Hi folks! Itís nice to know that we are now publishing
the second issue of the Newsletter. We hope that we will be able to continue
with it as a way to keep in touch with the Membership. To tell you the
truth, Iím already looking forward to the next issue! For now, Iím
hoping that I have enough tidbits to share with you. Just to make sure I do,
I would like you to get in touch with me about whatís going on in your
life (details on this at the end of this column). Share with us, the happy
times as well as the sad times.. We would like to bask in your joy as well
as empathize with your gloom. We can certainly pray that our Lord would give
us more of the former and less of the latter.
First of course is the news from our President, Pearl Garganera-Gauzon.
Wedding bells rang for her daughter Carmela (Mia for short) and Clifford
"Cliff" Schamber on April18 last year at St. Rose of Lima Church
in Gaithersburg, MD.. Congratulations to the newlyweds. May your union be
blessed with more joy in years to come.
Two new names has been added to our list of Grandmas. As of last report
they were busy fussing over their "Apos". Congratulations to
Grandma Irene Jaro whose daughter Madolyn and Son-In-Law
Chip Hamilton are the proud parents of Tyler William. If thatís
not enough to keep her busy, her son Joel and his wife Nelia just
had a baby girl of their own. Her name is Christina Marie. We also
announce the arrival of Anna Marie, born to Joe and Julie Vallario.
She is the former Julie Huntington whose parents are no other than
our very active members Ted and Claire Huntington. This writer is
fortunate enough to be there as I work at the same hospital where the baby
was born.. These two grandmas should be considered armed with a bag full of
baby pictures and is considered to be dangerous to be asking about their
grandchildren unless you have at least 30 minutes to spend.
Nestor and Willie Camina hosted a dinner on August 25 in honor of Congressman
Anthony Dequina of Cotabato. On hand to celebrate the occasion
were: Joe Burgos, Tessie Calderon, Emma Dacquel, Les Digamon, Agnes and
Lando Evidente, Nerita Estampador-Ulep, Paeng Fial, Apin Gatchalian, Pearl
Gauzon, Tess Guevara-Taylor, Claire and Ted Huntington, Irene Jaro , Nelia
Mirasol-Locsin, Rochelle and Jess Lopez. Emma and Denny Resumadero, Beth and
John Swallow, and last but certainly not least, the Vigilars.
Congressman Dequina was very glad to have been given the opportunity to meet
the Ilonggos of metropolitan Washington, DC. He gave a briefing on the
current national defense of the Philippines of which he is the Chairman in
the House as well as answered questions on a variety of issues such as the Spratly Islands, the Visitors Foreign Aid, real
property ownership, overseas voting rights and dual citizenship. .
We mourn the passing of one of our most active members, Veronica Fial.
Veron as we fondly call her, will be sadly missed. Expressions of Sympathy
and Condolences can be directed to Paeng Fial who can be reached at
703-916-9148 . Prayers can be said at anytime. Fr. John Barro, a visiting
Filipino priest, now taking classes at the Washington Theological Union,
said the Mass of the Resurrection.
The Association would like to recognize Dr. Willie Camina and
Dr. Diosdado Ulep for donating a bountiful supply of antibiotics, heart
pills, diabetes pills, and other drugs that are now on their way to the
Philippines in care of Dr. Fe Tigtig Mamon of HELP-Panay. We also
laud the "packing crew", headed by Emma Resumadero, with
the help of Susan Lavilla (our new member), Jess and Rochelle
Lopez, Pearl Gauzon, and Mamie Curameng( thatís me. I
helped too you know).
Iím sure itís hard to miss the new logo and the new name of our
Newletter. Our thanks to Andrew Evidente, who designed the logo and
to Nestor Camina who gave it a new name -- Budyong. Drs. Elmo
and Offie Gayoso kindly put up the $75 prize. Nestor, in turn,
donated the amount to AIM. Such gesture should not go unrecognized. AIM
thanks Nestor for his spontaneous generosity.
Boy, are we getiing High-Tech around here. Did you know that AIM has its
very own website? Yes, we do! Itís http://members.tripod.com/ilonggos/index.html.
I have not visited it myself but I heard itís good. Ilonggos, globally,
have dropped by, leaving encouraging, amusing and interactive messages. Why
donít we all try it soon? Better still, bookmark it for easy access next
On Saturday, September 18, AIM held its annual family picnic at the Lake
Accotink Park in Springfield, VA. After days of drizzle and fog the past
days, for a change, the sun was out, and the temperature was in the low 80ís.
Everyone had a good time snapping pictures, downing savory dishes and just
wholesome interaction all around. Jess Lopez took charge of the food
menu. Mommy Fe Burgos prepared a spread for her granddaughterís
birthday, which was celebrated in the Park with everyone joining in the
singing of Happy Birthday. Joelle turned 7 and received the good
wishes of the picnickers.
AIM was one of two Filipino-American organizations invited by Ambassador Ernesto Maceda at Vice
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyoís reception held in the Philippine
Embassy last Monday, September 27. Delicious Filipino food and
hospitality pervaded. Among the guests were: Nestor Camina, Ted and
Claire Huntington with their son Jay, Irene Jaro, Pearl
Garganera-Gauzon, Vic Paul Guevara, Benny Sian, Zeny Tabligan, Salome Tan.
News Flash!! This just in. Our Alma Pabilona, who is
currently the Vice-Principal of The Immaculate Conception School was
recently selected to be among the Whoís Who in a leading Teacherís
Publication. Go girl!!
Donít forget to check our schedule of events. Perhaps you would like to
add to it.
That should wrap it up till the next issue. We would like to hear from
you so we can mention your activities in the next issue. You can use the
phone and call me or you can e-mail me at MAMIEMOON@AOL.COM.
We look forward to hearing from you. Till thenÖ...