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rom: NAME WITHHELD UPON REQUEST
to: johnshinn3@gmail.com
date: Sat, Jun 6, 2009 at 2:23 PM
To ZHCSC Officers: The entire community is watching you!
     It's about time you did some investigative reporting. This is long over-
due. Now we in the community in L.A. should focus all our attention not
only to Randy, but most specially the officers.
    Are they going to follow their conscience and --- in principle and out of delicadeza --- ask Randy to quietly step down?
   Or are they going to play blind, deaf and mute to Randy's misconduct
and try to find ways to keep him as their president (and ultimate party
host)?
    Before the officers do anything all I ask them is to examine their con-
science and to make the right decision. They should set an example of
themselves. The focus is now on them---we are watching and waiting.

Sgd.
Van Nuys, Calif.


from: NAME WITHHELD UPON REQUEST
to: johnshinn3@gmail.com
date: Sat, Jun 6, 2009 at 4:45 AM
Randy Dagalea brings shame to ZHCSC and our community
     I thought that Randy Dagalea was really a nice guy and I even thought that
he would make a good president of the ZHCSC. But after reading your article,
I feel disappointed not only with him, but also with the ZHCSC officers for allowing themselves to be used by him.
     One of the most important characteristics of a leader is having a "good
moral character." It has become clear to me now that Randy does not possess
a "good moral character" which means he does not even deserve to be pre-
sident of the Zamboanga Hermosa Club of Southern California.
     To the officers, I hope you can remedy this situation because what's happening now is a complete shame and embarassment for our community.
     If he is wise enough, Randy should quit now if only to put the interest
of the club and the community above his own personal interests.

Sgd.
Los Angeles, Calif.

From: "Noemi Medina" <on_rodriguez@hotmail.com>
To: Editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 18 Apr 2006
Zamboangueños in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    It has been some 15 years ago since we last met at Archie's home in Burbank.
    I'm renewing acquaintances to keep you informed of what our group of Zamboagueños are doing here in Vancouver. For the last few years, we have been gathering together during Fiesta Pilar to offer a Mass and to keep in touch
with the growing number of Zamboangueños coming to B.C. 
    Last year we held a potluck get-together at Peace Arch Park in White Rock, British Columbia. We intend to keep this tradition going and it has grown over the years with the influx of new families arriving here.
    For now we go by the name of Zamboanga Association in Vancouver, Canada.  We hope to affiliate with the Zamboanga Hermosa Club in either Toronto or L.A.
    The officers we elected last year are:
Noemi Medina-Rodriguez - President
Kim Luistro - Vice President
Nene Atilano-Villacrusis - Treasurer
Linda Fernandez-Skinner - Secretary
Jessica Enriquez-Noone - Advisor

    We shall keep you informed of our activities here and from time to time
we'll send you pictures of our get-together.
    I am also taking this opportunity to send our condolences on the demise of Doña Lourdes Atilano-Shinn, your grandma. . .  Regards, too, to your Dad John,  uncles Chat, Joseph, Nonito, Archie, Tony and Raymond.

Hasta la vista,
Orlando 'Barb" Rodriguez
AdeZ Class HS'59; BSC '63

At Sanborn, they look at you from head to foot
    I laughed out loud when I read your Chismis of the Week section about San-
born being the "breeding ground of chismis and liyos" in Los Angeles.
    Not too long ago I used to hang out there on some weekends when I was off from work.
     The first time I went there I noticed that when I entered the house, some of
the people hanging out there stared at me-----from head to foot as if trying to
scrutinize me. During later visits I realized that everyone who goes there gets
the same treatment.
     First they look at your face, then they look what clothes you wear, then stare at your shoes to see if it's the latest, expensive pair of sneakers from the mall.
     Going there has become unproductive for me because all they do is talk
about others but themselves---when we should be really talking about doing business or how to earn extra money. 
     I stopped going there and I don't miss that place---especially the people
who hang out there although talking to Benito was always a pleasure.
NAME WITHHELD UPON REQUEST
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA


From: "Don Soriano" <fsoriano1@san.rr.com>
To: Editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 12 Apr 2006, 11:32:12 AM 
 Your recent editorial to remove 'President Arroyo by Force'
   Who do you think can take Gloria Arroyo's place that will make any difference? By "force" you mean a military takeover. The military seem to be in cahoots with the elite and the powerful.
   The fact is it's one rotten politician replaced by another rotten politician. The People Power was "birdogged" by Corazon Aquino as the result of her husband's assasination in 1983.
   Seems like Cory wants Arroyo out much like she wanted Ramos and Estrada out and whoever the president may be---out. Does she want the job? She had the chance and blew it. Sadly, nothing is going to change in the Philippines until the Filipino people themselves undergo a complete change of attitude, and that's like drawing a square---circle.

Don Soriano
San Diego, California

EDITOR'S REPLY: Here's what I wrote, in part: "
...the only solution left is for the Filipino people to remove Pres. Arroyo from office by 'force.'" And,
"
the only way to remove her from office is through another People Power revolution." 
   First of all, as a reporter who was forced to flee the Philippines in 1985 to escape military assassination and persecution, I would never ever favor a military takeover of Malacañang.

  Second, did you know that since time immemorial Mindanao's annual revenues sent to Manila amounts to about 18% of the country's gross national product (GNP)? And did you know that very little of that money ever goes back to Mindanao in terms of development and projects aimed at alleviating the plight of the poor?
   Why? Because crooks---like Cory Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Arroyo---running our government in Manila are either from Luzon or the Visayas and don't give a damn about us Mindanaoans!
    Third and foremost,
I believe the Philippines will be better off with a fede-
ral-type of government like the US.
    Divide the country's 13 regions into 13 different states---each with it's own government composed of a state senate and congress and a governor---all under the central/federal government in Manila.
    This way whatever revenues we collect in Mindanao we get to keep --- and will not be remitted to the central government in Manila --- and will be used to develop Mindanao. In addition, each state will receive funds from the central government from federal revenues collected nationwide.
    Actually, this is the concept of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and I'm shocked why the Christian majority are against it even though it will benefit all Mindanaoans---not just the Muslims as the crooks in Manila wants us to believe.
   Lastly,
I'm no fan of Cory Aquino---never was and never will be.

From: "Don Soriano" <sorianofcjr@msn.com>
To: Editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 31 Mar 2006, 04:41:40 PM
Inviting Zamboangueño Ateneans to All Atenean Convention
    Don't know if you remember me but we chatted a bit during a Zamboanga Hermosa Club picnic in honor of Fr. Kreutz (ADZU Pres.) in LA a couple of years ago.
    This is the first time I checked out your website and it is impressive. First time I've seen the picture of your Dad who was one of my running mates during heydays in Zamboanga. Of course I'm acquainted with your uncle Joseph and aunt Monina also. Sometimes I find it frustrating to see names of old acquain-
tances among the young generation and be unable to connect the relationship.
   Nonetheless, as you know the All Ateneo Convention will be held here in San Diego. I've been in touch with Jun Illustrisimo in trying to rally participation by the great number of Ateneo Alumni residents in southern California.
   The event will be sponsored by the Ateneo de Naga. I think this is a great opportunity to socialize with fellow Zamboanga Ateneans.
   It may make a great news event in your articles.Perhaps you could add in a note or two in your website reminding Zamboangeno Ateneans of this event.
Thank you,
Don Soriano
San Diego, California
(858) 560-5946

From: SALLY A <ladysally65@yahoo.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 27 Mar 2006, 06:18:41 PM
Calling all 1981 Batch from Zamboanga City High School
    I would like to call all Batch '81 graduates of Zamboanga City High School (ZCHS). We will have our 25th Grand Reunion on August 26, 2006 in Zamboanga City. Teofil Galang is the president of the affair.
    If you need to contact me, send e-mail to ladysally65@yahoo.com.
    Thank you and more power to L.A. Zamboanga Times.

Sally A.
Zamboanga City


From: "Lorna Lodevico" <DCLODE00@aacounty.org>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 23 Jan 2006, 07:08:29 AM
Hello from Maryland !!!
     My name is Lorna Lodevico. I am not from Zamboanga but one day I was looking at some websites because we were planning to go to home to the Philip-
pines and
visit places in the south when I accidentally opened the L. A. Zam-
boanga Times website. This is a great site.
     Also, my husband has a friend from Zamboanga
when we were in California (1991) and her name is Marivic Hongco. Anyway, I just want to applaud you for a site so great. God Bless. I will continue to browse on your site. Really great....

Lorna Lodevico
MARYLAND


From: ma glenda miranda <magle_64@yahoo.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 01 Feb 2006
Calling all WMSU High School Batch '81
Greetings!
     I have been a frequent visitor of your site ever since a classmate told me about this. I admire your fearless and independent views about anything under the sun. Keep it up!
    Anyway, I hope you can help us out in trying to locate some of our WMSU high classmates namely your new managing editor, Peter Dimaguila (congrats!) Marivic Hongco Perez, Romelinda Coscoluella, Noel Cruz, Roderick Mendoza, Faida Nuno Torribio, Elaine Sabolboro, and others.
    This coming December 2006 will be our Silver Jubilee Alumni Homecoming and hope to hear from them soon.

Thank you.
Ma.Glenda Miranda

From: gina hazel west <ginahazel_west@yahoo.com>
To: editor@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 02 Feb 2006
Condolence from Chabacanos in the United Kingdom
    In behalf of the Zamboangueños in London & United Kingdom, we would like to extend our condolences and sympathy to your family for your loss.

Gina Hazel West

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom


From: Rainelle Ranario <ranario1@yahoo.com>
To: John Lasola Shinn III <Editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com>
Date: 01 Feb 2006, 06:19:10 AM

Condolence from Chicago, Illinois

Dear Boboy,
      Please accept my family's sincere condolences for the passing of your Grandma Lurding. My fellow Zamboangueños here in Chicago are also praying
for the eternal repose of her soul.
Regards.
Rainelle Ranario
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
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From: "Claretian Missionaries" <ho37730@bigpond.net.au>
To: editor@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 31 Jan 2006, 04:52:58 AM
Fr. Cornelio ('Jinjo') S. Solis, CMF, writes from Australia
    Dear John,
    Seguro gendeh tu ay conoce conmigo personalmente, pero asegurao conoce tu o ta acorda tu con el familia Solis de Sucabon.  yo anak de Rafael y Nena Solis,  si papa hermano de Elena, Carmen y Antonio Solis.
    My condolence and prayers for your grandma. I am celebrating a mass for her on the 4th of February, 8:30 am Darwin, Northern Territory Australia Time.
    I am a Claretian Missionary Priest now working in the Northern Territory, Australia.
   Do give my condolences to your family members, too.
 
Fr. Cornelio "Jinjo" S. Solis, CMF
DARWIN, NORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA

EDITOR'S REPLY: Thank you very much for celebrating a mass for my grand-
mother there in Australia on the day of her funeral. I'm sure many of our readers remember the Solis clan (your family) from Sucabon. After all, the Solis surname is one of the oldest and prominent clans in Zamboanga.


