FASSJ Valentine’s Ball Feb. 13: Full House at the Riverside Pavillion


Maria Torculas

The Officers of the Filipino American Society of South Jersey would like to thank all those who attended their announced during their Miss Valentine 2016 event held recently at the Riverside Pavillion of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, NJ. Maria Torculas is 2016 Miss Valentine deserving that honor. She is a Senior at Rowan University and also President of the Filipino Association on campus. FASSJ President Hermie S. Aczon and the officers of the organization are very grateful for your support and presence.

FASSJ supports local projects and also in the Philippines and is proactive in many community concerns.

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FASSJ Pres. H. Aczon

This yearly tradition was started by FAASJ a long time ago to honor and celebrate the beauty y of our Filipina women by choosing young achievers to fill the role.

Last year’s Miss Valentine’s was Miss Lana Holgado, granddaughter of Virgie and Zosimo Luz.

In 2008, FASS began the inclusion of the LOVE AWARD in their annual celebration. The Love Award carries one criteria only: dedicated and selfless community service. The award is given regardless of educational, professional and personal attainment, political or civic affiliation, religion and status in life.

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2016 Love Awardees Boots & Nora Benitez

This year’s Love Awardee are Raymond “Boots” and Nora Benitez, example of what community and family leadership is.  The couple served as past presidents of FAASJ and are very active in our community concenrs.  Nora is involved in nurses issues and Boots  is active with the Rizal Centennial Community and instrumental in the Rizal monument project which is now the centerpiece of community events that are held in Cherry Hill. The monument proudly stands at a dedicated lot along Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, New Jersey and where the annual Philippine Fiesta is held every year to commemorate the Philippine Independence Day festivities. Click here for Boots and Nora’s page.


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