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•   Remedios Ordonez (Guy)  7/19
•   Susan Maclean (Maclean)  6/24
•   Rosemarie Ordonez (Gamino)  4/30
•   Carmelita Tiongson (Tiongson)  4/28
•   Emanz Hernaez  4/16
•   Emily Tugab (Pascua)  4/5
•   Alma Velasco (Wright)  4/1
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WHERE WE LIVE


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1 lives in Arizona (USA)
20 live in California (USA)
1 lives in Florida (USA)
3 live in Hawaii (USA)
2 live in Minnesota (USA)
1 lives in Missouri (USA)
1 lives in Texas (USA)
1 lives in Virginia (USA)
1 lives in Washington (USA)
8 live in Alberta (Canada)
4 live in British Columbia (Canada)
5 live in Ontario (Canada)
2 live in Abra
1 lives in Metro Manila
1 lives in Nueva Vizcaya
31 live in USA
18 live in Canada
1 lives in Australia
1 lives in Bermuda
4 live in Philippines
608 location unknown

UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Leonardo Dumo  7/27
•   Norma Baladad (Tottoc)  8/4
•   Leonora Ilarde (Kessler)  8/21

MISSING CLASSMATES


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REUNION UPDATE

To our fellow Alumni and Novo Vizcayanos:

It is with great pride that we now open our doors to celebrate our life, success and camaraderie since we finished our schooling in the Province of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. We have been so divided and separately celebrated our reunions and meeting our kababayans.

This time through the initiative of St. Mary's High School Class of 1966 and SMU Alumni Association of Los Angeles, we would like to officially invite you to join us for the beginning of many other reunions among all of us for the coming years.

The first reunion will be held in Los Angeles, California on June 29 to July 1, 2018. We are celebrating for three days. The first night, June 29, 2018 - Welcome Night, will be a getting to know each other again. The second night, June 30, 2018 is the Gala Night that will include our beloved Governor Carlos Padilla as our guest speaker. The third day, July 1, 2018 will be a picnic that will give us time to relax and have a chance to get to know our Honorable Governor by allowing us to have an open question and answer session.

Please join us and meet other Vizcayanos.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:

This reunion will be for all Vizcayanos. This is an independent gathering different from the SMU reunion headed by Marlene Cordero, Emma Geronsin and Lee Tengco of SMU Nueva Vizcaya Alumni of San Francisco, a registered non-profit charitable foundation since 2015. The June 8-10, 2018 SMU reunion hosted by their LA CHAPTER, SMU Alumni Association of Southern California headed by Gloria Cajanap is a CHARITY EVENT.

This announcement is to clarify and not to be confused with the charitable foundation. Our planning committee is doing this event as pure reunion and that your registration fees would be solely earmarked for your entertainment.

Please kindly pass this invitation to our fellow Vizcayanos. Visit and join our website www.smualumlosangeles.org

Mabbalat, Dios ti agngina, Salamat, Thank you

From SMU Alumni Class 66 and SMUAALA planning committee

Prepared by: Eletta Tiam-Quiboloy - SMHS Class '66

http://www.smualumlosangeles.org/

BREAKING NEWS!

ONLINE/OFFLINE REGISTRATION/SOUVENIR PROGRAM FORM IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

Our fellow Alumni, Vizcayanos, friends and families:

We are now officially launching our preparation for our reunion on June 29, 30 & July 1, 2018. Registration is now open for everyone. Our Offline and Online Registration/Souvenir Program forms are now officially accessible via our website; www.smualumlosangeles.org. It's never too early to open officially our reunion's registration because we want you to have ample time to schedule your family vacation and save gradually for this purpose e.g. cut down your starbucks coffee, your casino trip, putting loose change in your piggy bank. The reunion dates have been carefully planned to coincide with the school breaks/vacation for your kids or grandkids and also the holidays.