From: Ramon Lucas <ramonlucas1980@yahoo.com>
To: editor@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 28 Jan 2006, 09:06:56 PM
Condolence from Ramon Lucas and family of Seattle  
    In Behalf of the Lucas family, kindly accept our deepest condolence.
Your grandma lived a meaningfull and rewarding life.
   
With all our prayers,

Ramon, Jean, Lucymay and Carmila Lucas

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

EDITOR'S REPLY: Thank you, Mon. I, for one --- being her first born male grandson carrying the Shinn name --- will surely miss her.

From: noriel bucoy <norbuc714@yahoo.com>
To: john shinn <editor@lazamboangatimes.com>
Date: 30 Jan 2006
Our Condolence & Prayers for Tia Lurding
    Cindy, Noah and I and in behalf of the Atilanos of Tetuan---please accept our deepest condolence and prayers for Tia Lurding. The life that she lived will always be reflected on the legacy she left behind through her children and grand-
children.
   God bless her soul.
 
Noriel Atilano Bucoy
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA


From  angel descalzo <angel_descalzo@yahoo.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 08 Jan 2006
I want to hear from my classmates and friends
    My name is Junjie Descalzo, a Zamboangueño BSN graduate from WMSU batch 1989. I'm currently working as an anesthetic nurse in London, England.
    I would be pleased to hear from my classmates and friends.

Sincerely,
Junjie Descalzo
LONDON


From: "Dennis P. Ortega" <dennisortega@yahoo.com>
To: JOHN LASOLA SHINN III <editor@lazamboangatimes.com>
Date: 17 Jan 2006
LAZT's January 17, 2006 Editorial
Dear Boboy,
    You are right. GMA has lost her effectivity to be the President of the Philip-
pines when she betrayed the
public trust by what she did in the last elections,
as
the Garci tapes and other election officials have exposed. She should have resigned a long time ago.
   But then again, if she did, all her accomplices will go down with her. And that, is the problem. For that list would practically wipe out most the the senior offi-
cials of this rich but poor country of ours. And
they will not go down easily.
   Now, it is up to the people to finally put an end to this sad state that is exis-
ting in the coutry---and
not through the actions of the President or any politi-
cians.
    I believe that many more Filipinos are
intelligent and capable enough to run this country --- and not get rich in the process. These people should be given a chance. It is not the System that is bad, it's the people in the System that is rotten and should be changed.
    Maraming salamat po at mabuhay ang LAZT!
Dennis Ortega
MANILA


From: NAME WITHHELD UPON REQUEST
To:  editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
 Date:  21 Dec 2005
'True Friends' like you are hard to find these days
    You cannot imagine the impact that you have done to a lot of people's lives with your L.A. Zamboanga Times website.
    I am not one to flatter people but it is really true. Your website has really been a great service to Zamboangueños.
    To many people it is a link to other loved ones.
    Just pray  and stay a good person as you really are...and God will do the rest.
     My father always told us to be in touch with friends....real friends cause true friends (like you) are hard to find.
     Thanks and remember, Boboy, that you have a lot of friends.

NAME WITHHELD UPON REQUEST
Seattle

EDITOR'S REPLY: I know "true friends" are hard to find these days. I remember writing an article, "What Kind Of A Friend Are You?" a few years back and received a lot of positive feedbacks from our readers----young and old alike.
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Elizabeth Dagalea-Lopez" <bethdlopez68@lycos.com>
Date:  07 Nov 2005
Calling all ZAEC graduates now in the US and Canada
     Hi there, im Elizabeth Dagalea-Lopez from Zamboanga City, now connected with UNIVERSIDAD DE ZAMBOANGA---formerly ZAEC. I'm the Alumni Director fo the school, and my nephew, Randy Dagalea asked me to visit the website of ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA.
     I saw the X' Mas party photos of the ZAMBOANGA HERMOSA CLUB of Southern California. I remember some of the faces. I even saw Titong San Juan who is a relative on my mother side, Josie Atilano-Lopez, the sister-in-law of my sister-in-law, Marinela Lopez-Atilano. My husband is the late Padini Lopez. Since I'm tracking down fellow alumnis based abroad, can I ask your kind assistance to help me track our fellow alumni there and to please e-mail me their names, address and e-mail adresses? Thanks very mucho.
     The officers of the UZAAI appointed Randy Dagalea as our coordinator based there in L.A. My former classmate, Atty. David Chan also asked me to go to your website and click open the Zamboanga Hermosa website.
     We just had dinner together with our former classmates here. David is in Manila now, but leaving for China then will be back in Manila. He'll leave for San Diego California on the 25th.
     My regards to all ZAMBOANGUEÑOS there. Hope to hear from you soon.
     Have a great week. God Bless.

ELIZABETH DAGALEA
Zamboanga City

EDITOR'S REPLY: I met David a few years back when he attended our Fiesta Pilar celebration in Anaheim. In fact, he gave me his business card which indicated that he's a lawyer based in San Diego. On the other hand, I spoke to Randy a few days ago and suggested that he start organizing the ZAEC alumnis here in Sou-
thern California. I reminded him that there are many ZAEC graduates living here in the greater Los Angeles area. Randy is the best person to organize the ZAEC group here. Rest assured, L.A. Zamboanga Times will vigorously support Randy's efforts to establish the ZAEC alumni group here in L.A.

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From: james poole <jimo323000@yahoo.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 06 Nov 2005, 02:03:31 PM
Allan Quebral and family now in Calgary, Canada
    Greetings to you John!!  I just want to let you know that Allan Quebral and his wife and kids had moved to Calgary, Canada last September.
    I know you guys were soccer teammates at Ateneo in the early 80's.  

God bless,
James Poole
Seattle

EDITOR'S REPLY: Muchas gracias, James..Yes, we used to play soccer together. His older brother Robin was my classmate from kinder to high school. Robin and I used to daydream when we were in 4th grade about coming to America. We had big dreams about our future...we were great dreamers....and still are....

From: "Marcos Perez" <marcos.perez@ucr.edu>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
LAZT reader: 'Your site has been a  great inspiration...'
    I am an avid reader and frequent visitor of your site L.A. Zamboanga
Times.
    I am really grateful that you're keeping up this site. I left Zamboanga City in 1993,ba few months after graduating from AdeZ and never had the chance to go back. I really miss our hometown but I was advised not to go home just yet.
   Your site has been a great inspiration. It is a constant reminder that there are a lot of Zamboangueños around here in the greater L.A. area though I haven't had the chance to meet a lot of them. 
    I am sending a link to an exhibit in Riverside Municipal Museum regarding the first Filipinos in the area. I've been working here at UC Riverside for 4 years now and this exhibit came as a surprise to me because of the scarcity of Pinoys here.  Click on the link below:
http://www.riversideca.gov/museum/rmm/rmm5.html

Sincerely,
Marcos Perez
Financial Analyst
Botany and Plant Sciences
2132 Batchelor Hall
University of California
Riverside, California 92521

From:  Rogie Quijano <rogielq@gmail.com>
To:  Johnshinn3@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 19 Jul 2005
Greetings from Toronto, Canada.
     Do you have the email address of Gina West? I just saw that she's now the L.A. Zamboanga Times London Bureau Chief.
     I'm trying to get in touch with some long lost Zamboangueño friends in London and she might, by chance, have their contact info.
     Thanks in advance. 
Best regards,
Rogie L. Quijano

From: "nancy cahill" <nancycahill@sympatico.ca>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
An e-mail from an avid reader in Nova Scotia, Canada
    I'm an avid reader of L.A. Zamboanga Times, I'm Joy from Nova Scotia, Canada. I worked at the Zamboanga City Medical Center before I migrated here in Canada.
   I was so shocked to read the news on the death of Toto Torres. Is he the cousin of Gener Martinez? And doesn't he work at SSS?
   Thanks.....More Power....

Nancy Cahill
Nova Scotia, Canada
EDITOR'S REPLY:  Yes, Toto was Gener's first cousin and, yes, Toto worked at SSS in Zamboanga.

From:  Danscellphones2@aol.com
To:  editor@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 2 Aug 2005

Donation for homeless street children in Zamboanga

   We're want to make a donation for the homeless street children in Zambonga City through the Zamboanga Hermosa Club of Southern California's  Hospitality Group headed by Randy Dagalea.
   However, when we called the phone number listed on your website there was no answer. Please let us know the postal mailing address where we can ship our donation. We're from Connecticut. Thank you! God bless...

Dan
Connecticut

EDITOR'S REPLY:  I called the number and was able to get through the first try and talked to Randy Dagalea. Because of his busy schedule he listed his cell phone number instead of his office number. Randy said donations can be mailed or shipped to:  ZAMBOANGA DONATIONS, c/o Hospitality Group, 21636 South Figueroa Street, Carson, California 90745.


To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
From: john atilano <john_atilano@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 23 Aug 2005
The 'Great Raid' is a movie Pinoys is U.S. should watch
   I just watched the movie "The Great Raid" and I am encouraging Fil-Ams to also watch it.
   I was touched to see some Filipino veterans crying while watching this movie. This is  a true-to-life story about the rescue mission of US "POWs" (Prisoners of War) in the Philippines during World war II by elite U.S. Special Forces troops assisted by Filipino guerillas. 
   Should you want to get the real documentary film, "The Great Raid" buy a DVD titled "Bataan Rescue" at PBS.com.   
   Bataan rescue is for keeps!

John Y. Atilano
Vallejo, California

To: Editor@lazamboangatimes.com
From: Phillip Nery Bejerano <bejerano_pnn@yahoo.com>
Date: 16 Aug 2005
How can I get hold of Ramon Lucas?
   Hi! Quetal con todo..
   My name is Phillip Bejerano. I am a friend of Ramon Lucas. Would you have any information as to how I can get in touch with him? e-mail, phone number..
anything would do. Thanks.
More power,
Phillip

From: "Arturo de Vera" <art.devera@rogers.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 30 Aug 2005
Looking For Baby Chiong of Jolo, Sulu
   I wonder if you could help thru any Jolo Sulu organization L.A. I'm looking for my good
friend Baby Chiong. He always acted as our host during our Jolo-Basilan Tennis tournaments during our younger days.
   Thanking you in advance and keep up the good work.

Art De Vera
Toronto, Canada

P.S. --- Please extend my regards to your old man John Sr. and your Uncle Chat,  my old drinking buddy during our college days.


From: "Diaz Adelita" <Adelita.Diaz@hwph-tr.nhs.uk>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 07 Mar 2005
Greetings from Berkshire, England!
     I'm an avid fan of your website and visit it at every opportunity I have. And yes, I do find it very informative, but most importantly it brings me closer to home. There's really no place like home, and definetely no place like our beloved MI CIUDAD de ZAMBOANGA in my heart.   CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE


From: "Randolph Lumábao" <rlumabao@jesuits.net>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 13 Mar 2005, 06:34:08 AM
Zamboangueños in the U.S. Marines Deployed in Iraq
     I read the L.A. Zamboanga Times regularly. Keep up the good work in helping to keep our Zamboangueños in touch with each other.
     There is another Zamboangueño Marine in Fallujah, Iraq. He is Pietro Murga, younger brother of the late Nonoy Murga and husband of Cecille Magbanua. The  Zamboangueño "leathernecks" follow in the tradition of my cousin, Bigoy Ledes-
ma, who fought in Vietnam and died a few years ago in California.
     Let's pray that all these wars end soon.
     Warmest regards to Tita Lourding, the Shinn clan y todos los compoblanos.
 
