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San Diego 2008

An Elegant Vintage Cocktail Reception & Extraordinary Benefit Show


A Concert by Ryan Cayabyab & the Ryan Cayabyab Singers (RCS)
A Poignant Painting Exhibit by Joey Velasco
A Guest Performance by Stephanie Reese

October 30, 2008

The Celestial Ballroom
U.S. Grant Hotel*
326 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-3121

Suggested Attire
Elegant Vintage or Contemporary Cocktail Dress or Suit
with Cocktail Hats

$125 per guest
(100 % tax deductible payable to Event Fiscal Agent,
San Diego Institute for Community Development.
Please mail check by Oct. 24, 2008 to
SDICD, P.O. Box 1252, Bonita, Ca 91908

Betty Bael, Event Organizer
artsygutsy@gmail.com, (619) 934-8479

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Fabulous 50's Party - University of the Philippines Alumni Asso. of San Diego

are you ready to rock 'n' roll, boys & girls?

The Invitation Cover

The Invitation Text:

Classified Ads: San Diego, Ca.

Guests to Shake, Rattle 'n' Roll a Party

· Must be willing to go back in time to the Fabulous 50's in authentic costumes
· Must be physically & mentally fit to 'Twist & Shout', 'Rock & Roll' from 6pm till midnight
· Must be 'Hopelessly Devoted' to the cause of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA-SD) - San Diego

$35 for guaranteed 'Acceptance'

Fun, Dinner & Dance, & A Most Unforgettable Experience

50's Dance & Costume Competition

Saturday, 17 November 2007, 6pm

The Champion Ballroom Academy
(Home of Fox's 'So You Think You Can Dance' Judge Mary Murphy)

3580 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 291-7722


For details contact

Betty Bael, UPAA-SD 50’s Event Organizer


(619) 934-8479

The Program

Cheri Dalton and Rudy Liporada

Masters of Ceremonies

Sound Check


6pm – Registration; Dancing Begins...

7pm – Welcome Remarks by Boodgie Arce, UPAA-SD President

7-8 pm – Dinner

8 pm – Program (Dancing in between numbers)

  1. Opening Song – Ivory Boskovich-Cunanan, LA Beauty Queen & Singer-Composer
  2. Dance Number – Line Dance by FX Studio Dancers
  3. Introduction of the Panel of Judges for Costume & Dance Contests – Betty Bael
  4. Costume Parade – Everyone is invited to participate c/ Boodgie Arce and Betty Bael
  5. Special Song Number - Dr. Mario Ines, The Singing Doctor
  6. Dance Contest – Everyone is invited to participate c/ Boodgie Arce and Betty Bael
  7. Surprise Number – The UPAASD’s Grease Mega Mix
  8. Introduction of the Guest Speaker – Edwin Bael, Emeritus Philippine Consul General & Consultant of the ASK Law Immigration Office, SD
  9. Special Remarks by Guest Speaker – Julie Hill, World Traveller, Former Corporate Executive, Author, and most of all, a Filipino by Heart
  10. Results of Dance & Costume Contests – The Panel of Judges c/ Boodgie Arce and Betty Bael
  11. Opportunity Drawing – Boodgie Arce
  12. Continue the Dance, Dance, Dance!

The Reception & Registration Committee with their welcoming smiles...


The UPAA-SD President, Boodgie Arce & the Fabulous 50's Event Organizer, Betty Bael
officially opened the bash...

The Fabulous 50's Committees...
the guys & gals behind the success


a Buffet-dinner for the Rock-'n'-Rollers

served by the Top Hat Caterers...

Ok, folks, let's start from here...

have a bit here...

& a bit more there...

for the sweet tooth...more here!

'the Chocolate Splendor' (chocolate fountain)

Wow, that was good food!

The Opening Salvo...

a special song number by LA beauty queen, singer-composer,

Ivory Boskovich-Cunanan, Guest Performer from Los Angeles

Do you see all those lovely gals over there?

Pretty teeny boppers ready to kick off their shoes & do the boogie...

The Dancing begins immediately...

Let's swing it, baby! - Baybee Andres & partner

Oh, yeah...Zeny Ply

Big Daddy and Babe...still remember the steps, Pardner?
- Ron Somera & partner

Hi-lili, hi-lo...Ann Napolitano & partner

Daddy 'O' and Hot Mama with her "baubles, bangles & beads"
- Dione Maceda & Pressy Garrovillas

What a kill! - Beth Antiporda & Carlos Balmaceda

What's buzzin':
Elvis Presley
(Judge Rafael Arreola) and Marilyn Monroe (Mrs. Estela Arreola)
gracing the affair!

