Welcome to the global village of Arellano (Manila North) High School alumni. We are united under the international organization, CAHSAFI. We believe that every person must have a fair chance at life. Our mission is to give back because once we were the recipients of generosity and opportunity. CAHSAFI endeavors to provide financial assistance to students and student organizations, reward academic excellence, and encourage participation in scientific, literary, educational and athletic pursuits. Likewise, we aim to support education by providing health care and housing assistance to students of impoverished families.
CAYETANO ARELLANO HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI NOW A GLOBAL VILLAGE
Sixty miles before entering Las Vegas on Interstate 15 going north, there is a desert road that goes by the strange name, Zzyzzyx Road. Participants to the launching of the first ever global Cayetano Arellano Alumni association, most of whom traveled to Las Vegas from San Diego and the Los Angeles area, drove past Zzyzzyx Road on July 28, 2012. The symbolism is uncanny.
Reflective of the national diaspora, the migration of Arellanites to different parts of the world, has produced professionals, accomplished and respected in their respective fields and second countries, who are now united as a global village.
The journey from A to Z, from Arellano to Zzyzzyx, has been long and arduous. Success has been won. And the time to give back, the opportunity to be generous, is here and now.
July 28, 2012 a diverse group of Arellano High School alumni living in the U.S. met in Las Vegas and launched a newly-formed non-profit organization, CAHSAFI.
Drs. Emilio Ruidera of Class '71 and wife, Grace, flew in from Oklahoma. Jesse Tiamson of '68 and wife, Evelyn, drove their Dodge Caravan from Washington State, some 1300 miles, along with their neighbor, Anita Sese Schon of class '55. Dinah Fe Aquino-Paner came in with husband Ray from Temecula, California. Couples Tony and Sahlee Lacanilao, both of '68, along with classmate, Efren Mateo; Percival Cruz of '64 and wife, Lili, drove from Los Angeles. Ed Abaricia of '67 flew in from Missouri.
They reminisced the old times, broke bread together, and toasted champagne for the launching of the newly-formed organization and holding of the first board meeting.Thanks to the magic of cyberspace, Ysrael Cunanan of '64 and Valeriano Obana of '71, joined in via Skype from Manila, Nanding Cantor via his cell phone from Washington, Cora Ilano-Gawaran via Skype from San Diego. The Board had enough laptops and iPads to accommodate anyone in a different place who wished to join in the meeting.
Prior to this date, this same group of alumni created a diverse number of websites that host the communication and activities of global Arellanites and these are: arellanohigh.com, Arellano1964@yahoogroups.com, Ahsmultiply.com, and many other individual e-groups of different batch years.