Viva La Birhen!
President's Message

Thomas "Jimbo" Torres
President 2012 - 2014
San Jose, Camarines Sur



Estrella Botor
Valerie & Jason Dolenga,
Eleanor Pangilinan
Penafrancia & Shah Zoha
Cleto & Teresita Ty
Joanne Santos
Leticia Rosalin
Angelina Reario
Julian & Cynthia Obmaces
Antonio Hernandez Jr
Roldan & Kelly Laguna,
Emil & MaryTherese Cledera
Jason & Aline Antic
Frank & Lynnette Barnes
Pedro & Crisanta Apigo

Dios Mabalos!


OFFICERS 2012–2014

Thomas ‘Jimbo’ Torres
San Jose, Camarines Sur
Luis Bartolata
First Vice President
Edna Legazpi
Second Vice President
Rowena Torres
San Jose, Camarines Sur
Recording Secretary
Chit Bartolata
Sipocot, Camarines Sur
Corresponding Secretary
Helen Pew
Magarao, Camarines Sur
Fannie L. Melgarejo
Burabod, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur
Assistant Treasurer
Gilda Genova
Joselina Manlangit
Oas, Albay
Business Manager
Joanne Dalusung-Cruz
Naga City
Public Relations Officer


Brenda Paragas
Albino Cu
Camarines Norte
Ferdinand Baba Cruz
Camarines Sur
Jay Cordero
Femmy Paul
Jinky Dimaano


Norma Manlangit & Amy Misola
Meneleo Dimaano M.D.
Eden P. Fernandez
Special Projects
Ebba Marie Tsinopoulos M.D.
Oas, Albay
YOUTH & Scholarship
Roger Pajarillo
Magarao, Camarines Sur
Culture & Sports
Winky Pabico & Nelson Lavila
Magarao, CS & Nabua, CS
Peñafrancia Festivities


Adolf R. Manlangit
Oas, Albay
BNAA President 2011-2013
Archie Zalun
Daet, Camarines Norte
Bicol USA Past President
BNAA Executive Secretary

Rose Reyes
Oas, Albay
Past President

Guinevere ‘Gwen’ Zalun
Daet, Camarines Norte
Past President

Vicente ‘Vic’ Melgarejo II
Burabod, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur
Past President 2010-2012
BNAA Vice President- Western Region


Rev. Monsignor Roland Diokno
Pili, Camarines Sur

Rev. Father Mike Barrosa
Naga City

Rev. Father Nick Pasadilla
Nabua, Camarines Sur

Rev. Father Carlos De La Torre
Naga City

2012 Peñafrancia Festivity


THE BICOL USA – Houston Chapter Inc.
acknowledges with great admiration,
the generosity and cooperation of our
members, friends and devotees of our
Who shared their talent, time and
treasure to make the celebration of the
Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia
Special thanks is also conveyed to
Notre Dame Catholic Church
for the use of their facility.

Special Thanks to
Fr.Paul Lockey, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
for giving our Ina a place in their Marian Chapel

We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the following:


Fred & Arlette Lamas
Danny & Edna Legazpi of ATLAS Shipping


Rose & Mel Reyes


Nicolas & Rosa Ferandez of Brownsville, Texas

Felix & Lucy Enriquez

Nora Peralta

Romy & Marie Sequitin

Yoyong Honculada

Myrna Alon-Alon

Edgar & Stella Agbigay

Alex & Fely Melgarejo





Special Thanks to the following Officers

Nelson & Idelle Lavila 
Willy Cervantes
Jimbo & Rowena Torres 
Henry & Mayette Flores








Bicol USA Donated $1000 to PCCI


Thank You ATLAS Shipping and to our
2012-2014 Bicol USA Newly Elected Officers




Induction Of Officers


PENAFRANCIA FESTIVITIES September 6 - 15 2012, Houston Texas

First Day of Novena & Mass sept 6 @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

More Pictures

Notre Dame Catholic Church
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

Invites you to attend the special celebration of the


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sponsored by: BICOL USA Houston Chapter Inc.

Nine Day Novena Schedule

1st Day Thursday Sept. 6, 2012

8 PM Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Officiated by
Msgr. Rolando Diokno & Reverend Fr. Carlos De La Torre
6646 Addicks Satsuma Rd., Houston, Tx 77084 , Phone 281-463-1444
1st Day Novena will start after the Mass @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
Reception to follow after the Novena @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Community Life Center (CLC)
TRASLACION by CAR’s going to Notre Dame Catholic Church

Novena will be held at Notre Dame Catholic Church or Chapel

[9 Day Novena Sponsors needed, Please contact Charyl “Winky” Pabico @ 281 701 0359 for more information]

