Incredible, isn’t it? Three months ago, the idea of AIM having its very
own website was just a vision; a goal. Today, not only has it been installed
but it now serves as the respository of literary compositions and news items
about the Membership. In short, AIM has joined the global village. Ilonggos
worldwide, know more about the Ilonggos in metropolitan Washington, DC and
have now the opportunity to see us up close.
There is a very wise saying that runs like this: "kon indi kita
kahibalo mag tan-aw kon di-in kita naghalin, indi guid kita makasampot sa
This adage can aptly be applied to all those who’ve demonstrated their
loyal and active support to AIM. Madamu guid nga salamat kay Drs. Elmo and
Offie Gayoso who readily put up $75 as an incentive or prize for whoever can
submit an eye-catching, meaningful name for the Newsletter. Nestor Camina’s
entry, "Budyong," had the Membership’s resounding approval.
Without as much as batting an eyelash, he, in turn donated the $75 to the
Association! How’s that, for boundless generosity?
Yes, we have a notion of what "budyong" is, but, do we really
know its role in the lives of our ancestors?
One day, while I was surfing the web, I happened to come across a
website, "Tambayan." Curiosity got the better of me and before I
knew it, I was scrolling down the different topics, stumbling over a rare
find, er… "friend." Lorna Montilla, (an Ilongga, whose parentage
– Gelvezon hails from Guimbal) is Tambayan’s in-house historian. She
lost no time in furnishing me with the history of "budyong," for
which I am deeply grateful. Here’s what she wrote: