Crisostomo Sisters Susie HS'75, Diana HS'76, Terai HS'79, Lisa HS'83, and Tina HS'62  cordially invite everyone to stay at MC Mountain Home Apartelle located at Km 68.9, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hway, Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite. Owned by their brother Danny and his wife Adora, this piece of shangri-la is just minutes away from Manila and the beaches of Matabungkay. Taal - Tagaytay Getaway!.

SUBSTANCE FURNISHINGS: owned by SPCM HS'79 friends TERAI CRISOSTOMO and twins LELIN and LELET GUERRERO, this fine store offers, among others, top-quality Pottery Barn-look home furnishings. Visit them at Festival Supermall, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.


Help BBFAA help others


From: "Susie Crisostomo Legaspi HS’75" <>

Sent: Friday, July 02, 2004 5:30 PM

Subject: BBFAA scholarship fund


Dear fellow Paulinians and friends,

Just wanted to inform you about a scholarship project that I am involved in since early part of this year. I was approached by the Vice-President of the Tallahassee FL-based Big Bend Filipino American Association, who asked if I would be willing to serve in a committee to set up a scholarship fund for needy Filipino students in the Philippines. Of course, I did not hesitate since as you know, my graduate studies were fully funded through the British Council and Purdue University. This was an opportunity for me to give back something especially for bright and deserving students whose parents cannot afford the cost of college education.

Above L-R: Terai HS'79, Lisa HS'83, and HS'75 batchmates Susie, Girlie Bernardo and Mona Dolor during SPCM HS’75 Silver Jubilee TIPAR 2000.  Susie (UPLB, B.S. Biology '79 / Univ of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, M.Sc. in Applied Entomology '84 / Purdue, Ph.D. in Entomology '91) is a highly-published US Department of Agriculture Research Entomologist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Entomology at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. She's married to Benjie Legaspi Ph.D. and they live in Tallahassee with their 2 children. 

After several meetings (and long hours at that!) of the committee composed of faculty from the two state universities here, and federal and state workers, I am quite pleased and proud to inform you that we will be able to provide full tuition for 4 years to our first scholar from UP-Mindanao beginning this semester that started in June. The President of UP-Mindanao, Dr. Ricardo de Ungria, was very supportive of our project and promptly responded to the necessary paperwork this endeavor entailed. I am currently the secretary of the scholarship committee. We hope to be able to fund more students from any public university in the Philippines and provide funds also for stipend, books and other necessary expenses incurred by the students (currently we've set it up for tuition only due to funding constraints and accounting purposes.

I will appreciate it very much if you could please announce (or post in the website) the information about the BBFAA scholarship fund. All information on donating to the fund can be found in our association's website ( and click on scholarship on the left. The Big Bend Filipino American Association is a not-for-profit organization; thus, all donations are tax-deductible. The site has a beautiful brochure (quite touching actually) about the scholarship fund as well as interesting statistics about the status of education in the Philippines.

I know that everyone receives so many solicitations from non-profit organizations, etc. but I think this one is well worth looking at. We hope that the scholars will eventually be able to give back to his/her community in the Philippines when they are successful in their chosen careers.

Take care,


Susie's Summer Break '02

11 Jun 02 (same day as in 2001!), Lunch at Yambi Yambao's Big Bowl of China Restaurant, Legazpi St, Greenbelt, Makati City.

Guest of honor: USDA / Florida A&M's Susie Crisostomo-Legaspi.

Clockwise: Dolly Tesoro, Janette San Juan, Florian Nuval, Zamby Arnaiz, Dave and Joyce (Tioseco) Froelich, Cookie Yap, Malen Hernandez, Susie Crisostomo. Standing: Sunny Escareal, Yambi Yambao.

