(6) young, lovely and vibrant ladies competed for the coveted
title of Mrs. FIL-AM 2011. These ladies are the ambassadors
of goodwill of the association as they promote the organization
and solicit funds for the organizations projects.
Mrs. Fil-Am Committee Chair WENDY THROWER with (from left
to right) 3rd Runner-Up GINA NABONG, 4th Runner-Up MICHELLE
ALCANTARA, 5TH Runner-Up LUZ "BALOT" McCUNE, MRS.
FIL-AM 2011 LILY PICKENS, 1st Runner-Up JACKIE LAZAGA, 2nd
Runner-Up THERESA LABONTE and Mrs. Fil-Am 2010 ROSE WALLACE.
MRS. FIL-AM 2011 LILY PICKENS
question "who will be crowned Mrs. Fil-Am 2011?"
was in everyone's head as the candidates await for the results.
And the winner is ..
Farewell Walk of Mrs. Fil-AM 2010 Rose Wallace
Mrs. Fil-Am 2010 ROSE WALLACE did her farewell walk and
she crowned her successor.
and Presentation of the Candidates
presentation started where all the candidates walked in
their casual attire as a short introduction about them is
heard on the background.
candidates in the laid-back poses.
Long Gown Competition
candidates presented themselves elegantly during the long
beautiful ladies holding hands together which shows that
this is a very friendly competition. It also means that
it's not just honor and prestige a candidate earns but most
The Entertainers provided by
star, Fil-Am singer and composer JOEL MENDOZA serenaded the candidates.
Host for the segment was talented TED LINTAN.
Edith Eguarras Pickens
to all of her friends, she is a resident of Oceanside
California for many years. A business entrepreneur,
owner of in-home-care Agency for Elderly Care giving.
She is strong socialite figure, a single mother.
She also loves to cook and enjoy the company of
her family and friends. Her hobbies are: dancing,
bowling, music, singing and enjoys outdoors activities
like walking and water sports like swimming. She
has assertive and outgoing personality and love
to live her life to the fullest and always a giver.
Thanks: Ormocanon International Organization,
Credito Business Sevices, Ms Lorna Grande, Danilo
Eguarras, Raul Padayao, Kristina Mercado, Aron Danaog,
All Staff of Ventana Adult Care Facility, Matt Dalde,
Elma Mendoza,Nenette Litas Fish Market.
was born in San Pedro Laguna. She was a graduate in
Business Administration in St. Paul College of Manila.
Her husband is a retired Navy and have two sons named
Mark who is 28 years old and Sonny James who is 19
years old and a daughter named Katrina who is 23 years
old. Her dad is also a retired US Navy and her loving
Aunt Victorina lives with her. She enjoys living in
Oceanside since 1996. She works in Naval Hospital
Camp Pendleton in Materiel Management Department.
Her words of wisdoms are: Always smile our faces are
the best billboards where the ads of life are seen.
Life is not a problem to be solved but a gift to be
enjoyed. You can buy many things but there are three
priceless things you can never buy: Love, Friendship
and Happiness. Be happy with what you have, while
working for what you want. Remember a happy and successful
life begins with God and ends for God. Find joy in
every simple thing and see beauty in every situation.
When times are difficult, remember that no pain comes
without a purpose.
Special Thanks: Mrs. Virgie Saguing,
Mrs. Gina Saguing. Innovation Hair Salon (Shirley),
Dr. Mari car Galdiano (DDS), Mission Asian Market
& Café (Liz and Marcel Holandez), Mission
Oriental (Tess), Litas Fish Market (Tess), 76
Gas Station/Auto Shop (MOH) , Jun Credito Business
Services, George Barreto Fil-Am Marine Association
President , Manhattan Pizza (Jackie Ortega, Mrs.Fil-Am
2008), Rose Wallace (Mrs. Fil-Am 2010), Jennilyn Esguera
(Mrs. Fil-Am 1st Runner up 2009), Tri-City Tire &
Automotive (Robert Bartolo)
Theresa Purvis Labonte
was born on May 5, 1964 in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija.
She is the youngest of 4 siblings. Her family moved
to the US when she was seven years old. Since her
father was a Navy Corpsman, they lived in several
locations before finally settling in San Diego, CA.
where Theresa attended Grade School through High School.
She started her 16 and half year employment with the
Navy Exchange System as administrative clerk. She
held several positions that later lead to an Operations
Supervisor. During that time she received her degree
in Marketing. She accepted a position transfer to
Virginia Beach, VA in 1998 as Financial Planner where
she met her future husband Alan Labonte, a Naval Officer.
