Executive Board Officers 2016-2018 Inducted

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Members of the new Executive Board were inducted into office in a fitting and jovial ceremony held at the Radisson Hotel in beautiful Trevose, PA.

FECGP President Nida Imperial thanked everyone and congratulated the new officers before she inducted them into office.  Alice Ilagan sang the Star Spangled Banner followed by Gina Rafaelle with Lupang Hinirang. The star emcee of the evening was FAABCI’s Myrna Montenegro.

As always, the FAABCI Dancers wowed the crowd with their dance presentation choreographed by Jay Imperial. Gina surprised many of us with her singing talent! Overall the evening was a gathering of close friends, Lita and Merill Abele, Christy Talangbayan and April Talangbayan, Presidents and officers of member associations and FECGP supporters who came to show their support.

Also in attendance were past presidents, Ferdinand Luyun, Ruth Luyun and Hermie Aczon.

Inducted into office were:

Ernesto Arcilla, Corporate Secretary

Elgene Morales, Recording Secretary

Lucy De Simone, Corresponding Secretary

Hermie Aczon, Press Secretary

Elizabeth Dizon, Treasurer

Chit Datz
Charito Mabanta
Asst. Treasurers

Ferdinand B. Aczon, MD, Auditor

Imelda Itchon
Bel  Lopena
Asst. Auditors

Engr . Ruben David, Liaison Officer PA

Gwen de Vera
Senen Fontanilla
Liaison Officers New Jersey

Medy Arevalo RN
Grace Arnaiz RN
Jeanilyn Ficarra
Cesar Manguba
Christopher Rivera
Business Managers

Aurelia Aboyme, RN
Mayette Baglieri, RN
Nora Benetiz,  RN
Lita Manguba, MD
Mike Marcial
Sherly Mclean
Philip Reyes
Public  Relation. Officers

Freddy Panes, Editor-in-Chief
FECGP internet Resources

Ferdinand Luyun, Associate Editor

Edward Galang, Esq., Legal Adviser


Winter Sinulog: Reconnecting with our cultural tradition

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This year’s Winter Sinulog was celebrated January 17, Sunday and as always a large multitude of devotees attended the celebration! Inspite of the inclement weather many people came, prayed and worshiped our beloved Santo. Nino.

The principal celebrant of the Eucharistic Celebration was Rev. Fr. Anthony  Burrascano, O.S.A.  Rev. Fr. Paul Morrissey, O.S.A. was the con-celebrant. Rev. Fr. Wilson Capellan took part as homilist.

We are very proud of our Olde St. Augustine’s Church being the official home of the Santo Nino in the United States. Faithfuls, first timers and devotees came to profess their faith and devotion to our beloved Santo Nino.

This event coincides with the traditional Sinulog which happened about the same time in Cebu City, Philippines. Olde St. Augustine’s is the central place for Sinulog activities and the biggest event is in August which was so designed because of the summer weather and the convergence into our city of visiting Sto. Nino devotees.

Olde St. Augustine Parish Choir gave a wonderful performance during the Mass with Mr. Kim Barrozo – Choir Director. The cantors were: Margaret Lafferty & Chesley Turner; Violinist: Isabel de Ramos.

Special thanks to all individuals and groups who have worked behind the scenes, for unselfish and unwavering way in making this a “celebration of unity in faith and progress in the building of the City of God.  Thanks also to: Dr. Lita Manguba; Babay Dacanay, Ferdie Luyun; Rey Borres, Volunteers and to all the hardworking people of OSAC who helped in this year’s celebration!

FAABCI Pasko sa Nayon, Dec. 5; FAAMCI sets Dec. 13 with 21st Anniversary & Christmas Party

Once again, it is the annual “Pasko sa Nayon of FAABCI at the Radisson Hotel in the northeast suburb of beautiful Trevose, PA.

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FAABCI President Grace Arnaiz

The proceeds of this event will benefit the sponsored children by FAABCI through the Pearl S. Buck International, as revealed by President Grace Arnaiz, RN.

