Rex Navarrete remains to be a one of the hardest working, relatively unknown American comedians today though he’s performed alongside notable national headliners as George Lopez, Russell Peters, Ali Wong, among others over the past three decades.  He does plan to release many more comedy albums on CD and live DVDs under his label for fans to enjoy.  His most popular DVD, "Badass Madapaka", was filmed in front of a sold-out crowd at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Currently he travels internationally throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, Canada and for the US Armed Forces bringing his brand of "Pinoy" humor to a wider audience.  You may have seen him on "Lopez Tonight", "Live at Gotham", "MyxTV" and "MTV Philippines".  The future seems to only give him the chance to connect with a larger audience that is now finally getting the opportunity to experience the changing face of American stand-up comedy.  Read up more about him at




 A special event hosted by the College of the Holy Spirit North America Foundation Metro-Washington DC Chapter.  Get ready for a glamorous evening of food, fun and dancing in a 1920’s theme.  Dress up in your flapper outfit and bowtie. Wear your dancing shoes and get ready to hit the dance floor. Experience the glorious days in the 1920’s while you also help in our good cause.  A silent auction will also be held.

Tickets are available for $75 (Early Bird Promo) effective until July 12 only.  If you buy at the door it will be $85 so get your tickets as early as now.

Proceeds will benefit the school’s faculty professional development and student scholarship grants.

Contact Details:
Rosita (202) 207-5910
Ellie (202) 607-3504
Dulce (240 491-6840
Bolet (571) 244-6288 


Sayaw, Sayaw at Sayaw Pa

All roads for the North East Chapter members led to the Bamboo Grill Dance Club one sunny afternoon in July. It was the fund-raiser headlined as “Sayaw, Sayaw, at Sayaw pa” organized by the North East (NE) Chapter on July 21st to raise money for the scholars selected by the CHSM Scholarship Committee for school-year 2018-2019.

The NE Chapter leadership headed by President Arlene Dadia-Torres, HS-78 & BSFN 82, and ably assisted by Vice-Presidents Med de Jesus, BSCom-67, and Thelma Arceo, HS-74, Secretary Mimi Jacobo-Samson, HS-82. and Treasurer Lina Romasanta, HS-72, together with the four Pillars of the Dance Project, Christina Martinez-del Rosario, HS-59, Edel Eloriaga, HS-65, Marissa Relucio, HS-58, and Lorie Rualo-Martin, HS-65, and old-reliable, ever-faithful Francis Tayag, HS-65 and Rose Fabre-Lapena HS-51, planned this fund-raiser a year ago.

The venue was decided, the menu carefully selected, the three Dance Instructors contracted by popular request and the scene was set. All it would take to make the event a success was to get the dancing crowd in. And so the full-court press campaign to get various dancing groups to sign up for an afternoon of dance, dance, dance was on.

As our flyers promised, an hour on the dance floor is worth two in the gym, the guests came in droves for a good work-out. Women, some men, twinkle toes and two left-feet checked their inhibitions at the entrance and displayed their moves on the dance floor. Music from the decades played on non-stop. Discos, tangos, rhumbas, cha-chas and line dancing got everybody swaying, swinging and swiveling. 

We broke the record for attendance this year – 25% more than expected. So once again, the NE Chapter came through and raised enough money to keep our 20 first year college scholars through another semester. 

Well done, NE Chapter dancing queens. Until next time!

By Deanna Go Bio

News and Updates

From nun's burial ground to cradle for native trees

NEW LIFE Once a Gravesite is now called Laudato Si Garden of Native Trees

An article about HS '65 and CHSAF's Laudato Si:  Garden of Native Trees project of College of the Holy Spirit Manila.
"Manila school answers Pope's call to address global warming by growing of indigenous plant species"

October 20, 2017 - CHSNAF Canada Mourns Loss of Marite Zala, BFA ‘69


It is with heavy hearts that we must share the sad news of the passing of Marite Zala (nee Maria Teresa Acosta) from Toronto, Canada.  Born May 6, 1948.  Marite graduated in CHS Fine Arts 1969.

The viewing will be held on Thursday October 26, 2017 and Friday October 27, 2017 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Heritage Funeral Home located at 50 Overlea Blvd. 

Mass will be held on Saturday October 28, 2017 at 9:00 am at St. Edith Stein Church, 16 Thorncliffe Park Drive. Reception will be held immediately after the mass at The William Lea Room, 1072 Millwood Road, Toronto.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to CAMH-

For those of us who wish to send bereavement cards and donations to the family, you can send to Annalise Zala. We suggest you write your name with CHS in brackets and your address.

