July 25 to August 3,
ALL SYSTEMS GO!
The Officers and Members of the Paetenians
International (PI) Canada Chapter met last Saturday (June 14, 2003) at Tom Cahatol’s residence and voted unanimously and
enthusiastically to proceed with their week-long 20th Anniversary
agenda.The decision was made after a
quick survey of their out-of-town visitors showed that most of them are still
determined to come and be part of their Anniversary celebration despite the inaccurate
portrayal in the news media that city of Toronto is a SARS-infected city
and I intend to see you (in Canada) with or without SARS!”, wrote former Mayor Emmanuel Cadayona who will join the Anniversary as the
official representative of the PAETEech Foundation
Inc., the implementing arm of the Alay-Computer project of the three elementary schools
PI-Canada Chapter’s Executive Committee wrote: “We won’t let these people down.They’ve made their travel plans despite the adverse news reporting and
so we will not disappoint them!”
“If you were here during the
Camping 2000 last July 2000, you know what we are talking about- except that
this time it will even be more memorable and double the enjoyment!We are again rolling out the red carpet for
our out-of-town visitors during our week-long anniversary to be highlighted
by a Dinner-Dance date with our honorable town Mayor ElmoiseB.Afurong on the night of July 26 and culminating
in a camping get-together (August 1-3) at the farmland owned by the Cadawas Family in Bobcaygeon, Ontario”
Friday (July 25, 2003)-
anniversary kicks off with the PI-Canada’s traditional WELCOME Dinner at the
residence of Arnie and LoydQuesada in Scarborough,
Ontario (scene of the same Welcome Dinner of our
10th Anniversary and the Camping 2000).
Saturday (July 26, 2003)
– OPEN FORUM / DINNER DANCE
to , everybody is invited for the Paetenians International Open Forum to be moderated by PI
President VerMadrinan at
the Rembrandt Banquet Hall Meeting Room.We will talk about the BalikPaete 2004
reunion, the Alay Computer project, a Q & A
session with Mayor Afurong and any topics under the
atmosphere will turn formal with our main Anniversary event: the DINNER-DANCE
party at the Rembrandt Banquet Hall.There will be a LIVE Band where you can dance to the tune of the 60’s
and the 70’s as well contemporary pop and rock music mixed with your favorite
line dancing tunes.Ross Navarro and Jun Paygane
will showcase their award-winning culinary talents in the dining area. Get
your Kodak memories ready!If you
don’t have one, no need to worry as there will be an official photographer to
take your best photo for your anniversary’s keepsake.
visit to Toronto is not complete without a visit to the
majestic and romantic Niagara
Falls!The entire PI Canada
Chapter and their guests will travel on a leisurely1 ½ hour drive from Toronto to Niagara Falls where we will have our annual Fiesta
Picnic celebration at the QueenstonHeightsPark (we’ll be serving lutongPaete!).Guests can stay in the Park for a non-stop ‘usloan’
session or go on sightseeing tour of the various Niagara Falls attractions where a boat ride on the Maid of the Mist (the same boat ride
that Princess Diana rode when she visited Niagara Falls) is highly recommended.The group will stay late in Niagara Falls to see the Falls illuminations and to
night-life (Canada’s city that never sleeps!). We will drive
home shortly after but guests who prefer to stay overnightmay do so
as there are a lot of attractions in the Niagara Falls area that could keep you busy for another
your PI Canada friends if you need help finding accommodation in the area).
Monday(July 28, 2003)
– REST DAY
is officially a REST day for the anniversary visitors.They are encourage
to go and visit their friends and relatives in the Greater Toronto area
(consisting of Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York, Richmond Hill, Pickering, Ajax, Oshawa, Burlington, Hamilton, etc.) and spend a karaoke singing
session with them!Those who will
prefer to stay at Niagara
for another day can visit the Marineland (the equivalent of Florida’s Seaworld) and
the nearby African Lion Safari.
