If there is one or two things people in Mangaldan have in common , they are their love of their roots and adherence to their traditions . One of the most upheld traditions is the celebration of our Town Fiesta which we celebrate to honor our Town's Patron Saint , St. Tomas Aquinas.
It has always been the most important time of the year and the focal point of all activities . If our memories do not fail us , it was the time when we were allowed to buy a new dress, a pair of new shoes " tan manpakulet so bibii tan manpapoklis so lalaki , piano maong so itsura tayo ya miparada tan mimisa ."
And now , no matter where we are , we carry along that excitement and anticipation for that traditional event . It may not have the real frills and treats but the thrill is still there. The difference now is the importance of reconnection of families and friends.
On March 10, 2007, The Mangaldan Association of North America held it's annual dinner-dance celebration of the Mangaldan Town Fiesta at the Sheraton Plaza in Burlingame , California . It drew a big crowd of Mangaldanians and some guests. Mangaldanians from as far as Texas and Alaska joined the locals , kabaleyans in San Francisco and the surrounding cities . Mangaldanians had so much fun reconnecting with each other . Ditas Palisoc Sarzaba ( Vice - President of MAONCA ) and Victor ( Boy ) Salvatin Jr, the unofficial "paparazzi " went around with their digital cameras , capturing the joy and happy faces of the attendees . It is with great pleasure that I would be the instrument in sharing those moments . Perla Biala Cruz the incumbent President and all the officers and volunteers did a great job in reuniting "sankakabaleyans" .
This was the reception table with Ditas Palisoc Sarzaba making sure that Myrna Abril , Judith Prado Fornales and Lani Marron Basuel have everything in control when the guests started arriving .
This picture shows Boy ( Victor ) Salvatin Jr., Lourdes Aquino Sampaga , Marc Sampaga and Remy Barrozo . Were they the first arrivals ? Boy had to be early , being the unofficial "paparazzi" of the night ...
Presenting the President of MAONCA , Perla Biala Cruz , and Delia Abril Ordonio , Treasurer of the association. Dick and Ditas Palisoc , Teresita Oca, Carolina Oca, Lourdes Aquino Sampaga, Marc Sampaga , Carol de Guzman Suarez, Tito and Bernie Prestoza ,Zoilo (Jun) Cendana ,Gil Gutierrez and Rey Suarez were about ready to grab their seats when the "paparazzi " took this photo ...
Delia A. Ordonio, Anita Gutierrez , Prexy Perla B. Cruz , Marilou M. Jue , Gil Gutierrez , Ernie de Vera , Letty de Vera , Manuel and Marilyn de Vera are in the picture on the left.
The Aquinos of Manteca , California are Isaias ,Theodore, and Art (standing ). Seated are Esther T. Aquino , Ellie F. Aquino, Letty Lalicon Aquino , Esther A .Tecson and Zeny A . Pranada ..
Former STHS classmates reconnecting ? Victor (Boy) Salvatin Jr., Nanette Reinertsen and Rhea Gomez Pasalo ( same school year ira kono )were going through memory lanes while Nonong Billote (" sandwich" between Nanette and Rhea ) was intently listening to them . Chanel , daughter of Nanette sits in front of Rhea . Mother and daughter flew from Houston, Texas to attend the event .
Ladies at this table ( right ) are Maryann Tamayo, Boots Doria, Annie Bautista, Thelma de Guzman Nejal, Babylen Malanum Sagurit and Tessie de Guzman .
Beauties on the go are Violy Tamayo, Zenaida Torio Itchon, Mommy Josie Torio, Majella Torio Wilhelm, Perla B. Cruz, Lani M . Basuel , Remy Barrozo and Annie P. Cancino .The gentleman at far right is Roland Itchon , Zeny's husband .
Zoilo ( Jun ) Cendana, Tito and Bernie Prestoza, Dick and Ditas Sarzaba, Lani Basuel, Anita Gutierrez , Marilou M. Jue are all standing while Marc and Lourdes Sampaga and Perla B. Cruz remained seated .
Here are the Abril family; Jhong, Winston and Teresa, Venus,, Nelson del Rosario , Letty de Vera, Vangie Abril and Mameng Abril .
Isaias and Letty Aquino, Francisco and Tessie Vasquez and Ranier and Cecilia Gutlay are all smiles in this picture at right..........
Picture on the right shows Flor and Lilia Abrogar, Tony , Elisa , Tess and their guest .
Picture (courtesy of Arturo Aquino ) , below left , shows Lourdes Aquino Sampaga who reconnected with the Aquinos; Arturo , Ellie , Theodore , Isaias , Ester , Zeny and Adela S. Ferrer and daughter Delia.
The Oca family who have always supported the MAONCA in their activities ,Carol, Rudy, Joe ,Maricel and friend.. Seated are Gilda , Christopher and Jonathan. Mangaldanians have their pogis ( as well as their beauties ). Here are some of the pogis, Joseph Cereno , Fred Cereno, Jun Cendana, Joe Oca and Francisco Vasquez .
Picture on the left includes Demetrio Fernandez, Dick Sarzaba, Rey Suarez, Carol Suarez, Trinidad Fernandez Sasajima, Ditas Sarzaba, Tessie de Guzman, and Enrico and Teresita ( nee Fernandez ) Servito .
It is Macarena time .... join in the fun , ladies and gentlemen . It is a good dance as well as a great exercise .
This special Fiesta Celebration was graced by the presence of representatives from the Pangasinan International Caritable, Inc ; the Dagupenans Assn .; the Dagupenos Assn .; Bonuan Assn. ; Urdaneta Assn. ; Balungao Assn. and Jean Balarbar and company of San Fabian. The Officers wish to thank and acknowledge their presence ..
" MAALIGUAS LA LAWAS KOMON SO PINABPABLEY TAYON BALEY NA MANGALDAN TAN SARAY AMIN YA MANGALDANIANS ED NAN BABANGIL YA PASEN ED MUNDO !!! "
Kudos to the officers of the MANGALDAN NORTH CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION for a great fiesta celebration ! ! The most important accomplishment of this get-together is the reconnection of former townmates . Congratulations to the following officers...
Note: Please click on all the pictures to enlarge them and totally enjoy looking at them ....