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The Mountaineer Quarterly Newsletter of Baguio Fil-Am of Tidewater, Inc. Volume 3, Issue 1 January 2004 BAGUIO FIL-AM CALENDAR OF EVENTS Mark Your Calendars: You can view and download a copy of the full 2004 schedule at: Baguiofilam.duyan.com Feb-8-04 Sunday 2 p.m. Regular Meeting/Potluck (Committee Re- ports) at the home of Robert & Linda Arcido, 2593 Cantwell Rd, Virginia Beach, VA. Contact 430- 2742 Mar-14-04 Sunday 2 p.m. Regular Meeting/Potluck at the home of Ron & Hilda Monte, 2220 Shinglewood Way, Virginia Beach, VA. Contact 689-0609 A look backwards: acknowledge their generous donations and more donations from Bing & Cory Querimit, the Mar-20-04 Saturday 6 p.m. Spring Our most recent meeting and potluck was held at Espinosa, Fontano, and Rillera families, Nony Fund Raising Dance, San Lorenzo the home of Jimbo & Jocelyn Jimeno (the Dulce's Abrajano from NaFFAA, and Ragaza Family from were under the weather!) on Sunday, January P.L.C. Proceeds went to Baguio Fil-Am's Christ- 11th was a big success. A status report for our mas Fund and helped buy gifts for our members (Continued on page 2) 501c3 Charitable application was given by the children and grandchildren at the Christmas Party. president, the 2004 Schedule is approved, and progress was made on plans for the "Baguio Shin- Thanksgiving Day Party was also held at St. Pe- Inside this issue: dig" fundraiser. Some members suggested that ter's Episcopal Church, Norfolk on Thursday Nov- we make a special effort to meet and welcome 27-03. Potluck, Shrimp, Roast Beef, Lechon were new members at one of our summer picnics, ei- all delicious. Caroling practice was held for our Guest Editorial 2 ther Mother's Day or Father's Day. Annual Caroling drive. President Manny Vergara took this opportunity to present Outstanding Ser- To help usher in the New Year, our ever generous vice awards to Mars Anongos, Robert & Linda President, Manny Vergara, spontaneously called Arcido, Mario and Norma Espinosa, Robert & Glo- Member news and News 3 for a lunch meeting at the International Buffet on ria Rillero, Emilia Forosan, Fely Cardenas, Nora from Home the 4th of January. For those who could make it Salvador, and Ben & Judy Gregg. Presidents on short notice, this resulted in a fine meal, and a Awards: Platinum - Jane Monte, Silver - Myrna IIC-5 4 productive meeting. Velbis, Gold - John & Brigette Dangos. Gene Bar- Recipes and Poems ros (AKA Santa) received Manny's Samurai Sword The Christmas Party was held at St. Peter's Epis- Award this year. Fil Am Officers 5 copal Church, Norfolk on Saturday, Dec-20-03. Besides a lively visit by Santa and games, Mem- On Nov 15, 2003, Baguio Fil-Am of Tidewater, Inc. bers Exchanged gifts in a Chinese Pollyanna. held their 18th Induction Ball at the Little Creek Again, the food was excellent, and we're already NAB Chief Petty Officers Club. Dr. Manuel Hipol, Health tip 6 looking forward to next years parties. MD, Chairman, Council of United Filipino Organi- zations of Tidewater (CUFOT), and Dr. Laarni Bi- The Annual Christmas Caroling, led by our choir- bay, MD, President of the Philippine Medical Asso- Birthdays & Anniversaries 7 master Mario (Bing)) Bansen spread some joyous ciation of SE Virginia were on hand to induct the Daily Thoughts cheer around the neighborhood again during the officers. Christmas season, including Marion Manor Nurs- President’s Corner 8 ing Home, and the homes of the Sullivans , Aban- Lively entertainment included Mario (Bing) Ban- dos and Sally (of Sally's Bakery). We would like to (Continued on page 2) PAGE 2 T HE M OU N TAI NE ER QU ARTERL Y Guest Editorial by Jocelyn Jimeno My Reflections Here we are welcoming another New Year, saying goodbye to 2003 and hailing in 2004. It has been a good year, and has been a quieter more peace- ful and hopefully a happier one for all of us. The camaraderie has been great and we always look forward to those times. But as the festivities end, as the merriment fades, let us pre- serve all these positive feelings to use for more positive changes towards the further betterment of our Baguio Fil-am I am an Igorot, I am an Ilocano, I am Tagalog.... but