Monday, April 30, 2007

The 40th Yr Class Reunion - April 13 - 15 '07

30 April 07

Dear all,

nice updated pic gallery, Toti. for this and the revised VCD which we viewed yesterday - (which many of you will receive sooner or later).. thanks for the nice, well thought-of, compilation and presentation.

Of course these would not be possible if not for Ryan (Rudy's "bunso ") who was the untiring, dedicated photographer during the entire affair at Daet, (on top of being Rudy's full-time driver..) Thanks, Ryan, Rudy..

lagot ka sa disclaimer mo, Toti,-- "yong mga pic na di nyo gusto, baka yon talaga ang kamukha nyo".. ha..ha..ha..! ang lupeet, toti ..

kung baga sa golf, it sounds like, .. if we play 86 we should be thankful sa tsamba.. if we play 96 or higher, don't complain, yun talaga and natural! ha..ha..ha..! grabe..di ba, Danny?

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but seriously, the whole pic gallery makes me "revisit" that memorable affair. so i asked myself, for the record, what or which could be the highlights / sidelights of the occasion?

my views:


1) the welcome dinner. First encounter after 40 years ! the hiiiiis and the helllooos were full of "ohhs' and aaahs. "oyyyy, kumusta..??!!" .."ikaw ba yan??? "ako nga, eto!!" either "ibang-iba ka na..! or "di ka nagbago!!".. excitement was on the high..

2) the lunch at Louise's . first time to really sit down calmly, up-close and personal. talk of the "now", plan for the "future". food was simple, but good.

3) the mass. the solemnity, the great words of wisdom and reminders from Rev. Sanchez. indeed "miracles happen everyday".. and "the fact that we're gathered here after 40 years..'' "..we have a lot to thank for.."

4) the saturday night affair..the climax. The best! specially, the video presentation, the group singing and dancing to those wonderful music. mixture of joy and nostalgia in reliving the past, shedding a tear or two, holding hands, enjoying the company of each other once more !.

5) Sunday noon at Dorset's residence.. I did not have chance to atttend this, so I can't say first hand. but from what I heard, this was a helluva send-off lunch. the food, the dessert, the angko's - were just terrfic.! Didn't you notice there were no pictures taken?? Well, it was because everyone, (including Ryan apparently, he..he..) was busy with the jumbo shrimps, alimango's and the lechons. Even Rory completely ignored doctor's orders! While Pacquiao was busy battling Solis, everybody was busy devouring the Sugpo's!

Sidelights –

1) teddy ong not only is still into music, despite being a dep ed coach. he actually formed the band which dra. yoly hired, and he's active with the group. most of all we should credit boboy for being our successful searcher / locator.

2) yes, joe chavez still croons. and this time with much feeling.. maybe the longings of the past, the hardhips of the present.. and the uncertainty of what's left of the future - altogether reflect the pains in his voice and stares in his eyes as he belts out that masterpiece.

3) estring asis still has that permanent quiet smile, and pensive aura.. (like a sister logical !).

4) efren mago works as municipal agriculturist and has been into farming over these years, but still can cope up with susan king's recital of the kilometric definitions of "history" and "state" - idnani versions. how're those again, susan ? hope you took note what the new word "triumpho" means..and the "causal relationships, if any.."

5) tess cereno was a revelation. nice and funny speech, tess, which bewildered many, and kept the others giggling..

6) fechie's speech was reassuring. made us feel good that our classmates/ friends in far away America/ Canada fondly remembers, and are one with us in heart and spirit. it was also a joy to hear her "American twang" - as sweet and inspiring as Hershey's chocolates-with-almonds after a meal.

(hi fech, hope you had a nice flight home..thanks for the treat yesterday --/inunahan mo kami/---
and hope you log-in soon..)

i know we have said and agreed before, and therefore no need to repeat - that it was a totally successful, unforgettable affair.

our common thoughts will now be centered on how to make forthcoming reunions to be even better. as they always say, no matter how good, there's always room for improvement..and no harm if we start thinking, conceptualizing as early as now.

cheers and warm regards,

May 2

To All my wonderful and great classmates,

I'm glad I'm finally back to SF after 2 extreme events during my visit. But first, my apology for the delay in this communique. To some of you from US, Canada, Norway, Manila, Naga and even Daet, who missed the event for one reason or another, I'm sure you're eager to hear all about the details of the Ruby Reunion.

Let me tell you first that I too was eager to relay the "happenings". Despite my exasperation and fatigue from the travels, I stayed up til wee hours right after I got in from the airport composing the message to send to you. Plus I also had to download the last few photos taken during my despedida at Mall of Asia, courtesy of the manila group. Unfortunately, after a lenghty letter and 5 photos and just right before I had to hit the "send button", my laptop acted up and I lost the file. I was so dissapointed and mad at myself! Toti, helppppp! kung malapit ka lang I could have used your expertise. Anyway, here I am again and hopefully no disaster will bar my effort.

Thank you guys for all the condolences, prayers, and the beautiful wreath you sent my way. No matter how much you think one is emotionally and psychologically prepared, it still hurts when the moment comes that you lose a loved one. But knowing that I had caring and compassionate friends around, it gave me strenght during my grief. Again, thanks to all who sent me text messages, emailed me and even called me on the phone. Even Marynat and Mona de Jesus L., who were absent during the reunion extended thier sympathy.My family says thank you too. What can I say, you guys are simply magnificent and great to belong!!!!

Here's my recap of the reunion:

Friday evening-a nice sumptuous reception was held at the Kusina ni Angel in Bagasbas. Lots of hellos, kumustahan, hagikhikan and pleasant surprises. For the first time since graduation, I met Bert P. along with his beautiful wife(Marie) and nephew Bruce. Lalong gumwapo si Bert with a true demeanor of a CEO; Alot remains gorgeous just a little healthier; Amelita Adem and Joe Marie Chavez, I almost didn't recognized them. Yung iba, I've seen them at some earlier times. I was psyched to stay up til AM but the night ended for the ladies at about 10pm. I think the guys wanted us to take a long beauty rest in preparation for the motorcade. Para daa it will not be too obvious na mga gurang na ang maparada!

