From Classmates to Lifelong Companions: The Magic of Reunion

Friends who are dear to us are part of our support system. We also consider or treat them as members of our family. They are our brothers and sisters from another mother. Reconnecting with them after a long period of time is such a wonderful feeling. Sally and I even had goose bumps when we’re chatting beside the buffet table during our reunion.

The Magic of Reunion
The Magic of Reunion: 38 years and beyond!

Reuniting After Years Apart

It all started five years ago when a couple of my elementary classmates (Arnel and Allan) invited me to attend our school grand alumni home coming. A week before the event, I have shared the invitation to all our classmates who are in my social media account friends’ list. It was a bit short notice but we were able to attend with only seven representatives. We are the least represented batch, without batch shirt, but so glad to see each other and made it to the home coming.

Voluntary Contributions and Priceless Moments

Since then, our batch group chat members add up, became very lively, and had our own first reunion, our 38th year. Organizers, contributions in cash and in kind poured in. In an instant, we had our batch officers, class fund, and outreach projects. Voluntary contributions are overwhelming! Our batchmates who are sharing their blessings, time, and effort for reaching out to our fellow elementary batchmates are very active and unstoppable. We all find joy in our simple get-together, officers’ meeting, and visitation, it’s priceless! It gives more meaning and purpose in our lives.

The Magic of Reunion at Palapala Elementary School

Enriching Ourselves Through Friendship

Regardless of our status in life, let us be grateful and do not belittle ourselves. These are some of the things that I have observed when I am sending out invitations for our batch reunion. I wish this kind of mind set will change in the spirit of friendship we have found in our former classmates, neighbors, colleagues. Let us not allow our personal issues to prevent us to reach out, reconnect, and enrich ourselves thru friendship. Seeing one of our classmates who actively participates in our outreach projects inspite of her current situation is very inspiring. She’s a kind of a friend to treasure and keep for a life time.  

Although solitude is good for self-discovery, I believe it is even better to find friends. Friends offer companionship, happiness, and a sense of belonging. They become our confidants during challenging times and celebrate our victories. While solitude has its merits, the warmth of friendship enriches our journey. 

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Renell A. Dela Cruz has been a development worker (support staff) for seventeen years and loves to cook and bake.  She earned a degree in Secretarial Administration and passed the NC II (National Certificate) in Bread and Pastry Production.  During her free time, she bakes cookies, cakes, and pastries, mostly for her lovely daughter’s packed snacks, family occasions, and sometimes made to order.  Currently, she’s working as a Barangay Treasurer.


  1. Heh reminded me of an invitation from a classmate in highschool. It will be 25 years next year since we graduated! She said there will be a reunion. Would be very interesting 😁

  2. I can resonate with this experience. When we reunited with former classmates after long years of not meeting each other, we realized that we are really family and not mere friends as former classmates. Thanks to social media, we could keep in touch often even everyday.

    1. Ang saya nitong experience.. catching up with classmates na matagal na di nagkita kita .after so many years. So nostalgic .

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