VALLEJO MAYOR BOB SAMPAYAN proudly displays with columnist Art Madlaing a Philippine News issue reporting on the planned sister-city ties with Vallejo and Binalonan, Pangasinan, the hometown of Carlos Bulosan first proposed and initiated by journalist-professor Alfred Gabot. At right, Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico III meets with Alfred Gabot, Vice Mayor Patague, Ambassador Eva G. Betita and Art Madlaing, all Binalonians, on the project. Last week, Mayor Sampayan and Mayor Guico met in Vallejo to firm up the sister-city ties for signing in July.
By CLAIRE MORALES TRUE
VALLEJO, California (PhilAmPress) – Mayor Bob Sampayan formally affirmed plans for the sister-city partnership of Vallejo with Binalonan, the hometown in the Philippines of famous Filipino writer and worker’s union and minority rights activist Carlos Sampayan Bulosan during the follow-up meeting with columnist-evangelist Art G. Madlaing.
Upon the request of journalist-educator Alfred G. Gabot, Madlaing shuttled to the Philippines early this year where they held exploratory talks with Mayor Ramon V. Guico III of Binalonan town in Pangasinan on the proposed Vallejo-Binalonan sister city agreement.
The columnist-evangelist was accompanied by Ambassador Eva Galinato Betita and professor-journalist Alfred G. Gabot, editor-in-chief of Philippines Today and executive editor of Philippine News, who hail from Binalonan like him and Bulosan and have volunteered to help firm up the sister city arrangement. Madlaing and Gabot are also grand nephews of Bulosan like Mayor Sampayan.
Mayor Guico flew to California last week and personally met with Mayor Sampayan in Vallejo for the first talks on the sister-city ties. Both agreed to meet again preferably this July for the signing of agreement instead of September as earlier proposed.
Mayor Sampayan said he will be inviting community leaders and relatives of Carlos Bulosan to attend and join the signing of Vallejo-Binalonan sister city agreement at the entrance of the City Hall in Vallejo. Originally, the signing was set for September 11, 2018, which falls on the death anniversary of Carlos Bulosan.
Mayor Bob Sampayan said he will also prepare special Proclamation to declare September 11, 2018 as Carlos S. Bulosan Day in Vallejo. He will also announce on that day the formal launching of the Carlos Bulosan Museum Project in Vallejo.
“You will be establishing lasting legacies for Carlos Bulosan, the Filipino community and the Philippines with these three upcoming events,” Madlaing echoed to Mayor Sampayan.
Mayor Guico, a licensed pilot and president of a aeronautical and technological college based in the Binalonan Airport and who holds a doctorate in public administration from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, leads the celebration of Carlos Bulosan Day in Binalonan every September 11, the death anniversary of the famous Filipino writer who died in Seattle, Washington on Septembert 11, 1956.
Delegation from Binalonan to be led by Mayor Ramon V. Guico will be attending and joining these three historic events in Vallejo, California. (Claire Morales Truefirstname.lastname@example.org)