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Community News Round-Up

A Documentary
by: Zayda Ordonez Baron

As in so many barrangays or towns all over Bicol, residents of Buenavista, Gubat in Sorsogon enjoy the generosity that flows from the pumpwells of BNAA.

BACNA brings surgical mission to C.Norte

Some facilities that volunteer medical teams will be working in looks pretty much like this.

Aware of the plight of their fellowmen, BACNA reaches out for a joint undertaking.

The role that BABA played in the annual gathering of Bay Area Bicolanos

Under the mantle of the marian devotion brought over by the transplanted Bicolanos to the Bay Area, these devotees, started a Bicolano practice that has endured the challenges of time.

Editorial Address

 Manuel A. Alarcon
 Andy Salvador
 Jay de la Cruz 
 Care of:
 1095 Market Street
 Suite #312
 San Francisco, CA 94103
 Tel.(415) 431-6150
 Fax (415) 431-9208

Iriga Bicol Association of America
began with fourteen Iriguenos as guest of Mr.and Mrs.Primitivo Sonido.

C. Nortens recall the start.

Sometime in 1987,the need to participate in the Penafrancia affair in the Bay Area marked the beginning.



Mag-iribahan Kita

Mag-iribahan Kita is a vernacular term (Bicol for Bicolanos of Southern Luzon, Philippines) which means "Let's Join Together." This is basically a community newsletter involving Bicolanos now residents of the United States. Mag-iribahan Kita is a publication, originally, of Bay Area Camarines Norte Association (BACNA) later joined by the Devotees of Our Lady Virgin of Penafrancia (DOLVP), in the Bay Area of San Francisco and then by Bicol National Association of America (BNAA), under its president, Ramon Belleza. In its banal way, this newsletter hopes to provide more than a means of information exchange among the Bicolanos in the United States and the world over. It also purports to express itself to a larger community of readers interested in knowing about the Bicol subculture.

The World Famous MAYON VOLCANO of the Bicol Region

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The thirst for hometown news is always unquenchable. Mag-iribahan Kita invites your feedback via its email that we may provide a continuing relay of the Bicol stories to our readers. Let us hear from you soon!

Our Lady Virgin of Penafrancia is enshrined!

After a long and patient endeavours, Bicolanos now residing in San Francisco Bay Area, California, has a permanent place to venerate Our Lady, patroness of Bicolandia.


SF Bay Area Bicolanos get ready for the celebration!

Devotees greeting the image at the terminus of the fluvial procession.
See The 1998 Schedule

Ateneo de Naga Alumni Association of N. California get together

In the late 1980's, small groups of alumni from the Ateneo de Naga would met informally, typically to entertain visitors from Naga City or more particularly from the Ateneo de Naga. Those were occasions to catch up on news from the old school and of Bikol in general.

Fr. Jess Esplana retells how the Penafrancia celebration started from as far back as the discovery of the original image in Spain, to the present.


For personal messages, please go to general interest page at

Ex. Gov. Juan Frivaldo organized Sorsogon Association of California.

To provide the devotees an insight into the workings of the Devotees of Our Lady Virgin of Penafrancia in the SF Bay Area, minutes of meetings are made available for information.

The Minutes