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Candon’s INCARI Reunion 2009

INCARI – 2009
INTERNATIONAL CANDONIAN REUNION

The much awaited 2nd Candonian International Reunion will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 9 to 11, 2009 at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino.

INCARI in Ilocano means “promise”. In 2006, at the first INCARI more than 500 Candonians with their friends and guests from all over the world got together in Las Vegas to experience the first ever global gathering of Candonians. Sponsored by the Candonians of Southern California, Inc. under the leadership of Maricar Bello, INCARI 2006 was a spectacular success. Videos and photos of the memorable affair can be viewed at http://www.tagacandon.com.

At the 2006 general meeting, Candonians voted to hold the second INCARI in Las Vegas. Initial announcement of the event was heard worldwide during the popular TV program “WoWowee”, the most viewed Noontime variety show. Candonians from all over the world called the Chairperson, expressing delight and excitement over the announcement.

INCARI 2009 is sponsored by the three largest Candonian associations in mainland USA: Candonians of Northern California, Inc. headed by its president, Edward Bragado, the newly organized Candonians of Las Vegas, Inc, led by Manuel Carino and the Candonians of Southern California, Inc. under the leadership of Lilia Ramos Alog who is also the Overall Chairperson. In addition, Candonian organizations of Hawaii, Toronto, Vancouver, Midwest, Hong Kong, Greece and the Netherlands will be active participants in the event.

INCARI 2009 will open with an evening of cultural presentations and entertainment numbers by talented individuals representing the various Candonian associations from all over the world. Sponsored by the Candonians of Northern California,Inc. there will be a buffet dinner followed by all-night dancing.

Day 2, sponsored by the Candonians of Southern California, Inc. will feature a Bowling Tournament coordinated by Richard Gallardo, Jr. and Rudy Briones. The day is reserved for reunions among various families, friends and/or schoolmates. These separate events will be organized independently among the various groups. The “Gala Night”, the highlight event of INCARI 2009, will be a formal evening affair with a brief program, a formal dinner, entertainment number and ball room dancing.

Day 3, sponsored by the Candonians of Las Vegas, Inc. will begin with a morning celebration of the Holy Mass to be officiated by a Candonian priest. A breakfast buffet will be served, followed by a plenary meeting. All attendees and participants are encouraged to be at the general meeting to discuss topics of mutual interest.

A Souvenir Program will be published to commemorate the event.
For more information and to download a flyer please access http://www.tagacandon.com

Established in 1989, the Candonians of Southern California, Inc.
was incorporated in the State of California in 1991 as a non-profit civic organization. Its primary mission is to foster cultural and educational values in the community. Originally founded by 25 individuals with Violeta Consolacion Quismorio as President, there are currently more than 100 families represented in the organization including those residing outside of Southern California.

Much has been accomplished by the organization including a highly successful scholarship program for underprivileged students at the University of Northern Philippines. To date, more than 30 bright and deserving students have received scholarship funding including Cathy Galvez, who is graduating this year with a degree in BSBA, Cum Laude.

Organized in 2005 and currently chaired by Sally Martinez Garibay, the“Adopt a School Project” selects one elementary school each year based on identified needs to become “adopted” by the organization. Educational materials such as school supplies, backpacks, reference books, dictionaries, encyclopedias and computer system are donated to the adopted school. Talogtog Elementary School, Bagani Ubbog Primary School and the Bagani Elementary School are recent beneficiaries. Two additional schools will be sponsored this year.

A program to aid indigent families with their health care needs is being developed and should become operational soon.

The Candonians of Southern California, Inc. takes great pride in their incessant efforts to recognize and honor individuals of Candonian ancestry with exceptional achievements in various areas of human endeavor. Four outstanding Candonians have been awarded the Don Isabelo Abaya Medal. Retired school teachers were recognized in a special ceremony. In March 2008, Fernando Guirnalda, the First President of the Republic of Candon , was honored posthumously in the presence of his immediate family. Greg Gagarin, a Candonian with the US Marines who was killed in action in Iraq was honored. Fifty nine other men and women who have served, retired or were in active duty in the US or Philippine Military and other law enforcement agencies received awards of distinction. Awardees are featured in the Souvenir Program that is posted at http://www.tagacandon.com
While fund raising activities take precedence over all organizational functions, members also take time to bond together in social events as in parties and traveling together as a group within or outside of the USA. An annual Family Picnic, Christmas Party and other community activities strengthen friendship, promote camaraderie and provide social and emotional support for all members.

Our website, http://www.tagacandon.com, has been viewed worldwide since 2007. You can track fellow Candonians here and abroad by accessing the website. Check it out to look for a long lost friend or a relative. We welcome appropriate materials for website posting by emailing the item to candonians@tagacandon.com.

Contributed by Lilia Ramos Alog

Fiesta ti Bantay ( Feast of the forest) 2009 in Candon City

Fiesta ti Bantay ( Feast of the forest) 2009 in Candon City

For the fourth straight year, Candon City had its tree planting activity over the vast goverrnment own along the mountains of Palacapac and San Andres, Candon City, Ilocos Sur

It is its own version of Fiesta ti Bantay ( Feast of the Forest) which is like that of Puerto Princesa’ Pista Y’ Ang Kagueban ( Feast of the Forest).

City officials, government employees, students from different schools, members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and other government agencies.

“We had made it a point that the fiesta ti Bantay is year event. It our main environment protection and conservation drive project,” City Mayor Allen Singson said.

