Updates on my Cebu friends

December 2006

Ana

Ana
Ana got married this year.
Unfortunately, I didn't go to the wedding (her new hubby was jealous of ME? Can you believe it?)
Anyway, she's generally happy to have found her lifetime guy; but the fly in the ointment is the need for her to be certified as 'TB-free' before Canada will issue her a spousal visa so she can join her husband in Vancouver, B.C. Hopefully, early in 2007 she will be heading off to Canada to start her new life.
Read her 2004 Streetbuzz Interview.

Romeo and Anabel

Anabel
Anabel, Ana's best friend, got married this year too. I did go to this wedding, had a great time, and took hundreds of photos. Here she is with Romeo her groom, getting ready to drive 100 meters to the wedding reception at the social hall in back of the church. Great feast and party!

Anonymous man

"Anonymous man"
He doesn't want me to use his name on the Internet, so I won't. He's my best friend in Cebu. We talk just about every day, comparing notes and commiserating over the life of a 'forener in da filipines.'
He had a pretty good year in 2006.

Daymeg

Daymeg
Daymeg is a dynamo who continues to work hard as attorney, mom and loving spouse. She started a new project a few months ago, Global Cebu Open Community Association. She has a small and very dedicated group around her who are jumpstarting this ambitious project to build an open-source software development community here in Cebu. She invited me to join, and after a slightly rocky start we are working together. She's a fighter and a good woman.
Read her 2004 Streetbuzz Interview.

Felita

Felita
I sponsored Felita for one semester of college at University of Cebu, Lapu-Mandaue campus. She studied Management Accounting.

Gary

Gary
Sir Gary! He was my personal java (the programming language, not coffee) guru when I studied programming here in 2001. I moved on... (to retirement and forgetting about java) but Gary has continued to work very hard in the digital domain.
He presently is working on an animated film about Cebu entitled Cebu Heritage Tour (watch a clip at Google), working exclusively with open source software, to which he is very committed. Gary employs a rotating crew of young Filipino engineers and programmers, and has personally helped a number of them to significantly improve their skills.

Jane

Jane
I still run into Jane occasionally downtown. When I see her, it's always at the corner of Osmeña and Colon... you know, where a man can 'get his needs met' easily. Because she's older, Jane now is a 'facilitator' for the younger girls.
Last time I saw her she looked very thin and desperate. Life on the street is not easy.
Read her 2004 Streetbuzz Interview.

maylen

Maylen
Although she's older than her classmates, Maylen is continuing to work hard to finish high school. She decided to move back to Mindanao this year to live with her mom, from whom she had been estranged for several years. We text each other periodically, and last message she reported that she has a boyfriend now and is very happy with him. Her life seems to be going well.

Violet

Violet
I've watched Violet search for the right guy and the right job and the right place to live for the past couple years, and I'm happy to report that she has found herself a great gig: she is managing a small bar / restaurant in the beach town of Alcoy, about 100 km. south of Cebu City. The resort owner hired her and turned the small business over to her just before he left for his annual sojourn back to Germany several months ago, and so far she is really making a go of it. I'm so proud of her.
She hasn't found the right guy yet... but with her beauty and incredible attitude, I feel confident she will. (Guys: this one is a sapphire, and won't be available forever!)