My wife and I, along with our son, Carl Justine, attended the second grand reunion of the Laplana Clan which was held in Malitbog, Southern Leyte.
Actually, we attended only two of the activities of the reunion: The motorcade and the beach program.
The grand reunion of the Laplana clan was actually held in two days. On May 7, 2011, most of the participants of the reunion attended the Mass at the Sto Nino Cathedral in Malitbog- Southern Leyte which started at 8:00 AM. Then it was followed by the motorcade which started from the town plaza, just outside the Cathedral.
The motorcade went first to Barangay San Juan – Padre Burgos then went back to the Malitbog proper and then proceeded to the Holiday Beach Resort, formerly Ingko Mino Beach Resort in Barangay Juangon – Malitbog.
The registration, including the lunch and short introduction of the every families were held in the said beach resort. The activities of that day ended at late afternoon.
Actually, I was the one who introduced the family of my grandfather Lorenzo Laplana. My short speech had brought laughter to the listeners especially when I introduced my sisters Elma as the care-giver in the Home for the Aged in Barangay Benit and Gigie as the care-giver at the Home for the Aged in San Agustin – Surigao del Sur. But my relatives laugh more when I introduced my cousin Laurence. I told them that he already had three “panganay” (first born children).
I am not actually the one tasked to talk about our family since my aunt Pening was there. But when she refused to talk, Yo Lingling, my father’s first cousin, called me up to talk in behalf of my aunt.
On the next day, May 8, the second day of the activities was held. The torch parade started at late afternoon and was followed by the evening program, including the dinner, parlor games, family presentations and disco. But we had not attended these activities because we headed home already in Hinunangan – Southern Leyte on Saturday after the beach party because my wife had her appointments early on Sunday.
But we enjoyed the reunion so much. I just hope we can attend the next grand reunion of the Laplana Clan.
By the way, the photos I collected from other Laplana Clan members and the photos I took during the clan’s 2nd reunion will be posted at my Gallery Website. You can directly visit the page for the Laplana Clan 2nd Grand Reunion by clicking the link.