Manese Grand Reunion 2012

March 9, 2012

mddpho­tog­ra­phy takes its first over­seas assign­ment in the Philip­pines! Last sum­mer, my father reunit­ed with his first cousins after 40 years (can you believe that?!), as these rel­a­tives decid­ed to vis­it Toron­to. This meet­ing was just the tip of the ice­berg. One of these cousins, Cora, had been start­ing a fam­i­ly tree, which appar­ent­ly was a col­lab­o­ra­tion com­menced with my late grand­moth­er. With deter­mi­na­tion to com­plete the tree, she had been dream­ing to reunite oth­er fam­i­ly mem­bers and what a bet­ter loca­tion to do that than in the “Moth­er­land”! With the assis­tance of my father, my god­moth­er (Ver­na) and my own cousin (Lyn­don), Feb­ru­ary 25, 2012 was the tar­get date to rake in as many rel­a­tives as they could muster. With a whop­ping 120 peo­ple in atten­dance, every­one enjoyed their lun­cheon at Lyndon’s restau­rant, Shut­tle Pro (Aray­at, Pam­pan­ga, Philip­pines).

As the fam­i­ly tree shows, my great grand­fa­ther had mar­ried twice. After his first wife passed away, he remar­ried and I am a prod­uct of that sec­ond mar­riage. All those who attend­ed the reunion are a mix­ture of my great-grandfather’s first and sec­ond wives. Unbe­liev­able, eh?

All in all, it was a great trip and to know that more of my fam­i­ly mem­bers are some­where out there, is reas­sur­ing that…I won’t get sold ’cause I don’t speak the lan­guage (Taga­log)…haha!

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Tita (Aunt) Cora stand­ing next to the fam­i­ly tree.
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In the Fil­ipino tra­di­tion, it is cus­tom­ary to “make ‘men’” to any of those who are old­er than you, as a sign of respect. The ges­ture involves tak­ing an individual’s hand and bring­ing it to touch your fore­head.
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Adding the “miss­ing” links.
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What’s a Fil­ipino get-togeth­er with­out food?!
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These are all first cousins.
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Of course, lots of jok­ing around!
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Who wouldn’t cap­ture these moments? Who knows when we’ll see each oth­er again?
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Tita Agnes (cen­tre) must have said some­thing real­ly fun­ny to make Tita Jen­ny (left) crack up!
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Music is always part of a Fil­ipino get-togeth­er. Ron­amie Anne ser­e­nades us acapel­la!
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Can’t for­get to cap­ture the next gen­er­a­tion!
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And yes, this is prac­ti­cal­ly all who attend­ed!
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Video record­ing our oth­er tal­ent­ed cousins, Car­la and Chi, sis­ters singing in har­mo­ny.
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I don’t blame you kids…it was so much fun!
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