In the afternoon of November 18, 2017, the museum tour was scheduled at 3PM. The meeting place was at Quest Hotel lobby. Roy and Martha came along to help Lucas and me host the affair. The lobby at Quest Hotel was a cheerful meeting place. My guests for the tour began trekking in at different time after three PM. I purposely divided the big group into three sub groups: 1. The Ledesma 2. The Tan/LCT group and 3. Lucas and heddy and guests. There were likewise three vans to shuttle the properly assigned groups. Each van was respectively labeled 1, 2 or 3 with their numbers posted on the windshield to be identified. My daughter Martha was very efficient. She got all the names and cellphone numbers of the van drivers, as well as their van plate numbers for further identifications and instructions. I actually had a paper copy list but I was kind of slow with my mobile and thankfully Martha took over. So Roy and Martha came with us for the tour, while Marion went to fetch her boyfriend Marion Olmillo who was arriving from Manila. Tom and Angel and Luz decided to stay home to clean up and send our used clothes to the laundry mat. Emil and Sue on the other hand were at their abode, waiting for us to visit them after the museum tour. Some guests were disappointingly unable to join due to delayed flights from both Manila and Cotabato such as Marion Olmillo, Ben and Adele Siy, Lucio and Conchita Tan, Ledian Ting and Ivy Tan. My cousin Nelly and her husband Abraham Co however decided at the last minute to join, but separately in their own company bank car. Abraham Co was by the way the president of Asia United Bank and he came in, just in time after his bank meeting.
Meeting my kins at the hotel lobby.
We departed in 3 vans. In Van 1 were Imelda, Jeanette and her grand daughter Kay, Jun and Jean, Helen and her son Bernard, Wilson and Diane, Ollie and Solan. Inside Van 2 were Tina, Apollo and Liezle, Dominic and Carol, their son Calyx and his yaya; Joan and James and their 3 kids, and Jocelyn and Jackie. Van 3 were seated Roy and Martha, Lucas and I. In a separate car were Nelly and Abraham Co.
At the end of our tour, we were brought to the museum library, where we were met by the owner of the museum and hardware himself, Mr. Jimmy See. It was was really very nice and gregarious of him to meet us. Thank you Mr. See.
At the Museum office waiting for my guests to arrive. You could clearly see me in slippers with my right foot swollen. I was very excitable though and animated. The adrenalin rush maybe. Hahaha.
First batch of tourists, my kinsmen. Hahaha.
Martha horsing around. Hehehe.
The second batch of tourists, the Tan's family.
Inside the hardware warehouse is the entrance to the museum.
My relatives were all ears!
Photo opportunity for the Tans. Hahaha.
Walking the museum: the walls made of sea corals, the posts from original molave trunks, the wooden floor planks, old furniture pieces and the Ano 1703 sign on top of the door passage.
Martha horsing around, hehehe.
Mr. Jimmy See the owner meeting us at the museum library.
Photo opportunity with Mr. Jimmy See, Abraham Co and Nelly Co.
To be continued. The day's account is not yet over. Hehehe.
After the museum tour, Nelly and Abraham and my sisters Imelda and Jeannette left the group to go to Shangrila Hotel to fetch Adele my cousin and her husband Ben Siy, whose flight from Manila was delayed. The remaining groups, upon my suggestion were to visit Emil and Suiling's new bridal room inside the Sarmiento's old Mansion. My purpose was to bring a kind of house warming to the couple. Kind of giving them our best wishes and warm blessings with our presence. Emil and Sue prepared refreshment for us. Lucas, an old male dragon (Chinese zodiac sign) rolled over the bridal bed for good luck and prosperity. Everybody was amazed at how big the area was. I was not able to take a picture of the interior though. We were however able to have a photo opportunity at the Sarmiento's sala.
Emil and Sue at the center with relatives from the Tan and the Ledesma.
I had more than 70 guests. They felt free to choose their seats. Everybody just mingled happily. When everybody else were comfortably seated and eating, I took my seat in front of Helen and had my fill of the evening buffet. Even with my sprained ankle and walking with a limp, I was quite happy that the day's event and the evening affair was a success.
From right to left: Conchita, Roy, Geje and her daughter Genna.
Lucio, Edgar and Lucas
Left to right: Conchita, Jeannette, Nelly, Imelda and Tina
Jun, Ben, Adele, Conchita, Abraham, Nelly, Tina, Jeannette and Helen.
The Tan family members on this side of the table.