The much awaited summer in Vancouver has finally arrived . And so has the Annual Potluck Luncheon Picnic at the park , of the Mangaldan Residents of Vancouver ( MAREVA ) group . It was held once again at the popular Jericho Beach Park .
There was a good turn out of Mangaldanians on Saturday , July 26th . The day turned out to be a very comfortable weather , not too hot and not too cold . Other groups of picnickers abound within the grounds but thanks to our early birds , Jhun Jimenez , Venus J. Dioquino , Lito Espinosa and Tom Barrozo , our group was able to secure the best area for the picnic . They were followed by Rusty , our incumbent Chairperson and hubby , Briggy Miraflor .
As soon as the tables were set , Rusty led the prayer before meals . Three tables were laden with different "putahes " with the "lechon " dominating the middle table . The cooking expertise of our kabaleyans were again "showcased " in this annual picnic . Seafoods , meat , vegetables ( pacbets in Mangaldan style , Tagalog style and mix style ) pancit ( bihon guisado and palabok ) were in abundance . Desserts of all kinds were all laid out in a special table . Boiled corn on the cob prepared by Boni and Josie Flores was a "hot " item on the table . Naopot ya tampol ! ! Masamet met ya tua ( after Mona shared me a third of her mais ) ...Unfortunately , Boni and Josie did not have a "humongous " ( dongdong ) pot that can accomodate a hundred corn on the cob ...
After everybody enjoyed the meal , Rusty had a short remark followed by the presentation and welcoming of the newest additions to our group . Nathalie Aquino Solis , have resided in Vancouver for the past 12 years but she has not been in contact with Mangaldanians until lately when she met Redentor Idia , who was presented last year . Cora Imbat Naicha have lived in Vancouver since 1991 but she never joined our group until this year . Sol Villena , Daisy Tibig Capito , who arrived from the Philippines last April , Evelyn de Vera Vasquez ( from Portland ), Remy de Vera Coburn , Manny and Rebecca Mejia , present resident in Richmond but a long time resident of Edmonton , Alberta , were also presented . The youngest newcomers to MAREVA are three - year old Natalie de Guzman and almost one year old Pablo de Guzman , grandchildren of Djoma ( of Aliguas Mangaldan ) and Maridel de Guzman . Former Mangaldan resident Lito and Teresita ( Calicdan ) Cabrera joined the picnic . They stay with their son and family in Surrey . The Washington -based Mangaldanians who came were Paz ( de Guzman ) and husband Felipe Catabay and his sister Fely Catabay Soriano .
Once again , we acknowledge and thank our kabaleyans for their presence and their cooperation and generosity in bringing all those sumptuous food . Our aim of a continuing camaraderie among "mangkakabaleyans " have been achieved again . For all Mangaldanians residing in Greater Vancouver area , you are all welcome to join us ...
Gina Carvajal Perez , Connie Perez , Bennie Perez, Carol Carvajal Cox , Peter Cox and Charmagne Junio Gordon share a relaxing lunch with young ones Matthew C. Perez , Mark C. Perez , Clarissa C. Cox and Lelina C. Cox , under the shade of an old-growth pine tree ..
Mrs. Maria de Vera , our oldest Mangaldanian in Vancouver , made it to the picnic with daughter Josie and husband Bonnie Flores , Evelyn de Vera Vasquez , Remy de Vera Coburn , her sister and brother .
Operation " Apostolic " activity , being rendered by Djoma and Maridel de Guzman to their grandson , Pablo ..Lucky kid ! ! !
Suddenly , the four were joined by more kabaleyans , Reyna C. Pagal , Mona L. Tan , Fely C. Soriano , Marie Soriano Palmani , Teresita C. Cabrera , Lito Cabrera , Mrs. Ester P. Mejia , Natalie A. Solis , Dolores Mejia , Marissa L. Cadang , Tony Cadang , Sol Villena , Estrella M. Espinosa and Philip Fabia . But where is Rusty ?
The Cadang family , Jun , Marissa and son Renz , were formally presented to the group . MAREVA secretary Leny C . Guiang and treasurer Angie D. Encarnacion were at the background making sure no name will be missed .
Sol Villena introduced herself to the group ..She was originally from David , Mangaldan ..
Evelyn is a Mangaldanian who is based in Portland , Oregon ..
To all new Mangaldanians officially presented , WELCOME To MAREVA . To all who attended the picnic and brought those goodies , THANK YOU VERY MUCH . We hope to see you all in all our future activities ....