Welcome Baby Arno! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 September 2011 00:00

It was a double thanksgiving celebration for my inaanak Armand and Ann Sahi-Nocum last August 29 at the Timberland Sports and Nature Club in Quezon City. It was the baptismal of their first baby boy named Armand Dean Nocum II whom they fondly called Baby.  A day earlier their eldest daughter, Arizza, received an international leadership award from the Zonta International Club. They thank God/Allah for these blessings this year.

Arno is the baby boy the Nocums have been waiting for years and their two daughters have been pressuring them for a baby brother for 10 years now. As a matter of fact, Armand was thinking to adopt one. But Arno’s birth is more significant to Armand because Arno is the son he almost did not meet or see.

You see Arno was conceived weeks before Armand’s heart problem was detected and he had to get a heart angioplasty operation to unclog his five heart veins, some of which were 99 percent blocked in August last year. Had he died then, you can just imagine the mix happiness and pain his family would be feeling weeks after my burial when Ann shall have discovered that I died but left behind a baby boy. What a happy yet painful exchange of life for life it would have been.

But thank God, Armand is now enjoying Arno and living healthy and happy life and well enough to share his happiness. Wanting to give back to God/Allah and be a blessing to others, the Nocum donated the cash gifts from Arno’s godparents, relatives, neighbours, and guests to the Kristiyano-Islam (Kris) Peace Library in Quezon City which needs to be completed.

Kris is their education advocacy for the less fortunate children. Arizza’s cash prize from Zonta also was also turned over to Kris Library. They believe education will pave the road to peace especially in Mindanao where there are 2 Kris Libraries. Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista led Arno’s ninongs and ninangs. He is a close friend of the Nocum. 

The other ninongs are Buhay Rep. Irwin Tieng, Philippine Star Editor-in-Chief Isaac Belmonte, DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo, Cebu Customs Collector Ronnie Sylvestre, Nokia Philippines Distributor Julio Sy, G200 clothing line owner Romeo Chong and Manila Bulletin senior reporter Rey Panaligan.

The ninangs are Yacap Party List Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez, Atty. Claire Corpus, Dr. Viviane Dizon, Dr. Edel Tan who flew in from Zamboanga City, Philippine Inquirer desk person Juliet Labog, Grace Pineda Veloso,  Michelle Mateo, and Armand’s sister Gail Jimenez. Other guests included Negros Oriental Rep. Josie Limkaichong, Manny Dizon and his parents, Atty. Victor Chan and wife Helen and family, Rene and Linda Ochoa, and cousins James and Jeanette Solis.

Special friends, media colleagues and relatives who came were Philippine Star columnist Jarius Bondoc and his wife Marissa, Carla Lim of ABC 5, long-time Kris supporter and Zamboangueno friend Arnold Sarines, Angel Chua, stockbroker Luz Lorenzo and her mom, marketing and events promotion consultant Eric Pablo, Johnny Sy, Jimmy Aizon and wife Lilie, Lily and children Mike, Jerome, Michelle and Mitus (who flew in from the US) and husband Leo,  Par and Letty Tan Pineda and Jovet Veloso, Jeng Tolentino, wife of former Army Chief Romeo Tolentino, Reyna and Jaytee Ilustrisimo, Erwin Columbres, Apple Royo, Lovely Columbres, Anton Nocum, and James and Jaydee Awab.  Arno’s Lola, Aida Nocum, is mighty proud of her son and grandchildren. 

Timberland Banquet Sales Account Manager Karen Joy Angel and the excellent foreign chef of Timberland prepared an excellent Spanish meal – specially the pan grilled beef steak with olive tepanade, baked red snapper with block olives, paella etc -- which all the guests enjoyed and praised.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 September 2011 10:37