Friday, April 16, 2010

A Tense Beginning . . . Part II

Early that afternoon while approaching the ancestral home of the late General Mateo Noriel Luga, in Barrio Ugad, Tumauini, after Fr. Angel fetched the descendants of Jose Valdez Luga (the eldest son of the General from Sagay, Negros Oriental) namely: Maria Luga Ramiro, Myrna Luga De Jesus and Mala Jean Albano Luga, the daughter of Col. Mateo Luga (the grandson of Mateo Noriel), aside from Aileen Luga Sta. Romana and family, who represents the descendants of Emilio Valdez-Luga Sr., the brother of Jose , the direct descendants of the late General in Cauayan Airport - you can see a smoke from afar as if signaling the beginning of the event. As you go nearer to the place, you can see people of all ages, happily helping each other preparing the food for the upcoming event. We learned afterwards that those people came all the way from the far flung Barrios of San Mateo in Tumauini and as far as Tuguegarao, Ilocos Sur and Norte, who volunteered to help - most of them were actually the offspring of Vicente, Domingo and Julia, the brothers and sister of Gen. Mateo Noriel Luga, respectively.



Under the direction of Father Angel and Engr. Tony B. Luga, it was so touching to see how these people from far flung places from different families speaking different dialects the Ybanag, Gaddangs and Itawis of the Cagayan Valley bonded together, helped each other, happily working altogether without any traces of remorse in their faces young and old alike. You cannot only see, but actually feel deep within how these people were so organized - each individual and group doing each task assigned to them to produce the required food for the event. We were also surprised to learn later that many of them brought along with them their rice, malagkit and other farm produce as their share to the event. No wonder that in the next day when the event proper begun many were teary eyed, excited while marching towards the training center chin-up, head high as proud member of the clan. (From top left: Mala Jean Luga, representing Col. Mateo Luga from Manila; Dolly Luga, representing the Lugas from Davao; Maria Luga Ramiro from Canada; Myrna Luga De Jesus, from Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. In the crowd Eugenda Surriga-Piansay with husband Ralph from Nashville; Mary Aileen Luga Sta Romana-Valera with husband Dr. Carl Valera with children Nina and Gene Rupert; and, Rene Luga-Canisares)

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