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Cory Mera

Now based in the USA after having had an experience of Russian life. Cory used to be a very good friend I met while we were staying in Quezon City. We were  concessionaire neighbors. Her children were friends with mine. Her partner is our Concessionaire Association President while I served as Secretary. Until the turbulent days came in. We left Q.C and there was a lull. We lost touch.


But now that we have found each other again, we both promise to keep in touch as soon as she comes back from the US. Looking forward to that.

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