They married in 2006. After living at different duty
stations, the Navy has brought them to Southern California,
where most of Theresas families reside and where
they hope to retire. In her spare time, Theresa enjoys
stamping, scrapbooking and creating DVDs of pictures
taken of her family and friends. Her favorite quotes:
Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that
it will never begin. ~ Grace Hansen~ Promise me you'll
always remember: You're braver than you believe, and
stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think
~ Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh
Special Thanks: Celia Townsley, Ligaya
Daniels, Dorothy Mahimer, Linda Freeman & Phillip
and spending time with her friends. She also loves
to organize, cook, and scrabble. Gina was born with
a twin sister Juries N. Hedman. In 1984 she came to
Oahu Hawaii, she graduated at Waianae High School
in 1985. In 1996, she went to San Diego to work in
a bank temp agency and earned her degree in Bachelor
of Arts in business as an Administrative Assistant
from Harding University, Searcy, Arkansas. The year
1998 she went back home to Hawaii. In 2005 resides
at San Diego for better opportunities and took six
months training of Medical Front Desk w/ Billing Codes
followed Customer Service Center Call. She lived in
Los Angeles from 2008 to 2010 and worked as a personal
banker. Finally this year, she is back to where she
belongs, to her family, friends in San Diego the sunny
and friendly city.
Special Thanks: Nancy Ortiz, Virgie
Flemming, David Johnson, Lou Dailey, Groove Style
Barber, Greg Daily, Jones family, Sorbi Flying School,
Randy,Nina, Juries Hedman, Benita,Mark, Josephine
White, Jallyn Sualog and Family,Genciana Family, Alexander
Nabong,Lyn, Angie,Sues Family ,Carol, Jennilyn, Jonathan,
Cita and the rest of Fil-Am San Diego and San Diego
is a resident of Temecula California. She was born
in St. Lukes Hospital located in Quezon City,
Philippines. She attended college in University of
Santo Tomas, Manila. She is the eldest child among
three children and happily married to Done Alcantara
a retired US Navy. They are blessed with four wonderful
children, two boys, ages 18 and 10 and two girls,
ages 16 and 13 years old. She works at Great Oaks
High School in Temecula. Her hobbies are cooking,
spending time with her family, and gardening. During
her free time, she volunteers at her childrens
schools and help them out with their community service
Her favorite quote: There are many wonderful
things that will never be done if you do not do them.
Charles D. Gil
Special Thanks: Our Lord
above, My mom, Noel Guanzon, Director of Sales Temecula
(Balot) Mc Cune
McCune, who also known as "Balot" was born
in Quezon City, Philippines, she grew up in Ft. Bonifacio,
Makati. Balot attended the University of the Philippines
and studied Fine Arts. She and her husband, Morgan
McCune, have been married for 19 years. Her family
has lived in Redondo Beach and Oceanside, California
for 16 years. Balot is a hard working mother of three
that loves to be with her children; Monica, Morgan
and Mia. In addition to working for Scripps Healthcare
for 13 years, Balot enjoys art, working out at the
gym and riding along the pacific coast on her motorcycle.
Special Thanks: Fil-Am Officers and
Board of Directors and Wendy Thrower, Pageant Chair
Soliman is a Delaware-based photographer specializing
in documentary photography. With 12 years of experience
as a newspaper photographer and a photography director,
Ron has earned awards from the National Press Photographers
Association, Press Photographers Association of greater
Los Angeles and other journalism organizations for
his photography. Switching gear from the newspaper
worlds, Ron has found his passion in documenting weddings
around the world everywhere his camera takes him.
He loves what he does and it shows on the energy he
brings into every wedding he covers. Ron was ranked
the Top 16 wedding photo journalist in the World by
Wedding Photographers International Association. Rons
works have been published at Times magazine, American
Photo Magazine, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons
magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Sports
Illustrated, USA Today, etc. To view his latest projects,
please visit http://www.litratophoto.com/blog/
Hamto, 23 years old, a resident of Oceanside California.
She took photography classes in Mira Costa College
and graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Sociology
from California State San Marcos year 2010. She enjoys
photography and traveling. She currently works as
a Chiropractic assistant in Encinitas, California.
Tyler Macy grew up on the east coast and went to
art school in Portland, Maine. There he received a Bachelor
of Fine Arts in Photography. He currently works as a
Manager for Kodak at Legoland, California.
Best Evening Gown Award Judges
Wallace, Mrs. Fil-am 2010
Virgie Flemming, Mrs. Fil-am 1st runner up
Jackie Ortega, Mrs. Fil-Am 2008
Pageantry Spirit Award Judges: The Fil-Am BOD and
Officers Mrs. Mely Sivage, President & Mrs. Cita
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