BalikPaete 2004
Appreciation and Feedback Corner

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Thanks to Mayor Cadayona, to Vice-Mayor Bagabaldo, all members of the municipal council and everyone who worked hard to make BalikPaete a successful week-long party.

Paete is a swinging town at Christmas time but more so because of the many out-of-season celebrations staged for our benefit. The warmth of our reception, from the Mayor down to the barangay members that prepared Tatlong Krus for the picnic, is truly heartfelt.

Thanks for the generosity of providing us with delicious food at every occasion, and for giving us the opportunity to appreciate once again the richness of our heritage here in our town of Paete. We were grateful that we re-lived once more the santakrusan and pamitin, salubong, Rizal Day, salibanda, etc. in one week. But of course, the people we met (old friends and new, relatives old and young) who shared these happenings and made memories with us are what we will remember most and treasure forever.

(P.S. to Councilor Odette Fadul Sunga- it's great meeting you and your family. Maybe when we come back we'll have more time to explore the Sunga relationship more closely. Thanks for your kindness and regards.)

Delia Cahatol Sunga
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 20:58:21 (EST)

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The Madriñan Residence
83 Grieco Drive
Jersey City, N.J. 07305

Ika-17 ng Enero 2005

Sa Kagalang-galang na Sangguniang Bayan:

Ang BalikPaete 2004 ay matatala sa kasaysayan ng ating bayan bilang isa, kung hindi ang pinaka makulay na pangyayari sa ating buhay. Ang lahat ng ito ay naganap dahilan sa inyong pamumuno. Dahil dito, maraming salamat sa inyong lahat na galing sa kaibuturan ng aking puso.

Napakaraming tao at marami ring mga bagay na dapat pagpasalamatan, at ang anumang masasabi ko sa sulat na ito ay tiyak na hindi makapagsasaad ng tunay kong dadamin. Maging sapat na sana itong sulat na ito bilang tanda ng aking taus-pusong pasasalamat at tunay na damdaming hindi ko maipahayag sa pamamagitan ng liham.

Salamat sa inyong mainit na pagtanggap sa aming lahat. Damang-dama namin ang inyong pagmamalasakit upang kami’y mabigyan ng kasiyahan. Ang pakiramdam namin sa loob ng isang linggong singkad ay para kaming mga panauhing natatangi. Kaya’t kung minsan ay alawas ang aming pakiramdam hanggang maala-ala uli namin na ang lahat ng mga ito ay ginagawa ninyo para sa aming kasiyahan.

Hindi waglit sa aming kaalaman ang lahat ng mga detalye, mula sa maliit hanggang sa malaki, katulad ng ballpen at name-tag sa araw ng registration at sa malalaking kaabalahan tulad ng pagtatanghal ng ating mga tradisyon kahit sala sa panahon: ang paglalahad ng mga poon, santakrusan at pabitin, atbp.

Ang aking pakiusap ay ipaabot ninyo sa lahat ng ating mga kababayan ang aming taus-pusong pasasalamat sa kanilang pakikiisa, pakikitulong at paglalaan ng panahon upang ang mga balikbayan ay mabigyan ng kasiyahan. Wala kayong dapat ipag-paumanhin kanino man kung anuman ang pagkukulang na nasa inyong pag-iisip.

Ako’y naniniwala na ang BalikPaete ay mauulit balang araw. Subalit mapapalad tayong lahat na naunang nakaranas at nakasaksi ng una. Salamat din sa pagkakataong makausap ko ang ilan sa mga kasapi ng Sangguniang Bayan.

Ating nakita at nasaksihan sa loob ng isang linggo ng BalikPaete kung ano ang nagagawa ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan. Ito sana ay magsilbing aral sa ating lahat. Sana’y ang diwa ng bayanihan ay mapaabot natin sa lahat ng bahagi ng buhay ng bayan. Maaaring magkaiba ang mga mamamayan sa pamamaraan, subalit iisa ang ating layunin, iisa ang ating paruroonan. Ito ay ang kaunlaran ng bayan at ang kapakanan ng mga mamamayan.

Hanggang dito na lamang at sana’y gantihin kayo ng Dios sa lahat ng kagandahang-loob na inyong ipinakita sa amin. Mabuhay Kayong lahat! Mabuhay ang ating Bayan!

Mula sa isang kababayang nagmamalasakit at tumatanaw ng utang-na-loob!

