Gimilami turns 25 in 2009!

We are very excited to reach this milestone in our Association’s rich & colorful history.

26.JanSantacruzan Campaign 2009

Evening Gimilami!
Well this sure is exciting! Our Santacruzan Campaign was kicked off on Saturday @ the Parents Orientation Meeting & we have 4 beauties, between the ages of 9-12, who are just as excited (if not more so), as we are, to become the latest batch of Princesses in our Gimilami Royal Family!!
  1. Patricia Louise Cruz, age 12, daughter of Edwin & Carmen Cruz (Surrey)
  2. Julia Stanley, age 11, daughter of Richard & Esme Stanley (Maple Ridge)
  3. Kimberly Tasin, age 10, daughter of Marvin & Minerva Tasin (Cloverdale)
  4. Izabelle Hope Realina, age 9, daughter of Regie & Ivy Realina (Surrey)
By now, hopefully, you have been contacted by your Team Captain(s). If you are still unsure as to where you belong, please contact either Geri or Melanie @ gimilami@gmail.com . We know everyone will be generous, kind & helpful in assisting their particular team.
If you have any questions, please direct them to:
1. your Team Captain
2. either Geri or Melanie
3. VP External & Chairwoman of the Santacruzan – Lourdes Cabael (she has the final word in settling disputes)
Let the race begin! Good luck everyone! God Bless us in all our endeavours! 

22.DecSto. Nino Novena Nights & Fiesta Reminder

Dear Members:
Wishing you all belated blessed Christmastime & an early Happy New Year!
On behalf of the BOD, please be guided, that our annual Sto. Nino Novena devotion this year of 2009, will be starting early & will be @ a different venue then what has been our Gimilami “home” for many, many, many years.
Our Novena starts this coming New Year’s DAY in the evening time @ 7pm sharp. Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Burnaby/New Westminster, has graciously offered their Church for our nightly devotion to our Sto. Nino.

7455 – 10th Avenue
Burnaby, BC
V3N 2S1

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&q=7455+10th+avenue,+burnaby+bc&ll=49.214626,-122.934008&spn=0.006854,0.013733&z=16&g=7455+10th+avenue,+burnaby+bc

We will be here everynight from Thu. Jan 1-9th.

The Fiesta will be on Sat. Jan 10th @ Scottish Cultural Centre, in Vancouver, as usual.

Also new this year, because of the new nightly Novena venue, space is limited. Therefore, it has been decided that only LIGHT REFRESHMENTS will be served, as no kitchen is available, for heating/warming/cooking of hot dishes. Please coordinate with your Calling Tree Leaders as to menu assignments.

  • Thu. NEW YEARS DAY Jan 1/09: Regis tree
  • Fri. Jan2/09: Antasuda tree
  • Sat. Jan3/09: Torillo tree
  • Sun. Jan4/09: deCastro / Denque / Quan tree
  • Mon. Jan5/09: Gnanasegran tree
  • Tue. Jan6/09: Cabael tree
  • Wed. Jan7/09: Alcordo tree
  • Thu. Jan8/09: Cabilan / Balana tree
  • Fri. Jan9/09: Everybody

The new 2009 Calling Tree has been distributed. Contact your your Calling Tree leader or the Secretaries if you need a copy. 

For the Fiesta itself, the BOD bunoted & the assignments are listed below:

  1. ALCORDO tree: beef/pork
  2. ANTASUDA tree: salads
  3. CABAEL tree: seafood
  4. CABILAN / BALANA tree: lumpia
  5. deCASTRO / DENQUE / QUAN tree: noodles & pasta
  6. GNANASEGRAN tree: beef/pork
  7. REGIS tree: chicken
  8. TORILLO tree: desserts

Should you have any questions, please go ahead & call your Calling Tree Leader, ASAP. (The tickets have already been distributed to the Calling Tree Leaders as well. Please call your leader to ask for your share. The Fiesta is of course, free, however we must keep track of headcount per Fire Marshall regulations.)

See you all on Thursday evening – New Years Day!

Happy New Year too!

BOD 2009

26.AprSantacruzan 2008 RESULTS

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to update you on the following regarding our Santacruzan.

Our princesses are as follows:
Reyna Elena & Princess of Peace: Pauline Rivera
Princess of Faith: Shonalee Ancog
Princess of Hope: Angela & Angeli Perez

On behalf of their families, THANK YOU to everyone who supported them in one way or another.
The sponsor tickets will be available for distribution very shortly. All the sponsors will be contacted by either the team captain or the parents to arrange for pick up, drop off, etc.

Members can purchase the tickets at membership price ($12.00). Non-members and friends can purchase tickets for $25.00. This cost is for the dinner, dance and coronation and of course to experience the instant gratification of all our hard work for our seminarians.

For more information, please contact a GIMILAMI Board of Director.


Date & Times for the Santacruzan Royal Dance Practices:

  1. Sun. April 13/2008 2-4pm

  2. Sun. April 20/2008 2-4pm

  3. Sun. April 27/2008 2-4pm

  4. Sun. May 4/2008 2-4pm

  5. Sun. May 11/2008 2-4pm – Mother’s Day
    Final dress rehearsal before the Santacruzan!
    At least 1 parent representative please plan to attend this final practice, as we will also be rehearsing the Parents Procession up the red carpet & the stairs to the stage.)

  6. Sat. May17/2008 – SANTACRUZAN!

The instructor will be our very own Natalie Gnanasegran, Reyna Elena & Princess of Peace in 1998. She is an accomplished dancer in many disciplines of dance – Hiphop, Hawaiian/Polynesian and Filipino Folk.

Natalie is an instructor at Dancin’ Stars School of the Performing Arts.  We are very lucky to have her donate her time & also the use of 1 studio @ the dance school. This is Natalie’s 2nd year, at teaching the Royal Dance for our Gimilami Princesses & their escorts.

Dancin’ Stars School of the Performing Arts
7757 Edmonds Street
Burnaby, BC
A Gimilami Board Member will always be present @ the practices, to oversee & supervise.

• Please pack a nutritious bagged lunch for your daughter & the escort, however, cookies & juice will also be provided by the superversing Board Member.

• Please have your children wear non-marking footwear, as we don’t want to leave scuff marks on the studio floors.
• Girls should bring along a flowing skirt (not denim please) to practice in. (it will simulate their ballgown, & they ought to get used to holding the hem @ different times of the dance)
• Parents are encouraged to sit in & watch the practice if you so wish. If you’d like, you can also videotape the practice, if you think it will help your daughter/son practice the steps @ home.
• Parents, please bring a blank audio tape to the first practice, so that Natalie can make copies of the music for you.

For more information, please call Melanie de Castro, your Royal Dance Coordinator.

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