Saturday started with the motorcade from Gahonon to DPS and then to Louie's Canteen. The participating vehicles were decked with balloons but due to the hot weather, they all burst even before the parade terminated. They made sure there were police escorts. Baka daa sabihon na ang mga gurang na ini nagwawarala sa tinampo! The "getting to know you more" continued during lunch and had brief brainstorming for a possible tangible project for the group. I don't think we came up with anything definite, right Rudy and Toti? After lunch, we unanimously agreed to visit Ms. Lunario (nee Sequi) instead of doing it on Sunday. Ms. Lunario was quite surprised with the visit. Except for being freshly manicured and pedicured, she said she was not ready and was quite embarrassed. We all reassured her that it didn't matter to us. Rudy was very proud to introduce her to his wife, Evelyn and son,Ryan. Btw, Rudy, your family are good looking and good sports. He said she made a significant difference in his direction and his life overall. After about 3 hrs. of respite, we reconvened at the parish church of Fr. Efren for the mass. His homily was so appropriate. he gently reminded us that we had alot to be thankful for-one, that we had this wonderful gathering after 40 years of being estranged at one time or another. Then we had the Socials at MT 2. The combination of the nice camaraderie, the food, the video presentation, the sharing, the music, the dancing and the group singing filled the room and joy ( tears sometimes) exudes in everyone. Toti, your video presentation was fantastic! I'm sure you had put in tons of hours putting them together. You''re the man! Gifts were ptresented to Ms. Segui and Zano, our former teachers. It was a nice surprise knowing that Annabelle and Tess C. are into ballroom dancing just like I enjoy it much. Some of the guys commentetd that kaito daa, dai maranihan o madutdutan ining mga girls na ini. Pero now, mga nagpapakarga pa sa mga DI's. By the way, thanks Annabelle for arranging the DI's. I must have lost several pounds shaking those booties! The band c/o Yoly played nostalgic music of the 60's and 70's. We all wanted to stay much longer but the management declined despite Mendy's willingness to pay more. Too bad!

Sunday-we gathered at Dorset's place in BAgasbas for lunch. Everyone got overwhelmed with the superb gustatory delights that were contributed by our generous classmates. As you notice, no one thought of taking pictures. But the crabs, the lechon, sugpo, pinangat, angko, salmon and etc were just super-delicious! Thanks to Dorset, Manny, Remo, Alot, Mendy, Joe Marie, Yoly and others who put his luncheon together. Talagang walang sawang tsibogan and chikahan. In fact, Rory forgot that he had to watch his diet! It was kinda getting sad towards the end as each one is heading back to their home places.In fact, Boboy had to leave early. May meeting daw-(hindi kaya mating?) It was an endless goodbyes. A few of us left in Daet (Annabelle, Yoly, Mila, Emily and myself)proceeded to Melit's little resort in Laniton where we enjoyed a brief boat ride and merienda sa gitna ng ilog. We were not really ready to call it quits, later on we proceeded to our house for wine, dinner and karaoke. It was almost 10pm when we ended.

The entire weekend was fabulous! It was well worth my trip. The fun, laughters and the giggles were constant. To those who were absent, you have missed a lot-another special chapter in our lives. So better plan for the next one now! It will be on Feb. 7-8, 2009. US-based classmates, pls take note. No more excuses. Assignment ko kayo, so we better make good at the next.

To all the core group who made this event possible and very successful, saludo ako! Special kudos goes to Mendy, Susan, Yoly, Boboy, Toti( our very dedicated techno wiz), Alot, Ed and sorry po if I forgot to mention someone.

Oh by the way, I felt dissapointed not seeing Ed C. and Baby/Nemia B. at the reunion. But Baby, you made up for it by showing up at the merienda last Sunday. Sooo happy to see you again. You are still gorgeous!

For those kindhearted who joined us for merienda in Manila- I enjoyed the get together up to the last minute. Thanks to Alot, Yoly, Baby, Tess and son, Lina and daughter, Rory, Bert and MArie, Toti (sorry Toti you had to work on the CD's under time pressure)and Evelyn (Rudy's wife).

I think this message is getting too long and before my pc crashes on me again, I better sign off. I'll send the photos of the Manila despedida at next mail.

Men, Marybeth, Herminia and Violeta, may padala si Alot and Tess C. sa inyo. I also have the CDs of the reunion.I'll mail it asap or if you guys are heading my way, I'll be glad to see you and hand it to you.

Bert- you continue to impress me with your editorial prowess. Galing talaga! I loved your last message addressing class personalities and highlights. Wow!!!!

Let us all continue this wonderful camaraderie and connections as we age. I look forward to hearing from you always and I'll do the same. We are the envy of lots of Parochialites or LCC alumni because we often have reunions. Let's even get them more jealous in 2 years with greater participation and attendance.

Hugs and kisses,

Here's some photos attached. Pardon the titles.

Toti-can you revise it to just say DPS '67 pics?


April 16, 2007

Hello Toti, Dan, Bert and all the others who are so fortunate to read these e-mail Exchanges....

Many thanks for all the goodies...chichats and fotos (which actually launched more chitchats and questions and therefore fuel our needs to see and eventually hug one another). Toti, you have made the fotos very internet friendly. I just loved small fotos. I guess our e-group home will be so happy with these fotos...I also love the ways you took the action shots---gee you all really enjoyed it, even if Rudy was totally beerless (I couldn't confirm this from the e-mails I just saw).


