FC: Our Family History | Balisi - San Jose
2: Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Arnel | AntonioIII | Rowena Domitilia (Mother) | Allan Jay | Antonio Balisi | Riza Emily | Anthony John | Venus Rapadas-Balisi | Balisi
3: Grand Mother | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Ricardo Romualdo (Father) | Rosula | Maritess | Ulpiano | Alberto | Eustacio Jr. | Rafael | San Jose | Eustacio San Jose | Vicenta Ramos-San Jose | Perce Veranda
4: My first two years were spent in the province, in my grandmother’s house in Ilagan, Isabela. It was there where I learned how to talk and walk. My parents visited me every week-end I was re-united with my parents before I turned two, and we celebrated my 2nd birthday at Shakey’s. It was attended by our relatives and friends here in the city. | Grandparents | Parents | asd
5: Ilagan, Isabela
7: My first school – the first place I stayed for two hours a day without a relative beside me – was the Little Villagers Learning Center at Sikatuna Village. I spent two happy and wonderful years there. When I was younger, we would always go back to the province during Christmas breaks and Holy Week. It was a long drive and it was fun looking at the mountains and fields along the way. | Grandparents | Parents
8: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers
9: Cousins in Acacia
10: My first formal school was Claret School of Quezon City. I started there as Prep. My ate (yaya) and I would ride a tricycle in going to school. It was also in Prep when I first went out with a friend’s family during the birthday of my classmate, who was my best friend then, Carl. Carl would sometimes also spend time in our apartment on Saturdays. I had my first art competition when I was in Prep. It was inspiring as I won the bronze medal.
12: My family transferred to our new house on March 2002, after my graduation in Prep. It was in Novaliches, which was quite far from Claret. My parents asked if I would want to transfer to another school but I told them that I still wanted my old school even if it was quite far from our house. So I stayed in Claret. The travel to the school was quite long and I would often fall asleep at the school bus.
13: The house blessing was on February 2003, almost a year after. It was quite special as it was my Lolo Nito (Msgr. Rapadas) who blessed our house. I t was also the first time that a big gathering was held in our house. We had fun collecting all the coins and candies showered after the blessing.
14: My parents allowed me to “sleep over” at a classmate’s house in Grade 3. We played computer games all the time and ate and ate and ate. I wished it was week-end forever.
15: My First Holy Communion in Grade 3 was very memorable. It was my first contact with the Lord. I felt blessed.
16: My section won in the newspaper drive when I was in Grade 5 and Grade 7. The school treated us to a free trip to Enchanted Kingdom.
18: Summers then were spent at my Lola’s house in the province. It was there where I learned biking. It was fun as we would often visit different places in the province like the Callao Cave in our town and Sta. Victoria Cave in Cagayan. It was wonderful to run from house to house as our relatives live near our grandmother’s house. Fiesta in the province is really fun. My cousins and I would often stay out until midnight at the fair – riding all rides and eating a lot of street foods.
20: My 12th birthday was celebrated during my grandfather’s wake. I thought that there would be no funfare on that day as my Lolo’s wake was in the Sala but my grandmother insisted that there should be a simple preparation. It was amusing to celebrate a happy and sad occasion at one place.
22: Before I begun my First Year High School Classes, I asked my parents to allow me to commute. They did approved only in going home as my Dad would drop at school in the morning before proceeding to work. Commuting is fun though frightening at times especially when I rode the wrong jeep the first time. I almost got lost. I was in an unfamiliar place and it was already late. Luckily, I found my way home after two hours. I was very tired when I reached home. There are also times when I would forget to get my change so my parents made sure that I always have loose coins.
23: The last two years were quite independent years for me. I would arrive home and open the house. My parents gave me and my brother our own keys to the house. We were taught to cook rice and fix our own things. No yaya to open the house for us.
24: I always look forward to spending Christmas in the province. It was only last year when I attended the Midnight Christmas Mass that I did not fall asleep while the Mass was being celebrated. I felt like a winner.
25: Sunday is family time. We would go to mass together, either at the Subdivision or in SM. After, we would visit our favorite shops in the mall while Mom is at the supermarket and Dad is somewhere reading the newspaper or at the hardware. Sunday afternoon is cleaning and preparation for next week’s activities.
26: Acknowledgments I would like to thank Ms. Rowena Domtilia San Jose for all the assistance and guidance that helped me finish this book. | For my friends who's always there to encourage and assist me whenever I had some questions and problems.
27: I would also like to thank Mr. Anthony John Balisi for the Photos that gave color to the book.
28: Drawings. . .
29: Toys. . .
31: Life is routine but spices spring up every now and then, so the next day is always a new and exciting day.