A LOOK INTO FACO'S 2015
AND THE DYNAMIC TEAM BEHIND IT January 6, 2016
the first Executive Board Meeting this year, we reviewed the year
that went by - 2015. 2015 is a challenging year for FACO, as we
evolve from a social club (since 1976) to a now non-profit 501C3
organization. It is marked with vital projects to further our mission.
For youth and education, we have expanded our scholarship program
by not only having scholarships here, we also have two (2) full
scholars in the Philippines, aside from sponsoring a Tagalog classroom
in UPIS. We increased our donation to Oceanside Public Library to
$1,500 instead of $1,000. In 2016, we have bigger budget for scholarships
On Feb. 19th, we are going to turn-over to the barangay the learning
center/multi-purpose hall we built in Tacloban which cost over $16,600.
This is the result of the corroborative efforts and contribution
of the members initiated by PP Mely Sivage, the Typhoon Haiyan committee,
and all the other committees who raised funds to cover it. For cultural
promotion, we donated $5,000 to the House of the Philippines to
build a home of Philippine culture, history and arts in Balboa Park.
Now, we have Tagalog class for free to members. This completes our
cultural mission for we not only have our Cultural Day but we also
have our cultural dance group and language development class. True
to our mission, last November 15th, FACO received the 2015 Historical
Heritage Excellence Award by the San Diego Fil-Am Humanitarian Foundation
(SDFAH) . All these projects and achievements are made possible
to realize with the support of members, volunteers and the attention
to efficiency, good planning and good leadership of our executive
board and committee leaders.
We have a GOOD TEAM, a set of leaders, to help me in this transition
and to achieve our mission. To start with, let me express my gratitude
to our hardworking and dedicated EXECUTIVE BOARD. We have our Vice-President
Zucette Lumabas who has always been very supportive, knowledgeable,
hardworking and dedicated. She chairs the hospitality committee,
Pinoy Got Talent (PGT), co-chair of the two biggest events - June
event celebration and Holiday Ball; Children's Christmas Party,
Halloween, etc. Her energy is unbelievable! I am blessed to have
a very kind and equally hard-working executive secretary Dorothy
Mahimer, who diligently does the minutes, and correspondence secretary
Alexis Plaisted, who writes our Newsletter and posters. CS Alexis
shares her enormous talent as chair of the Mrs. Fil-Am and co-chair
the prestigious and much-talked about Miss Fil-Am last year. Part
of the year, we had the outstanding services of Jonathan Enerva
(who also served as director and writer of our cultural play) and
Vangie Mcneal as executive secretary and treasurer, respectively.
Recently, I have Ms. Rose Wallace who is greatly doing the arduous
task of treasurer and now, with a very able and competent assistant
Rein Hanson. Our sergeant-at-arms Pete Cruz, Johnny Sivage and Bob
Hamitlon are always there for us. Pete Cruz as our custodian is
on call 24/7. Johnny Sivage is always willing to give his help as
well. Bob Hamilton is the co-chair in June event and has full of
ideas not to mention his burning desire to serve FACO. All our male
officers are just amazing!
Now, going to our executive directors - the committees and events
are usually led by our executive directors. To start with, we have
a very dynamic and hard-working Dori Harris who as chair of the
membership committee, has been successful in increasing and motivating
the membership and holding membership meetings. She started the
Language Dev. Program and initiated fund-raising to provide free
Tagalog classes for young and adults making FACO the only association
who provides said services. She also co-chairs events like last
year's Miss Fil-Am and Mrs. Fil-Am Golden/Platinum. Dir. Malou Hamto
who is the chair for YDP had lined up activities for the youth.
Her dedication to YDP is unparalleled. With Dir. Malou is Tony Lime
whose talents are incredible and a great asset to YDP's programs
and performances. Dir. Wendy Thrower, who has outstanding organizational
skills, chair events like Mother's Day and Mrs. Fil-Am Platinum
& Golden, now in charge of marketing the website. Dir. Marilou
dela Rosa, who has vast experience with other associations and led
this association for 6 years, always have ideas and suggestions
to share when she is around for the executive board meeting and
helps FACO in getting sponsors. Dir. Virgie Flemming is always available
when needed. Her dedication is admirable, especially when she chairs
the Children's Christmas Party and co-chair the Cultural Fashion
Show. Lastly, among our directors is ex-officio PP Mely Sivage who
I admire so much for her passion for FACO. Just like PP Rica Derosier,
their love for FACO is undying and they are always there to be involved
in almost all of our events either as chair, co-chair or just members.
