Saturday, July 01, 2006


U.S. Visit of the National President-League of Cities of the Philippines


WELCOME! Hon. Jerry P. Trenas: Mayor-Iloilo City and National President-League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).

The Association of Ilonggos of Metropolitan Washington DC (AIM) Inc., the only ilonggo group duly registered under U.S. laws in the US capital hosted a welcome party in honor of Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas and his wife, the former Rosalie Divinagracia Sarabia.

AIM's welcome committee at the airport to meet Jerry, Rosalie and daughter Reiza were Tony and Maridel Araneta, Orlando Evidente and Jose Alfonso "Jojo" Hallares. Jojo the contact person, also acted as full-time guide to Iloilo City's First Family while in Metro Washington D.C.

Mayor Trenas was on official trip to the U.S. as national president-League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) to attend a conference on sustainable developments of the International City Mayors at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

During the May 7, 2006 reception led by AIM President Zeny A.Tabligan at the home of Jim and Tess Guevara-Taylor in Arlington, Va; the Mayor assured the Ilonggo expatriates, of bright prospects awaiting Mandurriao Airport area once air transportation is relocated to the new site in Cabatuan, Iloilo.

He likewise, explained the logic behind City Halls purchase of private lands as squatters decent relocation sites and appeal with NGO's for partnership and support for a better Iloilo City.

In response, the Ilonggos of Metro DC area set aside $30,000 initial funding for the AIM-Gawad Kalinga Village in Iloilo City.

AIM, Inc. with over a thousand ilonggo members within the Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland was greatly honored of the Iloilo City Mayor's historic visit.

Dinggol A. Divinagracia
Executive Vice-President (AIM,Inc.)
Editor: AIM-Budyong Newsletter
1) Mayor & Mrs Jerry P. Trenas with AIM,Inc. Officers:
(L to R): VicPaul Guevara-Pres.Adviser/Ma.Lina Divinagracia-Bus.Mgr./ Zeny Tabligan-AIM-Pres./Mayor & Mrs.Trenas/Dr.Emma Dacquel-AIM Founding President/ Tess Guevara-Taylor: AIM-ANCOP/GK Coordinator.
2) AIM Group photo with the Mayor & Family:
Top L-R:
Row 1:Jojo Hallares, Tom Joseph, John Haley, Maying S. Ledesma
Row 2: Cynthia Ticao, Lando Evidente, Margie Paglinawan, Boy Cosgayon, Neve Nixon.
Row 3: Ross Lutero, Alice M. Buenconsejo, Rose Samillano, Raul Buenconsejo.
Row 4: John Ledesma, Maribel G. Haley,Josephine Sanchez, Ellen Alcaraz, Hearty Lutero.
Row 5: Benny Sian, Marilyn L. Cosgayon, Sally Pelipaga, Tita Pelaez, Henry GarciaRow 6: Emma T.Dacquel, Lina Araneta Divinagracia, VicPaul Guevara, Jim & Tess Taylor, Fe & Robert Anderson.
Front: Romeo Dacquel, Jr, Zeny Tabligan, Reiza Trenas, Mayor Jerry & Rosalie S. Trenas.
Present but not in the picture: Tony, Maridel and Cristina Araneta, Luisa Velasco-Reyes, Tia Pacing Canatoy and Joy Losares and many others.

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