Pagsi reminisces about his teachers and students on ReIgnite Day

July 22, 2014

Onofre Pagsanghan,  more fondly called “Pagsi,” opened his talk last July 19 by mentioning the noted musical, ”The Fiddler on the Roof”. He said he asked his students the significance of the fiddler. His student answered that the fiddler stood in the middle of the past and the future, seeing both at once.

Pagsi breaks out into into songDeftly he connected the fiddler’s significance to the theme of this year’s Ignatian Festival, “ReIgnite.”

“How else should we reignite except by remembering the past,” Pagsi said, opening the way for an extended promenade through his past, his teachers, and his early students.

Pagsi, who has been teaching high school freshmen for 62 years, remembered the time when “all of our teachers were Jesuits and it was fantastic!”

His introspective stroll through his personal history was interrupted when he spontaneously broke out into song several times during his lecture.

The most memorable of these was when Pagsi narrated the story on the making of “Hindi Kita Malilimutan,” Fr. Manoling Francisco SJ’s iconic Filipino song based on Isaiah 49 and which later became the theme song of the movie of the same title.

According to Pagsi, the song was an entry into a song contest at the Ateneo High School. It was a collaboration of members of a freshman class he was teaching, later put to music by Fr. Manoling, who was also part of the class. For more photos click here.