Our Betan Grandkids


Joke only: "Brod, ok talaga may apo. May isa lang problema. Pag gising mo sa umaga, katabi mo lola".




8-Year Olds Write Best Paper Ever On Grandparents. This Is Priceless.


What is your grandparents’ role in your life? Do they live under the same roof as you? Have you made your parents

grandparents as well? Here’s something that we’re sure grandparents of all ages will enjoy, so feel free to share it.

Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of her own. They like other people's.

A grandfather is a man and a grandmother is a lady!

Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them... They are so old they shouldn't

play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.

When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.

They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on "cracks."

They don't say, "Hurry up."

Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.

They wear glasses and funny underwear.

They can take their teeth and gums out.

Grandparents don't have to be smart.

They have to answer questions like "Why isn't God married?" and "How come dogs chase cats?"

When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again.

Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television, because they are the only grown ups

who like to spend time with us.

They know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers with us every time and kiss us even when

we've acted bad.





How true, Brods! Let me share you picture of my 1st granddaughter (born Sep2012) when I was 61!
We call her Andie Pandieday - makalipay! 

Cheers! - brodOllie73C (Philippines)



With so much gratitude, I can't help but also share - my first granddaughter, Olivia, born when I was 76 years old!
Brod Frank Mamaril, UPLB '56 (California)



My joy! Hope to play tennis with my apos in a few years.

Judge Rey, UPD '68A (Indiana)



Our only apo DYNOMITE.....surfing @ 5yrs old.

 Leti and Jimmy de Luna '65 (California)




Sali ako, brods. You know how that is. When we reach this age or time in our lives…then the focus makes a major shift to our apos.
We only have one (but another one is on the way). She is the daughter of our eldest daughter Carmela who is married to Josh Rhodes. Our granddaughter’s name is Sadie Malabanan Rhodes. Turning 2 in September, she is amazing in that she already knows all her colors, the alphabets, her 1- 10 and a few other stuff… and she knows how to call me LOLO CALOW.

Carlo "Olrac" Malabanan '77 (Tennesee)




This is Dolly and my contribution to the Betan APOStolate. He just turned six months on the fourth
of August. His name is Jude Jerome and currently living with his, my parents in Fallbrook, CA.

Pet Grajo '60 (New Jersey)












I now hv 5 GrandKids or "apostolate". Four are in the States. Pasalamat ako 1 may isa sa Manila, ang unang apo na lalaki  Gabriel "Gabe" Bantegui - Subia, 6 yrs old).  Note: I am blessed w/ four daughters.

I hv 3 (Bianca 14, Bea 11 and Byron 5) w/ my eldest daughter Andie who lives in San Ramon, CA and 1 (Dominic 4) w/ my 2nd daughter Jayjay from Fremont, CA. My 3rd daughter Kits is the Mom of Gabe. She is expecting another son in Oct. My youngest daughter Melissa is not yet married.

Like other Grandparents, my wife (Bing) and I immensely enjoy pampering our apos - realizing that when they reach their teens they wl be more independent and busy with school and other extra curricular activities - hindi na tayo ang BIDA ;-).





               Left: Bianca excels academically and has very good voice and has some following.

               Right: Byron is an avid fan of Steph Curry, and has potential.



Ninja Gabe and Alonso having fun during Tokyo travel.


Gabe, Byron, Dominic and Alonso at Chabot Planetarium and Science Museum.


Gabe plays for Alabang Tigers, hopes to play in Little League like his Dad.



           Left: Bea earned her black belt in Tae Kwon Do in just 2 years, her coach twice Olympic Gold Champ of Korea.

          Right: Dominic and half bro and sis Zachary and Aiyani. Dad Alex is a FilAm making their family multi-racial.


Grandpa Bernie and Granma Bing as Book Ends. All 8 accounted for.

Bernie Bantegui '68 (Philippines)



Here is a picture of Paz Espiritu Ancheta Ybarra, my firstborn grandchild and her grandpa, born August 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. With the help of Susan, my daughter here in Cleveland, I am able to send you this picture instead of forwarding the email sent by Karen, Paz's mom.

Brandy Ancheta '61 (Ohio)




Gabbi is 7 years old. She is smart, loves her Ballet Dancing for 3 years now and craves for Lechon such that one time I visited her she said: " Grandpa you forgot something", I asked what it was and she replied : "My Lechon".

Ziggy was born this New Year. He likes everyone who holds him. I love it when I would carry him and he looks at me intently and caress my face smiling gently. IT S JUST LIKE ASKING: Who are you ! " ha..ha..ha.

Cosme Santiago '67 (Washington)



I couldn't resist.... I also would like to share our grand kids (from top to bottom) Diego 13, Bea 7, Kiara 4 and Siri 1.

 They are the children of my daughter Nikki Magistrado Aniban.

Orly Magistrado, UPD '64 (California)
Andie Almeida Magistrado, UPLB Sigma Beta '72



Grandpa's Best Buddy Lucas - 2 years old (1st Grandchild)

Edsel Arceo '73 (California)





Two-and-a-half-year-old Bella is an independent toddler who wants to do her own things. She feeds herself, she chooses her own clothes and colours, she picks her own toys, and nearly does everything by herself. She goes to gymbaroo, a sort of pre-kinder school and like many Australian kids, is into swimming. At the moment, Bella is fascinated by Elsa (Frozen) and her magical song.

