One Hot Manila Night!

The Most Holy Rosary Church Fil-Am Club of Antioch invites everyone to their annual dinner dance fundraiser to be held on Saturday, 25 Oct 2003 at 7pm at the Walnut Creek Marriot, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek CA.

For tickets and more info, please email Event Emcee Mae Cendaña SPCM HS’75 at Enjoy!

Mae Cendaña -- our Ambivalent Crowd / Balahibo Rock Band – Blackgold / Vicor veteran soloist, SPCM HS’75 Alumnae Relations Coordinator – was the featured performer during San Beda College High School Class of '75 Southern California alumni’s 2001-2002 Christmas parties. More photos.

Jackie Ick '78 visits the Bay Area!

8 Jun 02. San Francisco, CA.

L-R: Mae Cendaña '75, Jackie Ick '78, Lisa Cendaña '78 with daughter Sabrina Lee, Chacha Cendaña '82, Kathleen Niguidula '78, Audrey Cendaña '79 and son Tommy Ramzell, Sophie Rola '78. Front: Michelle Cendaña '80.

Mae wrote: "As it turned out, this get-together happened for so many right reasons. Hosted by my dad, it was an advanced Father's Day party kasi he had to be in Arizona on Father's Day. It was also a welcome party for my step-mom, and a belated birthday celebration for the four May babies (BABES!) in my family: Lisa, May 8; Michelle, May 14; Monique, May 23; and of course me, May 1. To top it all, Lisa's batchmate and best buddy Dr Jackie Ick-Joson was in town so bienvenida for her na rin. Sophia and Kat-Kat were also there so siyempre photo op kami kaagad. Talk about instant reunions… it's always fun to be among fellow Paulinians!"

'78 batchmates: Kathleen, Jackie, Lisa, and Sophia (with Audrey's Tommy).

Lisa wrote: "Jackie was my high school best friend. She was in the Bay Area for a whirlwind week-long vacation. I haven't seen her since 1990 and my siblings haven't for over 20 years. They were all so very pleasantly surprised and happy to see her!"

('75 webnote: Jackie works in the Molecular Medicine Research Program of the National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in UP Diliman. She's married to her fellow MD, Dr Rey O. Joson, Chairman of the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center's Department of Surgery. Photos and text courtesy of Mae and Lisa. Thanks!)

The Cendañas wow Antioch!

19 Jan 2002. Antioch CA. The Cendaña Sisters Mae '75, Audrey'79, Michelle '80 and Chacha '82 performed during the Most Holy Rosary Parish's Santo Niño de Cebu Festival. Hosted annually by the Fil-Am Club, the popular festival commemorates the tender love of Jesus for all of God's children including Filipinos everywhere.

Recap from Mae:

08 Feb 2002

Hi Classmates!

Just want to share with you most recent updates to the website of the Most Holy Rosary Parish of Antioch, California (near San Francisco) -- .

You will see Chacha (Batch 82), Audrey (Batch 79) and Michelle (Batch 80) -- introduced as members of the Saint Paul College of Manila High School Glee Club! -- performing at the Santo Niño Festival last January 19, 2002. They sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the beginning of the show and "Dahil Sa Iyo" and "Tilibum" at the show proper (above). BTW, they are called MASKARA - a name they used during one of my shows here in San Francisco in 1988. Lisa (Batch 78) wasn't able to perform since she is still nursing (you know how that goes) but she was there to cheer with the rest of the Cendaña brood.

I also performed the Donna Summer Medley with two couples dancing in the background (above) including Ness Mendoza, who did the vocals for "Heaven Knows" - they are members of the Fil-Am Club of the parish. Ness and I go a long way - he was a promotions manager of Vicor Music Corporation - my old recording studio (ek!). At the finale, I led the singing of "America the Beautiful" with the young members of the parish (bottom).

The festival was produced by the Fil-Am Club whose president is Mike Illescas and vice-president is my brother-in-law, Don Burian, who was also one of the emcees of the show. The production manager/coordinator was our eldest sister, Fe. Sobra ba - puro kamag-anak ang hatak!

The festival and show were attended by about 300 members of the parish, mostly Filipino-Americans. Senator Tom Torlakson of the 7th District and County Supervisor Glover graced the occasion. The best thing about this festival is the food and entertainment are all free! The Fil-Am Club carols during the Christmas season and returns their earnings back to the parish with a mass, a banquet and a show featuring their very own...

After the show, I was approached by a band leader who was scouting for a lead singer. Right now, we are still in the rehearsing stage but as soon as a gig comes up, I'll let you know. The band has no name as of yet...actually, I will have to ask our egroup for suggestions.

Best regards,


Thanks and best of luck, Mae!


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