AROUND 1,000 families in Western Visayas (WV) received clothing donations from Rotary International District (RID) 3590, in partnership with Rotary International District 3850 in separate community outreach programs, April 16-19, 2017.
Dubbed “Wings to Angels: Love to the Philippines Clothing Donation”, the project distributed 8,000 clothes to families in Iloilo, Aklan and Capiz.
Eleven South Koreans led by RID 3590 District Governor (DG) Sangrae Lee of South Korea brought the donations to the Philippines.
DG Sangrae Lee, with RID 3850 DG Ronnie Gabalda led the distribution of donations to 43 Ati families in Guimbal, Iloilo; 60 families who were fire victims in La Paz, Iloilo City; and 223 fisherfolk families in Miagao, Iloilo. The rest of the donations were distributed to communities in Bulwang, Aklan and Jamindan, Capiz.
Aside from clothes, the team turned over basketballs and volleyballs.
In his message at Sitio Camangahan in Guimbal, DG Sangrae Lee said they are happy to help the Ati community. The IP group composed of 200 individuals has been living in the sitio for a decade now.
DG Gabalda said “Wings to Angels” is only the start of something bigger. The Rotary plans to build a school building for the Ati learners, who are enrolled in Department of Education (DepEd) Alternative Learning System (ALS).
In his message, DG Gabalda said: “The Koreans visited us to know the real situation of the different communities where they can support or implement projects. We are lucky here in Iloilo that they chose us as beneficiaries. Hopefully, this will be a continuous partnership as we want to serve the community and the humanity.”
The project was also supported by Rotary District 3850, Rotary Club of Iloilo South, Rotaract Club of Iloilo South, Rotaract Club of Metro Iloilo, Rotary Club of Miagao, UMWAD 2022, and 82nd Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army.
Hubon Binagtong: The Pride of Guimaras
By: Paola Marrie Barredo of PHINMA Energy
Photos by: PHINMA Energy
Aliwan Fiesta was launched by Manila Broadcasting Corporation in 2003, and has since been known as the grand festival of fiestas. It promotes Filipino regional heritage by providing an avenue for the provinces and cities to showcase their culture and festivals to the world in one big competition. This year, it was held on April 21-22 at the CCP Complex in Pasay City.
A newcomer to the competition was Hubon Binagtong of Manggahan Festival from Guimaras.
Journey to Aliwan
Manggahan, Kasadyahan. Then finally Aliwan.
That’s how the triumphant journey went for Manggahan’s Hubon Binagtong, which is composed of 350 current high school students and alumni of Cabalagnan National High School from the town of Nueva Valencia.
“Municipality po muna. Sa Manggahan Cultural Competition po sa Guimaras, nirerepresent ang five municipalities po sa amin, isang tribe or hubon per municipality,” said Monica Consing, project coordinator of Guimaras Provincial Tourism Office.
After winning at Manggahan Festival, Hubon Binagtong went on to compete with other festival groups of Western Visayas at the Dinagyang Festival Kasadyahan competition.
“Sobrang blessed kasi first time naming sumali tapos nakuha ng maraming awards. Kaya naging qualified sila dito sa Aliwan,” said team’s choreographer, Lonelle “Tata” Carado.
More than Mangoes
Despite embracing their popularity as the Home of the Sweetest Mangoes, Tata and the rest of the Hubon Binagtong team wanted to show everyone that Guimaras has more to offer.
Everything was designed to showcase the province and its culture in a six-minute street dance: from mangoes, to wind turbine props as inspired by PHINMA Energy’s San Lorenzo Wind Farm, to colorful costumes, and lively music.
Seizing the opportunity
Aliwan Fiesta provided the dancers an avenue to promote Guimaras. As a developing province, this national and international exposure would be a big help for their economy and tourism. So the team persevered despite the hardships that came their way. They practiced hard for two months and built their props from scratch. They didn’t want to just participate. They wanted to compete.
Hubon Binagtong wanted to perform a street dance number that is colorful, fresh, and relevant.
They wanted to entertain. They wanted to introduce Guimaras to everyone.
In the end, they did just that.