Costume Ball to Remember
St. Clement Banquet Hall on Overlea Blvd. was the scene of a
colourful Costume Ball held by Zamboanga Hermosa Canada to mark its 18th
anniversary last October 23.
Some guests were dressed in Halloween costumes with weird and scary
masks, while others came in costumes of fantasyland and native
costumes from other lands. Some Zamboangueños chose the Muslim
costume, complete with trappings. The
winners in the costume contest were Angelica and Phil Donkers for best
costumed pair, Jessica Noone and Isidore Molina for most artistic, Ann Nibloc
and Jung Aberilla for most
Among the highlights of the evening was a fascinating Yakan dance from Basilan’s Muslim tribe, which was superbly
performed by Sheila Cañizares. A guest performer was Pons Canonizado,
a popular singer in the community.
But one very lucky lady stole the limelight from all. To
everybody’s amazement, Jessica Enriquez Noone, who had come from far
away Vancouver with her husband Joseph to attend the event, won not
only the most artistic costume, but also a door
prize and two raffle prizes – a total of four valuable prizes in
all, including a round trip ticket to Las Vegas from Imperial Travel.
However, the first prize in the raffle draw, a DVD-Karaoke, was
won by Belinda Ying.
The fundraising event was for the benefit of seven college scholars
in Zamboanga City that the association is sponsoring. Donated prizes
in the raffle came from Zamboanga Hermosa Canada, Imperial Travel by
Norma Carpio, Dr. Collin Hong, Nu-Skin by Cris and Jung Aberilla,
Belle Optical by Belle Tumbokon, Dr. Vicky Santiago, Linda’s
Wellness Gems, Ed and Jackie Rueda, and Johnson Company by Sabrina
Egan. Other donors, mainly the ZHC Executive Board and committee
members, provided the door prizes.
Costume-clad revellers take time out for a photo at
the Zamboanga Hermosa Canada colourful Costume Ball held at St.
Clement Banquet Hall on Overlea Blvd. last October 23. Front row: Ram
Khosla, Corazon Saavedra, Ben Bernardo, Cecile Kolmegies, Nenita
Second row: Alberto Saavedra, Susie Khosla, Lolita Ordinaria, Minda
Nery, Aida D’Orazio, Oscar and Floridel Manuel, Cris and Jung
Aberilla, Lelet Bernardo, Violeta and Dick Fernandez, Art de Vera.
The luckiest guest at the Costume Ball was Jessica
Enriquez Noone who won four prizes: the most artistic costume, a
door prize plus two raffle draws that included a round trip ticket to
Las Vegas, courtesy of Imperial Travel. She and her husband
Joseph, residents of Vancouver, had flown to Toronto to attend the ZHC
Newcomer Sheila Cañizares gave a superb performance
with her Yakan Dance.
to celebrate Fiesta Pilar
again as in the past years, Zamboangueños in Ontario will
celebrate their home city’s Fiesta Pilar, which falls on
October 12. It will start with a 9-day novena to be held at
different homes wherever the image of Nuestra Sra. Del
Pilar will be requested to stay.
Sra. Del Pilar
the feast day will fall on a Tuesday, the decision to hold
the Fiesta Pilar Mass on the 16th of October, a
Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. is to enable everyone to attend it.
Mass will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul Church on
4070 Central Parkway East, Mississauga.
It will be followed with a potluck merienda-sena
to be held in the Church Hall.
All Zamboangueños are invited to attend with their
families and friends.
Please contact Gloria Concepcion at 905- 279-1470
or Aida D’Orazio at 416-544-0438 for further
Ball to mark ZHC milestone
will be a costume ball to mark Zamboanga Hermosa
Canada’s 18th anniversary, which will be
celebrated at St. Clement’s Banquet Hall, 76 Overlea
Blvd. (Don Mills), on the 23rd of October, at
Proceeds from the dinner-dance will help provide
the educational funding for the ZHC’s seven scholars in
Zamboanga City and Basilan.
