Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Villanueva: On reunions and ties

FABulous People

BATCH love. Going personal, my batch, the Saint Louis School Center of 2001 had our fourth reunion at Chocolate de Batirol last September 22.

It was my first time to attend due to time constraints at school and hospital duties. It was indeed nice to look back and reminisce the good old days with friends. It certainly added to life’s zest and socials.

As we matured through time and experiences, I can say that our batch is full of love. We are sincerely proud of each other’s achievements. The tight hugs, eagerness to share stories, catching up on the past years, the laughter that made our jaws and tummy hurt and the old “kanchawan” with puppy loves and “kakulitan”/hardheadedness in school are all good memories.

Some ended up to be couples and had children amongst our batch, while some remained good friends after breakups. Real friendship will always be there and we will always be a family. A reminder that whatever and wherever life might throw us, we will always be those happy and caring kids that will watch each other's back.

Here goes a special shout out to the organizers of this event, and to the sponsors as well! Thank you so much from the bottom of our hypothalamus! God bless and God speed batchmates! Photo by Cha Oliva.

The first Baguio Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Strengthening our ties and recognizing the contributions of the Chinese culture to Cordillera’s history, educational and entertaining activities were held at the Baguio Museum last September 22.

Presentations were the lion dance, “The Full Moon Rising” exhibit, historical excerpts of the Mid-Autumn Festival, cultural renditions, Chinese painting demonstrations, wushu and Tachi exhibitions, lighting of torches for prosperity and film showing. These were through the leadership of Peter Ng (president of the Baguio-Benguet Cantonese Association) and the Baguio Museum among others.

Exhibits will be up to October 15. Info from Stella de Guia. Photos by Brenda Villanueva.

Vallejo, Baguio Renew Ties. The City of Vallejo in California and this city signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will further boost the ties on economic exchanges as they celebrate the silver anniversary of their friendship. Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan led the city government in the signing of the renewed MOU together with the local officials while Vallejo City Councilor Rozzana Verder Aliga led their delegates.

Among possible projects is the development of the Asin Hydro in Tuba, Benguet; the desire of Vallejo to bring to Baguio their slightly used desktop and laptop computers which are in good condition that our students can use; and a possible youth exchange, to involve the youth in the arts and culture which Youth Council Federation president Levy Lloyd Orcales said they are looking forward to.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, Chair of the Sisterhood Relations Committee said that private sectors, leaders from education, trade, and industry and tourism, have been having significant discussions that have resulted to regular transfer of technology and understanding in each cultures, values, and attitudes, leading to a deeper understanding and sister city endearment between the two cities.” Info from Liza Agoot. Photos by Dave Leprozo Jr.


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