It was cooler than the previous days but the sun was up on Saturday , August 4th , 2007 . The Mangaldan Residents Of Vancouver ( MAREVA ) held the annual picnic at Locarno Beach , a part of Jericho Beach in Kitsilano .
Many longtime residents , new arrivals and a few guests turned up . The night before the picnic day , Pepe, Carding Mejia and Joel M. Espinosa ( son of Lito ) prepared the "kanding pinapaitan and kaldereta " favorite putahes of most Mangaldanians , though it needs time and effort in the preparation of such delicacies .
The picnic also served as the announcement and proclamation of the new officers who were selected by the board earlier during the day . The new Chairman is Rustica Cervas Miraflor . The new secretary is Lenny Cancino Guiang and the incoming treasurer is Angie de Vera Encarnacion . Outgoing Chairman is Tess Carvajal Marier and Marie Aquino Junio is the outgoing Secretary -Treasurer .
We took the opportunity to present the latest Mangaldanian arrivals in Vancouver . Marla Martinez , Redentor Ydia , and Rowena Biay introduced themselves officially . Philip Fabia , a former councilor of Mangaldan , Nene ( nee Cervas) and husband Manny Piedad who are based in Seattle , Washington , were officially presented and welcomed in the group . They never miss MAREVA's functions and activities . Djoma Serafica de Guzman , my co-editor in Aliguas Mangaldan website was also officially introduced to the picnickers . So many balitas were shared by mankakabaleyans ..
Food was in abundance , as usual . There were games for the kids , musical chairs ( used to be known as "trip to Jerusalem " ) , egg relay race ( for kids and adults ) and pinata (piniata ) . Mark Carvajal Perez was the winner of two games . Lara C. Catunggal hit the " pinata" after some few kids tried their " hitting skill ." Kids had a field day picking the candies that came from the belly of "yoga bear ". It was a great day for all picnickers . Some stayed for the final display of fireworks for the B.C. Day celebration . By the way , Canada won over China and Spain in the fireworks competition .
Carding Pagal doing his barbecue with onlookers Remo Gambioli , Jeremy A. Junio , Mio , Matthew C . Perez, Keith and Mark Perez .
Lito Espinosa , Djoma Serafica de Guzman , Roque Capito ( married to a Mangaldanian ) Redentor Ydia and Philip Fabia completed the fivesome ...
This girls ' group includes Rusty Miraflor , Alma P. Cancino , Reyna Pagal , Estrella M. Espinosa , Connie Perez and Norma Mejia .
Another "all girls squad " are Reyna , Norma , Estrella , Dolor Mejia , Rusty , Tess C. Marier and Marie A. Junio just before the grace before meals ( prayers )..
Mrs. Ester P. Mejia , our special matriach of MAREVA sits with daughter Estrella , daughter Norma , Fely , Mona Tan and newcomer Rowena Biay .
Tom Oca , wife Sally and daughter Lisa with her children .
Gene and Dolly ( nee Cervas ) Catungal showed the "family solidarity " by attending with the whole family including children John Paul , Jessielie, Lara and Faye....With them is cousin Julie Ydia .
Another complete family attendance by Ray and Donna ( nee Maningding of Mapandan ) Tan with children Marina and Justin , Donna's mom , Betty Maningding . Ronnie Limon joined them ( standing behind ) in this picture .
Aida ( Bautista ) and Roger de la Rosa enjoying their lunch with a friend ..
Michael Townsend ( husband of Mangaldanian Cecille de Vera ) Angela de Vera and husband and son share the table with Mr . and Mrs . Cornista , friends of the Townsends .
Rogel Ulanday , his son and his wife Belen and Jun Cancino .
Lisa Pagal and family and Alma and brother Armi and his family are shown in this picture ...
New Vancouverites from Mangaldan : Roque Capito , Redentor Ydia , not so new immigrant Philip Fabia , Rowena Biay and Marla Martinez .
Nene ( nee Cervas ) and husband Manny Piedad from Seattle were asked to introduce themselves . They have always considered themselves Mangaldanians of Vancouver , including their two sons Brent and Christian , who always attend all our functions .
