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SOLIS IS CHRISTMAS PARTY GUEST
JOSE G. SOLIS of the second district of Sorsogon
speaking before a crowd of Buluseños
Jose G. Solis, representative of the 2nd
District of Sorsogon, was the Guest of Honor and Speaker
at the Christmas Party of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. on
December 14, 2003 at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse,
Before the crowd of Buluseños
and other guests which included former Sorsogon OIC Vice-Governor
Eddie Frivaldo, his sister Josephine and son Vladimir –
Congressman Solis spoke on his sterling accomplishments in his
district the last two and a half years of his term.
Particulary, he reported on the recent passage into law of
RA 9176 otherwise known as the Extension of the Free Patent Act,
whose mother bill was of his principal authorship.
This new law which was just
enacted last November 13, 2003, provides for the extension for
the filing of free patents, or the titling of agricultural lands,
until December 31, 2020, a 20-year extension from the original
deadline set by RA 6490 -
thus, enabling the government to distribute more lands especially
to the poor farmers and landless across the country.
According to the solon, his priority is education that’s
why he saw to it that more public schools be put up in the
different towns and barrios to accommodate the growing number of
students every year and give opportunity to the poor to acquire
Upon knowing of the yearly
gift-giving project of Damayan-Buluseño dubbed as Damayan
Christmas Drive, Congressman Solis handed a check of P 25,000
to Mr. Rogelio F. Fuentes, the association’s president, as his
contribution which was well-applauded by the Buluseños.
He also pledged to support other projects of the
In response, Mr. Fuentes presented to him a Plaque of
Appreciation for his very nice gesture.
Although he was a bit late in coming to the party, he was
admired by the association’s officers and other Buluseños for
trying his best to honor their invitation.
Despite the fact that he had a commitment in his hometown
of Bulan a day before, he exerted all efforts to be back in Manila
by land just to catch up with his appointment with them.
The party was attended by a big crowd of Buluseños
representing the 24 barangays of Bulusan.
They came from different points of Metro-Manila and nearby
provinces bringing with them their assigned foods and donations to
Damayan Christmas Drive ’03.
As usual, the affair was ushered in by a mass at 2:00 P. M.
which was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Alex Jerus of Sorsogon City.
To boost the Christmas spirit in the celebration, all the
officers, members of the choir and other Buluseños were in red
and bright-colored attire.
Unlike in Christmas parties of the association in the past
wherein the entertainment numbers were rendered by individual
performers, this time the audience including the guests led by the
choir joined in the lively singing of popular Christmas carols
like Joy to the World, Hark the Herald and Ang Pasko ay Sumapit.
Indeed, it was another very successful afffair for the
BOUT IN 2004 ELECTIONS
In this year's elections,
Buluseños will witness again the return bout of two political
dynasties for the mayoral
seat which they bitterly fought for in 2001.
The contenders are re-electionist
Mayor Juan G. Guysayko and Jose Rene S. Halum whom the former beat
in the 2001 elections.
Mayor Guysayko who is a retired PNP Colonel before he
entered politics, is the son of the late former Mayor Vicente
Guysayko Sr. and the former Maria Gutierrez of Barangay Buhang;
the first cousin of Provincial Board Member and Municipal Mayor
and now Provincial Administrator Erwin G. Guysayko and first
cousin also of the late Willis Fortades, husband of former
municipal mayor and now Vice-Mayor Nelly G. Fortades.
On the other hand, Mr. Halum of Barangay Poctol who is a
businessman, is the son of the late Paciente G. Halum and the
former Otelia Sesbreño; younger brother of Dr. Oscar S. Halum who
served for three consecutive terms as municipal mayor and nephew
of Dr. Rogado G. Halum who served for a long time also as
Running for vice-mayor under the administration is Kagawad
Menandro F. Frayna of Barangay Sabang, an industrial
engineer/businessman and married to Noemi Gallego, also of Sabang.
In the opposition side is his first cousin, Kagawad Danilo
G. Freo of Barangay Sta. Barbara, a retired Air Force captain.
The candidates for councilor or kagawad under the
admininstration party are: Kagawad Manuel Bañares of Barangay
Dapdap, a re-electionist for the third term; Mr. Reynaldo D. Din,
a retired public school teacher from Barangay Sabang; Mr. Leonardo
F. Firmanes, a former kagawad for three terms, an agriculture
graduate, and a farmer; incumbent Vice-Mayor Nelly
Gacosta-Fortades, a former municipal mayor; Mr. Pedro G. Frando, a
businessman from Barangay Central and former kagawad for three
terms; Mr. Pierre S. Geva of Barangay Central & Sabang, a
businessman who once served as in-charge for barangay affairs
under the office of the Provincial Governor; and Kagawad Vicente
G. Yap of Buhang, a third term re-electionist.
In the opposite camp, candidates for councilors are: Mr.