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Friday, April 27, 2007

Take Not the Road Less Travelled

By Mikaela Irene Fudolig
16-year-old genius, summa cum laude of UP (in college at 11)
UP Graduation 22 April 2007

The summa cum laude with a general weighted average of 1.099 will also receive the Best BS Physics Student award and the Dean’s Medallion for Excellence in Undergraduate Studies at the UP College of Science. Mikaela plans to teach at the National Institute of Physics and to take up her master’s degree in physics at the same time.

One of the things that strike me as being very "UP Diliman" is the way UPD students can't seem to stay on the pavement. From every street corner that bounds an unpaved piece of land, one will espy a narrow trail that cuts thecorner, or leads from it. Every lawn around the buildings sports at least one of these paths, starting from a point nearest to the IKOT stop and ending at the nearest entry to the building. The trails are beaten on the grass by many pairs of feet wanting to save a fraction of a meter of traveling, no matter that doing so will exact some cost to the shoes, or, to the ubiquitous slippers, especially when the trails are new.

What do these paths say about us, UP students?

One could say that the UP student is enamored with Mathematics and Pythagoras, hence these triangles formed by the pavement and the path. Many among you would disagree.

Others could say that the UP student is naturally countercultural. And the refusal to use the pavement is just one of the myriads of ways to show his defiance of the order of things. This time, many would agree. Still, others will say that the UP student is the model of today's youth: they want everything easier, faster, now. The walkable paths appeal to them because they get to their destination faster, and presumably, with less effort. Now that is only partly true, and totally unfair.

These trails weren't always walkable. No doubt they started as patches of grass, perhaps overgrown. Those who first walked them must have soiled their shoes, stubbed their toes, or had insects biting their legs, all in the immovable belief that the nearest distance between two points is a straight line. They might even have seen snakes cross their paths. But the soiled footwear, sore toes, and itchy legs started to conquer the grass. Other people, seeing the yetfaint trail, followed. And as more and more walked the path, the grass gave in and stopped growing altogether, making the path more and more visible, more and more walkable.

The persistence of the paths pays tribute to those UP students who walked them first – the pioneers of the unbeaten tracks: the defiant and curious few who refuse the familiar and comfortable; the out-of-the-box thinkers who solve problems instead of fretting about them; the brave who dare do things differently, and open new opportunities to those who follow.

They say how one behaved in the past would determine how he behaves in the future. And as we leave the University, temporarily or for good, let us call on the pioneering, defiant, and brave spirit that built the paths to guide us in this next phase of our life.

We have been warned time and again. Our new world that they call "adulthood" is one that's full of compromises, where success is determined more by the ability to belong than by the ability to think, where it is much easier to do as everyone else does. Daily we are bombarded with so much news of despair about the state of our nation, and the apparent, perverse sense of satisfaction our politicians get from vilifying our state of affairs. It is fashionable to migrate to other countries to work in deceptively high-paying jobs like nursing and teaching, forgetting that even at their favored work destinations, nurses and teachers are some of the lowest paid professionals. The lure of high and immediate monetary benefits in some low-end outsourcing jobs has drawn even some of the brightest UP students away from both industry and university teaching to which they would have been better suited.

Like the sidewalks and\n pavement, these paths are the easiest to take.

But, like the sidewalks and pavement, these paths take longer to traverse, just as individual successes do not always make for national progress. The unceasing critic could get elected, but not get the job done. The immigrant could get his visa, but disappear from our brainpower pool. The highly paid employee would be underutilized for his skills, and pine to get the job he truly wants, but is now out of his reach. And the country, and we, are poorer because of these.

Today, the nation needs brave, defiant pioneers to reverse our nation's slide to despair. Today, we must call upon the spirit that beat the tracks. Today, we must present an alternative way of doing things.

Do NOT just take courage, for courage is not enough. Instead, be BRAVE! It will take bravery to go against popular wisdom, against the clichéd expectations of family and friends. It will take bravery to gamble your future by staying in the country and try to make a prosperous life here. It might help if for a start, we try to see why our Korean friends are flocking to our country. Why, as many of us line up for immigrant visas in various embassies, they get themselves naturalized and settle here. Do they know something we don't?

Do NOT just be strong in your convictions, for strength is not enough. Instead, DEFY the pressure to lead a comfortable, but middling life. Let us lead this country from the despair of mediocrity. Let us not seek to do well, but strive to EXCEL in everything that we do. This, so others will see us as a nation of brains of the highest quality, not just of brawn that could be had for cheap.

Take NOT the road less traveled. Rather, MAKE new roads, BLAZE new trails, FIND new routes to your dreams. Unlike the track-beaters in campus who see where they're going, we may not know how far we can go. But if we are brave, defiant searchers of excellence, we will go far. Explore possibilities, that others may get a similar chance. I have tried it myself. And I'm speaking to you now.

But talk is cheap, they say. And so I put my money where my mouth is. Today, I place myself in the service of the University, if it will have me. I would like to teach, to share knowledge, and perhaps to be an example to new UP students in thinking and striving beyond the limits of the possible. This may only be a small disturbance in the grass. But I hope you'll come with me, and trample a new path.

Good evening, everyone.

Posted by:

Rudy Surla

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Friday, April 20, 2007

Commerative CD of DPS Class 67

Apr 20, 2007

malabo talaga iyong dalawang pictures. I'll work on the final version of the CD on Saturday, so kung may pahabol ka, please send them before Saturday.

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April 20, 2007

Strongest Dad in the World
There are Dads...and then there's this guy. Read this and then watch the video (the website link is at the end)

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots. But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he's pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he's not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars--all in the same day.

Dick's also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much--except save his life.

This love story began in Winchester, Mass., 43 years ago, when Rick was strangled by the umbilical cord during birth, leaving him brain-damaged and unable to control his limbs.

