Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kikoys Represent!

I found this on Facebook and was instantly transported back in time:

[Image credit: C. dela Cruz, ADNU HS '01]

That's the logo of Kataas-taasang, Kahuli-hulihang Klase sa Ateneo de Naga*, more popularly known as Kikiks, an organization (in the loosest sense of the word) of fourth year students of Ateneo de Naga High School that was started in 1979 by students from Learning Group 20 of Batch 1980. Its name was obviously inspired by Andres Bonifacio's revolutionary society, and was a nod to LG 20's status as the "last" fourth year section in school year 1979-1980.

Over the years membership in Kikiks was opened to seniors regardless of section and the group became an institution of sorts. Even if it wasn't a recognized organization like Days with the Lord—the Kikoys' so-called initiation rites were, shall we say, not parent- or school-friendly—Kikiks' existence was an open secret. If you went to AdeN for high school, you had to be a Kikoy just as you had to be a Dazer.

During my freshman and sophomore years Kikoys regularly threw their hand signal at school assemblies in full view of teachers and school administrators. But things changed junior year when Kikiks feuded with a similar organization comprised of my fellow third years. From that point on, school officials watched out for suspected members and Kikoys had to keep a much lower profile.

Things got so bad that even my LG's Intramurals shirt senior year was banned because our team name was "PRO-KKK" (short for "Pagromdomon asin Omawon Kagayunan kan Kabikolan"**). And it was only right after our graduation ceremonies ended that we dared to flash the Kikiks hand signal.

Still, those were fun times.

[Hat tip to the ADNU HS '80 blog for the Kikiks origin story.]

*Or was it "Kataas-taasang, Kahuli-hulihang Klase ng Ateneo de Naga"? I forget.

**Translation: Remember and Praise the Beauty of Bicol

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