2009 Homecoming

heard from my brother that the 2009 Homecoming went well. Hadn't the time to post stuff here for a while. was just so superbusy with work. i'll try to some homecoming pix from the other batches and post them here...

from Batch 87

Ladies Band nice ha
St. gregory basketball team

sorry mga sano, i got this very late. kinda superbusy. as posted in the B87 Blog:

Condolences to the bereaved family of Rev. Fr. Butch Fajardo who passed away tonight (august 27) at SorDoc Hospital. Further info will be posted soon about the wake & funeral. Please pray for the eternal rest of the soul of Fr. Butch, a very dedicated priest.

calling all SANO designers!! need help in designing the header for this blog. here are the requirements.

1. must contain OLPS Logo
2. must contain the main text title: OLPSeminarista
3. must contain sub-title: Tambayan san mga SANO' - Alumni of the Our Lady of Penafrancia Minor Seminary in Bibincahan, Sorsogon City, Philippines
4. pictures used preferably should be about OLPS life, scenes
5. should be exactly 900 pixels wide
6. send your designs to olpseminarista at yahoo

show ur mad design skillz to the SanoSphere!!! no prize money but lotsa prestige and glory!

from Batch 87

Our prayers and condolences to the family of Mr. Vicente T. Son, who passed away last August 17, 2009 due to hemorrhagic stroke. Godspeed Tio Vic.

Biogas Project sa OLPS

A commendable project sa OLPS. they are setting-up a biogas digester to save on cooking gas expenses and in the future generate additional power for OLPS needs --electricity and heat.

does that mean the toilets will have hot water???

Site for the Biogas Digester project duly approved by the PTA last General Assembly (August 1, 2009).

Visit OLPS HS for more info and updates. magayon kay lalong nagiging active na an HS niyan. damo an projects! thanks sa mga padi sa OLPS for their efforts! kaya mga sano, if you are feeling charitable these days, OLPS could really use your help. kindly contact the Fr. Rector.

Mga Sano! Father Rector is asking for suggestions na name para sa OLPS Minor Varsity Team. post your suggestions sa comment and i'll paste it here. Go on to live in the OLPS lore as the sano who bestowed the OLPS varsity name!!!! dali-dali na kamo! Also basi may Sano o batch na gusto mag-sponsor san varsity team --uniform, food, transpo, etc please contact Fr. Rector.

The Seminary Varsity will be joining the Sorsogon Juniors Basketball League on August 20 - September 08, 2009. Our varsity basketball team is under the able hands of our own Sano, Coach Aldin V. Ayo (batch 94). We would like to solicit the support of all Sano out there.

If you are around Sorsogon please be present during the scheduled games. We would like also to ask for suggestions on the OLPS "moniker" and not only that.... if any generous Sano would like to sponsor the team uniform, it would be highly appreciated.

For many years the Seminary has dominated the field of Basketball in Sorsogon but we had been out of the limelight for some time now. Our return to the field does not promise to bring back the golden days of Seminary Basketball but at least have our presence felt again. And with a dear hope that someday we shall rise and shine again.
Visit the OLPS minor blog for more news and pics

Got this from B87, thanks to the indefatigable Tato Marcial and the B87 guys, mga pump primers pag naghihingalo na an Alumni nan prime movers sa mga Alumni activities.

(which reminds me-- buhay pa baya idto na poso sa Minor? the main source of the Sano tattoo --an buni sa singit-- hehehehe)

Minutes of the OLPS Alumni Meeting

Mango Grill, Sorsogon City
July 25, 2009

In Attendance :

Atty. Tootsie Cubias Tato Marcial
Philip Renovalles Gerald Angeles
Totep Perez Arnest Dimaano
Lloyd Lopez Bobet Laban

Meeting Proper

The group discussed the following concerns :

1. Proposed Alumni Homecoming Schedule of Activities (October 17, 2009)

7AM – Registration (Registration Fee – P100 only)
8 AM – Motorcade (from SNHS grounds – around Sorsogon City Proper – OLPS)
10 AM – Mass
11AM – General Assembly
12 Noon – Lunch by Batch
4 PM – Basketball Game (St. Gregory Alumni Vs. OLPS Alumni – 35 yrs. old up)
7PM – Fellowship Night c/o Batch 84

Note :
A. Attending alumni are encouraged to wear the official OLPS alumni polo shirt (yellow).
B. Official OLPS Alumni shirts are still available for sale during the event.
C. Batch 84 requests for old class picture of each batch for the souvenir program. Please send them thru email at olps_84@yahoogroups.com attention Ipe Renovalles.

