Happy new year! Below is our journal of batch newsmakers and events that made big splash last year. It's far from comprehensive, limited mainly to what came through our egroup (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spcm_hs75). Accompanying pictures and complete narratives can be viewed at our very own www.Paulinians.com.
In case of corrections and additions, please email SPCM HS75 Webkeeper at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks and everybody, have a good 2004!
E V E N T S
Malu Santos visits JC: 8 Nov, Jersey City NJ: Mitzi Ambion, Lilibeth Facher and Shella Navarro met up with Malu Santos. Photos!
Miko Palanca, Karel Marquez win! Pinky Marquez' daughter Karel won ABS-CBN / TFC's Game Ka Na Ba grand prize of one million pesos and showcase last 27 Oct, duplicating the Oct 16 feat of Pita Revilla's son Miko Palanca. Miko shared his prize with Tahanang Walang Hagdan; Karel shared hers with Kythe Foundation, founded by Girlie Garcia HS'79 and her '78 Freshman Little Sister, Icar Castro HS'82, to take care of young cancer patients. Congratulations!
UK Fight for a Cure: 5 Oct, Hampshire, UK: In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Southampton-based IBM-EMEA Marketing Operations Manager Brenda Martinez-Eslinger organized Muay Thai meet. Proceeds went to Breast Cancer Care. Brenda's website.
Reunion with Ms Francisco: 9 Oct, Alabang: Dolly & Dettie, Ditas, Sunny, Florian and former CAT adviser Ms Jo Francisco reminisce. Photos!
Summer Session II: 24 Jun, LA - Rocky Yupangco, Shella Navarro, Erika Miranda, Mitzi Ambion catch some Cal sun. Recap.
Summer Session I: Apr-May, USA - Sunny Escareal and family attended reunions with our PEACHES and BABES! Photos.
Nuptials & Megafriends: Mar 03, Makati - Buddies Malu Santos, Alice Cuazon, Marybeth Villanueva, Chiching '76 and Beth Reyes, Mega Paulinian Star Sharon Cuneta (SPC Pasig GS’79 Class President), Beth Ty, Merce Santos and Glecy Cuaso '73 grace a wedding. Photos!
Anna Nicasio's back in class! In Summer '02, Anna and Carlos Nicasio, children of Claire Mondejar HS'78, were involved in a near-fatal car wreck in the Dominican Republic. Anna and Carlos today: a testimony to the power of love and prayer.
December 23, 2003
First of all, allow me to greet everyone a very Merry Christmas!
Have been remiss in my duties to the batch. You will have to forgive me during this times cuz I have to do work for my other school - De La Salle University. Was trying to avoid getting involved but got swept in the fray due to the insistence of the husband of one of ours - none other than Dettie Tesoro’s Tom Carunungan. He got involved much earlier but just couldn't resist getting me in cuz he always remembers our 2000 homecoming and he wanted DLSU’s to have a semblance of ours. So I’m now part of the committee that will make a Souvenir that Tom calls a Collector's Item for La Sallites. Anyway, this is payback time for me since Tom and Kiko went all-out to support us in 2000. Let me tell you though, it's not the same working with high school classmates; it feels like we Paulinians shared more experiences and grew up more tightly together. But it's ok rin to be with college buddies again especially since my barkada has been meeting regularly.
REMINDER: Pearl Jubilarians tayo in 2005. Start planning your vacation this early. Touched base with Sol Ilagan HS’65 at the Vigil House. Sabay-sabay tayo mag-ju-jubilarian along with sina Sarita Jovellanos and Chona Dizon of SPCM HS’80, and Ms Simon HS’70. Zamby, Janet, Lia and I are planning a group lakwatsa sa Palawan - January 2005. And of course, we will plan out TIPAR 2005 also. Hope Ma'am Malu will still be here to help out. Nawawalan na ako ng aking mga committee chairs. Mae is in the US. Lia is in Palawan. Zamby is in Canada. Ano ba iyan? Well, basta, let’s plan na.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all.
PAAM / SPCMAFI: http://www.paulinians.com/files/acard.htm
DLSU ’79: http://www.dbsoftphil.com/dlsu79/
December 23, 2003
My dear Paulinians,
First, congratulations to all your successes and praise be the Lord for all the happy events that happened to you! May He be blest, too, for the not so pleasant ones.
May the LOVE of Jesus Christ hold you
and His PEACE reign in your homes
His PRESENCE be your strength always!
Have a JOY-filled Christmas and a
Grace-filled New Year!
"May every bit of creation be a sacrament of God's love for you."
Sr Mary George Siriban, SPC
Note: Sr Mary George was our SPCM HS'75 Principal. She's now with SPC Iloilo.
In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, IBM-EMEA Marketing Operations Manager Brenda Martinez-Eslinger organized Muay Thai fundamental kickboxing sessions that taught basic self-defense and wellness in Hampshire, England, on 5 Oct 2003. Proceeds went to Breast Cancer Care, Britain's prime breast cancer support group.
Lowdown from Brenda:
Finally got around to organizing a Breast Cancer Fundraiser, after uhm-ing and ahh-ing about the logistics. Have organised a Thai Kickboxing event, called 'Fight for a Cure' in support of the charity Breast Cancer Care. Event date is 5th Oct, so not long now. I think the charity was quite surprised by the theme when I approached them about it, however they must've liked the photos we sent them, as they put the link to my site well at the top of the page. Here's the link to Breast Cancer Care: http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk .
If you do get a chance, pls check out my website and sign the guestbook at http://www.fightforacure.org.uk . I'd love to have a few words from people who've had their lives touched by BC. Requesting all Paulinians to sign the guestbook on my new website. Please, please sign!
