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E-mails sent by Novo Ecijanos from all over the world

I am one of those Novo Ecijanos who migrated to the U.S. in the early 80s and just want to give back to the community through a college scholarship program that my organization is now offering.  You could visit our website, http://facesofsanjose.us to get more information.  Prequalification criteria are not so stringent.  We focus more on the financial status of the applicant’s family and a satisfactory standing in the classroom. We encourage all kababayan students to continue their education and give them a chance to be productive citizens and better persons in the future.  Faces of San Jose is a non-profit organization located in San Jose, California. 

I grew up in Munoz but I have relatives in Gapan, Cabanatuan, Cuyapo and Sto. Domingo (family of Mactals, Moraleses, Andreses, Dela Rosas and many more).

Thank you, Mr. Valmonte.  Good luck and more power to your site.
 

JESSE ESTOLANO

Now, if only all overseas kababayans are as civic-minded as you. Hope your e-mail gets read by Novo Ecijanos seeking such help. -- RRV


Thank you very much for publishing the NE journal in the internet.

I am from Bibiclat, Aliaga, NE.  I left for United States in 1966 when I joined the Navy.  Last time I was home was 2000.

I personally rather hear good news from Nueva Ecija.  About killing maybe it can be condensed so we will know from overseas and will be aware that there are still have some bad people around that we must be careful of whenever we comes home.  Who is who politics are good to hear but what they argued are sometimes a space killer.

Is this publication is for local or overseas consumption only?

Some content I would like to see more are:

  • Pictures from Baranagay Fiestas will be a nice one to see and read about. 
  • News about Dam, roads, and etc. project are very good one to read about. 
  • More about the Carabao Project and what kind of cheese they are making and what they are being used for and how much they make.
  • How about balikbayan visiting your journal when they come home.
  • Picture of farmers planting and harvesting local products.
  • Industrial news.
Thank you for your consideration. Please reply by e-mail.

Sincerely,

ANGEL VERA CRUZ I

[Will take your suggestions into consideration. Thanks for the feedback! - RRV]



I was deeply saddened upon reading your December 7, 2007 issue of  The Nueva Ecija Journal "Headliners" which carried the news of the death of Sedfrey Ordonez, former Solicitor General and later Secretary of Justice in the Aquino Administration. 

I left Cabanatuan City with my family in 1987 at the peak of my legal career to join our eldest son who came here six years earlier.  I vividly remember that in 1985 when I was elected secretary of the Nueva Ecija Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, then Professor Ordonez personally came to my law office to extend his congratulations.  Like the late Senator and Justice Secretary Juan Liwag, Secretary Ordonez was one of the legal luminaries of our country during his time.

I would note, though, that the late Oscar Castelo, also from our province, likewise held  cabinet porfolios in the Quirino Administration as Secretary of Justice and Defense at the same time, if I am not mistaken.

FELIPE O. PASCUAL
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Thanks for the anecdote about Sec. Ordonez. I have one: We once invited him to guest in a program at DZXO-AM, which, at that time, was located at the fourth floor of Diego Building. He emerged from the stairwell, walked straight to the booth,sat down, and asked for the first question. Men half his age would have first sat down to rest after going up four flights of stairs, but not Sec. Ordonez!.. And thanks for the info about Sec. Castelo.  Sorry to have missed that one. -- RRV



I am a Guimbanian and proud to be a Novo Ecijana. I have been a resident of The Netherlands for 34 years.

At the moment I am here in the Philippines spending the Christmas and New Year with my Mom from Seattle and my two sisters in the Philippines. It's my first Christmas here since 1982 and that's a long time ago. You know what I love with our country, malayo pa ang Christmas they're already preparing for this great event...Hay mga Filipino nga naman.

The Mall of Asia is really huge, millions of people come in and out.. wow really amazing!!! I wanted to tell more pero I know you have seen the place already so what's news huh? Just sharing...

I was really surprised when I heard about your Journal and at the same time also very thankful for this. Your Nueva Ecija Journal is awesome and it gives information and learning about Filipino kababayans here and abroad. 

