Saturday, July 19, 2008

OLPS Alumni Update

Minutes of the OLPS Alumni Meeting
OLPS Minor, Sorsogon City
8PM, July 18, 2008

In Attendance :

Tom Sementela Tato Marcial
Atty. Jess Fumera Gerald Angeles
Totep Perez Bernie Donor
Atty. Wowo Fortes Leo Ocampo
Joey Lasala Jeangle Eco
Fr. Egay Cleofe Fr. Jasper Valdez

Meeting Proper

The meeting was called to order at 8 PM with Atty. Jess Fumera presiding. Mr. Totep Perez read the minutes of the previous meeting. The body approved the contents of the minutes of the meeting.

Atty. Fumera led the group in the discussion of the matters arising from the previous meeting:

1. On Rice subsidy :

Mr. Tato Marcial reported that 10 seminarians are having difficulty in complying with the required 3 sacks of rice yearly, thus, a shortfall of 30 sacks in the year.

Fr. Egay Cleofe informed the group that he will provide names of those seminarians and inquired if they will become direct beneficiaries of the Alumni Foundation and in effect, they are no longer obliged to give the required sacks of rice. The group discussed on the matter and arrived at the decision that the OLPS is the sole beneficiary of the Alumni Foundation who will receive directly the rice subsidy. It is now the discretion of the OLPS administration if they will still require the 10 seminarians to give rice.

Mr. Bernie Donor informed the group that per sack costs P1,250 per sack or P25 per kilo, thus a total of P37,500.00 for 30 sacks of rice shortfall. It was suggested that the Alumni Foundation will write letter to NFA Manager to purchase rice, Totep to draft the letter, Monsignor Monje to sign. The source of fund will come from donations from alumni, post the information at alumni blogspots.

2. On Financial Statement :

Mr. Joey Cubias, the Alumni Treasurer was absent. Mr Tom Sementela suggested that Mr. Perez must remind Mr. Cubias to submit the records of transactions for him to prepare the Financial Statement.

3. On General Information Sheet :

Atty. Tootsie Cubias was absent, again, Mr. perez was tasked to remind Atty. Cubias to submit the General Information Sheet.

4. On Alumni Directory :

Mr. Marcial to coordinate with the Registrar Mam Nikki Halcon, Sr. Myrna Dioquino & Atty. Cubias.

5. On Fellowship Night:

Mr. Perez reported that he met Atty. Alwin Talde who informed him that Batch 83 had a meeting in Manila to discuss their sponsorship of the event by shouldering the financial cost and possible production of Film Documentary about OLPS c/o Film maker Larry Manda.

6. On Destroyed Fence :

Mr. Marcial took picture of the damaged portion and posted the same on the blog. However, Fr. Cleofe informed the group that there is a plan to construct an access road in the same area. Atty. Fortes suggested that the group must remove the item from the Alumni’s concern based on the aforementioned plan. The group agreed.

7. On Tarpaulin Banners :

The group decided to put the item for further discussion next meeting.

8. On Establishment of Alumni Affairs Office :

Mr. Perez informed Fr. Cleofe on the rationale behind the establishment of an Alumni Affairs Ofice. Fr. Cleofe said that seminarians are capable to be assigned, for the meantime at the alumni desk that will soon be transformed into an office. Mr perez will draft a formal letter of request to the Rector, Msgr. Monje to sign & discuss details with Fr. Cleofe, the Rector.

9. New Matters/Business :

Tasking/Formation of Committees :

1. Rice Project – c/o B. Donor, Atty. T. Cubias, Msgr. Monje, Mr. Perez
2. Homecoming Registration committee/secretariat – c/o batch 87
3. Ways & Means /Finance Committee – Joey Cubias, Tom Sementela
4. Food Committee – c/o OLPS
5. Sports Committee – c/o OLPS
6. Liturgy Committee – c/o OLPS
7. Fellowship Committee – Batch 83
8. Parade – c/o batch 87
9. Information, Documentation & Publication & Promotion – Boy Lopez (Sorsogon Guardian), Fr. Treb Futol (DZGN/TV 11), Erwin Lasam (Sorsogon Now), Marlon Loterte (Phil. Info. Agency), Mark Paras (Sorsogon Today), Gibbs Cadiz (Phil. Daily Inquirer), Delon Porcalla (Phil. Star), Linuz Escandor (Tempo, Manila Bulletin), Ching Salazar (NBN), Sim Gamba, Robert Maullon (DWOL).

