Nanay Juanita

Nanay Juanita

Remy Tuazon informed us today that Nanay Juanita, mother of London-based classmate Renee ‘Chie’ dela Peña, had passed away last November 5. Interment is on November 14. Please get in touch with Remy if you want to go to the wake in Tondo. Our sincerest condolences to Chie and the Dela Peña family.

The photos posted here were taken in 2009 during Nanay Juanita’s 89th birthday celebration. Her well-wishers then included Remy and husband Danny Martin, Didi Espiritu, Rorie Quijano, Gil Buan, George Hizon, Ana Marie Joaquin, Larry Ramos, and  Ma’am Beth Bustamante.

Nanay Juanita

nanay juanita

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Vacation photo

As you all know, Chie dela Peña was in the Philippines recently and we are posting here some photos of her bonding time with the peps. These pictures were taken during her birthday celebration at Ruby Gaviola’s kubol in Quezon City; Zeny and June Vigo’s belated and advance birthday party in Calamba, Laguna; and her out-of-town trip with Remy Tuazon’s family, which included a visit to White Rock Beach in Olongapo.

One of those who attended Chie’s birthday was Evelyn Bongalon, who finally managed to join the group.

Click here to view the photos.

Pamorningan sa QC

If  you haven’t received Remy Tuazon’s email recently, here’s to remind all of you that Chie dela Peña, who arrived in Manila last April 23, is celebrating her birthday on May 6 at Noel and Ruby Guevarra’s residence in Quezon City.

Chie’s golden day is actually on May 10, but the peps decided to hold it earlier because Keith dela Cruz is leaving the country on May 9 and another balikbayan classmate, Pearly Jaramilla, is going back to Japan on May 8.

The celebration will start from 7 p.m. till 7 a.m. “Kaya wala talagang tulugan,” said Remy.

We have yet to hear from Eric Macatangay who’s also supposed to be in Manila by this time. Mel Abas, on the other hand, is due to arrive on May 10, so we are planning to hold a separate welcome get-together for him.

Chie bangs

Chie dela Pena

Manila’s scorching heat is so severe it can somehow make you forget certain things – for example, Chie dela Peña’s birthday yesterday. From all of us here in the Philippines and elsewhere, we would like to extend our heartfelt felicitations to our dearest friend Chie, shown above posing at the Kew Garden in London. We hope you had a nice time celebrating your day.

Meantime, wait for further announcement about Keith dela Cruz’s birthday bash this week.

Farmville addicts

What’s this thing about Farmville that makes many people, including some peps, addicted to it? If you haven’t heard of it, Farmville is a game featured in social networking services such as Facebook and Friendster.  As its name suggests, you go into farming and your reward could be a big farm like the one above, which, incidentally, is a product of Eric Macatangay’s laborious planting and harvesting.

And Eric is not doing it alone. He has recently converted Chie dela Peña and Nitz Mercado to become farmers themselves. Visit them on Facebook to see how their farms are doing.

Kaya pala nawawala si Nitz?

Sulat ni tatay

sulatAnak,

Pasensya ka na kung medyo mabagal akong nagususulat sa mga sandaling ito. Alam ko naman kasing mabagal ka ring magbasa.

Nandito na kami sa Estados Unidos para bantayan ang bagong biling bahay ng kapatid mo. Pero hindi ko maibigay sa iyo ang address dahil dinala ng dating nakatira, para daw hindi na sila magpalit ng address. HIndi ko tuloy alam kung anong address ang gagamitin ng kapatid mo.

Maganda ang lugar na ito dahil malayo sa Maynila. Dalawang beses lang umulan sa linggong ito: tatlong araw noong una at apat na araw noong pangalawa.

Nakakainis lang ang mga paninda dito. Katulad na lang nung nabili kong shampoo, ayaw bumula. Nakasulat kasi ‘FOR DRY HAIR’ kaya hindi ko binabasa ang buhok ko kapag ginagamit ko. Mamaya ay ibabalik ko sa Walmart at magrereklamo ako.

Noong isang araw naman ay hindi ako makapasok sa bahay dahil ayaw bumukas ng padlock. Nakasulat kasi ay ‘YALE, eh aba namalat na ako sa kasisigaw ay hindi pa din bumubukas. Magrereklamo din ako sa nagbenta ng bahay. Akala nila hindi ko alam na SIGAW ang tagalog ng YALE. Wise yata ang tatay n’yo.

Mayroon nga pala akong nabiling magandang jacket at tiyak na magugustuhan mo. Ipinadala ko na sa iyo sa ‘Federal Express’. Medyo napamahal nga dahil mabigat daw ang mga butones. Kaya ang ginawa ko, tinanggal ko na lang ang mga butones at inilagay ko na lang sa bulsa ng jacket. Ikabit mo na lang pagdating diyan.

Nagpadala rin ako ng tseke para sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo. Hindi ko na pinirmahan dahil gusto kong maging anonymous donor. Nakakahiya naman kung ipagkakalat ko pa.

Ang kapatid mo palang si Jhun ay may trabaho na dito. Mayroon siyang 500 na tao sa ilalim niya. Naggugupit siya ngayon ng damo sa memorial park. Ok naman ang kita above minimum ang sahod.

Malapit na rin nga palang manganak ang Ate Baby mo. Pero hindi ko pa alam kung babae o lalake, kaya hindi ko pa masasabi kung ikaw ay bagong uncle or auntie.

Wala na akong masyadong balita. Sumulat ka sa amin nang madalas, para naman paggradweyt mo ng high school ngayong Marso ay marunong ka ng magsulat.

Love,

Tatay

P.S. Maglalagay sana ako ng pera, kaya lang ay naisara ko na ang envelope. Next time na lang ha?

No arms, no legs, no worries

Our previous post on True love may have inspired our friend Reny dela Peña that she suggested this video feature on Nick Vujicic, a guy born with no arms and legs but still manages, through sheer determination, to lead a normal life.

In the email she sent us today, Reny informed us she is planning to spend her Christmas vacation in the Philippines this year. She missed our July 2008 reunion and she’s wondering if we could have a repeat this December.

The table is now open for bright ideas ….