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


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


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


the never-ending ‘kwentuhan blues’ 🙂


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


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


Ambeth Ocampo handing the bouquet to Ma’am Sally


group picture!!!


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


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

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About Audrey

I am not a typical “girl-next-door”, But I am striving to be a woman of valor. I cannot turn the heads of many people, But I can touch their lives and still be humble. To please my Creator, that is my main goal, To let Him mold me, for me to fit in my role. My other wish is to have a pure soul, And to have a zealous heart like a burning coal. Strength and honor must be my clothing, Purity and honesty, for me is an important thing. To be a woman of principles, that’s what I’m preparing, To make God proud of me as I keep on dazzling. I may not be as perfect as what I want to be, A soldier in the battle that is what I can see. I’ll keep on fighting to solve life’s mystery, To win the battle is the best reward for me!
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