LAS VEGAS â€“ The Bikolnon Association of Las Vegas (BALV), now on its 11th exciting year has elected and inducted a new set of officers for 2011-2012. Spearheaded by Marlon B. Multo, the event was held last March 19 with former Las Vegas Judge Robert Lueck as inducting officer.
In his brief remark, Multo thanked his fellow officers and members for selecting him the second time around. Multo was a co-founding president, along with its first president Elmer Belmonte) in 2000. Multo served as president in 2002 and this year.
Multo was an innovator and trailblazer among the Bikolnons in Las Vegas. During his term, he established the devotion to and the annual celebration of the Feast of Penafrancia, Bicol Region’s Patroness.
In 2002, he founded the help-giving “Puso Mi Para Sa Indo,” (My Heart Goes for You), an annual fundraiser for the poor of Bicol provinces. He launched “Operation: School Tulong,” to build a school library in Camarines Norte. Chris de Lude, recipient of the 2010 Mayon Award, followed up and represented the BALV until the completion of the library after Multo’s term as president.
The Bikolnons of Las Vegas prides itself of being able to help their fellow Bikolnons in the Philippines while taking active participation in local civic, charitable and political events, and working together with other Filipino-American organizations in Las Vegas.
(Text/Photos by Zen S. Laluna)