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                The Narciso Foundation Inc. (NFI) was organized for the original purpose of maintaining close ties among all family members who are direct descendants of Guillermo S. Narciso of Concepcion, Tarlac, thus enabling clan members to assist and support one another whenever necessary. NFI was officially incorporated last March 19, 1984, when its Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws were filed and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Today,  the NFI has more than 300 members, spread out all over the Philippines and in countries such as Japan, the U.S.A., Canada, the Middle East, etc.

Guillermo S. Narciso (1867-1933)        

          Guillermo and his four brothers and two sisters were from Caluluan, Concepcion, Tarlac. His younger brothers and sisters were Julian, Gil, Teofista, Alejandro, Benita and Pablo. They were the children of Andres Narciso and Petra Salas, who were originally from a settlement now known as Magalang, Pampanga, and later migrated to the adjoining town of Concepcion, Tarlac, before Guillermo was born.

            He was educated in a Church-run parochial school up to the equivalent of high school. He was mainly self-educated thereafter because he did not have access to universities which were mostly in Manila. He spoke good Spanish as evidenced by the books he left behind. Notwithstanding this, he forbade his children from learning this foreign language because of his strong sense of nationalism.
 
          Guillermo served during the Philippine revolution against Spanish rule as a captain of Filipino rebel forces. Based on masonic paraphernalia he left behind, Guillermo was a ranking mason in his time.        

          Guillermo married Apolonia Puno, daughter of Martin Puno and Monica Maglutac, who were originally from Bacolor, Pampanga. He had six children with Apolonia, namely: Efren, Andres, Constancia, Romulo, Paz and Praxedes. He then became widowed and subsequently married Maria Dungo, daughter of Telesforo Dungo and Miguela Gutierrez whose roots were from San Luis, Pampanga. He had four children with Maria, namely: Amparo, Arsenio, Luis and Zoilo (who died in infancy).

          Guillermo acquired a homestead in Libo, Bantug, La Paz, Tarlac and constructed a house in Caricutan, a sitio of Bantug where the children with Maria spent their childhood days. The house in Caricutan was somewhat oversized for the family's immediate requirements because Guillermo wanted a big space where other people will always be welcome. As one of his surviving children recalls, there were always visitors at the house such that it frequently seemed a small party or a council meeting was going on - with "Tatang Imbo" (as Guillermo was fondly called) presiding over such events. Guillermo was also a horse-riding (perhaps carryover from his days as a soldier) and a horse-loving person and his horses were always an invitation to mischief for his young male children.        

          Of his children, Andres died while still in law school and Efren died in prime age (already working), both unmarried and with no children. The other seven children all eventually married and settled down to raise families of their own.

          Guillermo died in 1933 and his remains are buried at the Catholic cemetery in Concepcion, Tarlac.       

NFI Major Programs

          The existing major programs were conceived not only to meet basic needs but also to express a caring attitude and articulate a family belief that education is the best means to improve one's status in life.

Hospitalization / Medical assistance

          NFI members who are afflicted with major illnesses are provided with some assistance (up to a maximum of P10,000.00) to alleviate financial difficulties.

Educational Scholarships

          NFI members of schooling age who are sufficiently but whose parents are short on funds may apply for scholarship grants subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

          Additionally, the NFI organizes the yearly family reunion to provide everybody with an opportunity for social interaction. This is usually held every December 30 during the Christmas season.

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          The site was last updated on Nov 25 2014, and it currently has 90 registered member(s). If you wish to become a member too, please click here.  


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Important:NARCISO FOUNDATION INC. (NFI) GIFT ITEMS
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Nov 25 2014 09:52
Greetings to all!

To celebrate NFI's 30th anniversary (1984-2014), the organizers of this year's reunion, the Seniong Narciso and the Ramos clusters, are offering
for sale three (3) NFI-themed commemorative items which you yourselves can use or give as attractive gifts to friends & business associates.

These gift items all carry the NFI logo and colors and come in gift boxes/packaging with a gift tag printed with a brief history of the foundation.