Sunny's account:

We met at Yambi's new restaurant in Greenbelt Makati called "Big Bowl of China" It's on the ground floor level outside in front of PAL Building on Legaspi Street. Clearly, this was one fantastic business venture cuz the place was jampacked and dami pang standing room. As in naghihintay talaga to get in. Buti na lang we get special treatment. :o)

Anyway, we noticed Yambi lost a lot of weight. "Kasi, waiter ako sa umaga, sa Ladida naman ako sa gabi." That's cuz she doubles as restaurant manager during the day then moves to her Ladida bar in Malate (located at 1800 Ma Orosa cor Nakpil) at night. As in ang payat ni Yambi. Caught her at the station putting ice for the bottomless iced tea. Asked her if she needed help, 9 kaming tutulong. Dami kasing tao.

BTW, our guest of honor - Susie came late. Kasi Janet ang sumundo from White Plains. Walang pakundangan sa oras at traffic. Malen also got lost. My fault. Told her it was in Glorietta. Greenbelt pala. As usual, Dave Froelich was with the love-of-his-life, Joyce. They just moved to nearby San Lorenzo Village and were aching to go home. After helping build three Universal Studios Citywalks (Hollywood, Orlando and Osaka), Dave decided to put up a business here in the Philippines -- Frolix Associates -- offering architectural design and engineering consultancy worldwide; Joyce serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board and VP for Finance. Visit their website at

Till next time, ladies. Have a nice day!


A BABE welcome to SF!

15 Jun 02, Macaroni Grill Restaurant, San Mateo CA.

On their way back to Tallahassee, the Legaspis stopped over for more R&R in San Francisco. Mae Cendaña and Erika Miranda -- (Bay Area Beauties both!) -- wasted no time picking Susie up from his brother's home in Burlingame.

Mae wrote: "Susie, Erika and I had lunch at Macaroni Grill in San Mateo. We only met for a couple of hours since Susie still had to go to Union City to meet up with her college friend. She showed us the pictures she took of the reunion in Manila. Everyone looked great! Then, we visited the one and only Louella Albornoz at the San Bruno Library. Ayun...nagpapanggap pa rin... working hard... more like hardly working! (Louella, love yah!) As always, it was another Paulinian fun day! :o)"

(Reunion photos courtesy of Susie and Sunny. Thanks!)

Taal-Tagaytay getaway

The Crisostomo Sisters -- Susie '75, Diana '76, Terai '79, Lisa '83, and Tina '71 -- cordially invite everyone to stay at MC Mountain Home Apartelle located at Km 68.9, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hway, Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite. Owned by their brother Danny and his wife Adora, this piece of shangri-la is just minutes away from Manila and the beaches of Matabungkay.

Danny and Dong Crisostomo with their 8 children (l-r): Kyle (Susie's godson), Edu, Ben, Nicole, Ina, Mark, Leony Rose and Danielle.

Bedroom suites with hot and cold water, AC, TV, ref, mini-bar, some with kitchen, first-rate all the way; function rooms for all occasions! (MC front entrance)

Lush, well-manicured gardens all around! (MC back view).

View from Susie's suite, Jul 2002: picturesque rustic countryside...

... unobstructed views of Taal Lake and Volcano!

MC Mountain Home Apartelle

General Manager - Adora M. Crisostomo

Km. 68.9 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hwy., Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite

Tagaytay Hotline: (02) 850-5438; (046) 413-2232; (0917) 794-7500

e-mail address: or


Metro Manila phone: (02) 636-7548

Manila booking office: Suite 503, Galleria Corporate Center Ortigas Ave., cor. EDSA, Quezon City

Room rates plus tax: Studio/deluxe room: Php 1,700 -- 1 bedroom with kitchen: Php 1,900 -- Penthouse with Taal view: Php 2,200 --- Penthouse Trellis: Php 2,500. Major credit cards accepted.

Special paying-guest privileges at nearby members-only world-class golf courses and country clubs -- including Royale Country, Evercrest and Riviera -- with top-notch recreation and affordable dining facilities; access authorizations for Canyon Woods and the Philippines’ Disneyland, Fantasy World.

(MC photos and info -- other than where it's noted -- were from, borrowed with permission c/o Susie.)

Susie's Philippine Working Vacation 2001.


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