– by Nonie Bunjan , TTBI
TAPOK TAPOK BOL-ANON INC (TTBI), in cooperation with the Boholano Association of Metro Manila Inc (BAMMI), held a “RECOGNITION NIGHT 2014” last Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Villamor Air Base Golf Club to honor 12 outstanding Boholanos in Metro Manila for their achievements in their respective fields of endeavor.
The activity was inspired by the poignant events that followed the tragic earthquake in Bohol last year, clearly demonstrating the ability of Boholanos to mobilize and work together for their fellow Boholanos in need. The overwhelming display of support, selfless dedication and charitable nature of the Boholanos were once again proven when Super-Storm Yolanda hit the neighboring provinces of Leyte and Samar. Despite the province’s difficult plight then, Bohol was among the first provinces to come to the aid of the beleaguered people of Leyte and Samar.
Tapok and BAMMI recognize the need to continue to inculcate the virtues of dedicated service and professional conduct, particularly among our youth. Hence, for this year, Tapok decided to acknowledge 12 outstanding Boholanos in Metro Manila whose achievements in their respective fields of endeavor have given pride and honor to the province of Bohol. The 12 exemplars were the following:
1. VAdm Jose Luis Alano, Navy Chief, for national security and govt service;
2. Ret BGen Esteban A. Castro, now with the Customs, national security and govt service;
3. Atty.Herman R. Cimafranca, Deputy Solicitor General, law and govt service;
4. Ret BGen Alejando H. Estomo, now with the Customs; national security, education, govt service;
5. Ms Anna Maris Igpit, art and humanitarian assistance;
6. Mr. Genaro V. Lapez, corporate business and humanitarian assistance;
7. Mr. Luke Mejares, entertainment, arts;
8. Atty. Virgilio L. Mendez, newly-designated NBI Chief; law, peace and order, govt service;
9. PCSupt Louie T. Oppus, for law, peace and order, govt service;
10. Dir. Maryo J. delos Reyes, for entertainment, cinematography;
11. Dr. Caesar Saloma, for education, public service;
12. Ret BGen Michaelo Salvaleon, national security and govt service.
The Guest of Honor and Speaker for the event was Governor Edgar M. Chatto, who, despite his very hectic schedule, flew directly from Tagbilaran to provide wise counsel and inspiration, and personally greet the awardees in behalf of a grateful Boholano people.
Assisting the Governor in awarding the plaques of appreciation to the awardees were: the Tapok-Tapok President, ret MGen Charly Holganza, Tapok-Tapok Vice Pres. ret Gen Leo Olegario and BAMMI President Engr.Pat Manlangit. The awardees in turn provided wonderful insights on their visions and plans to continue providing support for the province and to the country in general, using their talents in their own respective fields. The program was ably emceed by Maning Omictin and Lando Polinar.
In his speech, Gov Chatto thanked the Manila-based Boholanos for the noble support immediately after the disastrous earthquake. He also lauded the group’s efforts to keep thoughts of Bohol burning in their hearts. In his closing talk, Gen Holganza assured the Governor that the Manila-based Boholanos, through BAMMI, Tapok Tapok and the Association of Young Boholanos in MetroManila (AYBM) will always support efforts for the development of Bohol. It will be noted that from 2001 to 2007, Tapok had been sending computers to select schools in Bohol. From 2008 onwards, Tapok shifted its focus to technical-vocational equipment such as welding machines, sewing machines, kitchenware, etc on the prodding of the DepEd. Last year, Tapok shifted its focus from education to tourism and sports and youth development, orchestrating the first-ever international dragon boat competition, which paved the way to the creation of a robust dragon boating community in Bohol. This latest project focuses on youth development and humanitarianism, as a consequence to the new norms we are confronted with today.
After the Recognition rites, there were pictorials, singing and dancing and drinking. Thanks to the special numbers from Luke Mejares. the Seabees band under ret RAdm Boy Sanchez, Gideon Miole and Company.The first-ever Recognition Night undertaken by the Tapok-Tapok Bol-anon, Inc. was indeed a great success! Special thanks to the BAMMI and the AYBM for their cooperation. And thanks too, to our fellow Boholanos who attended the very special and memorable occasion.