WELCOME TO SARASOTA!
Mares y Pares, welcome to
Sarasota and another heartwarming and fun filled AS-IS Reunion!
that there are things in this short life that are voluntary and then
there are those "lifetime events" that really define your quality of
life. For many of our alums who have attended before, these reunions
are one of the latter. As I mentioned in previous Facebook
posts, nobody understands "us" like we understand each other.
Sarasota is a jewel of a town
and April weather in Sarasota is heaven on earth. Although
this venue will be smaller and more informal than some in recent
past, I expect it to be well attended and also promise it will be
one of the most relaxed, pleasant and memorable reunions. In return
for your commitment to attend, I pledge to do everything in my
power as your host to to make sure your lifetime event was
everything you wanted and expected it to be.
~ Sam Lubus '75
Who is coming?
Of course, this is
what everyone wants to know first. Please see the
more information. Meanwhile, please read on.
How are they getting
Sarasota are limited and sometimes costly. Flights are more
abundant into Tampa or Fort Meyers. Travel from these airports to
Sarasota by car is approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. Renting a
car is highly recommended. Weekend rates are generally very
competitive. There is a Share Page for attendees that want to
share hotel rooms or car rentals, etc. Please
email your event
organizer if you would like to carpool or share rooms. You
can do this very conveniently from the Share Page, Click here
for the Share Page.
What will this event cost me?
The stuff we do together
is cheap! However, for your own budgeting purposes,
airfare and lodging in SW Florida during season are the most
expensive cost components. Airfare into this area might be as
high as $400 so a realistic estimate for both would be approx $875
total. If you share rooms and a car, the estimate might be approx
$640. The cost of the events and incidentals are negligible in
comparison (est. < $100). Bear in mind, that this
Reunion starts on Tax Return
Day; if you have a refund coming, your trip is paid for.
Your deposits are
your bona fide commitment to attend. Because April is high season in
SW Florida, most hotels require a deposit to hold rooms. There will
also be advanced commitments made to other vendors to cover the
fixed cost of our group events.
The deposits are composed
of three parts in order to give all attendees complete flexibility
as to what they want to do and when they want to do it; 1. your hotel deposit
2. group event "Beach BBQ Day" and 3. Pasig River Party at Malacaņang Palace.
For those of you who plan to share rooms or whom are not staying at
the hotel or may only be able to make one group event, you
are encouraged to make any relevant deposit to cover the cost of
events you will attend. Menu
options to handle any combination of these choices appear on the Paypal "Pay Now" button on the
However, before doing this, it is necessary to register first on the
Registration is obviously important for continuous planning of this
event so please register and send your deposit early!
Please note that all deposits received will be net of
processing fees; you will be independently responsible for the
balance of your room charges, applicable taxes, as well as any incidentals you charge
to your room. Sorry, No Checks.
All deposits are fully refundable
less PayPal processing fees of
2.9% for every transaction; in or out. You have up until one week prior to the reunion (April 9, 2015)
to process a refund. If
no deposit was received at this deadline, we will assume you are
Early Bird Discounts
Sorry, but there are
no discounts for early registration;
However, there are two collective social benefits of registering and
paying early. 1. your visible commitment encourages more alums
to attend and 2. the greater the confirmed
attendance is before the close of registration, the lower the
individual cost and the higher the quality of the Planned Events.
It is up to you; your early investment will benefit everyone
There are planned
group events and optional events available depending on
your arrival and departure. You will be in a particularly beautiful part of Florida
and you might want to see some of it. But if your idea of a
good time is just hanging out by the pool with your old pals.....so
be it! No pressure to do anything.....Enjoy yourself!
Here is a proforma schedule of all events: