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new concrete bridge on the road to Barangay San
Francisco (Capangihan) has been a great relief to local
residents since its completion almost a year now.
is why, although a bit late, the residents led by their
chairman, Jose Fuentes and other officials, would like
to express their gratitude to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
for making it one of her priority projects.
The project was under the president’s Bridge
Program – II assisted by the Austrian Government
thru then DILG Secretary Jose D. Lina, and implemented
by Sorsogon Governor Raul R. Lee.
before, the residents can now travel with their goods to
the market and back even on rainy days without fear that
floods would easily wash their bridge away.
this development, the residents could just hope that
their roads be given the same attention.
In imminent need of renovation, having such
asphalted or cemented would encourage tourists, both
foreign and local, to see and experience what their
barangay has to offer.
of the more famous falls in the province, the Bayugin,
is within their limits. The same applies to Buko Pass,
an enduring witness to the strong resistance that the
locals in this side of the province fielded against the
SENATOR AS X'MAS PARTY GUEST
A senator will most likely be the Guest of Honor &
Speaker for this year’s Christmas Party celebration of
Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. which will be held on Sunday, December
12 at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse in Intramuros, Manila.
That is, if the senator would be available on the said
date to grace the occasion. If not, the association may invite other public official or
civic leader who may have the same vision and aspiration as
On that same occasion, DBI will also gather the solicited
donations of cash, various foodstuffs, and clothes for its
yearly Damayan Christmas Drive, a gift-giving project for the
poor families back home.
In this connection, DBI appeals to fellow Buluseños for
support for the sake of their suffering townmates who eagerly
expect it every December. In
this project, the association sends home the foodstuffs and
clothes while the local residents augment the items with rice.
Buluseños particularly in Metro-Manila and nearby areas
are urged to join the Christmas celebration as it is expected to
be a very colorful affair.
To be invited to present entertainment numbers are the
PASIGYAW Dance Troupe of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig and
the PNU Chorale of the Philippine Normal University where a
scholar of Damayan-Buluseño Foundation, Inc., Marissa Frando,
is a member.
Also to present a number is the Damayan-Buluseño Choir.
X'MAS DRIVE '04
the past six years, Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. has been bringing
cheers to poor Buluseño families during Christmas season
through its yearly Damayan Christmas Drive.
this gift-giving project, DBI solicits donations of various
foodstuffs such as sardines, corned beef, milk, sugar, coffee,
and noodles and brand new and used clothes and other personal
These items are sent to Bulusan for distribution among
the needy Buluseño families through the association’s local
coordinating board headed by Mr. Juan G. Galindes.
above items are augmented with rice which shall come from caring
its implementation in 1998, indigent Buluseño families now
eagerly await for it every December.
Needless to say, it has become another successful yearly
tradition of DBI.
success, however, is due mainly to the support of
Metro-Manila-based Buluseños and local residents of Bulusan who
willingly share their blessings with their less fortunate
Christmas is now fast approaching, the association once again
appeals to generous Buluseños and friends for whatever
assistance they may extend to make this gift-giving activity a
success like the previous ones.
the sake of the lowly Buluseño families who long for the
concern of their well-off kababayans
especially on Christmas season, DBI hopes in this time of
severe economic crisis, this appeal would not be in vain.
who wish to share may bring or send their donations to DBI
during its Christmas Party at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse,
Intramuros, Manila, on Sunday, December 12, 2004 at 2:00 P.M.
where they are cordially invited.
more information on this project, they may inquire from Mr.
Rogelio “Elio” Fuentes, DBI president, at telephone no.
COUPLE DONATES p5,000
IN RESPONSE to the appeal of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. for
support to its various civic and humanitarian activities, a
young couple donated an amount of P5,000 to the association.
The couple, Michael G. Katindig and the former Analiza
Barnal made the donation through Ms. Luz Z. Gamba, DBI’s 1st
vice-president, during the blessing of their newly-renovated
residence at Katapatan Village, Cabuyao, Laguna, last September
The two believe that the comfortable life their family
now enjoys they owe to the Almighty and the most meaningful way
to express their gratitude is to share their blessings with
others especially the less fortunate. That’s why they are
entrusting their donation to DBI as it has been known for its
many charitable undertakings.
