“This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” It was a beautiful morning when Southern Leyteno members and friends arrived to the picnic location with sumptuous food. Ilding Piao and his son started the grill for barbecue and “sinugbang isda”. Toting Tagnipez came to dropped the volleyball set and banner, and came back later with more food. Jonathan Carillo did put up the signs. The long table was full of delicious food topped by Ilding’s “tinolang isda”. The lechon was appetizingly crispy. Emil Nicolasin assisted Ilding with his “sinugbang panga sa dakong isda”.
We were able to take a group picture before the passing thunderstorm. While we were in position for picture taking, Toting Tagnipez(member of the board & past president) and Oriel Markines-Carillo(incumbent president) delivered their short messages. The sky cleared after the short storm. We continued the celebration with games for everybody. The winners for the children are Ricky, nephew of Mae Lahman, Erin Jude and Amela Amago. The winners for the adults are Teresita Quilantang, Wig Bitos, Val Capablanca, Evelyn Jude and Jonathan Carillo. There was singing led by Elbo Masing and Lt. Gen. Bonifacio Ramos. Pat Sampan, Helen Requilman,Val Capablanca & others shared their beautiful voices. To melt the food that we ate, we had “Walk for Southern Leyte” along the trail surrounding the park’s lake.
We had 3 birthday celebrants namely: Ildefonso Piao, Wig Bitos and Zenaida Tagnipez. Minya, the wife of Wig baked a very big banana-strawberry cake, leche flan and yummy pork/beef barbecue. That same day Elaine Joy Tagnipez-Williams was admitted in the hospital and gave birth to a baby girl whose name is Jeda Charlize. Congratulations Elaine Joy and Aron. Congratulations too to the proud grandparents Toting and Jenny Tagnipez.
Our thanks go to Pastor Kye Ile Hong, pastor of the Cosmopolitan United Methodist Church, Chicago, for the prayer blessings; Greg & May Lahman & family who ndrove all the way from Missouri; Clarence, Joliet & son who drove from Iowa; Jonathan, Ilding & son, for the set-ups; Elbo Masing for playing the guitar/accompaniment;Lt. Gen Bonifacio Ramos for being an emcee and leading the voice solos; Pong Javier for providing the bullhorn(microphone); and everybody who attended the picnic.
Our next event will be the Dinner Dance Fundraising towards the present project of two classroom school building, on October 29,2011, Saturday at Avalon Banquets 1905 East Higgins Road, Elkgrove Village, Il. 60007. Let us bring our family and friends and make this another successful affair.