The birth of Joshua was the most awaited event in Deo and Letty Tan's life . That was twelve years ago . Today , Joshua turns 12 years old . Next year will mark the start of his teen years , however he wants to celebrate his childhood with his classmates and good friends . Not only did he invite his young friends but adult friends of his parents joined the celebration , too .
The day started in the early afternoon when Joshua's friends greeted and joined in the celebration ....
Joshua blows the candles on his birthday cake .
Joshua is surrounded by his sister Michele and their young friends as they watched the big TV screen in 3 D. ( Akin kasi et aka dark glasses irayay ugogao , kuanko lawari ? ) As the early part of the birthday celebration winds down , the adult party started ...
The Tan family take the time for a picture . Joshua and Michele are flanked by Mom Letty and Dad Deo .
Some of the adult guests are family friends Jun Bandung , Bobby Yap , Marie Junio , Sally Ruiz and Raul Irigayen
Deo joins Barry and Elaine Slater , Sen and Sally and Cristina ..
Cecille Tan , Jessa and Joseph , Joshua's cousins , joined the later ( adult ) group ...
The group includes Mike and Nanette Doria , Fely Calbone and Glacel Velasco ...
The ladies are Monique Parayno , Josie Yap , Chari Bernardo and Veronica Irigayen ....
Mother Sally and daughter Monique Parayno look so much alike that I was asked to record this pose ...
Meet Joshua's sister Michele and cousins Claire , Grace , Marivic and Menchu . Raffy watches the girls as they pose for posterity .
Linda Quezon Tamayo concluded the party with her beautiful piano playing as the guests listened with enthusiasm . The guests also enjoyed all the food that Letty and her nieces prepared ...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY , JOSHUA ! ! GOD BLESS YOU ! !
As the new MAREVA officers assume their duties and responsibilities , they decided to meet more kabaleyans . The event is called "Pankakabatan " na sankakabaleyan . Below is the invitation of this event to all kabaleyans ..
So , we are hoping to meet more kabaleyans at this special event . See you at the Collingwood Neighbourhood House on Sunday , November 20th .
TODAY MARKS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAUNCHING OF OUR ALIGUAS MANGALDAN WEBSITE . It seems not so long ago when Djoma and I decided to set up a website so we could connect with our kabaleyans around the globe as well as inspire them whereever they are . Five years passed and Aliguas Mangaldan has become almost a household by - word , thanks to the efforts of the editors and the contributions ( articles and pictures ) of our readers and kabaleyans .
So many events have happened . First of all , ( on the personal side ) my co-editor , Djoma is now a grandfather to four kids and recently , I have my first granddaughter after two grandsons ( now almost grown-up ) . Aliguas Mangaldan is growing older and so are we ...Some of our kabaleyans in Greater Vancouver have married , have children and some have become grandparents . Not only did we cover Mangaldanians in Greater Vancouver, we also covered news in the USA , Great Britain , Australia and in our own hometown of Mangaldan . Many Mangaldanians abroad were able to reconnect . It was also through our website that an international get together of Mangaldanians in Las Vegas was made possible . A second Grand Reunion will happen soon in 2012 . We'll keep you posted on this coming big event ..
Djoma and I will always be happy to continue dedicating this website to all of you , kabaleyans . Please feel free to send in your special event news and stories with your pictures so we can share them with our kabaleyans around the world .. We also want your input or comments so we know that you know that Aliguas Mangaldan does care..
HAPPY 5TH ANNIVERSARY , ALIGUAS MANGALDAN . MAY IT ALWAYS CONTINUE TO PROVIDE OUR KABALEYANS SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO , SPECIALLY IN THE RECONNECTION PROCESS . MAY WE CONTINUE TO INSPIRE YOU ALL ....
It will be lesss than a month ( August ) before Janie ( nee Coronel ) and Cesar Jr. Junio will be welcoming their first baby . They are expecting a girl .