La Marquez -- seasoned host of wacky sitcom-talk show "What's up, 'day!", shown 430-5pm every Saturday on RPN Ch 9 ..... co-star of 2003 major films Star Cinema's Ngayong Nandito Ka and Seiko's 2003 Manila Filmfest entry, Bridal Shower ..... accomplished solo music artist ..... member of well-traveled music-comedy group Angfourgettables and all-female quartet Lipstique ..... popular corporate entertainer and host ..... a most respected theatre thespian -- is the proud Mom of Kevin and ABS-CBN/TFC actress-veejay, Karel Marquez. Despite her busy sked, Pinky is a most active participant and frequent attendee of Batch '75 activities. Below's a glimpse at her loaded (as always!) 2003 calendar -- certainly just a partial list, limited only to those found on the Web.
Jan – Feb: Pinky shot Star Cinema's "Ngayong Nandito Ka" – a would-be blockbuster movie starring Kristin Hermosa and Jericho Rosales. Pinky was Echo's movie Mom.
Jan 22-26: Fourth World Meeting of Families in Manila. Pinky recorded "Papa can you hear me?" for "The Power of Your Love" music-and-prayer album that was produced to celebrate the occasion.
Feb 13: Pinky guested on ABS-CBN/TFC's "Teysi" with Tessie Tomas.
Feb 13: "Two for the Road" Valentine's show featuring over 20 timeless duets by Pinky Marquez and Bimbo Cerrudo at the Discovery Suites (Ortigas Center) Serendipity Lounge.
Feb 14: The Ang4gettables – Pinky Marquez, Isay Alvarez, Bimbo Cerrudo, Dyords Javier -- at Davao City's Venue -- Mindanao's version of the Mega and Powerplant.
Feb 15: Pinky's solo Valentine concert special in Silang, Cavite.
Feb 21: Ayala Center "Great Dining Madness" benefit fundraiser featuring art of gourmet dining with table set-ups by celebrities including Pinky Marquez, Bianca Araneta, Johnny Revilla, Ayen and Franco Laurel, Dyords Javier, Bimbo Cerrudo, Richard Merk, atbp.
Feb 26: Star Cinema's "Ngayong Nandito Ka" opened nationwide. Now available online ($14.99 at TatakPilipino.com http://tatak.com/default(movie).asp?cid=0&cid1=0&pid=9438 )
Mar 8: Pinky on ABS-CBN/TFC's "F" Lifestyle show with Cher Calvin and Angel Aquino.
Mar 19: Pinky was the featured entertainer at Sec Ople's 76th birthday.
Mar 31: Film Academy of the Philippines' Annual Academy Awards at UP Theater. The performances of Sharon Cuneta, Pinky Marquez, Marissa Sanchez, Ara Mina, Gretchen Barretto, RJ Rosales gave life to the affair.
Mar- ONGOING: Pinky plays Mary in 'Magnificat' - Ryan Cayabyab and Nestor Torre's acclaimed longest-running Philippine musical, now on tour to raise funds for charity projects.
Mar: "Awit...Pag-ibig, Alay, Papuri", a music cd featuring Bing Pimentel's compositions was released. Pinky Marquez had 2 solos, 2 duets and 2 chorus participations.
Mar – Apr: The Ang4gettables at Merk's Bar and Bistro, Ayala Center. Originally slated just for March, they were extended through April by popular demand.
Apr – Jun: Pinky taught heavily-attended musical theater and acting classes for teens and kids during summer workshops at ABS-CBN Center for Communication Arts in QC.
Jun 13: Triumph International's Serenata 2003 at the Manila Pen featured Broadway songs sung by Pinky Marquez, Isay Alvarez, Robert Seña, Bimbo Cerrudo and Nolyn Cabahug.
Jul 15: Cultural Center Special Concert Series – "Kung hindi man ... isang gabi ng kundiman". Kundimans and American Era songs rendered by Pinky Marquez, Bimbo Cerrudo, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, atbp.
Jul 30: All Nations Women's Group anniversary festivities at Manila Pen with members of the international diplomatic corps attending. Pinky Marquez and Chinggoy Alonzo entertained.
Aug 14-15: United Arab Emirates' Summer 2003 Musical Extravaganza showcased The Ang4gettables and Lani Misalucha.
Aug 17: Pinky on ABS-CBN/TFC's Wansapanataym
Oct 02: Musical show with Pinky Marquez, Bimbo Cerrudo and Kadese at the Shrine of Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Oct 17: Pinky and her TV-star daughter, Karel Marquez, were special guests on ABS-CBN/TFC's Tessie Tomas' "Teysi".
Oct: Pinky Marquez – Chiquito starrer "Code Name: Black and White" was a movie of the month on TFC.
Oct - ONGOING: Department of Tourism's "WOW Turismo para sa Filipino" Concert Series featuring Pinky Marquez, Joey Ayala, Nanette Inventor; Ballet Philippines, Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company, atbp.
Nov: Pinky guested on ABS-CBN/TFC Magandang Tanghali Bayan.
Dec 1: Pinky emceed Raul Roco's proclamation party to run for president.
Dec: Pinky wrapped up shooting for "Bridal Shower" (with Dina Bonnevie, Cherie Pie Picache and Francine Prieto)... Seiko Films' entry in 2003 Manila Filmfest.
Dec: GMA Ch 7's Magpakailanman pre-Xmas holiday special: the life story of the late comedian Bert 'Tawa' Marcelo. Pinky played the role of a young Pilita Corrales.
Dec: Aside from her solidly-booked solo holiday sked, Pinky of course performs in gigs with her music-comedy group The Angfourgettables (A4), and all-female quartet Lipstique.
2003 - ONGOING: "What's up, 'day!", Saturdays, 430 -5pm, RPN Ch 9. Pinky hosts this wacky sitcom-talk show with her fellow actress-singer Manilyn Reynes!
Marissa Maceda and husband Romy Jaramillo celebrated their Silver (25th) Wedding Anniversary in Los Angeles then Manila in Dec 2003. While attending University of the Philippines in 1977, they met on a blind date set up by their moms. They got married in 1978 and moved to Los Angeles three years later where Marissa now works for an investment firm. The Jaramillos have three children: John Michael (24), Jessica (18) and Julia (7). To Romy and Marissa, congratulations!