Hasta luego,
Randolph ('Randy') Lumabao, S.J.
UP-PGH Chaplaincy
Taft Avenue, Ermita
1000 Manila
PHILIPPINES
 
Telephone/Fax No.: +6325237103
Mobile Phone No.:+639189209144

EDITOR'S REPLY: Quetal Randy? If you scrolled further down this page, you would have seen Pietro's picture from Iraq which we featured last month. Neverthe-
less, thank you for writing and reminding us of Bigoy. I first met Bigoy a few weeks after I arrived in the U.S. in early 1985 when I went with my uncles Chat and Nonito to visit him in Concord, Calif. after he suffered a stroke. He was a big, but gentle and caring person with a down-to-earth character and he left a lasting good impression with me after that meeting. I never knew Bigoy was with the U.S. Marines and had served in Vietnam until I read your letter (above).


From: heidi claire gimotea <heidi20us@sbcglobal.net>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 27 Mar 2005
    Greetings from Texas!
     I have found your website through the direction of my high school
classmate and friend who now lives in England! 
     Imagine i have to find out about you from across the globe, and all the while i have been searching for fellow Zamboanguenos (my computer does not carry the Spanish Alphabet). 
     I am a Zamboanguena (born and raised in Zamboanga City), though uproo-
ted, i still visit every chance I get.  Been gone for 21 years but still very homesick.  "Nuhay gat yo ulvida mi Chavacano maskin donde pa yo ya guinda."     
     I have browsed around and i have found familiar names and faces from
back home---folks i have met and known back then.  I think i will enjoy
visiting your site from time to time.  I am interested to get to know "mi
ciudadanos" as well.
     Thank you for taking time to read my email. 
      Heidi Camacho is the name.


From: Maria Delora Candido <deltac210@yahoo.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 26 Feb 2005, 07:48:02 AM
      Hi! I am Ma. Delora T. Candido of Berwyn, Illinois.
      I am a frequent visitor of this website. It is from this  site that I find the most interesting news and updates from around the country and home.
      I am suggesting some interesting faces to be included in your Zamboangue-
ña Beauties Hall of Fame once I get their permission and photos.
      I am thankful you feature some photos and events esp. since I get to know some news about my friends and classmates and get their e-mail addresses and locations.
       Thanks for a wonderful job of spreading news and cheers to our fellow ZAMBOANGUEÑOS. MUCHAS GRACIAS.

EDITOR'S REPLY: Thank you for your letter. I am inviting you, as well as any of our readers, to send in photo contributions for our Zamboangueña Beauty Hall of Fame, Pogi of the Week and other events in your area that we can feature here. The more pictures you send in the better. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail me.


From: charry flores <charrybio@yahoo.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 25 Feb 2005
Letter of Thanks from Pampanga...
   Hello.. i'm an avid reader of your website..
   I'm
"Charry" niece of the late Pompeyo Pilardo "Toto" Torres Jr. I'm here in Pampanga working as a consultant.. I miss Zamboanga so much. I'm living with my husband and other collegues from Zamboanga..
   Since we found out about your
website, we've read many of the articles you've published. It also makes us homesick and feel like going home, right?
    Anyway, when I read that my
Uncle Toto died last Saturday, Feb.19 I felt very sad and with mixed emotions.. I remember my uncle as a responsible person, jolly and most of all, a good husband to his wife Georgia and a loving father to his 3 kids..
   I want to take this opportunity to say muchos gracias.. Indeed life is too short for us to live.. May his soul rest in peace...
   From the whole Chabacano peeps in Zamboanga... thanks a lot & more power to LA Zamboanga Times...
 
Charry Lazaro
Pampanga City

    EDITOR'S REPLY: Hi Charry...How can I not remember you? Your mom Marivic and dad Timmy are my comadre and compadre. I, too, was deeply saddened by Toto's unexpected death because I knew him well.
   
Time flies by so fast that you now have your own family! It seemed like only yesterday when I used to see you play as a little girl while I hang-out at your dad's shop to watch him work or to drink Tanduay ESQ or tuba with you Uncles Toto, Tanny and Boboy.
   Thank you for writing us. It is letters from readers like you that continue to inspire us to make L.A. Zamboanga Times the online newspaper it is today so
we can better serve the Chabacano communities around the world.


From: "Randolph Lumábao" <rlumabao@jesuits.net>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 13 Mar 2005, 06:34:08 AM
Zamboangueños in the U.S. Marines Deployed in Iraq
     I read the L.A. Zamboanga Times regularly. Keep up the good work in helping to keep our Zamboangueños in touch with each other.
     There is another Zamboangueño Marine in Fallujah, Iraq. He is Pietro Murga, younger brother of the late Nonoy Murga and husband of Cecille Magbanua. The  Zamboangueño "leathernecks" follow in the tradition of my cousin, Bigoy Ledes-
ma, who fought in Vietnam and died a few years ago in California.
     Let's pray that all these wars end soon.
     Warmest regards to Tita Lourding, the Shinn clan y todos los compoblanos.
 
Hasta luego,
Randolph ('Randy') Lumabao, S.J.
UP-PGH Chaplaincy
Taft Avenue, Ermita
1000 Manila
PHILIPPINES
 
Telephone/Fax No.: +6325237103
Mobile Phone No.:+639189209144

EDITOR'S REPLY: Quetal Randy? If you scrolled further down this page, you would have seen Pietro's picture from Iraq which we featured last month. Neverthe-
less, thank you for writing and reminding us of Bigoy. I first met Bigoy a few weeks after I arrived in the U.S. in early 1985 when I went with my uncles Chat and Nonito to visit him in Concord, Calif. after he suffered a stroke. He was a big, but gentle and caring person with a down-to-earth character and he left a lasting good impression with me after that meeting. I never knew Bigoy was with the U.S. Marines and had served in Vietnam until I read your letter (above).


From: Maria Delora Candido <deltac210@yahoo.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 26 Feb 2005, 07:48:02 AM
      Hi! I am Ma. Delora T. Candido of Berwyn, Illinois.
      I am a frequent visitor of this website. It is from this  site that I find the most interesting news and updates from around the country and home.
      I am suggesting some interesting faces to be included in your Zamboangue-
ña Beauties Hall of Fame once I get their permission and photos.
      I am thankful you feature some photos and events esp. since I get to know some news about my friends and classmates and get their e-mail addresses and locations.
       Thanks for a wonderful job of spreading news and cheers to our fellow ZAMBOANGUEÑOS. MUCHAS GRACIAS.

EDITOR'S REPLY: Thank you for your letter. I am inviting you, as well as any of our readers, to send in photo contributions for our Zamboangueña Beauty Hall of Fame, Pogi of the Week and other events in your area that we can feature here. The more pictures you send in the better. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail me.


From: heidi claire gimotea <heidi20us@sbcglobal.net>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 27 Mar 2005
    Greetings from Texas!
     I have found your website through the direction of my high school
classmate and friend who now lives in England! 
     Imagine i have to find out about you from across the globe, and all the while i have been searching for fellow Zamboanguenos (my computer does not carry the Spanish Alphabet). 
     I am a Zamboanguena (born and raised in Zamboanga City), though uproo-
ted, i still visit every chance I get.  Been gone for 21 years but still very homesick.  "Nuhay gat yo ulvida mi Chavacano maskin donde pa yo ya guinda."     
     I have browsed around and i have found familiar names and faces from
back home---folks i have met and known back then.  I think i will enjoy
visiting your site from time to time.  I am interested to get to know "mi
ciudadanos" as well.
     Thank you for taking time to read my email. 
      Heidi Camacho is the name


From: charry flores <charrybio@yahoo.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 25 Feb 2005
Letter of Thanks from Pampanga...
   Hello.. i'm an avid reader of your website..
   I'm
"Charry" niece of the late Pompeyo Pilardo "Toto" Torres Jr. I'm here in Pampanga working as a consultant.. I miss Zamboanga so much. I'm living with my husband and other collegues from Zamboanga..
   Since we found out about your
website, we've read many of the articles you've published. It also makes us homesick and feel like going home, right?
    Anyway, when I read that my
Uncle Toto died last Saturday, Feb.19 I felt very sad and with mixed emotions.. I remember my uncle as a responsible person, jolly and most of all, a good husband to his wife Georgia and a loving father to his 3 kids..
   I want to take this opportunity to say muchos gracias.. Indeed life is too short for us to live.. May his soul rest in peace...
   From the whole Chabacano peeps in Zamboanga... thanks a lot & more power to LA Zamboanga Times...
 
Charry Lazaro
Pampanga City

    EDITOR'S REPLY: Hi Charry...How can I not remember you? Your mom Marivic and dad Timmy are my comadre and compadre. I, too, was deeply saddened by Toto's unexpected death because I knew him well.
   
Time flies by so fast that you now have your own family! It seemed like only yesterday when I used to see you play as a little girl while I hang-out at your dad's shop to watch him work or to drink Tanduay ESQ or tuba with you Uncles Toto, Tanny and Boboy.
   Thank you for writing us. It is letters from readers like you that continue to inspire us to make L.A. Zamboanga Times the online newspaper it is today so
we can better serve the Chabacano communities around the world.


From: RICHAZ512@aol.com
To: editor@LAZamboangatimes.com
Date: 26 Dec 2004, 03:52:35 PM
Subject: From Sonny Rivera of Zamboanga City
     Merry Christmas.
     My name is Sonny Rivera, the son of your former high school classmate - Bong Rivera. I saw the picture of the Enriquez's at the L.A. Zamboanga Times website and I'm wondering as to how I can reach Ritchie Enriquez. He  was schoolmate during my high school also at AdeZ.
     You can send your response to this email address of my Dad.
 Thanks. Wishing you and your love ones a Happy New Year.
 
Sonny Rivera

EDITOR'S REPLY: Our managing editor, Titong San Juan was with them the first few days after they arrived in L.A.  I will e-mail you the information as soon as I get them from him. In the meantime, I'm posting your letter on our website hoping Ritchie will read it.


From:  Katrina Camaongay <kat808c@yahoo.com>
To:  Johnshinn3@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 30 Oct 2004, 05:45:21 AM
Subject: Ricky Lopez-vito

    My name is Rene Camaongay.
    I was shocked to find out thru your website that Ricky
Lopez-vito passed away in Bacolod City last Sept.15, 2004 at a very young age of 43.
    I'm writing you
because Ricky was a childhood friend of mine in Zamboanga. We were neighbors in Monserat Drive, Baliwasan ... only a basketball court and the Zambowood office stood between our houses. I know almost all his sisters and brothers.
   We played hide and seek, guerra-guerra, tumba-lata and basketball you name it during our younnger years. We watched movies, go biking and swimming.   
    Ricky and
his brother Eddie were also members of the Zamboanga Aero Modeller's Club. I used to go with them to the Zamboanga Airport to watch them assemble model airplanes in one of the hangars there.
   I lost track of Ricky and his brother Eddie when I left for Manila in 1974 after finishing HS in Ateneo.
   It was only in December of 2001 during the Ateneo Alumni Home coming in Zamboanga that I was able to see and talk to him again. He was in crutches...  Chiquita and 2 other sisters were asisting him. We embraced, talked about the good old days. I did not realize it would be the last.   

best regards,
Rene
P.S. --- By the way, I'm using my daughter Katrina's e-mail address.