2nd Day Friday Sept. 07, 2012 6:30 pm  Chapel
3rd Day Saturday Sept. 08, 2012 7:00 pm  Church (After Mass)
4th Day Sunday Sept. 09, 2012 4:00 pm  Church (Before Mass)
5th Day Monday Sept. 10, 2012 6:30 pm  Church or Chapel
6th Day Tuesday Sept. 11, 2012 6:30 pm  Church or Chapel
7th Day Wednesday Sept. 12, 2012 6:30 pm  Church or Chapel
8th Day Thursday Sept. 13, 2012 6:30 pm  Church or Chapel
9th Day Friday Sept. 14, 2012 6:30 pm  Church or Chapel

Saturday, September 15, 2012– Feast Day
6:30 PM – Rosary
7:00 PM – Holy Mass

Main Celebrant – Msgr. Rolando Diokno (Notre Dame Pastor)
Concelebrants – Filipino Clergy

Procession, reception, program and dancing will follow after the Mass at the

Notre Dame Catholic Church Community Center
7720 Bonne Road, Houston, TX 77072

Please bring your favorite dish and drinks to share

For more information, Please contact

Charyl “Winky” Pabico 281 701 0359

Nelson Lavila 713 584 0916

Meneleo Dimaano MD 832 561 1205

Vic Melgarejo 281 777 6284


2011 Dr. Jose Rizal Commemoration in Houston Texas

Ben Ongoco, KCR
Event Chair

Dear All,

Happy 2012!!!

Thank you for supporting the commemoration of Rizal Day 2011, a Filipino tradition. Despite your tight schedule, we had a memorable celebration of our national identity.

Even the weather cooperated nicely. If other ethnic groups can be proud of their heritages, how couldn't we?

Maybe sticking to nostalgia of those who came are those colorful authentic Igorot costume of the teenage girls of BIBAK, U.S.A. dancing the original untumbling "banga" dance highlighting rich native culture. Thanks to Andrew Dompao and Roland Rasos. BIBAK means Benguet, Ifugao, Bontoc, Apayao and Kalinga provinces. READ MORE..

Bicol USA Houston Chapter participated on this especial event to commemorate our National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal.
2011 Pa Kristmas ki Nene saka ki Nonoy sa San Miguel Catanduanes

Dra. Elva M. Joson, M.D. currently the Rural Health Officer of San Miguel, Catanduanes and a member of Bicol USA recieved the 8 boxes last Dec 1, 2011. Boxes were unpacked resorted and ready for distribution.

The gifts were distributed last December 22, 2011. Dra. Elva M. Joson, M.D. emailed us. saying...

"In behalf of our Municipal Mayor, Edna R. Bernal and the constituents of San Miguel specifically of Brgys. Tobrehon and Tucao, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the members of Bicol-USA Houston Chapter, Inc and Atlas Shipping, who in one way or another had made 150+ indigent children and their parents HAPPY with the toys, clothing, shoes and foods you have sent. With the help of my co-health workers, we visited these 2 far flung places located in the mountainous area of San Miguel.

Dios mabalos tabi saindo gabos!!!"

2011 Simbang Gabi 9th Day Celebration

We the Bicol USA houston Chapter have been participating in the Notre Dame annual Simbang Gabi festivities for the past several years. Almost all Civic and Religious Filipino group here in Houston take the opportunity to sponsor one day, out of the nine days early morning Mass, by serving breakfast to the churchgoer. This year Bicol USA sponsored the 9th Day December 23.

We decorated the community center to make the 9th day lively as it can. Our committee Chairman for the said event is Nelson Lavilla. Nelson with his team, Willy Cervantes, Jimbo Torres, Doming Belisario and Jun Penolio cooked the best food for breakfast..

Gilbert Medrano the overall Simbang Gabi Chairperson sent us this message: "Merry Christmas. In behalf of Msgr Roland, thank you so much for Awesome & remarkable Simbang Gabi Finale for foods, arrangements & christmas tune that you provided and The BICOL USA Houston Chapter. "

We would like to thank our Donors for this year's Simbang Gabi. ATLAS Shipping, Komputer Plus, Java Daves, Ernesto Tan, Marites Bantog and Clarrissa Batac. Salamat Po sa mga Donasyon ninyo!


SIMBANG GABI MASS - Officiated by Daniel Cardinal Di Nardo

2011 FACOST Parol Lantern & Christmas Carol Contest
Last December 10, 2011, Bicol USA Houston Chapter joined the FACOST Parol making contest and Christmas Carol singing contest. We won First Prize on both categories. First Prize for Parol Contest is $150 and the First prize for Christmas Carols singing contest was $100. Henry and Mayette Flores designed and made the winning parol for us. Mayette, Henry Archie, Gilda, Gerry, Lara and Vic participated in the Christmas Carols singing contest. Oragon Talaga ang Bikolano!
2011 Annual Christmas Party


We held our organization's yearly Christmas Party last December 3, 2011. It so happened that its Edna Legazpi's birthday as well that day. Mayette Flores is the chairperson for the said event.