2. National Organization of Bicolano Ex – seminarians

Totep Perez informed the group on the plan to establish a national organization of Bicolano Ex-seminarians, however, the crafting of the concept paper is still pending.

Next meeting will be on August 15, 2009, 8PM at the Southside Bar & Resto (owned by Dr. Pipo Amador), Salog, Sorsogon City.




Vice - President

i don't know the details yet but Batch81 along with many Bulusenos are campaigning to halt the construction of the gas station inside the church property.

the church seems to be spanish era. wonder what the National Historical Commision will say about this. This probably got approved too by a church authority --but what was he thinking???

Mga sano! let us put a stop to this stupidity. sign the online petition here...

Army in the seminary!

thanks to sun wireless. me internet na ulit ako sa bahay. so once more i can find time to manage this blog.

Got this from B80. dipungal hanep sa martsa ano. amo daw ini an "The Leaning Towers of Bibincahan".

According to Sano LarryM (B83) this "fancy, leaning company drill was initiated by, my ahem..big brother bombing manda, coy cmdr of b79." ang galing no?

san makita kuno ini ni Michael Jackson, na-inspire sya na ichoreograph sa dance routine niya sa Smooth Criminal an "leaning move" na ini. kay kitaa baya hu:

This article by Antonio G.M. La ViƱa, JSD, Professorial Lecturer, U.P.
College of Law and Dean, Ateneo School of Government, was originally
published in The U.P Forum, July 2009

“The enemy of the good is the perfect.” This is the adage I will bear in
mind when I enter the voting booth on the 10th of May, 2010. At that
time, I will probably have four or five candidates, possibly more, to
choose from. They are the ones who remain standing, with serious chances
of winning after the longest campaign in Philippine history.

All of the choices will be imperfect: if the country allowed it, one
choice would be a reform candidate - a non-“trapo” local government
official, a Christian preacher, a young councilor or an environmental
and sustainable agriculture activist. If the COMELEC or the Supreme
Court allow it (which I cannot imagine them doing given the clear
prohibition for any reelection under the Constitution), another choice
would be an impeached ex-President. Three or four senators from varying
backgrounds and perhaps a former Congressman turned Secretary of Defense
would complete the spectrum of options.

How will I choose a President in 2010? It is tempting to do this in a
very simple manner: to approach politics, like all things in the
Philippines, as personal. But to say that politics is personal can mean
two things. It can mean on one hand: Sino ang kakilala ko? Who is
closest to me? Who is the one I am most personally connected to? Or it
could mean: Ano ang alam ko sa kandidato? What do I know about a
candidate? I suppose, as a good citizen, I would choose a President
based on what I know about the candidate, rather than my personal
connections to a candidate. But wait, this is the Philippines: what I
know about a person comes not mainly from what she or he has done in her
or his public life but largely from the fact that I know him or her

Take for instance, one of the potential candidates, Defense Secretary
Gilberto Teodoro. I have known Gilbert for more than 20 years as we were
classmates in the UP College of Law. As someone who studied for the bar
exams in the same study group as Gilbert, I know him to be one of 2 or 3
of the most intelligent Filipinos that I have personally known, and I
have studied and worked with and taught thousands from 3-4 generations
in the last 30 years. More significantly, I know him also to be one of
the most patriotic, humble and honest public servants (and I have known
thousands as well), able to make hard choices even against his own
family and class interests. The discipline, professionalism and
leadership he has brought in his work in the Defense Department are good
qualities of a future President for this country. But does the country
have an appetite for a candidate supported by the present
administration? Will Secretary Teodoro be compromised and become
unelectable if he is endorsed by President Macapagal-Arroyo?

