Nanay Lilia Bullo Garlito was named “Mother of the Year” during the recently-concluded Ilongo Association of Victoria Inc (IAVI) Mother’s Day Dinner Dance, held 11 May at the Grand Star Reception. Nanay Lilia, 85, has 14 children, 60 grandchildren, and 34 great grandchildren. She was recognised for her faith, smart and practical sense, simplicity, and humility. Together with her husband Tatay Eking, she worked with him in the farm and juggled her time running a small business and being a mother to eke out a decent living for the family. She took a risk by sending seven of her daughters to school during an era when people regarded women as housewives. Because of this dogged determination, she was able to raise two teachers (one of whom became a principal), a chemist consultant, an associate nurse unit manager, a medical technologist, and two successful entrepreneurs. Her fourth daughter, meanwhile, is a Dominican nun, an influence that can only be attributed to her mum of faith.
The tribute was a testament to a woman who “brought more meaning to motherhood”, the testimony further read. The full tribute may be viewed from http://philtimes.com.au/tribute-to-nanay-lilia-bullo-garlito-mother-of-the-year/.
The Dinner Dance was attended by about 530 guests. This year is the 27th anniversary of IAVI. Some of the projects of IAVI include partnership with GK, scholarship program (39 scholars at Central Philippine University), supporting orphanages in Iloilo and Bacolod City, Bantay Bata Iloilo, and Freshwater project. The event was supported by numerous sponsors and 16 Filipino organisations.
The officers of IAVI are: President – Neds Sarcepuedes; VP West – Melvin Espiga; VP East – Dom J Lobriza III; Secretary – Susan Garsulao; Treasurer- Elaine Soriano; Auditor – Arlene Romerona; PRO – Margie Stark; Business Manager – Elsie Castanos; and Executive Adviser – Patsy Gutierrez.