HONOLULU – Gumil Oahu, an association of Ilokano Writers in Oahu, headed by Rafael Alimbuyuguen, will host the 2nd Gumil Filipinas International Conference on September 22-23 at the Philippine Consulate General here. A Gala Night will be held on Sept. 24 at the Pagoda Hotel International Ballroom.
Ric Agnes, delegates coordinator, said delegate-writers and cultural performers from various GUMIL Chapters in Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Metro Manila in the Philippines, U.S. Mainland, Canada and including those from Hawaii will participate in the event.
“This three-day seminar is aimed to enrich Ilokano literature and cultural heritage by encouraging its members to write about the social, economic, cultural and other aspect of growth and development among the Ilokanos in particular and the Filipinos in general,” Gladys Menor, events and program chair and immediate past president, stressed.
This international conference coincides with the 10th anniversary celebration of Gumil Oahu which was organized on August 13, 1996, and the Sakada Centennial celebration to commemorate the first 15 Ilokano recruit workers from the province of Ilocos Sur who arrived in Honolulu port aboard SS Doric on December 20, 1906 to work in the Ola’a Sugar plantation in the Big Island.
During the seminar, Gumil Oahu and Gumil Ilocos Norte will sign a resolution to become a sister-organization. Other sister-organizations are Gumil Metro-Manila and Gumil Maui.
The current officers of Gumil Oahu are Rafael Alimbuyuguen, president; Dr. Estrella Pada Taong, internal vice president; Florie Fermin, external vice president; Gladys Menor, secretary; Emelyn Damo, assistant secretary; Mila Fernandez, treasurer; Larry Fiesta, auditor; Leonora Albayalde, PRO; Paul Taong and Jun Bermisa, sgt.-at-arms.
Directors: Amado I. Yoro, Francisco T. Ponce, Fernando Agnes, Ernie Yadao and
Advisers: Ric Agnes, Andy Barroga, Maggie Domingo, Prescy Espiritu, Sandy Lasquero, Joe Lazo, and Flor Martinez
Legal Advisers: Judge Artemio Baxa and Atty. Bryan Andaya
Past presidents: Amado I. Yoro (1996-2001), and Gladys Menor (2001-2005)
A minimal conference fee will be charged to defray cost for meals and material packet while the gala night costs $40.00 per guest.
The theme of the conference: Appreciating the past, recognizing the present and strengthening, equipping, developing potential and shaping the future.