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Divine Mercy Pilgrimage at Stockbridge, Massachusetts

March 13, 2009

A pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy National Shrine at Stockbridge, Massachussetts is being sponsored by Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association (OLPDA.) Those who are interested to join the group on April 19, 2009 (Divine Mercy Sunday) may contact the following:

Lily Lacap (201-985-2350); Sylvia Tablizo-Kurt (201-653-6654); Boy & Dina Cabaero (201-794-0999); Thelma Silerio (908-629-1426)

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OLPDA holds Lenten Recollection

March 12, 2009

The Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Associaton (OLPDA) of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut invites Ina’s devotees to a day of prayer at the Church of Our Lady of Victories in Jersey City, NJ on Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Boy Cabaero, chairman of the association extends the free invitation to all and requests those attending to call him at 201-566-8424 or Genevieve del Rosario at 201-424-4435 on or before Wednesday, March 18, 2009. The whole-day religious event has the following schedule: (Photo Credits: Groenling x 2) =0=

PROGRAM

I. HOLY MASS – 10:00 – 11:00 A.M.

II. STATIONS OF THE CROSS – 11:00 – 11:45 A.M.

III. LUNCH – 12:00 – 12:45 P.M.

IV. FIRST TALK – 12:50 – 1:20 P.M.

V. BREAK – 1:20 – 1:30 P.M.

VI. SECOND TALK – 1:30 – 2:00 P.M.

VII. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS – 2:00 – 2:30 P. M.

VIII. CONFESSIONS – 2:30 – 3:00 P.M.

Presider, Homilist, and Speaker: Rev. Joe Saltarin, Pastor, St. Anne’s Church, New Jersey

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Erlinda Requejo-Arellano: outstanding Bicolana community leader of New Jersey

January 18, 2009

As the Bicol National Association of America (BNAA) gears for its July national convention in New York City this year, I can’t help but pay tribute to Erlinda Requejo-Arellano (Linda,) president of the Bicolandia Association Inc. of the Eastern Seaboard USA. She is at the helm of the preparations for the grand event which will draw Bicolanos and friends in the tri-state area.

I believe Linda is most capable in doing the job. She is a well-known community leader with outstanding accomplishments to her credit. Having been the founding president of the Filipino American Political Action Coalition of New Jersey, Inc. (FAPAC-NJ), she serves as the organizer and founding President of the Filipino American Political Action Group of Essex County and Vice President (Eastern Region) of the Bikol National Association of America.

She is the auditor of the Philippine American Communities Executive Council and the vice president of the Filipino Association of Northern New Jersey, Inc. (FANNJI). An adviser and three-time past overall chairperson of the Philippine Day Organizing Council (PDOC,) she is a mover in the Women’s Initiatives of Nutley headed by the mayor Joan Cocchiola.

Linda assumed headship and remains to be an engaging adviser of the Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association, Inc. (OLPDA,) a religious organization which promotes the devotion to the patroness of the Bicol Region. A strong-willed daughter of a war veteran-hero, she took the position of founding president of the Sons, Daughters and Orphans of Philippine American Veterans, Inc.

Among Linda’s other numerous community involvements was her longtime presidency in the Filipino American Voters’ League, Inc. She admirably served as a mentor in the Juvenile Urban Mentoring Program of Passaic Youth, treasurer of 2002 Multicultural Committee of Passaic, member of the 1999 Facilities Advisory Board and Chairman of the 1998 Quality of Life Program, both of the Passaic Board of Education.

From 1995 through 1998, Linda prominently sat on the board of the United Passaic Organization (a CAP agency) as an able treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, and member of the education and fundraising Committees. Professionally, Linda is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Born with twin sister Mila, Linda hails from Canaman, Camarines Sur, Bicol Region, Philippines where the Requejo family has humbly served the community for over 100 years, majority of the years were under the mayoralty of her grandfather and father Damaso who served the most. Her brother Emmanuel is currently the mayor.

A consistent honor student at the Colegio (now Universidad) de Sta. Isabel, Naga City, spanning her elementary and high school years, Linda was one of the Three Most Outstanding High School Students. She was bestowed leadership and academic excellence recognition from among over 5,000students in the city.

After high school, she won an American Field Service scholarship and spent a year in Kenmore (Buffalo) New York. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila with a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce major in Accounting. Soon after passing the Philippine accountancy exams, she joined Sycip, Gorres and Velayo, CPA’s and LM Power Engineering until she immigrated to the United States.