Virgilio G. Madrinan <virgilm@paete.org>
Jersey , New Jersey USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 18:02:58 (EST)

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Salamat po sa Sanggunian Bayan lalo na po kay Mayor Ka Noel. It's really nice to have had the chance to meet interesting people. Pasensiya na po at hindi ako nakapag-participate in most of the events, pasilip-silip lang pag nagka-chances because of other things I was attending to.

Hi to Saida, VerMad, Amang Tom & Inang Cia, Dada Luds, Aurel, Flora Lou, and of course my beautiful Titas Glows and Levie, and other people to many to mention kahit sa party lang ako nakasama.

BTW, the fireworks was really cool! Arigatou!
Tony (Basa)

Tony Basa
Ibaba, Laguna Philippines - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 09:18:54 (EST)

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To Mayor Noel Cadayona and to all the people behind the Balik-Paete activity, I say thank you and MABUHAY!

Indeed, the affair was a big success ... so heartwarming ... that touched the hearts of all Paeteños here and abroad. To many, Balik-Paete 2004 is surely an affair to remember!

I also wish to express my gratitude for the recognition accorded me during the Awards Night. It gave an exclamation point to my teaching profession ... the best award I ever received in my whole life because it came from my beloved "kababayans".

BUHAT SA PUSO NG TANGING GURO ... MARAMING SALAMAT PO!

Amor Salceda Kagahastian <amor_sk@yahoo.com>
- Friday, January 21, 2005 at 19:55:37 (EST)

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To Mayor Cadayona and all the people who planned (Rey for one) and worked hard to make this event a huge success, A MILLION THANKS TO ALL OF YOU !!!

Considering that Ka Noel had an elevated blood pressure all week long, and a nagging tooth ache to deal with, he still handled everything well, and nobody seemed to notice the difference.

It was also nice seeing Inang Epang, Evelyn and Raul. Their presence in almost all the activities gave Ka Noel that extra family support he needed.

It was nice to be a part of this big celebration and I hope that my little contribution also helped a bit.
***FredMC***

Fred M. Cagayat <fredmc311@yahoo.com>
Staten Island, New York USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 08:55:18 (EST)

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"BALIK PAETE = Isang tanging alala para sa ating mga kababayan dito at sa ibang bansa."

Salamat po Mayor Ka Noel Cadayona sa alaala. It was very nice seeing you on my first 'Balik Paete' day on Christmas eve.

It was really nice to greet our dear Paete Mayor A MERRY CHRISTMAS in person and to be with my Kababayans and with people very close to me on New Year’s Eve.

Thanks for making me feel very important… you and your wife, our First Lady Ka Evelyn are just amazing... and I’m so grateful to know you!

THANK YOU... to All my dear friends & relatives, my Classmates PES Batch 1970 & ELC High School 1974 (especially LIZA BALDEMOR Vda. Esculto, CELY RIVERA-CADAWAS and Vice Mayora NELDA BALDEMOR- BAGABALDO (nice to meet Ur hubby Mutuk!), my Bestfriend since Grade One- MARIVIC AFUNGGOL-ABRIAN, and my One & Only Teteth TERESITA SOLLEZA-DALAGAN;

...my Internet buddies whom I've met for the 1st time: Mhey Myra Bagamano Bagalso (PL), Ka Fely B. Casilag (Switzerland), Fred Cagayat (New York) & Ted Balasi (Pangil);to Abel Madrinan (Florida), my cousins Ibarra B. Reyes, Ang Pamilya Basa - Bahj, Tony, Botits, Abe & Beyok "Hero" B. Acala; the ever nice, ever loving Teacher, Mamsie Ms. AMOR KAGAHASTIAN (Cavite)... the so many people I wanna mention but may run out of space (or I might hear sumthin’ from Rey! heheheh)

I had a very nice time... I feel like “Cinderella” attending the Ball in the Palace dancing with her handsome Prince Charming... wished I could stay longer than Midnight! Hahahahah (if not for my husband's 'dyspepsia' this wonderful dream will not become a reality... or a nightmare! heheheheh)

Thank You everybody for the warm WELCOME!... t’was good to be back home!!!

I really appreciate everything you did for us BalikBayans at BALIK PAETE!

Salamat po ng marami... at hanggang sa muli nating pagkikita!