The Alumni Class'66 started this tradition and now paves the way for this reunion to be opened to all Vizcayanos (SMU and non-SMU) to come and experience the most eventful gathering of friendship and unity that was taken for granted for a very long time. We will forge a friendship that every generation or our children and grandchildren to partake and be a part of for years to come.  This will be the beginning of a wonderful experience.

In addition, we are now almost 70% sold out in our Souvenir Program ad subscription. Alumni from different places and scattered throughout North America as far as Australia and previous subscribers have come on board, and placed their family ads to grace the beautiful pages of our souvenir program, being done by no other than the Webmaster/Desktop Layout Artist of SMU Alumni Association of Toronto and now has taken the task of doing the same for our SMU Alumni Association of Los Angeles-SMU Alumni Class'66 (from website creation, our association logo and all other graphics of the association. We urge everyone to share their beautiful families, business and personal messages in our souvenir program.

My fellow alumni, vizcayanos and friends, you are all welcome. Please join our website. MEMBERSHIP IS FREE. Our website is designed to accept all vizcayanos, friends, guests and families. Just submit your name by emailing to our Root Administrator at zennie.melo5@gmail.com and will include you in our database.

Registration is now open for all of you. Registration guidelines are outlined in our website. If you need help in registering, please email our webmaster, Wilfred Fabroa at wilfredsr@fabroa.com or our chairperson, Brenda Fabroa Martin at omni4brenda@gmail.com.

Thank you and in behalf of the organizing committees, volunteers and supporters, we look forward to your registering in our reunion and LETS HAVE MORE FUN IN L.A., the place we all would rather be.

More announcements will be undertaken regarding additional promotions in our website.

WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD!

Dios iti agngina kadakayo amin.

Class '66 • SMU LA reunion committees & Volunteers

To Register Click here:  "REUNION-how-to-Register"

 

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The countdown is on to JUNE 29 TO JULY 1, 2018 SMU GRAND REUNION IN LA!

SMU Alumni Association of Los Angeles is now an independent organization created to host, in collaboration with Class '66, the 2018 reunion of SMU Alumni in Los Angeles.
Join our website: www.smualumlosangeles.org
and  SMU Alumni Association of Los Angeles...MEMBERSHIP IS FREE!!! OPEN TO ALL SMU ALUMNI, FRIENDS AND VIZCAYANOS!

Hello my fellow alumni, vizcayanos, friends and family,

SMU Alumni Association of Los Angeles is proud to announce that 2018 SMU GRAND REUNION will continue as scheduled on June 29 to July 1, 2018 in collaboration with Class 66, who created and hosted the very first SMU grand reunion.  We are back where we started and what reunion is all about.

This committee is formed to continue to serve SMU alumni, family and friends to have a successful reunion of friendship and unity.  A bonding of all Vizcayanos.  

This committee will offer the same venues and hotel rate as it was originally offered.

REGISTRATION ONLINE will be launch soon. The registration fee is $195.00 per attendee and includes T-shirt, souvenir programs, raffle tickets, giveaways and tote bag.  Please visit our website: smualumlosangeles.org.  Join and register.

HOTEL ROOM ACCOMMODATIONS:  Hilton Hotel Woodland Hills, the room rate is $139.00/nt plus tax. Room with double king beds . This is a perfect hotel for groups as it is located in one of the safest areas in Los Angeles and walking distance to premier restaurants(my fellow Torontonians if you know JOEY restaurant by Don Mills, they just open a branch at The Village) first class shopping mall, movie theaters and parks.  Group Code for booking will be available by August 2017.  You can avail of the same rate of a shoulder 1 day prior June 29 and 2 days after July 1, 2018 depending upon your early registration and availability.  It's the week of Canada Day and July 4 holidays, so take advantage.  If you plan of doing this please kindly contact Zen Melo at 818-429-8059 or email: zennie.melo5@gmail.com and she will do the reservation for you.  

