Batch ’61 Celebrates 50 Years

By Taking Marella’10

Truly, 50 years is an achievement. What other affiliation could offer such enduring fraternal bonds that, even after half a century, a batch of gentlemen still find the time to sponsor a Christmas Party/Anniversary Celebration and can still recall fond memories of Law School, stirran and matu? But the pride and glory is not Batch 61’s alone. As mentioned by Council President Oca Gozos’70 GA’75, in his opening remarks, “Angibadito, puti na ang buhok. Ang iba wala nang buhok! But after 50 years of camaraderie and brotherhood, the Sigma Rho, and not only Batch 61, remains stronger than ever.” Led by Alfonso “Boy” Reyno’61 GA’67, the Golden Batch sponsored a generous gathering at the Manila Golf and Country Club last December 11, 2011. The program’s master of ceremonies was George Briones’70 GA’77 and the event boasted the attendance of eminent brods who are established in various fields, mainly in the practice of law. In attendance, also, was a roster of handpicked resident brods. The brods, however, appeared to be more attentive to the “intermission” number rather than to the program proper In such an event, political color fades, the biases of work interests are suspended and Sigma Rhoans just enjoy each others’ company. It is rare that, in a single room, you find sharing jokes and laughter the representatives of co-equal, yet sometimes conflicting, branches of government as well as attorneys who work against each other in a case. To name a few, representing the Judiciary were Justice Hakim Abdul Wahid’66 of the Court of Appeals and Justice Presbiterio Velasco’66 of the Supreme Court. Senator Franklin Drilon’66, amidst the hectic demands of the legislative department, graced the event with his presence. Atty. Sal Panelo caught the brods’ attention with his fashionable get up, sporting a coat and tie with maong jeans. Even with differences, personal or professional, among brods, Boy Reyno’61 GA’67 proudly said that, “Sa mga kaso sa TV networks, may brods sa magkabilang panig pero ngayong gabi, we are only one Sigma Rho!” As Batch ’61 genuinely exhibited, The test of a true Sigma Rhoan Is not his individual greatness, But the virtue of not leaving any Sigma Rhoan in disgrace, For until the day breaks And the shadows flee, Time will always be the essence of Our oneness, And we shall always remember, That we are called Sigma Rhoans, Because we stand as true Brothers above the rest. The Batch of 1961 Amable “Tetu” Aguiluz IV Alfredo “Al” Bacolod Arnulfo “Nulf” Balagot Eduardo “Ed” Baluyot Antonio “Tony” Bautista IV Regulus “Reg” Cabote Jose “Joe” Cordoba Carol “Carol” Dimadante Mario “Mar” Guariña III Arthur “Art” Ignacio Antonio “Tony” Lutero Laberlo “Bert” Marin Angel “Angie” Palomares Arturo “Art” Parcero Antonio “Bing” Picazo Robert “Bobby” Pison Ricardo “Ric” Provido, Jr. Alfonso “Boy” Reyno, Jr. Allan “Allan” Rivera Gregorio “Greg” Sadiasa Agusto “Boy” Salud Reynaldo “Bo” Samaco Jose “Bong” Valenton