M. Albert Rile
BELATED HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!
I first initiated the celebration of Thanksgiving Day in my home in Bel Air-Bacolod City after I had my hernia surgery which was successfully performed by Bacolod City’s Best Surgeon, Dr. Rafael L. Jocson a couple of years ago. I only invited my close friends and relatives who visited and prayed for me while I was in the hospital and we feasted on lechon, roasted chicken, fruits and veggies, etc. Those who were present suggested that we would make it a yearly affair and next time it would be potluck. However, the following year, I was out of town hence, I decided to reactivate it supposedly this year but in deference to our fellow Visayans who perished (to date over 5,240 and counting) during the super typhoon "Yolanda," I have decided to postpone it probably next year, God willing.
My closest cousin Boy (Jesus Ramon) Cuadra who is a brother to me now here in Bacolod (as all my biological brothers are gone, 3 succumbed to cancer because they were smokers and drinkers and one to cardiac arrest) and his beloved wife Manon have joined me in celebrating Thanksgiving. Next time it will be with them and my good neighbors whom I have established close relations through the years and it may turn out to be a traditional affair, hopefully. Among them are Leo and Ailyn Sibala, Capt. Johnny Legaspina, Piring Vergoles, Natnat & Luz Tamayo, Raquel Perez, Doming & Marylou Merida, Catalina Talde, Grace Genovea, etc. - Bel Air’s socialites.
4 generations of Perezes from Left: Ms. Raquel Perez, daughter, Mrs. Mary Grace Perez Villanueva, grand daughter Tristan P. Villanueva, great grandson and Mrs. Lily Perez
Four years from now, Mrs. Lily Perez will be 100 years old! As we speak, she is definitely the oldest resident in Bel Air Subdivision, Tangub, Bacolod City. To celebrate her 96th birthday, her grand daughter Mrs. Mary Grace Perez Villanueva who takes care of her and her daughter Ms. Raquel Perez who came home from London, organized a special party for her with some help from close family and friends. The gathering took place in the lovely Perez home on Carter Street in Bal Air. Among those in attendance were NDB’s Albert Rile, Jesus, Jenny & Janelle Bargamento, Bibit & Diane Ibrahim, Grace Carpio, etc. Both Perez and Tabino family members from Cauayan and elsewhere in Negros Occidental came to take part in the celebration. Fr. Enrique Tabino, a relative of the family officiated the mass offered for the intention of Mrs.Perez and the Family.