From: "Diaz Adelita" <Adelita.Diaz@hwph-tr.nhs.uk>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 07 Mar 2005

Greetings from Berkshire, England!

     I'm an avid fan of your website and visit it at every opportunity I have.
and yes, I do find it very informative, but most importantly it brings me
closer to home. There's really no place like home, and definetely no place
like our beloved MI CIUDAD de ZAMBOANGA in my heart.
     I've been away from our country for barely 2 years bur for the last 2x I've
been home for a Holiday,it has always been like a big Homecoming for me.I
miss my family, my friends and my former colleagues back home.I used to be a faculty member of the Western Mindanao State University, College of Nursing and a resident of Tetuan.
     I'm now with Wexham Park Hospital and is in a
Surgical Specialty Ward - Urology.But I feel lucky because there are also others from Zamboanga and also from Tetuan who are here and we work together in the same hospital, so in a way we're like a little family and talks CHAVACANO in every opportunity we have. We gather together to celebrate Easter, Fiesta Pilar and even the San Ignatious Fiesta of Tetuan. I'l try to find time and maybe share some pictutres with you, the first opportunuty I'l have.
    Thank you very much for coming up with this website, and this also goes for all those who share news, informations and pictures.Almost always we know the people you're featuring.I was happy when I saw my face in one of the pictures, when you featured The Zamboanga City High School Homecoming last year.
     Carry on.... everyone! Viva Zamboanga!

     I'm planning my next holidays to be in October this year, and until
then...VAYA CON DIOS y HASTA LA VISTA!

Con mas amor,
ADELITA S. ANDRES
email: violetlita2002@yahoo.co.uk

From: Pete Mortensen <PeteM@CTSSINC.com>
To: John L. Shinn III <Editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com>
Date: 29 Dec 2004, 02:12:37 PM
Subject:Happy holidays from Virginia
Who will be your site's 100,000th visitor?
   I noticed that I was visitor # 99,330 or so today. Suggestion: you give some sort of a prize or recognition to whomever is the lucky 100,000th visitor to your website!  Might make a good promotion for you - who knows?  Just an idea, buddy. Eldest son Majo and daughter Elizabeth will be joining Babuchie in Manila this holiday to be with eldest daughter Marian, who will be delivering my FIRST grandchild next month.  I hope to visit them in 2005.
   Wishing you and your family the warmest of holiday cheer. And say hello
to Chito Lopez for me.

Pete Mortensen

EDITOR'S REPLY: Thanks Pete. I did as you suggested but we have not heard from our winner yet.

    
Where is Therese Paulino?
      Hello! My name is Grace Angus.
     Therese Paulino was my classmate in elementary and high school in the Philippines.  Since, I am here in San Diego, I want to find out what her email address is so I can reconnect with her.  
     She knows me. You can give her my email address.  From this email, she and I can restart communicating.
 
Thank you kindly.
Grace Angus
San Diego, California

EDITOR'S REPLY: Therese lives here in L.A. and is now known as Mrs. Ariel dela Merced. Ariel and Therese are regular LAZT readers and I'm sure they'll read this and will contact you shortly.

Thanks for a wonderful write-up     
     One of the photomalaysia.com web admin Brian has read the
news and he wrote me this email. At first, I wondered how Brian
knew about me writing for the Los AngelesTimes, but I later found
out about the link that he attached and it was L.A.Zamboanga
Times
, so I checked the site and there was my story.
     I've read about your brave exploits --- during the Alih incidents and the assassination of Zamboanga City mayor Cesar C. Climaco in 1984 --- and many more, I salute you!
    By the way, I am also writing for Malaya -- started out in December 1994 or 1995, but never had the chance and honor to work with you then.
    Anyway, John thanks a lot and more power to you and your family and to the Zamboangueños in the US of A.
    Muchas Gracias Señor John Shinn! Viva a Zamboangueño!

Al Jacinto
ZAMBOANGA CITY, PHILIPPINES


From: "Evalyn Dunkelman" <edunkelman@hvc.rr.com>
To:  editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date:  Wednesday, 15 Dec. 2002, 1:23:24 PM 
Subject: Familiar photos

   I just checked your website a few days ago when a Pilarist friend
(Pilarica de Leon) informed me of the website. So glad to see some
pictures of fellow Pilarist like Glenda Marcos-Chua.
    It brought back memories of the days in Zamboanga City. With this
website, as well as instant text messaging, I am in contact with some of
my classmates in Pilar College and it never seemed that time passed with
this new technologies.
   This website is a great way to remember where we came from regardless
of where we are now. Keep up the good work ! ! !
 
Evalyn Torralba Dunkelman
New York City


From:  "Felino M. Santos" <lino@zambo.i-next.net>
To: 
editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date:  Saturday, 28 Dec. 2002, 11:07:41 AM 
Subject: Noticia en Chabacano

    Hi.
    I have taken the initiative of coming online with a Noticia en Chavacano.
This is a weekly update of news in Zamboanga written in Chavacano.
   The idea is to provide Zamboanguenos abroad with a newspaper that they can read in Chabacano. I am just hitching this on line newspaper wtth freeservers thus sometimes, the website do not open at all. I think it is a problem because the newspaper is only a hitchhiker.
   The online newspaper in Chabacano can be browsed at:
 
The English on line newspaper is at
 
Felino Santos
Zamboanga City

From: renato.s.gabriel@jpmchase.com
To:  editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date:  Friday, 20 Dec. 2002, 1714:21 PM 
Subject: Hey there!!!

    Quetal man alli, I was once a Carmen Boys way back in Zamboanga in the
early 70s. You and me went to the same school in ADZ, I was 1 or 2 years
ahead of you, we played basketball in our backyard, and sometimes in front
of your house. Would you remember me????
   I am Chino's younger brother and cousins to the Silvas'. You use to call me
"Nato." I also had a cousin by the name of Renato, who died in a motorcycle
accident.
   We moved to Manila in 1974 at the height of martial law during the Marcos regime. I graduated college and worked with computers in a couple of compa-
nies in Manila. We then migrated to Australia in 1987.
   I moved my wife and 2 kids to New Jersey in 1998 and am currently working with
JPMorgan Chase bank in New York City.
   It is such a long time... I have not even communicated to anyone in Zambo
since we left. I know my cousin Mimi married your cousin Chito Atilano.
    I accidentally came across the zamboanga.com/news website and saw
your name, I read a lot of things about what happened in Zambo in that website,
very interesting.
   I will forward this website to my brother in Sydney, my mother would love
to read things in this website.
   bye for now...

Renato Silva Gabriel
New York City


From:  "pdonkers" <pdonkers@idirect.com>
To:  johnshinn3@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date:  12 Nov 2002, 10:30:49 PM 
Subject:  Basilan photos... 

Hello! I just visited your website for the very first time and seeing those pictures of Basilan really brings back happy childhood memories!  I never thought of seeing the place again. I didn't get the chance to take photographs during my visit to Basilan two years ago. Now, through these pictures, I will be able to relate to my family here in Canada what the place (once my home) really looks like.
 
Muchas Gracias!
 
Angelica Vallejo-Donkers


From: Renato Hernandez
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 29 Oct 2002
Subject:
Calling All Claret HS Batch '81
     It's nice to have this website, it's a big help to the community, specially if you want to reach for someone far from us.
     Please help us locate some of our classmates of Zamboanga City Claret High School Batch '81. We are planning to have our first grand reunion this coming summer of 2003 in Zamboanga.
     Thanks.

Nato Hernandez
Claret High School
Class '81


From: NT Young
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 25 Oct 2002
Subject:
Hello from England
     Bien alegre gayot yo le el L.A. Zamboanga Times website. It made me feel at home. I was introduced to your website by a Zamboanguena nurse who is working here in England.
     You've done a great job keeping us up-to-date with the latest happenings in our hometown whether good or bad news.
     Muchas gracias gayot.
     More power you and the rest who made this site possible.

Nanette Tercena Young
AdeZ Class '83-'84


From: Roberto Reyes <bobreyes2002@yahoo.com>
To:  johnshinn3@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 09 Oct 2002, 12:54:28 PM 
Subject: From Mazatlan 

    Just want to say hello. We are here in Mazatlan (Mexico). We saw the pictures in your website and they look good. 
    We will be back in LA this Sunday.

     Bobby & Lita Reyes

EDITOR'S NOTE: Bobby and Lita went on a Mexican Riviera cruise for their honeymoon. They left L.A. last Sunday, Oct. 6. Click here to see their wedding photos.

From: "Rufino Azcarraga" <redazcarraga@hotmail.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangatimes.com
Date: 30 Sep 2002, 04:47:24 PM 

     I have been visiting your website and find the LA Zamboanga Times to be very interesting and entertaining. 
    The pictures of people from Zamboanga visiting LA and of Zamboanguenos from around the globe, make me recall when or where I last saw them and they give me an idea on how they look now. The pictures and newsbits from ZC make me nostalgic and reminisce the good times we all had in the Zamboanga of old. 
     The articles and commentaries are also entertaining and provocative. Chito Elago's journey from Alaska to California was excellent and made me wish to hire a caravan and drive around Australia. 
     Lino Santos' "Prayers and curses", hit the bulls-eye on how our leaders think and maybe, deserve.  By the way, is he the same Felino Santos Jr., the hard-hitting columnist of a Zamboanga daily?  I hope he continues to write and contribute to your paper. 
     Congratulations on your excellent work, and kindly extend my regards to your dad Ñor John (he used to bring us home during the martial law years), your uncle Tony, Titong San Juan and Boy Fernando. 
     Keep up the good work! 

     Red Azcarraga
     Australia


From: NAME WITHHELD UPON REQUEST
To: editor@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 17 Sep 2002, 08:08:57 PM 
Subject: Still home of Milk and Honey 

     I can't help but make a comment about that picture of a young girl supossedly "homeless and hungry" in the Big Apple.
     She may be hungry but she is definitely not malnourished as the picture shows. Sadly, we cannot really say if that girl is really homeless.
     I was once approached by a "homeless" man who asked me for a dollar. Yes, he asked for a dollar!
     I gave him my office card offering him a job and he just gave me a "weird look" and said: "Are you for real, man?"
     A few weeks later , I saw this "homeless" man again in the subway still panhandling.
     The fact is there is a bus line at Port Authority that gives out free (yes, free) bus rides/passes to people who cannot afford to pay for a bus ticket.
     If I see that "homeless' man again maybe I should tell him: "style mo yan matagal na Dudung!
     God Bless us all.

EDITOR'S REPLY: Back in 1993, I covered the Philippine Independence Day celebrations here in L.A. which was held around noontime at the famous MacArthur Park. On the way out of the park, I took pity on a hungry-looking and obviously "homeless" black man and gave him a dollar bill. Instead of thanking me he tried to rob me of my camera bag with almost $10,000 of my camera equipment in it. Luckily, I was carrying my .40-caliber handgun (I used to work part-time as private investigator and usually carry that gun and another back-up, a .25-caliber Beretta). I chased the homeless-turned-robber who, a block later, dropped my camera bag after he heard me cock my gun. Since that day, I stopped giving panhandlers any money. It's nearly impossible to be "homeless" in America. If they are, it's their choice---not ours or society's.


