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San Juan Clan in Canada Celebrates the Holiday Season 2016

By Tony A. San Juan
December 27, 2016


Distinctively, December is the month of snowy & chilly clime , sharing of aguinaldos, festive fun & feeling and the traditional time for Christian families to celebrate the birth of our dear lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

The San Juan family in Canada is one big, extended group which is no different than other large families during Christmas  time...... full of hopes, ardent prayers and kindred spirit with time-honoured  mano po  respectful gestures.

Composed of 14 First Generation living brothers & sisters, all in Canada, the San Juans  together with their special guests and family friends, gathered in religious merriment and colourful yuletide attires on December 18, 2016 at the Holy Rosary Church, St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto to greet  & catch up on one another, share food and gifts, and enjoy the spirit of the season. From the 14  offsprings of the lates Engracia "Grace" Apuya and Salvador Reyes San Juan, Sr., they now consist four generations of 132 family members of which 117 or 89% are in Canada, while fifteen or 11% are outside of Canada- five in the Philippines and 10 in the U.S.A .

The Clan also had the opportunity to wish its oldest member - sister Shirley "Ale" San Juan -Rosales, a blessed natal anniversary, who was born on Christmas Day in 1936. Other members who received birthday greetings were: Eddie Dela Cruz , Jess Llanera , husbands of sisters Sonia San Juan- Dela Cruz and Susan San Juan- Llanera, respectively. And also, Edilberto "Bitoy" Dela Cruz, Jr., Eva San Juan - San Andres, Simone Rosales , and Matty C. Ordonez, apo of Lito & Beth SJ Cruz..

Superbly planned and organized by sisters Marie A. San Juan and Sylvia San Juan- Leaver, the celebratory program started with the welcome remarks of Ben Ambagan San Juan- youngest son of Angie & Benjoe San Juan, and Andrea A. San Juan, followed by the beautiful homily of Collin Cortez Rosales, the only son of Maggie & Rudy Rosales, Jr. and the apt Christmas story- telling  by Sylvia SJ Leaver to the engaging  kabataan  with an enthusiastic Julia Dela Cruz acting as a little angel.

Alternating as the event's emcees were Nicole Dela Cruz, Angelica DlC Tait  & Marie San Juan. Special performances include : song rendition by Janie Alo Rosales, self-defence moves by  brothers Jericho & Jacob SJ Lectura, sons of Nanette & Pien Lectura and pinsan Kal SJ Tan, son of Lourdes & Michael Tan ; trio singing by Nicole Dela Cruz and her twin sisters Katrine & Katrina, teenaged children of Bitoy & Daphne Macalanda-Dela Cruz; solo singing by Mischelle Alo-Rosales and a duet number with Lou-Anne Recinto San Juan, daughter of Maria Teresa & Bobby A. San Juan.

Matt San Andres, hubby of Eva, performed a special duet with Sylvia Leaver. Parlor games for kids and adults were supervised by Nanette SJ Lectura, assisted by her kapatid  Maria SJ Tan and their Tita Beth SJ Cruz. Benjoe A. San Juan and Juliet SJ Dela Cruz, patiently served as photographers while Antonio "Bobby" San Juan, Jr. acted as special videographer. Led by sisters Andrea & Marie San Juan, Sylvia Leaver and pamangkin Maggie C. Rosales, the committee members of the food and dessert table, hall set up, decoration , table and seating arrangements and other logistic preparation were collaboratively handled by the Rosales family, Tait family, Lectura & Tan families, Salvador San Juan, Jr. family and Benjoe San Juan family. Angelie A. San Juan and her mom, Angie Ambagan- San Juan , wife of Benjoe San Juan, extended full administrative support.

Other members of The Clan present were: Frank Leaver, Sonia SJ Dela Cruz, Salvador & Virginia Gabon-San Juan, Jr., Senen A. San Juan, Susan SJ Llanera, Tony & Jocelyn Acuna-San Juan, Rommel SJ Rosales & kids Simone and Jett , Roderick SJ Rosales & son Oliver, siblings Richard, Elizabeth and Rachel SJ Llanera, Liliane R. San Juan, Iean and Josie Dela Cruz- Tait with son Mark, Laura and Salvador G. San Juan III & sons Lance & Keegan, siblings Debbie & Edward "Ted" SJ Celis, Youssef  & Diana SA Andouni and kids Evie, Ilyas  & Youness. Other special guests were:  Father John Abad, Tyler Hughes, Alain Martin, Angeli's bf -Kris Angeles, little Ben's gf- Patricia and Anding's friend, Olive & her niece.

The Paskuhan program, concluded with pasasalamats, acknowledgements and prayers by "Ate  Bing"  Leaver. Penultimately, Christmas carols led by Matt San Andres and the Ho! Ho! Ho! walk-about by Santa Claus Ramon A. San Juan and his apos- elves: Julia, Katrina, Katrine, Janie & Simone with wrapped presents given out, courtesy of Maggie C. Rosales. The memorable gathering closed with lots of kodakans , bear hugs & beso-beso, best wishes & pamama-alams and the usual , don't leave the party with out your take-home "doggie- bag" baon. It was indeed a memorable and wonderful 2016 holiday celebration .Maligayang Pasko at Masaganang Bagong 2017 !!! ( T. San Juan).

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    San Diego
    Thu 28th December 2017

     It was nice knowing more of the San Juan clan. My aunties  my uncles  cousins and nephews. I miss you all
    Julian San Juan Briola  Jr.
    Las Vegas  Nevada  USA
    Tue 7th February 2017

     It is with much fondness in viewing my cousins in Canada having a grand time together. It has been a long time  separated by distance  that has kept me from knowing my own cousins on my beautiful loving mother s side. I hope maybe in the near future that we can meet and share memories. It is always good to see relatives. Much love and best wishes to all the San Juans.

    With much pride  Julian San Juan Briola  Jr. Las Vegas  Nevada  USA
    Sylvia San Juan
    Orlando Florida
    Wed 28th December 2016

     Very interesting news about the San Juan clan. Where are the San Juan from  my dad was originally from Tanay Rizal then they migrated to Zamboanga City where he mom my mom. Please give me more information about your clan.
    Marie San Juan
    London ON
    Wed 28th December 2016

    Maraming salamat my dearest brother Kuya Tony for writing the lovely article. And to Munting Nayon News Magazine thank you for publishing our wonderful memories of the event. All the best to you in 2017

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