Marie Aquino Junio and daughter Charmagne decided to host a baby shower lunch for Janie and CJ's baby on July 9th , 2011 at the St . Anthony's Parish Hall in West Vancouver at 12:00 noon .The hall was decked with the appropriate decor . Jeremy , the eldest of the Junio siblings took time off from his work in Kelowna to attend the special occasion for Janie and C.J. Unfortunately , C.J , the father -to-be was not present during lunch due to his new job . He made it up during the opening of gifts at home .
We like to share the pictures with our family and friends and to take the opportunity to thank all of those who were present during the occasion . Thank you to those who did not make it but sent in their regrets .
Pictured here is the Parish hall the night Marie Aquino Junio and daughter Charmagne ( who hosted the baby shower for youngest son CJ ( and brother to Charmagne ) and wife Janie's baby ) transformed it into a pink venue .
The baby shower motif was about animals ( as requested by mom-to-be- Janie ) so what better way to show it than with a NOAH'S ARK theme ?
Tess Carvajal Marier led the prayer before meal
Linda Lew , Tess C . Marier , Rusty C. Miraflor at the buffet table .
Cecille G. Carpio , Marie, Precy M . Alvear , Elizabeth Hill-Santos and Mrs. Inday ( Veronica ) Catalan finally made it to the buffet table ...
Mike and Angie Encarnacion made it on time though they were almost lost on their way to St . Anthony's Parish .
Leny C. Guiang , Gina C. Perez , Carol C. Cox , Precy M. Alvear and Julie C . Ydia are joined by the mother-to-be Janie Coronel Junio as lunch started ..
Cherry Galorport , Catherine Largo ( with husband and son ), Janie , Cheque Salabet and Jennifer A. Garcia had fun meeting and knowing more about each other as they ate their lunch .
Nora Gambioli Lefort , Elizabeth Hill-Santos , Gloria Jubilo are seated while Janie , Linda Lew and Marie stand at this table .
Seated at this table are Tess C. Marier , Rusty C. Miraflor ( partly hidden ) Mona L. Tan , Monica Wong and Rena C. Pagal while Janie , Marie and Cecille listen to Monica's story ..
Mrs. Inday Catalan , daughter Boots C. Valdez , Elizabeth V. Elsener , Enna de Guzman , Marie A. Junio , Judith de Vera , Aida B. dela Rosa and Ana Shamper are joined by mother-to -be Janie ..
Time for the Pinata : Rusty tries her hands ( and strength ) in hitting the prize-laden "pinata"..
Nora Almost did it with her strong hits but unfortunately , the pinata remained intact although " bruised "..
Wow , Enna finally did it . Out came all the goodies , mostly for the ladies .. Congrats , Enna , you must have a lot of strength to tackle the pinata .
And the winners in the different games are :
Leny Guiang is shown receiving her prize from Charmagne who organized the games
Carol is claiming her prize from Janie and Charmagne .
Another prize - winner is Enna de Guzman
Linda Lew claims her prize ..
Three winners who got their prizes are Cathy Largo , Carol C. Cox and Gloria Jubilo..
Nora receives her prize from Charmagne while Janie looks on ..
Congratulations to all the winners ! !
Now it is time to take a bite of that special Noah's Ark cake ..
Janie with her Noah's Ark cake
Honoree Janie with host Charmagne ready to cut the special cake ..
Finally , Janie cuts the cake after putting to safety all the cute animals . ( They are not edible , anyway ) .
Host Charmagne , honoree Janie , host Mom Marie and eldest son Jeremy took time for a family photo ..
Marie , Janie , Tess and Charmagne
Group picture of guests seated are Angie , Estrella , Rena , Tess , Mona and Rusty . Standing are Gloria , Jennifer ( halfway hidden ) , Julie , Marie and Linda ..
