Today, Mangaldan townspeople celebrate the much awaited yearly Town Fiesta . We are thousands of miles away from home but we definitely are not forgetting about it. We always celebrate our town fiesta in honor of our Patron Saint , St . Thomas Aquinas .
The Mangaldan Group residing in Vancouver and it's vicinities are definitely joining "kabaleyans " in the Fiesta celebration .. Unfortunately, we are not so prepared for a big bash ..So , here we are , getting together for a luncheon in one of the best Chinese eateries in Vancouver . Fifty of our kabaleyans joined us. Food was very good and of course the company was great ! It was a very casual occasion and we took the time off to reconnect with our kabaleyans. Most of us may be living in the same vicinity but we don't always see each other due to the nature of our jobs . Some of us were not able to join us for circumstances beyond their control .. To have this special day to be together was a great privilege .. MABUHAY , MANGALDAN ! ! !
Between Djoma ( De Guzman ) and I , we were able to capture the spirit of the occasion--the camaraderie among " mankakabaleyan "--with our cameras . Thanks to all the attendees. Inspite of the " unstable or funny weather ", they were there for the "fiesta celebration."
Lito Espinoza, Claire Torio Alejandria, Marie Junio, Carlito Torio ,Ester Mejia , Estrella Mejia Espinoza and Djoma de Guzman were the first group to arrive .
Mangaldanians clockwise : Tom Oca , Lina Jimenez , Jhun Jimenez, Ida Jimenez Malanum ( based in Bellingham , WA ,Venus Jimenez Dioquino , Ruben Dioquino , Marie Aquino Junio, Ray Tan, Madonna Tan and Sally Oca . They ( in this table ) have been around in Canada for sometime now . Shall I say they are almost like pioneers , except for Ray and Madonna , who were dubbed the "babies" at this table .
Seated on this table ( picture below ) are from left to right (Clockwise ) John-John Torio, Claire Torio Alejandria , Jess Alejandria , Joe Boy Torio , Rusty Cervas Miraflor , Briggy Miraflor ( hidden ) , Belen Cervas and Tyler Cervas ..The Torios are based in Seattle, Washington .
Picture on the next table shows (counterclockwise ) Philip Fabia , Grace Domagas Palaganas, Andrea and Salvador Cornista, Cecille de Vera Townsend , Michael Townsend, Mike Encarnacion , Angie de Vera Encarnacion and Marie Soriano Palmani ...
The only young ones ( shall I say in their stay in Canada or agewise ? ) are seated on this table : (clockwise , left to right ) Jesko Giuang, Jonathan Guiang , Leny Cancino Guiang, Christian Cadang , Marissa Limon Cadang ,Tony Cadang, Deo Tan , Rene Palaganas , little Mark Limon , and Maria Guiang . ( I wonder where Ronnie Limon is , who is supposed be at this table ? )
The Mangaldanian Group who celebrated in their own way the traditional Mangaldan Town Fiesta held in Vancouver , B.C. Thanks again for a wonderful time with our Kabaleyans. And let us not forget to implore our Patron Saint , St. Thomas , to intercede for us in our undertakings specially in our jobs and our relationships with each other ...GOD BLESS MANGALDAN AND ALL OF US ! ! !