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Trivias about the Liong Tek Go Family Association

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The Go Families' ancestors, starting from Tai Bei Kong of Shanxi Province, China, took the first step to migrate sometime from 618 AD in the Tang Dynasty, continuing through 1368 A.D. in the Ming Dynasty and up to 1644 during the Ching Dynasty.

Some eventually found their way to the Philippines where they settled, established their businesses, got married, raised and educated their children. By 1908, the Go families in the Philippines had grown substantially that it was increasingly becoming difficult to keep track of who belonged to which family and how each were related. It was then, 100 years ago that the Go Family in the Philippines decided to establish the Liong Tek Go Family Association, initially as a social club, to keep the families in touch with each other. However, through the years, the Liong Tek Go Family Association has slowly evolved to become not only a social club, but
also a charitable institution as well as providing educational, medical and financial assistance to needy members of the Go families.

The Go Families continued to grow and spread through out the country so that by 1948, after World War II. the first Liong Tek Go Family Association provincial chapter was established in Leyte, Samar. Two years later, in 1950 another chapter was established in Cebu. In 1958, the Liong Tek Go Family Association celebrated their 50th Golden Anniversary. On February 21, 1964 a tragedy struck, the big Chinatown fire razed the Association's two-storey structure to the ground. By
February 1966, the families had banded together and raised enough funds to erect a new five-storey building. In 1969, a Zamboanga chapter was established, followed in 1971 by a chapter in Davao City, Cagayan de Oro in 1981, Iloilo and Surigao in 1990, Bacolod in 1991 and Central and Northern Luzon Chapter in 2007 and the Bicol region chapter in March 2008. This year the Liong Tek Go Family Association will celebrate their 100-year milestone. It continues to grow and thrive, hoping to bring in a more dynamic younger generation.

The stamps and First Day Covers will be available starting June 16, 2008 at the Philatelic Service, Door 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and at all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.