Ontario Bikolanos enjoy kaogmahan
TORONTO–Welcoming the rites of summer, Ontario Bikolanos and Bikolanas from the 6 Bicol provinces of Albay, CamarinesÊ Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate and Sorsogon celebrated collectively at an annual potluck picnic and games, dubbed as Bikol Kaogmahan, on August 2, 2014 ( Saturday) at Earl Bales Park, North York, Toronto.
With the enshrined image of the Vergen de Penafrancia at the park, more than 180 devotees and participants joined in the yearly event with lots of popular sili -laced, ginataan-based and diet busting food salo-salo, line-bailehan and fun-filled fellowship. The day’s 12- hourevent, organized and hosted by Bicol Canada CommunityAssociation (BCCA), was led by itslong-serving and energetic el presidente, Rafael Nebres.
Notable amongst the picnic revellers are former presidents Jess Cabrias and Bobby Achacon and current officers and directors of the well admired community-based organization such as: Noli Aquino, Larry Bercasio, Nestor Canton, Estrella Dilla Carpenter, Ronnie Dela Gana, Naty and Toti Gutierrez, Helen Lopez, Virgie Manaog, Arlene Martinez, Ely Olayon, Fely and Boy Ortega, Ching and Tony Ragos, Monsie Royong, Benhur Salcedo, Louie Calayca and Raul Tarin and their respective families, friends and guests. Absent were directors Aida Lagarde and Gidget dela Torre.
Likewise, joining the celebration were Susan and Jess Llanera, Merle Canlas, Nely Lopriego, Ino Sanchez, Minda Mendoza-Sayoc, Diego Linan, Lourdes Balce and partner, and Tony and Joy San Juan of Camarines Norte Association Canada-Ontario (CNAC-O).
Sportingly competitive, the men’s and women’s volleyball teams from the 6 provinces vied for the championship trophies and prizes. BCCA veep Noli Aquino, for the past 7 years, has been solidly organizing and directing the park games.ÊThe Camarines Sur (TEAM PINOY RADIO volleyballers won the men’s championship while the volleybelles from Albay (Team ACTION HONDA) garnered the women’s title for 2014.
In his welcome address, prexy Paeng Nebres expressed his message of “tanganing kita gabos magkasararo “(so that we can be together as one) and reiterated Bicol Canada Community Association’s hope and aspiration for a long-lasting and united Bikolanos purposefully working, serving and contributing together to the “common cause for the greater good.”
(Tony A. San Juan/PRESS RELEASE)