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Message from the President

by Eugene Sicat,CoE `88 President Mapua Alumni Association, Alberta Chapter, 2008-2009

Please help our organization in pursuing its many goals for the betterment and enjoyment of all Mapua alumni in Calgary I personally believe that in number there is strength. And where there is strength and unity, we will have a better opportunity to help a greater number of people, regardless of whether they are Mapua alumni or not. I wish everyone a safe and fun-filled 2008. Cheers, Eugene Sicat

Eight months have passed since I took my oath as president of this organization and we have already accomplished a lot. To name a few: we have raised more funds for our scholarship project; we have had one fun evening with our members (i.e., karaoke and poker night); we have held a successful garage sale in May; and we have formed the committees for the upcoming 2011 MAPUAWORLD to be held here in our city. We also have had our Golf Tournament in July and have scheduled another Golf Fun Game and camping in Kananaskis in August. With these, we have a lot to celebrate. I would like to thank all our members for their support, dedication, and hard work - not to forget our families and friends who are always there when we needed them. Without their understanding and support, we will not be able to accomplish what we have accomplished so far. I hope that we continue working together as a team because we still have a long way to go. We would like to call on all our long-time members whom we have not seen lately. I know you are very busy but our membership will be delighted to see you again in the near future. We would also encourage our new members to, at least, keep in touch with us or attend one of our meetings. It is our club's goal to extend our help in every way we could to everyone who needs help especially to the newcomers who are still adjusting with the Canadian way of life. Through the power of networking, our members are willing and able to extend their helping hands in whatever means they can.

Who Are We?

By Roger Encarnacion, EE `68

We are the Mapua Alumni Association, Alberta Chapter, of Calgary. As an association, our main objective is to foster friendship and good will among our more than 50 registered members. We are also a professional organization whose goal is the betterment of our members' careers. We may not be a charitable entity but we do our best to extend financial assistance to deserving students of the Mapua Institute of Technology. Our association was constituted on April 30, 2001. By banding together, our sense of belonging becomes deeper and stronger. We work hard but we do not forget to have fun. On many occasions, we share our expertise with our members. We offer newcomers to the city, especially Mapuans, the opportunity to hone their engineering and computer skills through our association-sponsored workshops and training sessions. We email job opportunities to our members when they become available at the companies that we work for. We play golf and/or sponsor golf tournaments to raise funds for our scholarship program. We proved that engineers are better bowlers when we won the bowling championship in Calgary in 2005 and again in 2008. We picnic, camp, hike, dance, sing in many karaoke sessions, play poker, and party all night.

We are Mapuans and we will always be proud to be called Mapuans. Mapuans.

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without the benefit of loopholes and questionable exemptions, obeys the law at all times, etc. while a manager may not be everything that he is. In the same token, titles such as Master of Engineering, PhD, MBA, CGA, etc. do not automatically make one a better person than others. That is why a plan by one Calgary organization to honour those Filipinos who have attained advanced degrees and professional designations may be a bit off the mark. It should instead recognize and reward those who have contributed positively and immensely to Calgary's Filipino society regardless of their educational attainment and titles. ______________________________________________________

What We Are Doesn't Determine Who We Are

By Roger Encarnacion, EE'68



It was a chance encounter that I came to meet Peter. Peter had just started at Jacobs Canada, and that morning, as I walked passed his office, I saw him throw a glance at me as if to say, "I am new here. Please stop by, I want to meet with you. Let's have a chat." "Hi." I said. He smiled, sprang up from his chair, and motioned me to come in. "Filipino?" I asked. Sometimes, it is hard to tell apart a Filipino from a Chinese based on facial features alone, and that simple question is the surest way to find out if he is a Filipino. "Yes, I am a Filipino, from southern Philippines," he said, his unmistakable accent revealing his Filipino identity. "What discipline are you in?" he asked. Jacobs is an engineering office and `discipline' is usually associated with an engineering branch such as electrical, mechanical, process, etc. "Electrical," I whispered. "And you?" I countered. His eyes brightened and almost matter-of-factly, he said: "I am the department manager." That threw me back a bit. I was not asking him of his position. He could have simply said, "Accounting" or "Project Control" or "Purchasing" or whatever. A congratulatory "wow" escaped from my lips. Peter's work designation clearly tells me what he is and his importance in the Jacobs organization, but I am not interested in knowing what his position is in the company. It is our common misconception that what we do for a living determines who we are. Since childhood, our society has conditioned us to believe that the higher we are in the hierarchical order of things, be it a profession or an organization, the better person we are. Position title is just a title and it is only a fraction of who we are. In fact, it is not a reliable measure of the kind of person we are, but it does dictate one's importance over the others. A manager is surely more important than a mail clerk in the work place, but the former is not always a better person than the latter. A mail clerk might be a good husband and father who volunteers his time to his community, pays his income tax

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humour to console him for what he is.

