3rd Igorot Cordillera BIMAAK Europe (ICBE) Consultation
5-8 May 2005
by Yvonne Belen
I just arrived from Switzerland last night and read my mail. Also read the letters written by Fred, Dominga and Ric.
So for me, this is what I have to say.
Congratulations again to BIBAK Switzerland for our successful conference. You prepared and planned well for our activity.
You made our arrival at the hotel easy by fetching some participants in Spiez, the nearest train station. Some participants, who were met at the the ariport, appreciated this act of hospitality.
The conference site was cozy and the view around it was breathtaking. At the hotel entrance, we saw the snow-capped peaks of Niessen. From our room, we could have a glimpse of Lake Thun. And from the dining room, we could see the green meadow with yellow flowers scatttered in patches.
The letterings placed on the cloth were original. It must have taken a lot of time to make those letterings.
The Igorot artifacts used as room decoration made us feel like we were in the Cordillera, even if we were in the Swiss Alps.
The participants were very much animated during the group discussions. Our second generation participants were also very interested in the group discussions, especially on our culture.
I thought we have to go to the mountains to hear someone play the Alphorn but he was right there, outside the conference hall. That was really a surprise.
Our sightseeing tour was a real break from our talking sessions. We saw more of the snow-capped mountains and had a closer view of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz. Of course, the ladies enjoyed the time allotted for shopping.
The presentation of the jodlers was exceptional with their entrance. They got the attention of the audience. I remember Mia saying the night before when we were rehearsing, "We should make our entrance impressive.
I tasted the some of the cake you baked. Naimas.
Thanks very much again to all members of BIBAK Switzerland.
For the Proceedings, I will write later a draft of the acknowledgement and will request BIBAK-Switzerland to help finalize it.
Siya et na kasin,