Gloria Dalay Basa-Caguin <GloriaBasaCaguin@yahoo.com>
Los Angeles, California U.S.A. - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 00:03:58 (EST)

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To Mayor Cadayona and his wife Evelyn, Vice Mayor Bagabaldo and to the rest of the Council and Committees of this very memorable event,

Our deepest appreciation to all of you! Your monstrous task of binding all the Paetenians around the world thru this event has been a huge success. We can't help but observed in awe how magnificent a job you all did for this once in a lifetime event.

Mabuhay sa inyong lahat! and Congatulations for the work well done. You all deserved it.

Jun and Luchie Adea <jladea@paete.org>
Mississauga, Ontario Canada - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 02:08:22 (EST)

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To Mayor Noel and ALL involved in the Balik Paete 2004:

Thanks a lot. You did a superb job! Need I say more?

Cora A. Cagayat <coralday@si.rr.com>
Staten Island, NY USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 21:49:28 (EST)

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Were back again here in Switzerland with lots of joyfull experiences that will always remains in our minds. Special thanks to our beloved Mayor Ka Noel Cadayona, and to his wonderful wife Evelyn Cadayona. Syempre without those municipio members and teachers, di rin ito successfull, so thanks to all who welcomed us. At syempre thanks don sa kapural na di nakauwi, si Rey, but you were always on our minds.

Sayang lang at di ko nakitang lahat ng programs dahil we toured a whole day to Manila, Makati and Sunset in Luneta, 4 days to Banaue, Bontoc and Sagada (luxury travel with a tourist guide), then 2 days to the beach of Laiya, San Antonio Batangas, which was like paradise for us. It was now developed, almost white sand and friendly services in Kabayan Resort.We enjoyed our tours even outside Paete dahil sa kasama namin ang mga members of my family at mga pinsan, laging kuyug, that was really fun. My 3 children and our 3 visitors (friends of my daughter, also Swiss) enjoyed a lot there in the Philippines.

What we did not miss was the show of "Bandang Kawayan" talagang tinapos kong panoorin, and the Salibanda, pinasiritan kami ng baril barilang tubig, but that was fun. Then the Gala Evening which was so well organized too. After that, we proceeded to F. Sario party and there, we enjoyed a lot the modern disco music and the dances with Erwin, our DI, ang saya talaga! Ako umuwi na ng alas tres ng umaga, ang mga anak ko at visitors namin ay nag-stay pa ng paumagahan sa pagsayaw. Unforgetable ang New Year celebration namin.

Also thanks to Dr. Benny Agbay and his wife for inviting us in a dinner in exotic. I would say, this is the happiest balik-bayan, so far, that I did, of course kase kasama ko mga anak ko at kaibigan nila, at syempre pa dahil sa Balik-Paete Program.

Salamat sa inyong lahat ng taga Paete, to all your friendly smiles at tulong sa amin. You are all great! I also felt the great happiness of my children and our visitors during our stay there. We miss you! And we love you all! Good luck, good health and God bless Paete!

Rgds, Fely and children: Christoph, Tanja, Michael and our visitors: Raffael(Tanja`s BF, Susanne and Franziska (Tanja`s friends)

fely burgdorfer <fely.burgdorfer@gmx.net>
Berne, Canton Berne Switzerland - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 08:14:19 (EST)

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To the Honorable Mayor, Emmanuel B. Cadayona; Vice Mayor and Members of the Municipal Council;To each and everyone of the Chairpersons and members of the different Committees and to all who in one way or another have helped to make this Balik Paete 2004 a huge success:

I and my wife are one of the fortunate ones to have witnessed your endless efforts and open arms in welcoming us "back home" during this historic event of unsurpassed proportions and, being aware that behind every success "there is always those who have made it so"- we would like to say from the bottom of our hearts "maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat!"

Our very short stay back home "brought back endless and countless memories of our youth and of bygone yesteryears but, most of all, your tireless efforts and friendly smiles and willingness to help renewed in us the "Paete spirit" that is ever present where ever we went. Please know that ALL your efforts are not in vain! For me personally, this was the first time I've been home for Christmas in more than thirty something years- and every minute of my stay in Paete was well worth it even more so "because I was back with my very own family and "kababayans" alike..."

