Time does fly ! It was a year ago that Mangaldanians gathered in Las Vegas to celebrate their First Grand Reunion . It was such an emotional gathering for many of our kabaleyans . It was a four-day celebration : October 22nd- Grand Canyon Trip , October 23rd-Welcome Night , October 24th - Gala Night , October 25th -Picnic in the Park . Words could not express what all of the attendees were feeling in those moments . Almost 500 Mangaldanians from different parts of the world made the effort to attend the events . Some even stayed longer in Las Vegas after the reunion .
The biggest delegation was from California , followed by New York/New Jersey area and many other American states including Hawaii and Guam . Mangaldan Canadians from Vancouver , Toronto and other Canadian cities made it to Las Vegas .
Relatives reconnected and old friendships were renewed . New friendships emerged . The reunion was a moment to remember ! There were such beautiful moments . To some , the four days were not enough but as everything else , we had to say goodbye to our former kabaleyans , relatives and friends . Parting was such a bitter-sweet memory . A reminder of those special days were captured in these photos .
Arrival of Mangaldanians at the Gold Coast Hotel and the trip to the Grand Canyon on October 21st and 22nd , 2009 .
October 23rd marked the Welcome Night at the Gold Coast Casino Hotel .( Note : Some pictures do not belong to the Welcome Night . They just got mixed up in the collage )
MIO's GALA NIGHT on October 24th at the GOLD COAST CASINO HOTEL in LAS VEGAS .
The above picture was taken during the Picnic at the Park , the culminating activity of the Grand Reunion . Enthusiastic crowd showed it's support for the next MIO GRAND REUNION .
Originally , the plan was to hold the next Grand Reunion in October 2011 , however , a clamor for a later date was taken into consideration . The new plan is to hold it in October 2012 , two years from now . Please give your comments or input and address them to Dr. Amor Lomibao , the incoming Executive Chairperson for the next Grand Reunion . We look forward to seeing you all again .....
The 1st Grand Reunion was not only a success socially but it also spearheaded a fundraising effort to help our kabaleyans.. A NEW LIBRARY WAS BUILT BY THE MUNICIPALITY AND MIO FUNDED THE 10 COMPUTERS AND THEIR ACCESSORIES HOUSED IN THE LIBRARY . PLEASE VISIT THE NEW LIBRARY AND THE COMPUTERS THE NEXT TIME YOU VISIT MANGALDAN .YOU CAN ALSO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THE MIO INET -INSTALLED COMPUTERS POSTED EARLIER....
Once again , thanks to the efforts of the two executive Chairpersons , BOY MOULIC and MARIE AQUINO JUNIO and the following chairpersons , DITAS PALISOC SARZABA , JOSIE and JOEY TUMANENG , RUSTY CERVAS MIRAFLOR , DJOMA DE GUZMAN and all the COORDINATORS and VOLUNTEERS. Thanks to all of you KABALEYANS who attended the events . Without your presence , the Grand Reunion could not have happened .