These items are:
1. a 13" Bayanihan ladies fan (P550)
2. a 16.5" (H) x 17.5" (W) polyester cloth tote bag (P300)
3. a classic "Starbucks-type" all-purpose tumbler (P180)

100% of profits from the sale of these items shall be for the benefit of the NFI.

Samples of these items will be on display during the November 30 reunion and limited quantities will be available for sale at that time.
We are accepting orders starting today either through e-mail, phone, text or FB. You can contact either:

Bobby Narciso (+63 920 922 8090 / bobby.narciso@gmail.com)
Rudy Narciso (+63 917 843 8131 / rudynarciso@yahoo.com)
Bay Ramos (+63 920 938 3884 / ramos_brs@yahoo.com.ph)

So take this wonderful opportunity to complete your Christmas shopping and support your foundation's projects at the same time!
Thank you!

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Important:One more week to go!!
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Nov 23 2014 06:16

2014 GUILLERMO NARCISO CLAN REUNION - ONE WEEK TO GO!!

Greetings to all!

Please find in the attachment the program of activities for the reunion.
Please pass this on to the other family members of your cluster who are not members of the NFI website.
For those overseas, please encourage them to send their video (or even audio) greetings.
We have allocated time during the program for any clan member who would want to perform and showcase their talents. Just let us know in advance so we can include them in the program.

Thank you and see you all on November 30!!

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Important:Less than two weeks to go!!
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Nov 18 2014 08:46
LESS THAN TWO WEEKS TO GO!!!

2014 GUILLERMO NARCISO CLAN REUNION
Valle Verde 5 Social Hall, Valle Verde 5 Subdivision
Lanuza Avenue, Pasig City
November 30, 2014

Fellowship & camaraderie * A sumptuous buffet lunch with lechon * Family games * Singing & dancing programs * Special family talent numbers * Door prizes * Exchange gifts * NFI activities & financial updates * Family updates from cluster representatives * Video greetings from overseas clan members * NFI website updates & demonstration * “White Elephant” auction - SEE ATTACHED POSTER.

Hope to see you there!!!
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Important:Update #3: 2014 Guillermo Narciso clan reunion - Instructions on sending your video greeting...
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Nov 2 2014 05:09

Greetings to all!

For those who are not able to attend the Nov 30 reunion - particularly those overseas - and who would like to send a short video greeting, you can do so in either of 2 ways:

a. Record your greeting using YouTube, Vimeo or other video recording software; Send me the link so we can download your video for playback during the reunion.

b. Record your greeting either through a video camera in mpeg format or record a powerpoint video presentation and upload it to our NFI Dropbox so we can download it over here and play it back during the reunion. The Dropbox upload instructions are:
1. Go to www.dropbox.com
2. Log-on with the following details:
E-mail: nfireunion2014@gmail.com
Password: nfireunion2014
3. Click on the upload icon (located in the upper right portion of the page) and follow the upload instructions.
4. Send me an e-mail (bobby.narciso@gmail.com) that you have uploaded your video file so I can retrieve it.

Thank you & we look forward to your video greeting!
Bobby Narciso

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Important:Reminder of 2014 Guillermo Narciso clan reunion
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Nov 2 2014 04:38
One more month to go, guys!!
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Important:Update #2: 2014 Guillermo Narciso clan reunion
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Oct 26 2014 03:55

Attached are the details of the November 30 reunion and a sketch of the map to the venue - Valle Verde 5 social hall.

Hope to see you all on November 30!!

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Important:Update #1: 2014 Guillermo Narciso clan reunion
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Oct 18 2014 01:41

Greetings to all!

As you know, the Narciso reunion this year will be on Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 and the hosts are the AD Narciso and Ramos clusters. We will be sending a more detailed announcement before the end of the month to inform you of the activities lined up during the reunion.

For those in the Philippines, we hope that you will be able to attend this once-every-two-years get-together.

