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Agnesian - Aloysian Reunion Rocks UAE

Agnesian - Aloysian Reunion Rocks UAE
Daijiworld Media Network
Report by : Oswald M. D’Souza
Pictures by: Naveen Frank

Abu Dhabi – Feb, 11:  It was a day of nostalgic mixed feelings  for the former students of St. Aloysius and St. Agnes College/Schools of Mangalore on Friday 11 February 2011 when they met together for a long awaited reunion held at the picturesque Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel and Resort after almost two years.

It was a moment of joy, laughter and tears for the former students to reminiscence their golden past  they spent at the corridors of their respective institutions.  They gathered along with their families for a day of fun and frolic from all over UAE and some travelled from other gulf countries.

The bright sunny day with a fantastic cool weather interspersed with chilly winds added extra glamour to the day’s programme.

The ambience of the location, the stunning stage gave the event an added attraction. 

The day’s proceedings started with All Aloysian-Agnesian band playing soft music to raise the tempo of the day. 

It was arrival of the live wire Master of Ceremony Errol Goveas, gave a boost to the event when he took over  as the main anchor of the event.

The eye-catching opening ceremony with young children with lit lamps, followed by Agnesians and Aloysians carrying the flag of their respective colleges  marched towards the dais as part of the inaugural ceremony.


B.M. Ashraf – the current Chairperson for Aloysians for 2011 event, welcomed the gathering and explained the path they tread since the start of Alumni movement in the UAE.  He appreciated the efforts and hard work put in by his dedicated committee members since the past months. Much to the delight of the audience , Ashraf equated the importance of St Aloysius Institutions of Mangalore to that of the Burj Kalifa of the UAE.

Joyce Menezes read out the message from the Principal of St. Agnes College, Mangalore Rev Sr Marie Prem D’souza. In her message, Sr Marie Prem sent her blessings and good wishes and expressed her gratefulness to the Alma Mater for all the help and support to the Institute.

Fr  Swebert D’Silva  - Principal of St. Aloysius College Mangalore, who had arrived especially as the guest of honour to the event also thanked the old students for moral and financial support. He also updated the gathering on the steady development of the Institute.  Rev Fr. Denzil Lobo, the Director of AIMIT, delivered his message to the alumni gathered of this prestigious college. He also updated the gathering on the college facilities including the new campus at Beeri, which has come up beautifully.

College Anthems of both colleges were sung by the former students of the respective colleges.
Just after the formal ceremony it was time for fun.

The live music provided by All Aloysian/Agnesian band proved to be an instant success.  The combination of eastern, western including English, Hindi, Konkani, Tulu, Kannada, Sri Lankan songs catering for the taste of both young and old raised the pulse of the event. 

The Valentine theme provided an extra glamour to the already glamorous event.  As an ice breaker a valentine game for the couples was held which was hilarious  adding fun to the occasion. 

During course of the programme a tug war contest was held between Agnesians and Aloysians and turned out to be the ultimate winners. 

The eventful day also witnessed variety of entertainment including the dance competition for the youngsters.  It was a competition  with a difference, that kept  the audience spell bound . Various teams brought in their best, displaying flair and grace.

There were three groups  who participated in the dance competition  showcasing their talents and was a treat to watch.  Variety of dance forms were on display including  salsa, disco, jive, baila, cha cha, line dancing etc.  Every group competed with each other for supremacy and was a delight to watch.  It was  fun all the way.

The judges had a tough task to  select the best performers. CAPITAL STEPPERS from Abu Dhabi bagged the first place while NAKA MUKA of Sharjah came second and THE FEET BEET of Dubai came a close third.

The Main Sponsors, Associate Sponsor, Co-Sponsors, Support sponsors were were felicitated. 
Housie housie, Lucky draws, Raffle draws and spot prizes kept the crowd  eager and alert right throughout  the day. There were lot of prizes for grabs.

The Novelty dance too had attractive prizes, it was an excellent opportunity for the attendees to mingle with each other.

The foot tapping music provided by Aloysian Agnesian band kept the audience on their toes and gave ample opportunity for the young and old to dance to their hearts content.

The children kept occupied throught the day by means of face painting, clowns and jumping castles with lot of gifts and goodies to take home.

Geanette Dsouza proposed the vote of thanks.

Errol Goveas, the charismatic Master of Ceremony did a splendid job by his unique style keeping audience on their toes.

The last session of the day – the ever popular Baila session stole the show and was the ultimate, wherein the crowd became ecstatic and wanted more as the final number was played.  The whole crowd joined for the dance  swaying and dancing to the tune of the fantastic music provided by the band.

It was indeed a memorable event  and a day to remember for long time to come.  The organizers had worked hard to make this event a great success and have to be applauded.

Comment on this article

  • sharad machayya, coorg/canada

    Wed, Feb 16 2011

    Hey,elctrifying-so much of warmth and passon in the whole show. on business visit had the opportunity to be there.
    Aroon patrao michael moras had won accolades for aloysius when in college. no one could beat them in any ofthe competitions. coz these guys were real good. many years now and i found them like matured wine...cant forget the sweetunion wilson they were the beetles of mangalore. lancy,darryl,noel,roy where r u guys.  Some great agnesian singers correen n anita fernandies, evette n a few were always giving the aloysians a heart throb.

