OUTSTANDING OVERSEAS BANTOANONS
2003, the Banton 2003 Project attempted to hold the first
Balik-Banton International Edition and along with that attempt was
launched the Search for the Ten Outstanding Overseas Bantoanons.
Because of the lack of enthusiastic response from our kasimanwas
abroad, probably due to the war in Iraq and the SARS outbreak, the
planned event fizzled out. The search, however, continued. Gathering
of facts and producing the write-ups for the nominees were quite
hard. To keep the search going, three out of the five nominees were
given the citation, with the hope that the magic ten will be
completed once the first Balik-Banton International Edition is
SEARCH IS STILL ON! E-mail your nomination to email@example.com
with a write-up on how he/she has made a difference in the life of
Bantoanons in the island, in the country, or even abroad while
he/she was in a distant land.
for nomination is on March 31, 2005. The nominees will be featured
in this section. The awardees will be chosen by popularity.
Bantoanons will be allowed to vote through this website until June
PATRICIO F. FETIZANAN
Fetizanan, in his own words, was part of the brain drain in the
early 1970’s after college in Manila. However, love for his
hometown made him dream of reversing the process. During the past
few years, he has come back more often to his birthplace to help
improve the community. He has personally funded, planned and
executed several projects in his home barangay, Mainit.
of his more popular projects is the recovery of potable water from
the bottom of the ocean using a technology he developed and
pioneered. This alternative source of water has been a great help to
his barriomates especially during the dry season, particularly
during the Holy Week. Situated in the beautiful beach of Macat-ang,
this facility has also been an added come-on to local beachgoers.
Recently, he developed a detailed plan, used in requesting
government funding, for a more permanent improvement of the system.
maintained interest in and closely followed international
developments on alternative energy even if his specific training is
not electrical engineering, apparently to be able help his
hometown’s power problem especially prior to the operation of the
Napocor Power Plant in the island. Actually, long before solar
energy was popular, he installed a completely functioning system in
his parents' house in Banton.
improved communication in Mainit by installing a Liberty Phone
service, one of the first and few barangays in Banton which has a
telecommunication facility. He has been a gracious donor to many
civic projects and undertakings in his home barangay.
he spearheaded the development of the Sunset Boulevard, providing an
unprecedented access by motorcycle all the way to Macat-ang Beach,
which is as of this writing, is almost completed. Given the
magnitude of the project, it took almost four (4) years of
construction. The boulevard is the centerpiece of the Mainit
Master Plan. The Plan is a roadmap for the orderly and
controlled development of the community. The boulevard has
uncovered the hidden magestic sceneries along the coastline and
opened wide areas for housing development.
one of the most successful Bantoanon expatriates in the United
States by profession, works for Fluor, Inc. in Huoston, Texas.
NICANOR G. MUSICO
Musico, Baloy to his friends, was chosen as the 2001 SILAK Bantoanon
of the Year for bringing the Aloha Medical Mission to Romblon in
March during that year. The
multi-million-peso mission attended to more than 2,000 patients that
included 38 residents from Banton who were provided with free
transportation. The mission also donated medical equipment to the
provincial hospital. Musico sent a pediatrician, a nurse and an aide
to Banton who doled out gifts and provided free medical examination
and consultation to 124 Bantoanon children.
has also been a member of the board of directors of RDL-CLEAR (USA),
the most active organization of Romblomanons. It may be noted that
RDL-CLEAR has sponsored notable projects and activities in Banton
such as the Yagting Cyberstation, PETA workshop, tree planting,
cultural sports and medical mission.
is also an active adviser and supporter of the Banton 2003 Project.
Last year, he sponsored the prize-rich native delicacy contest.
with his courageous journey to Hawaii, he was able to bring his Mom
and the rest of the family to the United States, away from the
hardships that was brought about by the early demise of his father,
the illustrious Ildefonso Musico.
an article in Silak goes, Musico’s “road to success was not easy
by any stretch of the imagination.” For several years, Baloy held
two to three jobs at the same time. He confessed that it was very
difficult because they had nothing to start with when we arrived at
Oahu. They had to settle in a one-bedroom unfurnished apartment and
shared a TV with a neighbor.
Musico has been a community-oriented individual all along.
He was president from 1994 to 1997 and presently an adviser
of the Filipino Coalition for Solidarity, Inc. (FCSI), a recipient
of the Banaag award bestowed by the Republic of the Philippines. The
award is in recognition of the organization’s major contributions
and accomplishments in promoting the welfare of Filipinos
particularly those based in Hawaii, which include among others:
assistance to the Fil-Am Veterans of World War II; defense of the
rights of Filipinos, especially against discrimination and abuse;
involvement in the fund-raising campaign for the victims of Mt.
Pinatubo; support for the construction of the $ 13M Filipino
Community Center in Hawaii; conduct of awareness programs on
citizenship and voting rights of Hawaii-based Filipinos; and
coordination of the respective visits of Presidents Ramos and
Estrada to Hawaii.
is either a member of the board of directors or officer of the
following organizations: Filipino Community Center, Inc., Minority
Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTEP), KNDI Radio
Community Education Fund and the Ambassador Minerva Jean Falcon
Scholarship Fund. He also served as president of the Oahu Visayan
Council and its umbrella organization, the Congress of Visayan
is presently a Branch Chief in the Department of Environmental
Services of the City and County of Honolulu. He was the recipient of
the William Hatfield Award in 1991.
ISMAEL F. FABICON
Fabicon is probably the most visible expatriate in Banton during the
past five years. As the Executive Founding Director of the Romblon
Discussion List – Cultural, Livelihood and Educational Assistance
for Romblon (RDL-CLEAR), he has been busy implementing the
organization’s projects in Banton and in the whole province.
under his leadership, is responsible for the establishment of the
Yagting Cyberstation, the holding of a medical mission, PETA
workshop and writers’ workshop in Banton, the sponsorship of the
cultural sports as part of the Banton 2003 initiative and the
tree-planting at the Rainbow Park.
The organization also partnered with Biniray in two occasions
in the latter’s medical mission in Metro Manila. The Sanrokan
Newsmag, RDL-CLEAR’s website, has also provided timely information
to Romblomanons – and that includes Bantoanons, especially those
is also a pillar of the renaissance of Bantoanon literature and
cultural awakening. As a columnist and writer of Silak, he, together
with his colleagues in Silak, espoused cultural preservation and
awareness to Bantoanons. He authored Ap-atan, a children’s book of
Asi rhymes and is currently working on an anthology of Bantoanon
has been a writer, probably Banton’s best at present, and a
consistent contributor to other Bantoanon publications,
particularly, the souvenir programs of homecomings and reunions. He
also revolutionized Asi poetry writing.
is the first Bantoanon to introduce Banton to the cyberworld. He
launched his website (Song of an Island) in 1989. He has been an
active adviser to the Banton 2003 Project especially on culture and
a generous donor especially on cultural projects.
by his kins, he has been the moving force behind the several
reunions of Gugma-Fabicon and Ugat-Faigao (Rufo-Bonifacia Clan)
which sponsored several civic activities.
one of the Bantoanon trailblazers to the United States, is
newly-retired, and we expect him to be in Banton more often.