``He'll be a vegetable the rest of his life;'' Dick says doctors told him and his wife, Judy, when Rick was nine months old. ``Put him in an institution.''

But the Hoyts weren't buying it. They noticed the way Rick's eyes followed them around the room. When Rick was 11 they took him to the engineering department at Tufts University and asked if there was anything to help the boy communicate. ``No way,''
Dick says he was told. ``There's nothing going on in his brain.''

"Tell him a joke,'' Dick countered.
They did. Rick laughed. Turns out a lot was going on in his brain.

Rigged up with a computer that allowed him to control the cursor by touching a switch with the side of his head, Rick was finally able to communicate. First words? ``Go Bruins!''
And after a high school classmate was paralyzed in an accident and the school organized a charity run for him, Rick pecked out, ``Dad, I want to do that.''

Yeah, right. How was Dick, a self-described ``porker'' who never ran more than a mile at a time, going to push his son five miles? Still, he tried. ``Then it was me who was handicapped,'' Dick says. ``I was sore for two weeks.''

That day changed Rick's life. ``Dad,'' he typed, ``when we were running, it felt like I wasn't disabled anymore!''

And that sentence changed Dick's life. He became obsessed with giving Rick that feeling as often as he could. He got into such hard-belly shape that he and Rick were ready to try the 1979 Boston Marathon.

``No way,'' Dick was told by a race official. The Hoyts weren't quite a single runner, and they weren't quite a wheelchair competitor. For a few years Dick and Rick just joined the massive field and ran anyway, then they found a way to get into the race officially: In 1983 they ran another marathon so fast they made the qualifying time for Boston the following year.

Then somebody said, ``Hey, Dick, why not a triathlon?''

How's a guy who never learned to swim and hadn't ridden a bike since he was six going to haul his 110-pound kid through a triathlon? Still, Dick tried.

Now they've done 212 triathlons, including four grueling 15-hour Ironmans in Hawaii. It must be a buzzkill to be a 25-year-old stud getting passed by an old guy towing a grown man in a dinghy, don't you think?

Hey, Dick, why not see how you'd do on your own? ``No way,'' he says. Dick does it purely for ``the awesome feeling'' he gets seeing Rick with a cantaloupe smile as they run, swim and ride together.

This year, at ages 65 and 43, Dick and Rick finished their 24th Boston Marathon, in 5,083rd place out of more than 20,000 starters. Their best time'? Two hours, 40 minutes in 1992--only 35 minutes off the world record, which, in case you don't keep track of these things, happens to be held by a guy who was not pushing another man in a wheelchair at the time.

``No question about it,'' Rick types. ``My dad is the Father of the Century.''

And Dick got something else out of all this too. Two years ago he had a mild heart attack during a race. Doctors found that one of his arteries was 95% clogged. ``If you hadn't been in such great shape,'' one doctor told him, ``you probably would've died 15 years ago.''

So, in a way, Dick and Rick saved each other's life. Rick, who has his own apartment (he gets home care) and works in Boston, and Dick, retired from the military and living in Holland, Mass., always find ways to be together. They give speeches around the country and compete in some backbreaking race every weekend, including this Father's Day.

That night, Rick will buy his dad dinner, but the thing he really wants to give him is a gift he can never buy. `

`The thing I'd most like,'' Rick types, ``is that my dad sit in the chair and I push him once.''

[From Sports Illustrated, By Rick Reilly]
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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Kulturang Pinoy


Apr 19 –
From Rudy

Subject: Enjoy.. be Pinoy, bahala na si Batman....

A must read for every true blue Pinoy at heart. Published on April 8. 2007 in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Please read and enjoy.

MANILA , Philippines -- Pinoy is what Filipinos call each other, a term of endearment. You're Pinoy from Pilipino just like you're tisoy from mestizo or chinoy from chino.

It's a nickname just as Minoy is from Maximo, Ninoy from Benigno, Tinay from Florentina and Kikay from Francisca. But now they're Maxi and Ben and Tintin and Cheska.

You've been called indio, goo-goo, Negro, flip, noypits. Or Filipino, a biscuit that is brown outside and white inside, or a word stricken from the dictionary which means domestic. Ay, lintik!

You're Juan de la Cruz or Mang Pandoy. You're common tao, masa, urban poor but also Cecile Licad and Don Jaime, Jose Rizal and Tony Meloto, Shawie and Pacquiao and Nick Joaquin, galing galing.

Born June 12, 1896, the Republic of the RP is a Gemini, good at connecting, good at loving-loving, good at texting and interpersonal skills.

Filipinos like to yakap, akbay, hawak, kalong, kalabit. We sleep side by side, siping-siping, we go out kabit kabit. There's lots of us to go around. Someone always to listen to a sob story, even in a jeepney, to share-a-load or to share a TV.

Everyone's tito, tita Who has a hipag, a bayaw, a bilas, a balae, a kinakapatid? Who has an ate, dete, diche, kuya, diko? The maids call her ate, the driver calls him kuya and everybody is tito or tita. W ho has a Lola Baby, a Tito Totoy, a bosing called Sir Peewee, his wife Ma'am Lovely and their kids Cla Cla and Cring Cring?

The Pinoy lives in a condo, a mansion, an apartment, a bahay na bato, ilalim ng tulay, Luneta, Forbes Park, and Paris too! He's a citizen of the world, he's in all the villages and capitals, colonizing the West, bringing his guitar and his bagoong, his walis na tingting, his tabo, his lolo and lola.

Where there's a beat, there's a Pinoy. You'll find her singing in a nightclub in Tokyo, a musical in London, the Opera House in Sydney. Sure, they've got the infrastructure, the theaters and architecture. Who but Pinoys direct their plays, or trains their company managers, and imports our teachers, by the way?

Viagra to Victoria's Secret.