Annalise Zala

77 Maitland Place, Unit 304
Toronto, Ontario

CHSNAF Canada is leading the prayers at the visitation on Friday evening, October 27. Please join us in celebrating the life of our dear Marite Zala.

June 21, 2017 - Congratulations Dr. Josefina Tan Domingo HS '58


Deanna Go Bio writes "​Congratulations are in order for one of our CHSNAF NorthEast Chapter members. Dr. Josefina Tan-Domingo was recently honored by the Lewis County General Hospital in New York​ with its maternity unit named in her honor - The Josefina Tan-Domingo, M.D. Maternity Center. Josie belongs to the High School Class of 1958 and is a member of CHSNAF NorthEast Chapter. She is a generous supporter of CHSNAF ​and its projects for the revival of CHSM."

Thank you, Deanna, for this piece about Dr. Josefina Tan Domingo HS-58. We are very proud of our alumna. Congratulations Dr. Domingo!

Featured Alumni - October 2017

Lucille Tenazas - HS '71, BFA '75


Lucille Tenazas is a professor and graphic designer based in New York. She is the Associate Dean in the School of Art, Media and Technology (AMT) at Parsons The New School for Design where she is the Henry Wolf Professor in Communication Design. She was based in San Francisco from 1985-2005 as principal of Tenazas Design and was the Founding Chair of the Master in Fine Arts program in Design at California College of the Arts (CCA) where she taught for 20 years.

Lucille is the recipient of the AIGA Medal in 2013, the most prestigious in the field, awarded by the American Institute of Graphic Arts for her lifetime contribution to design practice and outstanding leadership in design education. “Design educator and practitioner Lucille Tenazas is recognized for her prominent role in translating postmodern ideas into critical design practice; her exploration of the relationship between type, photography and language; and the development and leadership of highly respected design education programs --always with exquisite execution.” From 1996-98, she was the National President of the AIGA, representing the organization’s first appointment outside of New York in the organization’s 100-year history.   

Tenazas Design is a communication and graphic design firm working primarily on projects for cultural, educational and non-profit organizations as well as city, state, and Federal agencies. Among her clients have been the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University Art Museum, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the Port of San Francisco, the National Endowment for the Arts, Neue Galerie New York: Museum for German and Austrian Art and the publishing companies, Chronicle Books, Rizzoli International and Princeton Architectural Press. Lucille’s work has received numerous design awards and has been featured in many publications and exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including a one-person exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1996, as well as participation in surveys at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

She was awarded the National Design Award for Communication Design by the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum which was announced in the White House in 2002 and honored in 1995 as one of the ID Forty, ID Magazine’s selection of America’s leading design innovators. San Francisco Focus magazine included her in its selection of the bay area’s 100 Brain Trust. In commemoration of her contributions to Design, then Mayor Willie Brown declared May 15, 1996 as Lucille Tenazas Day in San Francisco. This honor was initiated through the efforts of the Filipino-American community in the bay area.   

Lucille has an international reputation in the field of communication design, both in academia and in the professional arena. Her interest in design education has led her to conduct workshops in universities and colleges throughout the country and abroad, in London, Stockholm, Seoul, Taipei, Capetown, Beijing, and Wellington, NZ among others. A dynamic educator, she has lectured and taught extensively as a visiting member of the faculty at educational institutions, among them California Institute of the Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, University of the Arts in the US, and art and design schools in Naples, Istanbul, Paris, Seoul and Lugano, Switzerland.

Her ongoing involvement with the cultural community of the Philippines has been supported by the Ayala Foundation over many years, beginning with a series of lectures she gave in Manila on the state of design and design education in the United States in 1991. In 1998, Ayala Museum presented an exhibition of her design work, the first ever of the work of a contemporary graphic designer in the context of an anthropological museum. More recently in 2011, she was the first speaker to launch a new series of lecture presentations, Design Talks, showcasing Filipino talent in the various design arts and disciplines. In these forms of active engagement, Lucille’s approach toward design thinking is to engender critical ways of looking at situations that go beyond conventional and predictable paths.   In the United States, she has been invited as a thought leader in several companies that include Apple, Hearst, Mohawk Paper and Adobe, providing insights on creative thinking and the future of communication design. She has also served on panels and juries, nationally and internationally, providing expertise and critical evaluation of current movements in architecture and design.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising from College of the Holy Spirit Manila (CHSM) and studied at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. She holds a Master in Fine Arts in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.