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February 29, 2008

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February 29, 2008

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UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion – February 2, 2008

Steering Committee Meeting Report No. 3

February 29, 2008

by Ann Mariano

To recap, the UP Ibalon has had the following meetings:

1. Feb. 2, 2008 – Reunion Dr. Eden Borja Fernando’s residence
2. Feb. 9, 2008 – Steering Committee Meet No. 1 – Little Asia
3. Feb. 23, 2008 -Steering Committee Meet No. 2 – Max’s Restaurant
4. Feb. 27, 2008 -Steering Committee Meet No. 3 – Kopi Roti


1. I gave a report on my friend James Jaucian’s planned 2-week live-
in intensive UPCAT Review in Libmanan. It is a project of the
Municipality of Libmanan Local School Board in cooperation with UPLB
Ugnayang Pahinguhod. It is entitled Academic Enhancement and Youth
Leadership Training because UP faculty are not allowed to conduct
review. The Top 2 of 14 schools in Libmanan will be the target
participants. UP Ugnayan will send 6 trainors and they will shoulder
per diem/honorarium. On the other hand, Libmanan will shoulder the
food, accommodation and trasportation of trainors. They will be
housed in the Bicol Central Academy.

2. Butch said that it will be better for us to develop our own
model/project rather than join with Libmanan or MEMORECALL. He
promised to shoulder also the food, accommodation and transportation
of reviewers if we have.

3 Mighty has been tasked to coordinate with UP Diliman Pahinguhod if
they would be willing to conduct a “review” in Naga City this summer.
Mighty has promised to get back to the Committee in one week if this
is indeed possible.

4. We are pressed for time considering that the school year is about
to end by March 15 or 20. This gives us only a week to conduct an
information campaign/send out invitations, if ever, to different
schools for a summer review class. Target is May 2008 for the

5. We will open it up to 3rd year students of public schools in Naga,
Iriga and neigboring municipalities.

6. It can just be a simple advisory, giving of materials, pointers in
application. All this will be decided after we get word from Mighty.

Mahamison na Kumple-anyo!

February 28, 2008

Napaka-gayon kan mga lobo! An cake nakakapa-lingaw kan diabetes! An mga kandila maliwanag! Nasasabing maw’ot tang magaya-gaya an kumple-anyo ni Bingbing maski kada apat sanang taon siya nag-ce-celebrar?

Bingbing, may you have health, happiness, and good luck for this day and the years ahead!


Happy Birthday Bingbing Badiola – Bretan!

February 28, 2008

To our leap year celebrant,

Happy Birthday Bingbing!

From all UP Ibalon Alumni

New UP Ibalon Alumni Project Upcoming

February 27, 2008

The UP Ibalon Alumni Steering Committee met tonight at Kopi Roti, Magsaysay Ave., Naga City and gets closer to endorsing a new project. Watch and hear Interim President Butch Robredo give a summary in the video clip below. We apologize for the underexposure. Masyado dimly-lit sa Kopi Roti. Pang lovers an ambiance. Anyway, the audio is clear enough for you to make out what Butch is telling us. Ann Mariano will post the transcript of the meeting anytime shortly. Totie, the committee recognizes with deep appreciation your cash donation. Nasa banko na. Thank you.

What traces would mark them as Ibalons?

February 26, 2008

It was something very familiar that I couldn’t figure when I watched the video of the steering commitee meeting on Saturday, February 23, 2008 in Naga City, until I thought about it.

The familiarity couldn’t be Butch Robredo who sat attentively, listening to the tune of ideas that went with the pretty ladies around him. By his body language, I knew he was out to digest all what he was hearing, a reminder of his intensity on matters that’s close to his heart. His memory must be astute as it had been. He had this forte of adaptation that I couldn’t help, but admire.

Butch after all, had been a special Ibalon. Like Godz Lanuza , he was my classmate till the fading moments of my Diliman days. My funny pals since the time we used sticky pomade on our heads and walked on kiddie shorts in Naga Parochial School, they were my classmates, among the most enduring friends I got in my list.

Didn’t you notice? Butch got the same shiny hairdo as Godz‘—a plain egg-shaped calvarium with slippery slopes that itinerant beetles would avoid, for fear of fracture from a fall!

The video’s familiarity couldn’t be because I recalled the ancient Ibalonians who attended meetings with lunch boxes prepared for a day in Quezon City’s Parks and Wildlife, the secluded place of secret communions which welded the group’s unity through its raggedy beginnings. Nobody among those who attended the old meetings were present in the video.

Yet nonetheless, I saw young articulate ladies who smiled shyly as the camera roved like a quizzical microscope, trying to reveal what traces would mark them as true Ibalons. I finally got it! In a low-toned audio, I heard their divine goals. Helping others was tops in the plan!

Bearing the cries of the poor, what better team could we have in Annaliza Mariano? She posted a dreamlist for us to consider in our charity. Won’t we be glad that Butch Robredo, Andy Gimpaya, Rose B. Nayve, and Dulce Bernardo were there to gel the whole plan?

