I love the dynamics of the whole Gallaga clan - Bing's immediate family, all his Aunts and Uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces.
I love the closeness of the siblings and the cousins. They grew up together and created this bond between them that has somehow stood the test of time. They have grown and led their respective lives, some have moved abroad, but they remain close as ever and not allowed themselves to grow apart from each other. They may have their differences from time to time but they know how to set those aside so they can enjoy each other's company, especially when those from far away are in town. Their craziness, eccentricities can be brutal at times, yet they have a loving way of picking on/ teasing each other and that's usually whoever is the youngest among the cousins or isn't around during get-togethers (a good reason to make it to the reunions, hehe).
Their sense of humor is deep - they are witty, funny and can even be intellectual snobs at times. It's always a blast when they are all together, the repartee is enjoyable, interesting and not for the faint of heart.
I love to sit among the cousins, observe, join and listen to whatever it is they're discussing. I may not say it but I love all his cousins and everything that goes on with each of them. It could be movies, fashion, our children, their parents, uncles and aunties, hunk Hollywood actors, chismax among cousins and the least favourite, politics. Conversations are always interesting and deep, it could shift from frivolous subjects to more serious and heavy ones. Nobody is spared.
Regardless of whatever goes on, there's no judgment. Well, that's how I feel whenever I'm in their company.
They know how to party, but also comfortable just being at home watching a movie, hanging out and just talking.
I have the coolest, pragmatic, loving mother-in-law.
They always made me feel how it is to have a family. They are sticklers for family traditions and old-style family values in relation to manners, such as showing respect to elders, traditional Sunday lunch with the clan matriarch. I think this is what helps create that sense of being a family.
I knew right away I belonged because of the food, I love to eat yet so picky but they know their food and drink - hahaha. They are adventurous and they take their food and drink seriously. It is never random or arbitrary, meals during gatherings are meticulously planned, coordinated and prepared.
Lucky am I in this lottery of life.. My deepest thanks I give to thee ... I don't get to spend as much time with them but they're never far from my thoughts.
They're the kind of family which keeps you going even when everything doesn't make sense. They aren't perfect, they have their issues, but they haven't let that get in the way of making each one feel the value of belonging to the clan. The positives far outweigh the negatives.
Let me knov if you enkounter difikulties.
1998: The European language
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the EU rather than German, which was the other possibility. As part of the negotiations, Her Majesty's government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5-year phase-in plan that would be known as "EuroEnglish." In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favor of the "k:" This should klear up konfusion and keyboards kan have one less letter. There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replased with the "f." This will make words like "fotograf" 20% shorter. In the 3rd year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will encourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e"s in the language is disgraseful and they should go away. By the 4th year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" with "z" and "w" with "v".
During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords containing "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters. After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.
SALSA: WE ARE THE COLOMBIAN PACIFIC
Venue : Bulwagang Francisca Aquino
Time : 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Date : Dec 7 2011
Venue : CCP Main Theater Lobby
Time : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date : Dec 7 2011
MAKE WAY FOR SALSA!
Salsa: We are the Colombian Pacific is on its tour covering ten countries in the Asian Pacific, showing the culture of Colombian Salsa and its particular style of dance and the Philippines is the next stop.
From December 5 to 9, Salsa: We are the Colombian Pacific will be in Manila to teach this seductive and rhythmic movement to Filipinos. The group is composed of Jaime Gonzalez, Jennifer Olave and Olga Acosta.
Salsa: We are the Colombian Pacific will be at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on December 7. They will conduct a salsa workshop at 1-4PM at the Bulwagang Francisca Aquino. They will have a salsa presentation at 6-9PM during the CCP's weekly Filipiniana Sunsets show at the CCP Main Theater Lobby.
Salsa is an essentially Caribbean musical rhythm created by Latinos in New York City between 1930 and 1950s; it settled in the 1960s sharing the riotous popularity of other globally renowned rhythms, such as reggae and rock. Salsa is a cultural expression of music and dance which has permeated Colombian society, particularly in urban districts. Because of its power to seduce, it has also come to have close links with other forms of expressions, such as art, literature and film.
Salsa is more than a dance. It also tells a story. Writers have described salsa as the chronicle of the urban Caribbean, the lyrics of its songs mirroring the life of the Latin peoples. Its urban nature speaks of the marginalized life of the major cities and the daily struggle for survival.
Colombia, which has adopted dance as its most important manifestation of salsa, is the land that gave birth to the cumbia, the porro and other dance rhythms.
So why would Filipinos do the salsa? Just like Colombians, dance has always been an essential part of many Filipino celebrations and festivals. Just like Colombians, the cultural phenomenon of dance is strong in the Filipinos, who pass on the dance steps from generation to generation.
December 7, Wednesday
1-4pm Salsa Workshops
Bulwagang Francisca Reyes Aquino, Cultural Center of the Philippines
6-9pm Salsa Presentation at Filipiniana Sunsets
CCP Main Theater Lobby
10:30pm Dance Night Affair with the
Spirit of ‘67
Bar 360 Degrees
December 8, Thursday
2-5pm Salsa Workshop @ the Araneta Center
Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
|Drawing courtesy of thinkinginsomniac|