AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING - EVERY THIRD SATURDAY
OF THE MONTH
- 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM.
EVERY OTHER MONTH
GENERAL MEETING - On the THIRD SATURDAY OF FEBRUARY,
APRIL, JUNE, AUGUST, OCTOBER, DECEMBER from 1 pm to
4 pm - Members and guests are encouraged
to attend this meeting with the officers and directors
of the association.
FOR ABOVE MEETINGS: COMMUNITY ROOM OF MISSION
BRANCH LIBRARY located at 3861 Mission Avenue, Oceanside,
(between library entrance and Oceanside Police Department)
& Announcement by ZUCETTE LUMABAS
Birthday lovely Treasurer Rose Wallace. We sang to her at the
awesome FACO board meeting ran by amazing President Rein Hanson.
It was fun to sing and socialized after the meeting.
Zucette Lumabas FACO CS & Networking Chair
deepest thanks and appreciation to Oceanside Mayor Peter Weiss
for his excellent performance, singing and playing the guitar
and outstanding participation by presenting the Hiyas awards to
the prestigious honorees at the FACO Hiyas Awards Gala and making
them welcome. Mayor Weiss was presented with an appreciation trophy
By Zucette Lumabas FACO CS & Networking Chair.
deepest thanks and appreciation to amazing former Mayor Jim Wood
for the marvelous support he has given FACO and Hiyas Award through
these years. He was presented with a trophy of appreciation on
November 16, 2018. I was very glad to see former Mayor Jim Wood,
his beautiful wife and lovely sister in law. Thank you all for
your awesome hospitality. We are blessed to know you all. By Zucette
Lumabas FACO CS & Networking
with a Cop - 10/31/18
with a Cop hosted by Oceanside Chamber of Commerce was a
very successful event. There was a lot of people who connected
with our heroes the Oceanside Police Department. Were thankful
to our heroes OPD for everything good they do, protecting lives
and properties, keeping us safe. Im happy to see OPD Chief
Frank McCoy with his very sweet smile. I was so glad to see handsome
#1 Capt. Fred Armijo who had a very intent conversation with the
community. It was great to learn from him. Homelessness is a problem
to everyone. We hope to help them in our own way. Lt. Taurino
Valdovinos handsome #2 was accepting and friendly, no complaint.
Handsome #3 Capt. Sean Marchand said as long as hes in the
single digit hes fine. Hes confident. When I first
came everyone was engaged in deep conversation with the guests.
Thank you Officer Adam Stingley for welcoming me. Nice to meet
Officer Eugene Gruntowicz motorcycle cop. Officer Tom Cahill Handsome
#5 was happy to have a ranking was also busy conversing with the
community. It was so wonderful to see them all connecting with
the community. Cops had conversation with guests and answered
their questions. It was a relaxed atmosphere. One feels protected
knowing theyre out there. Our deepest thanks and gratitude!
May God bless you and keep you all safe. We also talked about
Hiyas Awards Gala. Thank you Sea Jay for taking these beautiful
Annual Hiyas Awards Gala at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa -
October 21, 2018
by President:Chair Rein Hanson
Now it can be told, the 6th Hiyas Awards was a huge success and
set a record in FACO history with the highest number of awardees,
unparallelled glamour, great food and fantastic entertainment.
On behalf of the FACO, I would like to thank all the people behind
the scenes for the huge success of the Hiyas.
Firstly, from all the 33 honorees who supported, contributed and
came from far and near to join in the most prestigious Hiyas Awards
ever, with the deepest appreciation we give our Greatest thanks
Agnes Higley, Alice Vitug, Bernadette Allessandri, Atty Grace
Tenorio, Detective James Ferrer and the Oceanside Firefighters
Association (OFA) of the Humanity Honorees.
Benjie Benas, Janzel Evangelista, Marie Waite, Baby Go, and Igrafix
of the Industry Honorees.
Angelina Flemming, Nathalie Andrei Barry, Allesja Morales, Jeanelle
Serquina, Michael Keith of the Youth Honorees.