The kids getting ready to start the egg relay race . Winner was Mark C. Perez , son of Gina ( Carvajal ) and Mike Perez .
Bernadette de Vera and Brent ( or is it Christian ?) Piedad trying to beat each other in the egg race ...
Egg relay race in the adult category , men versus women ..Gene Catungal and Angie ( de Vera ) Encarnacion getting ready for the egg race relay while the other racers await their turns ..
Philip Fabia was trying to beat his opponent ..but we wonder who she is ?
Final game for the kids was the pinata ( piniata ). Clarissa Carvajal Cox tried to hit the "bear " but missed it . Other kids could hardly contain their excitement to have their turn .
Matthew C. Perez tried hitting the pinata but no luck .
Finally , the Yoga bear's bottom was "whacked " and candies went flying all over . Kids had a field day collecting their "loot ". Lara C. Catungal was the lucky "whacker ".
Outgoing Chairman Tess C. Marier proclaiming Rusty C. Miraflor as the new Chairman of MAREVA. Rusty expressed her gratitude and asked for continued support and cooperation of members of our group . Congratulations , Rusty ! !
The Mangaldan Residents of Vancouver Group who attended the picnic ...Seated are ( L-R ) Carding Mejia our "kanding chef ", Cecille de Vera Townsend , Estrella M. Espinosa, Reyna Pagal , Mrs. Ester Mejia , Faye C. Catungal , Tess C. Marier , Marie A. Junio , Mrs. Meding Tan, Angie de Vera Encarnacion and Rusty C. Miraflor. Standing are ( l-R ) Djoma Serafica de Guzman , Lito Espinosa , Rowena Biay , Fely , Marie Soriano Palmani , Norma Mejia , Mona Lopez Tan , Michael Townsend , Jing Martinez , Marla Martinez , Dolly C. Catungal , Nene C. Piedad and husband Manny ( behind Nene ), Julie Ydia and Dolor Mejia . Standing behind are Philip Fabia and Raymond Lopez Tan .
Members who were not in the first picture but in this picture are Jun Cancino , Red Ydia , Pepe Tan , Jun Jimenez , Rogel Ulanday and Mike Encarnacion., Josie de Vera Flores is seated with her nephew .. Partly hidden by Pepe was Gina C. Perez . Halfway hidden is Bonnie Flores in yellow shirt.
POST SCRIPT :
A week after the picnic , on August 12 , the new officers and members of the board held a meeting hosted by Marie in Point Roberts at the family cottage . Activities for the coming year were discussed . The Town Fiesta celebration will not be celebrated for 2008 due to the coming STCS Diamond Jubilee which many Thomasian alumni will be attending in Mangaldan . However , in lieu of the fiesta , a May dinner-dance is being considered ... Stay tuned for any development ..
Meet the officers of MAREVA ...
Outgoing secretary-treasurer Marie A. Junio with incoming Chairman Rusty Cervas Miraflor , incoming treasurer Angie de Vera Encarnacion and incoming secretary Lenny Cancino Guiang .
The new officers and the existing board members of the Mangaldan Residents of Vancouver ( MAREVA ) , Standing are ( L-R). Mike Encarnacion , Angie de Vera Encarnacion , Lenny Cancino Guiang , Rusty C. Miraflor , Estrella Mejia Espinosa , Lito Espinosa , Pepe Tan and Carding Pagal . Seated are ( L-R) Marie Aquino Junio , Reyna Cabrera Pagal and Mona Lopez Tan . Board members not present are Tess Carvajal Marier , Jun Jimenez , Orly and Rose ( Urbano ) Cervas .
IN BEHALF OF THE OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS , I LIKE TO THANK ALL MEMBERS OF THE MANGALDAN RESIDENTS OF VANCOUVER GROUP WHO ATTENDED THE POTLUCK PICNIC . SALAMAT ED SARAMAY AWIT YORAN PUTAHES YA NILUTO YO O INORDER YO . MAKAPALIKLIKET SO INPANTOTOYAW TAYON AMIN . WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL ( AND PROBABLY MORE ) NEXT YEAR . SALAMAT NA BALBALEG ED SIKAYON AMIN ......MARIE