Michael, or Mike, who is only 27 years old, works as a
liaison officer at the Bulusan Travel and Tours Corporation in
Pasay City where Ms. Gamba, his mother, serves as president.
Analiza or Ana, also works there as reservation officer.
The couple’s wonderful gesture greatly impressed the
officers of the association particularly its president, Mr.
Rogelio F. Fuentes, as it came at a time when it is very much in
need of additional funds for its forthcoming Damayan Christmas
Mr. Fuentes lauded their act of generosity and hopes it
will somehow touch the hearts of others who have all the means
to share for a worthy cause.
LADY SENDS 50 EUROS
MISS URSULA “UISCHI” DANIELS of Hamburg, Germany,
donated 50 Euros to Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.
The donation was sent to the association through her
close friends, Rebecca Frayna, a Buluseña, and Lorna Floresca
of Barcelona who are in town for a vacation.
Miss Daniels knows very well the various activities of
DBI through the Damayan-Buluseño Gazette which Rebecca and
Lorna regularly receive in Hamburg where they have been residing
for many years now.
Because of Rebecca who was the first Buluseña to set
foot in Hamburg, Bulusan has become very close to the hearts of
Miss Daniels or Uischi and her twin sister, Erika. They visited
the town in 1978 and instantly loved the place.
They enjoyed most of all their swimming at the Karawisan
Beach in Barangay Talaonga, Sta. Magdalena because of its clean
and pristine waters.
In 1987, Uischi came back with Rebecca but without her
sister Erika because she got married.
Uischi, who is a secretary in a firm in Hamburg and still
single at 59, intends to take another vacation in Bulusan this
coming Holy Week.
In his acknowledgement letter to Miss Daniels, DBI
president, Rogelio Fuentes appreciated very much her kindness
and thoughtfulness. Her donation, he said, will help much in the
association’s yearly Damayan Christmas Drive.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, UISCHI! MABUHAY KA!
FURISCAL IS ARNIS CHAMP
except for his family, close kins, and friends – most Buluseños
do not know or haven’t heard about Juan E. Furiscal, Jr. Jojo,
as he is more popolarly known to those close to him, is a
true-blooded Buluseño whom the people of Bulusan should be
Unknown to most Buluseños, Jojo has been bringin home
honors not only to Bulusan but to the entire country as well by
way of the several gold medals he has been reaping since he
started participating in the various Worl Eskrima-Kali Arnis
Championships here and abroad.
Jojo started his career in the field of arnis when he
joined the Samahan ng Arnis ng Muntinlupa in 1990 at age
11. They were trained for the competition by Mr. Reynan Bong Cañete
of the Cebu-based Doce Pares, a member of the World
Eskrima-Kali Arnis Federation (WEKAF).
He had his baptism of fire at age 15 when he joined the
championship games in 1994 at the De La Zalle-Zobel Gymnasium in
Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
In this competition which was participated in by 18
countries, he won a gold medal in the Group Forms category.
In 1996, he won 3 gold medals in three categories when he
competed for his second championship series held in Carlton,
1n 1998, for his third attempt, he got two golds and a
silver in two categories.
He repeated the same feat in 2000 when he competed in
In his fourth game last June, he won again 3 gold medals
in 3 categories. A
total of 26 countries were represented in the said competition.
Jojo’s team is now preparing for the next competition
scheduled sometime next year in Australia where more than 20
countries are expected to participate.
Arnis is an ancient Filipino art of self-defense
with the use of one or two 29-inch sticks.
It has been practised by the natives long before the
Spanish conquistadores reached Philippine soil.
It is said that it was Lapu-lapu who introduced arnis to
the world otherwise known as eskrima or kali when
he engaged Magellan in the historic Battle of Mactan.
The World Eskrima Kali Federation of which Jojo’s group
is a member has 35 member-countries all over the world.
Jojo is the son of the late Juan Furiscal, Sr. of
Barangay Dapdap and the former Paz Emberga of Barangay San
Francisco, both of Bulusan.
A computer technician graduate from the International
Electronic Institute in Muntinlupa City, he is with the
Philippine Navy Arnis Team where he is also employed as a
seaman. On Sundays, he trains security guards and high school
students from different schools.
He is married to the former Girlie Dominquil with whom he
has a three-year old daughter.
For those interested to learn the art of arnis for their
own personal protection, they may get in touch with Jojo at
telephone no. 800-5815.