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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, renowned for its almost perfect cone, rising majestically into the clouds.

Bicol Region: Albay!Camarines Norte!Camarines Sur!Catanduanes!Masbate! Sorsogon

Magiribahan Kita mourns the passing of Atty. Ben Llaneta.

Bienvenido "Ben" Llaneta, Esq. Born in Ligao, Albay, Philippines on Dec. 10, 1923; died at Hobart Hospital, Gary, Indiana, September 23, 1999. Member, Illinois State Bar; former Consul, Philippine Consulate, Chicago, Il., founder, Bicol, U.S.A. Chicago, former Parliamentarian, Bikol National Association of America (BNAA). Survived by wife, Cyrill P. Mendez-Llaneta, M.D., Past President BNAA, and six children. Body lies in state at El Camino Mortuary and Cemetery, 5600 Coral Canyon Rd., San Diego. Funeral mass on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 9:30 a.m. at St. William of York Church, 4343 Del Mar Trail Rd., San Diego. Internment follows immediately. A.M.D.G.

Special to Mag-Iribahan Kita!

See The 1999 Penafrancia Schedule

BACNA strives to bring medical relief to C. Norte, Philippines.

This humble hovel, while unimaginable for others to seek shelter in, is the kind that so many people reside in. It is hardly a defense against the elements but not having other options forces them to make do.

Cognizant of the plight of their impoverished countrymen in Camarines Norte, Philippines, BACNA has unrelentlessly been dispatching aid to Camarines Norte in the form of food, clothing, books, medicine, and many others. To date, in a joint venture with the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America led by Dr. Antonio Abiog, BACNA embarks on a surgical mission to Camarines Norte in January 10, 2000. THE STORY

Surgical Mission to C. Norte Has Been Rescheduled.

In a telephone conference with Romy Salvador, president of Bay Area Camarines Norte Association, and Dr. Antonio Abiog, head of the surgical team volunteering for this surgical mission, Dr. Abiog notified Romy Salvador of the change of schedule from December 1999 to January 10, year 2000. FULL STORY


The practice: The Image of Our Lady is brought on board for the fluvial procession. The devotees and the curious line the banks of San Leandro marina to witness the procession.

Devotees greeting the image at the terminus of the fluvial procession.
Community News Round-Up
The Inside Story About:

Bicol USA - Houston Chapter hosts convention, July 16-18, 1999 with a thunderous success!

The Bicol USA - Houston Chapter simply overwhelmed the delegates from different parts of the country with its homegrown brand of hospitatlity. Superlatives would not be enough to describe the degree of fraternity that the members have shared with their fellow Bicolanos.


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.

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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.

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.


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Andy Salvador
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