Charito Mabanta, FASSJ President would like to thank everyone who attended their recently-held FASSJ Valentine’s Ball last February 11 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The event will ushered in the reign of 2017 Miss Valentine Elysa Marie Guerrero also recognize FASSJ’s “2017 Love Awardee”, Lita Abele. Click here to view 2017 FASSJ Souvenir Journal.
Elysa is a junior student at Penn State University Behrend; majoring in Psychology with Minor in Teaching Special Education. She also works as a student supervisor at the work place in Penn State University. Click here to view Elysa’s personal message to our Fil-Am community.
Lita Abele, CEO of U.S. Lumber was honored with FASSJ’s prestigious “Love Award” succinctly described by Board Member Boots Benitez: “The Love Award is given to one individual or a couple who have demonstrated their love of community”.
Mrs. Abele, no stranger to a string of awards and citations from many organizations and associations accepted the award with husband Merrill on her side. She thanked the many supporters and admirers during the event as her “children”, mainly students from Rowan’s University’s RUPAC organization presented their own unique version of the Philippine “Tinikling”. Click here to view Lita Abele’s interview by FASSJ.
Many of our Philippine American community leaders were present that evening, as everyone danced the night away.
| By: Freddy Panes |