PSBI charity focuses on Amerisian children in Southeast Asia. The Club’s present crop of sponsored children are from the Philippines.

Every year, officers take turns in visiting these children and seeing to it that their education and well being are taken cared of. During the last visit, past president Nida Imperial, and Norma and Rick Yabut enjoyed the wonderful time they spent with the sponsored children and their families. You will get to see and learn about these kids when they released their souvenir journal during their event as it will be featured in its pages. Grace is inviting you all to attend this wonderful event that celebrates our culture as Pinoys and also give recognition to children that they support. “I would very much love to see you all at our event”, she added. FAABCI is very thankful to your support and contributions to their work.

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FAAMCI President Sherly McLean

Meanwhile, the Filipino American Association of Montgomery County will also hold their 21st Anniversary & Christmas Party on December 13. According to President Sherly McLean, their officers are hard at work to insure the success of this year’s event. It will be held at the beautiful Blue Bell Country Club in Montgomery County.  McLean quips: “Do we have a real surprise this time? You bet! The FAAMCI officers and members have prepared some real entertainment for our guests and friends. You will definitely enjoy our party!”

Message from the U.S. President

Official portrait of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

I am honored to join in marking Filipino-American History Month and in reflecting on the struggles and victories of the many Filipino-Americans who have helped shape our Nation.
Generation of Filipino-Americans have lent their unique voices to the vibrant diversity of origins, cultures, and communities that make America what it is. Their legacy speaks to the extraordinary spirit of common purpose — of unity forged through the ideals that bind us together as one people — that has always been central to our Nation.
This month, we honor the Filipino-Americans who have worked to build and defend our country, and we reflect on moments that have changed the course of the American story. Seventy years ago, the United States and our allies overcame forces of tyranny and oppression that threatened not only the Pacific, but the entire world — a victory made possible in part by thousands of Filipino Americans who fought for our Nation but who, for far too long, were denied the compensation they had earned. Fifty years ago, courageous farm workers in Delano helped bring about progress that would forever change the labor movement — both within the Filipino-American community and for the country as a whole. And in the decades that have followed, Filipino-American citizens have helped expand our Nation’s promise throughout every aspect of our society.
As you come together to celebrate the extraordinary ways Filipino-Americans have contributed to our society, you have my warmest regards.
Barack Obama
President, United States of America
POTUS Message

China Lecture at the Kalayaan Hall, New York, Oct 6

A special lecture concerning our issues with China entitled: “South China Sea: The View From the Philippines” will feature Justice Antonio T. Carpio Senior Associate Justice Supreme Court of the Philippines as guest speaker. The lecture sponsored by the PCGNY and the Asia Society.
It will be held at 6 to 8:30 pm, Tuesday, October 6 at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center 556 5th Avenue New York, NY 10036.
Please join other leaders to hear the views of one of the distinguished experts on the legal issues surrounding one of the most pressing issues of our time: the international dispute over the South China Sea.
What are the implications of Chino’s recent buildup in these waters? What should the Philippine response be? How should the rest of ASEAN, and the global community. respond? Are there hopes for a resolution?
Justice Carpio will deliver remarks, to be followed by a question-and-answer session moderated by Asia Society Executive Vice President Tom Nagorski.

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Rondalla Benefit Concert at International House Oct. 4

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By: Marife Domingo | Join us in our celebration of Filipino-American History Month with a Rondalla Benefit Concert to support disaster victims in the Philippines.  Enjoy the sounds and melody of 14-stringed instruments as we play traditional folk music and some of your favorite tunes.
Sunday, October 4 @2pm
International House of Philadelphia
Corner of 37th & Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tickets are available from any PFASI Rondalla member or online, click here. See you all there!
Street parking is available as well as in the following parking garages.

1. University of Pennsylvania – 3810 Sansom Street
2. Sheraton City Parking – 55 South 36th Street
3. Drexel University Lot C – 3482 Filbert Street