I also know Governors Ed Panlilio and Grace Padaca quite well. They
inspire me and many others: I look up to them. Both governors, potential
candidates for 2010, are founders and champions of the Kaya Natin
Movement that aim to espouse genuine change and ethical leadership in
our country. The movement seeks to promote genuine and lasting change in
our government by promoting transparency, social accountability, people
empowerment and electoral reforms. By upholding these values and
principles, Kaya Natin hopes to help make our government and our leaders
more responsive to the needs of the Filipino people and enable it to
deliver basic services to those who need it most in the most efficient
and effective way.

Together with Brother Eddie Villanueva, John Carlos de los Reyes,
Olongapo City Councilor (Ang Kapatiran Party 2010 Presidential
Candidate), and environmentalist Nicky Perlas, Governors Panlilio and
Padaca are considered by many to be non-traditional politicians and
reform candidates. All of these reform candidates will be running on a
bare bones, volunteer-manned campaign fueled by idealism and hope. Their
potential candidacies excite me but it is difficult to imagine any of
their campaigns prospering unless they unite and form a unified front.
Even then, the odds will be daunting.

We should also acknowledge that, given their lack or limited governance
record, the country is also taking a risk with these reformers. I would
have preferred that Governors Panlilio and Padaca finish three terms as
Governors first and that Brother Eddie, Councilor de los Reyes, and
Nicky acquire local executive experience before running for national
executive positions.

The good is of course not monopolized by the reform candidates. To me,
the candidacies of Senators Mar Roxas, Manny Villar, Loren Legarda,
Francis Escudero, Richard Gordon are attractive and merit consideration.

Behind the hoopla of the padyak commercials of Senator Roxas has a solid
record of implementing and legislating economic policies that have
created jobs and have benefited the poor. Senator Roxas, as Trade
Secretary and as Senator, has also been at the forefront of consumer
protections and defending our trade interests in the WTO. For example,
he has taken leadership, in the face of the opposition of the
multinational drug industry, to ensure cheap access to medicines by the
poor. His recent vote for CARPER (extending the agrarian reform law with
reforms) is something I will count in his favor as I make my decision on
who to vote for in 2010. Finally, I like the fact that Senator Roxas is
supported by people I have the highest respect for – from veteran
political and social activists like former Education Secretary Butch
Abad to young and imaginative campaign workers like Rose Romero and
Clare Amador.

Senator Villar also has a solid pro-poor and pro-development record, as
a businessman and a legislator. The passion with which he is conducting
his campaign is also attractive to many. I can personally attest to his
commitment to local development as reflected in the manner with which
Senator Villar supports capacity building of local governments all over
the country. I have met many local government officials who have told me
that find in Senator Villar someone who understands the challenges of
development that their local government units are facing. Finally, to
the extent that political courage and will is an important quality for
me in our future leaders, I will always remember Senator’s Villar’s
actions the night the House of Representatives impeached former
President Joseph Estrada.

Senator Legarda is also a real option for me as I decide who to vote for
in May 2010. Indeed, on substantive issues that I care deeply about,
such as peace in Mindanao and environmental issues, her record is
admirable. Through many years, I have personally seen how she has been a
passionate advocate for sustainable development. Through these years, I
have also been quite impressed with the work ethic of Senator Legarda
who has clearly put at the center of her life a passion to lead the
country to better times.

I do not know Senator Escudero as well as others in the UP College of
Law, not having the opportunity to teach him. But a viable candidacy of
a 40-year old politician who is explicitly appealing to the youth vote
is very tempting to support. The clarity and passion with which he
articulates his positions will serve Senator Escudero well if he is
elected as President.

