The Great Aquilino & Gregoria Manansala Reunion. 2nd Edition

The Great Aquilino & Gregoria Manansala Clan Reunion. May 21, 2011, Magandang Gensan

Organized under the National Land Settlement Administration (NLSA) of the Commonwealth Government headed by President Manuel L. Quezon, General Paulino Santos led the relocation of 62 Christian settlers from Luzon to the shores of Sarangani Bay aboard the steam ship “Basilan” of Compania Maritima on February 27, 1939.
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Hello Again! Hello Gensan!

And so I decided to activate this blog. Again!

I just got home from General Santos City. I went there to attend the Aquilino & Gregoria Manansala Grand Reunion,it was the second reunion after 7 long years. It was such a big hit, despite the really hot and humid weather. Goodbye 10 boxes worth of Glutathion IV LOL!So, yes we had a great time in Magandang Gensan. It was just myself, dad, Arianne and her son Kirk plus the yaya. That was the first time we went there sans mother dear (she’s the one from Gensan). Suffice it so say – the stay was short but sweet! We had to squeeze in a lot of invitations from lots of relatives.

Safe touchdown in General Santos City! Of course, I was stepping on my imaginary brakes! hahaha

Hello Magandang Gensan! It's nice to be back...

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More Cooking

My Aunt Baby left us a few days ago. She was battling lung cancer. I know she is in a better place now…free from pain and health difficulties…

View her online obituary here

She died in New Jersey, USA. So we are still waiting for her remains to arrive in Ormoc. So before the regular novena, which were putting on hold until she arrives, we are holding praying of the rosary every night…friends and relatives come to the house to participate…and as tradition, we serve food after the prayer…so, I’m always tasked to prepare for the night snacks…my own way of saying thanks my Tita Baby.

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It’s almost 3AM and Mr. Sandman is still not here.

I need my shuteye, I have a 9AM appointment tomorrow.

Good luck to me.

I was trying to tire my eyes by watching TV. I was tuned to TLC channel – it was all cooking shows one after the other.

So, I got more interested by the shows and I got excited – watching these shows would only spark my imagination. So, it defeated the purpose of making meself go to sleep.

So, now, I’m hungry. and now I am craving for:

fresh chinese lumpia


I swear to God, I’m going to make some tomorrow.

My first initiation to this food that I surmise were created for the gods, was back in my freshman year at Cebu Doc’s. The sophomores and the juniors would give us tips where to eat and get good food with our student budget (read: always inadequate), and then we were introduced to the Chinese Lumpia!

We would walk all the way to Robinson’s to devour the Chinese lumpia there, until we lost count how many we’ve actually eaten…it’s the one that were at the basement near the supermarket…although they’re no longer there.

And then my good friend Angel Kangleon and I discovered back in 2004 while doing our grocery one Sunday morning, we spotted thesame manang who  served these delicious rolls back in college. Our hearts were racing, we were kinda hoping she ws selling thesame stuff. Alas! Yes. We spent most of our grocery money that day to good ole’ Chinese Lumpia. It brought great memories of the care free years we all call: college. We forget how good they were. And so, it became a Sunday habit…although, I would take a cab from our house to Fooda in Guadalupe when I crave for them.

Now that I’m in Ormoc…I guess I just have to recreate it.

Let’s see if I can do it.

And, yes I am still very hungry. I thought blogging about it would distract me. No it didn’t!


So here’s a recipe of this that I recreate in my mind:

Shredded ubod (hearts of palm), shredded carrots, diced tokwa (silk tofu), small shrimps, togue (mongo sprout, optional), shredded cabbage, ground pork. salt and pepper to taste. All you have to do is saute the ground pork in garlic and onions, then just throw in everything and adjust salt and pepper to taste.


Wrap it in lumpia wrapper, but sprinkle a mixture of ground peanuts and sugar before wrapping  (the kind that they use in lumpiang shanghai).

I have yet to experiment on the sauce…I will keep you guys posted on that one.



Hi guys,

So, I decided to go back to blogging again.

Let’s see if I’ll be diligent enough to post regularly.

You see, I live a pretty die cast, routine kinda life. Home-Bar-Home. So there’s not much to talk about. I mean I see the same faces, drink the same beer, hear the same songs all the time. I do not want to bore you with the details. An ant would have a much better daily life story than myself. LOL

So, my day started pretty early. I woke up with a slight hangover from last night’s Red Horse, last night was pretty boring, except for a brawl involving kids. So, yes I ran errands for this new company that I am a part of. It’s part managerial, part consultancy work.

My first stop was the Ormocnet at IAL Lodge, 2 blocks from where I live. I know window shopping and comparing prices and computer specs can be mind boggling – but thanks to the helpful staff at Ormocnet, they customized a pckage for several sets of PC for me. It was a breeze. Tomorrow, I hope we get to purchase those PCs already. I’ve always loved Ormocnet because of their after sales service, which is unheard of from most PC stores in the city. Once you’ve purchased the thing, then you’re on your own.

Next pit stop was at the Ortelco and Bayantel offices. Getting a line and a DSL connection was such a breeze too. While my co-workers where inside filling out the form, I had a quick lunch – I forgot I skipped lunch until my stomach grumbled. So, I had some squid balls, ngo-hiong and fried chops at the JCS food store right beside Ortelco. I figured, today was pretty hot – then I realized that it’s seldom that I’m out of the house at this time of the day. So, off I went home, before the panic sets in — the heat was a little too unbearable for me my nape started to hurt…maybe my BP spiked or it was just all in my mind. Nevertheless, I was lying in my bed with the A/C in full blast.

I spent the rest afternoon with good friend Gilbert at the brand new city hall. It was my 3rd or 4th time, and everytime I go there, I get mesmerized by the sheer size of our city hall…corridors as wide as that of malls in Cebu, central airconditioning, very high ceiling volume, and office that you can see through, a good testament of the government’s effort for transparency in governance. Anyway, I was there to claim my DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) business name registration certificate – a pre requisite before one can apply for a mayor’s permit. I applied for that last Thursday and they said it’ll take a week and comeback the next Thursday which is today. You see, for a city as big as Ormoc, we only have a satellite office here that’s at the city licensing office. They only open Tuesdays and Thursdays. Can you believe that? So, I went there at around 3pm…there was a long queue…so Gilbert and I made a beeline. Horrors! there was just one manong doing everything – from accepting application, double checking that everything in the application form is correct, releasing the business name certs, and he was the cashier too…so I made a calculation – there were around 16 in that line, I was the 17th…at the average handling time of 15 mins or even more per client…I should reach his table just before dinner…which of course is not possible because the thing closes at 5pm!!!! and I have to wait several more days because they open back next Tuesday! Totally unacceptable.

Furious, we decided we get a foot massage at the Blessed Pedro Calungsod Foot Reflexology Center at the side of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Church. We frequent the place because the therapists there are good and strong…unlike in the

Foot Reflex

spas where we feel like they were just tickling our feet. This is not for the faint hearted. It is painful at first, but it’s that kind of pain that you look for after. Eventually, you’ll get used to the pain and then you feel pleasure and you feel light. The therapists there know the pressure points…so if a pressure point is painful when they apply pressure – they’ll tell you it’s your head, or you lack sleep, or your spleen or your liver etc. It was such a relief. I recommend you go visit one of these days.

We were famished after our relaxing foot reflex – so we jumped at the first food we saw:


Kwek-kwek. Itlog nga initlogan


Then it was Fra Lippo Lippi after. That will be in another post.