Congratulations to you for all the job well done in promoting good relationships with all other kababayans in other continents. Your photo galleries are awesome.The layout is awesome, too.

We also have a Filipino-Dutch organization here in The Netherlands and we are trying to get connected with other kababayans all over the world for friendships and communication.

I hope that this email letter would be the beginning of our good kababayan relationships that would last for a very long time.

Sana Mr. Valmonte ay bigyan pa kayo ng mas mahaba pang buhay at lakas para ipagpatuloy ang mga nakakatulong na gawain ninyo para sa lahat, kababayan man o' hindi. And congratulations for receiving an award. I salute you sir.

EVANGELINE ARTS SAWIT
's-Herteogenbosch, The Netherlands
evar@s-hertogenbosch.nl

No, Evangeline, I've never been to the Mall of Asia. Buti ka pa. Thanks for the kind words about the Journal. -- RRV



Mabuhay! First time ko na makita sa web  ang inyong site and I felt 100% connected to my roots right away. I`ve been living here in Canada for 18 years  now and never been home yet. From pictures of  my hometown, Cabanatuan City, it is in a very progressive state than before. Ii terribly miss a lot of things especially when holiday season comes, puto bungbung and simbang gabi, and some of my bestfriends, former classmates and relatives with whom I lost contact after all these years. I finished high school in 1979 in the College of the Immaculate Conception, and engineering in CLPC in 1984 . I  will welcome any good news  from wherever you are.  Please reply. God Bless.

DANILO J. ILARDE, SR.
Manitoba, Canada
dtwin17@mts.net

Connecting you to your roots -- that's what the Journal is all about.  Do find the time to visit here and be amazed at the changes.  I hope your relatives and friends get to read to your message and contact you. Regards. -- RRV


GREETINGS FROM THE NOVO ECIJANOS OF AMERICA, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.

DIOSDADO GALANG
Chicago, Illinois

Hi! Why don't you feed the Journal with news/pics about your group's activities there? -- RRV


Mabuhay Nueva Ecija!

Laking gulat ko nang makita ko ang website ng Neva Ecija. More power!

Ako po si Godofredo Aquino, taga nueva ecija din. Laki ako sa Cabanatuan at duon din nag-aral. Ngayon ay nakatira kami sa Jaen, Nueva Ecija kung saan taga duon ang aking mga magulang. Madalas din akong umuwi ng nueva ecija; syempre iba ang saya dyan sa atin sa Nueva Ecija, malinis, tahimik na lugar.

Sa kasalukuyan ako ay naninirahan dito sa Vienna, Austria

Mula ngayon palagi kong pupuntahan itong Nueva Ecija site. Sana lalo pang gumanda ang Nueva Ecija.

GODOFREDO AQUINO
Vienna, Austria

Paglilinaw, Godofredo. Hindi ito website na ari ng Nueva Ecija. Akin ito... Lalo ka sigurong magugulat kung sasabihin kong anim na taon nang nasa Internet ito at ngayon mo lang nakita.  Anyway, kaisa mo ako sa hangarin mong lalo pang gumanda ang Nueva Ecija. -- RRV


Ako po ay lubusang naliligayanhan dahil sa website na ito. Dahil siguro ako ay isang Novo Ecijano. Hindi nyo po alam kung gaano ako kaligaya pag ako ay nakakabasa at nakakakita ng mga taong taga Nueva Ecija, kasi feeling ko ay nasa sariling bayan ako, at talaga naman po ang sarap mapakinggan ng ating punto.

Matagal-tagal na rin po akong hindi nakakauwi sa atin. Ako nga po pala ay taga Sto. Tomas South, Jaen. Four years na po ako dito sa Kuwait, nandito na rin ang aking asawa't anak, at dito na nag-aaral ang aking anak. Sana po ay magtagal pa ang website na ito para naman po nakaka-up date ako sa atin.

Thank you very much.

JONJON DE GUZMAN
Kuwait
jon_27dpogi@yahoo.com

Salamat naman at nasisiyahan ka sa pagbisita sa Journal. Komusta sa mga kababayan diyan. -- RRV


The Filipino comunity here in Honolulu will be holding a "pabasa" on Good Friday at the Filipino Community Center in Waipahu.  This activity is being organized by KATHA (Kapisanan ng mga Tagalog sa Hawaii) whose members come from various Tagalog provinces in the country.

