Surprise Party for Sally

Last Sunday, June 16, 2013, we had a surprise despedida party for Ma’am Sally (Rizalina Sally Labanda) before she migrates to her new home in the US. She has become one of the pillars of education here in the Philippines. She is a former president of the Reading Association of the Philippines (RAP) and the first Filipina who became the board member of the International Reading Association (IRA). She is an educator by heart and reading is truly her passion.

She thought that it was just a regular board meeting of the Reading Association of the Philippines. She was surprised when the past RAP Presidents, former DepEd USec, and even Ambeth Ocampo cleared their busy schedules to attend the party.

Let me share with you some of the pictures:

Photos by Merlene Alon

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Ma'am Sally

Ma’am Sally

the teary-eyed Ma'am Sally  as she listens to the speech that honors her

the teary-eyed Ma’am Sally as she listens to the speech that honors her

oh...oh... here comes the tears...

oh…oh… here comes the tears…

Ambeth Ocampo posed with the slide show of Ma'am Sally...

Ambeth Ocampo posed with the slide show of Ma’am Sally…

Merlene Alon and Melissa Orencia; Leonor Diaz and me

Merlene Alon and Melissa Orencia; Leonor Diaz and me

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posing with the portrait drawn by the multi-talented Ms. Orencia

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the never-ending ‘kwentuhan blues’ ๐Ÿ™‚

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Flora Alfonso, Melissa Orencia, Me,
Felicitas Pado, Lina Diaz De Rivera, Fe Hidalgo, Sally Labanda, Elena Cutiongco, Merlene Alon

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with Concepcion San Antonio (DepEd Region 4A), Amy Balagtas (DepEd Lucena), Leonor Diaz (U.P.) and Felicitas Pado.

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Ambeth Ocampo handing the bouquet to Ma’am Sally

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group picture!!!

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Amy Balagtas, Nemah Hermosa, Leonor Diaz, Felicitas Pado, and Flora Alfonso

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We will miss you Ma’am Sally!!! Mwah!*

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