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Thursday, January 31, 2008

UST Central Seminary Homecoming

They came, they saw and they were conquered!

This year's UST-ALPA homecoming -- January 22-23 -- outdid last year's homecoming  which was already a breakthrough in the annals of the Central Seminary's homecoming.  Although the hosting batch started late,  the diligence of the seminarian-coordinators saved the day for them.  Of course,  the close to P100,000.00 our batch left with them to start with was a big boost.  Aside from that our batch (composed of 81 & 82) donated to the Central Seminary foundation almost the same amount.  

The latest Thomasian Bishops -- Bishop Ric Baccay (auxiliary of Tuguegarao), Bishop Julius Tonel (of Ipil Prelature) and a Chinese-Taipei bishop (whose name escaped me) -- were special honorees.  

As usual,  the games with the UST Tigers were well attended.  This time,  we played at the University Gym.  The electrifying Salinggawi Dance Troupe provided the half-time entertainment.  I coached the white team,  which won for the second consecutive year.

Priest-turned-governor, Ed "among Ed" Panlilio,  was guest speaker in the first day.  Again,  this is the first time that the auditorium was filled with the alumni (they normally stay out and continue bonding with their classmates).  His message which came out loud and clear:  "Don't imitate me!"


Friday, January 18, 2008

Latest picture of Lonlon & Vince

On the left is Vince,  son of Danny.  This intelligent young man is with his mom at Virginia.

On the right is Lonlon,  the youngest of the three boys of my sister Ermie,  who was widowed March last year!  Lonlon is graduating from his course, B.S. Psychology, at the Lyceum of Batangas.  A computer buff and a dancer,  Lonlon is now taking up his OJT.

Some of my latest activities

I visited the Home for the Aged in Bauan, Batangas.  In this picture,  Ms. Paulina Rosales, one of the Trustees of this Charitable foundation is talking to the visitors,  some parishioners of St. Mary Euphrasia, Kumintang Ilaya, Batangas City,  who at that time of my visit, went there to feed the old people of the house. Among those who visited the aged was Ate Unding Arazola,  whom I asked to pose behind Ka Isidro Marasigan.    

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

New Year Exchange Gifts

As usual, we decided to open the christmas gifts during the day when everyone would be available. It was decided that the evening of January 1 was the best time for this. So, even if this was my first day in my new residence, I made myself free. So with Fr. Lou, who was fortunate to have his masses all in the morning. After taking siesta to recover some lost strength (from the December grind of daily Masses/marriages/blessings), he arrived home shortly before six in the evening. It was only Dannie who was not around.

Ate Coring came with May, who gamely worked on the white hair on my head. When it was decided to ahve the exchange gifts, she called for Kuya Leo, who was so thin and haggard, who drove together with Ana Lea.

Ermie, who prepared the food, has only Eric who's not around.

El was there together with wife Cena and kids -- Camille and CJ. El was so profuse with his gratitude to God in seeing his family complete and his wife accepted by Inay.

Mayet and Didi were the usual gracious hosts to the exchange gift. It was around the Christmas tree in their house that we gathered in the evening, after supper.

Inay, the center of the event, was there ever radiant, wearing the earrings and necklace that Fr. Lou gave her for Christmas. Fe Aguila (whom we call chairman) was our special guest. Fe arrived shortly after lunch and exchanged stories with everyone, especially on her newly-married Kuya Ambo, who is also a family friend.

Inay gave her message and of course, I gave the more serious message. It is not only for Inay and her sons and daughters but I emphasized the "handling on a family tradition to the next generation", that exchange of gifts are really exchange of ourselves, a bonding in unity and love of brothers and sisters, of the members of God's family. It is the family that is the first church, the first temple of God.

We remember those who are not with us physically like Vince, Danny's son, who is in the United States with his mother.

After the exchanges of gifts, we departed: Ate Coring's family to their residence at Bukal, Manghinao; Fr. Lou to san isidro, Batangas City and myself to Lipa City. Fe rode with fr. Lou; while El's family I drove to their home at Balete, Batangas City.

That's how the Dolor Family started the New Year!

About Me

a priest who's passion is social communications (broadcast, press et al), youth formation. Adaptable and tolerant. Want to please everybody; work-addicted and adventurous; easy to please and eager to learn.