Tuesday, July 8, 2008

July 4th Cookout

July 4th, a (US) holiday went really well for some of your batch mates from Maryland and the Garden State (NJ). A small gathering, but I’d say “ Hail to the Chef!”

Manoling Rivera (Baluyot) and bride, Debbie, went out of their way to host a small party at their residence in Brooklyn Park, Maryland in celebration of the July 4th holiday weekend. Annie and I (driver) came first, followed by Larps. Unfortunately Pres. Mike Cruz could not make it due to work commitments. I called it a small gathering but with big results. Manny’s culinary expertise can’t be overlooked. The menu consisted of lumpia, pancit, barbecue chicken on the stick, and marinated (beef) steak, grilled to order, if I may add. It was quite a task, even with his wife helping out. You would think Manny and Debbie were feeding a lot of people. But that was it, all five of us! Of course, Manny’s mother-in-law and Debbie’s son came much later. Annie brought ukoy, with a pint of apple cider vinegar laced with mashed fresh garlic. Debbie and her mom, loved the ukoy. They called it vegetable fritter with shrimp! And for dessert she made sapin-sapin. There goes the diet plan. We all talked about the mini-reunion in San Diego, and how it went well. Manny planned to be at the 2010 reunion. He said he’s getting his karaoke ways revived, and looking forward to challenge Azon for the singing marathon. Or something to that effect. But the jokes and stories kept rolling almost non-stop. Thanks again, Debbie and Manny for the scrumptious meal, your hospitality and the loads of laughter. We really have a great 4th of July celebration. We didn’t even miss any fireworks display. Wish you were all here, Class of 63!


neliaamparo said...

Eddie, Thanks for posting these very nice pix.It looked like you really had a good time.Larps wala ka talagang namimiss na reunion,kahit saan gawin naanduon ka,joke only.Ang sarap naman ng mga pagkain ninyo.Manny talagang kailangang umuwi ka sa 2010 para matikman ang mga luto mo.

Regards to everybody in Maryland,NJ and Pennsylvania.

Pilar Villegas Cuevas said...

Nelia, As much as possible I want to be with our batchmates in every gathering. Habang malakas tayo dapat magpangi-pangita tayo I consider our batch my second family and I really love to see you all. I miss your jokes and laughters. Take care and God Bless.


neliaamparo said...

You're right Larps,kailangang magkita kita tayo habang hindi pa nagtutungkod.Nahalata ko nga na enjoy mo ang mga jokes ko.Bayaan mo sa 2010 ay magdadala ako ng marami,kaya lang magdala ka rin ng gamot sa kabag.