Another group of guests , seated are Gina , Jennifer , Janie and Charmagne
After the baby shower event at the hall , Marie , Charmagne and Jeremy went to CJ and Janie's home and had the usual opening of gifts . So , after all , CJ did not miss the shower party . Here are some pictures of CJ and Janie .
CJ and Janie enjoyed opening the gifts for their baby ..
Again , thank you to all our relatives and friends , specially those who were present during this special occasion . Let us remember in our prayers CJ and Janie and their soon - to - be born baby . GOD BLESS THEM .
Due to the unstable condition of the local weather and a rain forecast for Saturday , the officers of MAREVA decided to change the venue of our picnic site . The original picnic area was the Jericho- Locarno beach in Vancouver , Saturday , July 16th . MAREVA get together will now be at Saint Anthony's Parish Hall at 2347 Inglewood Avenue , West Vancouver ,V7V 1Z9 . The church is located between 23rd St . and Inglewood Ave .
We hope to see you , dear kabaleyans , in the hall . Potluck Lunch will be at 12:00 noon till 4:00 p.m. There will be a short program and indoor games ( in lieu of the outdoor games ) and prizes for winners .
For more information call :
Marie Aquino Junio @ 604-921-6845 H or Cell @ 604-999-6845
Wilina ( aka Leny) Cancino Guiang @ 604-507-9493 H or Cell @ 604-910-6747
Today , June 19th , is the third Sunday of June and many Canadians celebrate Father's Day . This is the day we show our appreciation and love for fathers and father figures . Father figures include adoptive fathers , stepfathers , fathers-in-law , guardians , foster fathers and family friends . We also celebrate the contribution that fathers and father figures give to their children to show their love and caring ways ...
It is almost the time of the year for Mangaldanians in Metro Vancouver to reconnect with each other in the Annual Potluck Picnic . There will be more things to look forward to during the picnic in the Jericho-Locarno Beach Park . It is time to get your summer outfits out of your storage and join the fun . There will be games for the kids and most importantly , new officers of MAREVA will be presented as well as newly arrived Mangaldanians . Please come and join us ! !
FOR MORE INFORMATION , PLEASE CALL MARIE AT 604-921-6845 OR WILINA ( AKA LENY ) AT 604-507-9493 . SEE YOU THERE , KABALEYANS .. IT IS OUR DATE ! !
Baby Ashley Patricia Fisher , daughter of Mangaldanian Jocelyn Bautista and Adam Fisher became a catholic when she was christened at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Vancouver , B.C. on May 28th , 2011 . Her namesake grandma , Patricia Fisher , flew in from Kitchener , Ontario , to witness her granddaughter's baptism . Jocelyn's sister , Belinda , who resides in Christchurch , New Zealand , was also present . Other sisters of Jocelyn , her nieces and nephews , and friends of her and Adam joined the Fishers at the reception dinner at Uncle Willy's Buffet Restaurant in Metrotown . The following photos show Baby Ashley and her parents and the rest of the guests .
Baby Ashley 's Grandma Patricia , is joined by Jocelyn and Adam .
Baby Ashley in her Mom's arms joins her Mom's sisters , Aunties Aida , Belinda , Arlene and Judith . Marie joins the Bautista sisters ..
Baby Ashley Patricia is looking at her cake , unfortunately , she is too young to enjoy it . However , guests enjoyed it ..
CONGRATULATIONS , ADAM , JOCELYN AND BABY ASHLEY ! ! MAY OUR LORD BLESS YOU ALL . MAY YOU GROW UP TO BE A CONSTANT JOY TO YOUR PARENTS , ASHLEY PATRICIA ....
What is and who is a mother ? Washington Irving , in his famous quote sums it all up ....
"A mother is the truest friend we have . When trials , heavy and sudden , fall upon us ; when adversity takes the place of prosperity ; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine , desert us when trouble thickens around us , still will she cling to us , and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness , and cause peace to return to our hearts ."
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OUR KABALEYANS ! ENJOY YOUR DAY !