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A very big crowd of enthusiastic Buluseños greeted former Senator and Education Secretary Raul S. Roco as he entered the basketball court of the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse, Intramuros, Manila where he was the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the Pista sa Maynila celebration in honor of their Patron Saint, St. James the Greater last July 13.

Mr. Roco who arrived at 3:30 p.m. was met by Damayan-Buluseño President, Rogelio F. Fuentes; Ms. Luz Z. Gamba and Engr. Pablito R. Freo, 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents, respectively; Mr. Arnel G. Fortes; and other officers as he alighted from his van and proceeded to the hall where cheering Buluseños were eagerly waiting for him.

Mr. Roco was so delighted with the song specially composed for him entitled “Raul Roco” to the tune of the old hit song “Waray Waray’ which was rendered by the Damayan-Buluseño Choir.

In his speech he appreciated the very warm welcome accorded him and his party by the Buluseños and promised that if he becomes the president of the Philippines he will not only open Malacañang to them but he will personally visit Bulusan.  This drew a big round of applause from the audience.

As a token of gratitude for his presence and sharing of his words of wisdom with the Buluseños, Mr. Fuentes, in behalf of the association, presented a Plaque of Appreciation to Mr. Roco.

Before he left, the Buluseños had a grand time having pictures taken with him.


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

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