Thanks to the management of Robinsons for giving me the opportunity to once again entertain their guests. I was given by Ms. Precious Doble, in charge of events, 12 days in April and 12 days in May. As usual I start at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
It’s been one year since Cosette passes away but friends don’t forget her.
Lately, an old friend came in from Canada, Leon Ibrado, one of the first Tawag ng Tanghalan champion. The pride of Sagay told me in a harsh voice, "Tigulang na gid ta" (I’m old already) he was complaining of so many illness.
Bagguer Villaluz, an accomplished musician against has already acquired the distinction of being an institution in Ilonggo love songs in the province of Negros Occidental as well as the entire country.
He has hopes that one day singers and dramatic actors will include in their repertoire Ilonggo love songs wherever and perform in concerts as well as in Filipino movies.
Bagguer is obsessed with the idea that everyone, more particularly Ilonggos, would develop an intense love for Ilonggo music. That, similar to other ethnic sectors, Ilonggos would help in this crusade, which is his lifetime ambition.
Joel "Bagguer" Villaluz with NDB’s W. Henry O. Streegan
He is now popular in the Province of Negros Occidental, more particularly in Bacolod City where he has been performing in hotels, malls, private parties and many social functions.
Today, February 25, 2014 at 6:00 a.m. will be at the San Sebastian Cathedral for the Mass offered by a close friend, Fely Luz to Cosette Olimpo Maravilla Villaluz on the occasion of her 1st death anniversary.
Bagguer and Cosette at the Robinson’s Place
After 6:00 a.m. mass, we will proceed to Rolling Hills Memorial Park with Fely Luz to light candles and offer prayers and flowers to our beloved Cosette, with our children and grandchildren. Special thanks to Fely for offering six masses for Cosette at the Fatima church for six days.
Bagguer & Cosette at the Planta Hotel
Last Wednesday, February 6, 2014 a group of Capuchin Sisters had dinner at the Chicken House Araneta-Alunan, where I was playing twice a week. Most of the sisters (all) know me after I have shared my music with them.
Capuchin sisters at the Chicken House with Keyboardist Bagguer Villaluz of NDB.
The last time was with Ms. Ruby (Token) Lizares providing musical accompaniment for the Queen of Charity, Token Lizares who is a family friend.
Maya Gabriela Q. Villaluz, Senior Operations Officer of the World Bank with Bagguer Villaluz at the New Government Center.*
Friday Solinap, Brgy. Villamonte New Barangay Captain (Punong Barangay) is not new to Villamonte residents. Being a barangay kagawad for many years, he is also an educator of St. John’s Institue in Villamonte. Family members are working with Bacolod City Government for many years, two of them happens to be my officemate at the Barangay Operations Bureau where I retired in 2007 after serving the City for 35 years and composed the song "Kami Bacolodnon" which became the City’s official song and earned the "Ang Banwahanon Award" in 2012.
One of Friday’s brother, the most handsome and popular is my "compadre" and now holds a very important position in the city as Department Head (Bids and Awards Committee Chief) of the General Services Office (GSO).
Ray Vanoy Denila, grandson of my friend Al Denila of California, USA celebrated his birthday at the Kusina Fenoy, a newly opened sugbahan here in Bacolod, located at Margarita St., Eroreco.
Kusina Fenoy is managed by Alexandra Zayco and specializes in fish, pork and chicken sinugba. If you want to visit the cozy place you can call 476-2295 to savor their tasty sinugba. I was told that Kusina Fenoy is always full of guests from the USA and other Balikbayans, so it’s better to get a reservation before coming.
Earlier in the afternoon, we laid to rest our LCC-Bacolod Class ’59 classmate, Alan Magbanua Sr. at the Catholic Cemetery, Burgos Street, and after the burial, we were invited by Rafael "Paeng" Paderna, our classmate artist at Kusina Fenoy which is actually his house converted into a sugbahan.
LCC-Bacolod Class ’59 members at the KUSINA FENOY after laying to rest their classmate Alan Magbanua.*
I was in Silay City for the 70th birthday of a childhood friend, Rolando Butanas. I call him "Utod" because of our closeness. We are more than brothers. Utod Rolando is the son of a Fire Station (Bacolod City) mechanic. We are neighbors in Mamboloc in the late 40s. The Fire Department is the site of BACIWA now, facing San Juan St. while its office is facing Galo St. which is the site of Bathhouse, a project of Peding Montelibano, Bacolod first mayor.
A pose with a long-time friend Rolando Butanas at his residence in Silay City.*
Last October 19, 2013, I was invited by Madame Gretchen O. Cojuangco at their Pontevedra Mansion to entertain their guests. It was a lunchtime affair and we arrived at Balbina at 10:30 a.m. before the guests arrived. By 11:00 a.m. I started playing as the UAAP’s Champion, La Salle Manila, arrived.
My eldest son Jeffrey who drives wherever I have bookings enjoyed very much. He is a fan of the Tengs and had a photo with the ace player; When I approached Maam Gretchen to say Hellow, she was very happy that her aide, Asa was able to get my services. She told me that it was Atty. Maida Torre (Cosette’s LLB classmate at UNO-R) who gave my cell number and that answers my question why I was not able to entertain the family’s guests for quite a time.
NDB’s Bagguer Villaluz with Madame Gretchen O. Cojuangco at the Balbina Mansion during their lunch hosting with UAAP Champion, La Salle Manila.*
She also informed me that she bought my CD’s at the Negros Showroom. As my contact number is secured by her secretary, I am expecting to be back at the Balbina anytime from now. Ambassador and San Miguel Corporation welcome me together with my longtime friend Nene Abello.
The Garden Show of Negros Occ. Garden Club headed by President Lourdes Mercado started at the North Terminal Building of SM Bacolod October 11, 2013 at 8:30a.m., a motorcade started around the city and the cutting of ribbon by Bacolod First Lady Patching Puentevella at 9:00 a.m.
Monico Puentevella the mayor of Bacolod gave his welcome remarks after which the Garden Show opened and will end on October 21, 2013.
Ms. Token Lizares sings "Sin-o Ako?" for the Daughters of St. Paul 75th Founding anniversary at the Lupit Church Social Hall, NDB’s Bagguer Villaluz on the keyboard.*
As usual like in the previous year your instrumentalist is always invited to give FREE Music to Garden Lovers.
Thanks to the members of the Iloilo Garden Club who were present during the Opening Ceremony and buy my CDs "Iloilo ang Banwa Ko". Many thanks also to past president Tess Aplaon who invited me again to join them in this yearly affair of the club.
A portrait by Jun Mendoza Dioce of "Kurit Art Gallery" was presented to Jose Marie Chan by NDB’s Bagguer Villaluz as a gift at his Sta. Clara residence.*