Ching Llagas, a systems administrator at the Canadian Consulate in New York City, is in the thick of rallying support for the Foundation of our Lady of Peace Mission Inc (headed by Sr Eva Fidela Maamo and Fr Reuter) whose main projects include sustaining the all-volunteer, non-profit Our Lady of Peace Hospital (for indigents) in Paranaque, Aeta Resettlement and Rehabilitation in Subic, Center for Abused Children in Paranaque, feeding and scholarship programs for disadvantaged children, among others. Ching is an associate member of the NY-based US tax-exempt Global Share Resource Foundation, one of whose projects is to support FOLPMI's Aeta Resettlement and Rehabilitation in Zambales. She invites everyone to visit the GSRF website at http://www.globalshare.org. Volunteers and donors can reach her directly at email@example.com.
Carol (Mt Holyoke College, BS Biochem '79; Univ of Massachusetts, MS Cell and Molecular Biology '84; UMass, Ph.D.Cell and Molecular Biology '87) gave birth to her first son Declan Tadashi Tsuyuki on 28 Apr 2003. She's married to Gary Tsuyuki and they have two older children, Kaitlyn (7) and Alyssa (3). Carol's of course the sis of economist Socorro Gochoco-Bautista (SPCM HS'74 valedictorian, Mt Holyoke, BA Econ '78 magna cum laude; Columbia University, MA Econ '80; Columbia, MPhil Econ '81; Columbia, Ph.D. Econ '84). The Tsuyukis live in Lafayette, CA, near SFO.
SPCM HS'75 chair Sunny Escareal was elected Paulinian Alumnae Association of Manila's Vice-President for External Affairs and Ways and Means Committee Coordinator last 12 February 2003. Among many other responsibilities, she's in charge of the ongoing major PAAM projects directly in support of the 2004 SPC Centennial celebrations and SPCM General Alumnae Homecoming:
1. Paulinian Alumnae Card to be launched on 25 Jan 2004 (SPCM General Homecoming Day ) will entitle bearer to exclusive privileges, as discounts for goods / services at many participating businesses. PAAM is now in search of A-Card business partners; it's also enjoining all alumnae to support the program.
2. Saint Paul Centennial Raffle: drawdate -- Homecoming Day, 25 Jan 2004. Launched in April 2003, this project will raise funds for the 2004 SPC Centennial - General Alumnae Homecoming as well for the SPC Vigil House, Our Lady of Peace Hospital, the Alumnae Association, SPC Museum, and individual batch projects.
First Prize - Toyota Corolla Altis
Second Prize - Kitchen Showcase worth P100,000.00
-- Waters Bio Mineral Pot with Hot and Cold Dispenser
-- 15 pcs. AMC Stainless Steel Cookware (from Germany)
Third Prize -- NEOS Mineral Water System Model HD200 worth P13,000.00
Fourth Prize -- Furniture and Home Accessories Package worth P10,000.00 from Furni
Shop (MC Depot, Ortigas) and Substance (Festival Mall, Alabang)
Consolation Prizes: 20 small appliances
If anybody has any questions on PAAM and its projects, Sunny can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mae -- our Ambivalent Crowd / Balahibo Rock Band veteran soloist, Blackgold / Vicor recording artist, Hyatt Regency Calesa Music Bar alumna, SPCM HS'75 Alumnae Relations Coordinator, University of California Office of the President Alumni Affairs / Special Events Administrator – took a much-needed breather in 2003. Definitely not by choice though – she had a couple of bike accidents unfortunately resulting in a frozen shoulder. On top of that, her Honda Accord was stolen too! The resilient person that she is, Mae's certainly on her way back – the 25 Oct dinner-dance fundraiser she hosted for the Most Holy Rosary Church of Antioch's Fil-Am Club was sold-out and a complete success, Mae wrote: "The dinner-dance went well in October. My boss watched me perform for the first time. Now he has to think twice before asking me to fax something (ha!). My co-workers are already planning on what to wear for the next dinner dance!"
Louella Albornoz -- favorite kumare of Bernardo Bernardo, Lloyd Sammartino, Nora Aunor and Lino Brocka (+).... Ate Guy's crony, sidekick, and movie double... the funny lady of Tagalog blockbusters Ang Boypren Kong Baduy, Ikaw ay Akin, Chikiting Master, Annie Batungbakal, Bongga Ka Day, Ibalik Ang Swerti, Ina Ka ng Anak Mo, Burgis, Totoo Ba Ang Tsismis?, Tartan, Iskul Bukul, Yakapin Mo Ako, Lalaking Matapang, Ina Kapatid Anak, at marami pang iba.... the life of SF Bay Area Paulinian interbatch reunions! As in 2002, she again hosted the 2003 Annual Pistahan Trade and Cultural Expo at the Yerba Buena Gardens' Esplanade on Mission St in SFO, held last August 9-10.
In typical Louella fashion, her personal invitation comically read:
"May I please invite all of you and yours to the Tenth Anniversary of PISTAHAN, an annual Filipino community event in San Francisco, to be held on August 9 and 10. Ako ang emcee of the shows and I will parade on a float, entertain, strip - if I pay them enough money to let me! Do I need to spruce up my "personal image" by training with Rowe '81? I know she has a reputation to keep. Challenge ito ha! Ano kaya ang magandang image, parang leave it to image...image-ination! But please parang awa niyo na I will pay you just to be an audience, maraming pagkain they have all the booths all over the place. They have lumpia, barbecue booths, pancit... teka pagkain lang ang naaalala ko. Basta they have whatever is Very Filipino. They have mga Celebrities, Artistas, Officials and One Special International Guest from Hollywood.... that's Me!"