after that Association. what comes next???? We call on all the membership---the old-timers and the new- Our generation is not getting any younger, and time flies so comers -- to share with us their positive energies, so we can fast we cannot catch it...will we let another year go by...with all embrace each other to rebuild and strengthen the bond that just wishful thinking??? we have shared. Let us all do our parts to keep the Baguio Fil-am banner flying As we deal with the idiosyncrasies of daily life, we tend to for- proudly. We have a myriad of talented gals and guys young get our obligation of being in a community. Let us try to make and old...let us keep the songs playing, let us keep the games our little community of the Baguio FIL-AM, flourish so as to going but most of all let us keep the peace and love among us enable us to persevere and preserve the cultural heritage for all. our children to learn and inherit. And in so doing, we help our children understand their heritage and hope that they will keep The Christmas tree has come down, the lights have stopped these traditions going for future generations. blinking... The carols are no longer playing.... but the spirit of the season remains...HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!!! It is true, we are always proud to say I am a Filipino-American, (Continued from page 1) (Continued from page 1) Spiritual Center, 4556 Indian River Rd., Virginia Beach, VA. Espino- sen, singer and guitarist, and Mario and Norma Espinosa, our DJs sas-DJ, Cultural Dances Tickets $12.50- Tita Dulce 471-3990 and dance instructors. Apr-11-04 Sunday 11 a.m. Easter Sunday Picnic Egg Hunt/Potluck at The highlight of the evening was the Bontoc Dance presentation with Princess Anne Park, Shelter #2, 3475 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia John Dangos, Efren Monis, Romy Maglalang and Mario Bansen with Beach, VA. Contact Hilda Monte 689-0609, Linda Arcido 430-2742 the Gangsa (gong). May-9-04 Sunday 11 a.m. Dad's Surprise Celebration/Mother's Day Female dancers were Hilda Monte, Joselyn Jimeno, and Emilia Surprise (and Regular Meeting), location TBA. Contact Roger Velbis - Forosan. They all were soon joined by members of the audience. VP 486-2737 Melinda Burdios and family marked the one year anniversary of Ce- sar's departure by inviting everyone to join them for a special memo- rial service at their home on Sunday November 16, Warm memories of Cesar abounded. On Sunday Nov. 9th, our president, Manny Vergara called a Special General Meeting/Potluck which was held at his home, to finalize preparations for the Induction Ball, and enjoy a great cookout. Mario (Bing) Bansen, our PRO and a talented musician in his own right, hosted a Dinner/Dance at San Lorenzo on Friday October 24th. Between memorable food, music, singing, Gansa dancing, DJing by the Espinosas, and a personal appearance by Elvis Dangos, the event was a roaring success. We failed to report previously that during the 4th of July Fil-Am Friendship Day, Roger Velbis, Amy Labadan, Joyce Mayaen and all the Peace Officers received trophies for their outstanding service. Happy 2003 recipients of our annual boxes of school supplies, which go out to the various provinces of the Cordillera." - Thanks to the advice and help of Erlinda Arcido and her (better?) half! (Continued on page 5) PAGE 3 T HE M OU N TAI NE ER QU ARTERL Y Member News: of Northern Sagada (BANSA) for the implementation, with Bangan punong barangay Osenio Lay-os on the helm. Trina P. Monis is slated to be the Director of the Cardiac Program at the University of South Carolina this fall. Features include biodiversity conservation, nursery establishment, forest protection and expansion, and preservation of traditional forest Jane Monte received Honorable Mention for her piano music in the Vir- policies. ginia Beach citywide Reflections contest. During the project launching earlier this year, Sagada Mayor Thomas Killip noted its potential to succeed because it will be directly imple- Congratulations to the proud parents and grandpar- mented by the villagers themselves in accordance with their tradi- ents of newborns: tional practices. Lucas Michael White (Born 18 October '03) "You have been doing similar projects on your own and this is no dif- Keagan Neal Bolinto Cullifer (Born 18 December '03) ferent, except that the project content as initially presented, is in Eng- Katrina Leon (Born 8 January '04) lish, but which you can translate to our own dialect," Killip said during the briefing on the project features. Mission of Mercy: As planned, the children will soon be walking through the pine and Tragic disaster occurred in the province of Leyte following December 20, mossy forest and hunting grounds in an experiential learning process 2003's devastating landslides and flash floods that killed more than 150 patterned after the indigenous practices handed down through the people in the central and northeastern part of Mindanao. generations. Our Mission of Mercy organization, a Filipino Community Disaster Relief "With support from the elders, they will be planting and caring for Organization of Hampton Roads, is again activated to lend its support by trees the way our ancestors maintained these forests" said Julie Ta- helping to raise funds to help assist the victims in the Philippines. We guinay, head of the project's education committee. are appealing again to all of you for your support. For now, the kids are learning to interview their grandparents and If you have any question regarding the Mission of Mercy please give village elders to gain insight into and record these indigenous prac- Nony E. Abrajano a call at 420-4181 or Father Manalo at 471-8949 or tices that they will validate through the forest and village walks. Richie Santander at 427-0277. Pass this info to your Hampton Roads Filipino community network. "One of the common cultural practices in Northern Sagada is the maintenance of a Osaguday¹", sixth grader Kristelle Ngina wrote in News from Home: her initial vignette, "This is a certain portion of land communally taken cared of by a group of families, usually of one clan, starting from their Sagada Kids Revive Cultural Wisdom for Watershed Enhancement past generations up to the present." by Ramon Dacawi Her schoolmate, Roflyne Fangayen, focused her study on the Ouba- SAGADA, Mt. Province - Children in this upland indigenous community ya¹ holiday and the Opatpatayan¹, a ritual tree held sacred by her are tracing their cultural and environmental roots, literally and otherwise. ancestors in Bangaan barangay. In so doing, they are being given a voice and empowered to help con- serve and promote such heritage. " OUbaya¹ is a holiday for the villagers, (when) no one is allowed to work in the fields for it is considered a rest day for the villagers," Villagers in the six northern barangays of this scenic Cordillera town Roflyne noted in her writing book. "Patpatayan is sacred tree. It is have tapped the kids as key players in a two-year watershed project where offerings such as chickens, pigs are butchered." anchored on traditional resource conservation practices of Sagada's pine and mossy forests. From her talks with the elders, Mary Ann Paclan of Tanulong baran- gay learned that her ancestors came from Bika, a place in neighbor- Supported by the Small Grants Programme of the United National De- ing Abra province. She retold the story of how, in their search for a velopment Programme, the project has been dubbed "Headwaters En- new settlement, a dog led them to a big tree. hancement Project". This is to stress the vital role of the barangays serv- ing as watershed of the Amlusong River, a major tributary of the Chico "This tree was called Otanulong¹ and that's how our village got its River that feeds the rice lands downstream, into the Cagayan Valley. name," she said. Although a world-renowned haven for tourists and where western mis- Mildred Bolinget of the Aguid Primary School wrote that in the olden sionary education, through the Episcopal Church, took a foothold in the days. A Spaniard passing through asked an old woman sharpening a 1920s, Sagada has kept its cultural values intact compared to other in- piece of wood what the village's name was. digenous villages of the Cordillera. "She (misunderstood the question and) answered she was sharpen- Elders, however, feel a fraying