the record-breaking eight consecutive year,
Bel-Air was proclaimed the Cleanest and Greenest Barangay,
Cluster I in the City of Makati for the year 2002. For winning
this award, the Barangay received PhP 125,000 and a plaque,
that now sits with its seven other siblings. Can we be any
this accolade is something the entire Barangay worked hard
to achieve. As an eight-time winner, Bel-Air is being inducted
into the Clean and Green Hall of Fame. While this makes the
Barangay ineligible for future competitions, Barangay Capt.
Nene Lichauco pledges "to continue the tradition of keeping
our community a wonderful oasis of green in the midst of the
of the projects currently under development is the landscaping
of Jupiter Street. A joint projected of Makati City Hall's
Department of Environmental Services and the Barangay, the
plan calls for the planting of bougainvilla plants along the
perimeter of the village, while terracota pots will be placed
in areas which cannot be planted on. Around 4,000 seedlings
have been ordered by the Barangay for this purpose.
Latest Flea Market a Success
a hundred tables of bargain-priced items filled the Bel-Air
Covered Court last September 14 for the latest flea market
organized by the Food and Bazaar Committee of the Women of
was the largest turnout yet of residents and visitors for
what theWoBA hopes will be a quarterly sale of export overruns,
household and food items, second-hand clothing and footwear,
plants, and assorted bric-a-brac.
Capt. Nene Lichauco, one of the founding members of WoBA,
was especially glad that more than 20 residents donated their
unsold items - mostly garments and clothing - to the victims
of Typhoon Harurot in Isabela Province. "That's the great
thing about Bel-Air," Lichauco said, "We never lack
Lichauco added that although this was only the second flea
market organized by WoBA, the feedback from residents have
been extremely positive. She said her office has been flooded
with requests for more regular bazaars.
Lorayes, chairperson of the Food and Bazaar Committee of the
WoBA, which spearheaded the event said that many residents
were looking forward to a Christmas Bazaar next month in view
of the large turnout of buyers. "It's not easy organizing
something like this," Lorayes said, "but it's always
a pleasure to see residents having fun together. For the next
bazaar, I think the turnout will be even better."
of the WoBA were on hand to provide small change and plastic
bags for the vendors. They also took shifts to announce the
items - from second-hand magazines to cars and condo units
- that were being sold.
special section of the gym was also reserved for vendors selling
cooked food, such as Indian and Filipino delicasies. Residents
also sold plants and fresh vegetables by the entrance of the
Christmas Bazaar might be scheduled for the first Sunday of
Advent, which falls on November 30. This would be a good time
to schedule the next flea market as people are beginning to
shop for Christmas gifts and preparing their homes for Christmas
festivities. Brgy. Capt. Lichauco said that the Christmas
Bazaar would be the perfect venue for residents to sell their
homemade gift items, such as jewelry and pastries. "The
fun-filled bazaar will be a good way to kick off Christmas
holds Interaction Night
year's Kabalikat sa Tahanan (KST) Interaction Night was held
last Wednesday, September 17 at the Bel-Air Park III Covered
Court. Welcoming speeches were given by Brgy. Capt. Nene Lichauco
and Kgd. Jun Gomez, chair of the Cultural and Social Services
Committee. The special night was hosted by Cherry Pineda and
KST participants were required to join the night's affair,
and show off their natural abilitiesin either singing or dancing.
It was also an oportunity for them to put to practice some
of the things they've been able to learn while in KST: building
team spirit and camaraderie, and exerting best efforts in
performing all kinds of tasks.
night was truly a ful-filled affair that could have been a
success that it was without (apart from each participant's
hard work) the cooperation and involvement of all the participant's
employers as well. Special thanks goes to all employers
who took time out to attend the Interaction Night!
Children's Choir wins European Awards
Loboc Children's Choir garnered two major awards at the recently
concluded Europe and its Songs 6th International Folksong
Choir Festival held in Barcelona, Spain from September 17
to 21. The choir earned First Prize in the Children's Choir
category. The international jury likewise awarded the Choir
the 2003 Cup for having achieved the highest mark, surpassing
twelve other international choirs.
audience and jury were visibly elated by the fact that it
was a children's choir that beat twelve other adult choirs
from Europe and the U.S.A. Both at the final program and at
the closing dinner, the Loboc Children's Choir was given standing
to their European trip, the Choir performed to a packed house
at he Bel-Air Multi-Purpose Court. The Bel-Air residents,
impressed by their performance, even passed the hat around
to give the children extra "baon" for their trip.
Corporate Life Extended for Another Twenty-five Years
the Special Membership meeting held on July 26, 2003, 673
members present in person or by proxy, constituting more than
two-thirds of the members in good standing and entitled to
vote, approved the extension of the corporate life of the
Association by another 25 years after its expiration in August
23, 2007 or up to August 23, 2032. Thus, the residents and
property owners are assured that the Bel-Air Village will
remain a "gated comunity."