Francis Bacon

To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

"We spend all of our time satisfying our physical needs. We eat well, we usually have nice houses to live in. But the most important needs of all are what we need in ourselves ­ a need to be seen, a need to be known, a need to be recognized, a need for achievement, a need to enjoy our world, a need to see the continual wonder of life, a need to be able to see how wonderful it is to be alive..." Leo Buscaglia

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IN THE LIMELIGHT _____________________________________________

Benjamin A. Ang, ME'72

"Recipient" Lions Pride in Community Annual Awards

A goal-oriented person for an excellent result, he equipped himself with the knowledge that is essential to his long- term goal. At Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, he finished AutoCAD I, II & III; whereas at Shoptech Training Centre in Irvine, CA, his certificate on E2 Shop system (Software Training) was obtained. Further, in Calgary, AB, his expertise on Solid Works/CADCAM (solid modeling) got certified by Solid Works Training & Support Centre with flying colors. Solid Industries has been associated with many humanitarian services in different Canadian communities. Funds are shared with non-government agencies that are cause-oriented. On record (not disclosed completely) it has supported the Canadian Cancer Society in 2002. It raised money for the "Head for a Cure" with an amount of $3000.00 for charity. Calamity stricken areas in the USA and Asia got their fair share too. Solid Industries listens to the cry of the poor, giving assistance to the Housing projects for the deserving in the Philippines through Alberta Coastal Protection Foundation. Scholarship grant to indigent students has become part of their philanthropic deeds regardless of race, creed and culture. Ben's heart has a soft spot for the underprivileged with determination. He is keen to one who struggles for survival. Coming to the rescue, as a link between poverty and progress is a self-rewarding gesture from his standpoint. His priority may be his company but of equal importance is the life of the people that he cares for, as signified by his actions to help the deserving. To many charitable agencies and recipients of his gifts of generosity, his quiet nature strikes them all through the heart. His noble act conveys a message of what the world needs, an act of mercy with no conditions and rewards... Wildrose Lions sees him through the spectrum. Indeed, it is about time to promote such a man of virtues and character.

by The Calgary Wildrose Lions Club


Solid Industries' "machining production shapes worker's destiny..." "Industry is the mother of wealth..." has become Ben's guiding principle in life

______________________________________________ Of humble origin, his work contracts started on a piecework basis eighteen years ago. It was not the time that flies fast, but the sound of Solid Industries' machines that were zooming faster than one could imagine, in terms of results. From ownership to a worker's status, his business expanded with 12 workers from different parts of the world. His stature as the multi-million dollar President of Solid Industries to date did not change his attitude towards work and workers. It has always been evident that if work calls for a round the clock overtime, no machine will turn mute. His workers highly respect and emulate his work ethics, a living example to people that have come to know Ben. He attributes his success to his family, with his loving wife Lourdes being the strongest factor, acting as the company Manager. An administrator with professionalism, her task covers accounting, human resources and customer care par excellence. Distinct support is likewise drawn from their children namely Maria, Marylee and Leila Marie. A Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering graduate from the Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines, he got an academic upgrade at the Alberta Advanced Education & Manpower. He became a certified Journeyman Machinist in 1982.

Ben and Lou with Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and friends during the award ceremony

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By Josie Cuisia, CHE '59

(Editor's Note: Josie Cuisia is the founder of the MAPUAWORLD)

The IAMAO executives envision a MAPUAWORLD that will give a perfect opportunity for the alumni to reflect on past achievements, showcase present accomplishments, and meet the challenges of the future. Three different alumni groups from different parts of the world had hosted MAPUAWORLD events. Each may have different objectives as a group. But one thing is sure: they are all proud to be Mapuans and all strive to uphold the prestige and integrity that their Alma Mater has maintained. _________________________________________________

UPDATE. After the MAPUAWORLD 2004 in Vancouver, BC, the MAPUAWORLD 2007 was held in Manila, Philippines. The theme of the event was "Engineering the World, Engineering the Future". The next MAPUAWORD reunion will be held in Houston, Texas on March 12 ­ 15, 2009. As before, a huge delegation of Mapua alumni from Calgary will grace this celebration The Mapua Alumni Association, Alberta Chapter, is slated to host the MAPUAWORLD 2011 in Calgary, Alberta in July 2011 to coincide with the Calgary Stampede festivities. Preparations are already underway to make sure that this reunion measures up with, if not surpasses, the successes of previous MAPUAWORLD gatherings.