The Consulate's assistance has been requested in providing a video or photos or slides of various Lenten practices in the Philippines which could be shown during the activity.

I came across the Nueva Ecija Journal (Year 5) and was pleasantly glad that your Photo Gallery featured "Semana Santa" with various photos of Lenten practices. I write to request if we could use these photos and share them with our kababayans and guests during the "pabasa" this Good Friday. You and the Nueva Ecija Journal will be properly acknowledged should you favorably consider this request.

Maraming salamat po at mabuhay po kayo diyan sa Nueva Ecija!

IRENE SUSAN B. NATIVIDAD
Consul
Philippine Consulate General
2433 Pali Highway, Honolulu
Hawaii 96817

Help yourself to the Journal photos so kababayans in Hawaii can have a virtual Philippine Holy Week. A great honor for this site to be visited by a diplomat. -- RRV


Gusto ko sana personal na magpasalamat sa inyo sa pagka-create ninyo ng NE Journal. To be honest, nabasa ko ho yung karamihan ng mga nasa guest book nyo, eh wala na ho akong iba pang salita na pwedeng sabihin kundi MARAMING MARAMING SALAMAT na lang kasi ho naubos na nilang lahat at nasabi na ho yung mga gusto ko ring sabihin. Dahil ho sa dami ng mga taong nag-a-appreciate sa column, talaga hong napakalaking tulong sa lahat ng taong nakaka-discover nito at isa na ho ako dun kaya taos puso ho ang pasalamat ko sa inyo. 

Till here, and may your publication last for a very very long long time! Susuportahan ho namin ito!

CORA PESTANO

Huwag namang very very long long time. Hala ka, pag nag-ulyanin ako, baka kung anu-ano na ang mabasa mo dito  sa Journal. Seriously now, thank YOU for visiting. -- RRV


Mabuhay kababayan! Kumusta kayong lahat.

Ang pangalan ko ay Merlita Otanes Ruediger. Ako po ipinanganak sa Barangay East, Lupao, Nueva Ecija. Ako ngayon ay naninirahan sa Germany, nakapag-asawa at may dalawang anak.  Nine years na ako dito. Matagal na akong hindi umuuwi. Nagpapasalamat ako kahit paano nakikita ko ang mga pictures ng Nueva Ecija sa Internet.

Salamat at mabuhay muli.

MERLY RUEDIGER
Bahn Str.15 42781
Haan, Germany

Achtung, Merly. Hanggang pictures ka na lang ba ng Nueva Ecija? Umuwi ka naman dito para makita mo ang itsura ng Nueva Ecija at Lupao ngayon. Baka magulat ka! -- RRV


You may not remember me -- my name is Leily Yuzon.  I am a year ahead of you, Class 66. I graduated with Nicolas Camaya, Nelia Yuzon, etc.  Does that ring a bell?  I lived in your same neighborhood, near the church.  Lahi ng Cabatuando/Yuzon. 

Anyhoo, I just wanted to extend my greetings to everyone hooking up with your very popular website -- such a very informative  website.  Kudos to you, my dear kababayan. I am so proud of you, your work and all that you have accomplished and will accomplish.  More power to you.

FYI, if I could mention here that the Class of 1966 just had a very successful grand reunion at  the high school last January 28th, 2006.  I heard it was a blast!!!  And the next reunion will be held in 2009.  This time, I will make an effort to attend.

Take care now and  may God continually bless all of us.

OFELIA YUZON-COOPER

Hi! Salamat din. Coming from a member of a high school batch that I once looked up to, your praises become even more meaningful to me. Regards! -- RRV


I know it's late, but it's better than never!

Congratulations on your well deserved 2005 TATANG Award as a distinguished Novo Ecijano!
Your "skill" is amazing and your "will" is second to none in ensuring that all Novo Ecijanos around the world are up to speed on recent events back home! 

A million THANKS for your super effort!  Through your Journal, the power of your creativity binds the Novo Ecijanos as ONE!  Mabuhay ka, Mang Ramon!

