Presidential Report: 2014-2016

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President Ruth Luyun

I would like to thank everyone for your invaluable support during my presidency. Here are details of Participation of the FECGP with different projects covering  2014 – 2016:

September 2014 – Financial Assistance  to Jennifer Bongco’s family.

October 26, 2014-Nicholas W. Malttiaci Esq, LLM, Deputy Director Office of the Governor, Commonwealth of PA  Guest Speaker “Issues on Retirement”.

November 23, 2014 – Meeting with Jennifer Rodriguez Executive Director-Mayor’s Office on Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs, City of Philadelphia. Ms. Rodriguez spoke on “Wellness of Immigrant and Cultural Groups. She emphasized the availability of language access (311) number to call for immigrants wanting to speak their own language by contacting this number for information.

November 2014 – FECGP Financial Assistance to the Dungca Family, who lost their home through a fire.

November 2014 – FECGP received a “Certificate of Recognition” from the Philippine Consulate of New York for ‘invaluable services to Filipino seaman in distress pursuant to Geographic Warrant System.

December 2014 and December 2015 – Christmas Gift Giving  Basket  Project, given to deserving Filipino families who lost their jobs, senior citizens with lingering illnesses and families that are just starting in U.S.

April 2015 and April 2016-Comcast Cares Day. FECGP joined the Comcast-NBC Universal in Philadelphia to spend a day in cleaning; painting classrooms, organizing library materials and cleaning up the neighborhood around the Cristo Rey School selected for this year 2016.

February 2015 – FECGP officers and members attended the First Filipino American General Assembly, Philippine Consulate of New York

April 9, 2015 – “Araw ng Kagitingan”in collaboration with Philippine Consulate General of New York

VFW Private Tomas Claudio and Ladies Auxilliary – Wreath laying ceremony led by Consul General Mario Deleon with the World War II Veterans. FECGP received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Consulate for sponsoring the event honoring the veterans.

March 2015-Ambassador/Consul General /and Tourism Director’s Tour of the Philippines. Held at the Philippine Consulate of New York in Collaboration with FECGP and Philippine American Chamber of Commerce to promote tourism and create awareness of highly acclaimed regional destination in the Philippines.

May 6, 2015 – meeting with Congressman Donald Norcross (D) of New Jersey.

June 2015 – meeting with Representative Michael Fitzpatrick (D), FECGP officers and members joined Consul General Mario Deleon to meet and discuss matters of concern regarding Filipino American cultural and economic relationship. The primary purpose of the meeting was to to seek support of the House Resolution (HR-535) which seek to award collectively a Congressional Gold Medal to the Filipino Veterans of World War II, in recognition of their dedicated service to the U.S. and the Philippines.

May 30, 2015 – FECGP officers and members  attended the Asian-American Women’s Breast Cancer Health Event sponsored by Susan Komen Foundation, held at the PECO Center, Philadelphia.

July 2014 and July 2015. FECGP participated in Ocean City’s Annual “Tribute to the Philippines”. Cultural presentations by the Mutya Dance Co., PCSNJ Youth, St. Augustine Church Choir, PHASI Rondalla, Rowan University Dance troupe took turns during the day’s event. The PNA-PA, PNASJPA, PNA-DVI did blood pressure screening.

August 2014 and August 2015 – FECGP supported St. Augustine Annual  Summer Fiesta (Summer Sinulog) of our beloved Sto. Nino.
September 2014 and 2015-FECGP supported the annual celebration on the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz.

July 2015 – FECGP participated again after many years in the 4th of July Parade in Center City with the Migrant Heritage Commission from Washington D.C.

October 6, 2015 -FECGP officers attended the lecture on “The South China Sea: The View from the Philippines” by Justice Antonio Carpio, Senior Associate Justice Supreme Court of the Philippines.

October 24, 2015 – Rowan University “Youth Leadership Training: Empowerment for The Emerging Generation”  Regil Abellanosa of Mutya and Winchell Delfin, PCSNJ attended the day’s event and networked with other participants.

November 14, 2015-FECGP joined FASSJ delegation to  to visit the Exhibit on “Philippine Gold Treasure of  Forgotten Kingdom” of Butuan, Mindanao dating back to the 10th century.

December 10, 2015 – Fundraising event to raise Funds for Engineers without Borders Water for Life Project La Union Philippines.

December 16, 2015 – Gift of Life Home Cooked Meals: cooking and serving dinner for the families of patients awaiting organ transplantation. The “Home” serves as ‘home away from home’ for organ transplant families.

