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Babaylan Austria , a civic and charitable women’s organization celebrated its 22nd Anniversary and at the same time staged a Masquerade Ball on November 10, 2018 at the Marriott Hotel, Vienna.
“Indeed, the event was an opportunity to dazzle up, wear masks and dance the night away,” Marizel Rojas, the emcee of the night’s affair commented.
“Our masquerade ball and 22nd Anniversary would not have been a success without the generous support of our sponsors and the Filipino Community. We deeply appreciate your enthusiasm and willingness to sponsor our efforts to realize our objectives. Through your continuous support, we are able to carry out our mission of reaching out and lending a hand to many of our fellow Filipinas in need,” Carmen Pacaigue, Vice President of Babaylan said in her Opening Remarks.
Babaylan-Austria president Imelda Perez Papai in her opening remarks extended her gratitude to her fellow officers and members for their active involvement in various projects and activities of Babaylan.
“Allow me to express my utmost gratitude to all the officers and members who have never failed to serve our organization with admirable endurance. I feel so proud and honored to have been able to lead this excellent team, Papai said.
It should be noted that Babaylan Austria coordinates and monitors support of two recipients of its fund-raising and charitable activities yearly: the women’s and children’s crisis centers. It also participates and contributes, on a case-to-case basis, to humanitarian campaigns and projects.
Second Consul Bolivar Bao delivered an inspirational message.
“When you think of babaylan, you think of beauty, respect and empowerment and that all of you represent here tonight,” Consul Bao said.
The good consul likewise elaborated on the essence of mask, which is then highlight of the 22nd Anniversary of Babaylan.
“It is not who you are but what you do that defines you. It is not just the faces but what the Babaylan do that defines the organization. I wish more prosperity, and power to Babaylan,” Consul Bao added.
The celebration is also an opportunity to pay tribute to its past leaders since 1996. They reminisced that treasured era when highly motivated and independent women gathered together to conceive, create and produce events that promoted moral, social welfare and civic advancement among the Filipino women in Austria.
Projects of Babaylan
Past president Ms. Lorna Titgemeyer presented the achievements of Babaylan during the past 22 years. She affirmed that the Babaylanes in Austria exercise leadership and enforce their objectives in the Filipino community. It should be noted that this women’s organization was one of the strongest forces during the formation of the Council of Filipino Associations in Austria. It has supported many charitable projects both in Austria and in the Philippines. Here in Austria, a lot of women in distress situations were given assistance through referrals to appropriate institutions specialized in women’s issues. Symposia on women matters were conducted. Women were encouraged to empower themselves by helping them bring out and display their hidden talents in exhibitions especially organized for them. This organization also helped promote Filipino traditions by actively participating in different cultural activities of the Filipino community.
Babaylan Austria, in its 22 years of existence has experienced the strong leadership of other four strong women namely: Lorna Titgemeyer, Cecille Cech, Lani Ziegler and Carmen Pacaigue.
„There never was a Masquerade Ball as grand, impressive and lavish as this event. The Babaylan Austria Masquerade Ball was a sell-out and a roaring success,“ a guest commented.
Entertainment par excellence was provided by top pianist Daniel.
The highlights of the event were the Ballroom Dance and The Best Masquerade Mask of the night.
Masquerade parties are generally elaborate dance parties. In the beginning such parties were held for members of the upper class, including Royal families. It is believed that the origin of these ‘mask parties’ was France.
Masquerade” comes from the French word “masque” which translates into “mask.” European aristocrats were known to host masquerade balls for their guests.
Since the masquerade parties became particularly popular in Venice during the Venetian carnivals, they are also known as Venetian-themed parties. Masquerade party masks are also popularly known as ‘Venetian masks’.
Hector Pascua, philippine-press.com
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