Friday, July 31, 2009

Flooded Magallanes St.

These pictures taken in front of our store in the morning of July 31, 2009.

Hosting Roy

Roy comes home to visit every other year. This year, he came specially for his father's birthday. The family ( this time including Tom and Angel ) in Manila played host by bringing him to Los Banos for a dip in the hot spring water. Lucas, Roy, Tom, Angel and Dylan also spent an afternoon enjoying the Manila Aquarium.

post party trip to Davao

Next morning, after the birthday party, we went on a trip to Davao. On the way we stopped by Agco and ate at Kidapawan. We almost got lost looking for the Pearl Farm Marina :) - a relatively new nice place to stay. We also spent another day touring and enjoying Pearl Farm Beach Resort at Samal. The trip's merry company was composed of Lucas, Roy, Martha, Marion. Rachele, Hershey and I.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Lucas

During the birthday party on July 12, 2009 - the family presented a simple and short program. It was intended for a meaningful evening. The guests were pleased and Lucas enjoyed his birthday party.

July 12, 2009 - A Birthday Celebration

Lucas 70th birthday celebration was held at South Sea's Ballroom, Cotabato City. The party was well attended by family members and friends despite the turbulent situations given to Cotabato City. We sincerely thank our guests for coming and giving us the support. Bless the Lord for this successful milestone celebration.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Late posting: Visitors to Cotabato July 10 & 11

We were preparing for the upcoming event of my husband 70th birthday celebration on July 12, 2009 . There were many concerns prior to the event:
1. the spate of kidnappings in cotabato city
2. the bombing in front of the cathedral
3. and the upcoming protest of the town folks to close shops on July 10.
I was worried lest no people would come to the party but my son Roy had already arrived Philippines from USA for his father's birthday. My daughters high school friends from Manila Rachelle Yu and Hershey Buena  were set to come for a vacation. Joemar Ledesma ( my brother Jun's son ) was taking a leave to be here and Jackie Tan (Luna's daughter) was coming home as well. My other children Emil, Martha and Marion were all prepared to host the homecoming break except sadly for Tom and Angel who needed to attend to their new born Tyler for some very serious congenital heart conditions. We also intentionally let grandson Dylan stayed home in Manila to be with his parents.
Our visitors came in two batches on July 10 and July 11. July 10 was when the city was closing shops in protest of kidnapping, bombing and terrorism. It didn't dampen our excitement though as we went to the airport to welcome them. We toured them around town, the school and the store. But what we did mostly was to feed them with food, specially those popular here in cotabato city like haluan soup, pastil, native chicken barbecue, lechon, crispy pata, crabs, sweet ginataan, green mangoes, lanzones etc etc. Everybody here in cotabato love my visitors. We took precautionary measures to make their stay safe too. Lucas and I were simply thankful and extremely grateful for their goodwill in coming to this special occasion.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Goodbye Tyler

Goodbye Tyler. He is in heaven with his Creator now. He did not make it through the surgery despite all efforts to keep him with us. But we sincerely thank all our families and friends who helped and prayed for us during these difficult time of anxiety and loss. It's difficult to understand God's way but we trust He knows what is best.