Friday, March 11th was the long-awaited Tinsay Grand Reunion held at Alabang 400 in Paranaque. This was a reunion spearheaded by a little-known relative who had been living in New Jersey for the past decade. He had created the family website in November last year out of simple curiosity and a desire to make contact with existing Tinsays around the world to trace his roots. To his utter amazement, this resulted in more than 2,000 hits to the website by the end of February 2005! (That's how many of us have been spawned and cast out into an unsuspecting mankind...) The affair was as could be expected - zany and loud - with some relatives even flying in from Roxas City and Iloilo. (Bacolod-based relatives were sorely missed.) What was most enjoyable was the fact that we got to meet other Tinsays from various parts of the country and it was a wonderful feeling to belong to this unique gaggle of people. The program proper consisted of fun activities: a trip-to-Jerusalem-patterned game where each one had to switch tables and learn the names of people on both sides lest they be fined 500 bucks if they were unable to give the correct names to match the faces (memorizing more than 100 names in a span of a few minutes is no small feat), a contest entitled Mr. & Ms. Tinsay consisting of a talent and question-and-answer portion to determine the first ever winners of what would hopefully be a yearly tradition, an induction of a "Council of Elders" consisting of patriarchs from each branch of the family tree to lend advice should it be needed, the formalization of a foundation intended to help relatives who should require financial assistance, and of course, food and dancing galore which lasted till the wee hours of the morning. The only part I didn't particularly relish was when I was called upon as 1 of the 6 contestants for Ms. Tinsay and had to go through the motions of acting up and even singing (egad!) in front of an audience that consisted mostly of strangers!!! Aaaargh!!!#@! Nevertheless, inspite of this ultimate humiliation, I do hope plans of holding the next reunion summer of 2006 in Boracay pushes through. By then, more relatives would have gotten the news and there would be more of us to invade the shores of Aklan (400 was the conservative estimate). Just hope the island is ready for us - hahaha!
Here's the invitation specially created by my cousin Allan for the occasion which was sent out to all those who had registered:
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