Again, to each and everyone of you from the bottom of our hearts please receive our sincerest gratitude and a million thanks for all your efforts and sacrifices...Muchissimas gracias...Abel Caidic and Meden Cuartero MADRINAN

Abel C. and Meden C. Madrinan <amadrinan@verizon.net>
Seminole, Florida 33772 USA - Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 05:46:59 (EST)

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Praise God for the job well done...

to the present administration "saludo po ako!" and more power sa future projects... AND OF COURSE TO MY RHU FAMILY - GOOD JOB!!! sa mga puhunang pawis at pagod! I miss all of you and miss being a part of this service to the community!!! ALL FOR THE GLORY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST!

Olivan Valdellon Afuang <olivan_afuang1825@yahoo.com>
Gladstone, Manitoba CANADA - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 23:17:35 (EST)

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Kudos to Mayor Noel and his government, to all volunteers and yes to the great photographers Ludy and Fred for the job well done. The pictures, depicts the success of the events and it speak for itself. There was no dull moment and I myself spent time in front of my computer desk to see what is unfolding in Paete each day. Thanks for sharing all those pictures.

Norma Aseoche Acala Duy <theduys1@shaw.ca>
Victoria, British Columbia Canada - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 20:23:46 (EST)

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MARAMING SALAMAT PO!

It’s all over (even the shouting)! And now, I could not find the words to express my profound gratitude to everyone who participated in this momentous event. To the members of the working committee, Vice Mayor Mutok Bagabaldo, Councilors Kid Paraiso, Obet Pascual, Bokwet Cosico, Ronald Valdellon, Lilia Monfero, Delia Cadapan, Odette Fadul Sunga, Momoy Cads, Kapitana Liza Calma , SK Pamela Dela Rosa, and Beny Cadapan; sa mga masisipag na maybahay ng mga konsehales; sa mga pangulo ng samahan ng kababaihan sa bawat barangay na umasiste sa “registration”, maraming maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.

To all the Municipal Employees Headed by Administrator Angel Tolentino, who endured all my tantrums and worked beyond normal working hours and their call of regular duties, thank you so much. To all the Barangay Chairpersons, their Kagawads and Bantay Bayans, who invaluably lend their hands, salamat po sa inyong lahat.

Sa mga Kababaihan sa pangunguna ng kanilang pamunuan, si Evelyn, Nelda Bagabaldo, Inang Luming Baldemor, Inang Auring Cadapan, Gng. Edna Cadawas, G.Salome Ponce at sa lahat ng kasapi ng Lupon ng Pambayang Kultura; sa siyam (9) na mutya ni Rizal at kanilang mga konsorte na naglabas ng magagandang karosa, ang aking taos pusong pasasalamat. Sa lahat ng may-ari ng mga Poon sa pangunguna ng aming magaling na director Mario Balan; sa mga banda ng musiko: banda 69, banda 3 at banda 25; sa mga pribadong samahan tulad ng Centurion Club; Rampants Club, Bolero Club, Jobbers Club, Super King Club, Palaboy, FARM-C, at Red Riders Club; sa lahat ng may-ari ng mga tindahan ng mga handicraft na nagbigay ng diskwento; sa mga guro at mga punong guro ng 3 mababang paaralan at 3 mataas ng paaralan; sa mga kura paroko at pamunuan ng simbahang Aglipay at Katoliko; Sa Pamunuan ng Rural Health Center sa pamumuno ni Dr. Primo Aserimo at Dra. Maria Fe Aguilar; lahat ng Barangay Health Workers at mga pribadong manggagamot at mga Dentista na nagsagawa ng Medical Mission; sa Municipal Social Welfare Department sa pamumuno ni Gng. Lulu Madrigal na tumulong sa Paskuhan 2004; sa Kwerpo ng Pulisya na nangalaga ng kaayusan at katahimikan sa pamumuno ni Hepe Virgilio Alvis; sa Kwerpo ng Pamatay sunog na nagbigay ng maraming tubig noong Salibanda sa pamumuno ni Hepe Arnel Rana; sa mga gumanap sa pasanta krusan at pakubol; kay G. Bobet Castillo na nangasiwa sa Chess tournament; kay Bb. Alice Navarro na nangasiwa sa larong volleyball; kay G. Doy Baldemor, G. Erning Cadawas, G. Erwin Afunggol, Jester Coladilla, Edwin Monfero, Edison Monfero, Jojo Ragot, G. Nora Cadawas, G. Doray Madridejos, na nagpakita ng husay sa demonstrasyon ng paguukit ng kahoy, yelo, gulay/prutas, sa pagtataka, bandsaw at lalik; kay G. Omben Valdellon, band leader ng “White Sugar Band”; sa mag-asawang Carding at Tala Acupan sa napakagandang gayak at masarap na mga “lutong Paete” sa Dinner Dance. Sa inyo pong lahat ang aking walang hanggang pasasalamat.