WELCOME NIGHT VENUE on June 29, 2018:  We will have our welcome night in a different venue, different atmosphere, that you feel like Cinderella waiting for your prince to swept you away to your crystal castle.  This enchanted place is called "THE SIGNATURE".  It will be a seated dinner, family style - a fusion of different food- 11 appetizers, 10 hot entrees, fruit trays, unlimited drinks which will include but not limited to sodas, coffee and tea. Sorry but we are not serving alcohol. EVENT HIGHLIGHT   SINGING CONTEST,  Dress code: Semi-formal

 

GALA NIGHT VENUE on June 30, 2018:  We will hold our gala night at the Hilton hotel.  A seated dinner and there will be 5 choices of hot entrees to choose from; the menu will be send to attendees 14 days prior to event for selection. salads, dessert, coffee and tea.  There will be a cash bar. EVENT HIGHLIGHT:  BEST IN GOWN COMPETITION, Dress Code:  Formal.

PICNIC VENUE ON JULY 1, 2018 - CELEBRATING CANADA DAY: Our picnic will be held at Lake Balboa, a very exclusive park that is overlooking the lake and there is a waterfall.  The food will be catered.  

SOUVENIR PROGRAM: We encourage everyone to advertise in the souvenir program, a souvenir you will cherish and keep forever. It's a great way to advertise your business to your fellow Vizcayanos. Full page is $100 and half page is $50. Please email your photos to Wilfred Fabroa, our webmaster.

Email: wilfredsr@fabroa.com

TRANSPORTATION: Complimentary transportation from the hotel to the venues will be provided.

The list of contact should you have any questions or concerns:

Los Angeles - Zen Melo  818-429=8059 Email: zennie melo5@gmail.com                                                            

Los Angeles - Brenda Martin  562-899-1816 
Email:  omni4brenda@gmail.com 

Seattle - Eletta Tiam Quiboloy - 541-281-7225 
Email: guabo16@msn.com

Vancouver - Cely Baladad Gutierrez -
Email:  balgut@yahoo.com

WE WILL DO OUR VERY BEST TO MAKE YOUR STAY IN LOS ANGELES MEMORABLE, ENJOYABLE AND REUNION YOU WILL TALK ABOUT IN YEARS. 

LET'S HAVE MORE FUN IN LA!



http://www.smualumlosangeles.org/ 

 

 


 

(June 29th to July 1st, 2018) reunion has been reinstated. Join website for up-to-date development.

(This isn't FALSE NEWS folks...it's real)


AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL SMU ALUMNI

My fellow SMU Alumni, families and friends:

It is very heart wrenching to break the news to all of you, the June 29 – July 1, 2018 SMU Grand Reunion has been cancelled. It is with regret and profound sadness that I have to impart with you the unfortunate events that led to this cancellation.

We worked very hard to make this work. We have spent so many hours, sacrifices and lost of income to volunteer to give you the best reunion you will ever experience. We labored selflessly, we volunteered our time and dedication the best that we could but our best was not enough. We are almost there. We gave a very nice newly renovated hotel, The Hilton, with 2 king beds for only $139.00/night with window to reserve room a night before the event and 2 nights after for the same rate. I negotiated for this rate until 4AM. A catering menu for $53.00/pp with 5 choices seated in a nice huge ballroom. Signature Banquet Hall, a Cinderella venue, offered dozens of items and imagine seated, food after food serve until 10pm for only $50.00/pp. Dancing your night away until 1:30pm. Picnic venue with waterfalls and overlooking the lake. Now it is just a dream.