From: Efren Plagata <eplagata@yahoo.com>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 12 Sep 2002, 11:12:00 PM 
Subject:  Saludo 

    Greetings! I just want to thank you all guys for a job well done. Your online version of our only daily newspaper way back in my early years in Zamboanga, proves to be very informative and entertaining. 
    My congratulations also to your exclusive photo essay about the New York terrorist attacks, by Peter Dimaguila. I remember him, he was my younger sister's classmate. 
    Your photographs and captions brought me closer to New York and gave me a different and wider perspective about how the city is coping up with 9/11. 
    More Power to all of you. Saludo yo! 
  EFREN PLAGATA


From Rlvnyc@aol.com
To: johnshinn3@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 06 Sep 2002, 07:22:59 AM 
Subject: new york 

     I was really happy to see Sandy and Kenny standing beside your family Harabas, our high school service during our Mad Max days. We use to go
places with it and that really made us so happy. Maskin donde pa na Zamboanga basta ta enkansa el Harabas: Cawa-Cawa blvd., Calarian, Pasonanca, Caragasan---you name it. 

Your friend,
RICKY LOPEZ-VITO
New York


To: johnshinn3@lazamboangatimes.com
From: "Rene Camaongay" <RCAMA@amkor.com>
Date: 21 Aug 2002, 07:15:48 AM 
Subject: Rejoicing in the misfortunes of others 

   Hi Boboy ,
   You probably don't know me .  I belong to Ateneo HS class 74 ... you guys were probably in 1st year while we were in 4th year. Can't help but comment something on what you wrote very recently.      Forgive those that have wronged you and forget that sad chapter in your life .
    Move on and leave those behind .
    The heck with what other people say and think. You have nothing to be ashamed of .
   El cansa man lang sos. It is God who will judge us in the end anyway .
    Rejoice,  see you in the 2002 Ateneo Alumni home coming in Zamboanga .
    Best regards and God bless ,
    Rene Camaongay

EDITOR'S REPLY: Ren, I know you being one of our school varsity team's best basketball players during our time. I also know your younger brother who also played for our school team just like you. You made me real proud to be an Atenean during those games I've watched you and your brother played. I promise I will follow your advice.


From: Ferdinand Fernandez <sorina@nac.net>
Reply-To: sorina@nac.net
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 01 Jul 2001, 01:12:14 PM 
Subject: Ta Prigunta Lang 

    I am a Zamboangueño who resides in New Jersey. I have once worked with Coca-Cola Zamboanga and I had an associate with the name of Marino Viguera. I have noticed from some of your picture a guy name Benito Biguera. Is he a brother of my friend Marino? I also noticed that you spell the the family name Viguera "B" as in boy while we spell back them in the plant Viguera "V"as in victory and in the pictures he realy looks like my friend Marino (El Spañol).
   Ta Prigunta lang !!!
   More  power to you and LA Zamboanga times

Ferdinand Fernandez
Lafayette, NJ

EDITOR'S REPLY: Hi Ferdinand.Yes, Benito is Marino's younger brother. In fact, Marino and his wife were in Los Angeles in May of last year. If I'm not mistaken he had, prior to the trip here, retired from Coca-Cola. I, too, think it's "Viguera" with a "V"---not "B." For some reason I always used the "B" instead of the "V" since LAZT went on-line in August last year. Thanks for your e-mail. Regards to your family.


From: dan@semiconductor.com
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 29 Jun 2001, 10:44:39 AM 
Subject: chat shinn 

    Hi John,
    I lived in Zamboanga for many years during the late 70's 'til the early 80's and became friends with may Chabacanos including Chat Shinn who during those times was working with Wyett-Suaco. Also Mike Apostol. It would be nice to communicate with them again. I wonder if you'd have any knowledge of these gentlemen's whereabouts these days.
    I love your site. It keeps me apprised of the going-ons in Zamboanga City and it's beautiful people.Thanks.

Dan de Castro
IT Specialist
Semiconductor Insights
3000 Solandt Road, Kanata, Ontario, Canada K2K 2X2
Phone: 613.599.6500 x 4283 * Fax: 613.599.6501
E-Mail: dan@semiconductor.com
Web Site: http://www.semiconductor.com

Editor's Reply: It was a pleasure to hear from you. My uncle Chat retired not too long ago and went back to Zamboanga City. He has since moved to Titay in Zamboanga del Sur where he is tending his farm. On the other hand, Mike Apostol is currently the Executive Assistant at the City Hall in Zamboanga City. You can write uncle Chat care of Mike. You can address your letter to Mike through the Mayor's Office.  Mike's address is: MIKE APOSTOL, Executive Assistant, Mayor's Office, Zamboanga City 7000, Philippines.


From: MajoMortensen@rocketmail.com (Jose Mortensen)
To: Johnshinn3@LAZamboangaTTimes.ccom
Date:  6/27/2001 6:04:44 AM Pacific Daylight Time 
Subj:  Hi 

   Hi John, 
   Some of the words in this email you may want to edit before publishing it.  I am just speaking from emotions. 
   It gives me such a heavy heart to hear about the troubles in Basilan. Especially when they killed the 2 workers from the plantation.  I am also an Alano and even if I am all the way here in the US, I am still touched at the attack on Golden Harvest. I was wondering if you had more information on the families of the two men who were murdered. I would like to send them a letter and some help. 
   As for the ASG.  Enough said! 

Majo 

P.S. --- Maybe if the Moslems can not live in peace with the rest of the country.  Give them Jolo and tell every Moslem in the Philippines to go to Jolo and stay there.  Unfortunately I also have Moslem friends, but something has to be done.  And their sacrifice of relocating to Jolo will prove themselves.  I would do the same thing if I was them. 
   Then after they have all gone to Jolo, I am sure that there will be terrorism by Filipinos in that island, then they will get a taste of their own medicine.  I dont think this problem is ever going to go away.  And it should be stopped before it gets any bigger.  Look what happened to Israel.  If they totally had relocated the Palestinians to another land, they would not have the problems they are having now.  Look at Afghanistan and the Taliban!  Point is, it is a sad knowledge that Moslems can not mix themselves with other people.


From: Emsuguitan@aol.com
To: johnshinn3@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 26 Jun 2001, 08:50:31 PM 
Subject: Congrats for a great paper 

    It is very pleasing to read your paper as it brings back a lot of memories from home. My name is Mae Bernardo Librado, now Suguitan, a nursing graduate of WMSU year 1989. I used to live in NY but moved here in S.F. when I got married. 
    My whole family is still in Zamboanga, altho my parents come over once in a while but they do not stay long kay sobra saltaw sila na situation na Zamboanga. It brings me great pleasure to see and read your columns as I know a lot of the people featured in your paper tho' I doubt if they know me.
    I went to school at WMSU from nursery until college until I taught there for 2 sems before I went to N.Y. I know your brother Kenny, again, I doubt if he knows me. He might remember my sister, Ninie Librado. 
    My sister Ninie grew up in Bel Air Subdivison, near Tumaga but  we went back to the barrios when I started H.S. Anyway, I hope somebody out there knows me so we could start comunicating, I belong to the organization here in S.F. and try to go to as much functions as my schedule permit. Again, congratulations and thank you.

Mae Bernardo Librado Suguitan
San Francisco


From: Tony Duldulao <tduldulao@cosintl.com>
To: johnshinn3@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 19 Jun 2001, 01:07:12 PM
Subject: Greetings from San Diego 

     Greetings. 
     My name is Anthony Theodore Domingo Duldulao.  I am not to sure if you know my parents Teddy and Ninfa (Domingo).  With Zamboanga being so small in a way, I guess all the original families that were rooted there, know each other.  Anyway, I would just like to say hello, and perhaps get some info on any events the Zamboanguenos are having around.
     We were just in Zamboanga with my wife and son, as we stopped for just a day to visit my Lolo's grave.  We were in the Philippines unexpectedly, as my father-in-law passed away back in April.  I wanted my wife and son to see where I was born, and to see the Printing Press in Canelar (which among the other big new buildings around, looks so out of place....but it is how I remembered it).
    Anyhow, how is Lola Lourding?  My Lola (Emerita Domingo), always asks about her, and if we go to visit.  I stayed with Lola Lourding many years back for a couple of days (as I was heading back to Samoa on one of my Junior Golf tournaments.) 
    Basically I just wanted to drop you a line, and to tell you that you do a great job on the paper.  Who knows, maybe I can write something on the perspective of a Zambo boy moving to the States, who dearly and truly loves where his roots are.  In case you do know my dad, Teddy, his email address is tfduldulao@samoatelco.com 
    Well I better get back to work......
    Thanks.....

Anthony "TONY D" Duldulao
Marketing Operations Manager
Chicken of the Sea International

tel:858.597.4518
fax:858.597.4568
email:tduldulao@cosintl.com

EDITOR'S REPLY: Hi Tony! Thanks for your time in writing us. I may not know your Dad personally, but I'm sure my father, John Jr., other family members and my grandmother Lurding knows him and your family. Also, I don't get the chance to visit my grandmother that often, but I did saw her last June 4 (click here to see our picture). Warm regards to your family from all of us here in Los Angeles. Yes, you are welcome to write anything for L.A. Zamboanga Times. I would suggest you write a regular column so you can share with our people and LAZT readers your ideas and opinions. Hope to hear from you. Your parents used to be one of our paper's susbscribers in California.


From: "chike" <chike@islands.i-next.net>
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 15 Jun 2001, 08:27:33 AM 
Subject: ayuda!

     Buenas! saw ur site n its interesting how d abu's news hv invaded ur line as well! tho' i saw quite a bit of the lighter side of la.
     I wud still like to see 1 day how else u can promote la bella, so u guys over there will not get scared of coming home 2 ur lovely city. wid ol dis negative publicity in ol d major networks, how else can u expect d city to survive!!! 
   Tourism and investment r dead! o hala, tiene donde parte del la x ta dale pirmi mire donde parte el basilan y jolo y c paquemodo de lejos este na zambo!!!!
     Please help us out!!!! gracias por el oportunidad y otra vez! 

