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Bacolod City, PhilippinesFriday, July 1, 2011

The San Juan tradition

BUDDAI

Last June 24, Friday, was the feast of St. John the Baptist. As a tradition, all barangays like Banago, Santo Niño San Juan, and Punta Taytay that are near the shorelines, honor him by celebrating their yearly fiesta.

I attended the 8 a.m. Mass at the residence of Lourdes and Emma Lipa, officiated by Fr. Jude Serfino of San Sebastian Cathedral, followed by the baptism of many children.

My group, composed of Marian Hojilla, Ron and Bing Melcher, Carmen and Gloria Villanueva, Fe Yulo and balikbayan Daph Robles from Germany, with Fr. Jude Serfino, enjoyed a hearty breakfast and later a mouth-watering lunch.

In the evening at the Brgy. 12 ground was the coronation of Miss Gay Diosa. Winners were Bambie Perez who was crowned Miss Gay Diosa, 1st runner-up Miss Rebecca , 2nd runner-up Felicity Diolu.

Former Brgy. Capt. Marcelo Uberas, Joy Diva, last year’s Diva Queen and SK Chairman Ana Mae Sumalangcay, proclaimed and crowned Queen Bambie. The affair was organized by Dianara Segovia, the SK Chairman and the members.

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This month of June, our group celebrated three different occasions: first Nora Tinsay’s birthday in her lovely home, with the food cooked and prepared by her chef. Two days later we went to Cadiz City to attend the whole day celebration of Raquel Ramos Militar’s 70th birthday. Aside from the two lechons, there were blue crabs, giant prawns, roasted squid and delicious pangat. Though it was drizzling, we toured Cadiz City and dropped at their flea market to buy dried fish before going home.

Lastly, it was Sonia Lacson’s B-Day and we enjoyed dinner at L’Sea Resto where we all enjoyed our favourite dishes.

To all the celebrators – more birthdays to celebrate!

Remember: Don’t run ahead of God. Let Him direct your steps. He has the plan and time. God’s clock is never early nor late. It always strikes on time.*

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