of the cultural fabric. This prompted Sa- ing it for use in planting banana trees. And that's how Aguid got its gada natives now residing in Baguio to propose the culture-based envi- name, after the sharply pointed piece of wood." ronmental project to be implemented by the community and its children. Godfrey, who did not write his family name on his piece, said his vil- "The village elders hope it would help pass on the time-tested natural lage of Madongo was named after a mushroom locals call Odongo¹. resource management practices of northern Sagada," explained forester "One day, a group men passed by and they saw many dongo growing Manny Pogeyed who helped draft the project proposal. in the place. They called my village Madongo, meaning Omany don- go¹". In an effort to help their native communities, members of the Bangaan-Fidelisan-Tanulong-Aguid-Madungo-Pide Association of Ba- Taguinay explained that recording folklore, traditional wisdom, culture guio and Suburbs (BFTAMPABS) headed by Thomas Doga-ong submit- and history will be a vital component of the children's activities "so ted the project proposal to the UNDP. they will learn, remember and pass on to the next generation our common heritage". Following its approval, the villagers organized the Barangay Association (Continued on page 6) PAGE 4 T HE M OU N TAI NE ER QU ARTERL Y 5th Igorot International Consultation (IIC-5): 4. How much does it cost? Fee for 19 years and older is $125. Students (13-18) are $100. 12 and under are free. There is a $25 discount if you pay before January 31, 2004. Anyone that might be interested in attending the 5th Igorot Interna- tional Consultation [IIC-5] in St. Louis, is invited to learn more on 5. What does the registration fee cover? It covers all the meals, expenses Sunday 25 Jan., 1p.m., at the International Buffet, off Centerville for key speakers, rental of conference rooms and audio-visuals, snacks, Turnpike and Kempsville Rd. and other miscellaneous expenses related to the IIC-5. It does not include payment for hotel stay. You may also contact: Ben Gregg, BF-A PRO 6. Where should we stay? Since the venue for the IIC-5 is at the Radis- 757-496-7342 JuBe@att.net son Hotel, we recommend that you stay at the same hotel. Rates are dis- or James Bugtong counted for IIC-5 delegates if you book your rooms before 1 May 2004. 757-498-4560 firstname.lastname@example.org You can rent one room with two full beds (sleeps four) at $109 plus tax, queen bedroom at $89 plus tax and King bed at $89. plus tax. Credit Card Below are the questions that are frequently asked about the IIC-5. Guarantee required. Cancellation Policy: CANCEL BY 4:00PM HOTEL TIME ON JUL 01 2004 1. What are the objectives of the IIC-5? The objectives are three- = NO PENALTY. LATE CANCEL/NO SHOWS CHARGED one night. fold. a. To learn about the 1904 journey of the Igorots in the St. Louis With such liberal cancellation terms, it doesn't make much sense to wait World's Fair and how it brought us to the present day. to get in line. b. To expand our horizons by partnering with the people of St. Louis Looking the Radisson online reservations, and it looks like the online c. To forge the pathways that lead to enlightenment, never regular rates are about double of the rates IIC-5 is quoted, if you can forgetting our dignity even get it to show availability. June 30th isn't discounted, and they wanted $169+, regular rate. 2. What's the theme. The theme," Igorot: St. Louis to the World", Radisson won't reveal how many rooms are left at the IIC-5 rates, so act was voted at the San Antonio, TX meeting last year. It is to celebrate accordingly. the challenges and accomplishments of Igorots since their participa- tion at the St. Louis World Fair in 1904. With pride and dignity, the For further information about the hotel go to http://www.radisson.com/ Igorot continues his journey to the world. He is strengthened by his stlouismo_clayton. values and heritage as he faces new horizons. 