Gerry G. Espaldon of Barangay Buhang, a former barangay chairman;
Mr. Andrew D. Espedido of Barangay Sabang, a restaurateur who also
serves as secretary of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. and who, despite
his being Metro-based, regularly goes back and forth to Bulusan
for business transactions; Kagawad Celestino F. Frades of Barangay
Looban, an agriculture graduate and a second term re-electionist;
Kagawad Roque G. Gabito of Barangay San Roque, a re-electionist
for the second term, a businessman, and a part-time driving
instructor; Mrs. Matilde Fortajada-Gamba also of San Roque, a
retired public school teacher; Mrs. Elizabeth Gallego-Gabad of
Barangay Porog, a retired public school teacher; Mr. Melchor A.
Hasta of Barangay Madlawon, a representative of a brokerage firm
in Metro-Manila and former director of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. and
like Andrew, most often goes home to Bulusan for his business
transactions; and Mr. Domingo G. Tan of Barangay Central and
Buhang, a businessman.
POUR IN FOR DAMAYAN CHRISTMAS DRIVE '03
More than 500 poor Buluseño families and individuals were
the recipients of Damayan-Christmas Drive ’03, a yearly
gift-giving project of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.
In the distribution of gifts held before the New Year, 276
families from the different barangays received bags each
containing rice, corned beef, sardines, noodles, sugar, coffee,
milk, and juice plus one carton of assorted new and used clothings
and 15 packs of noodles for barangay officials.
Brand new dusters, t-shirts, and shorts were also given
away to 118 residents of Barangay Sapngan by former Chairman
Andres “Ari” Frando courtesy of Ms. Ma. Ana C. Maglasang who
donated the items to Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. intended directly for
Sapngan’s residents. Ms.
Maglasang, a Metro-Manila businesswoman, was the sponsor of the
scholarship of Cherry Fuasa.
Shoes and slippers were divided among the barangays for
distribution to their constituents while 4 cartons of noodles were
given away to the Senior Citizens League and 3 cartons to the
Family Life Apostolate.
Reserved for the boy scouts are 20 pieces new t-shirt and 6
pieces jogging pants, while the girl scouts get complete uniform
The success of this Christmas Drive was made possible with
the support of Buluseños and friends who responded to the appeal
of the association and gave their share by way of cash and in kind
Leading the list of cash donors was Congressman Jose G.
Solis of the second district of Sorsogon who handed a check of
P25, 000 to DBI president Rogelio F. Fuentes during the
association’s Christmas Party last December 14 at the Knights of
Columbus Clubhouse. Other
cash donors were: Anonymousp-P2, 000; Ms. Nenita Somatiza-P2, 000;
Mr. & Mrs. Edwin G. Gonzales-P1, 500; Mr. Reynaldo
Labrador-P1, 500; Mr. Frank Fernandez, Jr.-P1, 500; Mrs. Salvacion
Arcos-Clavecilla-P1, 500; Ms. Lanie D. Gabionza-P1, 200;
Anonymous-P1, 000; Anonymous-P1, 000; Dannie/Mellie Paniza-P1,
000; Anonymous-P1, 000; Ms. Josephine Frivaldo-P1, 000; Mrs.
Celenia Gallinera-Ang-P1, 000; Mr. & Mrs. Recto F. Reyes-P500;
Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno-P500; Mrs. Myrna Paez-Castillo-P500;
Ms. Merly May Gamba-P500; Mrs. Ester Gabionza-Tagle-P500; Mrs.
Nora Ainza-P200; Ms. Sally France-P150; Mrs. Pilar
Galao-Pleyto-P100; Mr. Erasto Abitona-P100; Mrs. Mabel Geñorga-So-P100;
Mr. Leo Enteria-P100; and Ms. Corazon Adornado-P100.
Those who donated various food stuffs were: Ms. Luz Z.
Gamba-5 cartons corned beef (240 cans); Mr. & Mrs. Florencio
Dotollo-1 carton assorted food items (and 1 carton used clothes);
Mr. Rolando F. Gapas-2 cartons noodles; Mrs. Ester
Fulleros-Abitona-1 carton noodles; and Anonymous-50 cans sardines
and 32 packs Payless Mami.
Other donations came from: Ms. Elisa F. Lagamayo-2 sacks of
brand new clothes; Ms. Ma. Ana C. Maglasang-1 sack brand new
dusters, t-shirts and shorts; Mrs. Belen P. Freo-1 carton of 48
pairs of brand new slippers; Mrs. Myrna Paez-Castillo-1 carton and
2 bags of used clothes; Anonymous-1 carton used clothes; Mrs.
Celinia Gallinera-Ang-1 carton used clothes; Mrs. Mabel Geñorga-So-1
carton used clothes; Ms. Cresencia Freo-3 cartons used clothes;
Mrs. Elizabeth Gallego-Cajigal-1 carton used clothes; Mrs.
Carmelita Borja-Diego-1 plastic bag used clothes; Mr. Jose G.
Tenazas, Jr.-3 cartons used clothes and 1 carton used shoes; Mr.
Roel Fuentes-1 carton used clothes; Mr. & Mrs. Jaime F. Paez-1
plastic bag used clothes;and Mrs. Luz Gaurino-Tan-6 pieces gifts
for girl scouts.
In Bulusan, cash donors were; Dr. & Mrs. Rogado G.