While I see the positive aspects of the candidacies of Senator Roxas,
Villar, Legarda and Escudero, I am concerned that they do not have local
governance experience. Through the years that I have worked on
governance issues, not just in the Philippine but all over the world, I
have come to believe that the heart of governance, the place where it
matters most, is local governance. My hope is that one day, we will have
a President or a head of government that comes from the ranks of local
government officials. For this reason, I will include Senator Gordon
among the options I will consider, given his record as long time Mayor
of Olongapo. For the same reason, if the candidacies of MMDA Chairman
and former Bayani Fernando and Mayor Jejomar Binay became viable, I will
not necessarily rule them out as I make my choice.

Reflecting on these choices for President, I actually feel good about
what is in store for us in the 2010 Presidential elections. I think we
have a number of good options. Of the candidates I have mentioned in
this article, I could easily vote for any 3 or 4 of them.

So how will I choose a President in 2010 among the three or four that I
like? The Movement for Good Governance developed and the Moral Force
Movement has endorse a criteria that would enable us to select
transformational Leaders. They have also recommended a score card to use
to evaluate the 2010 candidates, for President and other options. It is
this criteria and scorecard that I will use and encourage others to
apply in answering the question - What should we look for in a future

Our future leaders should be transformational leaders who bring about
change in individuals, institutions and the country to build a just,
humane, prosperous and genuinely democratic Philippine society.
Transformational leaders promote the moral values of integrity, social
responsibility, and love of country through their practice of effective,
empowering, and ethical leadership.

An effective leader is competent, decisive and proactive and has the
track record to support this. As Kapitan ng Barko, she/he has the
ability to steer the ship of government, to arrive at the destination of
a prosperous and just society. Sample indicators for effective
leadership are:

  • Does the candidate have a vision of society with a clear,comprehensive and viable platform of government? Does this translate toconsistent and clear positions on key issues (e.g., human rights,agrarian reform, education , etc.”
  • Does the candidate work hard, get things done, and demonstrate political will?
  • Does the candidate have a sound and effective record
  • As a legislator (in terms of number and quality of bills);
  • As an official of the executive department (in terms of effective,innovative and sustainable programs)
  • As a leader of citizen organizations or business enterprises (in termsof effective, innovative and sustainable programs)

An empowering leader is participative/engaging, inspiring, and is
committed to social justice. As a servant leader, a Lingkod ng Bayan,
she/he sets a good example for all to follow and work together.
Indicators include:

  • Does the candidate involve stakeholders in decision-making, and inimplementing and evaluating policies, programs and projects?
  • Does the candidate promote social justice? Addresses basic needs (food, health, education, shelter) and promotes interests of the disadvantaged (women, indigenous people, handicapped, etc.)?
  • Does the candidate inspire unity, trust, and hope in people?
  • Does the candidate prepare others to be leaders to succeed him/her?

Finally, an ethical leader is a Katiwala ng Bayan: God-fearing, has
moral ascendancy and integrity, a clean and honest track record, and has
proven integrity. Inidcators are:

  • Does the candidate demonstrate good moral character (lifestyle); have a circle of associates (allies, backers, party, broad-based volunteers) who are people of integrity and are pro-reform; and transcend self-interest and sacrifice personal/familial/vested interests for the common good (political dynasty, conflict of interest, nepotism)?
  • Does the candidate: advocate and practice meritocracy in government; personally comply with laws (self, family and subordinates); prosecute/punish offenders; potect and promote human rights; and take responsibility for his/her actions?
  • Can the candidate be trusted, based on his/her record and background, to use the national wealth and resources for the common good and to practice transparent use and accounting of public funds?
  • Has the candidate acted to expose injustice and corruption and has this led to prosecution and/or enactment of a law or other concrete actions?

“The enemy of the good is the perfect.” I will remember this principle
when I vote on the 10th of May, 2010. But I will vote with confidence
and optimism. I do so knowing that I will vote not for the least or
lesser evil but for the best among a number of imperfect but good
choices. If many of us do this, if enough of us do this, we will change
the country.

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Special guests from PBA on opening day!!

Gratitude time

here's a nice writeup from Gibbs of B87.


