Ilokano Writers Guild-Global
363 El Camino Real, Ste. 220-3
South San Francisco, California 94080


It is my great honor to greet the participants of the 2007 International Conference on Ilokano and Amianan Literatures and Cultures and give our utmost aloha to all of you.

As co-collaborator of this multi-partite IALC Conference, I speak with great pride about the kind of dedication and commitment of those who took part in its conceptualization and in its execution. It is not often that we have gatherings dedicated to the study of Ilokano and Amianan Writings and Literatures, and this Conference, aside from Nakem Conferences, hopes to bring to the surface the issues and discourses that needed to be tackled if we were to be serious with our work of preserving, promoting, and producing
the literatures of our people whether in the homeland or in our adoptive land, the United States.

This duty of looking to the future—of making it sure that the coming generations will have something to hold onto in terms of their ancestors’ languages, literatures, and cultures—is more urgent for us all who have gone to other places. We owe it to our children to give them something concrete in order for them to have the connection to where we come. It is on this note that we say that our stake and, therefore, our obligation, is more than anyone else as a matter of fact. It is also a matter of commitment.

Makautang ngarud ti nagkakammayet a puersa ti Steering Committee daytoy a kumperensia kadagiti amin a nakipaggamulo: ti Ilokano Language and Literature Program, Universidad ti Hawai`i; ti GUMIL Hawai`i; ti Annak ti Kailokuan iti Amerika; ti International Academy for Ilokano and Amianan Studies; ti Nakem Conferences; ti Nakem Conferences Philippines; ti TMI Filipinas; ti TMI Amerika; ti TMI Global; ti Center for Philippine Studies; ken ti Philippine Consulate General.

Sinanamaak nga agbalin daytoy a taripnong a paset ti pakasaritaan ti panagsuratan iti Ilokano-Amianan ken ti agtultuloy a produksion kadagiti kultural a praktis a mabalin a maipagpannakkel ti sumaruno a kaputotan.


T. Gabriel Tugade
Interim a Presidente

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