Pinky Marquez' daughter Karel won ABS-CBN / TFC's Game Ka Na Ba grand prize of one million pesos and showcase last 27 Oct, duplicating the Oct 16 feat of Pita Revilla's son Miko Palanca. Earlier in the year, on Valentine's Day, BJ Palanca and his girlfriend Rica Peralejo played it safe, stopped and won P300K for charity plus a tricycle showcase for Rica's yaya of 22 years. Miko shared his prize with Tahanang Walang Hagdan; Karel shared hers with Kythe Foundation, founded by Girlie Garcia HS'79 and her '78 Freshman Little Sister, Icar Castro HS'82, to take care of young cancer patients. Congratulations!
Kythe Foundation: http://www.kythe.org/history.htm
Mae Cendaña's daughter, UC Berkeley junior Tallulah Danielle "Dae" David SPC Pasig HS'00, auditioned and was handpicked to open the 26 Sept Literary and Performance Night of Kearny Street Workshop's APAture '03 -- a showcase of Asian Pacific American artists in the Bay Area held at the SomArts Cultural Center in downtown San Francisco. The official event website read:
"TALLULAH DANIELLE C. DAVID picked up a guitar 3 years ago and has been writing songs ever since. She has sung at UC Berkeley events such as the Pilipino Association benefit concert, What's Going On?, Annual Maganda Magazine publication launchings, and open mics hosted by Theatre Rice! and the Asian Pacific American Student Development organization. Aside from singing, Tallulah serves as the Youth Mentorship Coordinator under the Berkeley Pilipino Academic Student Services, extending mentorship programs to Pilipino Youth around the Bay Area." (Source: KSW's APAture 2003 Artists -- http://kearnystreet.org/programs/ksw-next/apature2003/artists/participating_artists.html )
Dae sang her own original compositions at APAture and her performance went really well. Her close friends from grade school (all the way from Kindergarten), high school and college, along with family were on hand to give support. The following were some of the actual audience feedback, found in www.poeticdream.com:
"She plays the guitar so well for someone who just picked it up three years ago…"
"Congratulations, Mae. Dae's got your genes. All the best, Dae!"
"I thought that was you! good luck on prop 54. No all the way! "
"Very talented musician with a beautiful voice...cute too =)"
"Cal Berkeley's Tallulah David. Cool voice, pretty face!"
"Cute! Ain't got nothin but thumbs-up for you, baby!"
"This is a cute girl with a smile and a guitar!"
Mikey Velasco was 3rd Honors of De La Salle Zobel's high school class of 2003. His schoolmates would probably best remember him as the cameraman, director and editor of the JS Prom video presentation that documented his batch's journey from kindergarten through high school. The film was such a hit, even high society columnist Maurice Arcache (who calls readers dahlings and palanggas) got wind of it – he was all-praises for it in Philippine Star.
A DLS Loyalty Awardee, Mikey is now an Electronics and Communications Engineering freshman at his parents' alma mater, De La Salle Taft.
Pinky Marquez' daughter Karel co-stars in ABS-CBN / TFC hit shows Berks and ASAP Mania. A high school senior at Reedley International School, she's a 2003 Star Awards Best Newcomer nominee and one of the Philippines' hottest new TV personalities today. Her recent TV guestings include ABS-CBN / TFC's Teysi (with Pinky!), Star Studio Presents, Feel at Home, Victim, Tara Tena, Morning Girls (latest was on 1 Jan 2004), Maalaala Mo Kaya, Wansapanataym, Magandang Tanghali Bayan, Kool on Kam (ABC-5) and more - quite impressive considering that she just started her first regular show (Berks) in late 2002! After a long audition process where literally hundreds of aspiring video jockeys competed, Karel was picked last Dec 5 as one the three new ABS-CBN/TFC Studio 23 VJ's; on 28 Dec, she began working as a VJ on Mellow MYX, Pop MYX, My MYX and Take 5! Come Jan 5 on Studio 23, Karel will again add a new line to her bio – that of being a host on the ABS-CBN news gag show, Waszup waszup!
Aside from being an actress, Karel is also a much sought-after print and commercial model. Shewas the Oct 2003 cover girl of Chalk, Pink, and Star Magazines. Her latest multimedia ads include Close Up, Lee Pipes and Pond's.
1. Karel's unofficial website: http://karel.fineststars.com
2. Karel’s 17th birthday: http://www.photos.ph/louiea/karelbday2003&page=1
--- The Journal Group, Nov 03 -- http://www.yehey.com/entertainment/celebs/article.aspx?i=3410
--- Star Magazine, Oct 03 -- http://www.showbizpinoy.com/fashion/celebrity_beauty_tips/karel_marquez.asp
--- Inquirer Nov 02 -- http://www.geocities.com/berksonline/prof_karel.html
Kab Budhrani (San Agustin HS'98) graduated from the intensive 5-year MS Information Technology program at University of Asia and the Pacific in 2003. Initially, he planned to start a company dealing strictly with computers. A born businessman, he decided instead to go diversified – he opened a combination restaurant / billiard / internet-pc gaming establishment called "The Venue". Located on the second floor of EGI Pagibig Taft Tower near DLSU, it's a 100-seat eatery with 26 PC internet and gaming stations and 6 billiard tables. Eat and fun, something for everyone – Bina and family are inviting all Paulinians and friends to drop by anytime.
Pita Revilla's actor sons BJ and Miko Palanca rose to even greater showbiz heights in 2003. BJ and his all-star boyband "The Hunks" spent a good part of the year performing in concert tours all over the US Mainland, Hawaii, Japan and the Middle East. He and girlfriend Rica Peralejo starred in a hit ABS-CBN/TFC soap opera entitled "Kay tagal kang hinintay" where they pitted talents with industry heavyweights including Lorna Tolentino and Johnny Delgado. These two ABS-CBN/TFC "ASAP Mania" mainstays also played reel-life lovebirds in episodes of "Maalaala mo kaya", and "Ok fine whatever" among others.
