Do you ever think, "The best friends are your high school friends"?
Do you ever wonder, "Why haven't I made time to renew the relationships that really matter"?
Do you ever suspect, "If I don't do it this year, I'll probably never get around to doing it"?
Do you ever ponder, "How can I leave a legacy and invest in the next generation"?
If you do, then stop dreaming and start acting! Join us at the Third Biennial Hope Christian High School Alumni Association of America Homecoming Reunion, October 29, 2011 (Saturday) in Los Angeles, California.
Beyond relaxed time to catch up with fellow classmates/alumni, the Convention Program Committee is preparing fun-filled activities ranging from competitive talent's show to a variety of seminars / forum presented by fellow alumni who are financial planners, medical professionals and educators, as well opportunities for us to strengthen our relationship with our Alma mater. It is going to be a night full of laughter, tears of joy, door prizes and most importantly, an unforgettable experience and a wonderful memory ! We've again chosen sunny and vibrant Los Angeles as our location so that you, your family, and your friends can take advantage of the cultural mosaic of Los Angeles: explore Hollywood/Universal Studio, discover the world class museums and theaters, visit the world renowned amusement park or book a post-convention Mexican Riviera Cruise. And, of course, satisfy your sophisticated palate with simple, authentic mexican tortas to a five-star, Asian-accented fusion cuisine.
Of course, the best way to insure that you have a great time at the reunion is to make sure your friends are there -- so, spread the news and invite all of the Hope Christian High School alumni you know to the event !!
Details about registration, accommodation at Double Tree Hotel, Rosemead, and the program will follow shortly. Visit our website, www.hopealumniofamerica.org or go to our Facebook page (Hope Christian High School Alumni Association of America) for more information.
Hope to see you all on October 29, 2011 ! Wishing you a Happy Easter !
Wellington Jao (Compass Class, 1956-English; Light-house Class,1957-Chinese) President, HCHS Alumni Association of America
Below is an excerpt from the email of Alumnus Esther W. Ching forwarded to us by several alumni.
------------------------------------------------ From : Estherwching Subject: Teacher Go Ka Peng Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2010 12:03:01 +0800
Dear Hope Classmates,
Hello! Some of you know this but there are a few who are still unaware of the condition of our Chinese high school math teacher Go Ka Peng. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer around two years ago but opted not to have surgery or chemo treatment. The pain became unbearable this year so teacher Ka Peng decided to go to Fuda Cancer Hospital in Guangzhou for treatment in May this year. He was there for three weeks and underwent the following procedures: immunotherapy wherein stem cells harvested from his own blood were injected back to his body; cryosurgery to freeze the tumor; local chemotherapy to selectively kill cancer cells in the tumor; brachytherapy to implant iodine seeds (radiation) for cancer cells not destroyed by chemo drugs. He came home a little better but the pain was still unbearable. He went back a second time last month and was supposed to stay only a week. Unfortunately, doctors found a new growth so he ended up staying for three weeks again. He came home very very weak - the pain's still there, can't eat, can't sleep. He now weighs only 90+ pound. The cost of his treatments is staggering - initial treatments (1st trip) $20,000 plus (about P1M), second treatments P600,000). We haven't seen the end of it yet, there are more trips to make.
In spite of this, we should be happy for him. Because of this trial, teacher had since renewed his relationship with the Lord. He may be physically weak but his faith has remained unwavering and this is what gives him strength.
Mr. Fabian Go Kiao will be going through a 3rd chemo in Sept. 12. Due to the urgency to help teacher Mr. Go Kiao medical needs, the Board has passed a resolution to serve as a conduit of support to solicit the widest tax-exempt contributions in helping him financially.
We will start collecting any contributions from our members or from alumni on behalf of Mr. Go Kiao. Please issue your check & mail your contributions to :
Hope Alumni of America Inc. 15051 Leffingwell Road, Suite 106 Whittier, CA 90604
Tax deductible receipts will be issued to all donors. Kindly indicate "Mr. Fabian Go Medical Fund".
