What a Trip!

by Ike Araneta'71



What started out as a business trip turned out to be a mini vacation split in half. The first part came about because I had to cancel the Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok leg of the trip, and ended up visiting with Tony Lu in Cebu.


Salamat Brod Tony for making my first ever visit to Cebu a memorable one, Cheers!


Ike and Tony in Cebu


Then from Cebu hopped on a plane back to Manila for a flight to Hong Kong.  Spent the week visiting businesses in Shenzhen and Taiwan before heading back to Manila to conduct a supplier visit which had to happen the day after elections, this time staying for almost 6 days.


Ike with his uncle Tito Frank, that's Dr. Frank Gorrez, Jr., UPLB'52



Ike and more loving kin in RP


After visiting with suppliers and relatives,  nights out with the brods eventually had to happen. 


Here's a picture of Bobby Manansala'67b and I sharing a few beers at the Holiday Inn at Clark.  It was a meeting that I particularly enjoyed and treasure. My trip's chronicle would not be complete without a picture of us two having a few beers.

Bobby and Ike at Holiday Inn at Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga


Lunch with Jerry Bonco at Chicken Inasal in Glorieta.  Thanks Jerry for showing me the "ropes" around Makati...he,he..


Jerry and Ike at Bacolod Chicken Inasal @ Glorieta


Fellowship with the Makati brods facilitated by Brods Rolly Reyes and Boyet Fernandez. Attendees: Rico Arranz, Nonoy Bautista, Dante Agulto, Ross Fernando, Boyet Fernandez, Torch Manalang, Joey Paredes, Sonny Pagador, Rolly Reyes, Enching Rodriguez, Pat Roman, 


Makati Chapter hosts dinner at Batangus Resto - May 11, 2010

                           Left:   Rolly Reyes, Dante Agulto, Joey Paredes, Enching Rodriguez, Dennis Navarro.
                           Right: Ike Araneta, Rico Arranz, Nonoy Bautista, Boyet Fernandez, Pat Roman, Ross Fernando.





Fellowship at Gerardo's in Q.C. Attendees: Dan Lachica, Bing Garcia, Derek Davila, Blue Reyna, Mars Robosa, Gigi Zenarosa,  Danter Agulto, Joel Paredes, Cedric Gloria, Buddy Curameng, Walter Navaro, Jet Arriola, Rico Arranz, Greg Pali and LB brod '65, Nonoy Bautista, Raffy Tomeldan, Ollie Jumao-as, and about 11 residents headed by GP Josh.


Batch '71b and Brods get-together at Gerardo's - May 12, 2010

UP Diliman, Batch '71B - Silver Strife
l-r: Blue Reyna, Dan Lachica, Derek Davila, Mars Robosa, Gigi Zenaroza, Bing Garcia and Ike Araneta
Nagdala ng sugpo si Walt: Danny, Ike, Walter Navarro, Badjur Curameng.


The Silver Strifes (minus Mon Lee, Rene De Grano, Johnny Velasco and Ven Atienza) together again after 39 years!


                               Left row:   BingG, MarsR, DannyL, IkeA, DanteA, GigiZ, Raffy Tomeldan (back center).
                               Right row: MSU Betan, DerekD, Cedric Gloria, NonoyB, RicoA, LB Brod, Greg Palis.







Ike with the dorbs, flanked by Diliman GP Josh Caringal to his right and Baguio GP JR Roque to his left


In front of Gerardo's, just about midnight: BingG, DerekD, RaffyT, IkeA, DanteA, WaltN, MarsR and JoelP.





Ike in Makati


One day after the first automated national election in the country, we met with Brod Ike Araneta of UP NorCal here on a company sponsored visit with his officemates.  It was his final leg of an Asian business tour that covered KL and China. We wasted no time in trying to set up a series of eyeballs with alumni brods. Earlier in Clark Angeles Pampanga, he met with Brod Bobby Manansala and then met with the group led by Makati Chapter spearheaded by Brods Boyet and Enching. Attendees were Brods: Founder Rico Arranz, Nonoy Bautista, Boyet Fernandez, Enching Rodriguez, Dennis Navarro, Ross Fernando, Joel Paredes, Pat Roman, Dante Agulto, Torch Manalang, Sonny Pagador, Jojo Alejar and myself. The legendary warm exchanges of UP Betans once again filled the central portion of "Batangus Resto". Next day, Brod Ike will meet with his batchmates at "Gerardo's" in Quezon City to welcome him as well on his short visit. GP JR Roque of Baguio will see him to personally extend UP Baguio's gratitude to UP NorCal's financial assistance. A fun time to see a true-blue UP Betan - Cheers to Brod Ike Araneta!!!!

Rolly '66, 5-11-10








"Emotions ran high... what a privilege" -- Ike




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