___________________________________________ During its monthly meeting on February 27, 1999, The International Association of Mapua Alumni, Ontario (IAMAO), conceived the idea of an international grand reunion to welcome the new millennium. After considering a few phrases to name the event, it adopted "MAPUAWORLD 2000" ­ a gathering of Mapuans coming from all over the world, in the year 2000. It would be a celebration and networking event for all attending Mapuans. The goal of the event was to provide an opportunity to build closer and beneficial relationships with other Mapua alumni groups around the world. MAPUAWORLD 2000 was held on August 4 - 6, 2000 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The objective was "to promote camaraderie among Mapuans around the world in the year 2000 and beyond". The slogan then became "MAPUAWORLD 2000: Bringing Professional Fellowship to Greater Heights". When IAMAO Executives expressed their wish to see the MAPUAWORLD 2000 banner to go around the globe, Southern California Mapua Alumni (SCMA) took the challenge to host the next gathering. At the conclusion of the 3-day event, the MAPUAWORLD Commission was formed to serve as the governing body to help select future sites and support future events. SCMA hosted MAPUAWORLD 2002. The theme of the gathering was "I Am Proud to be Mapuans". MAPUAWORLD 2004 was hosted by NAMA British Columbia (NAMABC) on July 30 ­ August 1, 2004. The theme of the event was "Unity and Fellowship among Mapuans".Through all these gatherings, attendees were able to meet long time friends and classmates, and rekindle friendship in days of fun, sports, and festivities.Being held in different parts of the world, attendance to any MAPUAWORLD event gives the attendees the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty, charm, and warm hospitality of the backdrop to the reunion ­ the country of the host organization.

NAMA Calgary Delegates at MapuaWorld2002 at Long Beach California

Question and Answer Portion: Q. Did you hear about the new 5 million dollars Canada Lottery?

A: The winner gets 5 dollars a year for a million years.

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By Eugene Sicat, CoE'88

MAPUAWORLD 2004 Vancouver, Canada

There are just 205 days left as of August 15, 2008 before the MapuaWorld 2009 comes to pass in Houston, Texas. I feel the excitement as the date approaches because once again we will be able to meet and mingle with our counterparts from all over the world who share the same objectives and ideals as we do. We will have the chance to exchange ideas on how we can make our association better. Furthermore, we will be able to share our experiences with them and hope that somehow the window of opportunity will open to enable us to help each other on our common endeavors. And of course, the fun of traveling with our officers and members is always something to look forward to. Imagine going in an excursion with our loved ones and friends and seeing what Houston, Texas has to offer! Aside from the promotion that we will need to do in Houston for the MapuaWorld 2011 which Calgary is hosting in July 2011, we will also showcase in there our dancing and singing talents for the world to see. From what I heard, our presentation coordinator is planning to prepare us for a quick-step performance although there is a strong clamor for the repeat performance of our Dancing Queens from last year's Halloween Party. After the reunion, the Calgary delegation is planning a cruise to serve as the exclamation point for this exciting vacation. As of this writing, some Calgary Mapua alumni who are definitely attending the reunion have already started booking for a 7-day cruise in the western Caribbean. So, come on down and have yourselves counted for this once in a lifetime opportunity of fun and fellowship among our coalumni and friends from all over the globe. I assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Get-together and dinner with the Mapua concert singers at Dampa Restaurant, 2007. Calgary Mapua alumni shown are: Robert Gutierrez, Ben Ang, Roger Encarnacion, and Ed Juan. Vacation at El Nido, Palawan, 2007. Shown are the Calgary Mapua alumni with their families: Ed Juan, Roger Encarnacion, Ben Ang, Danny Eustaquio, Robert Gutierrez, Pepe Abesamis, and Joe Bungay (guest).

Mapuaworld 2007 Gala Night at Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel. From L to R: Roger Encarnacion, Jeff Miranda, Danny Eustaquio, Ben Ang, Lou Ang, Mrs. Vea, Dr. Vea, Pepe Abesamis, Robert Gutierrez, Eugene Sicat, and Ed Juan.

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Mediterranean Cruise

by Bert Perez, EE'73

each day. However, mention the words "shopping" and "gelato" and the energy of the group will mysteriously come back. Bert and Florence Perez and Art and Evelyn Molina arrived at Civitavecchia in the morning of the embarkation day. On the first day, the group met at the Lido deck of the Grand Princess and the real fun began. With live music blaring in the air, Adelfa, Florence, and Evelyn could be seen on closed circuit television dancing with lots of gusto and energy, as the rest of the group watched them from a distance as they sipped a cold mix of rye and soda. The Grand Princess looks majestic in the picture but it is more majestic at close range. It can accommodate a maximum of 2600 passengers plus a crew of 1200. We were surprised to find out that 70% of the crew were Filipinos. Our cruise itinerary includes Monte Carlo (known for James Bond's Casino Royale and Princess Grace Kelly's palace); Florence/Pisa(famous for the leaning tower of Pisa); Naples; Isle of Capri; Santorini, Kusadasi (Turkey) (where we visited Solmissos Mountains, the final resting place of Virgin Mary); Mykonos; Katakolon; Livorno; Athens (the birthplace of the Olympics); Corfu; and Venice ­ our disembarkation point. There was group dancing, drinking, and lively music during our first day of sailing. Every evening, this partylike atmosphere would come back again, and the majority of the Mapua alumni cruisers would let their hair down and danced the night away. We enjoyed shore excursions on every port we visited. Sometimes we were all together and sometimes we separated to explore different shore excursions. Some, especially the women, would go shopping rather than visit the ruins. We exchanged jokes and stories regarding our adventures and misadventures of the day at the dining table. We were a bunch of lively people who consciously or unconsciously forgot all our worries back home. It was nice to be on a trip like this to free the mind and soul from the burden of work and personal responsibilities. One of the unforgettable highlights of this cruise was the umpteenth birthday celebration of Roger and Florence - the May people ­ amid the boisterous Happy Birthday chorus from the group. In addition, Maurice and Adelfa, the lovely couple in their formal evening attire, celebrated their wedding anniversary with a kiss and an announcement from Theodore, our headwaiter, with his predictable: "My recommendation for tonight is..." (referring to the dinner menu). (Continued on page 11)

