By Melvin T. Samson
LINGAYEN - Pangasinan National High School Batch ’73 Alumni Association (PNHSB73AA) held the induction last Saturday of its officers headed by its President Mariano Luis “SonnyV” Macasieb Verzosa at the Heroes’ Function Hall of the President Hotel in this capital town of Pangasinan.
Verzosa was the former Pangasinan OIC-Provincial Director in 2012 and a retired Police Senior Superintendent.
The event coincided with the long awaited fellowship of its members who have not seen each other for quite some time.
Inducted PNHS Batch 1973 Alumni Association officers were Verzosa as President; Mario Jimenez, Executive Vice-President; Annie Sison-Tiangson, Vice-President-Internal; Abraham F. Casipit, Vice-President-External; Ramon T. Santillan, Board Secretary; Rita U. Rayos, Treasurer; Josefina U. Arenas, Auditor; Augustus “Aug” D. Reyes, Business Manager; Bella M. Rivera, Press Relations Officer; Members of the Board of Directors are: Sonny E. Bravo, Mario S. Guiang, Leanilo Q. De Guzman, Juancho T. Angeles, and Bernardo De Vera; as well as Pepito U. Ulanday, Immediate Past President and Ex-Officio
During the induction ceremonies, the welcome remarks was delivered by Jimenez, while Verzosa delivered the message from an incoming President; Introduction of the Guest of Honor and Speaker was assigned to Board Secretary Santillan; Guest of Honor and Speaker was Mr. Florante S. Tamondong, current Principal IV of the PNHS; Tamondong’s Speech was delivered by his representative, PNHS Science Department Head Adelina Digamon-Vinluan; Ms. Vinluan Administered as well the Officers’ Oath of Office; Alma Matter Hymn was led by Treasurer Rayos. Master of Ceremonies of the Program was the son of PNHS Batch ’73 member Nilo De Guzman while Gideon Moises De Guzman was the Night Chairman for the Fellowship Segment of the memorable gathering.
PNHS Batch 1973 members desire to have a more developed and progressive Lingayen with smooth flow of traffic especially at the downtown of Pangasinan’s capital town. Batch mates of Verzosa encouraged him to run for mayor of this town in May 2016 during the fellowship hour, with his vast experiences in the government service, the former police provincial director they say can effectively serve this burgeoning town to its highest level.
Verzosa said that if the intelligent people of Lingayen will elect him in 2016 he will fast tracks the development and progress of this capital town especially by sprucing up the tourist attractions by putting necessary infrastructures as well as encouraging the private sector to invest. He stressed that he would make the capital town’s economy bullish by solving the traffic snarl that haunts motorist and commuters here and improve the peace and order situation.
Verzosa’s career stints were in the Philippine Constabulary (PC) and its successor the Philippine National Police where he served in various positions such as the Chief of Police of Dagupan City, OIC-Provincial Director (OIC-PD) of Pangasinan and Intelligence Chief at the Police Regional Office 1 (PRO-1) in San Fernando City, La Union. Verzosa graduated from the prestigious Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City.
The formal program started with an invocation led by Rev. Abraham F. Casipit, an ordained Pastor and Past District Superintendent (DS) of the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the Vice-President for External Affairs of the association; the Call to Order was done by Verzosa; Roll Call was assigned to Board Secretary Ramon T. Santillan; Special Business on the Adoption of By-Laws by all officers and members.
Verzosa, a health buff, is the past president of the Lingayen Joggers/Walkers/Breakfast Club before retired LTO Regional Director Pat Urmaza succeeded him. Verzosa is the incumbent President of the Pangasinan PNP Retirees’ Association which includes the likes of retired two-star General and 2nd Dist. Representative Leopoldo N. Bataoil, retired Police Senior Superintendent/Provincial Director and Police Regional Director and incumbent Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., as well as a good number of former PPO Staff and former Chiefs of Police of the different LGUs of the huge province of Pangasinan.
He is also the newly inducted Vice-President of the multi-awarded Rotary Club of Lingayen, RI3790. It was rumored that he will be the next Club President of the Rotary here. Verzosa is the Past President of the JCI Lingayen Bagoong Chapter.