7. Where can I get the IIC-5 registration forms. It should be posted in the 3. When is the IIC-5 and where? It will be held on 1-4 July 2004 at Igorot website - http://www.igorotglobal.org or call Ben Gregg Tel.: the Radisson Hotel in Clayton, Missouri which is a few minutes away 757-496-7342 from St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. gayong wala namang panakal o kutsara. Recipes: Poem: Sapat na sapat ang dinikdik na luya Today... A reminder on the taste/essence of being a Filipino or how a Filipino dish can be a pang-alis sa lansa at gilik na lasa. I wish you a day of ordinary miracles---- metaphor for life's bitter & sour side. May orasan ang pang-amoy ni nanay; A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself. "PAKSIW" nalalaman sa usok kung kailan dapat ilagay An unexpected phone call from an old friend. Abot-abot ang paghanga ko kay nanay ang sahog na ampalaya't siling panigang Green stoplights on your way to work or shop. kapag nagluluto siya ng paksiw. at kung kailan sapat ang pagkakakulo I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in... Kung hiwain ang katawan ng isda at maari nang hanguin ang niluluto. The fastest line at the grocery store. tila may guhit na sinusundan ang kampit At kapag tinatanong ko ang lihim ng timpla, A good sing along song on the radio. Buong-buo ang apdo, hasang, at bituka tipid na ngiti at ito ang sagot niya: Your keys right where you look. kapag dinukot sa tiyang wakwak na. "Anak, balang araw, matututunan mo rin I wish you a day of happiness and perfection-- Kapag ang isda'y nasa kaldero na, kung paano sasarap ang pait at asim." I wish you little bite-size pieces of perfection that basta-basta ibinubuhos ang suka give you the funny feeling that the Lord is smiling on you, holding you so gently because you are some- mula sa bote ng Tanduay na haba. one special and rare. - contributed by Edwin (Bing) Quirimit May panlasa ang matang I wish You a day of Peace, Happiness and Joy. Re- member to Make the Time TODAY, To do some- nakakaalam ng asim sa isang linga. thing Special for a Total Stranger. Have a TERRI- FIC day! Bilang na bilang ang butil na pampalasa kung magbudbud ng asin at paminta - Contributed by Fely Cardenas PAGE 5 T HE M OU N TAI NE ER QU ARTERL Y Baguio Fil-Am Officers 2004: Conrad Gatchalian Fely Cardenas (Inducted Nov 15, 2003) Domingo Bolinto Gloria Rillera Florence Ferrera President - Peace Officers - Alba Bassig Manny Vergara Ron Monte Romy Fontanos Membership and Recruitment: Vice Presidents - Jimbo Jimeno Roy Gatchalain John Dangos (1st) Johnny Labadan Rosemarie Redes Roger Velbis (2nd) Manny Mogen Benedicta Gatchalain Jess Ladrillo Delia Gatchalain Secretaries - Rudy Dulce Joyce Mayaen (1st) Romy Maglalang Logistic Officers: Amelia Labadan (2nd) Ron Rillera 2004 Appointees: Don Gatewood Treasurers - Orlando De Guzman Tita Dulce (1st) Board of Directors: Ernie Oribello Emelia Forosan (2nd) Art Picart John Hoke Jocelyn Jimeno Public Relations Officers - Rolly Cedo Baguio Fil-Am of Tidewater Advisers: Mario (Bing) Bansen Wagner Buting Jun Sandoval Ben Gregg Ching Monis Mario Espinosa Vickie Querimit Hilda Monte Auditors - James Bugtong Efren Monis Lito Mayaen Romy Daus Linda Arcido Edwin Quirimit Amy Labadam Willie Austria Gene Caburian Dolly Anongos Businesses Managers - Manny Vergara Rey Salvador PCC Baguio Fil-Am Board of Directors: Adie Bugtong (Continued from page 2) IRS 501c3 Tax-Exempt Status Report Our lawyer has reviewed our bylaws, and made some changes in order to comply with require- ments for Articles of Incorporation. We have obtained a Tax Identification number for our organization. Now we are awaiting a Deter- mination Letter granting us tax-exempt status (Sometimes, IRS first requests more information.) Once we obtain our Copy of the IRS Determination Letter, some of the many benefits we become eligible are: 1. Tax-deductibility of donations to the organization < we can give tax-deductible receipts for all cash and non-cash donations. 2. Lower nonprofit postage rates for mailing over 250 identical pieces of mail. 3. Public service announcements on radio and TV (free but limited availability). 4. Limited liability for directors and officers for operations of the organization. 5. Perpetual existence. The corporation continues on after the death of the founder(s). 6. Government and private grants are available for tax-exempt organizations. 