By Jay Bolusa

October 21, 2008 – Aveline Abiog gave a dinner for Msgr. Edgardo Juanich, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern Palawan, last Tuesday, October 14 at her pad in Manhattan. Fr. Nieto Bundac came with him, Gelgel Bautista is still here and Minerva Catain Timones came by. It was nice reminiscing the good old days in Puerto with Msgr. Juanich. We viewed the DVD of the cathedral he is building in Taytay. It is huge! He expressed his desire to meet the Palaweños and this will happen Tuesday, October 28 where he will officiate a mass at 7:00 p.m. at the San Lorenzo Ruiz in Jamaica Queens. This Friday Aveline will give him a tour of the city and the museums and Monday is opera night, La Traviata at the Met at the Lincoln Center with me. Belle Sabando is calling most of the Palawenos to attend the Tuesday mass. We hope to have a big crowd of Palawenos for the mass and the dinner afterwards. Other than this we promise the Bishop to help him raise funds for the cathedral in Taytay. On December 6, 2008 when we have the Christmas Ball of the Palawan Association of Eastern United States and the induction of the new set of officers for the incoming year we shall convey the bishop’s wish to our kababayans. I’ll keep you posted of the incoming events.

Tonight I talked with Nanette Cabrestante who is vacationing with Aveline from Vancouver, Canada with husband Lando Uriel. Nanette is one of the six children of Romeo and Aurora Cabrestante. Meo is a classmate from the Puerto Princesa Elementary School way back half a century ago. (That long ancient na talaga) When we graduated from the elementary we were just about sixty nowadays hundred folds na siguro. One advantage though is we were very close then. So when we see each other now we indeed feel like kids from our grade school, we call each other with our nicknames then. It might seem strange but it is really true and one would not know it until one reaches this line. It was nice reminiscing those days in Puerto with Nanette. She mentioned that Josie Mascarinas also lives in Vancouver with her family. Josie and I were officemates at DBP Puerto, back then. I learned that Roy Mascarinas’ family is relocating this year to Canada. It is always good to hear that the young ones are moving abroad. This is a place where dreams are fulfilled but surely through hard work. Welcome to the club. Nanette and I parted with her inviting me to the Winter Olympics at Vancouver in February 2010.

It is past midnight here I hope May Rodriguez is enjoying her farm work there. Bing Sabando is still in Manila and will be in Palawan by the end of the month to be with her folks in Roxas, the Mayor Roding Sabando and Tia Ver. Enjoy my friends we sure miss you here.

Till next week…Ciao and God bless!