Lulung Vazquez
Zamboanga City


From: Stacy Osbaum <stacy@urb.com>
To: johnshinn3@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 05 Jun 2001, 04:37:26 PM 
Subject: shabu 

     Hi John,
     We're doing a blurb about shabu and I was wondering if we can use one of
the photos on your website? Do you have one that you can email to us
that is high-res, no less than 300 dpi? We will of course credit you for the photo.
     Please let me know.
     Thanks,
     Stacy

--
Stacy Osbaum
Editorial Director

URB Magazine
2410 Hyperion Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027-4714
323.993.0291 x115
FAX 323.466.1207
www.urb.com


From: Sophie Beach <SBeach@cpj.org>
To: JOHNSHINN3@LAZAMBOANGATIMES.COM
Date: 04 Jun 2001, 07:17:34 AM 
Subject: Two journalists killed in the Philippines 

Dear John,
     I received the email you sent to Kavita, who is currently out of the country
for a couple of weeks. I am the Asia researcher at CPJ. Thanks so much for
passing on this information to us. I have been trying to call you this
morning but the call is not going through, and I may have your wrong number.
     Could you please send me your current phone number so I can try again?
We are very concerned about the recent killings and I'm now trying to
research the Joey Montiel case. Do you have any additional information,
besides what was in the news story you sent? Is it certain that she was
killed for her reporting? Any information you could provide would be a huge
help.
     Last week we put out a release on Candelario's killing, which I hope you
saw. If not, I'll send you a copy. Thanks very much,

Sophie Beach
sbeach@cpj.org
Committee to Protect Journalists
New York, NY


From: Grace <hanny@worldnet.att.net>
To: johnshinn3@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 14 May 2001, 10:12:01 PM 
Subject: Hey Grace from Alabama! 

     Boboy, Quetal!?
     Thank you so much for acknowledging my selection to the US Navy on your
"Say Cheese, Miss!" corner on LA Zamboanga Times.  Friends and relatives
have read the article and are extending their congratulations to my
family.  It's a nice feeling.
     Okey, here are my travel plans!  By August, I'll be concluding all my
business here in Alabama and will be preparing for another career.  I am
a little bit apprehensive because the journey is unknown again.  On
September 20, I'll be driving from Mobile, Alabama to Newport, Rhode
Island.  For 40 days, I'll be undergoing Officer's Training.  All I
could think of is Boot Camp (ayayayay).  I can't even swim!  Thereafter,
I'll start driving to San Diego,California.  San Diego will be my base
for work.  I'll be following my preceptor and then assume my nurse's
duties.
     Still thank you so much!  I'll keep you up to date about my travel
plans. Send my regards to your family and wishing them the best, as
well!

Grace


From: Name Withheld Upon Request
To: editor@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 25 Apr 2001, 11:47:52 PM 
Subject: EYE IN L.A. COLUMN, its a cancer , not an epidemic 

     It's in our blood. The only way, you can cure that problem is isolation. Thats what, I did. Move to a small town,good job, execellent standard of living, good wages, can compete with L.A., based on my profession. Clean air, and the most important thing, that I really like is, there were only few of us alike, about 4 with 2 big hospital. It was 1986-87. One of the 4 is from Tumaga, WMSU grad (hs) Cebu  grad. College. I was so happy because of our Chavacano. 
      I really thought that, I was smart, which I never was, so there's no liyos, abdominal cramps nor trying to destroy other people because there were  few of us. Filipino community was too small , attended few times, but never like it, because doctors just socializes with their own, isolate themself from people who came to america by marrying a GI . Or maybe you are not educated in the medical field like them , so you are not in their level. But what's the use of having an organization if you dont socialize. 
      I stopped attending, as the years go by more epidemics are coming in from all over---from our P.I. island learning that its a nice place to work in a small town. In 86-87 pop. was 150,000 now its 400,000 to 500,000.  We have the fastest growing county in the state. 
      Epidemic also continues to grow-due to increase no. of P.I. now. I hear it eveyday. Been here for 14 yrs.  I socialized for 5 years then I isolated  myself and my family for 10 years even if you are on isolation, you can still feel and hear the epidemic, from a carrier  that tries to infect your family, they still talk about you, if you dont socialize, they'll say you are arrogant, if you attend a party they'll watch you for. What you wear and what you drive, if they see you drive an expensive car they'll start having abdominal problem, and ask: how can they afford it? 
      You invite them over to your house, they are nice in front of you, but when they leave they will talk about your cheap decor and your  furniture, hypocrite! I say yes, because you feed them---then they'll talk bad about you. Then they go to church on Sunday and pray how good they are. 
      Isolation works. You get infected 10% a year, so for 10 years it worked for me and my family. I say its not an epidemic, its a cancer and what's frustrating is that there's NO DAMM CURE for it!

EDITOR'S NOTE: This "incurable" disease also afflicts several of my close relatives too and they don't seem to know---or care---that they have it. Makahuya lang kanila todo.


From: "Ilustrisimo, Juan Y" <JUAN.ILUSTRISIMO@West.Boeing.com>
To:"'John L. Shinn III'" <editor@lazamboangatimes.com>
Date: 09 Feb 2001, 09:57:47 AM 
Subject: RE: Eye in L.A. add-on note 

     Just a friendly reminder.
There are a lot of email traffic (between Zamboanguenos) whose contents
begged substantiation.
     These are litigation materials..

Juan Y. Ilustrisimo, Jr.
Boeing - HB QA
International Space Station
(714) 896-3311 x70802

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks Jun. Let them "sue" me.


From: Jayne Humphress <jhumphress@satx.rr.com>
To: johnshinn3@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 17 Mar 2001, 10:11:51 PM 
Subject: Great Website! 

     Just wanted to commend you on such beautiful pictures and articles. I am from Zamboanga myself and have not been home since I left in 1987. I have lost touch with friends and classmates from Claret High School and Ateneo de Zamboanga.  But do keep up the awesome work. I look forward to seeing more in the future. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job!

Jayne Humphress


From: "emilie bautista" <chatterbox1793@msn.com>
To: johnshinn3@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 11 Mar 2001, 05:53:16 AM
Subject: letter to the editor 

     I would like to acknowledge your success in founding the L.A. Zamboanga Times. Are you open to any contributors both in pictures and story? As I was browsing around your website, I noticed that most of the things/topics you have, is mainly concentrated in West Coast, especially the California areas. 
    Do you also accept from the East Coast? I don't know if you are aware, that there is a vast population of Zamboanguenos here in New York City & the Tri-State areas. If you do, can you inform me. We should expand our horizon. And I'm for it, I'll be glad to help in anyway I could. Do you have anybody in East Coast right now? We have some Zamboangeno happenings too. Every year we always celebrate the Fieasta Pilar here. We also attend the Philippine Independence Parade. And some summer activities. So, please inform me. 
     Also, while I was browing around the Zamboanga Times from Z.C., I clicked one of the topics with your La Zamboanga address. While reading the article about the kidnapping it brought back some memories about almost the same incident. 
     Fortunately my story did not have a fatal and saddened ending. My father got a letter demanding some money, thinking we are a prominent family, but we are not. But any how they never showed up for the pick-up. 
    After this incident, my parents especially my mother decided to uproot everybody & we migrated to Manila. My hearts goes to those families who have lost someone from this kind of unpleasant situation. Say hi to Kenny, Pembi Salvador-Reyes.

Emilie Baustista

EDITOR'S REPLY: Yes, Emilie, we do accept articles and photo contributions from readers like you.


From: LJailani@aol.com
To: johnshinn3@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 13 Mar 2001, 06:58:02 PM 
Subject: Inquiring E mail Address 

     I would like to know the e mail address of Majo Murga Mortensen. I was a  nurse at the hospital where his wounded uncle was taken. I'm here at Texas  USA working as a nurse.Or you could give my e mail address to him so I can  share him the stories.Thank you very much. 

LJailani
Texas


From: Jose.Mortensen@go.ecitele.com
To: johnshinn3@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 01 Mar 2001, 05:25:06 AM 
Subject: I like your site. 

     I have been a regular visitor of your site since I found the link on my brothers site Chavacano.com.  I am happy to see that you are still writing all this time and I really enjoy hearing news about ZC, bad or good.  I feel like I am home again everytime I go to your site, thanks much!  By the way I didnt know that one of the articles on the first issue of LAZT was my kidnapping.  It strikes me with memories when I saw it on the site.  Anyways, I pray and hope that all is well.

Majo
Virginia


From: Juan Y. Ilustrisimo, Jr.
Date: 06 Feb 2001, 10:02:39 AM 
Subject: RE: Eye in L.A. column 

    I am an officer, and I am not upset.
    I think this is a good idea and should be pursued without any bias to the existing organization.
    What I am upset about are all the negative misinformation that you are getting about our organization. 
    But if you care to substantiate any of these allegations (like I would expect a respectable journalist would), I would like to invite you and anybody else that you are willing to bring along, to our monthly meetings.
    We are constantly looking for venues for the meeting to ensure easy access to any members that may want to attend and volunteer to specific tasks at hand. These are potluck events and attendees are expected to bring in their share.
    During these meetings, I will personally provide you a copy of our minutes and the official reports of the club's revenues and expenses.
    I was elected 1st VP and my primary task is to oversee the scholarships processes. I will need help here. I was also asked to oversee venue for the annual spring event. I will need to check prices, contract the event and do follow-ups. I will also need help here. I know some officers have far more daunting tasks and they  will also need help.
    Will you commit to attend these meetings?
    By the way, our by-laws allow three consecutive two-year term for the  President. This was just ratified by a majority vote at our annual Christmas event last December. 

Juan Y. Ilustrisimo, Jr.
Boeing - HB QA
International Space Station
(714) 896-3311 x70802


Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 7:03:32 PM Eastern Standard Time
From: "greg climaco" <gvclimaco@hotmail.com>
To: editor@lazamboangatimes.com, johnshinn3@aol.com
CC: moscal@aol.com, jekumss@sevengables.tegris.com,
  juan.ilustrisimo@west.boeing.com, adorazio@sympatico.ca

    It is true, as a previous letter-writer wrote that the Zamboanga Hermosa Club of Southern California is a "smooth and better-running" organization compared to the past. True, that is, in the sense that the club operates more formally and no longer as a sporadic, ad-hoc grouping inspired and directed almost solely by its foundress, the indefatigable Lourding Shinn. 
    Now, and for the last few years, meetings are held on a regular basis; the Fiesta Pilar, Spring Ball, and other events are known and planned ahead of time; we have a Constitution and By-Laws, etc. 
    The club, only a few weeks ago, was registered as a non-profit corporation with the Calif. Secretary of State. It is in the process of securing IRS recognition as a non-profit, which will enable tax benefits for donors. All these have entailed hard work.
    Now, some may have a case when they say that, well, things were better before because we were a loose, informal organization, no need for rules, membership fees, etc., (though with the latter, Lourding Shinn had to "knock heads" to collect $5). 
    To celebrate Fiesta Pilar, they say, why, all we had to do was pick the 'phone and spread the word around, or mail one-page flyers. No need for expensive dance tickets or high membership dues or this and that....But, some organizations grow and some don't. Whether they do or not depends on the group's goals. One thing is for sure, though, and it is this: 
    The Hermosa group that Lourding Shinn and the other foundresses began has a much better chance of enduring because of the way it has been set up and the manner of its current operations.
    It is not true that the club has been, in the editor's term, 
 "exclusively" located in Orange County, not, that is, in the sense of 
deliberately snubbing Los Angeles or San Diego counties. The only reason why most social activities (dance, Christmas party) have been around the Orange County area (Cerritos included, though in LA) is because many of the officers assigned to do the hard work
of  planning, investigating, getting bids, negotiating, etc.live or work in the area. That's it, no nefarious, selfish motives at all.
    There are plain and easy answers to the two issues above: to the first, attend the Board of Directors meetings as many times as possible (get in touch with your area representatives to find out times and dates); your complaints, ideas, etc. will bear fruit only if you attend meetings.
    Meetings are held in West Covina, San Marino and other LA county places. If you cannot or don't want to attend, at least write your comments down and mail them to any officer. Or, attend a general meeting that's held, I believe, at least once a year. Attending at least one meeting in a year is not too much to ask, is it?
   Second, volunteer, for goodness' sake, if you live in the LA area, to contact hotels, community halls, etc. and arrange for some of our festivities to be held there. I am very sure all the present officers would be more than willing to have LA residents do all the hard work for a change. Some of them will even volunteer to assist. If  the officers won't agree to an LA venue, why, that's easy, too. 
    Attend the meetings and force the change in venue by out-voting them!
    The apathy of members, to me, is the much greater concern. No 
 organization can survive unless members become actively involved. Many members from LA and Orange counties have often been asked to attend meetings, plan socials, etc., but nothing happens except complaining. Some of the apathy is understandable because in any group, some prefer to work and lead, others to follow. Nothing wrong with following, but some involvement must occur too.
    Maybe it's because of this apathy that the current crop of club 
 officers--from the Board, the president and on down the list--has largely been the same faces from years back. With the new election held at the Dec. 2000 Christmas party, this group of officers will, I believe, be in office for another four years! (The term of office should, I say, be amended to be only two years.) 
    Don't we have new faces, new blood, new volunteers to do their share? The current situation of a merry-go-round musical chairs is not good. It is common for incumbents in such a circumstance to feel a vested interest in their positions. And others must have a chance to run the club too. But without new volunteers, who will take their places? 
     Somehow, the club must find a way to get many other members actively involved.

