National High School @ 69
Atty. Ignacio R. Bunye
this weeks column, allow me
to greet my High School Alma Mater
the Muntinlupa National High School
which is turning 69 this year.
7, 8, 9, Muntinlupa National High
School alumni will be gathering for
the Fourth Grand Alumni Homecoming,
a biennial event which was held for
the first time in 2008.
sa paglipas ng
years Grand Homecoming theme
succinctly and appropriately describes
my Alma Mater in whose memory its
sons and daughters will again gather
the liberation of Manila, American
forces and Filipino guerrillas continued
mopping up the remnants of Japanese
resistance in Luzon and the other
New Bilibid Prisons Reservation, employee
parents of children graduating from
the elementary grades faced the dilemma
of where to send their children to
high school. The nearest high schools
were in Biñan, Laguna, in the
south and Manila in the north.
parents, being average wage earners,
could not afford the luxury of sending
their children to these schools, much
less putting them up to board and
lodge in Manila.
even parents who could were hesitant
to send their children off to study
in a war-ravaged city.
swiftly to address the problem, then
Director of Prisons, Eriberto S. Misa,
and other prisons officials, among
them then Prisons Superintendent,
Atty. Alfredo M. Bunye (my late father),
petitioned on July 17, 1945, the Office
of the Secretary of Instruction and
Information for permission to open
a public high school within the prisons
guaranteed that the prisons administration
would provide the building, desks,
tables, and other facilities needed
by the proposed school. Other expenses
would be covered by a monthly tuition
of P10 to be charged every student.
as approval came from the Office of
the Secretary of Instruction and Information,
then Division Superintendent Vicente
Garcia gave instructions to organize
the school with Mr. Cesar S. Tiangco,
as principal, and Mrs. Lourdes Tibayan
and Mrs. Catalina Roque, as teachers.
They were later joined by Mrs. Teodora
Sacco, Mr. Melchor Tugab, Mrs. Pilar
Franco, and Miss Clarita Clarito.
school board was composed of Mr. Generoso
Castaneda, as Chairman, and Atty.
Alfredo M. Bunye and Mr. Rufino Recaido,
all prison officials, as members.
school had to make do with an abandoned
prison building formerly used
by the Construction Division
as its first school building.
the road, a small patch of land served
as the schools horticulture
garden while the entire Central
Park was the schools playground.
schools first graduation took
place in 1949 with the sisters Eufronia
and Pacita Recaido leading the 41
class members, as valedictorian and
salutatorian, respectively. Prisons
Director Eustaquio Balagtas gave the
School Alma Mater has since expanded
its geographic reach and coverage.
Muntinlupa National High School now
admits students not only from the
whole of Muntinlupa City but also
from its environs. School records
indicate that more than 50,000 have
already passed through its portals
of them later served with distinction
in various capacities, in public service,
in business, in medicine, in law,
in the academe, in the military, in
the arts and other callings.
National High School has been under
the supervision of a long line of
dedicated and committed principals
Mr. Cesar S. Tiangco (1945-1976),
Mrs. Marcela B. Ponce (1978-1991),
Mr. Felix A. Balbaguio (1991-1995),
Dr. Isabelita L. Montesa (1995-2006)
and Dr. Estrella C. Aseron (2006
year, the Muntinlupa National High
School will be observing its 69th
year still very firmly committed to
the task of training and molding new
crops of God-fearing, patriotic, and
useful citizens of our society.
this weeks scheduled 4th Grand
Alumni Homecoming serve as a fitting
occasion for remembrance, reunion,
and rededication for all of its sons
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