Tickets are now
of ticket is $35. Everyone
is requested to attend in costume. There will be door
prizes and prizes for the best costume.
donation for the needy
sends medical packs to Basilan
Art de Vera (left), who heads the Zamboanga Hermosa Canada Medical
Mission to Basilan City, shakes hands with Basilan Mayor
Luis Biel after delivering four large boxes of medicine
and medical supplies to the Isabela City Medical Center.
Looking on are Dr. Rafael Cabug, City Health Officer, and
Onofre Griño, president and CEO, Menzi Philippines.
Through the efforts of Zamboanga Hermosa Canada
president Aida D’Orazio and on recommendation by
Filipino Centre Toronto president Lynda Javier, the boxes
were obtained in partnership with the Health Partners International of Canada, a charitable, Canadian medical relief
organization dedicated to providing medical aid to peoples
of the developing world.
The ZHC had to pay a fee of $1,100 to the HPIC.
Next year, ZHC hopes that a similar project can
also be carried out for the barrios in Zamboanga City.
ADZ grads greet ADZ prexy
Voltaire de Leon
the midst of the All Ateneo Alumni Convention held at the
Marriott Hotel earlier this July, which culminated with a
Gala Night and a picnic the following day, the Ateneo de
Zamboanga alumni organized a community meeting with Fr.
Bill Kreutz, S.J., in the morning of July 10 at Tucana
Court in Mississauga.
the meeting were also many graduates from other schools,
including a group from Chicago. There was a contingent
from Zamboanga Hermosa Canada led by Aiding D’Orazio who
helped defray expenses, Sylvia Tallud of Superb Travel who
paid the rent and a group of other Zamboangueños who
served up a hefty potluck lunch.
was 11 a.m. when we started.
Fr. Bill celebrated mass. I had met him earlier at
the Marriott Hotel for the first time, and my first
impression of the president of Ateneo de Zamboanga
University was of a man with boundless energy and
enthusiasm for his mission. Because there were only about
30 of us at Tucana Court’s Rec Hall, the mass felt
closer, more intimate and meaningful in stark contrast to
a mass held in the massive interior of a city church where
you sit among strangers.
slide show was presented after the mass and lunch. This was of course the reason why we got together. Fr. Bill had
visited a few times before to raise interest (and money)
for the Ateneo de Zamboanga educational programs.
The fun part was seeing the familiar faces of
people, now staffing the Ateneo – men and women whose
work is to educate generation after generation of
Fr. Bill’s compañero, Shing Balatbat, doing the
narration over the slides, the images connected us to the
project that we could be involved in: scholarships.
learned that the Ateneo scholars, once they became
employed, pooled a percentage of their salary to give back
to the Ateneo Scholarship Fund without anyone asking them.
They just did this on their own initiative.
highlights from the meeting:
This year a new College
of Science and Information Technology was created to house
the departments of Computer Engineering, Computer Science
and Natural Science.
The Zamboanga Medical
School Foundation is now the Ateneo de Zamboanga
University School of Medicine.
50,000 pesos will pay one
year full tuition and fees for one student.
Last year, the AAA
British Columbia put in 30,000 pesos. The Zamboanga
Hermosa Club of Southern California contributed 51,650
pesos. The Ateneans USA – Chicago Chapter donated
The Ateneo de Zamboanga
University produces topnotch graduates whose averages in
national board/bar exams, for example, far exceeds those
from other universities and the national.
you want to donate directly, write a cheque to
Philippine Jesuit Foundation with a note ‘For Ateneo de
Zamboanga University.’ Mail it to Ms. Christina Tabora,
Philippine Jesuit Foundation, 130 Beekman Street, Ste#
4-A, New York, NY 10038, USA.
no place like home…
Vincent Paul “VP” A. Elago
five o’clock in the morning and, as always, I’m
suddenly awakened by the “campanas” (bells) of
the old Tetuan Church which is just right behind our home.
On this day as the bells chime, I find myself thinking how
lucky I am to be residing here in Zamboanga City,
Philippines, instead of elsewhere in the vast world.
we get to see the sea and the mountains every day.
For a leisurely getaway, there’s the pink sandy
beach of Santa Cruz Island, La Vista del Mar and other
beaches or the sprawling green hills of Pasonanca Park.
There seems to be nothing too distant in this place.
