A fitting backdrop to its annual Mother’s Day gala dinner at the Grand Star Receptions in Altona on 14 May, the Ilonggo Association of Victoria Inc (IAVI) marked its 30 years of active community service in Victoria. Five hundred fifteen supporters, guests, friends and community representatives attended the event.
IAVI President Melvin Espiga welcomed everyone and gave them the latest good news on the Association’s projects and partnerships with other organisations in Australia and the Philippines. One of the highlights this year is the formation of a younger(ish) group, the Group of Ilonggo Young Adults (GIYA) that will cater to the activities of youth and young adults.
Philippine Honorary Consul to Victoria, Felix Pintado graced the event with a short inspirational message highlighting the value and enduring love of mothers. Michelle Trifeletti and Jerson Trinidad rendered a number of very fitting song for the occasion and Matthew Fabbianno and Kristina Flores showcased their talent in ballroom dancing.
Past presidents were honoured on the night for their valuable contributions. There were prizes, raffles and lots of dancing for the guests. The masters of ceremony were Nenette Wallis and Dominic Lobriza, both officers of the club.
It was an enjoyable night and the guests gave the organising committee a big round of applause for their commitment and job well done.
The Ilonggo Association will hold its annual Father’s Day celebration in September.