In the campus, I got to rub elbows with, or observed at close range,
people who would later on crash into national prominence.
played evening basketball games with Jamil Lucman, to be known later as
Commander Fox of the Bangsa Moro Army, at the Molave Residence Hall,
the dormitory for male freshman students then. Edgar Aglipay, who
became Chief of the Philippine National Police, was also a resident of
the said dorm at that time.
Prominent campus figures and
student leaders then were now Senators Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Dick
Gordon, former Senate President Frank Drilon, and former presidential spokeman Gary Olivar. Now Senator Gringo
Honasan, our most famous putschist, was my ROTC platoon mate, MP
I were to meet former Solicitor General Frank Chavez
and top Communist Party leader Eric Baculinao later on as my dorm
mates at the Narra Residence Hall. Eric evaded arrest during martial
law, fled to China, and I believe, finished a medical course there, and
is now a doctor.
Former NEDA Secretary, CHED chairman, and SSS
top honcho Romy Neri, and Senator Manny Villar and wife Congresswoman
Cynthia Villar, were college mates.