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WMSU Masscom (1989) Silver Jubilarians come home to pay tribute to their mentors

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"After 25 years, we're here to thank our teachers for shaping us up and causing the difference in our lives now."

This was the common feelings shared by members of the 1989 Batch of Western Mindanao State University's Mass Communication as they came back as silver jubilarians during a simple reunion at the Masscom Department last Saturday (July19) coinciding with WMSU's Grand Homecoming celebration.

The Masscom Silver Jubilarians paid tribute to their former teachers (Retired) Prof. Virigina Elias, the 1st Masscom department head, Prof. Myrna Joy Mendoza, current Masscom head, Dr. Lea Laput, Prof. Julie U. Cabato.

A 3-hour reunion highlighted with exchange of pleasantries and memories made the homecoming more dramatic and touching. Among the Masscom Silver Jubilarians present were Felipe "Philip" Abuy III , now with the Vice Mayor's Office and anchorman of Brigada FM Radio, Fedibert Alejandro, working with the City Veterinary Office, Jose Maria "Bong" Bue, teaching at WMSU Masscom Dept. and parttime anchorman over DXKZ 91.5 Wild FM, Marietta
Kanapia-Jose, teaching at the Maria Clara Lobregat National High School, Shirley Santiago-Barrios, Reina Lozada, Nurhani Handi-Cruza, who are now having their own businesses.


Amy celebrates 60th birthday Last of two parts

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Amy celebrates 60th birthday

Last of two parts..

The very talented VIEN FURIGAY regaled her aunt with a song entitled “ The Way You Are” followed by  a dance number coming from the Mayor of Lamitan Hon. ROSE FURIGAY and her DEDPED and LGU employees. A slideshow of EDGAR and AMY’s life in Hawaii, their children and grandchildren were shown by Vista de Lente Team.

After the slide show, the birthday celebrator moved towards her birthday cake, a four tiered fondant cake where she made a wish and blew the lighted  birthday candles to a loud cheers and singing of a Happy Birthday song. Atty. RODRIGO FILOTEO , a high school classmate of the birthday celebrator AMY took the center stage and offered a Toast saying  “ SALUD, SALUD Y PORTAMONEDA”  (HEALTH, HEALTH and WEALTH).

AMY then  put on her second attire, this time a fushia dress and surprised her guests and well-wishers with a special dance number. AMY a graceful dancer  performed a ballroom number with her husband EDGAR.

AMY’s 60th birthday has all the elements of a grand celebration- good food, flowing drinks,  beautiful  performances, grand raffle that came in three waves with chocolates, perfumes and cash (dollars) prizes, fabulous theme,  beautiful music, engaging fellowship and beautiful guests from this city, Lamitan, Basilan, Manila,  and as far as Hawaii,  Thailand and Indiana.
To AMY, happy birthday once more. Thanks to you and EDGAR for inviting me to a great night of fun and fellowship.

AMY celebrates 60th birthday

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It was one wonderful evening, fabulous at that, when timeless beauty AMELIA “AMY” FURIGAY-QUIDES, also called  NENENG by her friends and relatives marked her 60th birthday last Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

The grand celebration of life with GATSBY inspired theme was held at the Rooftop of Lantaka Hotel by the Sea along Valderosa Street, Zamboanga City. 

The birthday celebrator AMY comes from the Illustrious FURIGAY clan of Lamitan. She is the daughter of ROSA FURIGAY and the sister of Lamitan Vice Mayor Hon. RODERICK “ORIC” FURIGAY.

AMY moved to Hawaii in 1971 when she passed a college scholarship grant. It was there where she met the love of her life EDGAR QUIDES from Ilocos who became her husband and the father of her two beautiful daughters NICOLE married to DANIEL NIHIPALI and GAYLE married to BRANDON. She is now  blessed with four grand children EDISON, JAMASON, BRAYLON and CARTER. EDGAR and AMY has established ALOHA Dental Lab, Inc. a family business located at 2203 S. BERETANIA, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Now going back to the GATSBY inspired occasion, invited guests and well-wishers who graced the affair came in authentic GATSBY outfit not to be outdone is the birthday celebrator herself who was dressed in Ecru and Black dress with matching black headdress and black and gold feathers accentuated with strands and strands of pearl necklace.

