So many of its founders have already crossed over, yet the An Kauswagan Han Guinaronanhon, Inc. has endured. We cannot believe it’s now 35 years since we organized and founded the organization of Guinarona natives based in Metro Manila, Philippines. And the secret to its success? It must be the rallying around a patron saint–in this instance, San Pascual Baylon.
Granted politics do intrude in any organization’s affairs. Granted there could be some intrigues. But when it comes to brass tacks, the unpleasantness goes pfft like the methane gas from marsh lands–camaraderie takes hold and it’s back to business. All because of this rallying around San Pascual Baylon.
A brainchild of Serapio Justimbaste, the An Kauswagan was hatched at a meeting at a chapel in Santa Mesa, Manila in March 1979. Serapio was elected president and Fortunato Tibe vice president. Lydia Isalos was secretary and we were the treasurer. Pelagio…
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