For those overseas, we will definitely miss you but we know that you will be with us in spirit. If you would like to send short video clips of greetings from you or your family, we would be glad to receive it and show it during the affair.

If you will make an mpeg video clip, you will need to send it to me - maybe thru a file-sharing facility like DropBox since it might be too big to send thru e-mail. I'm in the process of creating an NFI DropBox and I can send you step-by-step instructions (once I figure this out) on how to access and use it for your upload.

Alternatively, you can make a video clip through YouTube and you can just e-mail me the link so we can access it from here.

I hope you are all well and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an advanced blessed and merry Christmas & a peaceful and safe New Year.

Cheers!

Bobby Narciso

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Announcements:2013 Christmas message by Rolly Narciso, NFI Board of Trustees Chairman
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Dec 23 2013 09:54

Hi there guys,

The year 2013 has been full of ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies, joys and sorrows. But despite all these, there are plenty of good reasons to look forward optimistically to 2014 and beyond. At this time, I don’t know how to express Christmas greetings in a manner appropriate to this particular yuletide season. So I will instead borrow my favorite lines from a Paul Coelho book (Manuscript Found in Accra):

In the cycle of nature there is no such thing as victory or defeat; there is only movement. The winter struggles to reign supreme, but in the end is obliged to accept spring’s victory, which brings with it flowers and happiness. The summer would like to make its warm days last forever, because it believes that warmth is good for the Earth. But, in the end, it has to accept the arrival of autumn, which will allow the Earth to rest . . . . .

And within that cycle there are neither winners nor losers; there are only stages that must be gone through. When the human heart understands this, it is free and able to accept difficult times without being deceived by moments of glory. . .

Losing a battle or losing everything we thought we possessed will bring us moments of sadness. But when those moments pass, we will discover the hidden strength that exists in each of us, a strength that will surprise us and increase our self-respect. . . ..

Only he who gives up is defeated. Everyone else is victorious.

Indeed, it has been a tough year. With the guidance of the Almighty, we all can overcome these trials and move on to much better times ahead.

With these thoughts in mind, let me wish all of you a blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year!

RollyNarciso

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Important:NFI Board of Trustees Minutes of Meeting - Oct26-2013
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Dec 23 2013 09:40

NFI BOARD OF TRUSTEES

MINUTES OF MEETING – 10/26/13; 1230PM

VALLE VERDE COUNTRY CLUB (PASIG)

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1. ATTENDEES:

Freddy Alday, Rose Bayot, Nenet Bustos, Dharry Bustos, Dinah Lapus,

BobbyNarciso, Ted Ramos, Bay Ramos, RollyNarciso

2. DISCUSSIONS/RESOLUTIONS:

A.It was decided that the regular NFI reunion be scheduledevery two (2) years instead of every year as done before. This means that there isno NFI reunion for December 2013;the next one will be for 2014.

B.All other previous agreements will be maintained, such as:

1.the reunion will be always be onDecember 30except when the Arsenio cluster is co-hosting, in which case an alternative date will be discussed with the other co-host and announced to all NFI members in advance as to date, venue, time;

2.rotating co-hosting by five (5) clusters (Arsenio, Romulo, Luis, Carague, Ramos), with the Alday-Valencia clusters permanently paired to co-host the Concepcion venue every 3-4 turns (equivalent to 6-8 years); and

3.Metro Manila reunion site shouldpreferably be at the Philam Homes clubhouse, as started and thereafter traditionally continued by the late Tatang Seniong,except when there are compelling reasons to do it elsewhere (as was the case last December 2012).

C.In this regard, it was agreed that the followingopportunities or occasions for social inter-action will be availed of:

1.encourage more participation/communication thru the NFI website (www.myheritage.com);

2.more frequent small gatherings such as birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, binyag, fiestas, graduations, blow-outs, etc*;

3.get-together for lunch, meryenda, or dinner during short visits by balik-bayan or long-lost relatives; and

4.schedule more frequent NFI Board meetings.

