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The big Gacosta clan held its 6th grand reunion last April 21 at the Bulusan Cultural & Sports Complex, Bulusan, Sorsogon.

Although there was a decline in the number of attendance this year, the occasion was brightened up by the parlor games and entertainment number rendered by children from Tagdon and other barangays.

The affair was ushered by a thanksgiving mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Domingo France and Rev. Fr. Rollin Galindes, both members of the clan.  It was followed by the introduction of families that came from different barangays of Barcelona, Sta. Magdalena and Bulusan.

In the business meeting after lunch, the clan chair, Mr. Rogelio Fuentes, recalled to the members from Bulusan and Barcelona, that the first three reunions of the clan were held in Sta. Magdalena and Talaonga in 1993, 1995 and 1997 where only the descendants of the late couple Fernando Gacosta and Fernando Camposano were in attendance.  It was in 1999 that the reunion was moved to Bulusan.

Knowing that the Gacostas of Bulusan and those from Barcelona are closely related to them, Mr. Fuentes urged them to join the reunion so together they could trace their roots and other relations.

In the election of officers for the next two years, Mr. Fuentes tried to decline his nominations as chair for the 7th term for health reason but he was prevailed upon to stay at the helm of the clan.

While he accepted his re-election to the position, he challenged all the members to take active part in making the next gathering a real pompous one with all them filling up the spaces in the cultural center.

Other elected officers were: Mrs. Ester Abitona – vice chair for Metro-Manila, Mrs. Conchita Jerus – vice chair for Barcelona, Mr. Rolando Gapas – vice chair for Sta. Magdalena, Mrs. Remedios Galindes – vice chair for Bulusan, Mrs. Alicia Labini – treasurer, Ms. Flora Gacosta – auditor, Mrs. Josefina Cacliong and Mr. Alberto Fragio – business managers.

Appointed coordinators for Barcelona are: Mrs. Carolina Falcotelo – Poblacion and Macabari, Mr. Edgar Gacosta – Putiao and Paghaluban, and Mr. Remegio Gacosta – Tagdon.

For Sta. Magdalena the coordinators are: Mr. Louie Pedrasa – Poblacion, and Mr. Terry Gaon – Talaonga.

Appointed coordinators for Bulusan were: Ms. Nenita Mata – Buhang, Mr. Alberto Fragio – Poctol, Mr. Rolando Gallor – Madlawon, Mr. Antonio Gacosta – Sabang, Mr. Alfredo Fulleros – Central, Mr. Raul Correa – Looban, Mrs. Nora Ballesteros – Sapngan, and Mr. Alberto Galaros – Dapdap.

With the full support of the new set of officers and coordinators, Mr. Fuentes hopes for a much bigger crowd that that of 1999 and join the grand reunion of the Gacosta Clan in 2005.

            In behalf of the clan, Mr. Fuentes praised and thanked those who attended the reunion particularly those who came from far places, brought with them food and prizes for the games and donated cash to help defray expenses incurred during the occasion.

Vol. XV No. 7 (March - May 2003)

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