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PREPARES FOR PISTA SA MAYNILA
the successful civic-action in Bulusan during the last Holy
Week, Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. is now preparing for another
significant occasion in Manila.
This time, it is the annual “Pista sa Maynila”
celebration in honor of Bulusan’s Patron Saint, St. James the
The affair is set on July 13, 2003 (Sunday) at Knights of
Columbus Clubhouse, Intramuros, Manila.
As usual, a holy mass will be celebrated at 2 :00 P.M.
and will be followed by a program and a party.
Prior to the celebration, a nine-day novena will be held
at the association’s headquarters at 3035 V. Mapa Street, Sta.
Mesa, Manila starting July 5 (Saturday at 6:00 P.M.).
Different groups of barangays will host the nightly
novena. For the information and guidance of Buluseños, following are
the novena schedules of the different groups assigned to host
the novena and the food they shall bring during the fiesta
San Roque, Salvacion
water or Zest-o
San Francisco, San Rafael
water or Zest-o
San Bernardo, Cogon
San Antonio, Dancalan
San Isidro, San Jose
Porog, Sta. Barbara
ROCO IS FIESTA GUEST
Former Senator and Ex-Secretary of Education Raul S. Roco
will be the Guest of Honor and Speaker in the annual “Pista sa
Maynila” celebration of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. on July 13 at
the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse.
This will be the first time for the association to invite
as guest speaker a former senator and cabinet member.
Mr. Roco was the unanimous choice of the officers and
members, he, being the most popular Bicolano in the country
With his presence a big throng of Buluseños from Metro
Manila and elsewhere is expected to attend the celebration to
meet him in person and hear him on his plans for the country in
connection with his intention to run for presidency next year.
Also invited are Bulusan Municipal Mayor Juan G. Guysayko
and other municipal officials.
TO AWARD SPONSORS
As a token of appreciation and recognition of their
concern for the future and welfare of poor Buluseño youths, the
sponsors of the four scholars who have just graduated from
college this year will be the major awardees during the Pista sa
Maynila celebration of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. on July 13, 2003
at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse.
Among the recipients of the award is the family of the
late Mayor Bernardo R. Sayarot of Mabitac, Laguna, who was
killed in an ambush along the highway in Teresa, Rizal, more
than a year ago. Mayor
Sayarot was the sponsor of Lea Balderama of Barangay San
Bernardo who graduated with the degree in Architectural Drafting
from the Sorsogon State College.
Mayor Sayarot was also the sponsor of Evelyn Diño, a
graduate in education from the Philippine Normal University in
Manila and now teaching in Texas, USA.
He also sponsored Luzviminda Fragio-Ballesteros who is
now a public school teacher in Bulusan.
Aside from being a scholarship sponsor, the late Mayor
Sayarot had been very supportive of the various civic and
humanitarian projects of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. and had
employed a number of Buluseños in his business establishments.
To be awarded also is La Tondeña Foundation, Inc. which
sponsored the scholarship of Marlon Rabulan who took up
Electrical Engineering at the Technological University of the
scholarship was made possible by Maj. General Cesar F. Fortuno
who was then a top executive of La Tondeña Distellers, Inc.
Another awardee is Mr. Reynaldo Labrador.
He sponsored the scholarship of Cesar L Gacosta who
finished Computer Science at the AMA Computer College in Legaspi
The fourth awardee is the anonymous sponsor of Salvacion
Gardon who is now a graduate in Elementary Education from the
Bicol University in Legaspi City.
The sponsor who remains incognito for the past four years
has decided to come out in the open during the program, receive
the award and extend his personal felicitations to Salvacion for
successfully finishing her course.
scholar, Marlon A. Rabulan, graduated this year from
Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) with an
Electrical Engineering degree.
scholarship was sponsored by La Tondeña Foundation, Inc. which
was made possible by retired Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno who was
then a top executive of the said company.
valedictorian when he graduated in 1998 at the Bulusan National
Vocational and Technical School, Marlon is the son of Mr. &
Mrs. Santiago Rabulan of Barangay Madlawon.
PLACES 7TH IN GEODETIC ENG'G BOARD EXAMS
G. Fortes, the fifth child of Ruben Fortes of Barangays San
Isidro and Looban, and the late Salvacion Guevarra of Barangay
San Roque – ranked 7th among the 76 out of 187
examinees who took and successfully passed the Board
Examinations for Geodetic Engineers last January 16, 2003 in
It was indeed a close fight that with a general rating of
85.40, Edelyn was just 1.40 points behind the 1st
consistent achiever since her elementary days at the Bulusan
Central School where she graduated with the top honors in 1991,
Edelyn has been bringing home honors not only for herself but
also for her family, friends, school, and to her hometown.
She continued her winning streak at the Ramon Magsaysay
High School – Cubao where she eventually graduated
Valedictorian in 1995, and at the University of the Philippines
in Diliman, Quezon City where she finished her undergraduate
HAS NEW LADY LAWYER
thirteen years, Bulusan has produced a second lady lawyer,
Marissa Españo-Magpusao, the twenty-seven year old daughter of
Mr. & Mrs. Galicano F. Españo of Barangay San Isidro,
first was Atty. Genie Gapas-Agbada, daughter of Mr. & Mrs.
Geronimo Gapas of Barangay Sabang.
She became a lawyer in 1990 and is now a Solicitor III at
the Office of the Solicitor General.
Having been with the OSG for more than ten years, she is
now ripe to become a judge, a position she expects to be given
her by the appointing lawyer.
or Atty. Magpusao is now the Legislative Staff Officer at the
office of Quezon City Councilor Cyrus Lanot.
become a certified public accountant (CPA) was her first dream.
But her father wanted her to become a lawyer.
To please him, she enrolled in Political Science at the
University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City where she
graduated in 1997.
quit for a year when she got married to Engr. Michael Magpusao
after her graduation.
The following year, she took up law at the San Sebastian
College and graduated in year 2002.
Before the end of the same year, she took up the bar
examinations the result of which was released last February
where her name was among the successful examinees.
as she is fondly called by her family and friends, was an active
youth leader during her student days.
In fact, she was elected to the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)
in 1992 at Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City.
In 1996, she became the SK Chairman when Mr. Lanot was
elected Barangay Captain of the same area.
When Captain Lanot was elected president of the League of
Barangay Captains of Quezon City and eventually became a City
Councilor, he took with him Atty. Magpusao to his office at the
that her father’s dream for her has been realized, she intends
to work in another government agency where she can get a
That way, she can pursue her course in accountancy and
fulfill her own dream of becoming a CPA.
a few more years, God willing, she will be the first Buluseña