7. Some stores and businesses give a discount to nonprofit corporations and employees of non- profits. Some publications give an advertising discount to nonprofit organizations. 8. We may be eligible to obtain food from a government food bank. 9. Once our organization secures tax-exempt status, it is permanent. We don't have to go back and renew it, ever. PAGE 6 T HE M OU N TAI NE ER QU ARTERL Y (Continued from page 3) calling on the entire community and that of Sagada not to allow this to hap- pen. The children's feature of the headwaters enhancement project was inspired by "Eco-Walk". A similar indigenous culture-based The Banao Declaration, as it is now becoming known, is being circulated in environmental program for kids in Baguio which last year received Besao and Sagada for consensus. Once enough supporters are gathered, the Global 500 Roll of Honour from the United Nations Environ- through a signature campaign, the declaration will be presented to President mental Programme. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Eco-Walk volunteers are helping the villagers flesh out the chil- It is hoped that once Arroyo knows the sentiments of the people in this part dren's activities as part of the Baguio's inter-local government unit of Mtn. Province, she will make the appropriate action. At the very least, support program. Arroyo could inform the various arms of the government on the sentiment of Besao folk and take measures in order to keep the lake and its surrounding Noting the need for cultural sensitivity and to ensure a strong areas from being desecrated. sense of ownership of their project, the kids here dubbed it "Tobbogan". ** Joel Belinan, zigzagweekly.com Teachers guiding the children in their writing said the term capsu- lizes the indigenous process of enhancing the productivity of a traditional water source. - baguiocityonline.com/ Besao folk declare Lake Banao sacred Can anyone title a piece of land which has been considered sa- cred land? The Besao people are starting to stop such an event from hap- pening in one of their sacred areas - the Banao Lake - by coming Health Tip: up with a formal document which is hoped will stop any person from owning any portion of its surrounding land. Take them to the doctor for check-ups Of course you take your child to the pediatrician when she's sick, According to the oral history of Besao, the Banao Lake is hal- but don't forget age-appropriate routine check-ups (called "well lowed and used only by people in dire need. "Banao is a mystic child visits"); it's much easier to prevent health problems than to lake as its water does not come from higher ground. It is located treat them. Schedule dental visits every six months and eye ex- in one of the highest mountains in that area. Instead, water rises ams every two years. from under the mountain to form the lake and its waters flow through outlets that eventually irrigate the rice fields of the Besao people and other nearby communities. Its water not only supplies irrigation but also provides drinking water for the locals," the Besao folk's declaration said. The declaration seeks to stop anyone from owning any part of the Banao Lake saying that everyone must enjoy from the blessings that the lake would grant. Last October 27, elders gave evidences that the lake is sacred. The practice of offering sacrificial animals to Kabunian - whom the elders say created the lake - is but one proof that the people of Besao consider this area of their town as holy. They also narrated times when the lake would inexplicably dry up only to return when offerings and prescribed rituals are once again performed. The land surrounding Lake Banao can be tilled by anyone from Besao and neighboring Sagada, but only when circumstances drive them to. The elders said that when iBesaos or iSagadas find themselves with nothing left to eat, they are allowed by the elders to cultivate the land so that they can have something to eat and tide over the hard times. But throughout the history of this mountain community, no one has tried to own any part of the sacred Banao Lake. That is until recent history when some residents have tried to declare portions of it their