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Berghaus Girls

Weesp-The Netherlands
November 12, 2011

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

Lily’s wish for her 65th birthday came true.

    Write a Comment
    Josie Albores
    Thu 17th November 2011
    Hi Lily!
    Great photos of your birthday celebration. I can't believe it's been that long since you left to work in Holland. I remember you travelled alone (as the group had left when you finally got your travel papers), so you did not even know your group. But you have easily amassed new friends. And now, you are the center of a celebration of your 65 years, 40 or so of which were spent in Holland (longer than you did here in the Philippines). Yet you have remained simple and sincere.
    You deserve such a celebration, Lily. You have been so
    kind and accommodating to all your friends. And, yes, even to friends of your friends.
    I thank God for having you as my friend since our college years. May God continue to shower you with more blessings, a relaxed and enjoyable life, and a healthy body.
    Your birthday celebration Part 2 will be here when you visit us. Tot ziens!
    Wed 16th November 2011
    Hi Lily...congratulations...65 healthy and happy !!! I am glad you sent me this article, I was hoping for photos of your party. Wish you all the peace, good health, and lots of luck in the future.
    I could see some familiar faces...friends I met when I was in Holland. Hope to see you all again one day. Hey, Junior...a handsome young man!!
    Edna Njio
    Wed 16th November 2011
    Lily, congratulations on your milestone birthday so special with full of mementos to remember the passage of time surrounded by your beautiful family and loyal friends. You’re blessed to have reached a landmark birthday (65th) with good health and thus, living it to the full.

    With God’s grace may you continue to live happy,

    ღღღ Edna and Booneღღღ.
    Linda Vermolen
    Tue 15th November 2011
    Dear Ate Lily,
    It's our pleasure to be part of your 65th birthday celebration. Your patience and kindness will be engraved in our hearts and minds. It is a memento of a lifetime.

    It was fun seeing some friends again and we enjoyed your sumptous and tasty food.

    Wishing you more wonderful birthdays to come.

    Love and hugs,
    Rene and Linda
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