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Missing the telenovela of 2007

Tagbilaran, Thursday, 14 June 2007

2007 Conbusac Biennial Convention on July 26-29 in San Francisco


  • Food for the soul: Why do we say “I’m ok” whenever we get hurt? Is 8 bcoz were brave enaf 2 handle d pain? Or is it bcoz it’s our own way of pretending wer fyn even though we r 2taly broken? This text message is from Sandy Betonio, research head of the Community Economic Ventures (CEV).
  • Birthday greetings to June Babies: DTI-Siquijor boss Nimfa Virtucio and Manuel Frederick de Erio, June 1; Engr. Jerome Gabin of DTI-Bohol, June Blanco and Arino Udtohan, June 12. Happy birthday to Sheina Mae Morales who turned two last Thursday. A Disney Princess Party was held at the McDonald’s courtesy of her parents Richard and Jane Morales.
  • Could it be true that a prominent son of a businessman in Bohol (who was out of his shell) has said goodbye to his wife? According to True Very Reliable Source (VRS), the two have “moved” and they are now good friends.
  • Could it be true that a socialite here in Tagbilaran City has pawned her jewelry set to a wife of a high ranking government official? According to the VRS, this socialite is frequently seen in majohngan and is now rumored to have pawned her house and lot to a Boholana who’s married to a foreign national. Is she a kawawang nilalang?
  • Could it be true that a young and fresh politician is engaged with sexy starlet who was frequently seen on a GMA telenovela? According to VRS, the starlet decided to put an end to their “hidden” relationship because she found two things about this politician. Sadly, VRS doesn’t know about these two reasons. Just stay tune!
  • Mark Sepe
    Mark Sepe

    True broken series of Boholanos who are making “wave” in the Big Manila has found Paolo Regor Aboloc (who’s known in the showbiz circle as Paolo Ramirez) who’s being build up by ABS-CBN Talent Center Star Circle. Paolo appeared as a regular cast of the famous teleserye Calla Lilly. He was Mr. Criminology of the University of Bohol before he joined showbiz. Other Boholanos who made it are Mark Sepe, Luther Olorvida and Mayumi Lugod who is this year’s Miss Makati Tourism. Another Boholana Starstruck 1st Princess Rich Asuncion will appear as a regular mainstay of GMA 7’s Impostora directed by another award-winning Boholano director Maryo de los Reyes.

Greetings from the Golden State! These warm greetings are from Mr. Ted Apalisok, the president of the Confederation of Boholanos in the USA and Canada (Conbusac). The 2007 CONBUSAC Biennial Convention on July 26-29 in San Francisco is fast approaching. Updates about the convention can also be viewed at the convention website at

Here’s Mr. Apalisok’s letter for Conbusac members and participants:

As you know, our 2007 Biennial Convention in San Francisco on July 26-29, 2007 at the Holiday Inn-Golden Gateway is fast approaching. In this connection, I wish to inform you of the following changes and/or provisions relative to the convention.

Deadline for Registration has been extended up to June 30, 2007. Late registration will be accepted after the deadline up to July 24, 2007. After that date no more registration will be accepted. Tickets to the Family Night and the Gala Night can be purchased individually after July 24, 2007, if still available.

Registration is required to attend either the Family Night or the Gala Night. Likewise, registration to the convention requires that you attend either the Family Night or the Gala Night.

Please note that all those who registered for the Complete Package are entitled to a $10.00 rebate of their registration with proof of a 3-day, 2-night stay at the Holiday Inn-Golden Gateway Hotel.

Deadline for the Souvenir Program Ads has been extended up to June 30, 2007.

Deadline for the registration to the Miss CONBUSAC Beauty Pageant has been extended up to June 15, 2007.

There are still a few rooms available at the CONBUSAC discounted rate at the Holiday Inn-Golden Gateway. Please note that the same rate will apply for stays of 3 days prior and 3 days after the dates of the convention.

All member organizations are encouraged to make a 5-minute presentation during the Family Night. Please send in the title of your presentation and the names of all the participants for proper acknowledgment during the Family Night.

