Oliva Arden Foronda Bragitikos, ICAGP Little Miss Philippines 2017

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The Ilocano Cultural Association of Greater Philadelphia will be celebrating their annual Little Miss Philippines event on August 5, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Trevose, PA. According to President Fernando Dacanay the association is busy working and putting together a wonderful program for their gala event.

This years Little Miss Philippines title holder is the beautiful granddaughter of Paquito and Filomena Foronda, maternal grandparents; and is the founding president of this prestigious and pioneering organization in our area from Jeffersonville, PA.

Olivia was born in 2003 in Philadelphia, PA.  She lives with her parents Chuck and Evangeline and her older brother, David, in Wyndmoor PA.  Her paternal grandparents are Angelo and Evangelia Bragitikos who live in Lafayette Hill, PA.

Olivia is a straight-A student at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, where she is a rising 8th grader.  She regularly attends Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting and participates the children’s program at their annual Quaker gatherings.

Olivia is an all-around student.  Her favorite subjects are English, Math, Choir and Art.  She enjoys speaking Mandarin Chinese and is looking forward to a school trip to China in high school.  She was recently cast as Kaa in the middle school’s performance of The Jungle Book.  She plays on the school’s varsity lacrosse and field hockey teams.  She also enjoys being physically active playing in summer lacrosse and field hockey clinics, taking yoga and barre classes with her friends, and playing ping pong, paddle ball and foosball.

In her free time, Olivia mostly enjoys hanging out with family and friends.  She especially enjoys music.  She spends much of her time singing, composing music, and playing the piano, guitar and ukulele.  One of the highlights of the year was going to see Hamilton: The American Musical on Broadway.  She is musically inspired by Julie Andrews, Nora Jones, and Tori Kelly.  Her favorite movies include: The Sound of Music, movies by Hayao Miyazaki, and Interstellar.  She also loves astronomy and enjoys going to the Franklin Institute’s Planetarium.  She is really looking forward to watching the Solar Eclipse on August 21st!  Olivia also enjoys hiking, fishing, swimming, beachcombing, drawing, painting and making friendship bracelets!

Olivia has a great love of animals.  She enjoyed taking care of cows, pigs, chickens, bunnies, goats, and alpacas at Journey’s End Farm Camp for many summers since she was 4-years-old.  Olivia’s love of dogs and cats inspired her to lead fundraisers for the SPCA.

Olivia has quite an adventurous spirit.  She has traveled nationally and internationally.  She most recently traveled to Spain and sailed the British Virgin Islands, which instilled in her a love of sailing, snorkeling and marine life.  Olivia would like to someday live on a sailboat and travel more of the world to learn about different cultures.

Olivia plans to continue her musical studies and would like to someday attend music school.

Finally, Olivia and her family would like to thank the ICAGP officers and community for the honor of being crowned Little Miss Philippines 2017 and wishes more power to this amazing organization and to President Fernando Dacanay.

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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.

 

 

 

Dr. Jose B. Chatto, 1942 – 2017

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Jose B. Chatto, M.D., served the State medical field for 25 yrs., age 74 yrs of Berlin passed away on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was the founder and first president of the Cebu Association of America (CAUSA). He also served as Vice President of the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia.

He is predeceased by his parents, Eng. Vicente and Filomena Chatto, RN (nee Bernaldez).

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mela L. Chatto, RN, BSN (nee Ligan); loving daughter, Janice Boyle and her husband Brian; granddaughter, Alyssa Boyle, a student at Drexel University majoring in Business and Marketing and his sister-in-law, Myrna M. Ligan, a renowned International Concert Pianist.

Relatives and friends are invited to Jose’s viewing on Thursday, June 8th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at LeRoy P. Wooster Funeral Home, 441 White Horse Pike, Atco, NJ. A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Friday, June 9th at 10am at Christ the Redeemer Parish (Assumption Church), 318 Carl Hasselhan Drive, Atco, NJ. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Cedar Brook.

Earlier this year we also said goodbye to two other community leaders in our area: Dr. Alex Almario, past president of FASSJ and Mr. Jose Magana, past president of the FECGP.

Linkages Strengthened between RP and Vietnam

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(PCGNY) Consul General Theresa Dizon-De Vega met with the head of the Consulate of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in New York, Consul Nguyen Thanh Thuy to introduce herself early in her tenure as Consul General.

Consul General De Vega and Consul Nguyen discussed the state of Philippines-Vietnam Bilateral Relations and common concerns as well as their respective initiatives in the US Northeast Region.

They spoke about the recent successful Visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to Vietnam in September 2016 and how this augurs well for moving the bilateral relations forward.

Consul General De Vega discussed with her Vietnamese counterpart the thematic priorities for the Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN as well as the commemorative events marking the 50th Anniversary of the regional grouping.

They likewise exchanged ideas on possible ASEAN 50th Anniversary commemorative activities to be held in New York by the different ASEAN Member countries’ Consulates.

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As part of our efforts to establish closer linkages with other Consulates General in New York including our Asian neighbors and ASEAN Dialogue Partners I called on the Consul General of China Madam Zhang Qiyue to discuss our bilateral relations, ASEAN, and common concerns and work in the US Northeast. CG Zhang Qiyue was former Amb to Belgium & Foreign Ministry Spokesperso.

From the President: Maligayang Pasko sa Inyong Lahat!

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FECGP President Nida Imperial and Family.

Christmas is a wonderful time for all of us to unwind and reflect on a year that is about to expire. With the celebration also comes the appreciation that the significance of Christmas is far beyond the joyous occasion and the gift giving: it symbolizes our renewed faith in the goodness of humanity and our gratefulness upon this great country that we have chosen to be our second home and home of our children.

The FECGP along with its Executive  Board, Member Associations and Affiliates wish to greet one and all a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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This Christmas season, I had the opportunity to be with our local Fil-Am leaders in the many church related activities. One that touched my heart is the gift-giving we had at Olde St. Agustins’s and Our Lady of Hope.  Thanks to all donors and volunteers! The thought that we have leaders who think beyond themselves and extend a hand to help others who are needy and indigent gave a whole new meaning to a commercially-driven Christmas that we have been so accustomed to.

Maraming Salamat sa inyong lahat and my the blessings of God be upon our Fil-Am communities across our areas, to our beloved country: the great United States.

President Nida Imperial

(Photos of gift giving will be posted soon.)

Happy Thanksgiving to all

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Happy Thanksgiving Day to all.  This is a special day where we all temporarily stop to ponder and appreciate the goodness of God into our lives.

We came to this great country many years ago; we started our families and now many of us are enjoying not only our children but grandchildren as well.  We also did our part to become part of the very fiber of what makes the great American social landscape.

Filipino-Americans have indeed made great contributions to the many communities where they live. With the many associations that we have and the many charities that we have supported; the home parishes that have become anchors for our spiritual lives thereby raising our children to become faithful to God, just like our parents have taught us.

So enjoy the barbecue, enjoy the great and sumptuous food, enjoy the turkey that you so lovingly basted and made golden brown and crispy so your friends will be happy in your great backyard party! Hopefully the weather will not be that cold!

On behalf of the FECGP, its officers and Member Associations I send you my sincerest greeting and hope to see you soon in the many events happening this December.

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Nida Imperial, FECGP President