ADMINISTRATIVE

  • July 2015-approval of 501c3 for FECGP
  • Corporate Book made available
  • Documents pertaining Rizal Park on hand accessible to Members
  • FECGP profile available and accessible to website.
  • By laws and Constitution  amended and approved.
  • June 2016 – Grouting /repair  of the Rizal and Bataan Monument

I would like to recommend to the next administration  to continue the following projects

  • Continuation of the BB. Pilipinas Pageant and cultural Show
  • Health and Nutrition Program in collaboration with Center for Asian  Health
  • Support the Youth and  Sport Program
  • Participation in Ocean City Tribute to the Philippines
  • Yearly Maintenance of Rizal Park
  • Philippine Consulate Outreach Program
  • Araw ng Kagitingan
  • FECGP Website
  • Recruitment of young Professionals to be officers if FECGP

Thank you all for your support for the past 2years.It’s been a pleasure serving you and the Filipino -American Community.

All the Best,

Ruth Bayle Luyun
President FECGP  (2014-2016)

This Week from the President: Happy Mother’s Day!

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A mother is the truest friend we have,
when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity
takes the place of prosperity; when friends
who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us;
when trouble thickens around us, still will
she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts
and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness,
and cause peace to return to our hearts.

In a small church service in West Virginia one fine Sunday morning, May 10, 1908 a small event gave birth to the American version of Mother’s Day. We pay homage to the millions of mothers across the world to acknowledge the role they played in our lives.

This year, marks the 109th year of the event, started by Anna Davis. The first Mother’s Day was a small-scale, personalized holiday that had originally been envisioned.

The first “official” service took place at the Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. At this church, Anna Jarvis honored her loving mother, who had been a Sunday School teacher at the location.

By 1914, President Woodrow Wilson had set aside the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Today is a very special day as we honor our mothers. Spend time together with her and with family as this is the significance of the day.

On behalf of The Filipino Executive Council, its Officers and the Member Associations my very best wishes and congratulations to all mothers

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Sincerely,
President Ruth Luyun

This Week: From the President

Ruth Luyun 088The Holiday mood is truly in the air! I am sure that many of you have planned your holidays starting with Thanksgiving and very soon Christmas!

Our beloved choir conductor Kim Barroso celebrated his 10th year with St. Augustine’s Church and marked the occasion with a concert dubbed as “A Piano concert in Thanksgiving”. Held last Sunday, congregants were entertained with some of Kim’s performance, opening with “impromptu in E Flat Minor, Op 90 No.2 by Franz Schubert.

Fr. Bill Waters, pastor of OSAC welcomed guests and friends. After the concert, light refreshments followed at the Matthew Carr Hall; lovingly prepared by the OSAC Choir. Thanks to all who volunteered to help.

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Kim is no stranger to stages and venues in the region from Carnegie Hall to the Lincoln Center in New York City and Kimmel Center and the Mann Center, in Philadelphia. The OSAC Choir is truly blessed to have him.

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To all of you who showed your support to the Asian Federation of United States, my thanks! The federation is an organization represented by Asian countries  and the event coincided also with the retirement of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. (Slideshow above)

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Congratulations to the Kayumanggi Society of Philadelphia (KSOP) and their Outstanding Parents of the Year 2015 Jaime and Marietta Paz. I really enjoyed the event and meeting and making new friends.

The Filipino American Association of Bucks County (FAABCI) and their president, Grace Arnaiz is inviting everyone to their December 5 “Pasko sa Nayon”. Also the Filipino American Association of Montgomery County (FAAMCI) will have the Christmas Party and Ball on December 13. Please plan now to attend these events. Let us continue to support one another within the our Council.

December 10 will be the fund raising event of Engineer Without Borders in conjunction with FECGP and the ICAGP. According to Engr. Ruben David, our PA Liaison Officer, EWB is doing a wonderful work in the Philippines in the town of Apatut in Panagasinan.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day to all of you and see you soon in one of our many events. Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat and let us continue working to improve our communities!

Ruth Bayle Luyun
President

This Week: From the President

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The Fall season is definitely with us and many of us are gearing up for the coming Thanksgiving which is a prelude to the holidays. The month of October was a busy one. Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ was the epicenter of the recently-held Leadership and Mentoring Seminar, October 24: “Empowerment for the Emerging Generation” series for an energetic and accomplished group of young attendees of the university.

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The event was co-organized by the Rowan University Philippine-American Coalition (RUPAC), the Office of the President of Rowan University, and Board of Trustees Member Lita Abele, and the Consulate General New York. The event attracted more than 60 Fil-Ams youths consisting of students, young professionals and organization leaders.

