Iriguenos from all over the world have drawn up a dense but socially responsive activities for their biennial gathering called Magbinaydan this year which they opted to hold in the city of their roots.
Magbinaydan 2011 Chair Melchor N. Margallo said they have lined up various medical, social, spiritual, humanitarian, and environmental activities apart from participating in this year’s Tinagba festival bullcart caravan.
Among the medical services they will offer include circumcision, primary care, and dental education. The members of the group who come from various parts of the world like continental America, Europe, and the Middle East, will also render feeding activities and house repairs of pre-listed beneficiaries; aside from planting trees at Barangays Perpetual Help, San Nicolas and Santiago.
Dr. Laure Leon Nagrampa, the local coordinator for the tree planting activities, said the program hopes to plant some 15,000 seedlings in those three barangays and will involve some 2,000 volunteers, mostly students and youth.
Margallo himself will also give a lecture on Green Architecture, Adaptive Re-use and AUTOCADD for architecture students at his alma mater, the University of Northeastern Philippines on February 10. It will be the second such kind of a lecture under the Bicol Experts Sharing of Time and Talent(BEST2) organized by Frank Penones Jr.
While in Iriga, the group will be treated to a cultural presentation at the University of Northeastern Philippines. For her part, Hon. Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen will tender a Mayor’s Night for the Magbinaydan participants at the posh Iriga Plaza Convention Center on February 5.
Aside from Margallo, the other active workhorses and organizers of the event include Fr. Ed Dura, Abe Margallo, Larry Lee and Carlos Dequina; while Dr. Lucio Margallo, Dr. Marietta N. Almazan and Marilyn De Las Llagas provide the advisory and administrative direction. The contact persons include Dr. Ed Nepomuceno (N.J.), Edsel Angeles and Estela Magistrado Panesa (Austria); the tandem who successfully steered the Magbinaydan two years ago in Austria, Eileen Diamante (East Coast Iriguenos), Nick Nadal (Dubai), Jules Millete (Virginia Beach), Joem Malazarte (Hawaii), Don Bahillo (London), Vivian Lorenze (Germany), Pura Velasco (Canada), and Jun Desquitado (Southern California). In the Philippines, the Guy Jesters International through President Cesar Turiano have also signified their participation. In Iriga, the local counterpart is headed by Msgr. Jonie Aguirre, while the working committee is chaired by Dr. Laarni Acasio.