As a follow-on to his earlier teleserye "K2BU", BJ's younger brother Miko was in the cast of ABS-CBN/TFC's "Buttercup". For the longest time, TFC viewers also saw him everyday as the star of the ubiquitous "This guys in love with you" music-video. He and BJ had joint appearances in many shows including ASAP and Morning Girls with Kris and Korina. Not-so-known fact about Miko: he received a bachelor's degree in business administration at the young age of 19!
Patty Froelich graduated in Spring 2003 with a bachelor's degree in Advertising from the University of Florida where she was an Orlando Sentinel / Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale Scholar. In their family's Xmas 2003 journal, proud parents Joyce and Dave wrote: "The job market as bad as it was this year, it was no surprise our new graduate was thrilled to land a job in her field of Public Relations in May in Orlando. She represents writers and gets them published in other media. Not surprising that the new job spawned a new car too. She looks great in her new Audi A4!"
In a USA Today (Money Section) top story entitled "Young workers say their age holds them back" published last October, Patty revealed the trick in landing a job, particularly how to add experience and maturity to a young job applicant's look:
"During my job search, I had much more of a challenge making myself look older, since I am often mistaken for 16," says Patricia Froelich, 21, a publicist in Orlando. "I tried my hardest to look older — using everything from fake reading glasses (to) more conservative clothing and carrying a briefcase." (Source: http://www.usatoday.com/money/workplace/2003-10-07-reverseage_x.htm )
It worked. Congratulations, Patty!
4 Jan, Makati. Pinky Marquez, Sunny Escareal, Dolly Tesoro, Janette San Juan Hernandez, Zamby Arnaiz, Myra Henson, Daisy Santillan welcome Vancouver's Mona Trinidad and WV's Cherry Lobaton.
Sunny Escareal's scoop:
First of all, let me tell you that Cherry Ann has not changed a bit. Kalog pa rin. Very proud of her husband. Ooops, Tagalugin ko nga pala daw para hindi maintindihan ng asawa pag binukas ang e-mail niya. O siya! Maski mas mahirap...
Ang kwento nga pala ni Cherry pagkatapos ng pag-graduate sa St. Paul's, magkasama sila nina Myra and Tawi sa UPLB. Eh tinakwil daw siya doon. Gustong-gusto mag-doctor kaya't after finishing her BS at UPLB in 1980, lumipat siya sa Lyceum Northwestern where she received her MD in '84.
After completing her residency in family practice at Michigan State University's Genesys Regional Medical Center in '98, she moved east to West Virginia. She has her own family practice clinic in Martinsburg (approximately 100 miles from Wash DC) and her husband works with her. They went to Palawan for a short vacation and did nothing but have massages the whole time cuz it's so cheap here. Short stay kasi alangan naman bugbog masahe na lang sila. Her kid is so cute. Mukhang pilyo manang-mana kay Cherry Ann.
In addition to Cherry, the other balikbayan of the day was Vancouver BC's Mona Trinidad, in town to attend her parents' golden wedding anniversary. Mona wrote: "We had a very nice time at our lunch with Cherry and family in attendance. Anyway, I'd like to thank Dolly, Sunny, Janette, Myra., Zamby and of course Pinky, for hosting the very delicious lunch. It was a nice time to get together since I was home for a holiday this time around. My thanks also go to Daisy and Sunny for the gifts. My stay was made so much nicer with this get-together. My family was able to meet up with us as we were finishing off with coffee."
Mar 03, Makati: Buddies Malu Santos, Alice Cuazon, Marybeth Villanueva, Chiching '76 and Beth Reyes, Sharon Cuneta, Beth Ty, Merce Santos and Glecy Cuaso '73 graced a wedding. MegaPaulinianStar Shawie transferred to SPCM (from SPC Pasig where she was Class President) as a high school freshman in '79. The Cuazons and the Cunetas are the best of friends: Mrs Cuazon is Shawie's Ninang, Philip Cuazon is Frankie's ninong.
3 Apr – 3 May 2003: The Velascos –- Sunny Escareal, hubby Kiko, and sons Enzo and Mikey -– flew in from Manila for a US coast-coast tour and reunion with batchmates.
* Arrived in SF on April 3 and stayed with Erika for one night. It was drizzling. Told Erika, I brought that with me from the Phils. Bad weather. Chika, chika until wee hours of the morning. Tony was kind enough to bring us to the airport the next day for 9 am flight to Boston. Turns out, it was snowing in Boston and our flight was cancelled because nag-freeze daw ang eroplano. So we had to go via St. Louis. Wow! Mahilo-hilo kami when we got there. But on the flight to Boston, I guess, nakakain na kami and we were so tired, we just slept through it. Guess what, it was freezing cold in Boston. (Dala ko na naman?) That night, it started snowing. (Snow in April?) It's supposed to be spring time, diba? Well, I got what i wished for. I wanted to see snow and we got it. Two days later, more snow. So the kids and I had a snow ball fight in the park. Even saw reindeers running around in one of the houses of Wally's friend. Maski, nanginginig na kami sa lamig, OK pa rin.
* April 12 reunion at Yuvienco residence. In attendance - Maisa, Ching, Shella, Mitzi, Lilibeth, Annabelle, Moi and Ms. Rombawa. We (the Velascos) arrived in Conn. by Amtrak the day before while the rest of the group (except for Annabelle) drove from NY with Mitzi at the wheel. Annabelle drove from Amherst, Mass. As usual, food galore na naman. Had fun exploring Maisa's house which she decorated herself. Ganda the basement which she did in red, black and white. She was also featured in a newspaper in Iowa for her interior design of their basement in their Iowa home…
The next day, we heard Mass in their cute church and loved the way they presented Palm Sunday. Very solemn. After that, Maisa brought us to see the USS Nautilus and then we went to Mystic Seaport. We only had 15 minutes on board the submarine but we really enjoyed just walking around Mystic which was so quaint.