Hats off to these two dedicated and great past presidents of our
We are fortunate to have other committees led by great people like
Dee Weber and Nelly Taguba, chair & co-chair respectively of
the scholarship committee. These ladies are just spectacular! Our
cultural dance group chair is the very talented Enri Fulmore and
with her are two amazing co-partners, Janice Ureta-Sanchez and Esther
Each committee submits budget, plans and programs at the start of
the year and at the end of the year, we evaluate how well we did.
Each meeting, an agenda is approved and followed with reports of
the secretary, treasurer, standing and event committees; and new
concerns and plans are democratically decided upon . A good harmonious
work atmosphere can only be achieved with positivity, openness and
objectivity. It will always be focusing on the goals of the association
and just serving above self.
I can go on and on about those who are part of the team but the
members may spend an hour to read it. I may miss some or forget
to mention some important points, if so, my apologies and kindly
understand my senior moment and the extemporaneity of this write-up.
To the great team of FACO, thank you very much for making 2015 a
great year!! To the members, without your support, we cannot achieve
our mission!! Together, we continue to move forward as a strong
organization because as our motto says, "In Unity, there is
SIVAGE'S SPEECH FOR
JUNE 11TH CULTURAL DAY
reality, FIL-AM was established in 1974 by a group of few Filipinos,
mostly members of the military families. They had their first induction
ball in 1977. It was a very successful association in the beginning,
but families do move around and it did slow down during the 80's
and 90's. New people came around 2000 who were very active, devoted
with one goal in mind - to teach and promote our culture to our
younger generations. MARILOU HRUBY was our President at that time
when we decided to become partner with the Oceanside Public Library
in 2001. We become very successful. Our next president, RICA DEROSIER,
followed it through and our membership became larger, between 200
to 300 members. The reason for this success is because we established
varieties of program - such as teaching our cultural dances, introducing
our cultural costumes and clothing of different eras from different
regions of the Philippines. We also established scholarships for
our brightest and well-rounded children. We have events scheduled
during the year for our families of all ages.
Another reason for success of
these ten years are due to the hard work and planning of FIL-AM
officers and directors, participation and support of all our members,
and the most important is our partnership with the Oceanside Public
Library through Deborah Polich - the director and all her associates.
We plan and work hand-in-hand, especially our June event which is
our Cultural day coinciding with our June 12th Philippine Independence
Day and I, AMELIA SIVAGE, the President will continue the
success of this association.
FROM THE PRESIDENT 2010
Thank you to all who helped with the success of our recent
annual June event. Trying to name all of those who helped
would be risky for me as I might forget someone. So to all
the volunteers, members and all the officers of the event
,I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Words are not enough
to express how grateful I am to have such generous and able-bodied
people in this association. All of our events would not be
possible without your help.
2010 is quickly coming
to an end, and what a better way to celebrate the closing
of the year with "Parties". I am really excited
for the upcoming Annual Picnic on Sept. 26th (Saturday) from
1:00PM to 5:00PM at the Luiseno Park in Oceanside. We expect
lots of great games, entertainment and door prizes throughout
the day; also we will have our membership drive to remind
members to renew their membership and encourage our new "Kababayan"
in the area that Fil-Am Cultural Association does exist. Please
bring your friends, family and acquaintances to the picnic.
Your membership renewal to this association is very important
to the continuity of our community and group mission. I am
encouraging you to attend, so you can exercise your right
as a member and vote. The members are the foundation of the
association. I would like to extend my deepest gratitude for
your undying support and hope that we can continue the same
enthusiasm and support into 2011. This year is our election
of officers and board members for the year 2011-2012. And
if you think you could be an asset to the association, you
are welcome to step in and let us nominate you as one of the
representatives of the Fil-Am Cultural Association of North
San Diego County!