D.It was also agreed, upon the reminder of NFI Treasurer Rose Bayot, that allpast-due accounts be paid right away. This will also pave the way fornew billings that are scheduled January 2014 for annual membership dues.

E.Dinah Lapus submitted the financial report on the December 2012 NFI reunion (co-hosted by the Carague and Romulo clusters) which showed, surprisingly, asurplus of P7,167.13 which was turned-over to the NFI Treasurer to bolster the NFI coffers. The Board took note of how said co-hosts avoided the usual annual deficit on the staging of this affair and commended the Carague and Romulo clusters for this feat.

F.For future planning purposes, the Board approved the suggestion that each cluster designate itsalternative representative (younger and full of energy, preferably from the next generation) to ensureattendance at all NFI Board meetings, assurecontinuity for future plans/programs, and to infusenewer/better ideas for NFI as a whole.

3. ADJOURNMENT

There being no further matters to take up, the Board meeting was adjourned at2:45PM.

Minutes taken by:

RollyNarciso

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Obituaries:Tiya Mel (1931-2013) Interment Rites Sharing by Rolly S. Narciso - Arlington Memorial Chapels, 12 February 2013
Posted by: Roberto Jose Narciso on Feb 21 2013 03:42

She was born, got baptized and grew up as Amelita Silva Rampola, with the Narciso family name appended to that in 1955 when she married Tiyo Seniong. Her nickname was either “Lita” if you are from the Rampola side or ‘Mel” if you happen to be from the Narciso side. Friends, colleagues and acquaintances called her by whichever nickname suited their fancy. It didn’t matter anyway since she was the same warm, kind and lovely lady regardless of which name you used.

I met Tiya Mel for the first time on the very day (in fact, on very occasion) she became a Narciso one fine summer day in 1955 when she exchanged “I do’s” with Tiyo Seniong and both vowed to each other “till death do us part”.

Because we (my parents, siblings and I) were residing in Butuan City, we never had the opportunity to meet Tiya Mel in person prior to said occasion. But that turned out to be unimportant because, based on informal comments, the emerging consensus was that she is an outstanding girl considering that:

· Tiyo Seniong (who was my Ninong) was known to be quite pihikan regarding relationships with girls, ready to remain an old bachelor if the right one didn’t come along. And yet, she was able to inspire him into courting her and eventually proposing a life-long partnership.

· Despite Tiyo Seniong’s conservative and no-nonsense nature, she successfully bridged their eleven-year age differential when she was yet at the fun-loving and carefree phase of her young life.

· As a law-abiding well-respected professor at UE, “Doc” A D Narciso was bound by a strict code of conduct. Uncharacteristically, he committed a major infraction by having a romantic relationship with his student. She must have been worth the grave risk of a professional censure and a public scandal!

In other words, without actually seeing her, we were already convinced that Tiyo Seniong’s special someone is truly someone special.

After the wedding, I went back to Butuan City where I was pre-enrolled for the coming school year at Grade 5, elementary level. The next opportunity for meeting Tiya Mel came six years later (at this time, she was already a mom to two sons and a daughter) after I graduated from high school and moved to Manila to pursue a college education.

Being a young (15 years old) probinsyano who didn’t know how to get around the big city, Tiyo Seniong invited me to stay with them at #2 South Maya Drive, Philam Homes, Quezon City. Instantly, Marichu was deprived of her private bedroom. That development, in turn, forced her to overcrowd the other bedroom occupied by Bobby and Gus. This of course was meant to be a temporary arrangement for the purpose of getting myself oriented to college life in a metropolitan setting. Thus, for this period, Tiyo Seniong and Tiya Mel were some kind of foster parents who provided guidance and mentoring on behalf of my own biological parents.