Look at that baggage all pasalubong, none for herself. From bedsheet to hair color, Toblerone to carpet, Viagra to paella pan, Victoria's Secret to microwave.

Hey, Joe, don't envy me 'cause I'm brown, you'll get ultra violet from that sun and turn red not brown. Just lucky, I guess. God put us all in the oven, but some were uncooked and some were burned, but me, I came out golden brown!

Hey, Kristoff! Hey David and Ann! Your Pinoy yaya makes your kids gentler, more obedient, she teaches them how to pray. Hey Big Brother! Hey Grandma Moses! Who but Pinoy nurses make your sick days easier all the way?

We made the jeepney, the karaoke, the fluorescent bulb, the moon buggy. We invented People Power and crispy pata; popularized virgin coconut oil, scaled the Everest and made it with Cebu furniture abroad among the best. Ever trying for the Guinness World Record with the longest swim of a child, the longest kiss, the longest longanisa.


The Pinoy is a linguist. As in. As if. For a while. Open the light. Close the light. Paki ganyan naman ang kuwan sa ano. Tuck in. Tuck out. Don't be high blood. If you're ready na, I'll pass for you.

Hayop; Hanep! Bongga ka 'day, feel na feel kita, kilig to the bones ako. Don't make wala, don't make tampo. Taralets na, babes, let's go, nababato na ang syota mo.

I'm inviting you to my party, please RSVP. Oo means "yes" or "maybe," or "yes if you insist," or "maybe if it doesn't rain." "Yes" is also a nice way of saying "no." Yes, hindi kita sisiputin. "No," eto na ako at ang barkada ko. Please don't ask a Pinoy a question like that!

Just flows.

She's not so exact, not so chop-chop, she just flows and flows. Filipino time? Naku, huli din naman ang Kano! The Pinoy finds time to be nice, to be kind, to apologize, to be there when you're depressed, to help you with your utang and your wedding dress.

The Filipino is a giver, never mind what it does to his liver, never mind what it takes. Hardships of the Third World don't dry up his blood, they just make him more compassionate, more feeling, of the other guy's lot. Note that the maid sends all her wages home to ailing daddy. She is the OCW whose labor of loneliness created the original katas ng Saudi.

'Bahala na'

The Filipino is fearless, bahala na si Batman, which actually means Bathala na or "leave all to God." Okay lang if I die by bitay, okay lang if I live, okay lang if I survive by the skin of my teeth.

Saway ni Inay:

Di ka naman Bill Gates, di ka naman French, mahirap nang magbuhat ng sarili mong bench.

Be Pinoy! Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Virginia Tech Massacre

Apr 18, 2007

Virginia tech massacre

To our US-based classmates,I hope you have no relatives, friends and acquaintances among the victims of the senseless killings in Virginia Tech. Take care, always.


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Monday, April 16, 2007

Boy Genius: Graduated HS at 9 Yrs old is now 49

April 16, 2007
Hi Ed,
I know sometimes, not having a lot of hair is deceiving. I only turned 49 last Feb. How about you all? If I'm not mistaken another group that can be formed is group 56ses, heh,heh,heh. Ate Marynat, kumusta ka! Itong pagbating ito ay galing sa iyong nakababatang kinakapatid. I hope to see your e-mail messages soon. We have a lot of catching up to do. Especially about your friend from Lipa. Remember????

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Finding the Elusive Ms MaryNat

April 16

Hi everyone! Finally, after years of trying to locate Marynat, Boboy got her cell phone number and landline. Boboy should have worked with the NBI, instead of the Department of Education. Marynat is wondering how Boboy got her contact numbers. Alot was the first to call her. I sent her a text message and she called me back. Si Marynat nga! So let's all welcome her, I already added her to our egroup. I'm sure she'll have a hard time reading all of the messages already posted, and reviewing the pictures posted. Congrats Boboy for a job well done!


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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Pinay (Big) Sister is watching...reading.. laughing!

Apr 11, 2007


Saw the picture. Ganda pa rin ni Tess, not because she will accommodate me in her revo. I'm just telling the truth. And siyempre pogi pa rin kayong dalawa ni Ed.

Toti, anything you want me to bring in our trip. Mag prepare kasi ako ng sandwiches natin, any preference? Ok ba sa iyo ang soda (are sure hinde lalangamin ang tiyan mo) or you want me to bring your favorite drink (light beer).

Guess who called awhile ago?... Lina Angeles. Naku excited kasi akala niya tapos na ang reunion. She knows that we have a reunion but doesn't have any idea when. Gave her the telephone of Tess, in case there's still room for her. She wants to join us.

Toti puede pa bang gumawa ng correction kasi yong family name ko Arcella dapat Arcilla, its with an i not e. Also, Jose "Jebong" Zaño's address is Francisco O. Balce St., Vinzons, Camarines Norte. Thanks. See you Friday.


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Monday, April 9, 2007

Facing the Inevitable: Ageing/Maturing

Apr 9, 2007


I . Face and accept the reality of getting old, its consequences and the limitations which growing old brings. Act and behave your age. Quit fooling yourself by trying to look like you were in your youth.
II . Focus on enjoying people, not on indulging in or accumulating material things.
III . Plan to spend whatever you have saved. You deserve to enjoy it and the few healthy years you have left. Travel if you can afford it. Don't leave anything for your children or loved ones to quarrel about. By leaving anything, you may even cause more trouble when you Are gone.

IV . Live in the here and now, not in the yesterdays and tomorrows. It is only today that you can handle. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not even happen.

V . Enjoy your grandchildren (if you are blessed with any) but don't be their full time baby sitter. You have no moral obligation to take care of them. Don't have any guilt about refusing to baby sit anyone's kids, including your own grandkids. Your parental obligation is to your children. After you have raised them into responsible adults, your duties of child-rearing and babysitting are finished. Let your children raise their own off-springs.