The event started by lighting the beautiful lantern that Mayette made. After that we shared the food that we all brought. Lots and Lots of foooood... Our youth, Monica Torres and Marivic Melgarejo were the events emcee. Along with our youth, they played several games and who ever wins has a prize. Our Santa Claus gave and distributed the gifts for the kids. Mayette led our guest to hang the stars that they bought to our Christmas tree. The proceeds will be use for our medical and dental mission. PICTURES


2011 Peñafrancia Festivity Celebration at Notre Dame Church, Houston, TX

Last Saturday Sept 17 was the Feast day of Our Lady of Penafrancia here in Houston Texas. Devotees of our INA all around Houston and neighboring Town came to Notre Dame Catholic Church to join us, celebrate Her feast day.
The Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Rolando Diokno, who hails from the province of Camarines Sur and concelebrated by other bicolano priest, Rev Fr Ike Salin, Rev Fr Mike Barrossa, Rev Fr Arnel Barameda, Rev Fr Joe Templado, Rev Carlos De la Torre and Fr Roefel assisted by Deacon Elin Calonge. Notre Dame Church Choir headed by Esther Buot was our choir for the second time in a row. After the Mass Devotees joined the procession going to the Notre Dame community center. Hundreds of devotees filled the community center. Everyone shared with the Food prepared by Bicol USA group. Everybody was happy. White handkerchief and a picture of INA where given to our devotees as a souvenir. Devotees dance to the tune of Bikol Express sounds till midnight.
At 1PM, INA was again transported by land traslacion going back to the St Elizabeth Ann Seton Marian Chapel, Her home. VIVA LA BIRHEN !

    Feast Day Pictures  
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Novena Sponsors [Sept 8-16, 2011]

9/08 Charyl "Winky" Pabico, Bicol USA Houston Officers & Members & Province of Camarines Sur @ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
9/09 Dancel, Hofmann, Baser & Alcantara Family
9/10 Dimaano, Remo & Garchitorena Family

9/11 Rivera, Paragas & Torres Family
9/12 Province of Masbate
9/13 Province of Camarines Norte
9/14 Province of Catanduanes
9/15 Province of Sorsogon
9/16 Province of Albay
July 15-17, 2011 BNAA Convention in Jacksonville, Florida

From Left H-Vic Melgarejo, O-Ed Dimacali, U-Jimbo Torres, S-Archie Zalun, T-Adolf Manlangit, O-Mene Dimaano and N-Henry Flores. O-Wingky Pabico, R-Monica Torres, A-Marivic Melgarejo, G-Jingky Dimaano, O– Fannie Melgarejo and N Rowena Torres. Not in the picture are some of the Bicol USA convention Delegates. Mayette Flores, Norma Manlangit, Gwen Zalun, Mila Dimacali, Oberon Dimaano, Gideon Dimaano, Mark Torres & Eloisa.


Mrs. Angelita Pena, 2009-2011 President of the Bikol National Association of America (BNAA) led the delegates and friends from eighteen chapters from all over the U.S.A. at the Annual Convention which was held at the Hyatt Regency Riverside in Jacksonville, Florida, from July 15-18. The convention featured the induction of the new set of officers headed by the 2011-2013 President, Mr. Adolf Manlangit one of our advisers.. The host chapter was the Bicol Association of Greater Jacksonville with Dr. Lilian Obrero and Mr. Mauro Gines as Chairperson and Co-Chair, respectively.
The highlights of the convention included the meeting of delegates and the Gala Night/Induction Ball on Saturday, July 15. Other activities were the Fellowship Night on Friday, July 15 and the Farewell Picnic on Sunday, July 17.
Bicol USA Houston Chapter attended the convention with 20 delegates, 15 officers and members with 5 Bicol USA youth. Houston delegates sing Ang Buskay during the welcome party.
Bicol USA Houston Chapter Inc. donated $ 900.00 for BNAA scholarship Program [Currently Bicol USA is sponsoring three scholars], $500.00 for the BNAA Medical Mission, $300.00 for the BNAA Pumpwell Program and $100.00 for the BNAA Disaster Relief Program. All our donation goes to this good cause.

[2011 BNAA Convention Pictures in Jacksonville, Florida]


July 15, 2011

LUAU Night

July 16, 2011
Convention Proper

GALA Night

July 17, 2011


2011 Medical Mission in Goa, Camarines Sur, Partido Area


Bicol USA Houston Chapter, Sponsored a Medical & Dental Mission in the following Barangays of Goa, Camarines Sur, Philippines Mrs. Divinagracia R. Garchitorena, RN Mother of Jinky Dimaano Headed the mission.
Bicol USA Houston Chapter Donated $ 700.00 for this mission. Barangay Salog, Gimaga and Bagumbayan Pequeno benefited with this mission.