Tuesday (July 29, 2003)
A.Group 1 - The
joining the Group Tour to Quebec
City and Ottawa
Citytoday.will start their tour today at Canada’s capital city: Ottawa (about 400 kilometers from Toronto; 4 to 5 hours drive).Later in the afternoon, they will go to MontrealCity which is about 200 kilometers from Ottawa (2 hour drive) and book stay in a hotel
there for the night. Hopefully, you will meet some Paetenians
there like Gunnar/Elena Emausson and Luz
Valdellon.In Ottawa, you may chance upon MandoBaisas and friends.
Group Tour costs: Can$210.00 (US$157.00) per person (half-price for children
under 12). It includes airconditioned tour bus; 2 nights 4-star hotel accommodation (2 persons per room);
breakfast and dinner. Please contact
Canada officers to reserve your seat.Seating is limited to 44 people in the bus so book your seat early
before its too late!
B.Group 2 - The
who prefer to stay in Toronto while waiting for the Camping week-end
can start with a Toronto City Tour.In
order to maximize your city tour, we recommend that you leave your vehicle
behind (costs of parking in downtown Toronto is quite high!) and instead join
either the double-decker
tour bus (where visitors are given a day-pass that they can use for an
entire day) or the amphibian bus
tour where your tour bus will end at Lake Ontario after a city drive for
a leisurely ferry ride around the city.Those who prefer to “walk” than ride may want to retrace the Conrad Caiyod-led “Death March” during the Camping 2000
celebration in the 27 kilometers underground shopping center called P.A.T.H (starting at the
former Eaton’s Center and ending at the CN
Tower).After the city tour,
guests are invited to go to Jun and Sol Paygane’s
residence near downtown Toronto for a well-deserved dinner and Karaoke
session while cooling their heels.
Group Tour resumes today with a sight-seeing tour of MontrealCity. Later in the afternoon, the group will be
driven to Quebec
where they will stay for the night.Quebec City is about two hours drive from Montreal.
B. Group 2 - The Toronto Group
A whole day visit to CANADA
WONDERLAND (a theme park) is recommended for today.You are then invited for Dinner at Conrad
residence in Richmond Hill, Ontario
after a tiring day at Wonderland (about 10 minutes drive from Wonderland).
There is no better way to relax after a tiring day at the Park than to listen
to Conrad’s ‘sistes’.Alternate venue: Molson
Canadian Rocks for Toronto- Concert with the Rolling Stones,
AC/DC, The Guess Who, Justin Timberlake, Sam Roberts, The Flaming Lips,
Kathleen Edwards, The Isley
Brothers, Sass Jordan, La Chicane at the Downsview
Park (2 pm to 11 pm).
Group Tour resumes today with a sightseeing tour of Quebec City (a city full of historical places to
visit). The Group will be driven back to Toronto later in the afternoon. Alternatively,
you may choose stay for another night in Quebec City (there’s a lot to see and do in Quebec City for two nights!) and drive straight to Bobcaygeon, Ontario the following day for the Camping
week-end (it is approximately 4-5 hours drive from Quebec City to Bobcaygeon).
You must book your own hotel if you choose to stay for an extra night in Quebec City.
B. Group 2 - The Toronto
you still have energy for the day, you may consider a visit to Ontario Placeora sightseeing tour of Toronto’s
Islands (where you will ride a ferry).In the late afternoon, if there are enough interest, PI Canadamayarrange for a CASINO RAMA Tour in Orilla,
Ontario (which includes a free buffet dinner), where the musical band
Chicago (If you leave me now!) is playing.You can either spend the night in the slots machine or watch CHICAGO in concert in the Auditorium.