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It started from a casual conversation one summer afternoon as the Mapua alumni were having a picnic at Glenmore Park. Robert Gutierrez, Dom Tolentino, and Roger Encarnacion were thinking of going to some places in Europe but did not know exactly where. Then, during the 2007 Stampede Party celebration hosted by Ben Ang at his Solid Industries premises, something concrete had crystallized. Their better halves started to get involved in the planning, and voila, the idea of a Mediterranean cruise was born. By this time, Danny Eustaquio, Pepe Abesamis, and Bert Perez had expressed interest in joining the group. Dom graciously offered his residence for a group meeting to work out the details of the cruise. It was also decided that a cruise vacation planner be invited for advice. Danny's circle of friends includes Maurice and Adelfa Missiaen who upon learning that a Mediterranean cruise was in the works readily expressed an interest to join. Soon, Ryan Gutierrez (Robert's son) and Kathy Pangilinan (Ryan's girlfriend) would add their names to the growing list of would be cruisers. A couple of months before the cruise date, Bert advised the group that Art and Evelyn Molina were also interested in joining. The Mediterranean cruise was a lot of fun and it was worth every penny (or euro for that matter). Everyone agreed that it was a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of our daily routine. The mind and body needed a break, and cruising and seeing other places are the surest way to unwind and to restore our depleted energy back. Our port of call was in Civitavecchia, about 45 minutes drive by bus from Rome, Italy. Seven of the nine couples decided to fly to Rome five days before the cruise to visit the Vatican (specifically St. Peter's Square, the Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, etc.), the Coliseum, Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Spanish steps, etc. and to explore the city as a whole. There was lots of walking involved and everybody experienced sore feet and exhaustion at the end of

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by Dom Tolentino, EE'75



Compiled by Ed Juan, ME'72

The main advantage that I can see for a person who is fit is that he can perform ordinary physical task with ease. Also, the likelihood of a fit person getting ill is less than one who is unfit. Sadly, most people are not putting an effort to bring about real change around their health, not until crisis develops. It is important for us to keep fit so that we are not burdened by weakness and disease. So why is it so darn hard to get in gear? I think we need to start with a clearer understanding of what is really at stake. I am not referring to catastrophic events like cancer, heart attacks, or obesity. It's obvious I want to avoid those. I am just saying that a fit person is less likely to succumb easily to disease. Before you disconnect, hear me out. Every day, our life is channelled through the vehicle that carries our brain around, the flavours of the foods we eat, the fatigue of too busy a life; even our emotions are transformed into physiological responses. Sometimes we think the greater intelligence is in our body and not in our brain. We have trained ourselves to push through by developing "mental toughness". We ignore the message our body sends us. We silence it with substance and tell it to wait until things slow down. In the meantime, our ignorance has given a foothold to disease and after years of neglect the physical system finally breaks. The point I am trying to make is that physical fitness, good nutrition, and adequate rest are much more important than simply physical appearance. I encourage you to give some renewed consideration to your physical health, seek out a fitness professional you trust and, together, create a plan that really works. Nobody likes to be weak and ill, for life is much more pleasurable when one is fit!

Check your dominant eye

Right eye dominance causes open stance Not only that you are either left handed or right handed, you also have a dominant eye. There's no evidence that left eyed dominant golfers are better than right eyed dominant golfers or vice versa. However, there is evidence that a right eyed dominant golfer can cause him to unknowingly set up in an open stance which leads to many problems.

How to check your dominant eye Do not assume that right handed golfer is right eyed dominant or vice versa. Many people are cross eyed dominant. To determine which category you belong to, open both your eyes while holding your right arm straight out in front of you with thumb pointing up. Line up the thumb with the distant object and close your left eye. If the object moves, you are left eye dominant, otherwise, you are right eye dominant.

Open alignment caused by right eye dominant As you look at the target, your head instinctively swivels to the left so you can better see the target with your dominant right eye. Tilting and turning your head can cause your stance to open, especially if you do it while waggling your club, which can result in bad shots, particularly fades and slices. To avoid the problem, pick out an intermediate point on the target line a few feet ahead of the ball as you set up. Now, instead of turning your head to see the target from quite a distance away, you will only turn your head close enough to see your intermediate reference point. Align your body perpendicular to the line formed between the ball and this intermediate point to maintain a square set up.