Again, thank you so much
Fil-Am Cultural Assn Of North San Diego County
FROM THE PRESIDENT 2009
evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to our 2009 Miss Fil-Am
Cultural Association of North San Diego Pageant competition.
I would like to take a moment to extend my deepest gratitude
to all the officers, members, volunteers and participants
who, without them this evening would not be possible. I also
want to give a very special welcome to our courageous pageant
candidates, their families, Guest Performers and our very
special Guest of Honor this evening Mayor Jim Wood.
Candidates, we salute you for your great effort, hard work
and sacrifices. You are all winners in the truest sense of
word. Although only one gets crowned, I want you to know that
you are individually unique and beautiful and have filled
a purpose in life that to someone else you are a Queen.
Parents, we admire
you for raising these fine candidates. Long after tonights
event is over, after one person is declared the new 2009 Miss
Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San Diego County, we
will all remember you as the instrument in making this event
a major success. We could attest on how difficult it is to
raise Filipinos in this foreign land we all learned to love.
Tonight your daughters are here to proudly assert their Filipino
identities, and to project our admirable Filipino traits and
qualities, sharing our unique culture and traditions. This
pageant competition will hopefully remind us of the Filipino
culture that we do not want our children to forget.
Judges, we thank
you for your patience. You have an enormous task ahead of
you; we hope and pray that your wisdom will guide you in making
the right decisions tonight and when the night is over, they
would have chosen the new Miss Fil-Am who is best able to
represent the whole Fil-Am community with pride.
Lastly, I would
like to thanks Pat De La Rosa Pageant Chairman, Belle Limoge
co- chair, Pam Pahnke Pageant Coordinator, Carmina Barker
assistant coordinator, Efren Abiera Jr. our choreographer,
Mrs Fil-Am 2009 and her court, Cultural Dancers, Little Miss
Fil-Am and her court, Pre-Teen Miss Fil-Am and her court,
Executive Directors, Board of Directors, Officers, Members,
Volunteers, Guest Performers, our Special guest Beverly Pestano,
Our Donors, Ted Lintan, our emcee for his undying support
to the Fil-Am and of course GySgt Galin Oliver and his marines.
To everyone in this room , thank you so much for all the support.
SALAMAT PO AT MABUHAY!!!!!
Fil-Am Cultural Assn Of North San Diego County
FROM THE PRESIDENT 2009
you again for giving me the opportunity to serve another term.
It was truly an honor
working with all of you and serving you. I have waited this
far to do this message because I wanted to cover a lot of
whats going on in the community. We have been blessed
with a lot of good and successful things like our Valentine's
Day Dinner Dance, Mother's Days Mardi Gras, Car
Wash", Bowl-A-Thon and most of all, our 8th Annual Fil-Am
event with this year's theme Express Your Culture.
Let me please extend my gratitude to everyone who graced the
occassion, young and old, who were delighted to visit the
vendors booth and food stands, while others stayed on
provided chairs, with no shade, just enjoying the overture,
the opening and welcome address for the morning crowd. Local
public Officials were present to offer their support of the
Fil-Am community; such as, Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, council
members namely, Rocky Chavez, Jack Feller, Jerome Fern and
Esther Sanchez, and the Oceanside Library Dir. Deborah Polich.
A very special thanks to the Staff of Oceanside Public Library
for their support and generosity - as the venue contributed
to the huge success of the event .l am most grateful to our
sponsoring Partner, Vendors and Donors of the event, for without
them, it will not be the same. I hope that we show them our
support by patronizing their products and services. Congratulations
to the Winners ,Chairpersons, Board of Directors, Officers,
Committees, Emcees, Hosts, Candidates, Volunteers, Performers,
Models, Participants of the Mrs Fil-Am, Pre-Teen Fil-Am, Little
Miss Fil-Am 2009 pageant, Traditional Fashion show, Showcase
UR talent, and FIL-AM Scholars. Special thanks should go to
the parents of Little Miss and Pre-teen candidates, and cultural
dancers, for giving up their weekends with undying efforts
and support to drive and be there for their siblings during
I salute Enri, Belle and
the cultural dancers, for even with only minimal weeks of
practices, had realized my goal this year to have Filipino
Cultural Dances become a part of the 8th annual event, Thank
you so much!