Cadawas Family of Ontario (Ronnie/Benny Cadawas,
Sophie Cadawas/Ernie Buenaventura
cordially invites you to spend three days and two nights with the members of
the PI-Canada Chapter in their farmland in Bobcaygeon,
Bobcaygeon is a leisurely two-hour drive from Toronto located in a place which Torontonians
fondly refer to as the “Cottage Country”.You can bring your own camping tent and set it up in their huge
farmland, you can sleep in their barn or you can stay in a nearby hotel/motel
(within a 4-5 kilometer radius).This
will be similar to our Camping 2000 experience except that because the Cadawas Family own the land, you can sing and laugh your
hearts out during the night without worrying about disturbing other
from the non-stop usloan and sistehan,
there are tons of activities that await you in Bobcaygeon,
a city situated on three picturesque islands between two of the loveliest
lakes in Ontario, and within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Bobcaygeon
offers both activity and tranquility. Canoeing, boating, golfing, fishing,
hiking and cycling compete for attention with lounging, walking, shopping and
sightseeing.For more details
and to find a suitable hotel/motel for your accommodations, please go to: http://picanada.paete.org
our Anniversary visitors who are flying to Toronto:If you are not planning to rent your
vehicle during your stay in Toronto, please let us know your flight schedules
and we will make arrangements for someone to pick-you up at the airport and
for your attendance in our various anniversary activities.
will provide all visitors with a detailed local map to all our Anniversary
venues upon your arrival in Toronto.
..Although not in the program, there will be an instantaneous
and mandatory exchange of gifts in Toronto. Everybody is required
to pack a smile. Any body without
it will be banned! I'm sending mine in advance. Keep on Smiling.
Ka Noel Cadayona Paete, Laguna, Philippines
“From our last meeting, maramingnagbabalakpumunta, we'll
try to let you know ahead of time kung ilanangmakakarating.We're trying to go in group.”
International MidEast Chapter
“I think I have won my arguments on my request
for funding for PAETEch from part of the monies I
raised for the Auxiliary to the Association of Philippine Physicians in America. They said the check is
in the mail ;-).
I was so happy and confident, I went ahead and
bought tickets to go to Toronto on Friday, July 25th, to
be able to hand the check directly to you.”
“If ever, it's just my husband and Iwill be attending
the ball.The kids changed their
plans, which is good, para 2nd honeymoon kunonamin....hahaha!”
New York, USA
“..ginagawakopoanglahatupangmatugunananginyongpaanyayasapagkat gusto korin pong makarating (saCanada) upangmakadaup-paladangiba pa natingmgakababayannanariyan..”
Mayor Elmoise B. Afurong,
Paete, Laguna. Philippines
“the annual picnic of
the Paetenians NE USA will be on August 9. We have
picked this date in response to your earlier request not to have it coincide
with your anniversary week, thus, allowing anyone from Northeast USA to join your
New York, USA.
“So nice to see your preparations for the
Anniversary in full swing. Sayangtalaga, I cannot attend - but Ka Noel's presence can be
considered the presenceof all the officers and directors of PAETech.
:) I hope that PI-Canada will have a successful, wonderful and memorable
Anne Lan Kagahastian-Candelaria
“We are trying to organize the Paetenian's going to your 20th Anniversary. We are trying
to get airline ticketand the closest hotel where we can stay.”
PI-Southern California Chapter.
“Kung sakasakali eh makakaratingkamisa July diyansainyo...
At siyangapalaangMisisko ay masarapmaglutongmgakakanin like maha,sapinsapin, kalamaynakamotengkahoy,biko at iba pa. MeronbatayongpwedengpaglutuandiyansaToronto. Yunnalangangambagnamin.”
“damingnadagdag bale angbilangnaminni Kang Ampy ay 32 families
kung x 2 = 60 yungmgatigaSoCallaang,
pwera pa yungmgatiga-NY, Chicago, LV, CT,
FL, GA, etc..) lahatsilanungnagmeetingditosamin ay gustongumattendnung Mama Mia.”
PI-Southern California Chapter.
Open-Forum naito, angipagtatagumpayng Toronto 2003 ay magigingtagumpay din ngBalik-Paete. Maaaringmagingsilbiitongisang general assembly parasa preparation samasmalaking
event parasa 2004.”