When enrollment time came, Tiya Mel volunteered to help me out, probably anticipating that hitches could unexpectedly arise along the way. Since my college application papers were previously submitted to UP-Diliman via registered mail, these had to be retrieved on account of a change in plans. Having accomplished that after a lengthy and diligent document search, we went to Ateneo-Loyola Heights to try our luck there. Tiya Mel and I were immediately greeted with the bad news: we were told that we came two weeks late for the required qualifiying exams, that no similar exams will be held again and that there was no way to gain admission without passing those exams. Refusing to accept the refusal, Tiya Mel pleaded my case without the belligerence of a lawyer but with the charm and persuasion of a caring parent. Upon overhearing the somewhat animated discussions, the Dean (Fr. Kunkel) intervened with a miracle of a decision – the entrance exams will be administered impromptu, i.e. right now, by the teachers who incidentally were present as they were still checking the testpapers of hundreds of applicants from two weeks ago. After three hours of gruelling tests, plus one hour for review and evaluation (including a quickie lunch), the second miracle happened when Fr. Kunkel told Tiya Mel that I was eligible for enrollment to “the toughest course in the toughest school in the land”. We went home that day quite dazed from the surprising turn of events but nonetheless feeling triumphant about it all. I thanked Tiya Mel for what she did on my behalf without revealing my creeping fears about the “toughest course” that I, in the euphoria of the moment, might have mistakenly agreed to take.

In my advancing years, as I reflect on past events, I have been increasingly convinced that my becoming an “accidental Atenean” was a major turning point in my life. And I remain thankful to Tiya Mel for the Jesuit education I obtained which culminated not only in a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree but also led to a significant shift in my personal values. Looking back, particularly when I see Bobby, Gus, Tony and Rudy, I flatter myself with the thought that this “accidental Atenean” blazed the trail which convinced their parents to make them “intentional Ateneans” right from grade school thru high school and eventually to college.

As some of you know, Tiyo Seniong was my ninong. And that made Tiya Mel, de facto, my ninang. And since Tiyo Seniong was an actual and virtual ninong to hundreds of other people, Tiya Mel automatically became a ninang to them too. On this basis, it is not difficult to visualize how many grateful people are out there – with their own interesting stories to tell, individual memorable moments to cherish and personal feelings of gratitude to express. We’ve heard some of them in the past few evenings during the six-day wake for Tiya Mel, but I’m quite sure there are many more that we haven’t known yet nor heard from.

To wind up, kindly allow me to make an observation regarding the amazing togetherness of Tiyo Seniong and Tiya Mel over the past 57 years. We’ve seen them as a couple everywhere – Sunday mass, social gatherings, socio-civic programs, business trips, visits to relatives, school events, family celebrations, etc. – always one with the other. There were just a few exceptions such as Tiyo Seniong’s golf games where Tiya Mel was absent; and Tiya Mel’s CWL activities where Tiyo Seniong as a rule can’t participate. They seem to have been made specifically for each other, as near-perfect as any pair can be, like two halves of a whole who individually would feel incomplete if the other part was missing.

For this reason, when Tiyo Seniong passed away last year, we worried about how Tiya Mel would fare. The children and grandchildren can only do so much to fill the resultant void in her life. One could almost hear Karen Carpenter singing “I won’t last a day without you”. Although she did last longer than a day, she could do so only for some 200 days without her dear other half. Last December, she experienced her first Christmas without him. The loneliness or emptiness must have been very hard to bear, such that she didn’t look forward anymore to Valentine’s Day under the same circumstances.

And so, last February 6, perhaps (according to Rudy) with the intercession of her dear-departed baby Ma. Lourdes, Tiya Mel went back to the Lord and got reunited with Tiyo Seniong. Somehow, they put a new twist to the marital vow “till death do us part” because Tiya Mel’s demise has in fact provided the means for them to be with each other once again.

In two days’ time, we can imagine them together in their heavenly version of Valentine’s Day. But then again, since they are now in a special place reserved exclusively for special people, with the grace of God, they can have their Valentine’s Day every day forever and ever.

If we were writing a love story, theirs will have the classic end-line: and they lived happily ever after. For this particular one, we can even add emphatically: for all eternity, amen.

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