She worked for Franwall Optical Co. while taking graduate credits at the State University of NY in Buffalo. She moved for a better career offer with an accounting firm in Clifton, NJ where she earned her New Jersey license as a certified public accountant (CPA.) She was senior accountant and office manager of the firm for 17 years. Presently, Linda is the comptroller of the Passaic Board of Education, a job of trust which oversees a budget of over $200 million.

Linda was recently feted with a leadership award for political advocacy by the Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League, Inc. (PACCAL). Her leadership in political empowerment has also earned her the Go an Extra Mile (GEM) recognition given by the Filipino Asian Bulletin community and the St. Vincent de Paul Public Service Award, for being among the first awardees of the Universidad de Sta. Isabel as an outstanding alumna.

Other sterling distinctions she has had the pleasure of receiving are the United States Special Congressional Recognition for Leadership and Community Service, the New Jersey Assembly Award for outstanding community leadership, the Philippine Day Organizing Council Recognition Award for outstanding leadership, the Philippine Day Organizing Council Bayanihan (Communal Spirit) Award, the Passaic Board of Education Recognition Award as chairperson of the Quality of Life Program, and awards from the Philippine American Friendship Committee, the Philippine Independence Celebration Committee, the Performing Arts of the Philippines, Inc., the Philippine American Communities Council, Inc., the Philippine American Veterans Organization, Inc. and the Bicolandia Association, Inc.

Above all these, what Linda brags to be an “award” that’s unparalleled, unsurpassed and only hers to claim is being mother of her two most wonderful children, Gerard, 29and Marie, 28. =0=

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Marfo Manibay’s photo share & some Christmas thoughts through the years…

December 22, 2008

“Let’s stop this nonsense of calling Christmas as a plain holiday. Don’t they look around? It’s the dazzling season of Jesus, the greatest guy who ever lived.”—AFM

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”—Norman Vincent Peale

“Until one feels the spirit of Christmas, there is no Christmas. All else is outward display-so much tinsel and decorations. For it isn’t the holly, it isn’t the snow. It isn’t the tree not the firelight’s glow. It’s the warmth that comes to the hearts of men when the Christmas spirit returns again.”– Anonymous

“Christmas–that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance–a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.”— Augusta E. Rundell

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” —Margaret Thatcher

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
—Charles Dickens (1812-1870)from ‘A Christmas Carol’.

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MARFO & FE MANIBAY

One of the most enduring advisers of Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association of the Tristate Area (OLPDA) is Marfo Manibay of Buhi, Camarines Sur and New Jersey. Shown with OLPDA officer Genevieve del Rosario in the photo, Marfo and supportive wife Fe, a UPian, take behind-the-scene responsibilities of honoring Ina which makes UP Ibalon truly grateful and proud.

At the recently concluded Bicolano Christmas party on December 20, 2008 in Jersey City, Marfo took over the music. It’s no wonder why OLPDA’s Christmas and other celebrations seem easy—happy and meaningful—occasions truly worth remembering.=0=

RELATED BLOG: “OLPDA brings joy to Bicolanos & friends in a New Jersey X’mas party” posted by mesiamd at 12/22/2008

OLPDA brings joy to Bicolanos & friends in a New Jersey X’mas party

December 21, 2008

Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association of Tristate Area, Inc. (OLPDA,) held this year’s fun-filled Christmas celebration at Our Lady of Victory Church in New Jersey last Saturday on December 20, 2008. With the able leadership of Amado (Boy) Cabaero, OLPDA’s current chairman, the occasion brought warmth to Bicolanos and friends who came for the event from New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

The meaningful gathering of Bicolanos focused on the Filipino-American family in humble imitation of the holy life of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It brought recall the message of faith, hope, and charity which characterize the gladness of the year-end religious holiday.

In an evening of fellowship, friendship, and fun, the event opened with the singing of the national anthems with Virgie Jacobson and Ben Silerio on the podium. It was followed by a sacred invocation and prayers led by Msgr. Jeremias Rebanal, JCD, the group’s spiritual adviser.

Genevieve del Rosario and Virgie Jacobson, the emcees of the evening made sure the scrumptious traditional dinner was served with style and excitement. It was capped with moments of merry conversations and dancing which stretched to the late hours of the evening.

Marfo Manibay brought in the trendy Christmas music that filled the air. Rosalyn Sapalico, Cora Velasco, and Dina Cabaero took charge of the family games. Arnel Binlayo headed the kid’s group of Jersey City. Santa Claus (Butch los Banos of Albay,) in a fiery red costume of the benevolent man from North Pole, played games and gave away gifts to the delight of innocent children enthralled by the sights and sounds of the occasion.