* Next day, we (along with my sister Wally/Maria/Rosario HS'71) flew to Florida. Good thing, Kiko's brother, Joe, works for Horizons-Marriott and we were able to enjoy a lot of perks. Don;t have to say anything about Disneyworld and Universal that you guys don't know about. Basta we had fun.
Had dinner with Joyce Tioseco, Dave and Patty –- The Froelichs -- on our last night in Orlando. Told Dave I really enjoyed Universal and it really was a pity we only allocated one day for both Universal and Islands of Adventure. Well, all the more reason to come back. Mikey said it looks like one huge resort.
We ended past midnight and tiredly went back to the hotel. Three days of non-stop walking? We never did that in the Phils. Ayan, bagsak kaming lahat (even Wally). Kulang talaga ang 5 days in Orlando.
* Easter Sunday - quietly spent in Boston and we just drove around and looked at the rest of the historic sites like Paul Revere's house (did you know he was small? His house and bed were small.) Faneuil Hall, the Old NOrth Church and Bunker Hill.
* Next day, Mitzi and Bob drive to Boston to pick us up and then back to NY. The three nights we were there, we stayed up till way past midnight just swapping stories while Mikey and Enzo had such great fun playing on their computers (tatlo kasi).
Tuesday, Mitzi and the Velascos went to West Point. Kodakan and Mitzi had fun with her digital camera, click ng click.
Next day, Mitzi took us to the train station and we met with Ching at the Grand Central Station. Went to Ground Zero where we were met by Shella. And then the Amazing Race began. We went to all the known spots in NY except Central Park (which we saw from a distance), Empire State and Madison (which btw, we saw on our way home to Boston). Sabi nga ni Kiko, parang hinahapo siya just trying to keep up with Shella and Ching. Tapos, sa kakadaldal namin, we rode the wrong train. But what was really fun was the kwentuhan during lunch and merienda.
When we got back to Grand Central, we wanted to take our sweet time before we went back to Newburgh. Turned out we only had 10 minutes to catch our trip. Otherwise, late na kami makakauwi. So rush na naman kami to the train. We were so sleepy on the ride to NY, we fell asleep. Hindi ko tuloy nakita and scenery. Pauwi na lang sa Boston, kodakan pa sa Madison Square. 4 hours to Boston - slept most of the time.
* Boston - rest, peace and quiet and rested our aching feet. Was supposed to fly to SF Monday but I had what I thought was an asthma attack. Ayun, we were still able to squeeze in Cape Cod.
* SF - arrived in Erika's house gabi na. Stupid me read while on the plane with these reading glasses which we bought in Boston. Mali. Still felt bad the next day when we went to Marlou's house for lunch. Cecile was also there. They couldn't make it to Mae's house kasi the next day, so they decided to treat us for lunch na lang. Sarap the food.
* Next day, May 2, Erika, Mae and I (along with Kiko) celebrated our birthdays in Mae's house in San Leandro, CA. First we picked up Mae and then had lunch in Emeryville. Walked around the UC Berkeley campus where Dae studies. WE then proceeded to Mae's house. First time for me to visit Mae's new house. Our kids were there - Louie, Dae, Mikey and Enzo along with Mae's friend Tom Torlakson, who just happens to be a California Senator and was kind enough to do barbeque our steaks. (as requested by Erika). After dinner, Mae kicked off our karaoke singing with the song "Butsiki." Sus, kaibigan pala niya si Yoyoy Villame. Non-stop singing na after that. Mae is such a powerful belter! Sabi nga ni Kiko, para daw kaming nanood ng concert. Then we all took our turns. Kiko and Mae sang Endless Love. Ganda. Then ang mga malalakas ang loob, tried singing Bohemian Rhapsody, complete with head-banging courtesy of Mae, Dae and moi. WE had to leave at around 1030 pm. It was really a fun day.
* Flight back to Manila - gabi. So shopping pa sa umaga. :o)
Full version with photos: http://paulinians.homestead.com/files/sss03.htm
24-29 Jun, LA - Rocky Yupangco, Shella Navarro, Erika Miranda, Mitzi Ambion met up in Marina del Rey CA.
Remember those four friends who gathered in London?
Well they met again, but this time there's less one
Brenda's tight schedule prevented attending
The California reunion we knew that was pending
So again we meet, Mitzi, Rocky and Shella
But this time a surprise attendee is our Erika
From San Francisco she flew in simultaneous
The evenings of laughter & texting hilarious
Thoughts of Pinoy food was often quite prevalent
So four friends to Cerritos for Goldilocks was frequent
Dozens of viands appeared by the platter
To feed a small army with bad eating manners
Gulping and chewing and sipping and burping
Oh what a mess the table was looking
But as all the food began to disappear
Happier smiles started to appear
Rocky developed a weird adobo fetish
Erika preferred lumpia, halo-halo and bopis
Mitzi and barbecue seemed quite attached
Shella just chewed on whatever was laid flat
Then came the shopping and gazing and walking
To the shops on Rodeo the famous drive we're talking
Trying and poking and endless discussions
Should I get this on charge, credit or pass on?
During the walk a brown leather bag is spied
60% off now that's a great price
I'll get that bag, an investment, Rocky thought
Which the other girls further agreed with a nod
Go get it Rocks, Mitzi did whisper
She said it was bagay to me… a further whisper
Ang galing ni Mitzi as sales girl I thought
Siguro may cut siya sa bag that I bought
Oh of course don't forget good ole J. Crew
These stylish bandanas that Erika, Mitzi and Shella clung to
Six or seven outlets forever we stormed
Would you happen to have these bandanas in store?!