The registration was ready to launch, with different method of payment like pay by check or PayPal. Programs were already drafted; Half of our 72-page Souvenir Program advertisers have been solicited and layout draft of their ads have been forwarded for their approval. A special guest speaker has accepted our invitation since September 7, 2017, the one and only Governor of Nueva Vizcaya, Carlos Padilla, who has offered to come as my longtime friend, not a politician. It is now difficult and very embarrassing to disinvite him. Asian Journal accepted to do coverage, the photographer of Glamour gave us a very low service fees. The buses and drivers that will service our transport from the hotel to the venues already accepted our proposal. Our entertainment portion is already in the works. My actor friends accepted our invitation to dance with the performers. Dancing Instructors have accepted our proposals to be available for all of you as dance partners for free to dance the night away. Our own DJ, a volunteer/officer, has lined up his new equipment and best music for your dancing pleasure. Pledges from NON-SMU sponsors and donors have been pouring in (all my friends from the entertainment industry and relatives even one of the higher government official). I have collected more than enough to give to the charity foundation of Marlene Cordero. I returned all the checks. These are all gone now because of personal vendetta and injustice against me.

I owe an explanation (or my side of the story) to each and everyone of you because this is your reunion and you suffered the brunt. It is your loss as well as mine.

On February 20, 2017, Marlene Cordero, sent me an email addressed to all Board of Directors, members of this Chapter and also non-officers (Gloria Cajanap and Aurora Birco, the CANCELLATION OF OUR CHAPTER (patterned and based on the bylaws of the existing parent organization, SMU Nueva Vizcaya, a Charity Foundation). According to Marlene Cordero and Lee Tengco, they both do not accept and recognized our Chapter that they accepted and approved on September 26, 2016 (letter of approval signed by Lee Tengco and acknowledged by Marlene Cordero were published on our website as well as SMUVA). After 5 months they claimed not to accept nor recognized our Chapter. The reason of cancellation and the basis of her decision was not clear to us (even the lawyer I hired does not know the meaning) “because of the manner in which it was formed”? Our bylaw does not conflict with their bylaws. We had the very best of intentions when we submitted our application as well when we elected our officers.

Marlene’s Letter of Disapproval:

As the President of the SMU Nueva Vizcaya Alumni, the duly recognized non-profit organization representing SMU Alumni internationally, I hereby declare the following:

  1. Your newly formed LA Chapter was not accepted nor recognized by myself or Lee Tengco, the SMU NV Western USA Vice President because of the manner it was formed;

  2. You are hereby advised to not advertise any reunion details for 2018;

  3. The SMU NV Alumni website will remove all postings from your previously & more recently formed LA Chapters.

  4. Gloria Cajanap, the alumna who requested the SMU Alumni reunion to be held in Los Angeles in 2018 & whose request was granted by the great majority of members at the general meeting held on July 17, 2016, is hereby appointed as the LA Reunion Chairperson.”

I asked Gloria Cajanap to lead the organization numerous times, she refused. I offered her again the position on July 31, 2016 on our first meeting before we elect the officers (this is the only meeting she attended). I don’t want to lead this prepping of organization when I found out that Marlene wants us to be under their Board of Directors to manage and do the budget of this operation. Gloria Cajanap assured everybody that we will vote to be independent as a Chapter. The officers were elected and second the motion by Gloria and Aurora (that they later denied). Committees were formed (subject to changes). Minutes was published on our website.

After 5 months of operation, Gloria Cajanap and Aurora Birco disputed and recant their votes for the interim officers. Gloria called for meetings to review the bylaws and re-election of new officers. I advised everyone that this meeting was not authorized by the President and agenda must be beneficial to the SMU Alumni. Basing on the poor or no performance of Gloria, re-election of officers and review of bylaws will not benefit the reunion.

Gloria was asked numerous times to help draft the bylaws to use to open a bank account and for the application for a new Chapter but she told me she does not have time. Wilfred LLanes, a non-SMU, volunteered to help me draft the bylaws, patterned with SMUVA bylaws, that will not conflict with their objectives. Our bylaws stated that it would be open to all SMU and non-SMU on all counties of California. On August 5, 2016, the drafted bylaws were emailed to all officers together with the letter of notification to review. I texted Gloria to open or read her emails. No response from either Gloria or Aurora, majority gave their endorsement for formality. On August 12, 2016, Wilfred Llanes sent our applications with all the necessary documentations to Lee Tengco for his review and approval. We called for a teleconference with San Francisco to present our intentions of becoming a chapter on August 23, 2016, because of low attendance, Gloria declined this meeting as well because she is busy with her other organization, this was postponed.

