First runner-up

We’ve been away for a while, and to continue our balitaan here we’re publishing a short thank-you note we received from Aarthi Kalyan, who eventually won first runner-up in the Miss India-Canada beauty pageant held recently. Here it is:

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Vote for Aarthi

Aarthi Kalyan, Malu Ortiz’s lovely daughter, has been chosen to be one of the 16 finalists for this year’s edition of  Miss India-Canada. As its name suggests, the beauty pageant is open to young Canadian women with Indian roots. We are requesting all of you to make Aarthi the most popular candidate by voting online. Click this link to cast your vote and to learn more about her and the competition. Good luck, Aarthi!

Mississauga reunion

We are sharing here some photos and footage of the recent get-together held by our North American-based classmates and batchmates in Mississauga, Ontario. Present were host Malu Ortiz, Mario Mercado, Josephine Urbiztondo, Antonina Avendaño, Evangeline Capulong and former Filipino teacher Miss Salome Tamayo. We gathered that another reunion is to be held at Mario’s place next year.

Thanks, Bangge, for sharing these pictures (click here to view) and Malu, for the video.