Bella's kuya, Alasdair, 5 1/2, attends kinder school aside from taking swimming and karate lessons. He enjoys traveling with his family and has visited Fiji, Singapore and the Philippines. He likes going outdoors and engages in rough-and-tumble games. He has watched big sporting extravaganzas like Australian Open, Australian-style football, and cricket games.

Dad Alex is food and beverage manager while mum Sarah is a lawyer. Sarah's mum quit the work force to help raise the two. She regularly takes them to public library, botanical gardens, zoo, aquarium, train and ferry rides, science displays, movies, parades, museum and other interesting places and events which the city offers. You see, Melbourne, being one of the most livable cities in the world is a great place to raise kids.

Rolly Zubiri '68 (Melbourne)






FIRST PIC: Vincent (9), Nico (6), Jaena (6), and Damian Carlo (2). Vincent and Jaena are children of two UP Cum Laude graduates - my son Victor and his wife Jing. Nico and Damian are children of UP-Los Banos graduates, my son Carl and wife Lani (also graduated Cum Laude.)

Vincent is shown on SECOND PIC with his two swimming trophies - one for Most Points Overall and another as Most Valuable Swimmer in his age group - and 6 medals in Butterfly, Freestyle (50 yards), Freestyle (25 yards), Breast stroke, Relay freestyle, and Relay medley.Like his sister Jaena and his cousin Nico, Vincent is also in the class of advanced kids. When still a baby, Damian Carlo could carry a tune even before he spoke his first word. We share our grandkids Nico and Damian with Brod Mino and Sis Lea Cabral, also products of UP Los Banos.

LAST PIC: Adrion Francis Vergara-Lluri is 12 weeks old. Born of an Albanian dad Gentian Lluri M.D. Ph.D. and my daughter Ria M.D., his name Adrion is taken from Adriatic Sea and Ionic Sea. The name Francis is from Francisco Balagtas, Saint Francis and Pope Francis.


**Update, 4/21/18:  



The five grans are growing fast, and the 6th, Enzo, has just turned one year old.  

Willie & Tess Vergara '67 (California)



                                                      Top: from daughter Charmaine, Kiana (15) and Kaiya (7)

                                                      Bottom: from son Carlo, Isabella (2) and Camilla (4 mos.)

Carling & Chit Taguinod '57 (California)



This was photo/poster I made Dec 2012.
Shawn is now 18 yrs old and Aaden is 2 yrs old.

Shawn's dad is our eldest son Jan & Aaden is our son Mark's.

Ago & Eva Romero '68 (California)




                                                Autumn, 1                                                                         Fielle, 8


Matthew, 16


Marianne, 15, and Laila, 6


Here's our newest and youngest grandson,

Rafa Lorenzo B. Rodriguez!
He's now 5 months old and he loves goat's milk.

 They are residing in Papua New Guinea.

Rey Bello '69 (Philippines)





Well, as promised a year or two ago, here are my 8 of 9 apos. The group photo, taken during our holiday reunion in Singapore recently, l to r: are Steffi, Chay, Penny, Kicci, Churchill and in front, yung dalawang merkano, Nathan and Carter. The next picture shows the winning form of Penny when he won the championship in shotput of the Inter-School track and field meet in Singapore (imagine that! a Manansala winning a championship in Singapore). You can imagine how proud the Lolo was!). The 3rd picture shows the newest apple of my eye, Austin Nicholas, now 8 months old, kapatid ni Penny.





You guys, am attaching 2 pictures of my 9th apo, si Austin Nicholas, nicknamed Nickel, Nikki or Nick

 pag pinapagalitan.  You will see kung bakit ako baliw na baliw sa batang ito. He is sooo adorable.....

Bobby Manansala '67 (Philippines)




                       - Apolonia "Polly" is named after my mother who resides with my daughter, Jasmine, and her husband,

                         Jay, in Indianapolis. She has a sister on the way, will be named Araceli, after my wife's mother.
                       - Miles and Maleah are in Milwaukee with my daughter, Monica, and her husband, Matt.

Jim Gonzalvo '70 (Ohio)




Pic 1: My granddaughter Elsie, 15 months-old enjoying the Mississippi waters!!!
Pic 2: Elsie Jane has always a quick smile and loves to walk around the mall or grocery stores. She also loves to be read-aloud to

          and enjoys the beach waters in Mississippi a lot!!!
Pic 3: Elsie Jane is a very outgoing girl and but shows characteristics of being a critical thinker!



 Pic 4: As you can see in her early development, Ella Jessie likes to be active, enjoys Hawaii beaches, and loves to sing with Lolo

          Joe! Ella Jessie - 2 years old.

 Pic 5: Ella Jessie loves to read, scribble, play with legos, strum her ukulele, and play in the park. She enjoys eating different

          foods from around the world.

Joe & Linda Lalas '69 (California)




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