"They were last season, we have no more
but maybe you could go to our other stores"
So to the next store, and the next we went
So instead we saved money that we could have spent
Oh by the way, I think all gals should know
That aside from laughing and joking, Erika drove
A real Nicki Lauda she is on the freeway
Although Shella did cling to her seat as we sped away
So now that I've told all that needs telling
The 5-day story of friends again descending
Funny enough we met in a resort
But never did any swimming or diving of the sort
So bye for now Mitzi, Shella and Erika
Maybe next year we will be four + dear Brenda
I think we did mention Mexico or something
But Shella it's your turn to choose our next outing
It's always great fun to see sweet dear faces
Still the same but with more lines and creases
May we continue to age sweetly together
While maintaining fun and continued laughter.
9 Oct, Alabang Town Center: Dolly and Dettie Tesoro, Sunny Escareal, Ditas Santos, Florian Nuval and our high school teacher Ms Jo Francisco relived old times, especially CAT days.
Sunny Escareal's recap:
Met up with Ms. Jo Francisco Reyes and just as I mentioned in my previous e-mail, she looks good and very fit as you can see in the picture. Florian, Dettie, Dolly and Ditas were the only ones who could make it. But as I said before, whether 4 or 100, it's still fun to meet up.
We had fun reminiscing about the CAT Bivouac and she told us some insights that we didn't know before. First of all, she was so mad about the facilities and really wanted to bring all of you out of there when she saw it. Turns out that the St. Scholasticans were also brought to that area and that they stayed there for 2 nights. According to the navy personnel, the Kulasas were better behaved and more disciplined than the Paulinians. Natural, kailan ba tayo naging behaved? What was so unfair was that the year before us, batch of my sister Weng, went to Corregidor and the facilities were much better than that of Ternate.
What really brought the house down was when they told the story about Erika and group who had to go in the dark and in the still of the night, they were screaming because they stepped on an anthill! All the ones assigned to patrol that time were given demerits for being so noisy.
Well, by now, Ms. Jo must be on her way to the States for good. She is a widow, btw and also a lola. She was with her daughter who is also so beautiful. But she will come home again to attend the wedding of her other daughter this January.
31 Oct: Joyce Tioseco and hubby Dave Froelich flew to the Big Apple for the '03 New York City Marathon. Our batchmates Mitzi Ambion and Suzanne Camacho spent a peachy, boo-tiful day with Joyce.
Recap from Mitzi:
here's a short recap of " How I spent my Halloween 2003"...
I met up w/ joyce a little before eleven by St. Patricks' Cathedral. She was by herself kasi Dave had to take care of something in Baltimore. Suzanne C. drove to Manhattan and met us at Korea Town which is about 26 blocks from where Joyce was staying. Pinapaglakad ko si Joyce ng ganong kahaba kaya siguro hindi na ulit ako niya kakausapin. :o)
Anyway, we had some Korean food for lunch and a lot of kwento. Suzanne C. looks great...lost about 40 lbs. and still trying to lose another 40 para raw pag -uwi niya sa Pilipinas next year for a grand family reunion, pwede na siyang mag "thong" sa beach sa Bohol... Say, walang sinabi si J. Lo! Dapat daw naka Halloween costume siya na ala Igorot (complete w/ headpiece) pero hindi daw siya pinayagan ni Bea na lumabas ng bahay...So iyon na lang apple green na knee-length vest ang suot niya. At least, may Ifugao touch pa rin daw...
I had to leave them after lunch for the trick-or-treaters at home. Both of them headed to Soho at Amore Pacific for a facial where my daughter works. Tapos noong gabi, nanood sila ng Halloween parade sa Village. The following Sunday, Dave ran the full New York City Marathon (at a very respectable average of 13.5-min mile!). Hindi ko lang alam kung nagkita sila ni P Diddy. :o)
8 Nov, Jersey City: NY-NJ locals Mitzi Ambion, Liz Facher and Shella Navarro hook up with jet-settin' taga-Manila, Malu Santos.
Recap by Mitzi:
Here are some pictures courtesy of Lilibeth Facher taken last weekend in Jersey City, NJ. It was a surprise visit by none other than Malu Santos. She came to visit her sister Guia in Jersey City and we were able to get-together w/ her for lunch.
Lunch of course was in a Fil restaurant sa Jersey City. Crispy pata, okoy, bistik fil, kare-kare etc. etc. ang napag tripan namin....Basta Pil. Food, Ok na Ok na kami doon...
Pagkatapos ng tanghalian, naghanap naman kami ng kapihan and we ended up sa Hyatt Regency JC on the Hudson River overlooking downtown Manhattan. Non-stop kwentuhan ..kwento dito.. kwento doon ...from the missing Twin Towers... sa politika sa Pil... sa artista sa Pil ...sa pag gamit ng horse shampoo to grow hair (!!????), ... sa menopause ... atbp. atbp.atbp.
Anyway we had a great time together and before we know it kelangan ng maguwian. BTW. when we were at the Hyatt , nagtataka kami kasi maraming tao sa Coffee Shop nila na pami-pamilya...iyon pala may practice ang mga contestants ng Miss Teen New Jersey sa pavilion nila. Kaya noong palabas na kami siguro akala din ng mga tao may mga anak kaming kasali sa contest. Malu flew to Chicago to visit her sister Meanne the following day, tapos tuloy na siya sa LA to visit her children and other sisters (including Baby '74 and Adel '72) until January.
24-29 Nov, Las Vegas NV: Holiday mini-reunion with Brenda Martinez, Ann Arellano, and Maisa Enriquez with hubby Francis Yuvienco and daughter, Katrina,
Venue: Music Room, SPCM Conservatory of Music
--- Jan 03: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
--- Jan 10: 9:30 am -11:30 am
--- Jan 17: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
--- Jan 24: 9:30 am -11:30 am
*Jan skeds may change depending upon readiness of group.
--- Mass for Homecoming Day, January 25 (repertoire to be selected by Sr. Anunciata)
--- Opening number of Jubilarians' program (Tonight, from West Side Story; musical arrangement c/o HS'79).
For further info, contact Alumnae Glee Club Coordinator Wynna Medina HS'68 at email@example.com.