This year theme is “Earth First, Restore our Forest.

The 132 hectares is the center of the 10-year Candon City Watershed Rehabilitation Development project.

It is being projected as the fruit bowl of Ilocos Region because of the volume of fruit bearing trees planted in the area.

There are more than 10, 000 trees including fruit bearing planted already.

There were 1, 500 mango , 700 lanzones, 500 rambutan, 500 pomelo, 200 santol, 100 sweet tamarind, 100 coconut, 500 pineapple, 500 banana, 2,500 mahogany, 2, 500 gemelina and others.

The site is also being ready as one of the next tourism destination.

Tourists can overview the different barangays of the city and the nearby towns.

They are also assured of fresh air and abundance of fresh fruits. ( LBJ)

Presidentable led Deputy Speaker’s well wishers

Presidentable led Deputy Speaker’s well wishers

No less than Secretaries Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro and Jesli Lapuz of the Department of National Defense and Department of Education respectively led the array of guests of Deputy Speaker Eric Singson in his birthday bash recently at the Stern Mall, Candon city, Ilocos Sur.
Singson was obviously elated to see about 10, 000 people who came over and join him in his birthday bash.
Helping the deputy speaker in receiving the guests was his wife, former congresswoman Grace Singson.
Other top officials present were Deputy National Security Adviser and former Ilocos Sur Gov Luis “Chavit” Singson, Governors Deogracias Victor “DV” Savellano and Eustaquio “Takit” Bersamin of Ilocos Sur and Abra respectively, Deputy Speaker’s colleagues at the lower house, mayors of the second district of Ilocos Sur led by City Mayor Allen Singson.
“My wish in my birthday is continuous good health and help my constituents find funding of the different projects they wanted, “ Singson said.
Teodoro, one of the early Presidential contenders, expressed his appreciation to the help extended by Deputy Speaker and his wife during their stint in congress.
He recalled how he learned valuable lessons from the Singson couple. Teodoro is a three- termer congressman of Tarlac before his current position.
Lapuz, a senatorial aspirant under the administration party, lauded the deputy speaker on how he fought for the best interest of the tobacco growers and for the whole northern Luzon in general.
The birthday celebration started with a concelebrated mass led by Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado.
Other top officials present were Congressmen Sandy Ocampo ( Manila), Solomon Chungalao ( Ifugao), Jose Pingay ( Coop-Natco) and Pacoy Ortega ( Abono).
The extension of the birthday ceremonies is the inauguration of the Diversion Work Project for Suyo- Tagudin- Santa Cruz national irrigation system.
The 33 million project will benefit 5, 000 farmers and 1, 500 hectares in the said three towns. (LBJ)

Independence day celebration in Candon City

Candon City Mayor Allen Singson and Vice Mayor Nestor Itchon led other city officials, city employees, officials and teachers from DepEd, students from different schools, barangay officials, members of the PNP, AFP, BFP, BJMP, non-governmental organizations, officials from national agencies like DPWH, DILG, and other sectors in the celebration of 111th independence celebration at the Plaza Wayawaya.

Other city officials present were City Councilors Alfonso Singson, Rhoda Abrero, Oseas Diasen, George Valdez, Angel Balagot, Rosario Villalobos and Aris Valdez.

The city officials had wreath laying on the monument of Dr. Jose Rizal and Don Isabelo Abaya, the city’s local hero.

After the wreath laying, a concelebrated mass followed at the St John de Sahagun Church with Nueva Segovia Archbishop Ernesto Salgado.

Candon is Model City of Region I

CANDON CITY was chosen recently by the Civic Service Commission as Model City of Region I.

The city was cited because of the following:
1. Formulation of its Citizen charter/ Manual of Operations which was drafted and approved in 2007. the 2009 edition of the charter is on its final editing.
2. Public assistance and complaint desk and suggestion box.
3. Anti- fixing posters
4. Business One Stop Shop as early as 2002
5. Conducted of advocacy on RA 9485 ( Anti-Rep Tape Act of 2007) to the barangays.

The CSC region I led by its Regional Director Atty Myrna Macatangay dropped by to the city recently as they were met by City Mayor Allen Singson, other city officials and the department heads.
City Mayor Singson with councilors Rhoda Abrero, Rosario Villalobos and the department heads met at the Sangguniang Panlungsod session hall for a program and later the CSC group toured the three- storey city hall.

Below are the photos of the said CSC visit.

JOB FAIR ATTRACTS 1, 400 APPLICANTS

JOB FAIR ATTRACTS 1, 400 APPLICANTS

CANDON CITY, Ilocos Sur- The recent two-day job fair sponsored by Deputy Speaker Eric Singson, Departmen of Labor and Employment and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration generated more than 1, 400 applicants for overseas employment.

“We are very glad with the turn out to help our constituents find employment overseas,” Singson said.

According to Nonette Villanueva- Regional Center Chief for Nothern Luzon of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration ( POEA), there were about 500 positions ready to be filled.

Among the jobs offered by the seven companies invited were nurses, engineers, domestic helpers, care givers, factor workers, drivers and others.

Singson who initiated the program said he asked the companies not to collect placement fees and other charges.

He even offered the companies to have their extension offices in the city to avoid further expenses from the applicants.

Mayors from the different towns of the second district came over to accompany their town mates.

Singson said that the continuous employment abroad will help in a way in the current economic turmoil because of the remittances they will be sending to their families here if they will make it. (LBJ)

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