From a proud Batang GAPAN surviving the SNOW of Canadian Winter!

BENNY DELOS SANTOS
Scarborough, Ontario
Canada

It's not late... it's TOO late. But kidding aside, thanks for the greeting. Ok na sana ang dating ng message mo, and then you had to address me as "Mang Ramon".  Sya-sya, anak, regards na lang sa mga kababayan diyan. -- RRV


Os envio éste correo desde Écija, ciudad de 40.000 habitantes situada en la provincia de Sevilla (España), y quisiera tener una relación periodica con vosotros y poder contaros cual bonita es nuestra ciudad. No se mucho de Historia, pero parece ser que algun antepasado nuestro llegaría hasta Filipinas y puso como nombre Nueva Écija a vuestra ciudad; quisiera que me contarais alguna cosa de vuestras construmbres, etc. para así poder conocer mejor a los ciudadanos de Nueva Écija.

Existe una página Web donde podeis entrar: http://planestrategico.ecija.org/

Un saludo desde España.

MIGUEL ANGEL PEREZ CHAMORRO
Ecija, Sevilla, Espana

Perdoname pero no hablo/escribo espanol muy bien...  Nuestra provincia fue llamado "Nueva Ecija" por el governador castellano Fausto Cruzat en el Ciglo XVIII en honor de su ciudad, Ecija, Sevilla. Voy a cambiar a ingles:  I'm delighted to have the chance to connect with somebody from a city that shares part of our history -- in name, at least. -- RRV


Ako po ay tubong Cabanatuan City na ngayon ay nagtatarabaho dito sa malayong lugar ng Englatera bilang isang nurse. I graduated from Wesleyan University-Phil. Batch '92. Hopefully magtuloy tuloy ang website na ito.

May suggestion lang po sana ko sa editor,na kung puede ma i-update yung mga pictures ng Cabanatuan saka yung iba pang picture ng Nueva Ecija. Para na din akong nakauwi sa atin nung nakikita ko ang mga pictures ng Cabanatuan.

More power to the editor and mabuhay po tayong lahat ng Novo Ecijano!!!!

BEHRE BESRAT
United Kingdom

Matagal ko nang balak na baguhin ang mga larawan ng Cabanatuan sa Photo Features section pero hindi ako magkaroon ng pagkakataon.  Hayaan mo at isang beses ay gagawin ko 'yon. -- RRV


I came accross this site when my wife told me about it.

I graduated from Wesleyan University-Philippines (where my wife is presently working)... born in Mkati but raised in Canaan East, Rizal. My wife, the former Vibelle Vergara is from Poblacion Centro in Rizal. She and our daughter Arville Kaye are residing in MelBuena Subd.

I realy appreciate the effort and, hey, 5 years and still counting? I hope it will not end 'coz with this journal I am well informed of all the events in our home province ( though I seldom read about our home town ) and able to learn of the triumphs of familiar people and friends.

I'm in plastic company supplying Sharp Korea, Taiwan and China and DOOSAN Glass (the Tupperware of Korea). 

Thanks a lot sir and may God bless you abundantly (in $, hehehe, joke ) What can i say but THANK YOU!!!!

ARVIN KELLY R. DELA CRUZ
DAE-A Plasics Corp.
Namdong-gu, Incheon, South Korea

Hala ka, Arvin, pag nagalit si God sa $ joke mo, baka totohanin yon (sana nga, sana nga!) Ipaki-komusta mo ako sa mga kababayan diyan sa lugar mo. -- RRV


Lagi akong nagbabasa ng N.E. Journal pero ngayon ko lang nabasa itong mga kababayan greeting their friends. OK dahil kahit papaano, ang matagal nang magkakakilala ay nagkakaalaman kung saang lupalop ng mundo sila naroroon.

Anyway, I'm Donato D Adriano, vworking here in Marjan 2 offshore, Saudi Aramco as a nurse.Swerte kung sabihin ng iba na nakapg-work ako sa no.1 oil producer in the world pero malungkot nga lnag kasi puro tubig ang makikita mo at isdang naglalanguyan sa dagat.