I would like to take this
opportunity to thank all of you, officers and members, from
the bottom of my heart, for all the support - commitment to
service - and love for community that you possess - all of
which helped in making the 8th Annual Fil-Am Celebration a
success. Without all of you, these will not take place.
Lastly, I would like to
announce our another upcoming event which will be on August
08, 2009, the MISS TEEN FIL-AM 2009" and "MISS
FIL-AM 2009" pageant and the venue will be at the Grand
Ballroom of South Mesa Club located at MCCS Camp Pendleton,
CA . For more details, please visit our website: www.filamsandiegonorthcounty.com
SALAMAT PO AT MABUHAY!!!!!
Fil-Am Cultural Assn Of North San Diego County
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT 2008
It is my pleasure to extend a heartfelt gratitude to all the help and support to make this association success. I take this opportunity to praise the officers, board members, committees and all the volunteer who have demonstrated their commitment and rendering us their undying support for making every event a success. With your focues on cultural awareness, family values, higher education, leadership, and role models, you make all Filipinos proud.
Once and for all, my special thanks to all the Parent's, for generously donating their tireless energy and efforts supporting the candidates and association during the pageant. I, salute the Mrs Fil-Am candidates for all the effort and support in raising funds to make the event a success one more. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS, JUDGES, EMCEESS, COMMITTEES, PARTICIPANTS, PARENTS AND OUR FRIENDS AT THE OCEANSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY, WE MADE IT A SUCCESS....
Candidates see you all next year and we will make it better and more enjoyable.
And don't forget to watch the Freemdom Parade June 28, 2008, Saturday at South Coast Highway, Oceanside, C.A. It starts at 10;00AM, anyone joining the parade be there by 9:00am. Volunteers, decorators and officers be there by 8:00AM.
Thank you, on behalf of the Fil-Am, I am looking to moving the association forward, with visions of greater unity among our Kababayan, and more recognition of our culture in Oceanside, San Diego County.
Maraming Salamat Po,
Salamat sa inyong Lahat!
It is my pleasure
to extend a heartfelt gratitude to you all, Mayor Jim Wood
of Oceanside & counsel members, Deborah Polich and Staff
of Oceanside Library, KOCT director , production staff, Chef
Larry Banares for making the June 9th 2007 event a success.
I take this opportunity to praise the officers, board members,
committees and all the volunteers who have demonstrated their
commitment and rendering us their support for making this
event another success. With your focus on cultural awareness,
family values, higher education, leadership, and role models,
you make all Filipinos proud.
All the pageant candidates
put me in tears as I watched them on stage, for the fact that,
at this young age, they had shown professionalism. I salute
these girls and Alex Tuazon for all their long hard work at
the rehearsals, and to me, they are all winners!
And last but not
the least, a feeling of mixed excitement and anxiety, I am
excited to take over from my predecessor, Marilou Hruby, who
left the Fil-Am presidency with great legacy. She led the
fledgling association and proved that it is a legitimate group,
ultimately capping her successful term with an election of
officers. Thank you, on behalf of the Fil-Am group! I am looking
forward to moving the association forward, with visions of
greater unity among our Kababayan, and more recognition of
our culture in San Diego County.
It is my pleasure to extend
a heartfelt welcome to everyone viewing this website. I would like
to take this opportunity to praise the officers, board members,
and all the active members and volunteers who have demonstrated
their commitment and worked together to be an integral part of our
On behalf of the Fil-Am
Cultural Association of North San Diego County, I would like to
invite everyone especially our kababayan on our 6th
Annual Filipino Proclamation day and to honor our Filipino-American
healthcare providers on Jun 09, 2007 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at the
Oceanside Public Library. You can find more info on this website:
I am honored, excited and
very thankful to Belle Limoge, Jess Lego and our computer tech in
the Philippines, Jonjon Arcilla, for putting this website together
for our kababayan to view. My special thanks to Nelly Taguba, Ray
Pura, Mely Sivage and Marilou Hruby for contributing data about
the history of the Association.
My sincerest gratitude
to City of Oceanside, Mayor of Oceanside, Officers and Board members,
Oceanside Public Library, KOCT, the business community, our sponsors
and several donors who always extend a helping hand to make our
June 9th event a success!