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    Ikebana International Cagayan de Oro Chapter 163 Blooms of Legacy from Seeds of History

    As the Ikebana International Cagayan de Oro Chapter 163 marks its golden anniversary this September, one of the things it would be focusing on is passing on their passion to the next generations.

    “We shall endeavor to teach our children and grandchildren the joys of Ikebana beginning with a select group who have shown their inclination to further pursue the art,” said Maria Liza T. Guingona, chapter president.
    The current crop of members have noticed the apparent dearth of new members from the younger generations and are moving to encourage younger candidates to join not only for the passion of the craft, but also for the benefits the art imparts in their personal development as artists and good citizens.
    “Many ikebana teachers may have experienced that, when they teach students for a long time, the ikebana works reflect not only the personality but also the emotion or mood of the practitioner,” said Nobuko Sakata, Ikebana International President.
    A number of mother-daughter tandems have previously served as chapter presidents notably Elsie Escobar and Eileen San Juan, and Consuelo Tilo Aberasturi and Maria Raisa A. Velez, and the members would like to see more of this trend.
    Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Also known as kadō , the tradition dates back to Heian period, when floral offerings were made at altars. Later, flower arrangements were instead used to adorn the tokonoma (alcove) of a traditional Japanese home.
    In Ikebana, blossoms, branches, leaves, and stems find new life as materials for artmaking. In contrast to the western habits of casually placing flowers in a vase, Ikebana aims to bring out the inner qualities of flowers and other live materials and express emotion.
    Ikebana Cagayan de Oro
    Ikebana in Cagayan de Oro started when Elsa P. Pelaez, co-founder of the Liceo de Cagayan (now a University) invited Ikebana International Cebu Chapter Founder Zelia Borromeo of Cebu City to come over to demonstrate the art at the Liceo de Cagayan Little Theatre in 1971.
    A study group was organized on August 14, 1971 at Hotel Vista Hermosa to study the art in workshops conducted by Ms. Borromeo and six month later, its students presented their first Ikebana exhibit at the Little Theater, Liceo de Cagayan.
    On September 1, 1972, Ikebana International Cagayan de Oro Chapter 163 was formally recognized as a chapter by the International Ikebana International headquarters in Tokyo with Mrs. Pelaez as its founding president.
    The 19 charter members included Elsa P. Pelaez, Alice A. Trinidad, Elsie R. Escobar, Rose M. Borja, Carmen L. Tamparong, Sarah P. Borja, Felicisima Dacudao, Lourdes M. La Viña, Ceferina Mosqueda, Victorina M. Paras, Leonie Malferrari, Josefina Luspo, Fe S. Dingcong, Ester Causin, Arlita Rivera, Dulzura Fernandez, Remedios Vamenta, Esperanza Racaza, and Remedios Hojas.
    This 1st of September, 2022, Ikebana International Cagayan de Oro Chapter celebrates its Golden Anniversary on its 50th Year with a Golden Anniversary Exhibit Chartering the Basics, Advancing to the Future on August 27-29 at The Lobby, VIP Hotel and Blooms of Legacy, from Seeds of History, a digital presentation on September 4 10:00AM (Philippine Time)/11:00AM (Tokyo Time) Live via Ikebana International Cagayan de Oro Chapter 163 Facebook Page.
    “We will have an actual exhibit at VIP Hotel on August 27-29, to be followed by a series of virtual exhibits that everyone can watch online through our Facebook page,” said I.I. CDO Chapter 163 50th Anniversary President Maria Liza “Lyza” T. Guingona.
    “Our digital presentation will be aired on September 4 in commemoration of our 50th Anniversary on September 1st,” she added.
    Ikebana International
    Ikebana International (I.I.) is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the promotion and appreciation of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. When the late Ellen Gordon Allen founded the organization in 1956, her dream was to create an organization uniting the peoples of the world through their mutual love of nature and enjoyment of ikebana.
    The motto of the association is Friendship through Flowers and any person or organization accepting that objective is welcome to join us as a member of Ikebana International.
    Ikebana International does not teach or endorse any single type of ikebana. It is an association that encompasses many different schools.
    The members are people from various parts of the world who enjoy and practice ikebana and have interests in other traditional Japanese art forms. Some schools stress classical styles; others focus on free style, and some a blend of both.
    I.I. members gain the opportunity to learn about ikebana of many different schools – their inspirations, styles, philosophy, history, and techniques – They benefit from those interactions through meetings, demonstrations, exhibitions and other events.
    Another unique feature of Ikebana International is that the organization was founded by and continues to be administered almost entirely by volunteers of many different nationalities and ikebana schools. Some of the ikebana schools stress classic style while other focus on creative, contemporary forms and some blend the two.
    While each school is different, they openly share their inspirations, styles, philosophy, history, and techniques with each other. Membership in I.I. is open to all persons interested in the art of ikebana and the ideals if I.I. regardless of previous experience.
    There are now over 200 chapters of Ikebana International around the world in 50 countries with over 7,000 members. The official flower is the cherry blossom.
    The 50th Anniversary Digital Presentation will feature the following topics:
    • How Ikebana Cagayan de Oro Started by Consuelo Tilo Aberasturi.

    • Gold as an Element

    • Ikebana Cagayan de Oro Past Events with Bing Celdran and Eileen San Juan

    • Ikebana in the Next 50 Years by Marius Mercado

    The 50th Anniversary Officers is headed by Maria Liza T. Guingona as president, with Erna G. Maagad (Vice President), Anna Lee Roa (Recording Secretary), Marites Corazon K. Llacer (Corresponding Secretary), Erlinda L. Costales (Treasurer) and Cristilda O. Villapane (Immediate Past President).

    Members: Consuelo B. Aberasturi, Ma. Asuncion P. Balili, Agustina B. Banghal, Rosalinda P. Caragos, Teresa L. Celdran, Maylin D. Celmar, Evelyn R. Clavano, Erlinda L. Costales, Carmen N. Fortich, Maria Liza T. Guingona, Christina M. Jugador, Marites Corazon K. Llacer, Gina Maris M. Libot, Nancy G. Lomarda, Erna G. Maagad, Isel V. Makapugay, Lennie L. Medalla, Fe Marissa Mercado, Maria Regina Mercado, Judith Nelles, Victorina M. Paras, Anna Lee Roa, Daisy San Jose, Eileen E. San Juan, Irma Mae N. Siao, Nena J. Tan, Alice Trinidad, Maria Raisa A. Velez, Cristilda Villapane

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