Regards sa mga taga Cabanatuan City General Hospital, sa mga kumpare at kumare ko dyan at sa mga former nurse sa C.P.Casecnan and friends.Sana ok din kyo dyan thru the blessings of our Lord. E mail me kung meron kyong time at bulacan10@yahoo.com.

March vacation ako dyan sa atin.  Baka sakali eh magkita-kita tayo.Thanks N.E. Journal and more power to you.I m proud to be a Nuevo Ecijano.

DONATO D. ADRIANO
ARAMCO, Saudi Arabia
 

Eka nga, make the most of the situation. Marami kamong isda diyan sa paligid? Hmmm... daingin! Joke lang. Hope your friends get to see your e-mail and later contact you to ease your loneliness. - RRV


I would like to greet you and say congratulation po doon sa award na nakuha niyo lately, the 2005 Tanging Alay sa Tanging Anak ng Nueva Ecija ( T.A.T.A.N.G.) award. I'm so happy po sa inyo. You really deserve it!

I think I'm gonna have a nice drink tonight and that one's for you. CHEERS!

May God bless you always.

TESS RYAN
Calne, Wiltshire
England

Salamat po.  But please don't pass out from the nice drink that you're having for me. Makukunsensiya ako pag may nangyri sa 'yo. ;-) -- RRV


CongratulatIons.

I would like to say hello to Laverne Manangbao and Henry Teano. Thanks.

FERNANDO ESTIGOY
St Hubert,Quebec
Canada

Thanks... You have very interesting friends -- puro opisyal na pulis!:-) -- RRV


Congrats! I read your website and I found out that you received an award from the President and the governor.

REV. SERGIO E. AREVALO, JR.
3225 N. Tyler Avenue
El Monte, CA 91731 USA 

Thanks a lot. Glad to hear from a former colleague, too. -- RRV


I am from Cabanatuan City and I'm so glad to find your website through my friends. Since then I've always visited your website.

I am a registered nurse in Orange County, California. I am a product of Wesleyan University-Philippines Batch '91.  I graduated high school in the College of the Immaculate Conception.

I always go back home, sometimes twice a year, because I truly miss the Philippines, especially my hometown. I could not exchange NE Pacific Mall to Irvine Spectrum, the Cabanatuan City Freedom Park to Miles Square Park in Fountain Valley City. :-)  It may sound pathetic but there's no place like home. I always miss eating balut, pisbol and chicharon with my friends. And I guess this simple life is more meaningful than being away from my loved ones. The memories I have in my beloved hometown will always linger in my mind.

Thanks for this website. It brings home closer to our hearts.

Greetings to all my former nursing students in Wesleyan University-Phils., my co-clinical instructors and the dean, Mrs. Marilyn Baustista. I love you all, guys!

ROWENA SACLOLO TENORIO
Stanton, California, USA

Your "there's no place like home" doesn't sound pathetic -- more like homesick. Which shouldn't happen in your case since you get to visit Cabanatuan regularly. Thanks for being a regular Journal visitor. -- RRV


This is my first time to visit this site -- by mistake I guess.

Anyway I was born in Nalayantoc, Sto. Domingo, Nueva Ecija and has been here in the US since 1978.

I hope to get in touch with all my friends and  classmates who still remember me. Please help me and hopefully they will contact me thru email. Sana ay kilala pa rin nila ako.

Naghihintay and saka kumusta na lang sa lahat.

ROBINSON A. CORPUZ
Records Auditor
S.F.  Records  Dept./Room 526D
50 Fremont SF CA 94105
Tel. Nos. (415) 983-6149/573-6149
robinson.corpuz@pillsburylaw.com

After that first visit, I doubt if you'll visit here again "by mistake."  -- RRV


All the best to the Editor of NE Journal,and to all Novo Ecijanos.

Growing up in Manila, I always looked forward to the school summer holiday, for I knew I'd be spending it in San Anton, San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija.

I have many fond memories of our beloved barrio, going to the river for a swim , helping out in planting the crops and learning to handle the 'araro'- which I never learned right. And the simple living -- no modern conveniences then, no running water, no electricity, and -- my God ! -- the hole-in-the ground outhouse.

