The coffee table book, “Aweng ti Kailokuan,” was recently launched at the Manila Polo Club by the Kannawidan Foundation, Inc. headed by Lita Marcos Roque. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos was guest of honor.
The launch celebrated the 18th anniversary of the Kannawidan Foundation, which is composed of Ilocanos from Ilocos Norte living in Metro Manila. The research project committee was headed by Betty Factora Merritt.
The title literally could be translated “Sounds/Echoes of Ilocos”; the book features the musical heritage of the Ilocanos. Written by Dr. Miriam B. Factora, the book is part of a project to provide teachers and students in Ilocos Norte with the tools to teach and learn literate musicianship fundamentally through their own musical mother tongue.
The materials in this publication were collected through first-hand field work by the author. The 141 vocal and 16 instrumental materials include indigenous and Western influenced traditional/folk songs, spoken rhymes and musical games for children and adults, musical oral traditions for special occasions that are chanted and extemporized and a few instrumental pieces for particular functions. Several of these materials have been collected and presented in real-life contexts in celebration and observance of special events such as Christmas, Holy Week, birthdays, fiestas, courtship, weddings and wakes. This set of materials consists of a book, three audio/data CDs and a DVD.
About the author
Dr. Miriam B. Factora was born in Sarrat, Ilocos Norte. She is a faculty member of Doshisha International School, Kyoto, Japan. As a music educator, she has taught a wide range of levels—early childhood, elementary, middle school, high school and university. She has lectured around the Philippines, USA, Japan, Hongkong, Australia, Mexico and England.
For inquiries about the book, text Ogie Alviar, 0920-905-9l75.
Museo ng Makati exhibit
The Primera Salida Group will hold its first exhibit at the Museo ng Makati in Barangay Poblacion. With the theme, “Sanctus: A Decade of Cathecism and Renewed Faith Through Newly Commisioned Religious Images,” the show opens on Nov. 4 and runs until the 15th. The event will showcase images from different parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. Admission free. The group’s patron is soon to be canonized Blessed Pedro Calungsod.
There will be a Eucharistic Celebration at the Manila Cathedral on Nov. 5, 10 a.m. in thanksgiving for the recent canonization of three Saints: St. Louis Guanella, founder of the Servants of Charity and Daughters of St. Mary of Providence; St. Bonifacia Rodriguez, foundress of the Siervas de San Jose; and St. Guido Maria Conforti, founder of the Xaverian Missionaries. All three congregations are helping the Philippine Church.
San Carlos Borromeo and the Ivatans
The fiesta of San Carlos Borromeo Parish in Mahatao, Batanes (Nov. 4) centers on the theme: “San Carlos Borromeo in the life of the Ivatans.” Novena Masses are at 6:30 p.m. and celebrants are Fr. Roy Maliglig (Oct. 26); Fr. Ronald Manabat ( Oct. 27); Fr. Joseph Uy (Oct. 28); Fr. Marlon Rey Chingwangco (Oct. 29); Fr. Aldred Hordoñez); Fr. Aniceto Abiera (Oct. 3l); Fr. Joey Elago (Nov. l); Fr. Roger Abadano (Nov. 2); and Fr. Fr. Andrew Algerico Gonzales (Nov. 3).
Fr. Bridge Casas, the parish priest, celebrates the 6 a.m. Mass on November 4, while Bishop Camilo Gregorio officiates the Fiesta Mass at 9 a.m.
St. Luke’s Women’s Board
The St. Luke’s Women’s Board will hold a fundraising bazaar on Nov. 12-13 at the Greenhills Shopping Center. They will be selling raffle tickets at P50 each and the 1st prize will be P50,000.00. Text Jean Salvador at 09l7-890-2727.
Dr. Lemuel Non, doctor to the barrio
Dr. Lemuel Non, a 2008 graduate of Medicine of the University of the Philippines Manila as medical scholar of the First Gentleman Foundation, scored a 99 grade in all the written exams of the US Medical Licensure Exam. As a result, Dr. Non was given the position to train in Internal Medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. His plan is to graduate from the speciality training and enter into a fellowship training in Infectious Disease or Gastroenterology. Dr. Non left on June 5, 2011 and will come back after his training and continue with his work in the barrio where he worked for two and half years before he left.
The medical scholars studying under the FG Foundation are asked to work in the rural areas for two years after they pass the board exams. According to Juris Soliman, former president of FG Foundation, there are 150 medical students from UP, Pamantasan ng Maynila, West State University and Mindanao State University. An additional 30 scholars are doctors undergoing specialized studies at the Phil. General Hospital.
26 other doctors to the barrio Prof. Gabriel Lopez told me that 26 doctors to the barrio under the FG Foundation graduated last Oct. l5 at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay from Masters in Public Management, while 16 of them obtained diplomas in Health Development. Prime movers are Dean Gloria Mercado, PHD, MNSA, DOH Usec Mario Villaverde and DOH HR director Dr. Kenneth Ronquillo.
Triduum of Masses for the fiesta of Our Lady of Biglang Awa at St. Paul Chapel along De Paul corner Bagtikan Sts. are as follows: Nov. 4 (5 p.m.); Nov. 5 (4 p.m.) and Nov. 6 (4 p.m.).