Metal Sculpture Depicting History of Philippine Logistics

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THIS METAL sculpture rightfully belongs to a museum. It was made by one of Philippines’ national artists (note to self: find out who exactly is the national artist who did this masterpiece). It also depicts and symbolizes the beginnings and the history of the country’s logistics industry, a sector instrumental in the advancements of the country’s commerce and trade.

In the meantime his artistic masterpiece hangs by the wall in the staircase of the headquarters of Delbros Group in Parañaque City.

Welcome back, Boss

MAY 17 — the mood in the office was relaxed and upbeat.  On this day we were expecting our President and CEO, Jose Eduardo Delgado — JED to us — to be reporting back to work after almost two weeks in the hospital where he underwent an operation.

The ladies from OTP (Office of the President) and a few other co-conspirators prepared a simple “welcome back” surprise for JED.  There were balloons, a group greeting card, and even a couple of party poppers.  No I didn’t see beer, unless they hid it from me. Read more

Delbros AB Normal Club is back in action! Summitted the highest peak in the Malarayat Mountain Range

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THE YEAR 2008 was a relatively active year for the Delbros AB Normal Club.† They went on to summit two mountains — Mt. Batulao (811 MASL) and Mt. Pico De Loro (664+ MASL) before the rainy season started in June.† And then they played ‘hide and seek’ with Super Typhoon Cosme in Baguio City and Pangasinan in May as they sneaked deep and high into Benguet to see the Mummies of Mount Timbak (2,717+ MASL).

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The Delbros AB Normal folks usually go on “hybernate” mode from June to early November.† They are a crazy bunch but not careless.† Climbing a mountain during the rainy seasons is a no-no.† Not only that it is so much more dangerous.† It is also too inconvenient.† They go for adventure not discomfort.† A climb in late November to early December is feasible but the circumstances of the Delbros AB Normal Club members late last year made another climb impractical.

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And that is why they were eager to welcome January, the official start of a new climbing season as far as the Club is concerned. Read more

AB Normal

I’VE BEEN BLOGGING about our exploits in the Delbros AB Normal Club without really explaining what the club is about. About two weeks ago I got an e-mail from a reader asking what “AB Normal” means. “Do I mean ‘abnormal’?” she asked.

This blog entry is my reply to her and to all of those who are wondering what “AB Normal” means.

Yes of course “AB Normal” is a word play on “abnormal” to imply “beyond normal” or “extraordinary.” Thus, an “AB Normal activity” is something that people do not do or try on a normal day and under normal circumstances. Think mountaineering, extreme trail riding, wall climbing, rappelling, scuba diving. I am sure you get the drift. Oh, exotic gastronomical adventures count, too.

BTW, the “AB” in AB Normal means…

…Adventurous Bunch

…Acting Brave

…Audacious Boys (and Babes)

…Astonishing Beings

…Awesome Bosses

…All of d’Bove

The Delbros AB Normal Club is an informal group made up of people with more or less the same appetite for adventure. That range of appetite puts together the mere curious to the outright crazy.

The Club was founded by Jose Eduardo C. Delgado (JED), President and Chief Executive Officer of Delbros, Inc. It does not have a formal membership roster. Anybody who joins an AB Normal activity becomes a member regardless if he/she is connected with Delbros or not. There are those who participate in just a single activity and there are those who join in each and every one.

The Club’s name has a story behind it. JED said he coined it from a dialog in the 1974 hilarious spoof movie “Young Frankenstein.”

I haven’t seen the movie so I did some research. Here is what I got:

In the movie, the main character, young brain surgeon and med-school professor, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (played by actor Gene Wilder) instructed Igor (Marty Feldman), his assistant with a shifting hunchback, to steal the brain of Hans Delbruck, a “scientist and saint.” But as it turned out Igor mistakenly gave him the brain of a woman named Abby Normal.” Dr. Frankenstein hysterical reaction was, “Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven-and-a-half-foot-long, 54 inch-wide gorilla?”

That must be it, right?

At present the Delbros AB Normal Club is on a hiatus. The rainy season precluded any hopes for more mountains to climb. We did three between March and May, and we barely escaped disaster on the last one. We played hide-and-seek with typhoon Cosme during our caper in Mt. Timbak in the middle of Benguet.