Actually I was born not in San Anton but in Bitulok in 1940, in a logging concession owned then by the Buencaminos. My father, the late Dr. Benvenuto Juatco, was the camp doctor then.

I'd like to learn things about Bitulok, so, if anybody has pictures or anything at all about the place, please do email me at terrjuat@telus.net.

TERRY JUATCO
 Vancouver BC

You must be such a hopeless romantic to actually miss the outhouse! Anyway, your beloved Bitulok is now called Gabaldon, named after former Nueva Ecija Gov. Isauro Gabaldon. There is a barangay there is called Sawmill -- could that be the place where you were born? I hope readers would send you more info/photos about the town. -- RRV


Kumusta mga kabayan?

Ako ay tubong Gapan sa Libis, San Nicolas. I have been living and working in the United Kingdom as a staff nurse for nearly four years. Mahirap malayo sa sariling bansa.

I just want to say I am a big fan of NE Journal...MORE POWER.

BENITO "Jaboy" MATIAS
Nottingham , United Kingdom

Salamat for being a big fan. Gusto mo ng autograph? (Joke only!) -- RRV


To All My KABAYANS in Nueva Ecija:

How nice to see and read through the Internet about my former great province of Nueva Ecija. It had been a long time searching your website for the last three years in vain. By accident I came across the Pinoy.com website and found the most awaited journal of my home province.

I am Gil R. Madriaga of San Roque, Guimba, Nueva Ecija now permanently residing in Manitoba, Canada. Studied and taught for two years in eastern Cabanatuan until I finally moved to my new and adopted country  CANADA. I wish to thank the publisher/editor-in-chief of the Nueva Ecija Journal for without you I can never communicate to the great people of the province. I salute you, Sir.

If anyone of my former students in Gen. Natividad and Palayan City sees this, please contact or e-mail me at frankieboyet@shaw.ca

Thanks and more power.

GIL R. MADRIAGA
217 Burland Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba
C A N A D A  R2N-2S8

Next time you lose the this site's address, go to Google.com and enter "nueva ecija" as keyword for the search. You'll find out that the Journal is SECOND in the list of over 72,000 names of Nueva Ecija-related web sites that will appear. The first is the provincial government's site kaya okay lang na mailista nang mas una kaysa sa Journal. -- RRV


Ako ay taga Cabanatuan City and am working in Jeddah , Saudi Arabia for the longest time.

Every year ay umuuwi ako for my vacation but because of my new job with the National Commercial Bank, I cannot go home for my yearly vacation. I am very happy to know na may NE Journal pala where I can read all the latest news about Nueva Ecija, especially Cabanatuan. City.

I was also surprised seeing pictures of all familiar places including the sunrise in Primavera where I built my modest retirement house. More power to you and please continue with this great endeavor. From now on, I will keep on visiting and reading your NEJournal

Nakakaalis ng homesickness…. Again more power.

MARIO LOPEZ MANUEL
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

There goes another satisfied guest... As you discovered, Mario, if you can't come to Nueva Ecija, then Nueva Ecija will go to you -- by way of the Journal. -- RRV


Greetings from all the officers, directors and members of Munozonian USA.

As you can deduce from our name, we are all from the city of Munoz, Nueva Ecija and we have been in existence since 1991.  We have concentrated our efforts towards helping our schools in Munoz, both elementary and high school.

It is very refreshing to read all the e-mails from Novo Ecijanos all over the world.

GLORIA BAUTISTA TAN
Las Vegas, Nevada

Your e-mail about your group made it even more refreshing! :-) -- RRV


I thank you for this website, Nueva Ecija Journal.  It gives me the opportunity to keep up with the events and local news from Cabanatuan City. It brings me back home, the place that I love yet I am so far away.

My friends cannot believe that this website exists. Keep up the good work.

MARYANN DALANGIN PROCTOR
Crocker, Missouri, USA

You're welcome. Glad to be of service to Novo Ecijano expats like you!:-) -- RRV


News of flooding and the death from typhoons Violeta and Winnie was not a big news here in US particularly in the East Coast. But when I saw the pictures in Nueva Ecija Journal, I was so devastated at the big the destruction the calamities brought to the people of Nueva Ecija. My heart goes to them.