GREG. V. CLIMACO
Brea, California


From: Bigmanzotz@aol.com
To: editor@lazamboangatimes.com
Date: 11 Jan 2001, 09:45:19 PM 
Subject: Zamboanga Hermosa Membership Attendance 

   I used to live in Orange County and it took a great deal of preparation to visit LA for the annual fiesta or other occasions, but we managed to attend, and never questioned the distance, because the main purpose was to attend the occasion and meet with other Zamboanguenos. 
   Now I live 250 miles away and I still attend the annual gatherings. I don't understand the big deal about the location of the gatherings. It's only once or twice a year. I think that the organization is running more smoothly now than before. Orange county is more centralized between LA & San Diego, a little safer and the facilities are more readily available. With regards to the Gaceta, I was told that if you are not a paid member, then you won't get a copy.  I agree...Printing & mailing cost...It's just pure economy.  I am just another happy member.
 

EDITOR'S NOTE: The letter writer did not sign his/her name, but just the same we are publishing this letter for our readers to read.

EDITOR'S REPLY: We beg to disagree that the organization "is running more smoothly now than before." First of all, it would be unfair to the officers who have served before the festivities were transferred to Orange County.
   The purpose of establishing an organization or any other civic group is to attract members and to serve them---not exclude or alienate them and other potentiial members. 
   As to the Gaceta, it would have been fine---like you said because of printing and mailing cost only paid members are sent copies---if the group does not have the money. The truth is, the group has enough money to print 10,000 copies of the Gaceta. Just look at the financial report they published in the last issue.
   As it is today, the Zamboanga Hermosa Club of Southern California has become an "exclusive" group for the well-to-do Zamboangueños because it has "excluded" those who cannot afford to pay the group's required expenses like tickets, annual dues and the like. This is not counting those who do not own cars who cannot commute to Orange County to attend the group's activities.


From: "Dennis Nasto" <dennis@nasto.com>
To: johnshinn3@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 19 Dec 2000, 10:33:31 PM

John,
Merry X'mas to all the Zamboanguños in L.A....Also extend my warmest greetings to my brother-in-law in San Diego Dennis Nasto and my sister Zoraida, Bong Buenaventura, Randy Dagalea, Richard and Flerry San Luis, my classmates Hilario, Sionee, Danny and Elvira and most of all to Shinn family.

Dr. Rodel Agbulos
My Email add. in Zambo
medico@mozcom.com or zampueri@mozcom.com


From: bugantemg@attglobal.net
To: editor@LAZamboangaTimes.com
Date: 07 Dec 2000, 02:08:17 AM 
Subject: Hello there. Quetal?

Dear Boboy,
    I learned about your online paper through Alice
(Alavar). Congratulations on the good work!
    Boy, I hope you can help me put the word out that the
Pilar College Batch '76 will be next year's Silver
Jubilarians. (How time flies, no? Viejo y vieja ya kita).
   As class president of the 1st section, I am now tasked
with getting things organized with the help of
wonderful and lovely people who are now based in
Zamboanga namely: Shirley Garcellano-Evangelista,
Marites Fermin-Dizon, Lynnette Marcos-Abarro, Pinky
Bustamante-Saavedra, Grace Bulahan-Dayot, Marissa
Mercado-Basa, Jesale Matias-Saavedra and many others.
   Am based in Manila and I have hooked up with Yasmin
Bruno-Blanco, Laling Spirig-Nasrabedi, Au-au Garcia,
Elda Sta. Maria- Aquino, Alice Alavar and Mimi
Fernandez. 
   There are still many members of the PILAR COLLEGE
BATCH '76 who are out there in parts unknown and we
would like to touch base with them.  I am certain that
you can help me link up with them through your very
informative newspaper.

Thank you and God bless!

Marissu G. Bugante
bugantemg@attglobal.net


Subj:  I'm looking for a friend 
Date: 12/3/2000 8:03:26 PM Pacific Standard Time 
From: leo_herrera2000@yahoo.com (Leonardo Herrera)

Hi John!

My name is Leo, and I'm from Sydney, Australia.  I'm
looking for the contact details of a friend.  His name
is John Lobregat.  He is in his early 20's and I know
that his origin is Zamboanga.  He is in the US now and
in California in particular.  He's a recent graduate
of physical therapy. I lost his contact details and
I'm think that you can help me locate him. 

Thanks a lot and I would appreciate any information
you can give me.

God bless you always!
Leonardo Herrera
BIOSS Operations Group
AAPT Pty Ltd
(612) 8282-1357

Email:  leo_herrera2000@yahoo.com,  lherrera@aapt.com.au,
leonardo_herrera@usa.net
Tel No: (612)8282-1357 and (612)9808-2279

P.S. --- I think your LA Zamboanga Times site is good. 
The amount of information is just right and very
informative.  I've read some of the articles done by
your fellow Chavacanos and they're really interesting.
I'm actually from Manila.  I don't know which is our
Province of origin.  But it's nice to know that you
Chavacanos are doing efforts to have a site like this.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I have not heard of or met John Lobregat here in L.A.
I will inquire from friends and the Zamboanga Hermosa Club here if they 
have any information as to where you can contact him.I will let you know 
as soon as I find out if John is indeed here in L.A.


Date: 9/1/00 6:01:40 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: tymuchly@yahoo.com
To: johnshinn3@aol.com (John Shinn)

Hi, Boboy

It has been quite sometime since I have written to
you.  I have been meaning to do so, but I get waylaid
by various things!

LAZT is looking very good and I take it you are
getting a lot of positive feedback.  You should since
your work is outstanding.  I was quite fascinated by
the price of tilapia vs the galunggong.  It is quite
amazing how far those fishes travel just to keep the
filipino taste buds satisfied!  Isn't it strange that
we would pay top dollar for something that is
considered "ordinary" back home.

This week's profile is rather touching - at least to
me.  Nothing touches me more than stories of
expatriates about home and their childhood.  I guess
like yourself I have very fond memories of Zamboanga
and indeed my childhood.  It is something that I will
always be proud of and will always cherish.  Your
tadpole story brought back memories of witnessing our
pet cat having her litter on my bed!  I don't think I
ever recovered from it, it was truly traumatic.  I
also recall an incident when my younger sister, Gay
found newly born mice in the school yard and thought
it good idea to bring them home!  You should have
heard our squeamish mother, when Gay showed them to
her!!  It was gross!  Gay carried the four pink mice
in her hand all the way home!!

Warmest regards,

Rhoie Esperat
Victoria, Australia

EDITOR'S NOTE: We all have fond memories of our childhood in Zamboanga. I hope our readers will share with us theirs.


Date: 8/29/00 12:09:39 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: armando@wmsu.edu.ph
To: Johnshinn3@aol.com
 

Dear Boy,

         You have a very nice photo essay and I'm very impressed and I believe I
may be able to use also this materials of course with your permission in the series
of lectures that I'm conducting to students especially the effects of drugs, shabu
in particular.
        Your L.A. Zamboanga Times is so nice, keep up the good work
and more power.Congrats and keep up the good work.

Armando A. Arquiza
Dean of Student Affairs
Western Mindanao State University
Zamboanga City

EDITOR'S NOTE: I will publish a summary of my book, "Shabu in America"
soon here at L. A. Zamboanga Times and you are welcome to use it for your
lectures.


Date: 8/22/00 8:10:05 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: president@central.adzu.edu.ph
To: Johnshinn3@aol.com

Boboy,  PAZ!

Nice job thanks for the info. How is all there?

I am looking forward to seeing you in October.

Regards,
Fr. William (Bill) H. Kreutz, SJ
President
Ateneo de Zamboanga
La Purisima St.
Zamboanga City
website: http://www.adzu.edu.ph
phone:(63)(62)991-1151 (office)
                       991-0871 (trunk)
                       991-0870 (fax)


Date: 8/22/00 3:12:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: lelago@earthling.net
To: Johnshinn3

Boboy,

 I got your message from Chito Lopez about a chronicle of my journey.
I'm now in the process of writing that article. There are also other Zamboangueno
organizations that want me to write for them. I'll also send them a copy of the
article that I'll be writing.
 I'm glad that you have revived the LA-Zamboanga Times. It was a success then,
it will still be a success now. I look forward to reading articles about our hometown
and other Zamboanguenos' experience here.

More power to you!

Chito Elago
San Francisco


Date: 8/20/00 12:18:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: adorazio@sympatico.ca (Aida D'Orazio)
To: Johnshinn3@aol.com

Dear Boboy,

    Sorry for the delayed reply.  I've been swamped with work and social
activities.  Unbelievably, I find so much more to do as a retiree than ever
before!  Our Zamboanga Hermosa Canada picnic was yesterday, and thank
goodness it's over.  I burned the phone lines calling up Zamboangueos to
attend this reunion. And, despite the cool weather (20 C or 68 F), they came
and enjoyed. I'll send you some photos as soon as I get them.

    I wish to congratulate you for a well-planned and very interesting Website.
You've made it so easy to link up to newspapers back home, especially at
this critical time when we are all anxious to know what's happening to the
hostage negotiations back home. And thank you for inviting me to contribute
to your site as a guest columnist.  For the love of Zamboanga and our
people, I have been doing that in other Zamboanga Websites, and I'll gladly
do that for my nephew too.

    Keep up the good work, Boboy!  We're very proud of you.

    With my love to everyone in the family (I hope to see them soon),

Tita Aiding
Toronto, Canada


Date: 8/20/00 4:42:38 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: bagets747@yahoo.com (Hermie Dalay)
To: Johnshinn3@aol.com

    Hi John! Thank you for taking time out to give me such
info. It's good to know that Zamboangenos like you who
are living out of Zambo for quite a long time still
possesses the virtue of a true Zamboangeno. Haven't
tried the site yet but I'm sure it will be helpful.
Thank you again and I'm looking forward to hear from
you again.

