Raena Camille Cueto, Bb. Pilipinas 2017

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By: ACM | Raena Camille Maclang Cueto, daughter of Ruth Maclang and Raul Peña Cueto was born and raised in the United States. She enjoys being outdoors, whether it being hiking, swimming, or even just taking a nice walk. While her favorite food is beef tapa and rice, Camille also likes broadening her horizons by trying many different types of food. Click here to view FECGP 2017 Event Book.

Camille has always been eager to experience new and different activities. In middle school she participated in basketball and track. In highschool she was on the dance, cheer, and volleyball team. Currently, she works at Foot Action and plans to attend Camden County College to complete her prerequisites for Speech Pathology.

Camille believes in the importance of charity and volunteer work in order to make a difference in the world around her. As a teenager, she volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house to help disabled children by acclimating them to social environments through playing video games, eating ice cream, and making crafts. She has also collected and donated Christmas gifts to recently immigrated children of the Indian Community in Belmawr, NJ. Additionally, Camille volunteered at the Church of the Good Shepherd during Vacation Bible School to teach young children about the word of God. She participated in performances at nursing homes to provide entertainment and companionship for the elderly patients. She has always found that such experiences not only helped her community, but also enriched her own life through the connections and relationships she was able to create through them.

As a member of a new generation of Filipinos, Camille is eager to further explore her heritage and become a confident, well respected representative of the Filipino community.

 

 

 

Mary Cassandra Arocena crowned Bb. Pilipinas 2015

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By: Sherry Sorono | Mary Cassandra Arocena was crowned Binibining Pilipinas 2015 last night at the 40th Anniversary Gala event of the FECGP. The occasion also highlighted the 117th Anniversary of Philippine Independence, and held at the beautiful Radisson Hotel in Trevose, PA.

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Photo by: Ella Demesa Merioles | Officers of the FECGP with Cassey Arocena.

The long tradition of crowning Miss (Bb. Pilipinas) Philippines was started years ago by Filipino-Americans in our area to celebrate and to and praise our Filipina women.

Penn State University was center stage in the life of Mary Cassandra Soriano Arocena. From its august halls and sheltered campus she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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From her parents Angelo Santiago Arocena and Mary Lou Soriano (they are members of FAAMCI…!) she learned the value of family love, respect for others, dignity of work, loyalty to friendships and  compassion to those in need. She grew up with her older sister Mary Louise, also a Registered Nurse, (UPenn) and delights in family, cousins and friends.

Cassey is busy working at a Mother Baby Unit in MedStar Hospital Washington, D.C. Transitioning a baby from intra uterine to post natal life has a profound impact on her. Cradling babies till they fall asleep, making sure they get their immunization before going home is all in a day’s work for her.

She loves to teach especially new mothers and fathers how to take care of their babies in a practical terms. She is a member of PNAPA . She is looking forward for the  Annual convention in Hawaii July 2015.

In her free time she goes camping and hiking with her closest friends. She loves to compose songs, play guitar, piano, and some drum. A true Filipina, she projects grace and quiet strength within her.

Meet Our New Bb. Pilipinas 2014

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Zan Dimapilis Bongiovi is beyond excited and honored to have the privilege of representing The Filipino Executive Council this year during The Philippine Independence Events. She is sixteen years old, a sophomore in high school, and resides in New Jersey with her parents Betty and Ray and her sister Michaela. Her mother is Filipina and her father is Italian and English. It is her dream to someday visit all the countries of her parents’ origins. Zan is a conscientious student who excels academically and has been on the High Honor Roll every marking period in high school where she takes honor and AP classes.

When she is not in school, Zan is extremely involved in the entertainment industry, whether it is dancing, singing, modeling or acting. She initially got started in the entertainment industry by competing in regional and national dance competitions and then she decided to pursue it on a professional level. As a professional she has performed in numerous venues in New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California. She has also performed in several venues throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Miami, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Zan has performed on television shows such as David Letterman, Kelly and Michael, MTV, Oxygen Channel and she has modeled on various televised fashion shows. She has also been televised dancing during the halftime shows at professional basketball games for the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. As an actress, Zan was in the Paramount Pictures movie “The Last Airbender” which played in movie theatres nationally and internationally.

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She has modeled on the cover of teen novels, dance catalogs, clothing, hair, and cosmetic advertisements for various brands.
Zan has performed live on stage dancing and singing at venues in New York City such as Madison Square Garden, Times Square Hard Rock Café, Hammerstein Ballroom, Webster Hall, Gramercy Theatre, and Symphony Space on Broadway just to name a few. She performed in the “Let’s Move! Move Your Body Campaign” for The First Lady Michelle Obama and Beyonce. She also performed at Arthur Ashe Kids Day which was also hosted by Michelle Obama. She has shared the stage with celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Lohanthony, Midnight Red, Bella Thorne, Mindless Behavior, Alyson Stoner, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jake Miller, SPObabbby, Kalin and Myles, Enrique Iglesias, R5, Nick Tangorra, Taio Cruz, Sugar Hill Gang and many more.
As a sixteen year old Zan is excited for what her future holds. For now, she truly loves the entertainment industry but knows the importance of continuing to excel academically. She receives her professional dancing, singing and acting training in New York City where she also finds time to assist teaching at dance workshops. On her free time she loves nothing more than spending time with family, especially with her sister Michaela who is also just as involved in the entertainment industry and can be seen dancing, modeling, acting, and singing in
national advertisement campaigns. Zan and Michaela embrace their Filipina heritage and love learning about the Filipino culture from their Lolo Rey (past FASSJ President) and Lola Polly Dimapilis.
Zan would like to express her sincere gratitude and appreciation to President Hermie S. Aczon and to all of the officers and members of The Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia for giving her the honor of Binibining Pilipinas 2014 as we celebrate 116 years of Philippine Independence.

 

Independence Ball Souvenir Program

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View our Independence Ball 2013 Souvenir Program. We would like to thank Dr. Ricky and Charito Mabanta, parents of our new 2013 Bb. Pilipinas Lata Angelica Mabanta for their support and hard work; and the the Committees of our FECGP that made it all possible. The event was the most attended in years, and the presence of Consul General Mario de Leon and his wife Eleanor added the the stellar celebration that marked the 115th Anniversary of Philippine Independence.  View the 2103 Independence Souvenir Program: click here.