A Reunion to Remember at Diamond Seafood Restaurant in Bacolod City

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A Reunion to Remember at Diamond Seafood Restaurant in Bacolod City

A Reunion to Remember:  L-R: Albert Gonora,  Marites Manganti ( and daughter), Sergulyn Salazar, Debbie Gulmatico, Kenrose Laguyo, Neil Aladao, Marvin, the author, Eischied Arsenal, Rusty Millendez, Lenuel Betita 

A Reunion to Remember: Nostalgia, Success, and Culinary Delights at Diamond Seafood Restaurant in Bacolod City

 A Feast for the Senses

As I settled into the welcoming ambiance of Diamond Seafood restaurant in Bacolod City, enveloped in the warmth of familiar faces and the tantalizing aroma of exquisite dishes, I couldn’t help but marvel at the convergence of memories and success that marked our luncheon get-together. This delightful reunion was not only a trip down memory lane but also a celebration of achievements and, thanks to the generosity of our friend Dr. Manolo Anto, a culinary extravaganza.

A Reunion to Remember Courtesy of Dr. Manolo Anto

The sumptuous meal served at Diamond Seafood was nothing short of a gastronomic masterpiece, courtesy of our benevolent friend, Dr. Manolo Anto. Despite being miles away in Bahrain, Dr. Anto, a true friend and sponsor of our gatherings, made sure that our plates were adorned with delectable offerings. From fresh seafood delicacies to mouthwatering local specialties, the spread was a testament to the bond that transcends distance and time.

during our early years, 24 inches ago 🙂 with Manolo and Debbie

The Trio’s AMA Days – Rekindling Old Flames

Our reunion was set in motion by a thoughtful text from the late Dr. Debbie Gulmatico, a cherished friend and colleague. The anticipation of reuniting with old friends, especially in the backdrop of a delightful meal, added an extra layer of excitement. Dr. Anto’s commitment to fostering our connections, even from afar, mirrored the camaraderie we had during our AMA days.

 As we indulged in the feast before us, conversations flowed seamlessly, weaving through the tapestry of our diverse journeys post-AMA. From the academic corridors of Riverside to the bustling business world and overseas teaching ventures, each of us had a unique story to share. The laughter echoed through the restaurant, a harmonious blend of reminiscence and updates on life’s myriad twists and turns.

Me and Lenuel Betita with some of the teachers and former students of LCC at Antique

Former Students Turn Colleagues – A Proud Affirmation

The culinary experience was made even sweeter as we witnessed the success stories of our former students turned colleagues. Lenuel Betita, now the IT Head of LCC Bacolod, and Ms. Marites Manganti, teaching at CHMSU Alijis Campus, not only showcased professional achievements but also served as living testaments to the impact of our shared educational journey.

with Albert Gonora…early days

 Cycling Partners, Blogging, and Technological Triumphs

Sir Albert Gonora, a former co-teacher and the catalyst for my foray into blogging, shared anecdotes of our cycling escapades as we savored the flavors of Diamond Seafood. Albert’s guidance not only in the classroom but also in the world of technology laid the foundation for my journey as a blogger. His technological prowess, now wielded in the service of major global companies, stood as a testament to the transformative power of knowledge.

A Reunion to Remember: 

A Reunion to Remember ( encircled L-R) Eischied , Neil, Marvin, and Miss Rosario

Colleagues Turned Friends – A Tapestry of Careers and Global Journeys

The luncheon became a reunion of not just former colleagues but enduring friends, each playing a significant role in shaping the chapters of my life. Among those present were Ms. Rosario Becira and Eischied Arsenal, both now educators at the University of St. La Salle. Their roles as a faculty member at CAS and part of the IT Department, respectively, showcased the dynamic evolution of our careers. The seamless transition from former colleagues to present-day collaborators highlighted the enduring nature of the connections we forged, turning professional relationships into lasting friendships.

In this vibrant tapestry of shared experiences, Neil Alado’s entrepreneurial journey unfolded with determination and resilience, seamlessly interwoven with the sumptuous dishes gracing the table. Despite facing challenges in the piggery business due to the impact of HSF, Neil’s ability to pivot and embrace new opportunities showcased the indomitable spirit of our group.  Meanwhile, the migration of Marvin to Canada became a poignant discussion, shedding light on the delicate equilibrium between professional pursuits and family ties. Marvin’s unwavering dedication to returning home during the holidays, even from overseas, served as a heartfelt reminder of the enduring importance of family amidst the backdrop of remarkable career achievements.

with Sir Russel Millendez while waiting for our plants  [A Reunion to Remember]

 Academic Achievements and Reconnecting – A Proud Legacy

During the luncheon, Dr. Rusty Millendez, now the esteemed Dean of the College of Technology at CHMSU, shared captivating tales of his academic triumphs, embodying the proud legacy of our shared teaching history. Fondly known as Russell, his journey was a testament to the joy derived from witnessing former colleagues not just succeed but thrive in their chosen fields. However, adding a surprising twist to Russell’s accomplishments, the pandemic unveiled another side of him – a “plantito.” Amidst discussions of academic achievements, this esteemed dean revealed a newfound passion for collecting expensive plants during the lockdown. This unexpected revelation added a delightful layer to Russell’s multifaceted personality, making the luncheon an unforgettable blend of scholarly achievements and the discovery of hidden green thumbs.

Conclusion – Beyond Employers, Beyond Borders, Beyond the Table [ A Reunion to Remember ]

In conclusion, as we concluded our luncheon at Diamond Seafood, filled with laughter, shared memories, and the lingering taste of delectable dishes, I couldn’t help but appreciate the profound truth that lies beyond every employer we’ve served. It’s the relationships, the shared experiences, and the enduring connections that transcend borders and time, creating a tapestry of friendships that withstand the test of distance and career shifts. The culinary delights served by Diamond Seafood, courtesy of Dr. Manolo Anto, added an extra layer of richness to this reunion, making it a truly unforgettable celebration of both our past and our present.

A Reunion to Remember

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