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Moments to Remember

Compiled by Marybeth Miranda, CE '84

Rhumba Dancers ­ Alumni and Spouses

Ben and Lou at Halloween 2007

Winner RunnerUp Best Costume 2007

Golf Tournament 2006 Guests in Costume at Halloween Party 2007

MEMBERS at Induction Night at Greenwood Inn2007


Annual Picnic at Pine Lake 2006

Garage Sale Fundraising in Spring 2007

NAMA Regular meeting at Solid Industries' Office

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Hiking Picnic at Pine Lake Dancing Queens 2007


Johnston Canyon Hike

Kids Best Costume Winner 2007

Mapua Cardinals Team Professor Ed Juan in Action

Mighty MIT Team

Picnic At Sundance


Stampede Party by Solid Industries

Sundance Picnic 2007

Alumni at Lou's Birthday 2007

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(Author ­ Anonymous)

Compiled by Ben Ang, ME'72 Old Age, I decided, is a gift. I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body: the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don't agonize over those things for long. I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, and my loving family for less grey hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that 52" plasma TV. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging. Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 2 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60's & 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will. I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old. I know I am sometimes forgetful. But then again, some chapters in life may just as well be forgotten. And I will eventually remember the important things.

"If man is what he is, self-deception is forever impossible and candour ceases to be his ideal and becomes instead his being. But is man what he is? And more generally, how can he be what he is when he exists as consciousness of being? If candour or sincerity is a universal value, it is evident that the maxim "One must be what one is" does not serve uniquely as a regulating principle for judgements and concepts by which I express what I am. It posits not merely an ideal of knowing but an ideal of being; it proposes for us an absolute equivalence of being with itself as a prototype of being. In this sense it is necessary that we make ourselves what we are. But what are we then if we have the constant obligation to make ourselves what we are, if our mode of being is having the obligation to be what we are?"

Jean Paul Sartre ­ Patterns of Self Deception

"To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false; while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true."


"When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it, is knowledge."


Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or when a dear friend has been diagnosed with a terminal illness? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect. I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning grey, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. (Continued on page 11)

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Old Age ... (Continued from page 10)

I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day, if I feel like it. I shall dance as if nobody is watching, sing as if nobody is listening, and live as if it is the last day of my life!




by Jiggs Bascon, CE'80

MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE... (Continued from page 9)

We enjoyed the amenities on the cruise ship such as the gym, spa, swimming pool, mini golf, table tennis (ping-pong), casino, dance classes, disco, variety shows, live bands, movie theatre, etc. Towards the end of the cruise, the group's energy was almost all drained out. The shore excursions, the workouts at the gym, the late night parties, and the lack of rest and sleep took their toll on everybody. However, everyone seemed not to mind at all. "Shopping" was such a powerful medicine and motivator that everybody was fresh and raring to go again the next morning. On the last leg of our vacation, we stayed for 3 days and 2 nights in the bewitching city of Venice. We did not know until then that Venice was sitting on top of hundreds of thousands of wooden piles amid a huge lagoon. One would imagine the wooden piles would rot after many centuries, but they did not. Instead, they transformed into a rock-like composition. In Venice, we visited the famous Rialto Bridge and St. Mark Square, navigated the Grand Canal by motorboat (unfortunately, we did not have a chance to ride the gondola), and did endless window shopping. The camaraderie and good chemistry within the group made this trip a very memorable and pleasant experience. It is not surprising that there are already plans in place to go on another cruise in another part of the world next year.

Joey Hosmillo was born in Lipa, Batangas on December 4, 1986. His parents are Rolando and Clarita Hosmillo who both work at the Lipa National High School cafeteria. His father is from Balibago, Batangas and his mother is from Lipa. Joey was raised in Lipa City. Joey attended elementary school at Mabini Academy from 1994 to 2000 and graduated in the top 10% of his class. He enrolled at Lipa City National Science High School and graduated Valedictorian in 2004. During his high school years, Joey had garnered the following achievement awards: PGMA Leadership and Excellence award; President of Supreme Government Organization School and Division Level; and 3rd place in DOST Investigatory Project. Joey is currently in his 4th year (4th term) at the Mapua Institute of Technology, pursuing Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) - majoring in Microelectronics. He is also taking units in post graduate studies in the same field. His current grade point average is 1.71 and he is in the top 10% of his class. The Mapua Alumni Association here in Calgary is proud of his accomplishments and wishes him well in all his future endeavors.

Nine couples consisting of the Mapua alumni families and friends pose for a photo-shoot during the last day of their 12-day Eastern Mediterranean cruise aboard the Grand Princess which started in Rome and ended in Venice. The group arrived in Rome on April 29 and stayed there for 4 days and 3 nights before departing for their first port of call, Monte Carlo. At the end of their cruise, they stayed in Venice for 3 days and 2 nights, visiting the Rialto and the Grand Canal. Participants include Kathy Pangilinan & Ryan Gutierrez, Dhee & Danny Eustaquio, Linda & Roger Encarnacion, Melly & Pepe Abesamis, Josie & Dom Tolentino, Florence & Bert Perez, Malou & Robert Gutierrez, Evelyn & Art Molina, and Adelfa & Maurice Missiaen



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What follows is a mock commencement address (written by Mary Schmich, but widely attributed to Kurt Vonnegut) to the graduates of MIT in 1998. Its hilarity is only exceeded by its wisdom, insight, beauty and inspiration.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young. Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft. Travel. Accept certain inalienable truths: Price will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders. Respect your elders.


