Eighties in Every Way: The Blue and The Gold #Throwback 80s Grand Alumni Homecoming

By Steven Edward Yu - XS HS Batch 88; Motoring and Special Features Writer, Business World; 2011 Henry Ford Award winner (Best Automotive Column)

Are your ‘Throwback Thursdays’ and ‘Flashback Fridays’ falling short of bringing back all the memories of a not-too-distant past?

Extend the nostalgia and relive the eclectic 80’s once again as Xavier High School batch 88 revives The Blue and The Gold: #Throwback 80’s for a first-ever “Setback Saturday” on November 30, 2013 at the Xavier High School Gym! Come early and join the 5pm mass – Frs. Cortina, Mena, Papilla and Zuloaga will be there in spirit – or get to the gate by 7pm in time to catch dinner, drinks and a fantastic show hosted by two of batch 88’s most ebullient personalities – ABS-CBN mainstay Bobby Yan and celebrity chef JJ Yulo – alongside the pulse-raising, multi-talented Karen Bordador and Brazil’s tastiest export since corned beef, Daiana Menezes.

On hand to provide a genuine 80’s soundtrack for the evening are no less than legendary local 80’s rock band The Dawn (original guitarist Teddy Diaz will be there in spirit); batch 88’s very own Mikel Chan with his band Rock the Ramp and, finally, British Top-40 sensation Naked Eyes (original keyboardist Rob Fisher, too, will be there in spirit) whose songs will always be something there to remind us of the best years of our lives.

With music that will make you feel like an energetic teenager once again, stay up for the raffle where the grand prize is a sparkling white, 200-horsepower 86 coupé; lights brightly shining ‘til the journey’s end. We would have preferred to raffle off an 88, but Toyota doesn’t make one yet. We’re confident none of you will mind the inconsistency though. After all, the 86 still falls within the 80’s theme and is guaranteed to make you look at least ten years younger – or closer to the age of your, ahem, date.

Minor prizes up for grabs for you and your date are: P150,000 worth of Solaire Resort and Casino gift certificates (buffet/overnight stay in a Deluxe Room/overnight stay in a 2-Bay Suite) or an equally posh overnight stay at Oakwood Premiere; award-winning smartphones from HTC; a round-trip international ticket from Cebu Pacific (get your passports ready!) and others too numerous to mention. These – the show, food, booze, souvenir directory and mug and the raffle – all for just P2,500 per head, making The Blue and The Gold: #Throwback 80’s the best value-for-money homecoming you’ll ever attend!

But wait – invite your non-Xavier friends and colleagues and for every ten raffle tickets they buy, you’ll get one for free, increasing your chances of driving home one of the most desirable cars to ever roll on our streets, or winning any of the valuable minor prizes.

Of course, let’s not forget that we have been taught to be men for others and this homecoming’s proceeds will directly benefit the Xavier School Educational and Trust Fund; the Father Louis Papilla College Scholarship Fund and the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Philippines – a non-profit organization dedicated to make excellent, comprehensive cleft and craniofacial treatment/care accessible to Filipinos – especially the indigents – by establishing sustainable world-class craniofacial centers in the Philippines, operated by a team of empowered Filipino professionals (more information can be found at ncfphil.org).

The Blue and The Gold: #Throwback 80’s is presented by Rebisco; Oakwood Premiere Joy-Nostalg Center; Toyota; Standard Appliances; Bambi Cooking Oil; Ferna; HTC; Solaire Resort and Casino; George Optical; The Bead Shop; Federal Land; Everbest Plastic; Spiro Jenkinsen, in cooperation with media partners Business Mirror; InterAksyon and Motioncars.com. This event is also supported by Jollibee.

Social media users can keep abreast of event updates on Facebook (facebook.com/XavierSchool88), Twitter (@guangxi88) or Instagram (Xavier_88). Furthermore, The Blue and The Gold: #Throwback 80’s will attempt to be a truly global homecoming, with inbound feed from several cities around the world such as Los Angeles and Toronto shown on our videowall; while outbound live streaming video of the San Juan homecoming will be viewable online to enable our alumni overseas to virtually partake in the festivities.

Tickets are available from the AAXS office (723 0481 local 248 and 727 3329) or through Batch 88 representatives Jason (0917 523 5218) and Allen (0917 823 7377). If you would rather purchase online, log on to www.theblueandthegold.com. If you have already purchased a physical ticket, and would like to speed up entry on the evening itself, you could pre-register by logging on to the same website. You will be sent an e-ticket with a QR code which you can print and present at the gate.

So spread the good news: The Blue and The Gold: #Throwback 80’s will rock like The Dawn, roll like an 86 and put the smile back on children’s faces as much as it will put a smile on yours. So if you don’t have anything planned for November 30, 2013, why not plan on having a great time with former classmates while funding a great cause?

Remember; if for any reason you can’t make it just make sure you have a friend who can, preferably one with a valid driver’s license – because although your spirit may attend and win, it can’t legally drive the 86 home on your behalf.

Then again, not even Xavier’s spirit can do that!

Luceat Lux!

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