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« on: June 21, 2008, 05:15:37 PM »
Today, I was invited to a luncheon party tendered by the ABS-CBN Global honcho Raffy Lopez at a posh retaurant in Tokyo. As usual, about half of the crowd of TFC dealers, media and guests were Bisdaks. Again--and this is something I have come to anticipate in every Filipino gathering--I met two well-respected Boholanas.

First, I would like to introduce Josie Nistal, a community leader in Tokyo, who hails from Dauis, Panglao. Born Josie Bernales Aranjuez, she grew up in Mabini before her family moved to Dauis, where, it turns out, we are neighbors. Josie is the president of the Samahang Pilipino, the oldest and longest-running association of Filipinos in Tokyo composed mostly of household and embassy staff of the diplomatic community here. She is concurrently the president of the Boholano Association in Japan, which has at least 20 members, and was organized under the auspices of then Press Information Officer and Boholana Delia Balite. Josie is the chef for the ambassador of Luxembourg to Japan the Honorable Paul Steinmetz. Josie is formally trained in European cuisine, a skill which she is planning to put to good use in the future when she develops her sprawling property in Panglao as a resort. Mubisita kuno siya sa Tubag Bohol karong gabii aron tan-awon ang pictures. Welcome to TB, Josie. Please feel free to post your ideas and meet the wonderful people of TB...

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Josie and I were surprised to find out, later in the party, that the wife of Consul General Sulpicio Confiado, Madam Prescilla Ramo Opus Confiado (second from left in photo below), is also a Boholana who hails from Baclayon. I have known ConGen Confiado, a very low-key official notwithstanding his important position next only to the ambassador, for sometime now. But it was my first time to meet his wife and learn that she is also a Boholana.

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ABS-CBN Global Chief Operating Officer Raffy Lopez profusely thanked the Filipinos in Japan for enthusiastically receiving its new product offering, the internet-based TFCko, where programs can be downloaded according to one's convenience.

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As in any lively party, it was Bisdak (and adopted Bisdak) galore during this luncheon.

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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2008, 03:52:17 AM »
How small the World is? Sir, you are much blessed with your job coz you are always exposed to different prominent people and Boholano achievers.

I welcome Ms. Josie to TB. Share your time and brillant ideas here and have fun with us. Tnxs for posting Sir Benelynne.

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2008, 06:23:52 AM »
Thanks, Bene san for this thread.  I hope that Josie will join us here.  I have so much respect on chefs! 

As to Madam Prescilla Ramo Opus Confiado, the family name Opus is quite prominent in Bohol.  I just wonder if she is in any way related to Nong Nacing Opus and Louie Opus. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2008, 07:48:05 AM »

I'll ask the honorable Congen sometime. Taga-Baclayon na sila? Basta Bohol ang origin, I'm sure related na sila. Kani kuno si Madame Priscilla Confiado, sometime during her youth, the family moved to Tacloban. But their ancestral abode remains beside the cathedral in Tagbilaran.

I'll keep on posting sanos and sanas that I meet so that our circle here at TB will be enlarged. Josie has invited me to a riverside picnic her organization, the Samahang Pilipino, will hold on June 29 in Tokyo. Basig maka-meet na pud kog mga Bol-anon.

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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2008, 08:23:32 AM »
Arigato, Bene san!

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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2008, 09:26:13 AM »
Nong Benny, you must be thrilled meeting and knowing them! thank you for sharing kay makalingaw gyud!

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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2008, 09:46:28 AM »
I wish i have your Job Benne san! (ambisyosa ra kaajo ;D)
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2008, 06:06:10 PM »

I remembered you as I talked with Josie. She said she trained at a culinary school near Forbes, and studied European cuisine as well in Tokyo. You can just imagine what topnotch gourmet she is. Pa-sample nato ining mubisita siya sa Tagbilaran.

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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2008, 06:08:09 PM »

I'm always on the lookout for Boholanos, ever since I got to join TB and my wife and kids moved there. It has become a natural bond.

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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2008, 06:13:37 PM »

Can't make this job your bread and butter, but it gives you contact to a wide range of people. It's really the small clients and the hard-working but unknown entrepreneurs who bring food to my table and pay for my kids' tuition. We just have to thank God for all His blessings.

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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2008, 08:05:39 PM »


Benne sad, i always find and had a job of my passion, ma naa may pan ug mantekilya o wala mao nga im always poor...   :-[

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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2008, 04:18:52 AM »

Wow!  I am not really fanatic to singers, movie artists and the like but I will surely would ask Chef Josie to autograph my apron pohon, Bene san!  I dream of having a cook off with a chef or cook.

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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2008, 06:03:14 AM »

We all live from our bread and butter. But we all live for our passions in life.

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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2008, 06:07:37 AM »

Grace, I really love people who have zest for life, makatakod! How do you deal with low moments, cook up something?

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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2008, 06:33:44 AM »
from[/i] our bread and butter. But we all live for our passions in life.

Amen to that, Bene san!

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« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2008, 06:37:16 AM »

Eat and eat! lol Bitaw, cooking is very therapeutic!  It's so nice to cook something that looks so complicated and yet so easy to make! hahaha I once made this French pastry with tongue twisting name and it was just easy to make - as easy as eating nilugaw! 

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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2008, 03:15:37 PM »
Hi Benny,

Kumusta ka na Dong dinha? Kumusta na ang Tokyo?
In Manila right now for my daughter's graduation. Was in Cebu and Bohol while Frank, the typhoon, was there.
Ayo-ayo ug regards nilang tanan.

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« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2008, 03:22:23 PM »
Hello Ms. Delia,

Welcome to Tubag Bohol!  Salamat sa pag dujog namo dire sa ginatawag nato'g virtual Payag.  I hope to see you always here.  Duaw-duawa pod dre.   :)

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« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2008, 05:11:13 PM »

Daghan man kog kaila nga Delia pero usa ra man jud ang Bol-anon nga Delia nga akong amiga. Ikaw ba ni Del? And what are you doing in the Philippines? Giunsa nimog kasaag dire sa TB, ug dire pa jud sa thread nga gilibak ta ka... (gi google nimo imong ngalan?)  Bitaw, even if I drop your name, I only have nice things to say about you dear sempai.

I guess we have a lot of catching up to do. But first, confirm if this is really you. Kung ikaw gani ni, I know why your handle is "buwak."

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« Reply #19 on: July 07, 2008, 09:43:22 AM »
mura ko ug nalibat kay abi nako si bulak, si buwak man di ay nga new member. Welcome buwak!



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