News from and about Novo Ecijanos in various parts of the globe

WUPNAA goes to Norway for 2016 reunion

The Wesleyan University-Philippines Nursing Alumni Association (WUPNAA) held its 2016 reunion and the 7th Global  Nursing Conference in Oslo, Norway last August 19.

Aside from having the opportunity to relax and socialize, the members also attended a continuing Nursing education activity aimed to enhance their knowledge in acute care, critical care and rehab.

The lecturers included Elenita Bautista, trauma coordinator of Ben Taub Hospital in Houston, Texas; Elizabeth Durias, rehabilitation nurse at Alexian Rehabilitation Hospital; Elizabeth Mil, director of clinical integration of Capital Health Regional Medical Center and Capital Health Medical Center; and Norma C. Rabara, former WUP College of Nursing dean and currently staff nurse at Jersey City Medical Center and RWJ Barnabas Health.

Playing host to WUPNAA was  Zenaida Manabat and her husband Joe who are based in Oslo. ###

Gapan City family gathering in California

The Gapan City Association of Southern California held its annual family gathering last May 3 at Cerritos Park East in Cerritos, California. The day-long affair featured a Mass in honor of the city's patron saint, La Virgen Divina Pastora, and a potluck luncheon of authentic Gapan dishes.

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Photos by Peng Estrella

Ecijanos in Austria commemorate

116th 'Unang Sigaw'

The Novo Ecijano community in Austria commemorated the 116th anniversary of "Unang Sigaw ng Nueva Ecija" with a reception at the  Don Bosco Hall in Vienna, graced by Philippine Ambassador Mourdes Yparraguirre.

Lolit Vendibil-Kaszuba, president of the Association of Novo Ecijanos in Austria (ANEA), said the event was meant to instill among Novo Ecijanos an appreciation for the province's history.

She also expressed gratitude to ANEA officers and members and the Filipino community in Austria for supporting the programs of the association. ###

US-based WU-P Nursing alumni hold reunion

The Wesleyan University-Philippines Nursing Alumni Association USA (WU-PNAAUSA) held a grand reunion on July 6 and 7 in Seattle, Washington with three top university officials flying in from the Philippines as guests of honor.

The three -- President Pacifico B. Aniag, Vice President for Administration and Finance Erlinda Mones and Alumni Affairs Director Marilyn Bautista – were feted during the evening reception.

Earlier that day, a Continuing Nursing Education activity was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Seattle, with the theme “Making a Difference in the Changing Health Care”.  Knowledge gained from the activity can be used by the participants in renewing their RN licenses, and applied in their places of work, including networking with other professionals.

The activity was initiated by Elenita Bautista-Malicse of Batch ‘80 in the 2005 Texas Chapter Grand Reunion and WUPNAA Sixth Annual National Conference and has since become a regular feature of the reunion.

Among the lecturers this year aside from Bautista-Malicse were Norma Rabara, former dean of the WU-P College of Nursing, Dean Emeritus and founder of WU-PNAAUSA, Cleotilde Balaria-Lucero of Batch ’79; Elizabeth Gregorio-Mil of Batch ’79; Elizabeth Manalili-Durias of Batch ’79, Aries Asayo, son of Deng Asayo of Batch ’88; and Marci E. Causa, former Nursing faculty.

In the same forum, Bautista announced the holding of the 2013 Alumni Homecoming on July 19 and 20 at the WU-P campus in Cabanatuan City.

The reunion participants later joined a cruise to Victoria, Canada and Alaska from July 8 to 15. ###

Gapanenses mark the Three Kings Fiesta

Gapanenses in Los Angeles, California got together to mark the feast of the Three Kings 
in the  Annual Gapanenses Family Gathering held at Cerritos Park East in Cerritos, California on January 7, 2012.

The Committee members of Gapan Organization of Greater Los Angeles Area with
  Larry Camus as the new coordinator. Standing, from left: Danny U. Garcia, Mamerto Figueroa, Rolly de Guzman, Nenita (Sahagun) and Conrad Uytingco, Domingo Santamaria, Willy and Lilly Ongpauco, Lita Alvarez, Elvie Camus, Oscar Garcia (partially covered), Larry Camus and Rolly Francisco. Seated, from left: Rosie Pili, Lele Santamaria (covered), Letty Parial de Guzman, Violeta Matias Garcia, Randy Estrella, and Trophy Valmonte Castillo.

Ecijana anchors NBC-Washington TV program

Lorilee Victorino, daughter of retired US Navyman Roberto R. Victorino of Guimba, Nueva Ecija works as anchorperson for the NBC affiliate television station in Washington DC.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Lorilee recently interviewed former US President Bill Clinton.

Reporting on TFC from the Middle East

Melchor Camiling of Talavera, Nueva Ecija is the latest addition to the pool of field reporters of The Filipino Channel (TFC).  Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Camiling reports for the program "Balitang Middle East".  He finished Mass Communication at Wesleyan University-Philippines in Cabanatuan City.

Gapanense graduates magna cum laude in the US

Jadi Nell Padua Macasaquit, son of Engr. Jessie Milad Cabatuando Macasaquit and Daisy Padua Macasaquit, a nurse, both of Gapan City, graduated from the University of Rhode Island (URI) with a Psychology degree, magna cum laude,  last May 23, 2010 in rites held at the university's main campus in Kingston, Rhode Island. 

Next year, Jadi plans to attend one of the best Ivy League schools in the United States -- Brown University -- to pursue the PhD (direct) program. For now, he plans to visit family and friends in New Zealand where the Macaquit family is based and continue to work for the URI as student assistant to the associate dean of Psychology.

Jadi is the oldest grandchild of Enolita 'Aling Baby' Tinio Milad (deceased) of the old Baby's Bazaar in Gapan City. He was born in Good Samaritan Hospital in Cabanatuan City and went to pre-school in Cabanatuan and in Calaba, San Isidro for his first grade. He and his two siblings spent their early lives in Gapan in the house between the old Borja and Valdez residences on E. Jacinto Street beside the Divina Pastora National Shrine.

The Macaquits moved to Wellington, New Zealand when Jadi was 7 years old. ###

Ecijanos in Chicago

Violet Espinosa, a nurse from San Isidro and Tirso Villaverde, a priest from Quezon,
visit the WGN-TV studio in Chicago, Illinois after a charity event.
Both are based in the Windy City. ###

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