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The quaint south-easternmost barangay of San Antonio (Balete) celebrated its fiesta in honor of St. Anthony of Padua last June 26-27, 2003.  The occasion was one of thanksgiving, of worship and of merrymaking.

            The activities kicked off with a parade for the 1st Alumni Homecoming on the vesper day.  It included all classes from 1953 to 2003. The Drum & Lyre Corps of the Talaonga National High School had been invited through the joint efforts of the affair’s organizers, the teachers, and barangay officials.

            A benefit dance followed in the evening sponsored by the San Antonio Capilla Council officers.  The proceeds, which amounted to around P 12,000 – will go to the repair of the barrio chapel. 

            In the morning of the 27th was a mass at 5:30 and a high mass at 9:00, followed by baptismal rites.  Officiating priest was Fr. Ninoy Lagarde.  The night’s dance was briefly interrupted for the election of a new set of officers for next year’s General Alumni Homecoming.  Following are the names of those elected:

President -    Salvacion Giuero
Vice-President -    Antonio Fuentes
Secretary -    Imelda Fuentes
Asst. Secretary -    Maricon Avila
Treasurer -    Nerie Fuentes
Auditor -    Beata Gojar
Buss. Manager -    Mirasol Gaton

Another association and its officers and members were likewise introduced.  SAMMA or San Antonio Metro Manila Association is composed of people who came from this barrio but whose work or residency is based in Metro Manila.  It is the members’ objective to help their barriomates especially the needy.  Under the leadership of SAMMA President Eltam Fulong, various other activities were conducted such as raffle draws and the Pantomina dance.  In the latter, the money collected was given to a family who lost their house to a recent fire incident.

Indeed, fiesta is not just about revelry.  It is also so much about friendship, brotherhood and goodwill. (Atanasia F. Frivaldo)



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

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