That’s the end of mountaineering season for us for this year. Or at least till th rainy season is over. We AB Normal club members maybe crazy but we are not reckless. Okay, okay, maybe just a little bit.

But I’ll wager my aging and abused PalmOne Treo that the Delbros AB Normal Club will all of a sudden spring back into action just when nobody is expecting it. When it happens you’ll definitely read all about it in this blog. #

Photoblog: AB Normal Tames Pico De Loro (March 29, 2008)

WARNING! This post is photo-heavy. There are 26 featured photos, excluding the banner image. It may take some time for all the photos to load.

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THIS is a long overdue blog post. The Delbros AB Normal Club climbed Pico De Loro (aka Mt. Palay-palay; 664+ MASL) on March 29, 2008. It was the Club’s second climb this year as well as the second for the month of March alone. We must be avid mountaineers, or eager-beaver neophytes jumping at every opportunity to climb.

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Our Pico De Loro climb begins at the Cavite side, as pointed out by a “local.”

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The Delbros AB Normal Club is a jolly bunch.† And clueless on the difficulty that lies ahead.

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Thank goodness there are road signs.† At least we wouldn’t get lost.

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LOST!

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Looks do deceive.† From this vantage point Pico De Loro looks like an ant hill.

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On all fours.††Is it for real?† Or are they simply faking it?† Cheats!

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Rest Stop.† This portion of the trail is particularly treacherous.† Right at its base†an AB Normal climber†lost consciousness.† He had to turn back.

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The last stretch leading to the summit.

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Almost there.

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A few more steps†to glory.

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Finally, the Summit.

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Father and daughter team – JED and Camille – first to summit.

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Haggard and hungry. Tired and thirsty. Wan and weary.

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†Two “locals” tagging along with the AB Normal Club all the way to the summit.

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Playful.† Camille and Anton Delgado at the summit.† “Careful kids.† It’s a looooong way down the slope.”

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SMB endorser.† “Kahit saan.† Kahit kailan.† Kaibigan.† Maasahan.”

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The AB Normal Club, then and now.† JRC represents the “then” [i.e. veterans]; RUS/Bong represents the “now” [i.e. the neophytes].

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All together now.† Almost.†Three people didn’t quite make it to the summit.

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JED and MOC doing their “BD KORE” at the summit.

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For the record.††The AB Normal Club descends the summit, successfully conquering Pico De Loro.† But not without casualty.

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Sweepers.† The last group of AB Normal climbers descends Pico De Loro.

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†Into the parrot’s beak.

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At the base of the Parrot’s Beak.

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A look back at the summit.† “You mean we came from all the way up there?† How did we do that?”

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Booze and Beach.††Our Pico De Loro climb culminates at Nasugbu in Batangas.

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Camp Site @ Nasugbu Beach.† Rest at last.

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Photoblog: A subterranean Experience

On April 13, 2008, I had the rare opportunity to visit one of the best natural wonders of the Philippines ñ the Underground River in Palawan.

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Together with the entire management team of Delbros Waterfront Leasing Co., Inc. (DELWATER), I visited the world-renowned Palawan Subterranean River in Sitio Sabang, some two to three hours drive northeast of Puerto Princesa City.

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The field trip preceded our Delwater 1st Quarter 08 Conference hosted by our Palawan branch and slated for April 14-16, 2008.

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Here are some of the photos taken from that field trip.†

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Delwater President and CEO, Jose Eduardo C. Delgado (JED), posing against a backdrop of limestone peaks on the way to the Subterranean River.† Limestone protrusions are a regular feature in†the entire Palawan island.

Boat ride to the Subterranean River entrance.

JED “fondling” a local celebrity.

Gig Hagad, Delwater Fleet Maintenance Manager, enjoying intimate moments with another local darling.

Atty. Jun R. Carlos (JRC), Delwater Director, corporate secretary†and legal counsel, exchanging pleasantries with his “kumpanyero.”† The inside joke is that the Bayawak and JRC are of the same kind.

Preparing to safely explore the “bowels of the Earth.”

Into the mouth of the “giant snake.”

A pose for posterity before going into the unknown.

Swallowed by the “giant snake”

Relaxed moments after conquering the underground river.

A tourist map of The Subterranean River.