The party started with the grand entrance of the birthday celebrator AMY escorted by her husband EDGAR to the applause of the guests and was followed with a sumptuous dinner and photo opportunity with the honoree while the RAVEL Band led by POPOY ENDOZO plays immortal hits of the 60’s. Halfway thru the dinner Hon. Vice Mayor RODERICK “ORIC” FURIGAY gave his birthday message for his sister AMY and was followed with a very entertaining dance number performed by the SANGALANG Great Gatsby Girls which gave way to social dancing. (to be continued)


Diones-Catacutan union

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Friday, June 27, 2014 was a very memorable day for REINER DIONES and KATRINA CATACUTAN children of MR. DANIEL and Mrs. ELVIRA  “BIBING” DIONES and Mr.CELERINO CATACUTAN and Mrs. JOSEPHINE JOSOL.

It was the day when their most cherished dream of becoming husband and wife came true when they exchanged marriage  vows at  2:00 in the afternoon at the St. Joseph Church, blooming with fresh flowers beautifully arranged by Florist MELANIE LIM of Buds & Blooms and elegantly decorated by  the very popular MARLO LUNA .

The Holy Sacrament of Matrimony was officiated by Rev. Fr. MICHAEL UFANA and standing as their Principal Sponsors were; Gen. JUANCHO M.SABBAN, AFP (Ret.) and Mrs. IRENE COVARRUBIAS-SABBAN, Mr. ERNESTO REGULACION and Dr. RHODORA LO RIVERA while MR. GREGORIO and Mrs. MA.  EMEDINA T. AMAZONA were the Witnesses.

Best Man and Maid of Honor for the couple were: EDMOND H. BERNARDO and JENNALYN S. ADONES while the Groom’s men and Bride’s maids were: RONALD A. ALONZO, MICHAEL B. ACUÑA, MARLOWE CATACUTAN, LEONILYN MODILLAS, JARMAIDA A. HAWARI and JEN MITZZIELLE L. VIVAS.

Composing the Secondary Sponsors were : GIL and ANNA FRANCISCO, candle sponsors; DR. RAYMOND GASPAR SATOR and CHERYL SATOR, veil sponsors; ANTHONY INES and APRIL SUNSHINE VILLAREAL, cord sponsors.

The little members of the bridal entourage were: XANDER CIRILAN, ring bearer’ REY T. CATACUTAN, coin bearer and RICKHAEL O. ITANG, bible bearer. The cute Flower Girls who scattered Rose petals on the aisle were MARIELL M. DIONES and LEONA AIVI S. NAVARRO.

The well arranged wedding ceremony that followed with a reception at Lantaka Hotel for the couple many friends and relatives should be credited to EVENTS COORDINATOR GALLERY , the wedding planner for the DIONES-CATACUTAN union, MARLO LUNA for the Physical Set Up, Florist MELANIE LIM of Buds and Blooms for the beautiful flower arrangements, Program Director GERRY FERNANDEZ ATILANO for the lights, PIO HILARIO for the make- up of the bride and the mother s of the groom and bride; SURE AUDIO for the Sounds, GUILLY NATIVIDAD for the Photography, TREVORSE for the Video, GINA CABATO for the beautiful Fondant wedding cake, JR SILVA, the host of the affair and CANTAMOS ZAMBOANGA for the beautiful romantic melodies that fills the church during the ceremony.

The groom REINER works at ABU-DHABI as Emergeny Medical Technician. He had his training with the Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga Chapter and at the Zamboanga Medical Center . His wife KATRINA is with UP Los Baños.

To REINER and KATRINA, congratulations and Best Wishes. Wishing you many blissful years together.

A Festive Day in Malaysia

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The Zetans of Malaysia, also known as the Soceity of Friends, Brothers and Nation Builders rolled out the red carpet of welcome for a much and awaited visitor MRB DANILO A. BARRIOS, the Zetan Founder last June 10, 2014.

Princess IDA , granddaughter of TUN HARUN MUSTAPHA, the former Chief Minister of Sabah net the MRB at the airport in Kota Kinabalu together with other ZETAN officers.

The Founder appointed SAMZALI BIN ABDUL SAID or Brother JOE as the National Grant Regent or National Chairman of the Society of Friends, Brothers and Nation Builders of the entire State. The Grand Regent of Kudat, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah Lahat Datu, Tawi Tawi ,Senporna, Kinigau and Laot welcome and meet the MRB.

Princess IDA hosted a birthday party for the Founder at her scenic seaside resto, and visited from Sabah the tip of Borneo , with a blue green water powdery white beach where a  rolling terrain of nature in its pristine best nestling well appointed beach houses .

RANNAU is a foggy mountain resort with all the amenities of the good life that nestles the legendary Black Mountain stone of Kinabalu, Kudat is a paradise that takes you back in time.

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