Good times and lots of fun nostalgia. That’s exactly what what happened during our “OBMC Alumni Homecoming Episode 2” celebration last night at the Maria Montessori Hall, OB Montessori Center, Greenhills.
I started studying at OBMC back in grade school during the early 80s. It was when the school grounds were still filled with cottages and the place looked very different to what it is now. I was very busy as a child/teen actor back then and Mrs. Soliven and OBMC allowed me the freedom to nurture my skills and talents as an artist while helping me keep up with my studies given the erratic working schedules of showbusiness.
Grade school and high school years were some of the most wonderful times of my life — and they were spent right here.
I remember many times when I would take home some of my classmates’ notes so I could catch up on my studies and lessons, as well as taking many special exams and spending a good amount of time inside Ms. Duran’s office. I also recall the fun walks to those open lots inside North Greenhills subdivision for Agriculture class with our shovels and rakes in tow.
Back then, I would also spend many of my recess times with Isabel Granada (she was 2 batches lower) eating and laughing in a corner until the school bell rang for our next class. And who would forget heading off to the Greenhills Shopping Center with classmates after school (we’d normally end up at Brochiere inside Virra Mall, transferring computer games into our floppy disks, printing cheatsheets and walkthroughs).
I also fondly remember performing in plays and major events staged and produced by OBMC… and hosting a few exciting school fairs. These are just some of the many wonderful moments I will never forget.
Some of my other schoolmates who were also in showbiz during the time I was at OBMC were Lea Salonga, Rachel Alejandro (both higher batches), Sheryl Cruz, Charlene Gonzalez and Marjorie Barretto (my batchmates), Marinella Adad (better known as Ana Roces), Isabel, and Aiza Seguerra were lower batches. At maraming-marami pa pong iba.
I look forward to seeing my daughter (Isabella Dreyfus) create equally wonderful memories at OBMC as well (she’s already in Junior High) — and eventually attend her very own OBMC Alumni Homecoming.
It truly is wonderful seeing old friends, classmates, and even some of our former teachers and school staff during the festivities.
It goes without saying that I am immensely proud to call this place home… and the people in it, my family. I will always feel a deep sense of belonging and pride whenever I step inside OBMC. I am forever thankful that many of my incredible and unforgettable memories were created here.
Maraming maraming salamat, OBMC. For everything.
’til our next OBMC Alumni Homecoming.