Good to be back

by Gabby Moraleda

“It was fun but its good to be back.. home” – was the mood of UP North brods and couples who took a trip to Manila and several parts of the country. Weather is always fine during the months of January & February and it was a great time to have a vacation.

There to scout for a “soulmate” was Ernie while JR went on “official business”. Eric & Lita (Bulacan), Ding & Julie (Manila) and Boy & Irma (Ilocos Sur) attended high school reunions while Gabby & Cy went to Naga for the 90th birthday celebration of her mom. Gene & Genny got sick in Cabanatuan (a bummer) while Bong & Eileen joined family in Manila and then flew to Mindanao. Kiko and Tetet had a great time in Cebu & Subic Bay.

The travelers could not wait to share their escapades – with family, friends, schoolmates and the brods. Brod Titing Valdez was host to those who were able to make it – at their Calatagan beachfront property. Puedeng mag mini-fratball doon. Ang mga topic of conversation revolved around Manila traffic (because of road reblocking), new malls (try out the Fisherman and Robinson Magnolia malls), new restaurants and the favorite past time – Philippine elections.

February is always a busy month for the fraternity and the central chapter. It was extra special because brods from UP North and South CA made it to scheduled and “surprise” frat activities -- such as, the well attended 8th Tito De Santos Medical Mission in UP, Pres. Rolly’s get together at his Santa Maria home, batch 65 salo-salo, UP Central Board Meeting, Padasal for brod Mando Enrico, Ding Martinez Memorial Service and batch 69a-Panzer’s 45th yearly party. Picture of these events are chronicled at Rolly Photo Album at

And what a way to welcome the “viajero’s”. UP North hepe David and sis Mercy (who were really homesick) called a surprise pot luck party at former GP Gerry and sis Lleva’s Richmond home. Lots of kuwento. Pasensiya yung wala. Na miss ninyo. To highlight the night, those present pooled an amount to buy Mega Million Lottery tickets (the pot was at $ 400 Million) primarily for those present and “assignees”. A portion of the tickets were designated for the rest of the chapter. Keep your fingers crossed – sana naman tumama tayo.

As usual nagtapos ng almost hating gabi. Hindi pa mainit and upuan ay may mga nag plaplano ng magbiyahe sa May, Jun at siyempre July – the 68th fratball. Sige tayo na -- uli!



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