Saturday, June 28, 2008

IBANAG CYBER REVOLUTION HAS BEGUN!

We were informed by Mazu Antonio, the Secretary of the Diocesean Schools of the Diocese of Isabela, that the principals of the the different schools of the Diocesean Schools of the Diocese of Ilagan already viewed the Cyber Community Project of Fr. Angel B. Luga, the Superintendent of the Diocesean Schools. It may be the first time in the history of a province of Isabela that a project has been undertaken covering almost all of its main churches, tourism sites and Dioecesean Schools, in an audio visual documentary presentation launched in You Tube and blogsites, undertaken in a span of less than 48 hours.

It was 3 a.m. in the morning of June 8, 2008 when we arrived at Cauyan, Isabela. We already covered almost one half of the province on the first day alone, i.e., from Cordon to Cauyan from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. of the same day. The following day, we covered the rest of the province from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Cauyan to San Pablo. This has not been made possible if not for the support of the energetic staff of Fr. Angel B. Luga, headed by Mazu Antonio, her Secretary.

We learned later on that Mazu is a daughter of a 20-year Barangay Captain somewhere in a Barrio in San Pablo, who was killed in an alleged political feud. No wonder that this energetic lady has a sense of patriosm in her like those who participated in the project. The project was a missionary work and the people who participated therein voluntarily offered their services without realizing the extent it is now gaining. It is but fitting, therefore, to honor those who participated in the project including those from Barrio Ugad, who were actually one of the targetted beneficiary - the offrings of the forgotten Ibanag Hero: General Mateo Noriel Luga.

Behind the scene were the Luga Clan, Mala Jean Luga (the daugther of Col. Mateo Luga), who is our project coordinator in Manila and the family of Gen. Emilio S. Luga, Jr, (The 3rd Generation of the Great Ibanag Hero: GEN. MATEO NORIEL LUGA), in Cebu, the Luga and Surriga Family in Bacolod and in U.S., the Luga-De Jesus FAmily in Dumaguete and Australia, our other groups in Yahoo, the Rodrigazo/Arrieta and our friends in the cyber community. The documentaries produced by the Luga Family has now expanded here and abroad. TUMAUINI.COM, a group of Tumauinians in U.S. is now actively participating with our campaign. America On Line (AOL) featured the documentary of the late General. Its You Tube site alone already reached 550 views in a span of a week without mentioning the viewers of the other sites where it was syndicated and broadcasted.

The Diocesean Schools of the Diocese of Isabela are already acquiring computers with internet service providers. This is the first time in the history of a Diocese that its Schools created an awareness campaign of such a magnitude! Covering not only the schools, the churches, but also promoting its entire province without outside support, purely on missionary work. If there is one thing that has been proven by this project - it is that: technological advancement brought about by science if used in an unselfish manner with a firm, solid and morally upright committment and objective can stir public opinion for the betterment of all.

Not for long the Diocese of Ilagan can have its own broadcast, blogsites and cyber communities. Training and developing its students, faculties including church based organizations on the responsive use of the cyber technology to promote advocacies towards the welfare of humanity to bond people, families and communities, we hope shall soon follow. With its influence covering the entire province, which population consists of almost 80% Catholics with six (6) schools, not to mention Our Lady of the Pillar including its church based umbrella organizations scattered all over the province, a cyber revolution in Isabela has just begun!
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