FIRST things first. The regular 4th Sunday of the month Holy Mass at the Shrine of the Brown Madonna along Km. 7, Asin Road will be offered at 10 a.m. Sunday. The celebrant is Rev. Fr. Alejandro, the Shrine’s and NCCB’s Spiritual Adviser.
Again, we reminding the project committee officers and members and Mama Mary devotees to join us, especially the Leyson family from Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, couple Jamie and Glo Tamsie from Nangalisan, Tuba, Benguet, Raffy Estocapio and our friends from nearby barangays.
The Holy Eucharist is also dedicated to our dear American friends in the United States- Tom Floreck and Dave Shea my co-scouters in the Order of the Arrow, Calumet Council Michigamea Lodge 110, Boy Scouts of America, and, of course, their loved ones.
The Americans will be observing their Independence Day on July 4th, the very day we will be celebrating Fil-Am Friendship Day in our country.
July 4 used to be our Independence Day celebration too, until President Diosdado Macapagal through a Presidential Proclamation changed it to June 12, sometime in 1986. At any rate, here is wishing and praying for a happy U.S. Independence Day Celebration.
Last Thursday morning, the Baguio Elderly Assembly (BEA) officers held a special meeting with Betty Fangasan, City Social Welfare and Development Office department head at the Silungan Conference room. On hand we Edita Ibarra, president of the Federation of Baguio Senior Citizens Associations (FBASECA), former City Vice Mayor Lourdes Tabanda, president of the Philippine Government Retirees Association, Baguio Chapter (PGRA) Isaias Barongan, head of the Office for Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) with yours truly as the presiding officer. Our secretarial staff was headed by Caralie Dulnuan.
During the 45-minute gathering, I briefed the group about the BEA-CSWDO led Kultura-O-Rama presentation highlighting our local city Fil-Am Friendship Day program and participation.
Our cultural show will be Part II of the celebration which will start with a mass floral gathering at the Architect Daniel Burnham Monument, at the main park; Col. Lyman Kennon Monument at Kennon Road near the Zigzag Viewpoint, at the historic marker of the Philippine Commission Sessions the Pantranco Bus Terminal beside the Baden Powell Hotel and at the Justice George Malcolm Square. At the helm of the ceremony are City Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Congressman Mark Go.
The center stage feature of the Kultura-O-Rama include the presentation, march and the “putungan” rites honoring this year’s Ginang Lakambini, an American coed in the city and her escort, Ginoong Lakam, a Filipino counterpart.
The coronation entourage will be led by Madam Solisidad Go, the better half of Congressman Go, madam Rebecca Domogan, the loving wife of Mayor Domogan, City Counsilor Lilian Fariñas, betty Fangasan and City Administrator Atty. Carlos Canilao.
he “putungan” rites begins with the sashing ceremony, then the crowning of flowers, the presentation of bouquet of flowers and certificates of commendation. To add luster to the occasion harana dedicated to the Royal Court will be sang by an FBASECan.
Songs and folk dances will be presented by the PGRA, BARP Foundation and FBASECA a troop each from the Baguio City Councils, Boy Scouts of the Philippines and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines will compete in parlor games.
A special cultural presentation of highland Igorot songs and tribal dances by the University of the Cordilleras (UC) “SAENG YA KASAY” cultural troupe will climax the day’s offering. The troupe recently presented the cultural episode at the Chonbuk University in South Korea where they highly appreciated and commended for their 15-minute palabas.
Famed concert soloist Conrad Marzan from California, USA, will also render Fil-Am golden love songs.
A raffle for attendance with handsome prizes is part of the show, thanks to the City Tourism Office headed by Acting City Tourism Officer Joma Rivera and friends.
A meeting of the overall city Fil-Am Friendship Day Celebration Committee headed by City Administrator Atty. Canilao will be held tomorrow morning at the CTO at the Baguio Athletic Oval, scheduled at 9 a.m. to finalize the details of the activities here in the city.
With the group ar Betty Fangasa, CSWDO; Cordelia Lacsamana, CEMPO; Eugene Buyucan, GSO; P/S Supt. Ramil Saculles, BCPO; Chyrrelyn Sabing, PVAO; Isaias Barogan, OSCA; SE Ramon Jacinto, BSP; SE Jennife Bugtong, GSP and myself presenting the BEA and the NCCB, together with ACTO Rivera and his staffers Yolanda Munar and Gaudensio Gonzales.
The final venue and program of our Fil-Am Friendship Day Celebrationw8ill be properly announced through the facilities of trimedia (print, radio and television) shortly. We have our fingers crossed that the city government will declare Fil-Am day in the city an official holiday.