The death itself was a major body blow, but I had no idea the logistics it required would be a burden quite as heavy.

The one thing that sustained me during the first few days, when I had to arrange everything from the casket to the burial ground to the legal paperwork to the funeral mass to getting the rest of my family home, was the support of relatives and friends. Especially friends. I got by with the tremendous, unstinting support of my childhood buddies, those who've stayed behind and built their lives in the province, and who knew my father, were even friends with him.

Specifically, my former seminary classmates, a couple of them priests now, the rest married, who never left my side and took on the extra chores of chasing the required documentation from the hospital to the city hall to the parish office, freeing me to stay by my father's side and receive visitors while I worked the phones frantically to get the rest of the family to surmount the freak floods and rains that repeatedly derailed their travel plans.

continue reading this fine, fine piece of writing over at the B87 blog. lotsa new pix too!...

Our prayers and condolences to the family of Gibbs Cadiz (B87) whose father passed away yesterday - April 27.

Here's an invitation from the Philippine Alliance of Xseminarians

please visit www.pax-interra.com hope you can send delegates to the national convention of ex seminarians this april 25 and 26 at christ the king seminary e. rodriguez ave., quezon city for details call atty. ribo 09193274512

sino saindo tabi an pwede mag-represent san OLPS?

Thanks to Fr. Totoy Alacantara for sharing this.

Vicariate of Sts. Peter and Paul

Cathedral- Fr.Rene Mabute-Rector, Vicar General, Pvs-Fr.Jugene Espeleta, Rev.Noel Espaldon
Fatima- Fr.Gerry Del Prado, Pvs-Fr.Arje Flestado, Rev.Christly Ereno
Guinlajon- Fr.Louie Buenaobra
Bacon- Fr.Douglas Dimaano
Buenavista- Fr.Leo Doloiras

Vicariate of Our Lady of Pilar

Pilar- Fr.Sabino Fulo-EV, PV-Fr.Rowan Gramonte
Donsol- Fr.Jojo Revidad, PV-Fr.Romy Dimaano
Putiao- SOLT Fathers
Cumadcad- Fr.Joel Teruel
Castilla- Fr.Benny Furo

Vicariate of St.Antonio De Padua

Gubat- Msgr.Pax Monje-EV, Pvs-Fr.Vernon Zulueta, Fr.Japee Valdez
Bentuco- Fr.Ninoy Lagarde
Pto.Diaz- Fr.Totoy Alcantara
Barcelona- Fr. Pee-Wee Renovalles
Bulusan- Fr.Edu Fulay, PV-Fr.Boy Quino

Vicariate of St.Michael The Archangel

Irosin- Fr.Entong Benavides-EV, PV-Fr.Ronnie Dollosa, Fr.Odine Areola(Director of Schools)Residence Irosin
Casiguran- Fr.Arwyn Diesta, PV-Rev.Erwin Chavez
Juban- Fr.Treb Futol, PV-Fr.Naph Fumera
Magallanes- Fr.George Fajardo, PV-Fr.Arnel Ayo
Gabao- Fr.Carlos Babasa

Vicariate of Immaculate Conception

Bulan- Fr.Enie Mendina-EV, Pvs-Fr.Lolito Fuentes, Fr.Bert Traballo, Fr.Rowan Rebustillo
Polot- Fr.Dionisio Delota
Butag- Fr.Tony Sardo
Matnog- Fr.Alex Jerus
Sta.Magdalena- Fr.Elmer Hagos


Highschool- OIC Rector- Fr.Totep Erestain
College- Rector- Fr.Jun Elegado, Fr.Rudin Din, Fr.Cyben Vitug
Economus- Fr.Alex Zamora

On Loan Priests to other Diocese

Virginia USA- Fr.Jeff Garcia, Fr.Steve Antes, Fr.Burt Sare, Fr.Henry Diesta, Fr.Egay Cleofe
Kansas(Dodge City)USA- Fr.Jimmy Barrozo

On Vacation Leave

Fr.Elias Escanilla, Fr.Joseph Buising, Fr.Vicboy Dollentas, Fr. Joel Bilan, Fr.Ramil Enteria


EV- Episcopal Vicar
PV- Parochial Vicar

after a rather long hiatus, am reviving the sanosphere -- a digest of the batch blogs.