At the same time, we like to thank all the alumni and donors in advance for your continued support to our association, to our Alma Mater, to other alumni and to prior year Ondoy Disaster Fund.
May God bless you abundantly.
Thank you, Board of Directors Hope Alumni of America, Inc.
Greetings from HCHS Alumni of America, Inc.! We trust that everything is well with you and your family!
Nine months have slipped by since our last reunion/convention. Nothing is more heartwarming than the experience of renewing old acquaintances and reliving a few exciting moments from the past. Changes and adjustments have occurred in our lives, our alma mater and the political arena. We live in an era of increased economic, political, and social uncertainty. Many of us wonder how to live - and to live well - in the years to come. The global economic "tsunami"/recession devastated many of our financial portfolios during the past two years. No wonder the incidence of people suffering from mental depression is on the rise.
The HCHS Alumni of America is pleased to inform you that we have invited a fellow alumnus, Dr. Albert Gaw, an accomplished psychiatrist, noted author, eloquent speaker to hold a seminar on "Mental Depression" (Depression: Recognition, Treatment, Recovery and Prevention) on October 23, 2010 (7PM) at Mandarin Baptist Church of L.A., Garfield Worship Center, 210 N. Garfield Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801.
You can also check out the flyer for the seminar by clicking HERE.
We believe that Dr. Albert Gaw will encourage and equip you and your friends to navigate the complexities of the future. His presentation will be enlightening and informative! Please spread the word! We plan to offer seminars in other regions of the U.S., so that the alumni can stay connected.
Recently, our alma mater has undergone some changes too. Mrs. Magdalena Go Uy has resigned as principal in order to spend more time with her family. She has rendered a significant service and achieved many laudable accomplishments during her tenure as the principal. As alumni, we are grateful for her works on behalf of the school. Dr. Cecilio K. Pedro, who is the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees of HCHS, will take the helm as the acting principal of the school. We all wish him well as he works to sustain the excellence of our alma mater.
Remember to mark in your calendar too: on October 21-23, 2011, we will have our Third HCHS Alumni of America Convention in Los Angeles. We are developing a program which will encourage you, refresh you, and renew your ties with old friends and our alma mater. It is going to be an enjoyable and memorable experience! Those of you who have not yet apply for membership, we sincerely urge you to apply soon.
Please visit our website: www.hopealumniofamerica.org for details.
We look forward to seeing you all in California on October 23, 2010 and October 21-23, 2011.
God bless and stay well.
Wellington Jao, M.D. Class of 1956 (Compass Class) President, Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Hope Alumni of America, Inc. wishes to thank Ms Helen Chen, class of 1959 for her generosity in donating $10,000 dollars towards scholarship for deserving students at our Hope Christian High School.
Attached is a letter of acknowledgement from Dr. Cecilio Pedro, chairman of HCHS Board of Trustees and acting principal.
Click on the image below to view an enlarged version.
As we near the date of our second alumni homecoming convention in October, I invite everyone to prayerfully consider supporting your alumni association. There's lots of work that need to be done. Your support in any form will be greatly appreciated.
Here are a few ideas on how you could help:
1. Volunteer your time to help out with the alumni association.
2. Provide financial and/or sponsorship support
3. Provide items for prizes/awards.
4. Provide encouragement and prayers for each other.
Also, just a reminder that our association is a 501c(3) non-profit organization as designated by the IRS. This means that any financial gifts you provide to the association will be tax-deductible.
This non-profit org designation usually also qualifies the association to receive matching gifts from companies that match financial donations and/or volunteer time. I have personally done this myself. The company I work for has a matching gifts program that matches any donations and volunteer time that I provide to our alumni association.
By volunteering as the association's webmaster, I not only help ensure our alumni association's presence on the World Wide Web (www.hopealumniofamerica.org) , but also help out the association financially through my company's matching gifts program. Please do check out the policies of the company you work for and find out whether they have a similar program. Most mid to large companies would have some kind of program that gives back to communities and non-profit orgs.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 Time: 4:30PM to 10:30PM Place: The Double Tree Hotel 888 Montebello Blvd. Rosemead, CA 91770 Tel. Toll-free 1-800-635-6713
June 15, 2009
Dear fellow Hope Alumni:
We hope all things are well with you and yours.