Braving the pinching cold of the icy slush outside (the wet wind of the blustery weather was still blowing over the freshly laden snow,) Josie Anciano-Mendoza, Peng Pena, Tony Rojano, Annie Binaday, Efren Zagada, Lena Nidea, Marietta Mesia, and other ardent Penafrancia devotees were among the early attendees along with Fe Manibay and Chito Velasco who brought along Allen Nidea with children Angeline and Franco.

Brimming with hospitality, Ben Silerio and wife Thelma made sure the guests were in their comfortable places in the company of old and new friends in that capacious social hall bedecked with bright lights, balloons, and the season’s festive colors. Invaluable support came from Dina Briones, Rudy Alcantara, Nylda Surban, Offie Ante and many more who made the night truly especial.

OLPDA adviser Lita Pena and her affable guests came just in time that Gigette Revilleza, Chi Pilar, Rene and Lily Villegas stepped in to greet their respective friends. Their arrival heightened the festive mood of the affair which antedates the planned grand Bicol National Association (BNA) convention slated in July next year.

Towards the close of the event, an impromptu Christmas caroling was initiated by the group which pulled together the voices of revelers in a burst of songs.

With Totie Mesia at the piano, the community singing heard by God in the heavens had Fr. Joe Saltarin and Genevieve del Rosario stirring the crowd to a rousing rendition of nostalgic favorites like Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, Silver Bells, and O Holy Night.

The winsome music welded the bonds of those present. Vice-chairwoman Carmen Oliver who made sure everyone was happy delivered the remarks that ended the memorable evening, making it among the most cherished in years.

It was clear Carmen like all the rest had nothing in mind but the peace, love, and joy for all. =0=

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

“O samuyang Diyos, tugutan mo lugod
Na samong mahiling ang totoo mong pagkamoot
Kami kupkupon mo, irayo mo tabi
Sa pagtios sagkod sa paghadit.”

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Simbang Gabi Sa Nueva York

December 19, 2008

Halina, Jesus, Halina!
Sa simula’y sinaloob mo
O Diyos, kaligtasan ng tao
Sa takdang panahon ay tinatawag mo
Isang bayang lingkod sa iyo.

On a frigid early evening of Saturday, December 6, 2008, Filipinos of New York came in droves to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and joined the celebration of Simbang Gabi sa Katedral, a traditional mass in celebration of the Christmas holiday. In the packed gothic church along Fifth Avenue, prayerful songs distinctly from the country filled air.

In spite of the chill, there was the warm glow of kababayans wishing each other the peace and love of the season. Among the merry attendees were some members of the Ateneo de Naga Northeast Alumni and Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association (OLPDA.) The holy celebration was led by the Simbang Gabi Sa Katedral, Inc. under the guidance of Rev. Joseph G. Marabe, JCD. =0=

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Simbang Gabi Sa Nueva York

December 19, 2008

Halina, Jesus, Halina!
Sa simula’y sinaloob mo
O Diyos, kaligtasan ng tao
Sa takdang panahon ay tinatawag mo
Isang bayang lingkod sa iyo.

On a frigid early evening of Saturday, December 6, 2008, Filipinos of New York came in droves to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and joined the celebration of Simbang Gabi sa Katedral, a traditional mass in celebration of the Christmas holiday. In the packed gothic church along Fifth Avenue, prayerful songs distinctly from the country filled air.

In spite of the chill, there was the warm glow of kababayans wishing each other the peace and love of the season. Among the merry attendees were some members of the Ateneo de Naga Northeast Alumni and Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association (OLPDA.) The holy celebration was led by the Simbang Gabi Sa Katedral, Inc. under the guidance of Rev. Joseph G. Marabe, JCD. =0=

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OLPDA sets Christmas party on December 20, 2008

November 25, 2008

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself
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~Norman Wesley Brooks, “Let Every Day Be Christmas,” 1976

OUR LADY OF PENAFRANCIA DEVOTEES ASSOCIATION, INC. (OLPDA)
of the TriState Area
(New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, USA)

Invites You to Join Us at Our

Annual Christmas Party

Our Lady of Victories School
Rev. Walter Swenson Hall
Ege Avenue,
Jersey City, New Jersey

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008

Time: 6:30 – 11:00 p.m.

******POTLUCK********GAMES********RAFFLES********DANCING******

———–MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!————–

Santa is Coming to Give Gifts to Children!!!

