Weesp-November 12- For her 65th birthday Lily’s wish was to have a party with her two children and intimate friends present. Told of her plan, her Berghaus circle were glad to lend a hand to their gentle and good natured Lily.
Celebrant Lily Nelmida (1st row-middle) with guests
Early in the afternoon of the 12th of this month Lily’s crew was busy preparing for the evening’s festivity. They hung balloons, arranged the house and brought their specially prepared food before the arrival of guests.
Reminiscing their yester-yearssssss of fun and adventures in Geinwijk-Kruitberg, Amsterdam
After the buffet dinner her two children Jun and Tieka, and guests mostly former Berghaus-Amsterdam co-workers, other kababayan, Dutch and Indonesians close to the family sang Happy Birthday in English, Tagalog and Dutch ending with loud shouts of hurrahs. The celebrant was beaming with happiness as she posed for her souvenir photos holding the poster with “65” boldly printed.
14-course buffet dinner is served
The Berghaus Girls, as young-(looking) as ever…after 40 years
Lily with members of Weesp-Almere Church Choir
Lily Nelmida who hails from La Union came to the Netherlands 40 years ago by twist of fate. An officemate asked her if she would be interested to work in Berghaus, a garment manufacturer in Amsterdam. The Pinay who signed a three-year contract changed her mind and did not join the group that flew to Amsterdam.
Debutant Lily Nelmida (Nov.12-1964)
The “panapal butas” agreed. After her contract, Lily like other Pinays who married Dutch, permanently resided in the Netherlands. She raised her two children Jun and Tieka Masfar while working full time.
The children have left their nest in pursuit of their careers but the home in Weesp in the outskirt of Amsterdam remains busy. It is home to friends from the Philippines, Canada, United States and elsewhere who tour Europe. Guests could also be a friend of a friend.
Lily with her children Tieka(left) and Jun(right) with family friend
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