On September 26, 2016, after more than month of submission, without any objection from Marlene and Lee Tengco, we received the approval of our Chapter.

The approval of our Chapter was announced to all officers and members on September 26, 2016 via email. All moves that I made were communicated by emails to all officers because they are too busy to attend meetings. Gloria started to complain to Lee Tengco asking a copy of our bylaws for review as Vice President as she did not approve the bylaws. She claimed that she never received it. Copies were sent to everybody.

We mobilized the preparation of this organization basing on this approval. The committees chair and lead were notified of their duties and responsibilities.

The personal vendetta of Gloria and Aurora had caused a discord in our operation. Gloria was assigned the Venue Committee. Even before the approval of the Chapter, we already started preparation. I asked Gloria list of prospective hotels so it will be ready by the time our Chapter will be approved. She never submitted any proposal after 2 months I asked her again of the status. She yelled at me (via text in bold letters) “ Give me a break, I am very busy organizing another event “ and told me to text her if I want to talk to her. I informed her and the other officers that I am hiring a consultant to work on hotel proposals. I informed Gloria and she consented. I worked with the consultant but she could not give me a rate that will be reasonable for the Alumni. I submitted my own biddings to hotels until the wee hours of the morning until I won Hilton in Woodland Hills for $139.00 per night and $10,000 Food and beverage seated. I was so excited to share this good news and called a meeting on October 30, 2016 to present this proposal. Gloria and Aurora did not attend. Webinar was even offered and Facetime but she did not avail or call. I asked everyone to submit also their proposals. Gloria accused me of not being truthful to her about hiring a consultant and it was me who wants the job. She accused me of being a dictator for giving them assignments to work on. I asked them to review the committees and let them decide where they are comfortable of doing. She complained why we have to plan the event so early and it still far from 2018. My 20 years of hosting parties, this event or any event is just like a wedding. We have to lock in the best hotel as early as possible to be able to avail the current low rate because the dates we chose were a holiday (July 4th) weekend. Rates will go up drastically for 2018. If the venue is in placed long before the event – one year will not be enough to put the major work together so we will have enough time to correct mistakes. Aurora wants hotel near the airport, even the consultant, discouraged this because it was not safe and no entertainment accessible to the alumni who will be attending the reunion.

The proposal for Hilton will expire on December 8, 2016. I keep on emailing all the officers to submit their counter proposal. If anyone who can give a lower rate than $139.00 to submit it and I am willing to step down and resign. Nobody submitted. So on December 6, 2016, I asked Aurora and Fely to go with me to Hilton and sign the contract but Aurora refused because she was going to Las Vegas and if there was any officer who can sign. I emailed everybody that we are ready to sign the contract and vote for their approval for all the venues I submitted with my proposal. Majority voted except Gloria and Aurora. On December 8, 2016, we signed the contract with Hilton rooms and catering. I paid the down payment with my own money. I emailed everybody that we now have a reunion to attend to.

On December 11, 2016, Gloria emailed everybody to STOP the planning and preparation of the reunion because she needs a break from not doing anything. We need to stop what we are doing until she is ready on January 2017. I told her why did she wait this long after so many notifications to her and the contract was already signed. She told me that she was working with Embassy Suites in Glendale and Aurora wants Holiday Inn in Torrance. I called Embassy Suites and they gave me their proposal for July 9 (that was the date given by Gloria). I bid on this hotel and it was very expensive. The manager sent me the proposal given to Gloria and the rate was $199.00 per night and $29,000 (catering) buffet. I called Holiday Inn – the rate for 2018 will not be available until June 2017 and food and beverage was $75.00 per head and it was in an industrial area not safe for our alumni for a 3 day event. According to Aurora “it does not matter if the hotel is not nice as long as there is music and when alumni see each other they forget where they are and money will not be an issue”. Personally, I’m paying a lot of money for 3 days event and hotel, for a change I want a grand hotel, and food will be seated and served not a buffet that I feel like I am begging for food nonetheless with my nice dress”.

