Our 72nd annual clan reunion themed “Timeless,” which was hosted by my family branch, ended on January 1, 2017—one year to the day we accepted the assignment, as emblazoned on our uniform t-shirts.
On that same day, preps quickly began. That’s how serious we all were (28 in all) about the job, which comes every nine years.
Being the eldest in a family of five siblings, I was the de facto chairman. But on day one, I instantly promoted myself to emeritus and passed on the responsibility to my youngest brother, Dave, who still has the grace of vigor.
Our children, located in various parts of the world, and whose media savvy we envy, put up a Facebook page with a header featuring our acceptance t-shirt. They brainstormed on cyberspace and came up with varied monthly contests that generated excitement.
Then two months before the event, after a series of meetings presided by the chairman-designate, the chairman emeritus launched the theme and logo, also on social media:
On December 30, 2016, the Vergara Clan will come together for the 72nd time. But 72 is just a number.
“The tie that binds” spans yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Our Lolo Berto and Lola Cionang, who started it all, are gone and so are the nine originals who came after them.
One day, I will be gone, too, following the neo-riginals who have said goodbye. But I know that the spirit behind the V-Clan reunion will remain timeless. Thus, it is this year’s theme. (Chit sub-clan)
During the event, we had efficient help from the clan execom (made up of representatives from each family branch) to man the corners, activities, programs, and prizes for all life stages: kiddies, oldies, and middies. For the first time, we had a photo booth where everyone unleashed his histrionic best.
All that has ended. On January 1, 2017, we bade the clanistas (our term of endearment for clan members) passed on the job to the next host.
In our effort to make our 72nd reunion memorable for all clanistas every day of the past year, we (28 pax) were exceedingly blessed daily with timeless joy from a timeless God:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8