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  • Richard D'souza, Mangalore/USA

    Tue, Feb 15 2011

    A Truely amazing event! I just happened to be in the UAE on a short trip and count myself very lucky to catch this re-union uexpectedly!I was reading Mr. Peter's comments on the St. Aloysius Music club where Saldhana Sir was the head. What a dedicated group of master and musicians! I still remember Peter Vaz, the guitar maestro Albert D'souza("Duje") as he was fondly known)Johnson on drums and Gerad Menezes up on stage for the Aloysian Musical evening where all the Agnesian girls used to come to watch!Gave me goose pimples just listening to those numbers man! A very well rounded show, great dance competition, loved the Dj and his music too!Congrats guys!

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  • Bessy Pinto, Mangalore.Dubai

    Tue, Feb 15 2011

    Thanks to Joyce and Ashraff.I enjoyed the day,the games and songs from the Alumni of my Almamater.I did my B.Sc batch of 1966 from St.Agnes college.this is the first time Iam present for the event

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  • peter, mangalore/dubai

    Tue, Feb 15 2011

    What an Aloysian show!!!!!!!!. St Aloysian students from good old days had the hunger to be on top. Especially when it comes to music. They were always stood nos 1 in intercollegeate music competitions and also state level.The music club at aloysius gave an opportunity for students to perform.

    This show was nothing but nostalgia. going back memory lane. every song of yester years relate to us in some way or the other. they r feelings and memories that will always cherish. The music these ex students played were soothing to the soul. I can imagine the the effort behind this . All the best guys , you rocked......

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  • Neil Vaz,

    Sun, Feb 13 2011

    Congrats to Ashraf and Joyce for the rocking re-union. It had everything that we wanted as a family and the ex-students band did a remarkable job. Its hard to believe that these guys have come out from hibernation after 2 years and blew us away with their music! The dance competiton was great, we enjoyed the good food...well what more can an ex-aloysian ask for in the UAE? Truely rocking like the headlines!

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  • V. Madhukar Kamath, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 12 2011

    I am glad to see all the fun and games show in UAE from the alumni of my Alma Mater. I did my B.Sc. batch of 1972 from St. Aloysius College. I surely did not miss the event since the has shown all the events.

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  • V. Madhukar Kamath, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 12 2011

    I am glad to see all the fun and games show in UAE from the alumni of my Alma Mater. I did my B.Sc. batch of 1972 from St. Aloysius College. I surely did not miss the event since the has shown all the events.

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  • Alban D' Souza, Udyavara Mumbai Doha Qatar

    Sat, Feb 12 2011

    Congrtulations ! Agnasians / Aloysians Re-Union Prgramme Organisers. This is really a great event to be back once again form the seet memories of student life. Also feel proud to a ex- student of Aloysius College. My best wishes to all of you. I was present for the last two r-unions meet in the UAE. It was memorable experiance and lot of excitement. I missed this year's event since I am away from UAE. Any way hope to meet next time.

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  • Osler Kamath, Mangalore/Dallas

    Sat, Feb 12 2011

    Kudos Ashraf/Joyce for leading this great event. It was a treat to look at all the pictures and reminisce. The reunion has been well chronicled and I hope it continues for many more years. God Bless.

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  • Shaikh, Mangalore/Mozambique

    Sat, Feb 12 2011

    Kudos to All Aloysian. Proud to be a student of St. Aloysious. My best wishes to all of you.

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  • Loyola Pinto, Kadri / Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Feb 12 2011

    Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Great arrangements, enthusiastic volunteers, delicious food, hip swaying music, excellent singing, superb MCing. Well done Ashraf/Joyce and your team.

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  • joegonsalves, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 11 2011

    I am extremely happy to see that past Aloysians and Agnesians have joined hands to bring up an event which indeed will go down in history. I can claim that I am both an Agnesian as well as an aloysian. I did my K.G. studies at St. Agnes before joining St. Aloysius Middle School. Of course I am ancient Aloysian - 1922 Model but I am proud to brand myself an alumni of my Alma Mater. I have nostalgic memories of my past teachers and lecturers and more particularly of Mr. Albert Gonsalves of middle school.... Mr. Raphael mathias, Mr. Pandurang Pai, Father Bertram Sequeira and Father Ignatius Fernandes of High School. Again Father Ignatius was my poetry teacher and Father Joe Sequeira - my prose teacher in College.

    It is good to see Father Swebert D'Silva and Father Denzil Lobo at the function in Dubai. Both of them are doing great jobs in Mangalore. Father Swebert as Principal of SAC is trying to to St. Aloysius to greater heights. Of course Father Denzil has put his heart and soul to the project at Beeri which should emerge as one of the leading Institutions in India.

    Kudos to Joyce, Ashraf and others who have taken keen interest in promoting the event. It is my sincere hope that I will have occasions of meeting them in Mangalore.

    Joe Gonsalves

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