AIMWI’s Foundation and First Cordillera Day Celebration
By Perlita Tino
Major Sergio Botangen of UNDOF PHILBAT was the Guest Speaker during the Foundation and First Cordillera Day of the Association of Migrants Workers in Israel (AIMWI) last August 20, 2011 in #32 Levanda St. with their theme ‘Unity Towards Prosperity As We Preserve The Culture Of Igorot Community.’
The program started with an opening prayer followed by the Pambansang Awit and community singing of the Cordillera Hymn. The show’s program started even though the embassy guests were late due to other commitments falling on the same day. The presentations of the different subchapters of AIMWI were as follows: Kalinga rendered dance and songs, the Sabata did an Itik Itik dance, Sagada Binandang did a cultural dance and a song, the I-Jeru did a dance number and Benguet did a Waka Waka dance. Then came the most awaited visitors as the AIMWI Pres. Lex Panonot delivered his welcome address. Madam Meriam Cuasay encouraged the audience and association members with her inspirational message, and then the introduction of the Guest Speaker by Marian Langco as Major Botangen took the stage to share his thoughts where in his speech he said he’s proud to be an FBI, meaning Full-Blooded Igorot.
FFCI Pres. Ruel Bautista mentioned in his speech that he is also an FBI (Full-Blooded Ilocano). Mam Fatima Cabacungan said that AIMWI is always ready to present a cultural dance whenever the embassy needs their intermission number. Of course chibugan is not exempted; while the rest were eating, awarding of certificates and prizes from the Summer Sportsfest 2011 took place. A special segment of ‘Question and Answer’ about history of AIMWI was hosted by yours truly and a raffle draw from the tambiolo drew Ms. Eva Quino as winner of the won the 15” laptop computer. It was a hot but happy-ending program.