In a lighter vein, did I see Analee Badiola, a legendary Ibalon beauty in the video, or was I fooled by a younger face of a clone? I thought if DNA testing were done, the genes would show a match of sisters! What do you think brother Totoy B?


Addendum: Steering Committee Meeting Update

February 24, 2008

Not anymore included in Ann’s update:
1) Availability of P5000 donation, to be deposited by Totie Mesia to one of our bank accounts (Thanks, Totie!);
2) Next meeting, Feb 27, Rose Bernardo-Nayve will bring her Wi-Fi capable laptop, so anyone can participate in a video conferencing. (Attention all interested alumni, YM or Skype, take your pick.);
3) Next meeting, Dulce Bernardo will bring her Bayantel Span unit. (So, stand-by, Mighty and others who have Bayantel Span subscription: We will call you).

-Blog Admin

Update on the Steering Committee Meeting

February 24, 2008

by Annaliza Mariano

(Feb. 23, 2008 7:30 P.M. at Max’s Restaurant, Avenue Square, Magsaysay Ave., Naga City)

The Steering Committee composed of Butch Robredo, Ann Mariano, Rose
Bernardo-Nayve and Andy Gimpaya met together with Nene Badiola-Lopo
and Dulce Bernardo. The following were discussed:

1. The Back to School or Balik Eskwela proposed project where we will
distribute school supplies this June to incoming students of a
particular barangay, Butch said that we can do this anytime.

2. Medical/Dental Mission was also proposed in the Feb. 9 meet at
Little Asia, this can also be done anytime by the doctors/dentists in
the org.

3. Another project proposed last Feb. 9 was How to get more Bicolano
students into UP was discussed. HOW TO GET INTO UP proposal can be a long-term, recurring project that the group can undertake. As UP
graduates, this project is in the area of education and can foster
academic excellence. It is in an area of our commonality, experience
and expertise. Moreover, it is something that bears the UP stamp.

4. A resource speaker was invited, Clarine Palomares-Tobias, UP BS
Tourism 1990. She heads MEMORECALL, a study center at Ateneo Ave.,
Naga City which also offers UPCAT Review among others. She gave the
group a situationer. Among the things she shared are:

5. There is a lack of awareness of UPCAT. Students do not know that
there is even an UPCAT, nor the deadline for filing of application
form (June), exam date (August 5),applic. form fee (P250 or P500). In
short, very few students from Bicol get into UP because they don’t
even know it exists.

6. Students need help in filling up application form. Tips on what
course to choose as options, that quota courses as a rule have to be
avoided, and other insider tips are not known thus decreasing the
chances of ever getting into the UP system.

7. MEMORECALL offers UPCAT review for P4,500 per student. it consists
of 25 meetings or 100 hours of review. Review starts in April. Clarine
said that she can offer a group discount for UP Ibalon if and when we
do decide to undertake this project which can include sponsorship of
review classes for indigents.

8. Among the weaknesses noted in high school students is the lack of
reading comprehension. We are poor in English.

9. Math review classes include Algebra and Trigonometry. Dulce
Bernardo is now a tutor for MATH at Memorecall.

10. After UPCAT, many who do not make it to their first choices do not
know how to get in through other means like transfer, varsity, etc.

11. Many also do not know how to survive the UP Culture/Way of Life.
This can be another topic for discussion/lecture.

12. We can endorse students we choose to the care of UP Ibalon in
campus once they enter UP.

13. We can provide application forms, scholarships/ financial
assistance to those students who come from rural areas.

14. Ann Mariano will talk with a friend from Libmanan who is
undertaking a 2-week intensive review for 4th year students in
cooperation with Pahinguhod (UP Extension services) to find out the
model he is using and where we can enter,improve, etc.

15. We will try to come up with our business model that will use the
resources we have at hand and that we can hopefully replicate.

16. At least 3 areas were identified where we can be of assistance:
information campaign, application process and tutorials/review.

18. We can start this March for the information campaign before
schools close, review classes in April, help file application in June,
prepare for exam in August.

19. Next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, Feb.27, 2008 7 pm at Kopi
Roti, Magsaysay Ave, Naga City. Everyone interested is invited.

For comments, please cite item number for easy facilitation.

– Annaliza Mariano

UP Ibalon Bicol Interim Officers Meet Anew

February 24, 2008

The UP Ibalon Bicol Interim Officers Meeting pushed through successfully at Max’s Restaurant, Avenue Square, Magsaysay Ave., Naga City, Feb. 23, 2008. The full transcript shall be available shortly after this post courtesy of Naning Mariano. Meanwhile, take a peek at the beautiful faces in that meeting here. Next meeting shall be on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008.

For your easy access, we also include here the links to the videos of the UP IBalon alumni reunion at Eden Borja-Fernando’s residence last Feb. 2, 2008.

UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 1
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 2
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 3
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 4
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 5
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 6
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 7

-Blog Admin