"Ladies and gentlemen of the Class '98:

Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now. Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine. Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing everyday that scares you. Sing. Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours. Floss. Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long. Remember the compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements. Stretch. Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year olds I know still don't. Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone. Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's. Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own. Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room. Read the directions, even if you don't follow them. Bayanihan is a popular Filipino term for cooperation, for helping each other out to accomplish a common goal. It also implies volunteerism, leadership and charity. Bayanihan comes from the root word `bayani', which means `a hero'. To be considered a hero, one must know how to lead, to make some kind of personal sacrifices - even if it may mean putting one's health and life at stake. Thus, bayanihan is an act of offering oneself to those who need help without hesitation and without any expectations of a reward. Whenever we hear the word `bayanihan', we always think of a nipa hut being carried on the shoulders of many Filipino volunteers. It is our unique way of expressing our cooperative spirit and our sense of unity. In lifting the nipa hut, it is essential that all efforts are synchronized, like a push from a single hand, or the nipa hut will never leave the ground. Take away some of the shoulders that carry that hut, and the hut will most likely tip over. The same logic applies in an organization. If only a few members carry the burden of responsibilities to sustain its existence and viability, the organization will suffer. Also, it is unfair to those who remain on their spot to diligently carry on their duties while the rest quietly perform a disappearing act to let the `nipa hut' fall on the shoulders of a few hardy souls.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out. Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85. Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than its worth. But trust me on the sunscreen."


by R. Encarnacion, EE `68

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by R. Patrick Encarnacion


compiled by Danny Eustaquio, ME `72

Life is like a road, A long journey From one end To wherever I am bound; Starting at a green light, I begin my trip, Noticing I constantly climb hills, And seldom do I coast down. Often I change my speed, Going faster at points, Slowing down at others; Along the way I recognize many signs, Following only some And ignoring the rest. Then I spot the yellow lights; They warn me of the danger, Caution me of the pain And of the dreadful moment When the lights turn red; That is when my journey is over, That is when the road ends.

Laugh and the whole world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone. With this in mind, we have reproduced here a collection of jokes which, we hope, will lighten up your mood. Did you know that kids laugh about 400 times a day, compared with only 15 for adults? Laughing is the best medicine; it is the antidote of sorrow. According to Tammy Robertson, a consultant on stress management, "laughing improves your mood; strengthens the immune response; decreases stress by lowering blood pressure; gives the diaphragm a good workout; relaxes tight muscles; and improves circulation by opening up blood vessels". We hope the above is enough encouragement to persuade you to read on.


by R. Patrick Encarnacion

A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor's office. After the checkup, the doctor took the wife aside and told her, "If you don't do the following, your husband will lose his will to live and surely die." 1. "Each morning, fix him a healthy breakfast and send him off to work in a good mood." 2. "At lunch time, make him a warm nutritious meal and put him in a good frame of mind before he goes back to work." 3. "For dinner, fix especially nice meals selected from his favorite food, and don't burden him with household chores or problems." 4. "Make love with him several times a week and satisfy his every sexual whim." On the way home, the husband asked his wife what the doctor had said. "You are going to die," she replied. ******

A man went to the fire department and reported that his motherin-law was missing. The fire chief, thinking that the man has been misinformed, advised him that he came to the wrong place and should have gone to the police department. "Not really," said the man, "the last time I did that, the police found my mother-in-law." ****** Nararamdaman na ng isang Pilipinong maysakit na nakaratay sa Foothills Hospital ang kalawit ni kamatayan. Naroon ang apat niyang anak - tatlong babae at isang lalaking may pitong taong gulang. Kinabig niya ang kanyang asawa at nagsabi ng ganito: "Magtapat ka na sa akin, darling... Ibig kong malaman ang katotohanan bago ako sumakabilang-buhay. Si Junior... siya ba'y akin talaga?" "Walang duda, Mahal, siya'y talagang iyo. Isinusumpa ko..." At sa kahuli-hulihang pagkakataon ay nagpikit na ng mga mata ang lalaking may ngiti sa labi. Napangiti ang babae, sabay bulong: "Salamat sa Diyos, at hindi niya itinanong ang tungkol sa tatlo ko pang anak!"

Sitting alone on the beach, Just at the break of dawn; I gather my thoughts And listen to Nature's sounds: The seagulls' call, The roar of the waves, The hiss of restless leaves; What a peaceful world it is!