Almost everything is accessible within ten minutes from
shopping centers, churches, government offices, schools,
hospitals, restaurants and banks.
may not have buses, trains or subways within the city, but
we have the colorful jeeps and the reliable tricycles that
will take you right at your doorsteps.
Often, a chatty driver entertains you with the
latest gossips in town, or you may meet up with friends on
the way to the “pueblo” (downtown).
enough when I was younger, I dreamt of living abroad
especially in the U.S.A. or Canada where everything seemed
so cool on television and movies. I thought of these
countries as meccas of freedom and opportunities, and as
places where one’s dreams can come true. Indeed for many
of my relatives and friends, they did come true.
haven’t I followed their footsteps? Why didn’t I grab
the opportunities offered to me several times to live
if I did, by this time I would be living quite comfortably
in a mansion and maybe even own a Jaguar or a Porsche.
Wow! That would have been a nice life!
But there are things in this world that are much
too precious to leave behind.
like living on Crispin Atilano Street (formerly J.D. Cruz
street) where most of my neighbors are my relatives.
Because of our close proximity to each other’s homes,
there seems to be no distinction between 1st, 2nd
or 3rd degree cousins. Where gatherings are
called reunions, here it’s a normal happening. Almost
everyday we bump into each other and get to share
pleasantries and even “chismis”. You’ll be surprised
at the speed news and gossips travel here.
never a lonely day in this community except when there’s
a death among us. Considering
that I have more than 300 1st and 2nd
degree relatives from my father’s side alone makes news
of death, birth, marriage, separation, etc., a common
occurrence. There’s a lot of sharing and camaraderie
among us that, sadly, has lost its meaning in the rest of
we try to keep Zamboanga’s glorious past by preserving
our historical landmarks and edifices, on the other hand,
it’s heartening to see new developments mushrooming
around town. Among these are new malls, much improved
hospitals, hotels, high-standard universities, resorts,
convention centers, huge coliseums, good restaurants and
several hi-tech disco houses that can accommodate as much
as a thousand people each. The once rocky and dusty roads
leading to the west and east coasts of the city are now
world-class highways after it had been recently expanded
and paved with concrete.
Home sweet home,
that’s what Zamboanga really is – a place uniquely
famous for the Chavacano-speaking people, the Muslim
presence, beautiful women and hospitality of its citizens.
I feel so lucky to be here. Indeed there’s no place like
of awards at the ZHC’s Fiesta Pilar celebration last
October 2003, were Herb and Cecile Kolmegies (1st
and and 4th from left) for dedication and service; Sally
Barrera , widow of the late Elpidio “Boy”
Barrera who was the ZHC auditor, a posthumous award,
and Mike Saavedra for leadership and support.
Dr. Vicky Santiago (right) presented the
Schwartz, not in picture, also received an award for
dedication and service.
to last a lifetime
birthdays, anniversaries, reunions …
and Violeta (Arat) Fernandez celebrate their 35th
anniversary in Russia during a Baltic cruise.
Enjoying England while
on a pilgrimage are
Oscar and Floridel (Aranez) Manuel with Perla Reyes
Aida D’Orazio visits
Titang Montinola and Fely Silang while in Manila in May...
All smile for the
camera after a meeting at Ramon Barrios’ home.
for Ram and Baby (Portuito) Khosla as they celebrate their
29th wedding anniversary.
Bonilla Cameron (left) entertains Elvira Bucoy Szalai,
Cecile Jimenea Kolmegies, Aiding Elago D’Orazio and
Caling Zamorano James at her lovely garden.
The joy of motherhood
for Gia Alfaro Schuck and for Abby Pantaleon Chan – a
boy called Josh for Gia and husband Teddy and a
called Mariella for Abby and husband Eduard.
reason to celebrate – getting older and living it well -
as Cecile Kolmegies and Caling Zamorano
their birthday candles while well wishers look on.
toys but there’s food…
When the Knights of Columbus in Tetuan wrote
Zamboanga Hermosa Canada last year requesting a donation
to help bring cheer to the needy kids (mostly from the
nearby barrios), the association managed to give only
$200. Yet, it made a world of difference to the hundreds
of children who lined up to receive rice and canned goods
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