A year has passed since our inaugural convention in 2007. Fond memories of our get-together still linger on. Many things have happened, both in our alma mater and in our own lives. But one thing remains constant -- we are proud graduates of Hope Christian High School.
It’s time again to renew our friendship, acquaintance, ties and exchange notes. We will be holding our second convention at the same hotel where we were last time, at the Double Tree Hotel. The planning committee is busy preparing a rich and interesting program for you. As before, we want to reserve plenty of time for all of us to interact and to have fun. So, plan to come and bring a school- and/or classmate. We are encouraging all classes to take advantage of your coming to LA to hold your own mini-gathering before and/or after the convention. Of course, on Saturday, Oct. 24th, you would be seated with your classmates as we enjoy the evening meal and program and hear report of the exciting happenings at our alma mater.
Hotel reservation can be made by calling toll-free, 1-800-635-6713 or through the internet. Hotel rate is $99.00 per night. Meal ticket and registration is $50.00/per person. You may also order your ticket(s) through our web site, www.hopealumniofamerica.org.
Please click here to download the 2009 Convention Registration Form.
Please send the completed form and check to:
Nancy Tan, CPA 15051 Leffingwell Road, Suite 107 Whittier, CA 90604
I look forward to seeing all of you at L.A.
Albert Gaw, M.D., President for the Board of Directors
Please save the date of Saturday, October 24, 2009 for our biennial Hope Alumni of America homecoming convention at Los Angeles. It will be held at the same hotel that we have had two years ago. Please spread the word. I would like to encourage you to start thinking of how you may like to get your classmates, friends and batch together while we celebrate.
More details about the homecoming program and accommodation for out-of-town members and guests will follow.
I am Proud of Hope Christian High School by Cheng Lay, Jr. (Dee, Eng Bee) Batch 1960 (Fidelity)
Time passes so swiftly, turning, flowing and bearing away at a wink of an eye. I remember the graduation song being sung aloud as we leave the school’s portal. It has been almost fifty years since we concluded the beautiful twelve years of being classmates together!
A certain Chinese poem by Du Fu states that:
“Each is occupied with his livelihood; everyone is so busy moving around just like the morning star that meets the evening star. After tonight, can we still have another night that we can fellowship and share under the candle light? How long can we stay young and strong? Not noticing our sideburns and hair that turned into gray…”
As if it was not so long ago, I could still hear the school bell ringing, children are playing in the playground and the teacher is explaining the lesson. Moreover, I see in my mind those innocent and pure faces, fieldtrips at the outskirts of Manila, and classmates bonding closely as brothers and sisters. I look back with a smile as I reminisce the good old days that have faded away. I sigh wishing that mankind can hold back the time. Being in my sixties and as a grandparent with a house full of grandchildren and with numerous trials and challenges behind me, I now have a stable livelihood, attained a certain position in society and found time to worship our Heavenly Father for His unbounded grace. Men are not grass or trees which have no heart to count their blessings; therefore, I cherish the teachings of my Alma Mater – Hope Christian High School.
There is a famous teaching which says that if you drink water, you should think of the source. Therefore we should know where our blessings flow and try to repay those who have blessed us – this is natural and logical.
The “Wanderer’s Hymn of Mung Jiau” is a good symbolism of the school. The Merciful Mother can symbolize our Alma Mater and the wandering son represents our alumni. The hymn goes like this:
The merciful mother is pulling the thread in her hands, weaving a garment for the wandering son. Up to the moment of his leaving, she continuously knits to near perfection, because she fears he will stay out long and return after quite some time. Who can express the heart of a child which is just like an inch of the weak, small grass? How can he repay the great love of his mother who is like three times the beacon of the sunshine during springtime?
