SCENE CITY| Ed and Helen Guillergan reminisce years of “Gintong Alaala”

AUGUST 20, 1966 was the culmination of a seven-year courtship, solemnized at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Davao City.

A narrative written in Filipino by the couple’s long-time friend, Lilia “Ding” Callegan relates their story – “Gintong Alaala”, which this writer will try to translate, as the story of their courtship is written like a script in today’s serialized romantic episodes.

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EDUARDO J. Guillergan and Helen D. Magdamo-Guillergan on their Golden Wedding Anniversary

Helen Magdamo and Eduardo Guillergan vowed to love each other “for better or for worse” in church fifty years ago to the day and renewed these vows in the presence of their children and close friends.Ed joined the banana industry after leaving his profession as a teacher. He worked with Del Monte Philippines for five years as an agronomist.  He was hired by the AMS Group of Companies where he was promoted as Farm Manager, General Manager and Executive Vice President.

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(STANDING) – Edlene Basan, Mary Jan Guillergan, Giselle G. Nobleza and Eduard Leo Guillergan (Front row, seated) – Ed and Helen Guillergan

Helen was also a teacher who later became Camp Program Assistant at the Girl Scouts of the Philippines Regional Office for Mindanao and Sulu. Recognizing her role as a mother, she devoted her time fully to caring for her children and husband.

But since she could not completely dissociate herself from scouting, she accepted the roles she was given by the Girl Scouts of the Philippines as a volunteer for molding the young girls into useful women for nation building.

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MAGDAMO family and relatives – children and grandchildren from California, Sister and Brother-in-Law from New Jersey, cousins from New Jersey and New York; Relatives from Butuan City, Aklan, Manila, friends from Malaynalay City, Tagum and Digos City.

Their family grew as their children took their place in the world and society. Edlene is now a nurse working in California. Jan also graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Giselle G. Nobleza is a Doctor of Medicine. Eduard Leo Guillergan is a graduate of Business Management.

Six grandchildren add to Ed’s and Helen’s joy as grandparents: Edfil, Edrick, Jannel, Jamie, Jacob and Lean.

Edlene and Carl, Mary Jan and Jun Giselle and Jerome, Edward and Joy will be their guiding light through their golden years. Silver or gold cannot compare with the love for their parents.

Fifty years of love which has become stronger, growing sweeter through the years, togetherness that lasts throughout their whole life are the blessings that Ed and Helen are thankful for and are celebrating on this blessed day!

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