By NIMROD NL QUIÑONES

 

It has been a month since I last wrote something from my thoughts.  I guess I have been both busy and lazy.

I did get a chance to get out of Cebu for a few days to attend the alumni homecoming at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) in Baguio City and hooked up with classmates and friends from the school, where I might have spent only a little part of my student life, has made a major impact on my life in general.

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Waiting for the parade to start with the members of PMA Sambisig Class of 1991.

I also had a chance to see my foster family in the City of Pines – Auntie Rose Villareal and her children plus the in-laws and grandkids.

And for some minutes I also saw my foster sons and daughters, who are cadets at the PMA.  That is how hectic my trip was, but I was happy to see my foster son Cadet Collin Paul Magallanes and foster daughter Cadet Jeany Cabrido, who by this weekend will be 2nd Lieutenants in the Philippine Army.

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With the soon-to-be Army 2Lts, Jeany Cabrido and Collin Paul Magallanes, my foster children from PMA Class 2014.

This April, the Yearlings (second year cadets) of the PMA will be in Cebu for their Southern Cruise.  I have been tapped to help out in the Host Parents Program.  I have already started calling friends if they are interested to be foster parents of cadets even for just half a day this April 27.

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            There has also been a major development in my attempt to go back to teaching judo in support of my coach and big brother Leonardo ‘Jojo’ Roa, Jr.

            We started the Hijos de Roa Judo Club with sessions at the University of San Carlos Gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  Just the other week, we started Wednesday sessions at Lexmark Plaza 2 teaching the members of the security force led by Marlon Mesina.

            Last week, we also started Friday sessions, which means that the club will only be at the USC Gym on Mondays.

            The students at Lexmark have been very attentive and although many have been saying that they experience muscle pain the day after the practice, they all seem happy to come back for more.

            Although I have committed to help teach only once a week, I found time to be there twice last week and I hope to do the same this week.

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            A group of Malaysians were in Cebu last week for pleasure, which, of course, included a lot of golf.

They were members of the Sabah Golf and Country Club and the Keningau Golf and Country Club in Kota Kinabalu.

A fellowship tournament was held last March 3 and the four-man team scramble format was a hit as everyone enjoyed the game and made new friends.

Datuk Robin Loh, president of SGCC, has extended an invitation to the members of Alta Vista Golf and Country Club to visit them this April or May.  This early, many have already expressed interest to join the group.

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            MILESTONES: belated greetings to all those I missed, but I will have to make special mention to those who turned a year older yesterday like my very good friends Leizbeth Suplico, Lt. Col. Arthur Romanillos, Portia Abanilla-Balagtey, Jane Gocuan, Ramesh Rosillo, Joy Nacua, and Erwin ‘Dabong’ de Vera.

Today’s greetings go to one of my most favorite retired generals, Sir Bong Ibrado.  The same goes to Philda Pangilinan-Florido, Shenna Sarne-Banaay, Atty. Yo Miranda, and Reggie Guce.

More power to all of you!

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