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January 5, 2020 Chowdown

January 1st, 2020

Bay Area AS/IS Manila Mini-Reunion

Join us for fun, food and drinks!

Date: Sunday January 5, 2020
Time: 1PM

Calling all Bay Area AS/ISM alums! Can’t make it to Manila for the AS/ISM 100th Anniversary Reunion?

Join us at Lotus Curry House in Novato, CA for the first Bay Area Chowndown Mini-reunion of 2020! They have a great all-you-can eat weekend brunch buffet with mimosas!


807 Grant Ave
Novato CA 94945

RSVP with the JeepneyGang

August 2019 Chowdown

May 29th, 2019

San Francisco AS/IS Manila Chowdown Mini-Reunion!

Join us for fun, food and drinks!

Sunday August 4, 2019

Please join us at Stern Grove in San Francisco for a Chowndown Mini-reunion with a free Psychedelic Furs concert followed by some tasty food and drinks nearby!

Time: 2PM

19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
San Francisco, CA

RSVP with the JeepneyGang

July 2019 Chowdown

May 29th, 2019

AS/ISM Chowdown
San Francisco Mini-Reunion

Join us for fun, food and drinks!

Date: Sunday July 21, 2019
Time: 2 – 6 PM

Please join us at Stern Grove in San Francisco for a Chowndown Mini-reunion.

We’ll listen to a free Toots & The Maytals concert and then enjoy some tasty food and drinks nearby!

Stern Grove Directions Map
Stern Grove Directions Map


19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
San Francisco, CA

Stern Grove Concert Meadow Map
Stern Grove Concert Meadow Map
Stern Grove Aerial Map
Stern Grove Aerial Map


RSVP with the JeepneyGang


June 2019 Chowdown

May 21st, 2019

Oakland AS/IS Manila Chowdown Mini-Reunion!

Join us for fun, food and drinks!

Friday June 14, 2019

Please join us in Oakland for an East Bay AS/ISM Chowndown Mini-reunion with tasty pinoy food!

Time: 6:30PM

FOB Kitchen
5179 Telegraph Ave Oakland, CA 94609

RSVP with the JeepneyGang!

Eighties Eruption 4 All 2014 Reunion in San Diego

July 2nd, 2014


International School Manila and Jeepney Gang AS/ISM Alumni Association invite YOU to:


All staff, teachers and students who attended either the pioneering American School or its successor, International School of Manila are invited!

Come to sunny San Diego, California on August 1-3, 2014. Join us at the Handlery Hotel to recollect, reminisce, rekindle, and ripen old friendships.

Prepare for a fun filled weekend of activities. The fiesta jumpstarts with Friday’s Mabuhay Mixer — a cool casual affair with outdoor dining and a no-host bar. Next up are the Eruption Auction, alumni movies, dancing and partying in a friendly, relaxed setting.

Saturday we will have another infamous Pinoy Beach Party at Mission Beach, complete with Pinoy Catering! Super sarap native Filipino fare and fun in the sun (volleyball, frisbee, surfing, board walk strolling…)!

That night we’ll have a “Saturday Night Party,” You’ll be dancing like you did in the 80s! Evening highlights include an appreciation and awards presentation. And you will be immortalized in our traditional class photo sessions.

This is also a kid-friendly reunion. Kids 12 and under are FREE.

Eighties Eruption 4 All
Handlery Hotel, San Diego, CA
August 1-3, 2014


March 22 San Francisco Chowdown

March 12th, 2014

Mabuhay SF Bay Area alums!

Time for another AS/ISM San Francisco Chowdown!

Our guest of honor is alum Nasreen Khan ’86 who is visiting SF.

Mark your calendars:

Date: March 22, 2014

Time: 7:00 PM


E&O Asian Kitchen

314 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel 415.693.0303

2013 & 2014 AS/ISM Reunions

July 26th, 2013

Here are some of the AS/ISM reunions from 2013 and 2014:


Chicago A-Go-Go – 60’s Reunion
Chicago, IL
Open to all A.S. alums from the 50’s to the 70’s
September 27-29, 2013
Manila Memories – The Way We Were
Washington D.C.
October 11-13, 2013
New Hampshire Autumn Leaves Reunion III
American School Reunion
Margate Resort, Laconia, New Hampshire
Oct 24-27, 2013
Eighties Eruption 4 All
Handlery Hotel
San Diego, CA
August 1-3, 2014

San Francisco Chowdown May 25

May 23rd, 2013

You’re invited to an

Upcoming SF Bay Area, CA Chowdowns:


Saturday May 25 8:00 PM

Bimbos 365 Club
1025 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA
Tel 415.474.0365

Linda Jhong Palermo ’83 and her band The Minks
The Minks play songs by The Kinks.
Entrance fee $25

Sige na, see you Saturday night!

New Book “Home is Where my Earrings Are” by Dannie Russell now available

June 22nd, 2012

Were you at IS in the seventies? Then you may remember Dannie Russell as the wife of Dr. Daryl Russell (former IS High School Principal) or the mother of IS alums Ian and Jessica.

Now she is also the author of a travel memoir! Her new book is entitled “Home is Where my Earrings Are” and it is out on Peppertree Press.

All the cool kids are reading it. You can order it here.

Gossip and News for AS/ISM Alumni

September 28th, 2010


Need a funny video fix? Visit the Bola Bidjo section!

5 Flashback videos from the 2008 Homecoming Reunion:


The JeepneyGang AS/IS Manila alumni association invited alums to attend Nancy Keeney Forster’s March 16, 2010 lecture in Tiburon, CA about her book “Encounters: A Lifetime Spent Crossing Cultural Frontiers” .

Nancy read from the book which describes the adventures of her late husband, AS ’43 alum Cliff Forster.

Order your copy of ENCOUNTERS online via the JeepneyShop

There were at least 5 AS/ISM alums attending:

Hank Miller ’59
Mary (Brings) Farquhar ’61
Michelle Palmer Alvino ’79 (and her mom)
Alex Kahl ’81
Tisha del Rosario – Kahl ’84

School Book Drive

Vicky Sycip Herrera ’68 and Susie McElhaney ’82 collected books for public elementary schools in Tagaytay.

The schools needed books written in English! Schools all over the Philippines are embarking on a program to teach English.

The schools have set aside time in the day for students to read books in English. However, there are few English language books available.

The goal was to build a collection of books for each school. Due to alumni generosity, the book drive collected 4,000 books!