clan national reunion
26 - 27, 2005
Leyte Academic Center, Palo, Leyte, PH
IN IT FOR CLAN MEMBERS: Those who have attended the Veloso
Clan reunions since 1983 know that it's fun, fun, fun! It's
fun to find out that you have many relatives you can turn
to for advice, support, or friendship. It's fun to know
that your closest friend is related to you, maybe five times
removed.The best part is when you realize that everyone
in the community are somehow related to you. This is when
reunions become more interesting. At some point, a yearly
reunion evolves to serve a higher purpose aside from having
a gathering. Finding out that clan members have similar
habits, affiliations, or hobbies also emerge. Examples:
(1) We noticed that many Veloso clan members are artistically
or musically-inclined; (2) Politics is in the blood; (3)
A charismatic personality is another common factor. OK,
now we're really stroking your egos here --- and that is
not the intention. Please decide quickly, take a leap of
faith in this adventure of finding your roots or reconnecting
with family --- and join in the reunion! Please bring your
friends. We're a very inclusive clan!
HIGHLIGHTS: Philippine Department Of Tourism Secretary Ace
Durano has already confirmed his attendance. Gov. Icot Petilla
will host Saturday night's dinner. The formation of a Veloso
Foundation is included in the agenda, as well as the election
of national officers. Cultural presentations from each lineage
or province are encouraged. Dance fundraising contests,
including the famous Leyteno tradition, the "Curacha,"
will be held. Plan on bringing a Hawaiian outfit for Saturday
night's dinner. For those who are in the Philippines to
attend the Ad Congress in Cebu, you might be interested
in making a side-trip to Tacloban the next week-end. We
encourage clan members who want to get to know their roots
and history to go to this reunion --- or to e-mail Butch
Veloso indicating their interest in attending and helping
plan future reunions, including next year's reunion.
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE CONTACT:
BUTCH VELOSO +639189104498
Address: Fatima Village, Tacloban City 6500, Leyte
- U.S.-BASED VELOSO CLAN MEMBERS: Call 1-866-2-MANILA, reference:
Veloso Family Reunion. Travelfast International (travel
wholesaler) at www.travelfast.com or ask your travel agent
to call Travelfast International. Johnny Francisco, President
of Travelfast International, will have his staff ready to
get your booking at the best possible value-packed pricing
- PHILIPPINE & COUNTRIES OTHER THAN USA-BASED VELOSO
CLAN MEMBERS: Text Butch Veloso at +639189104498 or e-mail
WHAT TO DO NEXT: PLEASE RSVP.
Whether or not you attend this reunion on November 26 and
27, please e-mail Butch Veloso. Once a yahoogroup is established,
networking with the Veloso Clan will be quite easy, especially
if you are trying to track your roots or if you are doing
- Please e-mail:
1. Your name
2. Mailing address
3. telephone numbers
4. e-mail addresses
5. OPTIONAL: If you live outside the Philippines, please
indicate the name of city/town and province that you or
your relatives live(d) in the Philippines. It is also helpful
to put down the names of your parents so Cirilo Veloso can
double-check the database for you. You can also write down
the names of your brothers and sisters.
- If you want to send a greeting using a WAVE file by e-mail
to Butch Veloso, especially since you cannot attend the
reunion, please do so asap to [email protected] The Veloso
clan members will be delighted to receive your personal
video greeting even if you're thousands of miles away. Let's
- Photos/digital files of previous reunions, family pictures
(with captions), and videotapes or wave files of your own
Veloso family reunions are also welcome for our archives.
We also promise you that before we use any photo or videotape
for inclusion in our website, we will ask your permission.
We're also looking at having certain links in this future
website password-accessible only to Veloso Clan members
who register with us.
- Please send us your suggestions. This is a work-in-progress.
- The Veloso Association had their first fellowship meeting
on December 28, 1983 at the Sacred Heart Center, D. Jakosalem
Street, Cebu City, Philippines. The two intergenerational
emcees that facilitated the program during this historic
gathering of over 250 relatives were: the late Ralph Veloso
and Lorna Veloso Lardizabal (Dietz).
- The first genealogy book of the Veloso Association was
also published in time for the 1983 reunion. There were
ID cards distributed to each family member with their genealogy
numbers imprinted on them.
- Currently, Cirilo Veloso is updating the Veloso Clan database.