By PERCY A. OSTONAL
EDGAR M Aler, the re-elected president of MINA, Southern California, USA, is organizing a medical outreach mission in Mambulao during the summer of 2013.
In email sent to members of the JPHS Batch ‘64 to which he belongs, Aler said the summer of next year would be the most convenient for his group to carry out the project.
He said that “as good sons and daughters of the place they left behind, we will strive to pay back to the community through medical mission and by giving presents to the less-privileged kababayans as often as possible”.
Aler said they are now preparing for this project.
“Just like the first time when we made this commitment in 2010, my wife and I would like that our children once again experience doing social work.
“The traditional values of helping others the Filipino way is what we wanted them to be exposed to.”
In 2010, the MINA-Southern California members were in Mambulao and distributed school supplies and used-clothing to the less fortunate Kababayans, in coordination with the local Catholic Church and baranggay officials at South Poblacion led by Baranggay Chairman Marcelo Evia.
Dubbed “Saplot para sa bayan”, the exercise saw the distribution of used-clothing to indigent families.
Recalling the incident, Aler told MWBuzz: It became apparent to my family, siblings and myself of feeling blessed “sa mga matang halos mapaiyak sa tuwa” for all the things that we brought to them.
“Just like our country’s Christmas song “Sana, kahit hindi Pasko tayo'y magbigayan" (even if it’s not Christmas … let's give to one another), MINA’s gesture represents the hearts and souls of Mambolenos based in this part of the US”.
Aler is making an appeal: To all Mambolenos residing in America, Canada, Europe, Australia, Middle East (OFW) other places around the world as well as those in the Philippines who want to donate money and be a volunteer or a part of this great endeavor, please take note of the following details:
Mailing Address: 17108 Labrador Street, Northridge, California 91325
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check payable to: Mambolenos in America c/o Edgar M Aler
Tax exempt … FEIN 68-0580993: CA 2607945 a 501(c)(3) Exempt Corporation
Philippine mailing address: Hotel Apolonia, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte
Phone: (054) 731-1762
Manager: Ms. Nancy M Aler