Thomasian alumni from the province of Sorsogon came together to officially organize the Tomasinong Bikolano Sorsogon Chapter last October 8, 2016.
The general assembly was attended by graduates all the way from Batch 1953 to Batch 2013. Also in attendance was Dr. Rollo Milante, founding president of Tomasinong Bikolano, who supervised the election of officers.
The assembly came about after a series of small meetings that started in August 2016. Rising to the call of the Albay and Naga Chapters to form a similar group in Sorsogon, the initial group led by Dr. Elna Fajardo-Banzon and Joey Cubias started drawing plans for bringing together Sorsogon-based UST graduates.
They identified ways of raising awareness for the Sorsogon chapter, including setting up a Facebook page, networking, assigning point persons/coordinators in the different municipalities and through radio and local TV plugs.
Parish priests who are graduates of the Central Seminary also pitched in through announcements during the holy mass.
Encouraged by Dr. Rollo Milante’s presentation of the notable achievements of the Tomasinong Bikolano in Albay and Naga, the attendees unanimously agreed to constitute the Sorsogon Chapter.
The following alumni were elected: Jose Gerald Y. Cubias (Central Seminary, 1984) – President; Gloria Gonzales-De Vera (Medicine, 1959), Elna Fajardo-Banzon (Med Tech, 1987/Medicine, 1991) and Atty. Adolfo A. Enciso, Jr. (Med Tech, 1977) – Vice Presidents; Anna Carmencita Lanuza-Dichoso (Journalism, 1988) – Secretary; Marianne Joseph Resurrecion-Garcia (Nursing, 1997) – Assistant Secretary; Carmen Jao-Doloiras (Med Tech, 1976) – Treasurer; Iris Antonette Cubias-Bueza (Economics, 1987) – Assistant Treasurer; Honore D. Jordan (Civil Engineering, 1977) and Rev. Fr. Policarpio J. Lagco (Central Seminary, 2011) – Public Information Officers; and Sheena Mae Gacosta (Accountancy, 2013) – Auditor.
Tomasinong Bikolano Sorsogon Chapter is now preparing for the UST Singers Concert this December, which will serve as its launching activity.
Located 600 kilometers south of Metro Manila, at the southernmost tip of Luzon, Sorsogon is considered the gateway to the Visayas and the rest of the southern Philippines. It has a colorful history anchored on faith and religion.
It was here, on the shores of the Gibalong River in the town of Magallanes, where the first Christian Mass in Luzon was celebrated in 1569.
The province likewise boasts natural wonders, including the Bulusan Lake and Volcano Natural Park, a variety of beaches whose sand range from white to pink to yellow to black, and the butandings (whalesharks) of Donsol.