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complaints that the knees wore out of regular pants, he used tent canvas. The fabric was ordered from Nimes, France (de Nimes, or denims). An old miner named Alkali Ike complained that the pockets ripped off too easily when he stuffed his pockets with heavy tools. As a joke, Ike's pants were taken to a blacksmith and the pockets put back on with rivets. The idea worked so well that Strauss soon put them on all the jeans. During World War II, there was a strong effort to find a substitute for hard to obtain rubber. James Wright, a chemical engineer, mixed silicone oil and boric acid to discover a gooey polymer, but it was not firm enough for rubber ­ it only bounced on the counter. With high hopes of turning it into something productive, General Electric sent samples of the substance around the world, but the scientists could not create an application for this "bouncy putty" as it was called. Corning Glass received a patent for a similar substance which eventually made its way into the hands of Peter Hodgeson. He borrowed $147 to purchase a batch of what he now called "silly putty" and sold it in plastic eggs. Sales went from a hundred eggs sold a day to hundreds of thousands! Girls and boys used it as a bouncing toy. It is also used to strengthen the hands in physical therapy and make casts of gorilla feet. There you have it, all great stories of imagineering at work. We all have a large reservoir of innovation and creativity that we can tap into. Creative abilities are the oil wells of our minds. We know there's a lot there, but getting it to the surface and transforming it into something useful is the problem. By the way this has been an ongoing challenge for the oil sands industry over the years. Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) an enhanced oil recovery technology for heavy crude oil and bitumen, has allowed more access to the deep oil sand reserves in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The gravity drainage idea was originally conceived by Dr. Roger Butler, an engineer for Imperial Oil around 1969. But it wasn't until 1980 when the first pilot plant was built to prove this technology.

We live in a time where creativity, innovation and imagination are essential to business success. Putting imagination at the center of business can lead to remarkable transformations. Where would computing be today if Andy Grove (Intel), Steve Jobs (Apple) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) didn't act on their sense of possibility?

imagineering is a coined word adopted by the Aluminum Company of America which means "let your imagination soar and then engineer it down to earth."

Since the discovery of his notebooks two centuries ago, Leonardo da Vinci has been an icon for imagination and creativity. This genius in painting, drawing, sculpture, military design, invention, scientific speculation, mapmaking, architectural design, human anatomy ­ the list goes on ­ is now legendary. Here are a few more examples of imagineering at work. In 1974, Roland Morenoin was a young inventor who was trying to keep his new electronics business in operation, but he was flat broke. He decided to make the best of this situation with no money and developed a credit card with a chip in it to keep a record of total funds and expenses ­ the smart card! His ideas have been applied to ATMs, phone cards and even highway toll booths. He doesn't have to worry about cash flow problems anymore. A Swiss engineer, Georges de Mestral, was trying to discover a better fastener for clothes. After walking in the woods one day, he noticed burrs sticking to his clothing. Using a magnifying glass, he found that tiny barbs on the plant were hooked into the threads of his fabric. After eight years of experimenting, he designed two pieces of fabric: one with tiny hooks, the other with tiny loops, that would adhere when touched but could be ripped apart. Velcro was patented in 1957. Oscar Levi Strauss saw the need for tough pants in the gold rush era of 1849 California. To respond to the miner's

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Maikling Kwento ni

R. Encarnacion, EE `68

Ang maikling text message na tinanggap ni Nick mula sa mabait na maybahay ng kanyang kababata't matalik na kaibigang si Ed ay nakapagpayanig sa kanya. Diyata't si Ed, ang makisig, matamis ang dila, at maambisyong si Ed ay sumakabilang-buhay na. Parang kailan lamang ay nasa kanilang bahay si Ed, sa kaarawan ng kanyang anak, at masiglang nakikipagkuwentuhan sa kanya at sa kanyang mga kabarkada. Pinupuri nila si Ed. Si Ed raw ay isang magandang halimbawa ng taong nagtagumpay sapagkat maabilidad, na gayong hindi man lang nakatuntong ng unibersidad ay siya pang pinakamaasenso sa kanilang magkakaharap. Paano'y ginagamit daw ni Ed ang kanyang utak. Paano'y marunong daw makipagsugal si Ed sa dumarating na katok ng pagkakataon. Samantalang sila, silang mga nagsunog ng kilay ng apat na taon sa unibersidad ay walang pagbabago: isang kahig isang tuka pa rin, lagi pa ring kinakapos tuwing katapusan ng buwan. Paano'y nagkakasya na lamang daw sila sa pagiging karaniwang kawani, at kung may ambisyon mang umangat-angat sa buhay ay naduduwag namang makipagsapalaran sa mga inihahaing pagsubok ng tadhana. Natatandaan pa ni Nick ang gabing naging panauhin nila si Ed. Nagsisimula nang maging maingay noon ni Ed palibhasa'y unti-unti nang tinatablan ng alak. Sa mga ganoong pagkakataon lumalabas ang pambihirang kataasan ng diwa ni Ed, katangiang lihim na hinahangaan ng mga magkakaumpok. Pinag-uusapan nila ang iba't ibang mukha ng pagtatagumpay. "Ano na ba ngayon ang inyong batayan sa pag-uuri at pagkilala sa tinatawag na status symbol?" Napapalakas na ang tinig ni Ed at pakumpas-kumpas pa ang kamay. Tahimik lamang na nakamata ang lahat. Ang tanawing iyon ay nakapagpapaalaala kay Nick ng tanawin sa loob ng simbahan habang ang pare ay nagsesermon at ang kanyang mga alagad ay taimtim na nakikinig. At si Ed ang pare sa tanawing iyon. Tinungga muna ni Ed ang natitirang alak sa kanyang baso saka nagpatuloy. "Ang status symbol ba ay ang pagkakaroon ng mataas na katungkulan sa kumpanya? Ang makapag-impok ng maraming pera sa

