Strong and Alive @ 65: A
l-r: Rey Juan, Caloy Agulto, ex-UP Pres. Pepe Abueva, Dr. Ted Topacio, Willie Vergara.
Plus more brods: ex-DENR Usec. Rene de Rueda, Del Ganapin, Nugget Aquino.
l-r: Gabby Moraleda, Vic Tupaz, Butch Madarang, Rawlie Dimayuga,
Cedric Gloria, Willie Vergara, Jayjay Jayme.
The Grand Princeps: UPLB Raymond Juan, UPD Josh Caringal, UPB Anton Hipolito.
UP Los Banos residents, with batchmates Tatang Vergara and Jun Rafael
UP Diliman residents
The commonly practiced “Filipino time” didn’t appear to most of the
attendees. Many alumni and residents arrived early at the venue. All the
officers of UP Los Banos led by their new Grand Princep Raymond Juan (son
of Brod Rey Juan, UPD ’71) occupied a whole table. All of UP Diliman’s
inductees, together with their partners, plus several Diliman residents
led by GP Josh Caringal, were seated at the middle of the ballroom. In
short, attendance of residents was way beyond expectations.
Operation Big Brother Foundation, Inc.(OBBF) Brods: 26 of 29 high-flying Betan yuppies answer the call.
UPBSF-Intl. BOD from Los Banos Jojo Alejar joins the OBBF party boys
UPBSF, Inc. VP Rolly Reyes and Walter Navarro (center) join too
Seated at a far-end corner of the hall, an alumni group that had the most
imposing presence was the Operation Big Brother Foundation (OBBF). With 29
of them present, some with their partners, this affair is perhaps the
biggest reunion among the OBBF during the past 5 years. Among those that
immediately come to mind are OBBF Man of Steel Raffy Hidalgo (SteelAsia
executive); Lawyers Pete Danao, Leo Robel, Jason Justo, Rex Gingoyon, and
Charlie Mendoza, Allen Miranda of the SM Group, Ron Justo (a congressional
chief of staff and head of the employees union), Richmond Hotel GM Jun
Justo (he gave us a good deal!), Bino Aguinaldo, Southern Californian
Renzi del Rosario, part-UP Northerner Neil Hidalgo of Accenture, Nonoy
Tagaro, Melvir Buela, Mon Mamaril, entrepeneurs Lloyd Dizon, Dennis
Belmonte, Nugget Aquino, Nonoy Tagaro, and Mel Ladip and many more whom
I’ve met for the first time and are very well-placed in their respective
Dr. Mag Albarracin, ex-DENR Sec. Vic Ramos, Rolly Reyes Ed Baldoria, Justice Raoul Victorino, Ando Roman, Pepe Abueva
ex-Cong. Atty. Mat Defensor Senior DENR staff
l-r: Pat Roman, Rico Arranz, Gene Puente, Mike Guioguio, Mag Albarracin.
Ted Topacio, Pepe Abueva, Atty. Ferdie Echiverri, Ambassador Tony Villamor
Dr. Ted Topacio '49, RP National Scientist
Standing: Atty. Ed Abon, Atty. Boyet Fernandez, Mike Guioguio, Ick Angeles, Joe Diaz.
Seated: Atty. Rico Arranz, Mag Albarracin, Vic Ramos.
It goes without saying that this affair was graced with the presence of
legendary alumni brods of Diliman and Los Banos who were seated in
different areas of the ball room. On the tables nearest the stage were
Founder Rico Arranz, UP President Jose Abueva, DENR Secretary Mon Paje,
Dean and National Scientist Ted Topacio, the most eminent Dean Magdaleno
Albarracin of Phinma, former DENR Secretary Victor O. Ramos, UN Executive
and former Usec Delfin Ganapin, Justice Raoul Victorino, Ambassador Tony
Villamor, Congressman Mat Defensor, former Usecs and now the lead of our
Mother Chapter Rene de Rueda and Rolly Reyes, former UP FG Pat Roman, UPLB
Stalwarts Douglas Mondonedo, Jojo Alejar, Ando Roman, Greg Palis, Vic
Tupaz, and Ambo Lapiz. In fact, Mon Paje’s senior staff at DENR were
present, namely: three (3) Regional Executive Directors, Regional
Technical Director Arnold Hernandez (a recent visitor in California) and
Jonas Lleones, Mon’s Executive Assistant.
l-r: Ben Medina, Gabby Moraleda, Eddie Jose, Ross Fernando, Boy Morales,
Ed Abon, Buddy Garbanzos, Cedric Goria, Mike Guioguio.
l-r: Buddy Garbanzos, Ed Baldoria, Commisioner Atty. Lucenito Tagle, Riza Baldoria,
Chris Michelena, Mayor and Mrs. Lito Tadena, Ferdie Echieverri.
l-r: Boy Morales, Jimmy Yambao, Joe Rebano, Jun Rafael.
l-r: Caloy Agulto, Rolly Reyes, Jun Justo, Raffy Hidalgo, Rico Arranz, Ollie Jumao-as.
Mayor Lito and Mrs. Tadena Ross Fernando, Rolly Reyes, Pat Roman, Atamic Francisco
Joey Zulueta and Sandy Daza Mon Paje, Torch Manalang, Jet Arriola
UPLB Betans all
l-r: Caloy Agulto, Oca Mamangon, Ed Baldoria, Tony Villamor, Lucenito Tagle, Willie Vergara, Lito Tadena.
l-r: Ben Medina, Boyet Fernandez (hidden), Gene Puente, Eddie Jose, Joey Zulueta, Lakan Fonacier,
Rolly Reyes, Ross Fernando, Ed Abon, Roy Antonio, Rawlie Dimayuga, Atamic Francisco.
l-r: Jun Bernal, Joey Zulueta, Dante Fagar, Ferdie Echiverri,
Rawlie Dimayuga, Manny Balangue, Lito Tetangco, Ed Abon.
l-r: Oca Mamangon, Dante Fagar, Gabby Moraleda, Manny Balangue, Lito Tetangco, Ed Abon.
Jun Bernal and daughter, married to a Betan alumnus
Shan Buyco and UP Visayas brods with Dante Agulto and Willie Vergara
UP Manila Asst. Dean Jo Delmendo, who has supported the fraternity's improvement projects, with the brods.
Roy and Dinah Antonio, from Southern California, with Chris Michelena.
l-r: Caloy Agulto, Jun Bernal, Gabby Moraleda, Dante Agulto, Tatang Vergara.
Ambassador Jimmy Yambao leads the national anthem
UPBSF, Inc. Pres. Rene de Rueda
Diliman GP Josh Caringal announces the inductee brods
Induction and pinning ceremonies of the new resident brods
Nugget Aquino's "Brothers Four" Don't show those kissing shots to Mommy!
DENR Secretary Ramon Paje
Dr. Mag Albarracin receives Lifetime Achievement award
The most active Founding Brod
"The Order of the Supreme Grand Princep"
Event chairman Nugget Aquino Emcees Riza Baldoria and Chris Michelena
Congrats to Event Chair Nugget Aquino, Mother Chapter VP Rolly Reyes
(Acting Prez during the preparations with Prez Rene out of the country),
Trustee Chris Michelena and co-emcee Riza Baldoria, Trustees Joel Paredes,
Jojo Alejar, Rupert Ambil, Ron Justo and the rest of the newly elected
Board of Trustees. Same goes to the other individuals and groups of Brods
who have made the event a smashing success, with special mention of the
different resident chapters and their ladies.
Mabuhay ang U.P. Beta Sigma!!