VI . Accept physical weakness, sickness and other physical pains. It is a part of the aging process. Enjoy whatever your health can allow.

VII . Enjoy what you are and what you have right now. Stop working hard for what you do not have. If you do not have them, it's probably too late.

VIII . Just enjoy your life with your spouse, children, grandchildren and friends. People, who truly love you, love you for yourself, not for what you have. Anyone who loves you for what you have will just give you misery.

IX . Forgive and accept forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others. Enjoy peace of mind and peace of soul.
X . Befriend death. It's a natural part of the life cycle. Don't be afraid of it. Death is the beginning of a new and better life. So, prepare yourself not for death but for a new life.

Ed canela

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Sunday, April 8, 2007


april 8, 2007


He, he, he…Spring is here!!!..... ......

Just keep clicking your mouse anywhere on the black space when it opens or you can just click and drag your mouse over it. ..SO COOL!)

And don’t forget to attend the reunion wherever you may be!

Ed Canela

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Prime of Ms. Fechie Alarcon

april 5, 2007

Hi Irma,

In case you may have forgotten, let me reintroduce myself to you. I am Fechie ( this sounds a little more sophisticated) than Fe Alarcon then. I migrated and has resided in SF, CA since 1974. I work in Nursing Administration at a hospital closest to the SF airport and also a faculty in a local college for the Nursing Dept. I had been divorced for so long, had an only child but died at the age of seven. I'm living singly but been too busy to think of being alone. Don't have time for that! My brothers and sisters are all here in US and close by so my support system is great.

I travel to the Phil. at least once a year for medical mission purposes. It also allows me to visit other relatives there. I have lots of things to catch up with you but I am at work right now and I need to run soon. Tell you more next mail.

So, let me know about yourself too. I missed your gregarious laughter during our younger days.

Welcome again and keep in touch.


Feb 24

Hello Classmates,

Hi there. Just got back from Daet and had a chance to get together with some our our classmates from grade school and high school at Deat Parochial School now LCC. It was great seeing them after so many years. I go home to Daet quite often but just don't have the luxury to stay longer and be able to connect with our classmates while there.

Anyway, got your email addresses from Mendy (Balon) Ching and hope you don't mind me reconnecting with you. I am Fe (Fechie) Alarcon and now residing in U.S. since 1974. I've been single and living alone. I had an only child who passed away 13 years ago. I worked at a nearby hospital as a nursing supervisor and also a faculty at a local college of nursing. It's tough living alone but I'm used to it now plus my family are just miles near. My work and school schedule are hectic that I rarely home anyway. I travel to the Phil at least once a year for a medical mission. In fact, I was just in Bohol for that reason.

Mendy and the group in Daet are coordinating our 40th year class reunion. I have previous commitment around that time but I am so excited to see old familiar faces again and I'll do my best to be there. Hope you too can be there.

I would be delighted hearing from you soon one way or another. You can email me back or call me or text me at 650-219-3212 or 650-756-9158.

PLs. share me our classmates whereabouts if you have them.

Looking forward to your message. God bless.

Fe or Fechie

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Health Tips

Apr 5

This may come in handy. Our very own Rory, a survivor of four(4) strokes can corroborate this.

A Needle Can Save LIFE of a STROKE PATIENT!!!?? ?

First Aid for Stroke.
Keep a syringe or needle in your home to do this... It's amazing and an unconventional way of recovering from stroke, read it through. It can help somebody one day. This is amazing, if it works. Please keep this very handy... Excellent tips. Do take a minute to read this. You'll never know. One's life may depend on you.
My father was paralyzed and later died from the result of a stroke. I wish I knew about this first aid before.
When a stroke strikes, the capillaries in the brain will burst gradually. When a stroke occurs, stay calm. No matter where the victim is, do not move him/her. If the victim is moved, the capillaries in the brain will burst. Help the victim to sit up where he is to prevent him from falling over again, and then the bloodletting can begin. If you have in your home an injection syringe that would be the best, otherwise, a sewing needle or a straight pin will do. Place the needle/pin over fire to sterilize it, and then use it to prick the tip of all 10 fingers. There are no specific acupuncture points, just prick about one mm from the fingernail. Prick till blood comes out. If blood does not start to drip, then squeeze with your fingers. When all 10 fingernails is bleeding, wait for a few minutes until the victim regain consciousness. If the victim's mouth is crooked, then pull on his ears until they are red. Then prick each ear lobe twice until two drops of blood comes from each ear lobe. After a few minutes, the victim should regain consciousness. Wait until the victi! m regains his normal state. If he does not show any abnormal symptoms, take him to the hospital. Otherwise, if he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance, the bumpy trip to the hospital could cause all the capillaries in his brain to burst.
I learned about bloodletting to save life from Chinese traditional doctor Ha Bu-Ting who lives in Sun-Juke. Furthermore, I had practical experience with it. Therefore I can say this method is 100% effective. In 1979, I was teaching in Fung-Gaap College in Tai-Chung. One afternoon I was teaching class when another teacher came running to my class room and said in panting, "Mr. Liu, come quick, our supervisor has had a stroke!." I immediately went to the 3rd floor. When I saw our supervisor, Mr.Chen Fu-Tien, his color was off, his speech was slurred, his mouth was crooked-all the symptoms of a stroke. I immediately asked one of the practicum students to go to the pharmacy outside the school to buy a syringe, which I used to prick Mr. Chen's 10 fingers tips. When all 10 fingers were bleeding (each with a pea-sized drop of blood), after a few minutes, Mr. Chen's face regained its color and his eyes' spirit returned, too. But his mouth was still crooked. So I pulled on his ears to fill them with blood.When his ears became red, I pricked his right earlobe twice to let out 2 drops of blood. When both earlobes had two drops of blood each, a miracle happened. Within 3-5 minutes, the shape of his mouth returned to normal and his speech became clear. We let him rest for a while and have a cup of hot tea, then we helped him go down the stairs, drove him to Wei-Wah Hospital. He rested one night and was released the next day to return to school to teach. Everything worked normally. There were no ill after-effects. On the other hand, the usual stroke victim usually suffers irreparable bursting of the brain capillaries on the way to the hospital. As a result, these victims never recover. If he survived the stroke, chances are, the damaged capillaries in the brain could cause him disabilities and he would remain paralyzed for the rest of his life. Therefore, stroke is the second cause of death. It is such a horrible thing to happen to anybody. If we can all remember this bloodletting method and start the life-saving process immediately, we may save the victim. The victim will be revived from the stroke. We may also save him from paralysis and he may regain 100% normality. We hope you can tell others about this first aid method. Someday, stroke may be removed from the list of major causes of death.


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The Intriguing Ms Irma Asis-Jensen

Apr 5, 2007

Hi Men,

its Irma Asis, now Jensen. I was surprised when I opened my e-mail tonight.... it's flooded with e-mails from DPS class 67. I suddenly remembered our days in high school. Too bad I can’t make it to our reunion. I'm now in Toronto for vacation....will be back in Norway by August. I missed you guys from class 67....


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Monday, April 2, 2007

Old golfers do not die, they just lose their .....

April 2


Regards and always have a good round of golf. Do you know why Tiger Woods is named Tiger?


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We Support Our Alma Mater

april 2

Hail! Beloved Alma Mater...

Hi guys, I am equally surprised as you are when I heard about the news that the Elementary and Secondary Department of LCC will close come March next year. I just came from a convention in Baguio City and I was supposed to stay in Manila for a very important personal errand, but when I heard about the news, I went home to Daet to verify whether the controversy is true. And it is indeed true! I tried to keep in touch with La Consolacion, but it was very hard to get through. Instead, I called Tita Cleoty (an alumna of the former Daet Parochial School), and I asked her regarding some saliencies on the so- called "closure" of the institution. She advised me to contact the imcumbent president of the LCC Alumni Association in this regard.

So, I personally visited Mr. Alex King (the incumbent president) to check things out. He was very accommodating and he is actually starting to keep in touch with the rest of the officers and the "loyal" alumni. He will set a meeting soon, so that the alumni can partake in this laudable cause. I also heard from a very reliable source that one major reason for the closure of the school is financial in nature. Don't frown guys just like what I did when I heard about this. I got to know from this source that the financial problem started three years ago; the administration exhausted their very best to address the problem, but to no avail. They are actually maintaining high salaries of the personnel, electricity, water and other operational expenses. Deficits came soaring as the number of enrolees decreased for the last three years. One desperate decision that they made to cope up with the losses is to open the College of Nursing (which they believed can significantly contribute to the financial repertoire of the school) and yes, they were right, but still it was not enough to reckon the losses the way it is supposed to be. At the moment our predecessors in the school are wearing black t-shirts as their silent protest.
We spent twelve years in the portals of La Consolacion College. Who we are now, is the product of our past. We can't deny the fact that all of us became globally competitive because of a good catholic education we received from our Alma Mater. I can still recall how Polly Obusan (batch 1992) envisioned La Consolacion as the 1st Catholic University in the province, producing God-fearing, smart, honest, competitive and great graduates! But look what is happening now! Instead of becoming a university, our alma mater will close its two departments instead of expanding; our alma mater is closing (down)! We are now talking about heritage here, and I think we can still do something. By 2008, La Consolacion will celebrate its Diamond Jubilee, and I fear that there will be no more Diamond Jubilee for us! Our past will totally be erased in the facet of education. How will you answer your children if they ask you, where did you spend your formative years in the genre of education? La Consolacion? Where is that ???????? ????????? ??????? My co- consolites, co-alumni, batchmates and for those who are non-consolites but have a strong stand for catholic education, let us join our resources together and relieve the Charism, Mission and Vision Statements that were inculcated to us by the Augustinian Sisters of the Philippines, under the Order of St. Augustine. Let us remember the pact that we shared in every commencement exercise, and keep it burning in our hearts today. Our Alma Mater needs us, let us do something! Try to keep in touch with me in my personal email address and I'll update you. Please also signify through mail, if you support the retention of the Elementary and Secondary Department of La Consolacion College. Let us not forsake our consolite brothers and sisters of their right to enjoy catholic education that we enjoyed. Let us help them to realize their dreams of being a product of the pioneer catholic institution in the province. Let them sing with us with pride and joy our Alma Mater Song: "Hail Hail LCC, God's witness through the Augustinians, Hail beloved Alma Mater with beaming eyes and shimmering faces, through the skies we sing our praises, wherever we may go, NEVER WILL WE FORGET YOU, DEAR LCC...." We need each other now......... ........
Bing Quinones Batch 1991
Marisol Cribe-Angala Batch 1991
Teresita Dar Batch 1991

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Current Issues: Poverty, Politics, etc

April 2, 2007
Posted by Toti

Vote Wisely!

While walking down the street one day, a powerful senator of the Philippines is tragically hit by a truck and dies. His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

"Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not sure what to do with you.

"No problem, just let me in." says the senator.

"Well, I'd like to but I have orders from higher-up. What we'll do is have you spend one day in Hell andone in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity."

"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven," says the senator.

"I'm sorry but we have our rules." And with that, St. Peter escorts the senator to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a club and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him, everyone isvery happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, hug him, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar.

Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that, before he realizes it, it is time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves while the elevator rises. The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.

"Now it's time to visit Heaven."

So 24 hours pass with the senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns. "Well then, you've spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your eternity." He reflects for a minute, then he answers:

"Well, would never have thought it, I mean Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell."

