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The grateful children of Pilawan School

SFAL Project – Pilawan Elementary School

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt (Second Inaugural Address, 1937)

The Sagunto Friendship Association London (SFAL) designated the children of Pilawan Elementary School the beneficiary of their gift giving during the 2012 Balikbayan Homecoming. While the organizers of the homecoming had designated charitable activities in addition to the celebrations, the SFAL group performed and sponsored additional events such as this building project and a Christmas party.

The SFAL officers asked the two teachers at Pilawan Elementary School what their most pressing need was and were told that a sink where the kids can wash up and get a clean drink of water would be most beneficial.

SFAL was more than happy to grant their request and literally rolled up their sleeves to help out.

Image source: facebook profile of SFAL president, Raul Digay, with his permission.


Video: The Great Christmas Battle in Pilawan

Members of the various Sagunto organizations (SAUSA, SFAL, SUKA) converged on the small school in Pilawan, a sitio of Sagunto, last December to share merriment with the residents and children of the remote mountain locale. The group went up to sponsor a Christmas party and a school project for the benefit of the children and also to share in the laughter and fun. More photos of their charitable activities will be posted here soon. In the meantime, enjoy the hilarity and get a small taste of the joy shared by all.

First video is the race between SFAL President, Judy Digay and SAUSA President, Boying Annaguey.

The following video is of the ladies from both groups. Enjoy!

Videos courtesy of Raul Digay via facebook.


2nd Bloom Sison Fun Run!

It’s almost that time of year again when Sisonians abroad are overwhelmed with homesickness as everyone at home gets revved up for the holiday celebrations. For the second time, the Bloom Sison Fun Run will be held to kick off the festivities. Everyone is encouraged to participate!

Last year, Saguntonians represented the barangay quite well in the race, the contingent was led by the whole barangay council under the leadership of Kapitan Joel Julio. Lets do the same again this year and enable all these young people to participate! You can leave your pledges in the comments and we’ll post later how to get your sponsorships to the organizers.

Also last year’s fiesta, because of events like the FunRun, did not cost the town of Sison but rather the town benefited from the proceeds by acquiring a new fire truck for the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).


When: December 9, 2012
Gun Start: 10K at 5:45 a.m. — 5K & 3K at 6:00 a.m.
Where: Sison Auditorium

Registration fee: P300
Inclusions: Singlet, race bib, refreshments and snacks; raffle entry and lots of giveaways

Promo Dates & Fees:
P250 Early Bird Promo: October 1-20
Group Registration: October 1-15 (5/1: every 5 persons registered, take 1 free)

Registration Dates:
Regular registration date: October 16-December 1, 2012
Register at:
1. Sison Municipal Hall (contact Ron Torres)
2. Barangay Coordinators

Onsite registration is open subject to singlet availability

Onsite registration fees:
P350 with singlet
P200 without singlet


Cash Prizes* 3K Run 5K Run 10K Run
1st Prize P750 P1000 P2000
2nd Prize P500 P700 P1500
3rd Prize P300 P500 P500

*Awarded separately to Men & Women category.
For inquiries, visit the Takbotak Facebook Page
or TEXT/CALL #09163214018 or 09062771488 or 09178055040

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Planned Activities – 2012 Sagunto Balikbayan Grand Homecoming

The proposed schedule for the 2012 Sagunto Balikbayan Grand Homecoming was submitted by SAUSA president, Eleno Q. Annaguey, Jr. Your comments are welcome.

Planned Activities for the

2012 Sagunto Balikbayan Grand Homecoming

Dec 27-29, 30 2012


Dec 27, 2012 Evening   –    Sagunto Talent Show – The talent show will be categorized by ages

Dec 28, 2012 Day           –    1K or 2K Run/Walk thru Sagunto – prizes will be awarded by age group.

–              Basketball  Tournament Championship Games  

–                  Parlor Games:

  • Tug-of –war
  • Kid’s boxing
  • Pole climbing
  • Sudoku puzzle solving
  • Suggestions are welcome for more games


Dec 28, 2012 Evening    –     Originally, there are no events scheduled for the evening of Dec 28.

There is no event scheduled as yet but there have been a couple of  suggestions lately.

1.)    A community sing-a-long and games to be led by all the Sagunto churches.

2.)    Waiting for more details on the 2nd suggestion.


Dec. 29, 2012 Day   –  more games


Dec 29, 2012 Evening      –    Balikbayan Grand Reunion.

Dinner for all of Sagunto and its sitios.

Presentation of all Sagunto  Balikbayan groups, local organizations, and  churches.              

Inniliw . Dance with the DJ music, dance with the gongs, dance with the drums.  Dance  the night away. 

 Fun!! Surprises!! Fun!!! Fun!!!    


Dec 30, 2012      –     Annual Thanksgiving and Jose Rizal Day Celebration.               


Jan 3-4, 2013      –    Sagunto Medical Outreach  





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Medical Outreach Update

The following is an update from SAUSA president, Eleno Q. Annaguey, Jr., regarding the planning of the medical outreach scheduled during the balikbayan homecoming in December.

If you have not already reserved your page on the souvenir program, do so soon! Click HERE for details.


        2012 Sagunto Balikbayan Grand Homecoming

Medical Outreach

   January 3-4 2012


During my vacation to the Philippines last May, I met with our Honorable Mayor Mina Joy Pangasinan to let her know of our intention to hold a medical outreach in Sagunto as part of our Grand Homecoming activities.  It was an informal meeting to ask for her permission for such an event to be held.

I also asked her for the help of our municipality’s medical personnel, and the possible use of the municipal ambulance.  She gave me a positive response and told me to extend her thanks to the association’s membership for planning and sponsoring the medical mission. The Honorable Mayor asked me the scope of the mission and whether it was just for Sagunto or we are including the neighboring barangays.  I responded that at that time and because of limited resources, the plan is only for a medical check-up, eyeglass giveaway, and health education/seminars for Sagunto and its sitios. 

Since my meeting with the mayor, I have added members to the medical outreach committee and talked with the association’s membership.  We have also started asking for voluntary donations for the medical outreach from our kabarangayans abroad and all friends of Sagunto.  At this time our planning effort is geared to expanding the original intent (services and area to be served) of the medical outreach.  I still need to send to our Honorable Mayor a letter of intent and the scope of the project.

 I have requested Mr. and Mrs. Ed and Carvilyn dela Cruz to be members of the committee. As most of us know, Eddie and Carvilyn have done previous medical missions.  They have already informed me that contacts and arrangements for medical doctors were already made.  I just need to follow up when I go back home.

 Our medical committee coordinator, Mrs. Zenaida Velasco, during her vacation to the Philippines last May, has also made arrangements for discounted prices on medicines if we need to purchase medicines.  

 Mrs. Marlene Dapiaoen-Puente  is currently coordinating through her contacts the procurement of medicines and other materials needed.

 Mrs. Emily Benosa-Homma is coordinating the eyeglass giveaway as she has always done in the past when she goes home.  We need donations of new or used eyeglasses.

 Here are the members of the hard-at-work medical outreach committee:

                Mr. Alfonso Sipus            –             Chair

                Mrs. Zenaida Velasco     –              Overall Coordinator

                Mrs. Gladys Sipus-Basabas

                Mrs. Marlene Dapiaoen-Puente

                Mrs. Emily Benosa-Homma

                Mr. and Mrs. Ed & Carvilyn dela Cruz     

Download a copy of this letter: 2012 Reunion Medical Outreach – Update