Cheers to the Tinana family. From left, Ramon, Nimfa, Kristina and Christopher.


“The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful and has nobody to thank.”

— Dante Gabriel Rossetti


A wonderful Thanksgiving Day to one and all!

Thank God for all the graces and blessings, for family and friends, and for good health.

Never forget to say your thanks everyday, and the prayer for protection:

“The light of God surrounds me;
The love of God enfolds me;
The power of God protects me;
The presence of God watches over me;
Wherever I am, God is.”


The beautiful people from Masbate, Philippines now residing in America are waiting with bated breath the arrival of the physically adorable newly-elected governor of Masbate the Honorable Rizalina Seachon-Lanete.

She heads a delegation which includes her two sons, Scott Davies Lanete, M.D., newly-elected congressman of the third district in Masbate; and Judd S. Lanete II, the incumbent mayor of Placer.

The delightful and pleasant president of Masbate Association in America, Inc. Nimfa Du Tinana is quite busy preparing for this visit, together with all the officers and members and, not to forget, Ramon Tinana, Nimfa’s dear hubby who is most helpful and accommodating.

The Masbatenos will hold a special forum with Gov. Lanete who is the guest of honor, as the primary speaker.

This is a “continuing effort to accomplish its objectives to help and improve the quality of life in the province of Masbate.”

This is the first time to hold a forum such as this, to be able to enlighten the people about Masbate, to hear and discuss the programs, agendas, etcetera, towards the betterment of its people and the province as a whole.

This open forum is for everyone, free of charge, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 27, at Lovin’ Life Learning Center (4 West 43rd Street, near Fifth Avenue) in Manhattan.

For more info, call Nimfa or Judge Ned Bertulfo, chairman of the board and a past president, at 845.359.8531.

Do check FR’s calendar of events or go online at:

At a recent Balikbayan Night event. From left, Gab and Inday Reloj, Betsy Marquez, Ray Rogan, Pet Bautista, Lulu Miraflores and Jeanne Almario.

At a recent Balikbayan Night event. From left, Freddie Mercado, Gab Reloj, Ray Rogan, Aklan Gov. Lito Marquez, Pet Bautista and Joe Tuballes.

Seated, l.-r.: Ray Rogan and Freddie Mercado. Standing, l.-r.: Rep. Florencio “Joeben” Miraflores, Gab Reloj and Pet Bautista.


Good thoughts before Thanksgiving!

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.

“Oh, yeah,” said the son.

“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered: “I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, but they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, “Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are.”

Too many times, we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. What is one’s person’s worthless object is another’s prized possession.

It is all based on one’s perspective. Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for all the bounty we have instead of worrying about wanting more. Take joy and appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!

Life is too short and friends are too few.

Minnie A — many thanks!

Get-together with family and close friends celebrating the graduation of Louren C. Gonzales, R.N. with a degree of bachelor of science in nursing at Stony Brook University, and passing the NCLEX boards. Seated, l.-r.: Ms. Gonzales, Dr. Grace Rabadam, Lourdes Arrieta-Hermano, Leonda Garcia-de Leon and Edith Carido, R.N. Standing, l.-r.: Rudy Arrieta, Mauro Carido, Dr. Francisco Rabadam, Dr. Ma. Lourdes Gonzales, Efren Gonzales and Dr. Renato de Leon.

Posing after the get-together celebrating the graduation of Louren C. Gonzales, R.N. (third from left). With her are (from left) parents Efren and Dr. Ma. Lourdes Gonzales, Edith Carido, R.N., and Drs. Grace and Francisco Rabadam.