own through tax declarations. Some even went to the extent of fencing off prime areas for their own profit. There was even a time when a building was constructed close to the lake which included a proposed fish hatchery. The elders called for the stop of the construction and the building remains a skeleton marring the beautiful landscape of the lake. But the efforts to protect the lake by the elders may all come to naught if the plan of some to title its surrounding land comes to fruition. The Banao declaration hopes to stop such speculation by PAGE 7 T HE M OU N TAI NE ER QU ARTERL Y March Daily thoughts: Sincere condolences go out to 3-2 Jeff Sampilo the families of 3-4 Rene Leon 1. The length of a film should be directly related to the 3-4 Benito Balawos endurance of the human bladder. Alfred Hitchcock Isabel Mata passed away on 04 Jan 2004 3-6 Ron Madera ( mother of Myrna & Nato Leon) 3-7 Susan Sullivan 2. Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in 3-7 La Picart trouble. -- Frank Tyger Sonny Vicente, the husband of Lily Vicente, 3-9 Percy Azarias passed away on 26 Dec. '03. 3-11 Tony Picardo 3. The greatest gift that you can give yourself is a little 3-11 Mellisa Querimit bit of your own attention. -- Anthony J. D'Angelo Wilfred E. Calica, the husband of Rosezella 3-11 Melinda Querimit Calica, passed away on Dec. 30, 2003. 3-12 KC Salvador 4. People and things do not upset us, rather we upset 3-15 Jennifer Azarias ourselves by believing that they can upset us. -- Al- Lorna Degusman's father, who passed away 3-17 Patrick Digman bert Ellis November 8, 2003. 3-17 Patrick Aquintey 3-23 Gloria Hermoso 5. People forget how fast you did a good job, but they New Members: 3-26 Gerry Cenzon remember how well you did it. -- Howard W. Newton Laddie & Maria Cruz 3-27 Roger Panelo Carlito Gambito April 6. What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty David & Debbie Greig 4-2 Ada Bugtong is goodness. -- Leo Tolstoy Lucia Johnson 4-2 Brian Panelo Dennis & Aurora Barao 4-3 Julius Anongos 7. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever Benhur & Yvonne Damag (recruited by Julius 4-4 Steve Redd wasted. -- Aesop & Maurice Damag) 4-4 Alysson Quiling Chris & Linda Dentith (recruited by Susan Sul- 4-7 Art Bautista 8. Talking much about oneself can also be a means to livan) 4-8 Lovella Panelo conceal oneself. -- Friedrich Nietzsche Roger Llamar (recruited by Rolly Cedo) 4-11 Romy Maglalang 4-12 Bob Arcido 9. A soft answer turneth away wrath. Proverbs 15:1 Returning Members: 4-14 Tasha Lei Vergara Richard & Susan Sullivan 4-14 Kristopher Gatchalian 10. Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult 4-14 Rex Aycud for some people, nor, for others, easier. -- Baltazar Get Well Soon: 4-15 John Alferes Gracian John Hoke, Julie Aycud McCollum and Perla 4-18 Mary Jane Panelo Tabancura, who has asked us to pray for a 4-19 Rudy Hermoso 11. Experience is a great advantage. The problem is miracle! 4-20 Jasmine Bibay that when you get the experience, you're too damned 4-21 Joseph Daus old to do anything about it. -- Jimmy Connors Birthdays: 4-23 Arlene Digman January 4-23 Arlene Aquintey 12. The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working 1-1 Jun Sandoval 4-27 Lita Anongos the moment you get up in the morning and does not 1-2 Linda Gutierrez 4-30 Michelle Flora stop until you get into the office. -- Robert Frost 1-6 Gary Baltazar 1-7 Anne Cabacoy Anniversaries (Weddings): 13. That is the saving grace of humor, if you fail, no 1-7 Cory Querimit January one is laughing at you. -- A. Whitey Brown 1-12 Ching Monis 1-3 Richard and Susan Sullivan 1-17 Karen Picardo 1-20 Tony & Karen Picardo 14. Consider the rights of others before your own feel- 1-22 Katherine Cabacoy 1-26 Ron & Hilda Monte ings, and the feelings of others before your own 1-25 Tyler Madera February rights. -- John Wooden 1-25 Lito Mayaen 2-6 Gene & Susan Barros 1-27 Larry Damron 2-15 Steve & Joyce Redd 15. The public will believe anything, so long as it is 1-31 Roland Bibay March not founded on truth. -- Edith Sitwell February 3-16 Butch & Florence Rio 2-3 Joseph Dentith 3-27 Ed and Cora Querimit 16. A professional is a person who can do his/her 