[box type=”default” size=”medium”] Group reports on its outreach projects in 2011 [/box]The Ang Bisaya’s 28th anniversary affair held last Nov. 26 at the Novi Sheraton Hotel impressed the guests with its presentation of a preview of Cebu’s popular Sinulog Festival.
The event was also a night of dances and choir music highlighted by the performance of the 45-member Beato Pedro Calungsod Choir that regaled the crowd with its rendition of Visayan songs.
Delivering a brief speech, Ang Bisaya President Gerardo “Joe” Atillo said, “Although Ang Bisaya celebrates Sinulog in traditional fashion, tonight we will take a step up the ladder of exciting entertainment for the first time to bring in a whole new world filled with modern-style show that conforms with the wonders of technological advances. Broadway here we come.”
Atillo also said, “It is our way of thanking your generous support that benefitted in different ways many others in dire need over the years. The Bisayan spirit of energetic cooperation that we practice and embrace is what makes our organization consistently vibrant, dynamic and unique.”
The “Prelude to Sinulog 2012” portion of the program was both informative and entertaining.
Some 50 ladies and gentlemen in traditional Visayan attire paraded and danced to the Sinulog beat as they held aloft images of the Sto. Nino (Infant Jesus). Several of the guests joined the parade-dance, swinging their hands and bodies and shouting, “Pit Senyor.”
Mrs. Dennie Sanchez-Buot, Ang Bisaya’s artistic and cultural director, briefed the audience about the Sinulog. She said the Sinulog is celebrated in Cebu every third week of January in honor of the Infant Jesus, the patron of the Cebuanos.
By shouting “Pit Senyor,” she said, the participants in the street dance-parade are invoking the help of the Sto. Nino.
During the program which was emceed by Dr. Pedro “Boy” Caing, the Ang Bisaya officers also reported on the projects they undertook this year.
Mrs. Vicky Atillo, Ang Bisaya secretary, describing the events recorded in photos flashed on a screen, said the group’s outreach team flew to the Philippines in February, this year and conducted a three-day medical-dental mission on Olango Island, which is some 15 minutes by boat from Lapu-Lapu City.
The mission was conducted in cooperation with Zarate Enterprises, Philippine Air Force and FANA of Great Lakes (a nurses association in Michigan which was at that time headed by Van Ong).
Mrs. Atillo said that at least 2,000 people, mostly indigent children, fishermen and housewives, benefited from the mission participated in by some 40 doctors and nurses.
She said that at least 1,000 villagers were given vaccination shots.
She said that free medicines were also distributed to the islanders and that an EKG machine and a defibrillator were donated to the community health center.
Meanwhile, Dina Keeling, chairperson of the event committee, reported in her message that a humanistic mission dubbed “Feed the Hungry” was likewise conducted this year in Salvacion, Leyte by Ang Bisaya’s youth group which was organized by Alysha Keeling.