A special intermission song number by the Singing Doctor...Dr. Mario Ines

We can dance many dance music -
the' sweet' & the 'very sweet'...The Oadeses

Oh, I made a 'goof'...is this the right step? - The Donaldsons

Shake, rattle & roll...The Caccams

Shake, shake, shake! - Cheri Dalton & Rudy Liporada

The hot rodder courting the teeny bopper...The Macedas

The Bobby Soxers...Dr. Caccam, Boodgie Arce & Dr. Cudal

Absolutely gorgeous gals!
Dr Lani Alarcon, Yolly Rosario, Betty Bael, Femie Cupit

Hot rodder Cruisin' for a Bruisin' with pedal pusher gals...
Edwin Bael, Femie Cupit & Guest

Perfect dance partners & winners!
-The Alanis couple

Sorry, darling...I think you're playing the 30's music!
Let's have the 50's music back ...ok, Djs?

Line dance leaders...

The 'glow worms'...

Are you doing the swing or the 'pandanggo sa ilaw'?
better make up your mind, girls...

Cha-cha is perfect for us...

Hello! Dolly, It's so nice to have you back where you belong...


The emcees doing their own brand of 'emceing'

Let's do the twist!

How about the boogie this time?

Now, on a more serious note...

Introduction of the Guest Speaker
by Emeritus Philippine Consul General Edwin Bael

Julie Hill, our guest judge tonight fares from Greece, a country that for so many is considered a cradle of civilization, of culture and the arts. But what justifies Julie to be a judge tonight in a Filipino contest ?

Aside from being herself a former executive of a major American corporation and a published author of two books of essays, tales and reminiscences, Julie is a friend of our country where she lived for six years, and continues to be a frequent traveler. Philippines is for her a second home; she travelled extensively from the northern city of Laoag to the remote island of Sibutu, the farthest island of the Sulu archipelago.

With her husband, the late Arthur Hill, she lived in our country during the tumultuous years of the Marcos administration. As the head of the Ford Foundation, Arthur Hill was responsible for numerous grants to a number of Filipino institutions and was honored by then President Lopez of UP with an honorary doctorate ‘for his scholarly discernment and deep understanding not only of the needs of the Faculty and students of the U of the P but also the high purposes of the Foundation.” Somehow Julie’s association with the Philippines extends also to the University we are gathered here to celebrate.

Julie is not just a consumer of culture and the arts, Culture and the arts have consumed her . She has integrated the beauty of Filipino culture in her lovely home with a collection of Philippine paintings, sculptures , religious artifacts, indigenous jewelry, in addition to an extensive collection of Philippine’s writers books …all these treasures to be returned some day back to our country

Some of the treasures she owns have been specially commissioned by leading Filipino artists, they remain treasures secret to all but her friends. An advocate of Philippine culture, a champion of many artists , Julie has the discerning eye and a world experience and exposure to serve as Judge & Speaker tonight in our endeavor.

That was a nice introduction...
from immediate past President
Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu

Ms. Julie Hill, Guest Speaker


By Ms. Julie Hill, Guest Speaker

What an impressive speech that was...
many thanks for the truly inspiring remarks!

Introduction of the Dance & Costume Contests Panel of Judges
by Betty Bael, Event Organizer

1. Ms. Julie Hill - Guest Speaker & Contests Judge

Physicist, author, world traveler, corporate executive, and most of all, a Filipino by heart. (see also introduction above)

2. Hon. Judge Rafael A. Arreola, San Diego Superior Court Judge (Ret.)

Judge Rafael A. Arreola received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Stanford University Law School, a Masters Degree and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley. He was born in Catarina, Jalisco, Mexico and raised in Riverside, California. Judge Arreola has a long history of assisting others and making an effort to improve the community in which he lives. He currently serves as an Assigned Judge of the Superior Court of California - County of San Diego, and as a nonprofit developer of low-income housing for seniors, the disabled and the homeless, as well as a developer of low cost sewage treatment facilities. Judge Arreola established a scholarship fund at The San Diego Foundation and currently serves as a Board Member, Co-Chair of the Gangs Initiative Committee and a member of the Foundation’s Executive Committee.

3. Atty. Estela Arreola - Contests Judge

Estela Aguilar, wife of Judge Arreola, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico. She is an attorney in Mexico and most recently was the Chief attorney for a Federal Appeals Court in Tijuana, Mexico. She was also a Folklorico dancer for approximately five years in Chihuahua, Mexico.

4. Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu - Contests Judge

Immediate past President of UPAASD, Dr. Nacu is a U.P. College of Nursing graduate. A holder of a Doctorate degree in Education, Leadership Studies from the Univ. of San Diego. Author, community leader, & exponent of the promotion of Filipino language in American education. The 1st Filipino American to receive the award out of thousands of alumni to choose from: "University of San Diego 2006 Author E. Hughes Outstanding Career Achievement Award for School of Leadership and Education Sciences".

5. Atty. Edwin Bael - Contests Judge

Emeritus Philippine Consul General (Career Diplomat) & Consultant of the ASK Law Immigration Law Office in SD. Masters in Public Administration, U.P. College of Pub. Ad; Masters in National Security Administration, National Defense College of the Philippines; Lifetime Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He is a Board Member of the New Americans Immigration Museum & Learning Center; Advisory Council Member of the Charles Hostler Institute on World Affairs of SDSU; Knight Commander, Order of the Knights of Rizal.

