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The Bicol National Association of America (BNAA) has received a donation of 19 lots with a total area of 19 acres from the family of Doctors Tena.
The donated land will be the site of the BNAA cultural center in Tazwell, Virginia.
All the documents covering the donation were received during the BNAA convention held in San Francisco, California on July 21-23, 2017.
Officers of the Bikolandia Association of Michigan (BAM) attended the convention. They were Bing Reginaldo, president; Gloria Solano, vice president; Delia Rayos and Romy Llarena, advisers; and Bert Reginaldo, parliamentarian.
Bing Reginaldo said BAM has been supportive of BNAA projects such as the installation of pump wells for potable water in the poorest areas in Bicol Region; college scholarship for poor but deserving students; disaster relief operation for typhoon “Nina” victims; medical mission and “Operation Smile.”
The BNAA convention was graced by, among others, Carmarines Sur Gov. Mitz Villafuerte, the mayor of Masbate and officials of the Philippine Tourism Authority.
During the Friday night event, Atty. Loida Nicolas Lewis delivered the welcome remark and briefed the audience on the current situation of the Philippines.
The new BNAA officers led by president-elect Reggie Belen of the Bicol Association of the Eastern Seaboard in New Jersey were also inducted into office.
The next BNAA national convention will be held on July 20-22, 2018 in Seattle, Washington and will be hosted by Bicol Association of Washington.
The national convention in 2019 will be held on Feb 14-16 in Legazpi City at the Oriental Hotel.