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The heavy rains that poured over Metro-Manila last July 13 did not deter the Buluseños from different points of Metro-Manila and nearby areas to go out of their homes to attend the “Pista sa Maynila” celebration in honor of their Patron Saint, St. James the Greater.

The big crowd converged at the spacious basketball court of the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse in Intramuros, Manila as early as 12:30 P.M.  including a woman who came in crutches after having been bedridden for some months due to stroke.

There could have been more who would have come if the weather were fine the whole day.  But, despite the non-cooperation of the weather, it became a challenge to the Buluseños.  Everything worked out fine from the start to the end of the celebration.

It started with a holy mass at 2:30 P.M. celebrated by newly ordained priest, Rev. Rex F. Fortes who used to be the altar boy during the early years of the monthly mass of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.  at the Manila Cathedral.

The program followed at 3:30 P.M. with the arrival of former Senator and Education Secretary Raul S. Roco who was the Guest of Honor and Speaker.

Aside from Mr. Roco’s speech, other highlights of the program were the presentation of awards to the sponsors of the four scholars who have graduated in college this year and the short talk of Undersecretary Danilo Encinas of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR).

In his closing remarks, DBI President, Rogelio F. Fuentes, appreciated the presence of his constituents particularly those who contributed foods and drinks for the occasion.  He added, he hopes the Buluseños would go on supporting the activities and projects of the association.


Vol. XV No.8 (June - August 2003)

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