Next meeting will be on August 1, 2008, 7PM at the Fatima Parish. Having no other matters to be discussed, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15PM.


Interim Secretary


Presiding Officer

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Buhay (working) turista

Something from my blog, :)

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I'VE NEVER TRAVELLED outside the country for pure R&R. My trips so far have always been working ones, with work invariably carving a big chunk of time away from the sightseeing. The sightseeing, in fact, is still partly work. I'm there not primarily to enjoy the scenery or the vibe, but to keep my eyes open for a good story--something, anything worth writing about for the travel section of the paper.

The bulk of “tourist” pictures in my camera thus tend to be images in potential service to my story--pictures not for remembering the trip, but for illustrating, highlighting or emphasizing details of the narrative that I'm trying to form in my head as I click away. That means, almost always, that I'm not in the frame. Which is all right by me, since I'm not the type anyway who runs to pose before every bush, bust or garden on foreign soil. A few souvenir shots, and I'm fine.

In Zaragoza, I ended up with almost 400 photos. Here are the unlucky few that had me as a subject--mostly taken on the one day we had to tour the city. The rest of the more scenic “story” pictures will have to wait until after I've written my travel piece for the paper. Where to start, where to start...

At the Zaragoza Expo grounds before an ultra-modern building called the Congress Palace, where the Philippine National Day celebrations were held. The Expo campus is friggin' huge; crossing it from end to end is to invite heatstroke, mangled shoes and an oily face. But sige lang--for love of country, woohoo!

Walking towards the old center of the city at the start of our day-long tour. Temperature: 36 degrees. Zaragoza in summer is almost desert-like--blistering hot by day, biting-cold at night and (especially) early morning.

At the Plaza de los Catedrales, a vast square bounded on three sides by three majestic churches and on the fourth by a swanky shopping thoroughfare. The church behind me is the Basilica of the Virgin of the Pillar, patron saint of Spain, the interiors of which are jaw-droppingly opulent (domes painted by Goya!). No pictures allowed as usual, though. The church is so big that a mass can be ongoing at the lavishly gilded central nave while clumps of tourists still roam and gawk at the rest of the building. Ang init talaga sa labas, leche. (Ooops, perdone!)

Drinking from a public fountain to stave off midday thirst. I wasn't being reckless here. Since Zaragoza is hosting an international expo focusing on water and sustainable development, it made sure its taps carried potable water. Even the hotel faucets were for drinking, so for the first time in my five years of occasional travels, I drank straight from the tap and didn't have to buy bottled water. Dapat lang, because spending in Euro was dang expensive!

The Calle Alfonso Primero, running straight out of the Basilica del Pilar courtyard, is a fetching pedestrian thoroughfare lined with upscale shops and food stops on both sides. Looks empty, right? That's because we were there at around 2:30 p.m., which is sacred siesta time for the Spanish, when most establishments close and don't reopen until 5 p.m. Also, at this time of year, the sun doesn't set until 10 p.m., the usual dinner time. We Pinoy visitors, used to early suppers, had to make do with heavy snacks in between to make sure we didn't go mad with hunger before that ungodly meal hour.

A Zaragoza treasure--the 11th-century Al Jaferia palace, built by Moorish kings, improved by Catholic monarchs when they reconquered the city, and now restored to breathtaking splendor as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A section of the fortress used to hold prisoners of the Inquisition; you can still see the markings on the cell walls made by a hapless prisoner or two. The Mudejar (Spanish-Moorish) interiors of lovely gardens and intricately ornamented architecture are very well-preserved. Our Spanish guide was young, good-looking--and sweating buckets as he wrestled with his English spiels. Aww, I wanted to offer my services as a tutor (evil grin).

The working tourist with the oversize fisherman's hat aiming his camera at anything and everything--baka sakali magamit. Bless you, whoever you are that invented the memory card.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Totep's New Girlfriend

she's great!