E2. 25 Jan 2004: SPCM General Alumnae Homecoming / St Paul of Chartres Centennial Celebration
St. Paul College of Manila Alumnae Foundation Inc and the 2004 Jubilarian Classes of 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974 and 1979 invite you to
"Cherish - A Paulinian Moment" SPCM Homecoming 2004
Sunday, January 25, 2004, 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. at the SPCM grounds.
2004 Annual Alumnae Homecoming and General Membership Meeting
Celebration of the 100th Year Anniversary of the St. Paul Congregation in the Philippines
Cherish your Paulinian moments with former classmates, teachers and Sisters.
Celebrate your Paulinian Spirit with song, dance and moving images of the past 100 years.
12:00-2:00 Registration (Pedro Gil and Malvar gates)
2:00 - 3:00 Eucharistic Celebration officiated by Fr Jerry Orbos, SVD
3:00 - 3:30 Awarding of Citations to SPCM Alumnae
3:30 - 4:30 Picture-taking at the chapel steps
4:30 - 5:30 General Membership Meeting and Elections
5:30 - 6:30 Merienda Cena and Raffle athe quadrangle
6:30 - 8:30 Homecoming Show " Cherish -- a Paulinian Moment"
"Cherish -- a Paulinian Moment" Homecoming Show
Opening Number: "Tonight" SPCM Alumnae Glee Club
Flamenco Dance Golden Jubilarians HS'54
Wizard of Oz "Over the Rainbow" Noemi Manikan - Gomez HS'66 (vocal soloist)
Loring Romualdez-Ramos HS'30 (violin)
Diamond Jubilarians HS'34, '39, '44
South Pacific "Bali Hai" SPMAFI Alumnae Board
Emerald Jubilarians HS'49
Rock and Roll Medley Golden Jubilarians HS'54
Elvis Presley Medley Sapphire Jubilarians HS'59
Beatles Medley Ruby Jubilarians HS'64
Supremes :You Can't Hurry Love" Coral Jubilarians HS'69
Earth, Wind and Fire "Shining Star" Pearl Jubilarians HS'74
"Grease" Medley Silver Jubilarians HS'79
Finale / Curtain Call All Jubilarian classes
St Paul Hymn SPCM Community
Musical Arrangement: Raul Velez
Production: Events Works
SPMAFI Executive Committee and Board of Directors
President: Marites Guidote-Aguirre HS ’66/Col ’71
1st Vice-President: Carmen Ll. Sayo HS ‘57/Col ’61
2nd Vice-President / Ways and Means Chair: Rosanna Escareal-Velasco HS ’75
Auditor / Newsletter Editor: Ofelia Gaite-Fausto HS ’71
Homecoming Program Chair: Elnora Aquilizan-Duran HS ’66
Secretary: Rosalie L. Reyes Col ’96
Treasurer: Jackqui R. Moreno Col ’98
Directors : Elenita Corpus-Bolipata HS ’49
Nadine Niguidula HS'79
Simpe B. Magana Col ’94
Sr Suzette Hilaria Bautista, SPC
Moderator: Sr. Luisa Ma. Chavez, SPC
SPCM HS'79 Silver Jubilarians Homecoming Executive Committee
Co-chairs: Chiqui Escareal-Go and Girlie Garcia
Program Committee Vice-Chair: Nadine Niguidula
Secretariat/Souvenir Program Vice-Chair: Cathie Abiva
Finance Committee Vice-Chairs: Menchie Flores-Pena and Carol Garcia-Beltran
Food Committee: Yoly Hipolito-Crouch
Physical Arrangements: Kim Aranda-Caro
Publicity and Souvenirs: Cherry Caluag-Caluya
High School and College Jubilarian Class Representatives
Diamond (HS'34): Carmen Vallejo-Carceller
Diamond (HS'39): Pilar Reyes-Habana
Diamond (HS'44): Nellie Balangue-Padua
Emerald (HS'49): Sarah Marave-Abaya
Golden (HS'54): Carmelita O. Reynoso (In-charge of Eucharistic Mass)
Sapphire (HS'59): Imelda O. Reynoso
Ruby (HS'64): Arlene Abano-Enriquez
Coral (HS'69): Marilyn Garcia-Bautista (In-charge of Registration)
Pearl (HS'74): Ruby Yap-Cruz
Pearl (Col'74): Elizabeth Esquillo-Javier
Silver (HS'79): Nadine Niguidula
Silver (Col'79): Susan Reyes-Velez
Source: http://www.geocities.com/spcmhs_79 (by Audrey Cendana / Mim Obaldo HS’79)
Additional info: http://www.paulinianglobalfoundation.org/paulareport.html (by Chona Dizon HS'80)
SPCM HS'80 invites all Paulinians and friends to Dance the Night Away - 2005 Silver Jubilarians' first fundraiser! 31 Jan 2004 at 7pm, Ayala Room, Makati Sports Club, Salcedo Village, Makati. An evening of music, fun and reverie featuring Soundstream band. Beneficiary: SPC Vigil House. Tickets are P600 each, dinner included. For details, please email Ruby Dizon Abasolo at firstname.lastname@example.org / cel 63918 979 1179 / hp 776-1447, or Cristy Ermita Nazario +63917 813 5067.
Updates: http://www.chonad.com (by Chona Dizon HS'80)
www.paulinians.com (HS'75) - www.geocities.com/spcm_hs65 - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/spcmhs73 - www.geocities.com/spcm_hs_1976 - www.geocities.com/spcm_hs77 - www.geocities.com/spcm_hs78 - www.geocities.com/spcmhs_79 - www.chonad.com (HS’80) - http://ca.geocities.com/spcmhs81 - www.spcm82.artshost.com - www.groups.yahoo.com/group/SPCM1984 - www.pinkymarquez.homestead.com! HS'83, email Mai Perez at email@example.com (updated 2/04) - HS'85, email Faith Ignacio-Benipayo at firstname.lastname@example.org - HS'70, email Emilie Simon at email@example.com to link up.
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