Pres. Boodgie Arce, on the mechanics of the contests...

Judge & Mrs. Rafael Arreola with Julie Hill

Costume Contest...which one is the most relevant to the 50's theme?

The costume parade begins ...

Oooops.........where have all the contestant numbers gone?

The Brizuelas...wow, what perfect costumes!

Chit & Art Domingo

Now, it's time to pose for posterity's sake...

The out-of-town guests driving 6 hours to join party in San Diego!
(special mention & appreciation to the Andreses, the Cunanans & the Karagdags)

The "R" buddies...Rudy & Ron

"The Pie's Girls"
(Pie Roque & Daughters Katie & Karen)

The FX Dancers

Playboy Cover Girl (Pressy Garrovillas)
with the young once (Beth Antiporda & Carlos Balmaceda)...

A VIP couple
(The Pippins)

LA Guest performer (Ivory Boskovich-Cunanan) with entourage...
the relatives (Atty. & Mrs. Jojo Karagdag)

Party organizer (Betty Bael) with Guest performer's Mom (Millie Boskovich-Cunanan)

and Dad as chaperone!

Edwin Bael with the immediate past President, Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu & hubby Engr. Nacu

Betty Bael & Auring Cudal, UPAA-SD former Pres.,
& current officer of the UP Alumni Association of America

I got the bug but don't like to miss the fun tonight!

That's right, we are having the fun of our lives! - Merly & Friends

We're the very first to write our checks so as not to miss the fun!
- Dr. Estela Matriano & Carole Caparros

Dr. & Mrs. Mario Ines (the singing doctor)

Another VIP couple, Mr. & Mrs. Tomo Garcia

Are we "on camera" now? - Emcees, Rudy Liporada & Cheri Dalton

Cute Gals - Edith Donaldson & Dr. Nits Caccam

Opportunity drawing winner...Merly Ferrer, RN

Dance winners - Mr. & Mrs. McKing Alanis

Another dance winner from the FX dancers...

The pedal pusher gals - dance winners, Femie Cupit & friend

2nd Prize dance winner...

1st Prize dance winner, Ms. Alanis

The Daltons

Forever Friends - Yolly Rosario, Betty Bael, Rose Amparo, Dr. Lani Alarcon, Dr. Dottie Sazon

The Cudals

Chit Domingo & Cristina Garcia

and their guys, Tomo Garcia & Art Domingo

Bobby soxer & emcee, Cheri Dalton

Pressy Garrovillas & Betty Bael taking a break...

What a perfect pair...VIP guests, Judge & Mrs. Rafael Arreola

Daisy Mirador, Rose Amparo, Yolly Rosario, Dr. Lani Alarcon

Event Costume Designer, UPAASD Pres. Boodgie Arce

Event Concept & Design, Betty Bael of ArtsyGutsy

A Word of Thanks to...

The Sponsors

· Dr. Ophelia Dirige and Dr. Riz Oades, Kalusugan Wellness Center

· Daisy Mirador, Nestle Toll House Cafe, Otay Ranch Mall

· Atty. Erwin Bautista, Law Offices of Erwin Bautista

· Mr. & Mrs. Philip Pinpin, Surety Life Insurance

· Dr. Lani Alarcon, DDS, Inc. Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

· Nancy Mendoza, Villa Manila Restaurant

· Edna Concepcion, Heritage Investment Group of Companies

· Femie Cupit, Eco Quest International

· Minda Marshall, Kangen Water Purifier

· Tristan Bael, Eco Quest International

· Carlos Dequina

· Rudy and Moonlight Brizuela

· Aurora and Winlove Cudal

· Pie and Sol Roque, El Primero Boutique Hotel

· Sim and Genny Silverio, Asian Journal

· Tomo and Cristina Garcia

· The Colmenars

· Pressy Garrovillas, Century 21 Award

· Barona Casino

The Donors

· Rita Andrews, Pres. COPAO

· Pepe and Ping Farrales

· Dr. Lombardo and Ana Santiago

· Nandy and Felma Vargas

· Albert Alarcon, Pad Thai Restaurant of Escondido

· Dr. Leilani Alarcon, DDS, Inc. Cosmetic and Family Dentistry

· Tristan Bael, Chocolate Splendor

The Fabulous 50’s UPAA-SD Committee

· Over-all Chair/Party Organizer – Betty Bael, ArtsyGutsy Events

· Registration and Reception – Pressy Garrovillas, Chair; Edith Donaldson, Moonlight Brizuela, Zeny Ply, Ador and Cristina Colmenar, Members

· Tickets and Sponsorship – Carlos Dequina, Betty Bael and Boodgie Arce

· Program – Betty Bael, Boodgie Arce, Cheri Dalton and Rudy Liporada

· Finance – Ann Napolitano, Carole Caparros

· Prizes - Pat Maceda, Susan Chrismen

· Publicity - Aurora Cudal, Chair; Sim & Genny Silverio, Rudy Liporada, Members

The 'Greaser' to his 'Babe': "I'm hopelessy devoted to you..." ~ from a UP campus love team