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CAGAYAN VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF HAWAII

   

 CVAH History

 

A Brief History of Cagayan Valley Association of Hawaii

by: Rev. Alex Vergara

            
Don Alvarez,  became president, designed and created  the CVAH  logo in 1982.

 
City Resolution 90-174


CONGRATULATING THE CAGAYAN VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF HAWAII
(OFFICERS AND MEMBERS) ON ITS 14TH ANNIVERSARY AND FOR ITS IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR MULTI-ETHNIC SOCIETY.

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 H.C.R. No.81 H.D.1


STATE-PROVINCE RELATIONS OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE STATE OF HAWAII AND THE PROVINCE OF CAGAYAN.

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HR 230

APPROVING AND AUTHORIZING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF
STATE-PROVINCE RELATIONS OF FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN THE
STATE OF HAWAII OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND
THE PROVINCE OF ISABELA OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE
PHILIPPINES.

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CVAH welcomes Ambassador Minerva Jean Falcon (Lallo, Cagayan) with a banner at the Honolulu International Airport when she arrives to take her post as Consul General at  the Philippine Consulate Honolulu in 1999.

 

 

 

 

          On September 20, 1976, some 14 Hawaii residents who traced their roots and relations from the fertile Cagayan Valley (Philippines), dined together in Waikiki upon the instigation of Jesus "J.O. " and Ines Cayaban.

          The dinner was delightful and the conversation added ambience to the unfolding of a historic occasion. Memories of the "homeland" were recollected; life situations in the "new land" were shared by all who came to Hawaii in different settings and professional goals. Acknowledging that having many things in common, they discussed the formation of the Cagayan Valley Association of Hawaii.

          On October 24th of that same year, the Cagayan Valley of Hawaii was formally organized in a meeting at the Philippine Consulate on the Pali Highway. Its stated purpose and objective was the fostering of a closer relationship among its members and the promotion and preservation of Filipino culture.

          Elected officers of the newly formed organization were installed by the late Justice Ben Menor. Sworn into office were: Dr. Quintin Uy, president; Dr. Alex Vergara, vice president; Mrs. Ines Cayaban, secretary; Mr. Vic Rosacia, treasurer; Mrs. Aurelia Viernes, PRO; and Mr. Margarito Cubias, auditor.

         In his inaugural speech, Dr. Quintin Uy said, "It is clear that our name - Cagayan Valley Association - whose members come from a region that comprises the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela,, and Nueva Vizcaya, (Batanes and Quirino added later) does not imply an intent to constraint our endeavors within the limits of our provincial boundaries. He proposed that the association promotes "Filipiniana" first and "Cagayana" second.

          The new president continued, "I proposed to you a commitment to established a Filipino Language School. In my personal view, this is the most vital first step towards the monumental goal of preserving one's culture. For language is a fundamental part of culture and language interacts with every other aspect of human life in a society."

          A Filipino Language School was established in 1977 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Liliha Street in Honolulu. The school gathered momentum but later on its enrolment dwindled. So, the organization moved on to other worthwhile endeavors.

          Another project of the organization was a "Filipiniana" exhibit at Chinatown's Multicultural Center. "Town life in the Philippines" was the theme of the cultural presentation with a record number of 2,562 visitors who viewed exhibits depicting different aspects of rural Filipino life.

          Mrs. Ines Cayaban, project coordinator, gathered all the memorabilia. A folk dance ensemble also entertained. Headed by Miss Aurelia Viernes, the dance company went on to participate in the Fifth Conference on Philippine Dance, Music and Costume in Waipahu on October 1, 1977.

          Cagayan Valley Associaton supported the Oahu Filipino Community Council (OFCC) and the United Filipino Council of Hawaii (UFCH); cooperated with activities of the Philippine Consulate of Honolulu and other community organizations. Scholarship grants were established; disaster aids to the Philippines organized; fundraising campaigns for local emergency needs were sponsored.

          The association participated in the Palama Interchurch Council's annual "Hoike Haouli" People's Celebration at AAla Park. In 1978, CVA presented several cultural dances at KIKU TV and performed other stage programs to Honolulu and Alaska.

          Dr. Quintin Uy passed on the presidential gavel to Mr. Epifanio Billena in 1981. Recollecting some activities during his administration, Billena said, "We participated in various Filipino community activities such as the year long celebration of the 75th Anniversary of ilipino Immigration in Hawaii. Our official delegates attended the OFCC and UFH conventions; donated potted ornamental plants to the Philippine Consulate to adorn its lanai and grounds."

          Our brief historical account now turns to the long and illustrious administration of Mr. Don Alvarez who was elected president in 1982 and continues to provide leadership and inspiration to the association.

          The following is a comprehensive accounting of activities of Mr. Alvarez's administration since 1982.

  • Co-sponsored with the Philippine Consulate General of Honolulu a Philippine baseball team that competed in tournaments in Honolulu and on the mainland.

  • Sponsored successful concerts staged by the Tuguegarao Children's Choir.

  • Organized a "Task Force on Youth Gangs" and it became a model in addressing the problems of the Honolulu community relating to violence and graffiti

  • Monitored and participated in the Youth Challenge Program of the Hawaii National Guard.

  • Collaborated with other service agencies during the Late Night Basketball League for Kalihi youngsters.

  • Joined the Youth Gang Response System (Oahu Team) sponsored by the Department of Human Services.

  • Provided financial aid and moral support to deserving students through scholarship grants.

  • Co-sponsored a "Merienda", an afternoon of pure delight to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Filipino Immigration to Hawaii.

  • Provided Interaction and support to various non-profit organizations such as "Sariling Gawa, Operation Manong, and Adult Friends for Youth".

  • Celebrated the nomination and recognition of Officer Department's Officer of the Year.

  • Donated financial and material resources to the Mount Pinatubo volcanic eruption victims and to those who suffered the onslaught of "killer typhoons" in the Philippines.

  • Donated financial resources and sent volunteers for the Aloha Medical Mission in Vietnam, Philippines, and Bangladesh.

  • Continued to pursue the goals and objectives of the association as stipulated by its Constitution and By-Laws.

  • Formulated a Mission which reads: "CVAH unite to promote community service, Filipino culture, pride, growth development".

          These and many more. It is not only the programs and activities associated with our hyperactive group that makes Cagayan Valley Association of Hawaii come to life. It is because of the individual members who care and committed officers who lead us in the process of sharing our joys and hurts, our celebrations and contradictions, our united front as well as our many distractions.

Lord, have mercy.