Batch 97

Congrats to the recently ordained priests from this batch

Rev. Fr. Ronnie Dollosa
Rev. Mr. Erwin Marc Chavez
Rev. Mr. Noel Espaldon

Batch 96

The manila-based batchmates had a reunion last april

Batch 94

Aldin and Joy are the proud parents of Antonio miguel

Batch 93

Dan Grefal got hitched and with him on his wedding day were batchmates Nonon Gutlay, Ian Renovalles, Allen Erestain, Jong Lim, Jack Endaya, Jepoi Chua, Elat Guirindola

Batch 92

Lotsa things happening to this batch. they're hanging out with the great Mr. Ely Buendia

then pa-kape nan wifi sa coffeeshop somewhere

then had a splash at the cam sur waterparks

and had a go at wakeboarding

Batch 89

is conducting a poll on the venue for their 20th Anniversary Reunion

Batch 87

Chicago-based Ojie Lucero came back for a brief visit and his batchmates treated him to a roaring balikbayan party. Lotsa pix at their blog

Batch 86

Yayes shares his thoughts on reaching the big 4-0h. hehe life begins at 40 di ba?

Batch 84

hmm looks like they forgot they had a blog hehehe. i chanced upon art lim on facebook.

Batch 83

The gang had an awesome get together recently i heard and they also did great work in organizing last year's homecoming. lotsa pix on their blog. an duwa na gerry ini.

Batch 82

not much happening to 82 guys i guess. still sano ronny is holding the fort. drop by their blog and give him a shout-out ok? the pix was during the penafrancia celebration.

Batch 81

Sano Chuck is valiantly keeping the blog alive. say hi when u visit ok? some pix unearthed from Sano Dr. Jun Bolonia (i remember his geeky brod dong bolunia - hain na daw)

Batch 80

You remember they donated a bunch of stuff to OLPS Minor last year di ba? Thanks to Mene who's done a great job reconnecting his batchmates and helping OLPS.

Till here mga sano and if you happen to bump or link-up with a Sano. do invite him to visit this tambayan and also if they dont have a blog do your best to convince him to put up one. ok?


OLPS on Facebook

mga sano, just found out na igwa palan facebook page an OLPS. join na kamo

see the fb page here....

The Very Reverend Father Roger Joseph B. Erestain, JCL (OLPS Batch1990-1994) is the new Rector of OLPS Minor. Aside from being the Rector, he serves concurrently as the Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese; a member of the Judicial Board, Seminary Council, and Seminary Board; and the Board secretary of SAPEPAU and GNSFI. He was appointed as OIC Rector of the seminary last Holy Thursday, April 9, 2009. He will assume office at the start of the school year 2009-2010.

Joining him in managing the seminary will be Rev. Mr. Edmon Benzon. Rev. Edmon was ordained to the order of deacons just recently (March 26, 2009). The seminary is still waiting for the return of the persons who went on study leave abroad.

Rev. Fr. Jasper D. Valdez, who was the Prefect of Seminarians for the past 5 years, will be assigned as parochial vicar of the Parish of St. Anthony of Padua in Gubat, Sorsogon.

Congrats Fr.Erestain and we pray and hope that you will bring OLPS Minor to even greater prestige and renown. :-)

The Graduates

big congrats sa mga graduates!!!!

The Candidates for Graduation

These are the candidates for graduation: Asuncion, Cruz, Deniega, Erestain, Esmeria, Grefalda Goboli, Guillermo, Luchavez, Sia, and Tabuena.

apologies for the lack of updates. lotsa work and PLDT is taking a looooooooong time to install DSL in my house. WTF is with PLDT?????

anyways, lets all pray and work towards making 2009 a happy, peaceful and bountiful year for all of us!

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