29 years
Community Service
News Magazine
Operated by couple Eddie Flores and Orquidia Valenzuela
News and Views of the
Filipino Community Worldwide
Filipino-Dutch Community Drechtsteden’s 15th Valentines party Anniversary was again jampacked despite the snow

By Angel Axinto
Photos:: Kees Visser, Anna Bracamonte, Mercedita Limen and Fe Heinen
Dordrecht-The Netherlands
February 14, 2017


The cold winter chill is not over yet.  And while some places in Europe is yet slowly recovering from the heavy snow fall, Holland was grateful with just the cold wind and pockets of light snow here and there.

But last February 11, the day of the long awaited  FDCD Valentines party, we woke up only to find out the entire country is covered in snow!  The first reaction was “Yeah! Let’s go out and play in the snow”. Yet the next minute was like “Oh noooooo, what about the party tonight?!!!”

For a moment it was a mix emotion. Delighted to see the amazing beautiful transformation of the landscape around, yet sad to know the discomfort, not to mention danger on the road the snow puts party goers into. Facebook was filled with worried party goers. Yet quickly reassured by one of the organizers, Livia Zerna. She said that there was a year when we had a mild blizzard during their Valentines party but it did not deter anybody at all. In fact, that was the year when they had the most guests ever. Advise was to wear warm clothes, bring that gorgeous Valentines party attire and change at the party centers’ spacious comfort room. Couldn’t be more  simple than that.

As the old saying goes “Come hell or high water”,  we are going to party!
Held at the FC Dordrecht, Krommedijk in Dordrecht, folks coming in from every corner of Holland and beyond. Friends from Germany and Belgium came to enjoy the Valentines party as they did the year before. The hall was jampacked with enthusiast party lovers who are more than ready to swing the night away. Nothing can stop us.

A huge arc of intertwined red and white balloons was creatively constructed for the guests to pass through at the entrance. Once inside the dancing hall your eyes would feast on the red and white balloons that were hanging everywhere.  The beautiful transformation of the party hall seems to have that mystical way of putting everybody in a platonic mood. Incredible.  The huge party center was filled with lovely ladies in stunning party dresses, mostly in red and some in their best red gowns. Some of the men on the other hand were wearing some touch of red to their attire. Startling sight.

In the adjacent room is the food court and beauty center. Guests were able to have their stomach filled with Filipino food and other delicacies. Some of the ladies had the chance to have a last minute make-up or re-touch by beauty experts.

This years’ Filipino Dutch Community Drechtstedens’ Valentines party is extra special. They are celebrating their 15th Anniversary.  And for this special occasion they decided to have no less than the all around singer and imitator Ruth Galura to perform back to back with Asian beat.  The combination couldn’t be more powerful. It was dynamite! The dancing started as soon as the crowd filled the room. No time wasted.
Funny it may seem, but FDCD’s party for some is the event to unite with their old friends far and near. My oh my they seem to agree to be here every Valentines party!  A great rendezvous indeed. And just like everybody else in the dance hall, they just let themselves loose. A lot of catching up to do and much to talk about. To some new comers, it is an evening to meet new people, taste the Filipino food, unwind and simply enjoy. A celebration for the day of the heart, held days earlier, but no less so meaningful and beautifully spent with families, loved ones, good friends and acquaintances.

    MoreKnights of Columbus KC # 9144 Prince of Peace Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lewiston, N.Y.
    Jojo Taduran

    Lewiston-NY-July 29, 2017: The  Prince of Peace Knights of Columbus KC # 9144 brought 150 parishioners to a Pilgrimage to Fatima Shrine in Lewiston, New York to  celebrate the 100th year of the Apparition of the Virgin Mary in Lisbon, Portugal....
    Tony A. San Juan

    Big, Bold and  Beautiful !  Inspiring and aspiring words aptly describing the upcoming Filipino Canadian community's premier cultural events in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. True to its mission and mandate, the Philippine Independence Day Council - PIDC , a non profit ,volunteer - run umbrella organization in the province  is holding  2 popular summer activities. 
    MoreAPCO Inc. helps support Club Marconi’s 59th Anniversary
    Richard J Ford

    On the Monday 7th August 2017 Club Marconi celebrated its 59th Birthday Celebration, on that night APCO Inc. (Alliance of...
    MoreFil-Oz’s Christmas in July is all about Christmas Carols
    Richard J Ford

    On the 22nd July 2017 at All Saints Liverpool Church Hall, Fil-Oz Liverpool and Districts held their yearly Christmas in...
    MorePhilippine Independence Day Council (PIDC), Press Conference, Toronto
    Tony San Juan

    The Philippine Independence Day Council - PIDC , a non profit ,volunteer - run umbrella organization in the Filipino Canadian community,  is...
    Carlos A. Arnaldo

    By: Orquidia. Valenzuela,  as reported by Myrla Danao

    Businessman Jaap van Dijke, chairman and two board members, Myrla Danao and Dr. John Deen of Con Amor foundation in...
    MoreArt Creations
    Vicente Collado Jr.


    Many believe formal training is a prerequisite to quality in painting. Not a few will agree with me one can...
    Orquidia Valenzuela Flores

    Sixty-three children from age three to six years, in the very poor community of Don Manuel village in Barangay...

    Contents posted in this site, muntingnayon.com, are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not reflect the editorial position of or the writers' affiliation with this website, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine.

    This site, muntingnayon.com, the website owner, the webmaster and Munting Nayon News Magazine do not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages arising for any reason whatsoever from this website or from any web link used in this site.