Special Thanks to : Mr. Fred Calabig, the band leader of the internationally acclaimed Banda Kawayan for their fantastic performance. Sa Pamunuan at mga kasapi ng PAETECH FOUNDATION sa pamumuno ni Gng. Annelan Kagahastian Candelaria at G. Raul Roque. Kay G. Nel Africano , G.Frank Rivera at G. Manuel Baldemor sa kanilang mga aklat. Kay G. at Gng Nap Madridejos sa kanilang pamumuhunan sa Balik Paete Souvenirs, at pagpapahiram ng generator, gayun din kina G. at Gng Jake at Vero Adao, G. at Gng. Paloy at Mema Cagayat sa kanilang mga generators;

Sa pamunuan ng PAETEM sa napakagandang gayak at dekorasyon sa Tanghalang Bayan; kay Dr. Dan Dalan na nagkaloob ng maraming gamot at actual na gumanap sa Medical Mission; kay Dr. Tony Baldemor na nagkaloob ng mga tropeo at mga gamot; sa Pakil Cable na nagsagawa ng dokumentario sa video; sa lahat ng Paetenian Int’l chapters sa kanilang mga ipinagkaloob na regalo sa Paskuhan 2004; to Mr. Rey Carolino, the absentee balik bayan who is also the overall coordinator of this affair; at lalo’t higit sa lahat ng mga nag BALIK BAYAN na muli naming nakahalubilo sa loob ng isang linggong singkad.

SA LAHAT PO NG AKING MGA KABABAYAN, ANG LAHAT PONG ITO’Y INIAALAY NAMIN SA INYO.

Emmanuel B. Cadayona
Punong Bayan

Emmanuel B. Cadayona <mayor@paete.gov.ph>
Paete, Laguna Philippines - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 07:50:10 (EST)

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Now that the curtain is down and all the exciting events we all experienced will be buried in our individual memory banks, we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has made this homecoming a dream come true.

Special thanks go the Mayor Cadayona, Vice Mayor Mutuk, the members of the municipal council, Rey Carolino and others, too numerous to mention, here and abroad, who have donated time and effort to make this reunion a resounding success.

We were specially impressed by the achievements of the awardees. By the examples they have set, others will be inspired to set lofty goals and struggle hard to achieve them.

God Bless Paete.

Inang Cia and Amang Tom <altamerojr@sbcglobal.net>
Paete/Chicago, Laguna/Illinois Philippines/USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 18:17:30 (EST)

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Sa lahat ng nagplano,nag asikaso, nagboluntario at nag abala para sa katuparan ng Balik Paete 2004 at sa mga alay ng sebrasiyon,

Maraming maraming salamat po. Hindi man kami natuloy sa plano naming dumalo ay nakita namin ang saya at ang hindi makakalimutang eksperiensa sa mga reaksion ng kanilang mga litrato.

Mabuhay ang Paetenians!!!!

Ross Aseoche Navarro <rossnavarro@paete.org>
Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 14:10:38 (EST)

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Noel and Vice Mayor Mutuk, the councilors, and all of the staff of the municipal office for preparing events that will stay in everyone's memory.

I apologize for not being able to thank you in person and share in this great gathering of Paetenians all over the world. I did have my share of Paetenian hospitality last July and I could likewise imagine that the festivities just concluded are a magnitude greater than what I experienced.

I thank those who decided to recognize me as one of the blessed people of Paete. It is truly an honor to be acknowledged by the town that lies close to the hearts of my parents. It is a town that also holds a special place in my heart. It is indeed with great pride to be honored with names like Rey Carolino and other great living Paetenians.

Angel C. de Dios <dediosa@georgetown.edu>
Annandale, VA USA - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 11:52:35 (EST)

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To Mayor Cadayona, the Councilors, all the staff of the Munisipyo and to all our kababayans who made this event possible-- MARAMING SALAMAT PO!  Even though I missed the actual happenings, I cherished those moments with you.

Rey Carolino <rcarolino@paete.org>
Toronto, ON Canada - Saturday, January 2, 2005 at 10:25  (EST)

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