On January 5, 2017 Gloria demanded a reelection of officers and Aurora nominated her as President and to review our bylaws. I told her that we already almost done with the event, dates and venues are already published in the website. Why don’t we just go ahead and work on the major issues. Major committees headed by Gloria and Aurora. Gloria did not work on the Fundraising committee she headed. I did the fundraising for her. She insisted that she was assigned to chair the venue. I told her I took the job from her because she did not do her job for 4 months and she was replaced because of that and she was advised accordingly. All SMU Alumni officers in our association did not participate on any preparation of the reunion except some who sold tickets for fundraising because of their busy schedules. My friends volunteered to help as guest officers of the association. My friends who volunteered to help the SMU officers are professionals and expert on their line of work: I (my company Angels Entertainment) had been hosting parties for families of people from the entertainment industry for 20 years. Brenda my sister is a fashion designer and party planner and a tax preparer, Vicky (temporary secretary) is President of her own travel agency, worldwide traveler and an expert of booking hotels, Wilfred is a DJ, DI and hosting parties for more than 15 years. 

She complained to Marlene Cordero and Lee Tengco that the bylaws were not approved by her and the other officers, that we did not have an election and I assigned or forced myself to be the President. She badmouthed me to other SMU Alumni and threatens to impeach me as President without due process and cause and because I did my job. I reported her conduct to Lee Tengco but my notification was overshadowed by the complaints of Gloria. They sided with her. Marlene called a combined meeting with my group and Gloria’s group (they already divided us) to review our bylaws and to discuss fundraising for their charities and funds to meet a deadline. The other officers and I decline to abide by the agenda because as a Chapter we are independent and our bylaws were already reviewed and approved by them. I proposed that we will discuss what is beneficial to the reunion and I challenged how to meet the funds for their charities. I told them I cannot use the money for the registration fees because it is not tax deductible. We can use monies from sponsors and donors. I already have the money to augment the funds needed by July 1, 2017 that I worked very hard to solicit because I promised them that I will support their charities. I collected donations and pledges for more than $10,000.00 but after taking out our chapter without any conscience, all checks were returned. It was embarrassing for me to explain and decline their donations. It was an emotional distress to disinvite all our guests.

We did our best and good intentions to be able to serve and give all of you the reunion you deserve, a classy and glamorous reunion (for a change) as you have seen in our website. We gathered all the suggestions and mistakes of past reunions and we put in to place for all of you. It is with utmost pain and regrets that this happened and I apologize to all of you. Because of the selfishness, cruelty and injustice of these people, all of us were robbed of the opportunity to have a better reunion. It could have been fair and just to give Gloria the job if she had proven anything or did anything for the reunion. If our role was reverse, maybe it will not be too painful.

I am very proud of my loyal officers, SMU and non SMU alumni who volunteered unconditionally their time, effort, knowledge and sacrificed their families in prepping this failed reunion. Financial loss and emotional distress all of us endured was insurmountable.

I am so grateful for all the Alumni who rallied behind me and supported me during these trying times. Your thoughts and prayers will always be the guiding light for me that this kind of injustice will never happen again.

It is with deep sorrow that my family and friends will no longer support the non-profit organization and no longer be a fixture of any SMU grand reunion.

It will never be a goodbye to the tradition that CLASS’66 have started but a new and different vision will again be plan in the near future. Class 66 forever.

Goodbye to all SMU Alumni

 

Zen Fabroa Melo
Executive Director/President, SMU Alumni Association of Los Angeles
Root Administrator: www.smualumlosangeles.org