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Dr. Ali Houshman, Rowan University President gave a rousing welcome, and Consul General Mario de Leon gave the keynote speech. Resource speakers shared the real-life experiences: published author and poet, Patrick Rosal; AARP Associate State Director for Pennsylvania Grace Rustia, Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs Appointee Brad Baldia, CEO of 13 Degrees North Agnes Jamora, and past president of the FECGP Ferdinand Luyun.
      The seminar is an initiative of the Consulate which was launched in New York last September 2014. The previous sessions were held in Boston College last April 2015, and earlier this month in Yale University.

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Congratulations to Nida Imperial, Pres., PNA-PA for leading the Pennsylvania delegation and receiving a “Leadership Award” given during the PNAA Eastern Regional Conference presented by Madelene Yu, PNAA Vice President Eastern Region.
      Let us continue to support one another within the our Council.  Engr. Ruben David, our PA Liaison Officer and Engineers Without Borders is having a fund raising event (see above news) this coming Dec. 10.
Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat and let us continue working to improve our communities!
Ruth Bayle Luyun
President

This Week: From the President

Ruth Luyun 088The recent visit of Pope Francis to our country, particularly in Philadelphia was somewhat a real life confession for all of us: we public confess our faith, our belief in the doctrines of the Catholic faith and we professed our love to one another across all faiths on that one awesome particular day.
I am sure that many of you started your trek so early “just to be in time” to arrive in the city before the great multitude start massing around the parade route.  Surely some were lucky to have a “vantage point” and some were not so lucky to be too “far away” from the epicenter of the activity.

       Some friends have to walk a mile away because literally the city looked like a vacant parking lot with everyone walking with the exception of a few official vehicles authorized to navigate the city streets put on heightened security.
Each one of us will surely have fond memories of this great event: something we could tell our children and grandchildren. Upon his return to the Vatican, Pope Francis told the press that on all the cities that he visited: Havana, New York, and Washington, D.C. it was Philadelphia that have the most electrified crowd and he can feel the love.

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Let us support the PFASI as they present their Rondalla Concert this October 4th at the International House, in Philly near Drexel University area. My congratulations to them for another event that promotes our culture.

      Thanks also to all of you who made the celebration of the Feast of San Lorenzo Ruiz a memorable one. Cardinal Tagle was very happy along with Fr. Efren Esmilla for the all out support and confession of our faith during the celebratory Mass. The Cardinal earlier received his honorary degree from Lasalle University together with his mother, and brother and family.

This Week: From the President

Ruth Luyun 72 dpi_jpgThese past weeks have been very hectic for me and the Working Committees. As you already know, we are all in Philippine Independence Week mode. Thanks to all the support that you have shown. It is much appreciated! Our flag-raising at the USS Olympia was a huge success. The event was attended by community leaders, city officials, veterans, veterans women auxiliary and graced by the presence of our special guest, retired Major General Antonio Taguba (US Army).

Our annual flag raising at the USS Olympia commemorates the gallantry and love of country on both sides. We remember the men of the Olympia as they shelled the Cavite defenses when they attacked Manila. We also remember the Filipinos who fought alongside the Spanish forces as they were beaten by the superior American guns. This event occurred 117 years ago when General Emilio Aguinaldo raised our flag in Kawit, Cavite proclaiming our independence. War is never kind on either side; yet we endure as a nation, move on, and remember those who paid their lives for our freedom. (Photos from: Sherly McLean)
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Many thoughts were running through my mind during this event. I was thinking of the sacrifices our men and women have given to our country, in particular my son Daniel, who served in Iraq. I also thought of the struggles we had to face when we chose to immigrate to America. We faced the difficulties of adjusting to a new culture and social cadence significantly different from Manila; yet we are thriving today and blessed with the opportunity to watch our children benefit from the decisions we made.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of our beloved organization and we can also reflect on the clarion call that made our leaders respond and come together to form what is now the FECGP. Balancing work and community service is never easy, but the resilient Filipino spirit continues to push forward. We have all made sacrifices to protect the foundation and milestones our founders and past leaders have created for us.
Looking towards the future, our solemn responsibility would be to fight for the preservation of FECGP in order to continue serving the interests of our people and our community. We hope that one day our children, the second generation Filipino-Americans, will take the cudgels of leadership and continue the legacy and the path that we have trodden.  It would be treason to undermine or attempt to dismantle the importance of this very revered institution. Let us work together to make it stronger and more responsive to the needs of our time.

Salamat to all of you who also attended the Independence Mass at OSAC. We were so blessed to have a large gathering in celebrating our Independence.

Our beautiful Bb. Pilipinas 2015 is Mary Cassandra Soriano Arocena daughter of Angelo and Marylou Arocena of FAAMCI, their sponsoring association.

To all the Committee Chairs, salamat for working so hard! Hoping to see you all at our Philippine Fiesta and Picnic (June 13) at the Rizal Monument in Cherry Hill.  Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat and “Mabuhay”!