Halum-P200; Mr. & Mrs. Arcadio N. Goyena-P150; Mr. & Mrs.
Rogelio Gabad-P100; and Mr. & Mrs. Leon Mendizabal-P50.
Rice donors were: Mr. & Mrs. Lupo Furio-1 sack; Mr.
& Mrs. Leonardo Firmanes-1 sack; Mr. & Mrs. Jose Tison-1
sack; Mr. & Mrs. Juan Son-1 sack; Mr. & Mrs. Alvin Son-1/2
sack; Mr. & Mrs. Neriso Bartilet-1/2 sack; Mr. & Mrs. Jose
Geñorga-20 kilos; Mr. Antonio Gacosta-1/2 sack; and Mr. &
Mrs. Norly Garalde-10 kilos.
Donors of various items were: Mr. & Mrs. Roger Fulo-assorted
food items; Mr. & Mrs. Jose Tison-7 pieces t-shirt with
collars, 27 pieces t-shirt for children, 13 pieces t-shirt for for
small children, and 6 pairs of slippers; Mr. & Mrs. Arnel
Son-17 pairs sandals for men; Mr. & Mrs. Erwin G. Guysayko-24
packs Ho Mi & 3 pieces used clothes; and Mr. & Mrs. Renato
J. Frayna-2 cartons used clothes.
Those whose names were omitted are requested to inform
Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. so proper corrections could be made.
To all the kindhearted donors, Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.
wishes to extend its sincere appreciation and deep gratitude to
you. Your gesture
manifests your concern for our less privileged fellow Buluseños.
It is hoped that with the joint efforts of this association
and Buluseños of your nature, our yearly humanitarian activities
would go on till the next generations.
Seven Buluseño civic leaders
composed of active and retired government and military officials,
and those in the business sector have organized and founded the
newly registered Damayan-Buluseño Foundation, Inc. The
incorporators are: Retired Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno; Mr. Arnel
G. Fortes, a director at the Senate Legal Services; Mr. Rudy G.
Fulo, president of Cargohaus Customs Bonded Warehouse, Inc.; Ms.
Luz Z. Gamba, president of the Bulusan Travel & Tours
Corporation; Engr. Pablito R. Freo, vice-president of GRL Electric
Corporation; Mr. Ulpiano S. Sorra, retired Customs Examiner; and
Mr. Rogelio F. Fuentes, retired Customs Police Officer.
In their first meeting and
elections, elected as interim officers were: Mr. Fuentes-chairman;
Ms. Gamba-vice-chairwoman; Engr. Freo-treasurer; Mr. Sorra-secretary;
Maj. Gen. Fortuno-auditor; Mr. Fulo and Mr. Fortes-trustees. They
shall on to their positions until the formal elections in March
In the set-up the foundation
shall exist under the umbrella of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc., the
association’s president shall be the chairman of the foundation
whose term shall be for one year only.
The purpose of the foundation is
to sponsor big and significant projects for the benefit of the
municipality of Bulusan and the Buluseños.
Being a tax-exempt entity, it can undertake fundraising
activities in large scale and solicit donation/contributions from
philanthropic organizations and civic-minded people here and
As its initial fundraising
project, the officers are contemplating on sponsoring a golf
tournament anytime from now.
lady passes away
LETICIA GONZALES – TENAZAS, the Grand Lady of Damayan-Buluseño,
Inc. , passed away on November 19, 2003 at 4:00 A.M. at the Mary
Chiles Hospital, Sampaloc, Manila.
She was 77 years old.
Two days earlier, her son, Boy, rushed her to the hospital
due to her weak condition. Her
blood sugar rose to a very high level.
According to Boy, her mother was already doing well and was
already set to leave for home in a few days when suddenly she was
rushed to the ICU as her blood pressure went down to 50/0.
In a few hours, she died in her sleep.
She succumbed to cardiac arrest, the attending physician
Her remains were interred at the Himlayang Pilipino in
Quezon City beside her late husband, Ship Captain Jose Tenazas,
Sr. She was survived by her four children: Lulu, Jose, Jr. or Boy,
Jimmy or Boyet, and Cirilo II or Nono.
Mrs. Tenazas was one of the incorporators of Damayan-Buluseño,
Inc. when it was organized in 1982.
Since then, she was its treasurer until her death.
About five years ago, she had a heart attack leaving her
left side of the body paralyzed.
But, it did not hamper her in the performance of her duties
as treasurer of the association and in attending the monthly mass
for the Buluseños at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse in
Lately though, her health deteriorated even more which
hindered her from moving on her own.
Her responsibilities had to be given to her assistant.
A week before her death, DBI president Rogelio F. Fuentes
visited her in her residence to inform her that the officers’
Christmas party will be held at her residence on December 7 so she
could be with the group. Although
she was happy about it, Mr. Fuentes sensed that she was not in her
usual self when she would laugh heartily to his jokes.
She looked sad and depressed, Mr. Fuentes said.
Mr. Fuentes further stated that Mrs. Tenazas was well loved
and highly respected not only by the other officers of DBI but
also by other Buluseños who know her, and her peers in the other
organizations where she also previously served as treasurer.