Yes, the annual fiesta celebration of Iliganons here in Manila last Saturday, Sept 12, was a roaring success! The feast of Saint Michael the Archangel is on September 29 yet. But the Iliganons in Manila would celebrate it a week or two earlier every year.
Close to a hundred and fifty guests came despite the rain. The pioneers of the association (Apolinarios, Badoy, Shekers, Ecarmas, Obach, San Luis-Jison, Noel-Tantuico), prominent families, former First Lady Leni Alano-Cabili, and the current first couple, Mayor Lawrence Cruz and Gina Macapayag-Cruz, came to join us.
Golden Diva Carmen Patena also performed some songs and even did duets with Ms. Leni Cabili. Pop Singing Sensation Nikki Bacolod also sang two songs.
Personalities who also joined us were Cong. Dondon Bagatsing, Serge Osmena, Beng Duque, and Hector Navasero.
This year, the association added a new feature, where they gave recognition to Manila-based Iliganons who excel in their field and have brought honor to Iligan City. The recipients are:
1. Brig. Gen. Boing Ecarma
2. Julie Lluch
3. Bob Tabimina
4. Anton Sheker
5. Cyrus Baguio
Each got a clay sculpture of Senor San Miguel created by Aba Dalena. The trophy was one piece of art!
The party ended with the induction of the new set of officers:
President – Agnes Rafanan-Brazell
VP Internal – Meikah Ybanez-Delid
VP External – Lisa Lluch Ronquillo
Secretary – Christine Noel Francisco
Treasurer – Nora Bundalian-Ilustre
Auditor – Cynthia Acosta-Gianzon
PRO for Council of Elders – Amy Noel-Francisco
PRO for Youth Affairs – Ton Villanueva
For the photos, click HERE.
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