The alumni are running to and fro, from East to West. They are pounding a sound financial foundation for their families and the future as well. They are trying to lay down the best life preparation in order “to raise children to be of help during old age, to store grain that will prevent hunger”. However, after possessing a lot of money, attaining power and positions, it is possible that one will neglect and overlook to show concern to his Alma Mater – to the extent of forgetting to repay her goodness in teaching us the basics of education, Godly virtues and the sound principles of an upright person. Some alumni, at the time they leave the school, are like a kite that is cut off from its string. However, the Alma Mater is like the merciful mother, who is continually waving her hands at the wandering alumni.
A good friend once told me: “Today we stand in this society, have the knowledge of earning a livelihood to raise a family, respected in the community and able to read and write. These are the results of the labor rendered by our Alma Mater who taught ad guided us then. Today, it is best and necessary to give back to our Alma Mater even a little of what she has done for us.
This friend of mine has been the President of the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of a certain university, and a well-known and great man of enterprise. His success is absolutely not by chance nor accidental.
I feel proud because I am an alumnus of Hope Christian High School. How I wish that Hope Alumni will take time to come back and visit the school! You and I are the fruits of labor of Hope. We must have the responsibility of sustaining her progress in all aspects.
It was written in the poem “The Unexpected Note upon Returning to the Hometown” by Ho Dzu Dzang that “We left the hometown when I was young then returned when I grew old. My accent did not change except my sideburns that turned gray. Children whom I met did not even recognize me. Thus, they smiled and courteously asked, “May I know where the guest came from?”
Fellow alumni, you are not guests but hosts. If only all the alumni would have the determination to love God and to love the school, then we can work together with a unified heart. Finally, the school’s motto “Christ is the foundation of this school” will be remembered and realized.
I fervently hope that you will return to the bosom of Hope Christian High School – to reminisce the dream of yesterday and to reconstruct the garden of Hope Christian High School.
We are requesting our alumni to send us their class pictures in order to complete our gallery of Hope graduates. If you do not see your class picture on our website, it means we currently do not have it.
We have a nickname -- Hope Alumni of America -- and it's offcially registered in the State of California. Our official name remains Hope Christian High School Alumni of America, Inc., to distinguish ourselves from other Hope Alumni names in the United States and elsewhere. You can use either name in our correspondence.
Plan to attend the Hope Christian High School Alumni of America’s Inaugural Convention on October 20th, 2007 in California.
The Hope Christian High School (HCHS) Alumni of America (Hope Alumni of America) will be holding its inaugural convention on Saturday, Oct. 20th at the Double Tree Hotel, 888 Montebello Blvd, Rosemead, (Near Los Angeles), California. (See Web Convention Info)
The Convention is the culmination of a year of activities and active planning by the Board of Directors and the L.A. Local Arrangement Committee since the incorporation of the Association in California in November, 2006.
The Association plans to roll out its red carpet for all North American HCHS alumni in the United States, Canada and abroad for an evening of fun, food, music, reminiscence, and acquaintances. There will be door prizes that include a round trip plane ticket to the Philippines.
The convention will be graced by a contingent of Philippine alumni to be led by the current Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Hope Christian High School and acting Principal, Ms Magdalena Go Uy.
Registration will start sharply at 5:00 PM and dinner at 6:00 PM.
There will be plenty of time for alumni to get in touch with one another.
The evening program will include musical presentations by the Los Angeles Gospel of Hope Chorale and the Four Sharps Male Quartet, special recognition of the Golden Jubilee graduating class and all attendees, greetings by and reports of the principal and the Philippine Alumni Association, reports of the officers, a brief business meeting, election and induction of officers, awards, door prizes and the taking of a group picture.
Meal tickets (at cost) are $40.00/person before September 30th and $50.00/person afterward. To print ticket order form, please click here.
Hotel reservation can be made by calling toll-free, 1-800-635-6713 or click to Convention Info and ask for the group rates for Hope Christian High School Alumni.
News Release (7-26-07)
60th Anniversary Celebration held at the Manila Hotel, November 2006.