Contact Persons: Carmen Oliver – 908-558-9794
Genevieve del Rosario – 201-435-2840
Boy Cabaero – 201-566-8424

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Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association (OLPDA) election on October 25, 2008

October 17, 2008






Virginia C. Jacobson, chairwoman of the Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association announces the organization’s election of officers slated on October 25, 2008. She invites fellow devotees to attend and participate in the selection of leaders of the organization.

OUR LADY OF PENAFRANCIA DEVOTEES ASSOCIATION
DATE: OCTOBER 25, 2008 (Saturday)
TIME: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
PLACE: Our Lady of Victory Rectory (OLVR) BASEMENT
2217 J. F. KENNEDY BLVD.
JERSEY CITY, NJ 07304
Contact: Virginia C. Jacobson, OLPDA chairwoman
Tel. 732-742-4143

AGENDA

1. OPENING PRAYER
2. SECRETARY’S REPORT
3. TREASURER’S REPORT
4. ELECTION OF NEW OLPDA OFFICERS
5. OTHER BUSINESS

Please note: Food and Drinks will be provided, please do not bring any.

Peñafrancia Fiesta 2008 in New Jersey

August 12, 2008

With dolled-up faces, young pretty girls in bright-red costumes walk down the streets from their haunts like the ethereal deities visiting Naga City. In one picture, that’s how exciting Penafrancia Fiesta must be. (Photo Credit: JerryLimLee)

Memorable reunions at home, prayers in churches, colorful street parades and food festivals around the city are what the celebration is all about. From Aparri to Jolo, visitors are expected to come in the southern peninsula of Luzon island. They are part of the plethora of sights and sounds that Bicolanos will enjoy during the week-long Penafrancia fiesta.

Honoring the historic ebony Marian icon of Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia, aptly referred to as Ina, the Virgin Mother of God, the Bicolanos worldwide have these glittery days set. The feast culminates in a spectacular river procession which brings the holy image of Ina to the Penafrancia Basilica where a thanksgiving mass is offered the next day. In far New Jersey just like in other places abroad, the officers and members of Our Lady of Penafrancia Devotees Association (OLPDA) and the Bicolandia Association have similar activities too. Everyone is invited!


OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA DEVOTEES ASSOCIATION (Tri-state), INC. with the cooperation of BICOLANDIA ASSOCIATION OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD invites you to come and celebrate its 19th ANNUAL PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVITIES on SEPTEMBER 12 to 20, 2008

TRASLACION from Our Lady of Victories Lower Church to Our Lady of Victories Upper Church September 12, 2008 (Friday) – 5:30 PM

NIGHTLY NOVENA MASS AT 7:00 PM September 12 – 19, 2008
EXCEPT ON Sept. 14 (Sunday) – 5:30PM at Our Lady of Victories Upper Church
2217 J.F. Kennedy Blvd. corner Ege Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304 Rectory tel.: 201-433-4152

GRAND FIESTA CELEBRATION – 1:00 PM September 20, 2008 (Saturday)
(Theme: “Renewing our Faith through Ina”) assembly at the CRRNJ Train Terminal Bldg., Liberty State Park, 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

FLUVIAL PROCESSION – 1:00 PM Back of CRRNJ Train Terminal Bldg., Liberty State Park.

FOLLOWED BY CONCELEBRATED MASS inside CRRNJ Train Terminal Bldg., Liberty State Park. 1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Directions: From NJ TURNPIKE take NJTpke EXIT-14B. After Toll, bear left to Liberty State Park. Straight ahead by-pass the circle. Turn left to Freedom Way. Turn right to Audrey Zapp Drive. Parking Lot at right side. Parking Fee – $5.00 Or ride the “Hudson-Bergen Light Rail” and get off at Liberty State Park Station which is walking distance to the CRRNJ Train Terminal at 1 Audrey Zapp Drive. Please wear Filipiniana or attire with yellow color.

Contacts:
Virgie Jacobson (732)742-4131; Josie Mendoza (973)420-9638; Efren Zagada (973)533-1909; Gidget Revilleza(201)983-1335; Liliana Lacap 201)763-7822; Dina/Boy Cabaero (201)794-0999; Thelma Silerio (908)629-1426; Chi/Tong Pilar(973)893-0624; Linda Arellano(201)240-0872; Fe/Marfo Manibay (908)355-8682; Rudy Alcantara(201)521-1165; Lita/Peng Peña (201)432-2144; Lily Cantuba(201)792-1885; Lily Villegas 609)771-0940; Francia Banzuela(201)432-9893.=0=