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Maria Lourdes V. Lipardo

Maria Lourdes V. Lipardo

PROMINENT PEOPLE IN PAKISTAN


Your wealth is where your friends are. PLAUTUS  I’m so blessed and lucky to meet prominent people in Pakistan and have them in my life.

Hon. SYED HAIDER ABBAS RIZVI, a prominent and dignified politician, is my brother in Pakistan. He’s always there to help me and my family in so many ways.

MRS. NAZIA ABDULLA, my Filipino friend in Karachi, is the wife of a known architect in Pakistan, Archt. SHAHID ABDULLA, one of the founders of the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture and owner of Habitt, Searle Pakistan, Dunkin Donuts, etc.

I got a chance to welcome and meet H.E. DOMINGO D. LUCENARIO, JR., Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyztan and Tajikistan.

In some occasions, I met the Philippine Consul CONRADO B. DEMDEM in Karachi with my Filipino friends.

I have a nice Filipino friend in Lahore, DR. DANIA QAZI, Director of Studies at City School.

My cousin-in-law, AZFAR ALI, TV Director and Artist, used to visit us at home like our family member.

Glad to meet for the second time the Pakistani Prime Ministerial Special Adviser, Senator SHAHNAZ WAZIR ALI.  She’s one of the top women in Pakistan.

Last but not the least, the beautiful Philippine Consular Attache’ of Islamabad, Pakistan, REA QUIMIO.

There are still some family friends in electronic media (BBC), businessmen like the HABIB, politicians, etc.

Wealth makes a great number of friends, but the poor man is parted from his friend. (Excerpt) I beg to disagree. Not in all cases… I’m rich in true friends but not in material things. As far as I’m concerned, if people change because of acquired wealth, power or influence, that means they were shallow to begin with. True friends know where they come from and act with more humility in such circumstances.

I will always cherish our friendship…

MA. ELENA CERDON-CABANES: A Role Model


I’m rich in true friends, not in money. My life is incomplete without them. I have few selected close friends who I know for ages and will always be there through thick and thin.

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I remember my High School buddy who was crying on the day of our National College Entrance Exams (NCEE) because her father passed away early morning due to vehicle accident. I thought she couldn’t make it but surprisingly she got 98%. Yes, she’s a consistent honor student and our HS newspaper Editor. When I visited the Philippines in December 2010, she shouldered our High School Mini-Reunion and she’s willing to give more…

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God blessed her with a kind husband and two beautiful daughters. MA. ELENA CERDON-CABANES is holding a high post in the government (Asst. Director of Department of Agrarian Reform – DAR) but she’s still humble like a bamboo – the taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends. She balanced a professional life with domestic efficiency. Len is a true friend, a loving daughter, a caring sister, an ideal wife and mother of her kids. Her life is truly exceptional. We’re so proud of you!

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She will remain a constant source of inspiration to me. No matter how many miles lie between us, you will be my best friend forever. You’re such a God’s blessing!

LOLITA VILLACORTA QUESADA: An Inspiration


 

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I’m writing this blog in honor of my beloved Auntie Lily who passed away last January 2013 after a battle with cancer in New York.

 Losing your loved one is one of the hardest things in life. It’s incredibly devastating. There are some people who have influenced my life but my aunt is the person who influenced me the most. She had been an important person in my life since birth. My aunt helped many people including my family in rough times especially in education. She was a wonderful aunt and achieved so much in life.

Auntie Lily graduated Magna Cum Laude at the University of the East with the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She worked for William Golangco Construction Corporation (WGCC) while studying college at night. In 1979, she immigrated in the US and worked for the United Nations Development Programme and retired in 1996.

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She lost her mother (my maternal grandmother) at a young age. Then the huge fire in Binondo, Manila turned their house into ashes. She surpassed all the trials and barriers for success and created a life she desired by working in the day and studying at night. Auntie Lily lived with faith, confidence and perseverance. Her husband, Engr. Romulo Quesada, and 3 sons, Renwick, John Radford and Russwyn, served as her driving forces. She struggled to achieve parity between her job and personal life.

One thing I greatly admire about her, she lived a meaningful life. She taught us that poverty is not a hindrance to success and education can change your life. Being a devout Christian, she spread love and helped countless of people. I came to realize how she changed my life along with the lives she had touched. Hope I could influence someone as much as my aunt influenced me and other people. By being my role model, she helped me to become a person I wanted to be and make a difference. Auntie Lily was the person I looked up with great pride. Her loss is felt by many. She lived a great life and she will always be remembered for that! Let her legacy be passed on…

 

Lipardo’s Puto Seco


Lipardo’s Puto Seco is a Philippine butter cookie made of cornstarch, all-purpose flour, baking powder, white sugar, powdered milk, egg and butter. The recipe creator, Maria Lourdes V. Lipardo-Ayub a.k.a. Mariam Ayub, named her puto seco recipe using her maiden surname Lipardo. Maria Lourdes V. Lipardo-Ayub is a Filipino author. Lipardo’s Puto Seco is a popular recipe online from Allrecipes.com.

Lipardo’s Puto Seco


 

Lipardo’s Puto Seco

Puto Seco literally means “dry puto”.  In Spanish language, seco means dry.  Puto is a kind of steamed rice cake originated from the Philippines. The recipe creator, Maria Lourdes V. Lipardo-Ayub a.k.a. Mariam Ayub, named her puto seco recipe using her maiden surname Lipardo. Maria Lourdes V. Lipardo-Ayub is the Filipino author of “FOREIGN CUISINES FROM FAR EAST TO MIDDLE EAST”,  “ASIAN & MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINES” and “BASIC ENGLISH GRAMMAR BOOK” which were published by Lulu.com. 

This recipe was created in 2003, submitted to Allrecipes.com, the number 1 place for recipes, culinary tips and cooking videos, and was published online in the late 2000. Lipardo’s Puto Seco is on Top 20 Asian Cookie Recipes from Allrecipes.com as rated and reviewed by millions of home cooks around the world.

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