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Bacolod City, PhilippinesFriday, January 28, 2011
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Surprised on her birthday!

BUDDAI

On a sad note, I miss my good friend Jose “Joe” Leonardia who passed away last Tuesday. Thank you for making my life happier, for the little gifts that are my treasures, and the invaluable advices that make life more simple. You are one of the top couturiers Bacolod ever had. Your creations are still valued by friends and clients.

Rest now for you are in God’s warm embrace. I will miss you.

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It was a well-planned and a conspiracy among only daughter Malou Granada, the Ciocon family, and high school classmates at La Consolacion College who surprised birthday gal Delia Ciocon Granada last Thursday. The party pushed through with the help of her nieces and some of her classmates’ busy fingers texting and calling, especially balikbayan Bulak Dacles.

At seven in the evening, all classmates and special friends were holed up in the receiving room with dim lights to welcome the celebrator. It was sister-in-law Ditas Ciocon who texted daughter Marides Mapa that they were on the way home. When she opened the door, the lights were turned on and everybody sang “Happy Birthday” led by the Ciocon family headed by Roseller Ciocon.

After the greetings and beso-beso, we proceeded to the extension dining room with a green large canopy that could accommodate even 200 guests. Tempura shrimps were cooked in front of the visitors. The Former Bacolod Murcia choir entertained the crowd with their melodious songs.

A video-taped presentation about the celebrator was shown, followed by the never-ending dance, dance, dance. A short program was emceed by JB Mapa and Raymond Dilag who are quite professional in their new job as emcees. Malou Granada gave a short talk and thanked all her classmates, friends and relatives for coming. To Delia, more birthdays to celebrate and God bless you.

Remember: When facing a crisis, trust God and move forward. Our desire to please God is our highest motive for obeying Him.*

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