Yours Truly,
Jean Alvarez (Manicahan Zambo City)
Tripoli, Libya


Date: 8/19/00 11:59:26 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: jekums@email.msn.com
To: LAZamboangaTimes@zamboanga.com

Hi Boboy,
Thanks for the invitation! I thoroughly enjoyed your website. You have a
pretty good plan with Peter. Keep up the good work. By the way how is Tita
Lourding? The last time I saw her was at the hospital when she was
recovering from her stroke - about the time of the picnic.

Ritchie Apostol-Jekums
Anaheim, California

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mamang is doing well is now almost fully recovered.


Date: 8/19/00 11:48:15 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: gnavarro@emirates.net.ae (Dr. Gonzalo S. Navarro III)
To: LAZamboangaTimes@zamboanga.com

Boboy, thanks for the invitation. Actually, I've visited your website a
while back. In fact, i browsed through most of the photos in your CCC
collection. Nice piece of work you did there.

Hope to meet your friends from Gulf News in the future. I'm working for an
oil company (ZADCO) here in Abu Dhabi.

Maybe i'll get to see you one of these days when I'm in L.A. My eldest
sister (Vicky) is still staying in Van Nuys, whereas my
Mom and the rest of the clan, including Bobit, are in Chicago.

I'll visit your site again soon. Keep in touch.

Thirdy Navarro
United Arab Emirates

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thank you for your letter. It was nice to hear from you after all these years!


Date: 8/19/00 11:48:15 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: alumrel@central.adzu.edu.ph
To: LAZamboangaTimes@zamboanga.com

Peace!

Thank you for you email. I saw the LA Zamboanga Times webpage
and it was really a very nice and informative website. Continue the
good works in sharing informations to our compoblanos abroad
about Zamboanga City.

We would be glad to have you as one of our Ateneo de Zamboanga
alumni area coordinators in Los Angeles since you know a lot of our
alumni/ae and are in contact with them. You, Jun Ilustrisimo and Ciony
Asuncion will work together to gather alumni/ae there for Fr. Bill's visit
to your area on October.

I end with all best wishes and wam regards to you and your family.
Do keep in touch.

PRO DEO ET PATRIA -- In the Service of God and Country!
 

Yours truly,
Mariel Alfaro-Madrideo
Special Staff
Office of Alumni Relations
Ateneo de Zamboanga


Date: 8/17/00 6:03:08 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: Name Withheld Upon Request
To: johnshinn3@zamboanga.com

    Congratulations! This is exactly what we need. A medium to reach every
Zamboangueno in the world. In fact, I got in touch with a very dear
friend of mine whom I have not seen or heard from since fifteen years ago.
    Your newspaper (L.A. Zamboanga Times Internet Edition) was read in Zamboanga
and forwarded to my friend in the US.
    Then I was susprised to receive an email from my long lost friend and
soon we were emailing regularly. Finally, we called each other and will
always keep in touch.
    Thank you and more power to L.A. Zamboanga Times.

    Name withheld upon request
    San Francisco, California 


Date: 8/16/00 7:04:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: vivveus@earthlink.net (Victor Atilano)
To: Johnshinn3@aol.com

Boy,
Congrats and more power to the LA Zambo Times and  to The Chabacanos of
Zamboanga .

Choy Atilano
Los Angeles


Date: 8/15/00 11:51:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: norbuc@juno.com (noriel n bucoy)
To: LAZamboangaTimes@zamboanga.com

Boy,
    Aren't we always referred to as zamboanguenos and chavacano as our
dialect ?
    As far as i can remember, it has always been "chavacano."
"Chabacano" only came to be upon the influence of the tagalog  wherein their alphabet
has no "v" in it. I could be wrong but then again it's just my opinion.

Noli Bucoy
San Francisco

EDITOR'S NOTE: In the Spanish language, "Chabacano" is the name of a fruit: an 
apricot. Another Spanish term, "Chabacan" means "a flirt." I would assume that the 
word "Chabacano" came from the description of the fruit. check this one out
Here's another one
Here's another one
Here's another one
Here's another one


Date: 08/16/2000     01:06 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: Ysmael S.J.
To: Serioso Y Pendehadas Message Board

As, I was browsing your site, I have chance upon MILF'S website from one of your links, 
LA Zamboanga Times. I have found MLIF's website unworthy, of even being found by
any one of us. Not any one, not my children, not my friends, not my Muslim Brothers, I 
repeat again, not by ANYONE.

 Their main page had a big heading that says 'JIHAD IN MINDANAO',laden with animated 
graphics of blood pouring from the banner. On one of their pages it boast of as The 'MILF 
has emerged as the best-armed rebel group in Philippine history.' Well I don't care if you 
were once, or has ever been, Maybe,. but now, you are considered merely as plain armed 
BANDITS.

 Most of the people from Mindanao, both Muslims and Christians has expressed their desire for peace and an end to the war, and work together peacefully for the rehabilitation of 
Mindanao. This call for a Jihad in Mindanao by armed bandits should just be taken as a big 
joke. A Joke, that is considered as, FROM THE REBELS WITH OUT A CAUSE.

 Muchos Gracias
Ysmael S.J.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This letter was posted at the Serioso Y Pendehadas forum and is reprinted here for the benefit of our readers.


Date: 8/15/00 6:10:32 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: idm@hk.ntt.net (Ian)
To: LAZamboangaTimes@zamboanga.com

Dearest fellow Zamboanguenos,

When I look at the the website of LA Zamboanga Times, as though I'm in Zamboanga
City browsing from one site to another. I have lived in Zamboanga all my life and I never
heard about LA Zamboanga Times. Also when I look at the assassination
photos from your website of Mayor Cesar Climaco it reminds me of a better Zamboanga.
I was born in Zamboanga and finished my college in ZAEC, BSCoE. But now I'm a resident in Hong Kong because my parents were here in since I was five yrs old. I just wanna be part of this organization of  LAZamboanga Times, if is possible.

Muchias Gracias !!!   more power...

yours truly,
Reynold of Hong Kong.

EDITOR'S NOTE: It is Zamboanguenos like you who inspire us to continue with what 
we're doing here at L.A. Zamboanga Times. While the Times is not an organization you are always welcome to share with us your thoughts and opinions. 


Date: 8/15/00 6:10:32 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: jekumss@sevengables.tegris.com
To: LAZamboangaTimes@zamboanga.com

Hi Boboy,
     I did read your web last week. I am sorry I did not acknowledge it
immediately. I, however, forwarded it to some Zamboanguenos.
     I noticed there is a lot of hype on the Chabacano dialect. I think
that's great to think that a younger generation is taking interest. In Gaceta
Rolly Santos had a column titled "Ta Muri Ya Ba El Chabacano?" (Is
Chabacano Dying?). Please forward that article to Peter Dimaguila.
    Congratulations on an informative website and for including the La
Gaceta. I am sure your web will serve as a cyberspace home away
from home to all of us abroad. Good job.
    Say hello to your mom and dad.

Regards,
Tita Sonia 


Date: 8/8/00 7:31 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: JUAN.ILUSTRISIMO@West.Boeing.com

John,
You may want to work with Betsy Johnston (moscal@aol.com) . She was
designated as the ZHCSC Historian. Together, with Sonia Jekums
(jekumss@sevengables.tegris.com), the three of you can set up a link to the
clubs history..

(I noticed that I am the only one with an email link)

Juan Y. Ilustrisimo, Jr.
Boeing-HB ISS Program QA
International Space Station
(714) 896-3311 x70802

EDITOR'S NOTE: We will update the ZHCSC web page as soon as we get the e-mails of 
the officers and board of directors.


Date: 8/10/00 7:08:38 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: webmaster@zamboanga.com (webmaster)
To: johnshinn3@aol.com
CC: L.AZamboangaTimes@netscacpe.net

Hi,

Stay inspired, Zamboanga needs charismatic individuals like you.

Webmaster
Zamboanga.com


Date: 8/10/00 1:20:37 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: COTAlice@aol.com

Dear Boboy
Aloha! How's the good looking playboy of Ateneo been doing? Hope you still
remember me. I'm one of the GATNILAB clan here in Honolulu, I mean the
Balintags.  Si Benjie este, quetal el vida LA? Quetal si Titong St.John? I mean
San Juan. I wish you all the best. Bye for now..........................

Benjie Balintag
Honolulu

EDITOR'S NOTE: Benjie...ay rayo! How can I forget you? Ya harta yo man stambay na 
Pasonanca para t oma tuba cuando bulakbul came na clase de amun na high school di 
Greg SJ.


Date: 8/8/00 8:49:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: hlurb9@mozcom.com (hlurb9)
To: Johnshinn3@aol.com

Dear Boboy,
 It is good to hear from you again and congratulations on the launching of
L.A. Zamboanga Times Internet Edition.

     Congratulations.

R. Butch Alvarez
Zamboanga City

EDITOR'S NOTE: I'm glad to hear from you too. Daw nohay lang tarda quel tiempo ta man CB kita alli na Zamboanga. Este mana tiempo Internet chat ya hende mas CB!


Date: 8/8/00 8:28:24 AM Pacific Daylight Time
From: rmlopez@mozcom.com (Rey M. Lopez)
Reply-to: rmlopez@mozcom.com

Boy,
    Am sure glad to receive ur pics. You all look good. Daw hinde ta
queda biejo...keep in touch...Regards to all...

Rey Lopez
Zamboanga City

EDITOR'S NOTE: Na....alli gane daw hende man tamen ta queda viejo. El cosa lang ya 
cambia na de atun mana vida ay el de atun mana anak bien grande ya! I only realize 
how old I am whenever I see my kids! Hende tarda na college ya se sila.


Date: 8/8/00 4:55:41 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: Oxylopez@aol.com (Oxy Lopez)

Hey Boboy,
congratulations on your new dog. But I think the proper name for
your dog is (since he is a black doggie) ULING!  Ha ha ha. Broma
lang primo. Hey I don't have your new telephone number. call me ok?

Oxy Lopez
Los Angeles

EDITOR'S NOTE:  Hoy! Liyoso! Atrasao ya bo ca si Ashes depunta ya! (broma lang...tamen)


Date: 8/8/00 5:07:22 PM Pacific Daylight Time
From: orodrig@sprint.ca (Orlando Rodriguez)

    I used to subscribe to the old L.A. Zamboanga Times.
I used to receive copies up here in Canada.  I think I dropped
in at Archie's place in 1987 along with my wife and kids.

I am still here in Canada.  I find your website very interesting
and highly readable with many appealing articles and little tidbits
about our old days in Zamboanga City.

We recently had an ADZ class of '59 reunion in San Francisco
courtesy of Nard Soriano who resides there.  Please visit the
website below for more pictures and information.

http://audax.net/tahoe2000/

I'll continue accessing your website and will drop you a few lines
every now and then...

More success!!!!

Barb Rodriguez
Vancouver, British Columbia

Editor's note: Barb was one of the original subscribers of L.A. Zamboanga
Times. It's nice to be in touch once again.