr. Hall.

This reunion hopes to bring together the 200+ alumni who graduated high school from OLOPSC (then known as OLOPSS - Our Lady of Perpetual Succor School).  Also invited are Elementary graduates of the same year.
This batch was one of the batches who enjoyed the newly constructed campus at General Ordonez (then Molave St.) transferring from the old campus along Bayan Bayanan Avenue.

Fourth year High School advisers who handled this batch were Mrs. Eva Faytaren for Assumption of Mary,  Mrs. Ruby Reyes for Coronation of Mary, Mrs. Grace Rarang for Legion of Mary, Mr. Gener Pascual for Immaculate Concepcion and Mrs. Cecilia Ramos for Solemnity of Mary.

One of the most notable people from this batch was Navy Lieutenant Senior Grade Arlene dela Cruz, the first woman topnotcher of the Philippine Military Academy graduating at the top of the PMA "Masikhay" Class 1999.  Unfortunately, she was involved in a fatal road accident in Bataan in 2008.

This 25th year alumni reunion is a prelude to the OLOPSC Grand Alumni Homecoming tentatively scheduled for December 5, 2015 where all batches will reunite.

The reunion will begin with a mass at the school chapel, followed by dinner, acknowledgement per section, tribute to the deceased batchmates, a video presentation and end off with a party for everyone to catch up with classmates and batchmates.  

Thank you to Jack Daniels, Manila Water, Phoenix Publishing House, Pan de Amerikana sponsoring the reunion as well as several pledges from 1990 batchmates who are both living here and abroad. 

Founded in 1978, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College is one of the leading and recognized schools in Marikina City, located along Gen. Ordonez St.
Apr 7, 2015

M is for Marikina. M is for Malaking Sapatos

Marikina City is well known for its shoe industry.  And because of this, several fixtures around the city are created in the form of shoes.  Along the Riverbanks road leading to C5, you'll find this huge M with a high heel on top.  Just before this, are two huge high heels that can be climbed into.

Apr 5, 2015

5 Churches in Marikina You May Have Visited This Holy Week

Holy Week is widely observed in the Philippines and churches are visited consecutively during this period not only during Visita Iglesia but almost every day of the week leading up to Easter Sunday.

Which of these churches have you visited in Marikina?  Here's a list of some of the most popular churches.
Our Lady of the Abandoned Church facade
  1. Our Lady of The Abandoned Church. This is one of the oldest churches in Marikina being built in the 1700's by the Augustinians. The church is where Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados resides, the Patron Saint of Marikina City. Unforunately, it didn't survive 2 major earthquakes and so the current church is a rebuild. It's located near Bayan along JP Rizal St. in Sta Elena. Despite it's location, it's locally also referred to as the San Roque church. It is also a popular church for weddings.
  2. Immaculate Concepcion Church. Located along Bayan-bayanan St. in Concepcion Uno, this is the second largest and most populated church in Marikina. It's one of the most populated becuase it is in the heart of Marikina several barangays and subdivisions surrounding it. Most jeeps and buses travelling through Marikina pass through this church. 
  3. St. Paul of the Cross. This church is located in SSS Village. The church used to be run by the Passionists Fathers of the Philippines. It is currently under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo. This is the main church for SSS Village but neighboring subdivisions like Rim View Park and Rancho Estates also visit. 
  4. Jesus dela Pena. This is first permanent Church established in Marikina built by the Jesuits in 1630 located in the community of Jesus dela Peña. Marikina has once been called Jesus dela Pena in honor of the Infant Child Jesus. The chapel has been declared a national shrine by the National Historical Commission.
  5. Nativity of Our Lady Parish. Located along Major Dizon St. in Industrial Valley, this church is a small but tall church.   It's not too big to fit a lot of people, but it's architecture is of the pointed and elongated type, a bit similar to Iglesia ni Cristo facades.