By Maria Teresa B. Benas
BANGUED, Abra, Apr. 6 (PIA) -- A total of 469 patients from the 31 barangays of Bangued and 25 from Pidigan were served by the medical-dental mission conducted by the Annak ti Abra last week at the grounds of the St. James the Elder Cathedral here.
Buenavic Quitoriano-Bersalona, a native of Bangued, Abra who migrated to Canada, inspired by the success of her pet project, the first medical-dental mission last year which was supported by her employer, the Bayshore Home Health in Toronto,Canada, organized the Annak ti Abra(Sons and Daughters of Abra), and came back this year for a more comprehensive project not only for her townmates in Bangued but for other Abrenios from far-flung municipalities.
Aside from the medical-dental mission, the group also gave medicines to the town to San Quintin and Tayum, and the barangays of Zone 5 and Zone 1 in Bangued; 14 units of reclining wheelchairs to the Abra Health Department for the government hospitals in the province; a sound system for the Northern Abra National High School in San Juan; and 50 pieces toga for the Tineg National High School of Tineg. All these were turned over to the respective accountable officers of the concerned institutions at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall on April 3, 2012.
Bersalona believed that more could be done for their less fortunate brothers and sisters here in Abra if she shares the responsibility as well as the joy of giving, she founded the Annak ti Abra on April 3, 2011. In just a few months,membership rose and has now a total of 255 members coming from 17 municipalities of Abra. To date, the Annak ti Abra is the biggest organization of Filipinos in North America.
In an interaction with Bersalona, she recalls how her late father, Mr. Agapito Bersalona inspired her when she migrated to Canada in 1987 and always told her: “We thank God as we count our blessings, but let us not forget to share these blessings to the less fortunate.” That is why Bersalona had always wanted to share by helping some children to school, and later through these outreach projects which she started on her own and now shares it with her colleagues in Canada.
Bersalona acknowledged some individuals who have given her special support to this year’s special project of the Annak ti Abra: for the medical-dental mission, the Bayshore for its usual support in all forms; the Ontario-Based Batch ’75 of the Holy Spirit Academy of Bangued; Fr. Renato Amasi of the Bangued Parish who hosted the Mission; Bangued Mayor Ryan S. Luna who provided the food of the doctors and nurses and volunteers from the La Union Colleges of Nursing, Arts and Sciences (LUCNAS) headed by Dr. Josephine Terrenal-Flores; Dr. Darby Madriaga of the Bangued Rural Health Unit who served as the mainstay of the medical mission,the medical doctors of the Abra Provincial Hospital and other Annak ti Abra movers.
As a expression of appreciation and gratefulness for the noble project of the group, Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin gave a Plaque of Appreciation to the “Annak ti Abra” during the turnover ceremony of the wheelchairs, the sound system and the togas held last April 3, 2012 at the Capitol social hall. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR,Abra)