Nostalgic Trip to Sergio Osmena High School
After buying a new bed at Maypajo early this afternoon, Marilou and I decided to go back for some memory lane trip at the nearby Gagalangin.
Alma, our sister-in-law, asked us several times if we knew where we were going. Marilou and I confidently replied, “Of course, we know after all for 4 years we went to Osmena!” Smirk, smirk!!! 🙂
Now, we got out and lo and behold!, everything is different, there is now a McDonald where some lovely stationery shops were once located. Still we walked confidently following a straight path to Osmena.
It was so hot today. Thank goodness for the umbrella Alma insisted we take, at least we had some sort of cover from the punishing sun.
We had been walking more than five minutes when our confidence started to ebb. We can’t find Osmena High School.
Good thinking Marilou, decided to ask a kind-hearted lady, who said that Osmena HS is located near the market in Bulacan. We asked her where the old one was?
She pointed to something near a bridge. My mind must be going as I don’t remember a bridge near our old school. Anyway we went to a building near the bridge but it did not look or feel like the old Osmena. We asked someone again and was told that the old building was over there, pointing to some ambulance trucks.
Luckily we met a young man near the ambulance trucks and he pointed to an ongoing huge construction behind him. He said that was the old Osmena, pointing directly to the signage next to it. It sure said that the project is for Osmena High School. He did say that was not true. This building work is for Torres High School.
If this is the case, then it is coming in full circle.
I was told that Osmena High School was originally created to take in the overflow of students from Torres High School.
Marilou and I were a couple of intrepid alumni, no doubt about that. We decided to investigate further and look into the new Osmena High School.
We were decidedly surprised to see a well maintained gated building. Lovely potted plants were hanging in corridors. There was even an outside auditorium. A bust of Sergio Osmena prominently displayed in front of the Osmena building.
Though we also noted that the girls’ toilet needed renovation, it was still a far cry from the days when we were young students of Osmena. We made do with a building with broken windows. We do not have a gated building with a yard so we did our flag ceremony outside where anyone can see, overlooked by anyone who lived nearby. We marched round and round the street for our Citizen Army Training (CAT).
We were the poor relation of Torres High then, that can’t be said now. And yet looking at the rankings of high schools in the Philippines, Torres High School ranks at #88 while Osmena is not in the list of the 220 tops. 🙂 What has happened?!!!