|THIS IS MY LIFE
Nene San Agustin-Eugenio, your tall and thin as a
reed classmate who used to hang around with Lulu Ticzon, Sol Mendoza, Remy del
Pilar and Jo Batalla.
daggy, ordinary, plain Jane
schoolmate? High school for me was a life of home-school-home doing my assignments
religiously, reviewing hard for tests with the barkada, and trying hard to maintain good
grades. I didnt have much social life then as on weekends and after school, I was
busy practicing piano as I got a scholarship at Holy Spirit with the renowned Miss
Agoncillo. (Her father was the one who made the Philippine flag). Kaya siguro
payat na payat ako noon!
After high school, I went to UP and took up
Political Science. At 16 or perhaps 17, just like a normal teen-ager of that time,
I became conscious of my looks, weight, and of course manner of dressing.
Goodbye "Twiggy!"" Hello Farrah!!
I then made a conscious decision to do
something about my weight. I remember having lunch at the UP canteen with Remy del
Pilar when she commented how much my lunch was of rice and fried chicken. "It
was simply overflowing from my lunch box." It always took a whole school
period just to munch on my lunch. Slowly but surely, I gained weight and
started to develop (mind you in all the right places at that!!!) From then on... "Hello
It was on my 2nd year at UP
when I decided to drop piano lessons using pressure from my college studies as my excuse,
much to the disappointment of Miss Agoncillo. "Pero ang talagang reason was that
I started to hit the night life going to parties and discos almost every weekend".
Suddenly all around me was rosy and blooming; "I had a life!" I
was enjoying school and having fun with my social life at the same time! .
I originally planned to proceed to Law
school but somehow, I got busy with my love life. So where did all these lead me to??
Well, what else? I got married in 1971 to Cesar Eugenio, who lived in
K-2nd Kamuning near Ancilla Ravinera's home.
We migrated to Darwin, Australia in 1980
and were both lucky to find jobs in government rightaway. While in Darwin, I became very
active in the Filipino community, and was elected as Secretary of the Filipino-Australian
We have 2 children named
and Neil. Eilleen is now working as a Senior Auditor with the Department of
Community and Family Services, while Neil is a sales assistant with Ex-Government
Furniture. Eilleen no longer lives with us and owns her own house, which is only 10
minutes from where we live, but Neil still lives with us.
In 1983 we moved to Canberra, where
Cesar was hired by the Department of Health and I worked as Secretary to the CEO in
another government department.
In 1994, Cesar decided to leave public
employment to establish a Filipino grocery store, money remittance and door to door
parcel business. I decided to do the same in 1998, and went into the real estate
business. My weekends are now occupied doing weekend exhibitions of homes for sale.
My social activities revolve around the
functions of the UP Alumni Association, Canberra Chapter and the Philippine Studies Group.
During weekdays, I sometimes get short term contracts to do secretarial or admin
work. At present, I am with the Department of Defence.
I cannot ask for anything more I
was lucky to have Cesar who has been a great husband, wonderful father and a good
provider. I am equally proud of my two children who have found their niche in society.
gathering at the wedding of my daughter Ailene.
Michael D' Groom