Many thanks for your coverage. We really know what’s going on.

LEANDRO LUCAS
Maryland, USA

You're welcome. But what happened in Nueva Ecija pales in comparison to what the people in Aurora and Quezon provinces experienced. Masuwerte pa rin tayong mga Novo Ecijano. -- RRV


FELICIDADES!!!!!!!!!!!por un trabajo muy maravilloso.

I hope that all Novo Ecijanos abroad will not stop supporting this great site. It's a one-man band but this one-man band reaches everyone around the world. Hard to believe but I am very proud of it.

I lived in England for almost 10 years and gained a lot of friends from our country but never met someone from our province. Two years ago my husband's work took us here in the Islands of the Bahamas and -- surprise! surprise! -- all of a sudden I have friends from Talavera (where I was born), Licab, Cabanatuan, Minabuyok and San Leonardo. It's nice to say "eka" when you talk to them, although some friends ask what it means. And we Novo Ecijanos know exactly what that means.

I am a graduate from Nueva Ecija High School Batch of 1981 so if there is any plan of a reunion around the States , let me know.

By the way some friends asks where is Bahamas. The Islands of the Bahamas is in the south and south east of Miami, Florida and comprises of 700 islands. New Providence is the most populated  island and its capital and there are approximately 200-300 Flipino professionals here. But since my husband is a Mexican chef, Mexico has been home to me for the last 5 years too. We also have a very good Filipino community over there.

I wish Nueva Ecija Journal all the best. VIVA NUEVA ECIJA!!!!!!!!!!

FLORITA VITERBO DE AVILA
The Bahamas

(Ahem!) De nada. Me sorprende que mi periodico esta leido en Bahamas y Mexico. Ah... ah... darn! Can I shift to English now? Obviously, taking 12 units of Spanish at the university is no match to getting married to a Mexican. Thanks for your kind words regarding the Journal! It does feel nice to be appreciated once in a while! Y, regards to your esposo Mexicano y los otros Novo Ecijanos in tu lugar.:-) -- RRV


I discovered NE Journal through surfing on the web about 20 months ago. I became your regular reader and always look forward to every new  issue since then.

I would like you to know that we appreciate NE Journal very much. I do not know how you manage to publish NEJ regularly as I hardly see any ads. If each reader would contribute $1.00 to you even once a year, you'de probably be a millionaire due to the number of your readers.

If I know where you are in Gapan, I would love to meet you personally next time we go home.

I come from San Leonardo. I consider San Leonardo and Gapan as my home towns. I have been living in Australia for some 20 years. I have been back to the Philippines four times since, mostly during Christmas holidays.

Anyway, I am missing and would like to catch up with anyone from NESHS class 1975. Hopefully through your website, someone may try to contact me.

More power to you and to NE Journal and God bless you.

RAUL TINIO
Canberra, Australia

Re your second paragraph where you said I could be a millionaire if each Journal visitor would contribute one dollar a year  -- that could be wishful thinking.  I am now conducting a Journal donation campaign and as you've probably seen in the donation report, the targetted amount has yet to be attained.  Malapit ko nang palitan ang pangalan ng NE Journal at gawing "Ilocano Journal." (Oops, sorry for the ethnic joke about being a tightwad.) I'd be delighted to meet you in person next time you come over for a visit. -- RRV


Great site....

I am a son of a Pinoy and I am trying to kow more of the family. When I did a search I found your site because someone had the same last name. Maybe you can help.

My dad was from Luzon, and his name was Pastor Salvatierra. He was born in 1913 or so and migrated to the States. He worked for the railroad for some years. He also had a brother by the name of Telofio Salvatierra and he worked for the US Post office. Both settled in Brooklyn in the early 60's. Any help would be appreciated.

PASTOR "SAL" SALVATIERRA
Thesalvasgroup@aol.com

I know the Salvatierras come from the town of San Leonardo.  Maybe a Journal visitor would see your e-mail and help you trace your roots. -- RRV



 
 




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