FASSJ

Message from the New FASSJ President

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Hermie S. Aczon FASSJ President 2015-2017

It’s a great honor on my part to be trusted to lead FASSJ, an organization with stellar accomplishments and deep involvements in the life of our Filipino-American community and the life of our great State of New Jersey.

With my new set of officers, I am confident that the aim, projects and purposes aligned by FASSJ for now and in the future will be accomplished; thanks to the commitment of all on my Team and the able support of our Board of Advisers.

I call upon the general membership of FASSJ to communicate with me your concerns and whenever possible if you can attend our lively meetings, please do so.

With our membership to the FECGP, we can bring our commitment to further promote our general agenda in line with the vision of what we need to attain on a higher level.  My experience as a two-term president made me realize that there is a lot we can do for our community: it is simply a matter of commitment and a conviction that these can be attained by pulling ourselves together.

Allow me to wish you all a wonderful Fall season and a wonderful time for Thanksgiving with your family and friends.

Hermie S. Aczon
FASSJ President

FASSJ is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey, February 27, 1980. Click here to view documents.

 

Background Information

The FASSJ Logo

Logo fassj original by boots COLORThe FASSJ logo was re-designed in 2000 upon the request of the membership to keep with a more up to date image and in celebration of the millennium. The new design was done by Mr. Raymundo “Boots” Benitez who has architectural and design background.

The flags of the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines are shown intertwined symbolizing the unity of the aspirations of the two nations and their people. The date “1974” is shown at the bottom indicating the year the society was founded.
The seal of the township of Cherry Hill in New Jersey on the left side indicates the place where the society was founded, in the Kingston area to be more precise. The Filipino Ameri­can Society of South Jersey is a bona-fide Cherry Hill Township association. Emblazoned on the right side of the logo is the FASSJ chorale group logo. For years, the chorale group members have been the core of the association and other associations as well. The laurel leaves symbolize the triumph of perseverance and hard work over adversity.

THE FASSJ LOGO

The FASSJ logo was re-designed in 2000 upon the request of the membership to keep with a more up to date image and in celebration of the millennium. The new design was done by Mr. Raymundo “Boots” Benitez who has architectural and design background.

The flags of the United States of America and the Republic of the Philippines are shown intertwined symbolizing the unity of the aspirations of the two nations and their people. The date “1974” is shown at the bottom indicating the year the society was founded.
The seal of the township of Cherry Hill in New Jersey on the left side indicates the place where the society was founded, in the Kingston area to be more precise. The Filipino Ameri­can Society of South Jersey is a bona-fide Cherry Hill Township association. Emblazoned on the right side of the logo is the FASSJ chorale group logo. For years, the chorale group members have been the core of the association and other associations as well. The laurel leaves symbolize the triumph of perseverance and hard work over adversity.

THE FASSJ CHORALE GROUP LOGO
Again, designed in the year 2000 by Mr. Ray Benitez, the two flags indicate the unity of its people. The chorale group renders both Filipino and American songs. A lyre is emblazoned in the center, a fitting symbol of music and below it, is”i976″, the year the chorale group was formed. The word “Himig Filipino” is in consonance with the style the songs are rendered, in the rhythm, pulse and celebration of the kundiman. The style, unique in its own, is applied whether the song is in Filipino or American. A small bahay kubo is shown on top in remembrance and nostalgia of Philippine life and music. The laurel leaves signify the triumph of music over diversity and cultural differences.

THE ANNUAL FASSJ VALENTINES BALL
This is the primary fund raising event of FASSJ. Yearly, a young woman is chosen to reign as Miss Valentine. Upon coronation, she becomes the ambassador of goodwill of the association to other activities of the commu­nity. Numerous FASSJ queens have gone on to life to become successful professionals, leaders, homemakers, and models of high moral standards.

Proceeds from the affair are used to support our ongoing goal of acquiring educational materials about the Philippines. Currently, our collection of books and audio-visual materials are housed at the Cherry Hill Public Library and are open for public use. FASSJ supports also charitable organizations both in the Philippines and the United States. Some examples of beneficiaries include the American Red Cross, Archway Foundation, Philippine National Red Cross, Bantay-Bata Foundation and this year, FASSJ embraced and committed itself to help GAWAD KALINGA. Donations had been sent to the earthquake victims in the Philippines, Katrina victims in New Or­leans and tsunami victims in Indonesia.

FASSJ also donated substantial contributions to the Jose Rizal Monument Fund and the PCSNJ Community Center. On the lighter side, the association sponsors a free Christmas party for both adults and children, a summer picnic for members and their families and participation in the Independence Day celebration in Cooper River Park.

Through the years, numerous beneficiaries of these funds include sponsorship of athletic teams, informational seminars at the CHPL, Philippine cultural programs for the township and other local activities. FASSJ supports also the Filipino Executive Council of Greater Philadelphia, being one of the original associations involved in its conception.

FASSJ LOVE AWARD
2008 marks the inclusion of the LOVE AWARD in to the celebration. The LOVE AWARD carries one criteria only- dedicated and selfless community service. The award is given regardless of educational, professional and personal attainment, political or civic affiliations, religion, and status in life. There is only one awardee every year.

This is how FASSJ converts the love generated on Valentines Day… to the love and service of humanity in its own little way.

“ THE NOBLEST MOTIVE IS THE PUBLIC GOOD “

virgie luz2015’s Love Awardee is Mrs. Virgie Olivar Luz. “Virgie” has so many accomplishments – I am only going to skim the surface of the list… Director-FAAPI Youth Group, Founder of MUTYA, President-FAAPI, President-Philadelphia Filipino American Lioness Club, Mother of the Year, Outstanding Filipino in the Delaware Valley, Humanitarian Service Award from the Heritage Commission of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2004 inductee into the Asian American Hall of Fame for Community Service in Chicago, sponsor of Filipino artist, singer with St. Augustine Choir and St. David the King Filipino Choir, founder of high school alumni association.  But her family feels that her most significant contribution is a wife, mother (of 3), mother-in-law (of 3) and grandmother (of 6).

kayla and court

Miss Valentine 2014 and her escort pose with previous FASSJ Miss Valentines in attendance at her coronation. From left to right, they are: Miss Valentine 2010 – Miss Stephanie Wilson, Escort Mr. Wiley Thompson, Miss Valentine 2014 – Miss Kyla Beth Fields, Miss Valentine 2005 – Miss Kristine Reclusado, Miss Valentine 2013 – Miss Jade Cueto Miller and Miss Valentine 2008 – Miss Jenica Cueto Balmes.

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virie receives award

Virgie Luz is presented the LOVE Award by Dr. Alex and Dr. Elsie Almario (LOVE Awardees 2008).

 

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