bangko? Ang mag-angkin ng maraming stocks sa negosyo?" Walang umiimik. "Kung iyan ang tinatawag ninyong status symbol ay napag-iiwanan kayo ng panahon. Sapagkat sa akin ang status symbol ay pagtatamasa ng mga bagay na nakikita't nadarama, mga bagay na nararanasan ng puso, hindi yaong mga nakatago at pinakikinabangan ng iba, at hindi rin mga pangyayaring hindi pa nagaganap. Ang status symbol ay isang antas ng buhay na kumakatawan sa kaganapan ng mithiing magangkin ng higit sa karaniwang pangangailangan ng tao tulad ng pag-aari ng malaki't magandang bahay, ng pagkakaroon ng mamahaling kotse, ng sunod sa usong mga damit, at ng kakayahang magliwaliw sa mga tanyag na pook-pasyalan. Sa maikling salita, ang status symbol ay ang kasaganaan at karangyaang nararanasan ngayon, hindi ang kasaganaan at karangyaang mararanasan bukas." Nagkakatinginan lamang ang mga kausap ni Ed. Walang ibig sumalag kay Ed. Hindi na maabot ng alaala ni Nick ang marami pang natatanging kislap ng diwang namumutawi sa labi ni Ed na kinasisinagan niya ng gintong butil ng kaisipan. Mga pilosopya ng buhay na mataman niyang nililimi sa kanyang sarili sapagkat umaantig sa kanyang isip at kamalayan. Ngunit sa kabila ng katotohanang napaiilalim siya sa mga pambihirang kaisipan ni Ed ay hindi niya matanggap sa sariling yakapin sa kabuuan ang bawat nilalaman ng kaisipang iyon, hindi sapagkat salat iyon sa mayamang katas ng katwiran, kungdi sapagkat hindi niya magawang isuko at ipailalim ang sarili sa isang nilikhang hindi man lang nakatungtong ng unang baytang ng unibersidad. Ngunit ngayong matanggap niya ang mensahe na nagsasabing sumakabilang-buhay na si Ed ay saka pa lamang unti-unting lumilinaw at tumitining ang katotohanang nakapaloob sa mga paniwalang narinig niya kay Ed noon: ang kaigsian ng buhay, ang walang katiyakang patutunguhan ng bawat pagpupunyagi ng tao, ang kahalagahang mabuhay sa ngayon sapagkat walang nakaaalam kung kailan darating ang bukas. ______________________________________________

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Very Important Announcement!!!



Eugene Sicat Dom Tolentino Jeff Miranda Marybeth Miranda Joe Anne Nisperos Reggie Villarama Herminio Roldan Danny Eustaquio Roger Encarnacion Espie Forbes Effie Tejada Sid Llovia Ireneo de Leon Ritz Landeta Bert Perez Jose Abesamis Benjamin Ang Julius Bascon

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Dear Sponsors/Patrons,

The Pioneers Club of Calgary will be hosting a dinner-dance party on October 4, 2008, Saturday, at the Carriage House Inn (Macleod Trail South) the proceeds of which will be used for the advancement of Filipino youth and culture in our city. This year, portions of the funds that will be raised will go towards the scholarship program that extends financial help to some deserving students in the Philippines. The Mapua Alumni Association of Calgary is the primary sponsor of this scholarship program. In addition, the Philippine Cultural Centre Foundation will also benefit from this undertaking. To augment the funds that we will raise from the dinner-dance, we are publishing a magazine which will feature articles, short stories, essays, etc. by our aspiring writers. We invite you to participate in our fund raising campaign by purchasing an ad space in our Souvenir Program. The costs of the advertising spaces in our magazine are shown below. 1/4 page 1/2 page 1 whole (inside page) Inside front cover Inside back cover Back cover $30.00 $60.00 $100.00 $150.00 $150.00 $200.00


Your membership fee is due ($10 a year or a 1-time fee of $50-lifetime) If you are a MAPUAN living in Calgary and you want to join us, or you are a previous member who wants to be re-activated, please visit our website at and fill in a membership application. Otherwise, please approach or call one of our officers for assistance.

Please phone the contact person named below should you have any questions regarding the ad details, size, format, content, etc. The deadline for submitting your ad is August 31, 2008. Thank you and best regards,

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