2-6 Romy Daus April best at a time when he/she doesn't particularly feel 2-7 Jerel Gutierrez 4-2 Johnny & Amy Labadan like it. -- Alistair Cooke 2-9 Emilie Ladrillono 4-3 Rey & Nora Salvador 2-12 Renato Leon 4-8 Efren & Ching Monis 17. When one person hesitates because he feels infe- 2-13 Juan Presto 4-10 Myke and Jennifer Pangwi rior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming 2-14 Hazel Daus 4-16 Larry and Margaret Damron superior. -- Henry C. Link 2-15 Janelle Gutierrez 4-17 Primo and Alice Alferes 2-15 Silvestre Agnaonao 4-23 Jess & Vicky Querimit 18. Obstacles are those frightful things you see when 2-16 Lilibeth Aycud 4-26 Fred and Lydia Veraque you take your eyes off the goal. -- Hannah More 2-18 Jenny Sampilo 4-30 Roger and Myrna Velbis 2-23 Jocelyn Veraque 19. I write down everything I want to remember. That 2-23 Rosalind Piluden way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remem- 2-24 Mario Marasigan ber what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking 2-28 Connie Manalac for the paper I wrote it down on. -- Beryl Pfizer - Contributed by Roger Velbis Baguio Fil-Am of Tidewater, Inc 5225 Dundee Lane Virginia Beach, VA 23464-7631 Tel.: h. 757-479-3214, cell.: 287-6827 baguiofilam.duyan.com Email: email@example.com www.baguiofilam. duyan.com Our Mountaineer Newsletters are in color on our web Presidents Corner: Brothers, sisters, old, young and new members- Greetings to all. As you must already know, I've been called upon to serve as your president for another year, so my farewell message in the last issue was a little premature. Those of you who didn't make it to our induction, Thanksgiving and Christmas Parties missed a lot of fun, friendship and bonding to our Associa- tion. To begin, I would like to thank your Manang Hilda and Jocelyn for doing an outstanding job during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and all officers and members who came and helped us for the Induction, Thanksgiving, Caroling and Christmas. This years Fil-AM Friendship Day will continue to be held on July 4th instead of moving to Filipino Independence Day, as had been mentioned as a possibility. Since I will be attending the IIC in St Louis on July 4, I want to thank the Vice President Roger Velbis for taking over the helm for the Filipino American Friendship Day picnic and parade in Redwing Park. A "Let's get together Party" was one of the ideas at our last meeting so we could meet the new members of our organization. So I call upon you to Please come and attend our gatherings. We welcome you with open arms. This is an opportunity for new friendships. We've started a new tradition of bringing to the monthly meetings a Birthday Cake for those members whose birthday falls in that month. So don't miss out! I hope to report on the progress of our scholarship project when I get back from my trip to the Philippines. While in the Philippines next month, I also hope to be of assis- tance by recruiting medical personnel. More details can be found at: http://home.att.net/~jube/VergaraEnterprises.html May this year be a fruitful and successful one for all of us. Manny B. Vergara President 2004 See yourself in print! Suggested deadline for submissions of articles for next issue is March 31 Thanks to all those who have contributed to the Mountaineer Newsletter. This is your publication, so if you have funny stories, accomplishments, honors, milestones, anniversaries, birthdays, tidbits, news from home, want to rat on your friends, etc... - let your Public Relations Officers know so it can be mentioned (or not! :-) We'll credit contributors. Errors and corrections to: Mario (Bing) Bansen, PRO 4621 Jeanne St. Apt. 202, VA Beach, VA 23462 Tel.: 552-0320 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ben & Judy Gregg, PROs 1972 Sandee Crescent, VA Beach, VA 23454 Tel.: 496-7342 email: JuBe@att.net Publishing assistance - Mario Marasigan - "Honorary PRO!" Tel: 686-7231, cell 575-1104, Email: email@example.com Printing by Edwin (Bing) Querimit Tel: 490-9013, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Proofreading assistance by Roger & Myrna Velbis.
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