All member organizations are reminded that in consonance with our Constitution and By-Laws and by a Council of Leaders resolution during its July 24, 2006 Council Meeting at the Ladaga Inn in Dauis, Bohol each member organization is assessed an annual membership fee of $100.00 beginning with fiscal year 2007. Said fee shall be paid to CONBUSAC on or before July 1, 2007. Please mail your check to our Treasurer, Pempe Gonzaga at 5200 Cutter Lane, El Sobrante, CA 94803.

Individual members of fee-paying member organizations, who registers for the Convention shall be deemed entitled to participate and be recognized in all official CONBUSAC business and social functions including, but not limited, to voting and be voted upon during elections.

Please refer to my October 7, 2006 communication to the Council of Leaders expounding, among others, this matter.

Lastly, I wish to remind everyone that our biennial convention is but one of the reasons for CONBUSACs’ existence – and that is to foster camaraderie among Boholanos in the United States and Canada. The other reason is to be able to raise funds and extend assistance to Bohol for the benefit of its people.

I am appealing therefore, for everyone’s participation so that Boholanos not only can savor once more the camaraderie that engulfs each and every one of us but more so contribute towards the more noble purpose of helping the people of Bohol.


With Gov. Erico Aumentado and Vice Gov. Julius Cesar Herrera still in Capitol, Bohol scenario is back to normal.

I have never been a canvassing addict, but the canvassing proceedings had me staying until the wee hours (until 12 midnight to catch it for GMA 7’s News). It’s almost one month that the winners in the May 2007 elections were proclaimed, I’m missing the best telenovela of 2007.

It was, by all intents and purposes a not so lengthy telenovela with an engaging plot (with the petition of erstwhile governor Rene Relampagos who run for congressman in the 3rd district) and compelling performances by everyone involved in the proceedings. Everyday, every night, the story took on a new twist with surprise personalities... without a teleplay writer to connect to each episode the canvassing proceeded like a cliff hanger that kept even the most cynical of all on the edge of our seats.

Now that everything is over, I can look back to it as an extended play TV serial; with performers that deserve to be nominated for honors in the performances categories. The coverage allowed us to take a first-hand look of the board of canvassers, lawyers, watchers, party list representatives, PNP personnel, fashionista, intimidating people, etc, behaving in an extraordinary situation.

No copying, the Provincial Media Affairs Office (PGMA) Quick Count was better than any other quick count bodies.

Lest we forget fast, the canvassing was attended by luminaries and fashionistas! Call it power dressing. Lawyer Aleckoy Lim was a gentleman on his Versace pants with Polo shirt. Her daughter lawyer Alissa Ann was so elegant when she appeared in one of the proceedings! She might be Evan’s angel. Lawyer Eladio Jala was no exemption when True spotted him wearing original Guess pants. Another well-dressed was the newly elected Tagbilaran City councilor Kit Oppus.

These people have professional credibility and potential performance based on the way they look during the canvassing. There’s more. Buying high quality, classically styled clothes can give a person an emotional advantage, a feeling of self-confidence and self- assurance others can also sense. They got more attention – and admiration - when you go beyond the acceptable code and dress for the “position” you ultimately want to get.

Trinidad newly-elected Mayor Judith “BB” Cajes was an instant crowd favorite when she appeared in the canvassing proceedings together with her hubby Cong. Ondoy Cajes.

I would like to mention lawyer Lord Marapao IV for his outstanding performance in the canvassing when he interrupted the proceedings and “shook” the head of the board of canvassers when he filed his petition for his counsel. The canvassing was aborted for almost two hours with his cool and calm disposition, clarity of thought when asking a question….and puzzled lawyer Veronico Petalcorin, the Comelec provincial supervisor.

And who could forget Police Senior Superintendent Edgardo Casiguran Ingking, CSEE, PNP-Bohol provincial director and his men for keeping the peace and security during the elections. I knew Sir Ingking (he was then the Tagbilaran City chief of police) then when we interviewed him for GMA 7’s Jessica Soho Reports.

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Leo P. Udtohan

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