By Lydia C. Pendon
Friday, June 10, 2011
MAYOR Jed Patrick Mabilog and Philippine Ambassador Joey Cuisia based in New York City are planning a joint project to make Iloilo City as a pilot area to reintegrate the Filipino-American (Fil-Am) youths on Filipino culture and tradition.
Mabilog, fresh from his 12-day trip to the United States, said an agreement was forged with the Philippine Ambassador to send about 30 to 40 Fil-Am youths in the Philippines and stay for at least one month to absorb Filipino culture and tradition.
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The meeting was held recently when Mabilog led an Ilonggo contingent in New York in a grand Philippine Independence Day celebration and parade last June 5, 2011.
Dinagyang Tribu Pan-ay was the celebration centerpiece along Madison Avenue, Manhattan that captured more than 150,000 crowd and considered as the biggest celebration of Philippine Independence Day in northeastern area of the United States.
Mabilog said the reintegration project seeks to inculcate Philippine tradition and culture among the Fil-Ams who were mostly born and raised in the United States and absorbed the American way of life.
The city mayor said there is a need to teach the youths on Philippine tradition and culture by staying with Ilonggo families who will teach and remind them of their origin.
The city mayor said that several parents of these youths are willing to send back their children to Iloilo during school break from July to August as school opens in September in the United States.