Manuel A. Alarcon
Jay de la Cruz
1095 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax (415) 431-9208
Bicolandia Association of Sacramento formed
(Re-printed from the Philippine Eagle)
By Noel C. Rorninque and Roger Esplana
The Bicolano phrase 'Salamat na marhay saindo gabos" tells it all to
each and every one who attended their Pot Luck Get Together Picnic Last
May 22 at Elk Grove Park. This is one of the first schedule of activities
slated for the second quarter of 1999 since the Bicolandia Associaion of
Sacramento, California md Vicinity, Incorporated was formed in December,
Their main objective is to promote friendly and closer reationship
amongst the sons and daughters originating from the Bicol Province of the
Philippines including those who are related to them by blood or by marriage.
By advocating their social, cultural and spiritual welfare and strengthening
their social relations with other nationalities, the Bicolanos of Sacramento
believe they can establish solidarity among themselves.
Church and school in Bicol
With the formation of the association, the feast of "Our Lady of
Penafrancia," the patron saint of the Bicolanos can now be celebrated in
Sacrarnento. The organization will also work on establishing a church and
school in Bicol Province.
The recently elected charter officers of the charitable and non-profit
association are as follows: Romel Tarog - President, Roger Esplana - Vice
President, Hilda BovierDacumos- Secretaiy; Edna Lumbang - Asst. Secretary,
Lou Stella- Treasurer, Leyte H. Horton- Asst. Treasurer, Manny Vega -
Auditor; Elizabeth Velasco - Asst. Auditor, Marina Oania - PRO, Rudy
Navarro - legal adviser, Jess Velasco and Tony Granado - Sgt.at arms.
Board of Directors in-clude Don Ante, Roland Oliver, Robert de los Reyes,
Arturo Manlangit and Bobby Munoz.
In 1996, Roger Esplana began to confer with elder persons from
Bicol about forming a Bicol Association in Sacramento. After a few
years, Roger began gathering names of Bicolano people. In September 1998,
taking advice from Manny Vega, Roger decided to take action. A meeting was
called at Lechon King Restaurant in December. Only a few people attended
but after three successive meetings, core officers-were elected with Rommel
Tarog as president. Danny Pascua, of the Filipino American Veterans
Association helped the organization officially register with the state.
An induction ball is tentatively scheduled for August or September of
this year. For more information contact: Hilda Bobier Dacumos, 689-9633;
Lou Estela Cumerlato, 685-6182; Rommel Tarog, 422-4939.
Thank you for dropping in.
(Since October 21, 1999)