Dr. Eddie P. Remo
Dr. Jose Arejola
Dr. Diosdado Fuentebella
Dra. Nita De Guzman (Ophthalmologist)
Dra. Gina C. Danoog (Dentist)
Mrs. Nora R. Hilario RN
Mrs. Divinagracia R. Garchitorena, RN
Ms. Cyril C. Dominguez
Ms. Elsie Elona
Dra Bernadette Carlos
Ms. Leah Nona R. Gachitorena, RN
Ms. Virgie Gacer, RM
Ms. Divina Guab, RM
3 Registered Nurses
6 Student Midwives


Barangay Salog
258– Medical Cases
68—Dental Extraction
54—Eye Screening
6—Minor Surgery
24—Blood Glucose Screening

Barangay Bagumbayan Pequeno
271-Medical Cases (Adult & Children)
62—Dental Extraction
75 - Eye Screening
3—Minor Surgeries
8 - Patients Referred to BMC Naga City
      Barangay Gimaga:
225– Medical cases seen and treated
62– Dental Extraction
57-Blood Glucose Screening

2011 Certificate of Appreciation from Various Organizations

Barangay Council Medical Mission [June 19, 2011]
Barangay Gimaga, Goa, Camarines Sur Philippines

Barangay Council Medical Mission [May 22, 2011]
Barangay Bagumbayan Pequeno, Goa, Camarines Sur Philippines

Barangay Council Medical Mission [April 19, 2011]
Barangay Salog, Goa, Camarines Sur Philippines

Houston Millennium Lions Club Health Fair Service Provider
Houston, Texas USA [April 9, 2011]

Our Lady of Annunciation Parish Medical Mission
Bibincahan, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon Philppines [December 25, 2010]

Easter Sunday Picnic April


Bulusan Volcano Eruption Feb. 20, 2011 Disaster Relief

On Febraury 20, 2011 Bulusan volcano located at the town of Irosin Sorsogon city has erupted at 9:00 am Philippines time. We were informed of the magnitude of the devastation that this has cause to our fellow Bicolanos, specially the Sorsoganon. The BICOL USA Houston Chapter Inc. immediately responded to the call of humanitarian help. Officers and members started collecting some used clothing, Surgical mask and any non perishable goods to be sent to Sorsogon. We were able to shipped 5 balikbayan boxes of used clothing, Surgical mask and non perishable goods. ATLAS Shipping owned by Danny and Edna Legazpi here in Houston Texas, shipped the boxes for FREE.. Thank you Danny and Edna!

The receptient in Bicol is Msgr. Angel Dy he is the CEO of the Social Action Foundation, Inc. (SSAFI) This is the foundation of the Dioceses of Sorsogon that is responsible for the disaster assistance. MORE PICTURES


Induction of Officers & Dinner Ball on January 22, 2011

The BICOL USA Houston Chapter Inc., would like to express its heartfelt gratitude for the support of all business firms, civic organizations, private individuals, Bicol USA members and friends for making this 14th BICOL USA Houston Chapter Inc. Induction of Officers a success !Above all, to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Patroness of the Bicol Region, our advocate and "Ina" for constantly interceding for us to our Lord Jesus Christ for all our needs.
 Congratulations to all the newly Elected Officers 2010 - 2012
God Bless You All.
Our gratitude is beyond words!
Bicol USA Houston Chapter Inc. Officers and Members

Francis Padua Papica
President, FPPFI
Medical Mission 12/2010 by Meneleo Dimaano M.D.

Dr. Meneleo Dimaano, Bicol-USA Governor of Sorsogon  joined by his wife, Jinky and his  children took the initiative to take the opportunity to conduct medical mission and shared cheers with our less priveleged fellow Bicolanos while vacationing  in his hometown last Christmas. Bicol USA pooled their personal resources together to come up with some stuff to share with our kababayan. Pictures

Thank You! One Philippines & Manila Headline
Our Lady of Penafrancia



Coushatta Fundraising
Feb.10, 2013 (Sunday)

George Bush Park Pavilion 2
March 31, 2013

BNAA National Convention
July 19,20, 21, 2013

BICOL USA Houston Annual Picnic
George Bush Park Pavilion 2
August 10, 2013

Our Lady Of Penafrancia Festivities
at Notre Dame Church
September 21,2013 ( Saturday)

Christmas Party
Notre Dame Activity Center
December 07, 2013 (Saturday)




Our Sincere Thanks!!



2012 Induction of Officers







Dios mabalos sa saindong pagbisita..Balik po kamo giraray.
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