So Saint Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell. Now the doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags. The Devil comes over to the senator and lays an arm on his neck.

"I don't understand," stammers the senator. Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and club and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great time. Now all there is a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. The Devil looks at him, smiles and says, "Yesterday we were campaigning.

Today you voted for us!"

April 3, 2007

Dear All,

Camarines Norte has consistently ranked among the Top Ten provinces nationwide - a big achievement?. In 1997 and 2000, our beloved province has ranked tenth in terms of poverty incidence. We were out-ranked,however, by another Bicol province - Masbate, which ranked

In terms of food poverty incidence (proportion of families having incomes below the amount needed to be able to satisfy the food requirements, based on nutritional requirements), Camarines Norte also ranked tenth in both survey periods, 1997 and 2000.

In the 2003 survey, which is the latest data available, we have moved up from 10th to 8th place in terms of food poverty incidence. This means, subsistence condition in our province has worsened!

More than half of the families in Cam Norte are poor (below the poverty threshold level), and more than one-fourth are extremely poor (below the food poverty threshold). Among the municipalities, Capalonga has the worst poverty situation and Daet, the least incidence of poverty (in a province with high incidence of poverty).

What is positive is that Camarines Norte is included in the areas targetted for immediate hunger mitigation measures. Let's hope that the budget intended for this program will really be spent as planned and not just go to the pockets of a few. This would require vigilance on the part of the people, who should be able to hold the program implementors accountable for whatever leakages that would happen.

For your information lang po.


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Sunday, April 1, 2007

The Reunion Trivia: Blast from the Past by Ed Canela

April 1

Hello all,

Do you remember who??? Or What????

Bring your answers to Daet and you might win some big prizes. For the Loyalty Awardees (e.g., Grade 1 to Fouth Year), failure to answer at least four means that Mr. Alzheimer has started taking your mind away…he, he, he…..Ed Canela


1. Who was the DPS class 67 Biology (a.k.a. Boy-ology) teacher? __________
2. The PE/ROTC Commandant during our time?_________
3. The First Honor awardee in Grade 6 __________
4. The Combo’s name where Rori Serra, Joe Sales and Teddy Ong belonged _______
5. Where was Dr. No shown in Daet? ________
6. Considered the most likely to be a nun from the group ________
7. Who was DPS principal throughout the DPS class 67’s elementary grades? ________
8. Throughout his stay with DPS, Mr. Maderazo was rumored to be courting whom _______
9. Considered the group’s poet _______
10. Name at least one of the three famous Mr. Idnani’s fav young female historians __________
11. Salutatorian of the DPS class 67 ________
12. Grade five adviser of the group ________
13. Who headed the ROTC on the DPS class 67’s Fourth Year
14. Who was DPS Parish Priest when the DPS class 67 was in the elementary grades? ________
15. Who was DPS principal when the DPS class 67 graduated? ________
On second thought, please don’t take this seriously…he, he, he.

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Camarines Norte's Must See Places

From Ed Canela
April 1, 2007

Foundation Day of Camarines Norte (April 15)
A week-long celebration of the foundation anniversary of the province. Highlighted by a commemorative mass, civic military parade, agro-industrial fair, exhibits, sports festivals.

Some Natural places to visit (for Balikbayans)

Mananap Falls
Located in San Vicente, roughly 18 kilometers west of the capital. To reach it, one has to hike uphill for two kilometers but the deep cool waters of the falls are worth the climb.

Imee-Irene Twin Falls
Located in Sta. Elena, it is still virtually unexplored because of its great distance from Daet.

Colasi Falls
Located in Colasi Mercedes, it is an aesthetic falls in the midst of the forest which could be reached through hiking. The falls has an approximate height of 70 ft. offering a good place for swimmers and nature lovers because of its flashing blue cool water. It can be reached in about one hour by jeepney from Daet to Baronage Colasi plus a 3-hour hike from Colasi to the falls.

Bagasbas Beach
The most popular beach in the province can be found 5 km. from downtown Daet or about 10 minutes by land. A wide white sand beach, it is ideal for swimming, beachcombing, and summer outings and picnics.

Lanot Beach
Fascinating for its spring; 30 km. south of Daet. Barangay Lanot of Mercedes can be reached by banca or motorboat through Barangay Hinipaan, 15 km. from Daet.

Pag-asa Beach
Located 46 km. northwest of Daet and 3 km. from Jose Panganiban. Popular among swimmers, picknickers, and promenaders.

Itok Falls
Located about 79 km. northwest of Daet, 4 km. west of Capalonga. Fresh and lush foliage and vegetation make it more romantic; its scenic vista soothes tired souls and heavy hearts.

Canton Cave
It can be reached in 45 minutes by motorboat from Mercedes town; inviting to the adventurous; exploring it is timed with the tide’s ebb and flow.

San Jose Beach
Wide beach with fine sand; a 15-minute ride from Daet and Talisay; ideal for picnics and swimming.

Pulang Daga Beach
It can be reached in two hours by bus from Daet and Paracale; frequented by picknickers and swimmers; made a setting for a film; clean white sands and swimming-safe cove; with cottages for rent.

Mampurog River
A 15 minute ride by jeepney, southwest of Daet along the San Lorenzo Ruiz-Daet road; ideal for bathers, swimmers, picknickers and campers.

Apuao Grande Island Resort
It can be reached in 15 to 30 minutes by motorboat from Mercedes; complete with hotel/cottages, swimming pool, restaurant and bar, and a golf course; caters mostly to foreign tourists.

Bulalakao Beach
Crystal clear water and white sandy shores; located at Luklukan Sur, about 9 km. from Jose Panganiban town proper; inviting to swimmers and picknickers.

Calalanay Island Beach
Located in Calaguas Island, Vinzons.

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