Jun Guzman, Carl Andrada, Tony Garcia, Malou Toler, William Regular,
Alyn Duncan, Eliza Cortez, FACO-CDG, Aljess Bernardo and The 3rd
Degree Band from our Arts Honorees.
Catherine Enriquez, Venus Marin, Dra. Susan Lim, Camille Agbayani,
Dr. Florante Noble, Rene Pascual Laceste and Dr. Ben Camacho of
the Sciences Honorees.
Secondly, to the presenters headed by Mayor Peter Weiss of Oceanside,
Marc Manlapaz, Jade Hanson, Miss Filam 2017 Mariah Grace Fulinara,
and Mutya Ng Pilipinas SoCal 2018 Allison Lorenzo.
Thirdly, to the hosts and performers led by our very own Mrs Filam
2018 Tiffany Hernandez, Suzanne Perez and Raffy Constantino. With
the amazing high caliber performances from Allesja Morales, Joseph
Buenaflor, Mayor Peter Weiss, Malou Toler, Jeanelle Serquina,
Michael Keith, Jimmy Regino and The 3rd Degree Band.
Of course the ever amazing technical setup by DJ Aljess Bernardo
(A8 Creatives), Bobby Crisostomo on photography and Melissa Whipple
on videography, media press and other technical volunteers.
Special thanks to ABS-CBN Foundation representatives Jerry Bennet,
Maricel Vest and Steve Angeles of Balitang Amerika TFC. Special
thanks to Benjie Benas for sponsoring a door prize of a Caribbean
cruise for 2 and Debra Ayala of Westin Carlsbad Hotel and Spa
for the wonderful service as always.
Last but not least, to the 2018 Hiyas Team. They are the ones
who worked so hard from day 1 of planning to the last second of
the event, namely; Belle Limogeco chair and founder of the
Hiyas Awards, Zucette Lumabas-the grand slam queen of the night,
Dorothy Mahimer, Sheila Butler, Rose Wallace, JM Ureta, Bob Hamilton,
Virgie Flemming, Enri Fulmore and Ed Bagon. And of course to my
husband Tom Hanson for supporting and letting me work and steal
the family time to spend in FACO.
This years proceeds were awarded to the Adopt-A-School projects
in the Philippines in collaboration with ABS-CBN Foundation International
represented by Jerry Bennet. One in Calawitan National High School
of Idelfonso Bulacan and Looc Elementary School of Balete, Batangas.
School recipients received $10,000 each for library projects,
which will include the building, books, tables, chairs and computers.
Again, from the bottom of my heart, Thank you very much and May
God Bless Us all Always!
celebrates October Birthday. October 9, 2018
Birthday gorgeous Sheila Frances ! We greeted her at the marvelous
FACO board meeting presided by our amazing President Rein Hanson
on October 9, 2018. It was a very productive meeting, fun, exciting
and had great camaraderie.
by Zucette Lumabas FACO CS & Networking Chair
Honor Guard event 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony September
was a very solemn event by Oceanside Fire Department Honor Guards
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held at the City of Oceanside-
Government on September 11, 2018. It was very touching remembering
those who died, first responders Firefighters, Police, Medical
personnel, civilians. A very stirring speech was given by OFD
Fire Chief Rick Robinson, gave the meaning of the 3 bells rings
x3, amazing Color Guards, bugle played by multitalented FF PM
Honor Guard Dan Karrer, marvelous singing by Denise Saiz of the
National Anthem, great emcee, attended by our heroes OFA &
OPD, Honor Guard Captain Ron Owens, OFD Deputy Chief Joe Brown,
Battalion Chief Jess Specht, Captain/OFA VP Tim Scott, Captain/OCFC
Director Christian Boulan, Capt. Mark Finstuan, FF PM Kris Kaminski,
FF PM Kellen Harris, OFD Andy Stotts, OPD Police Chief Frank McCoy,
Capt. Fred Armijo, Capt. Sean Marchand, Officer Bob Moore, Council
Members Esther Sanchez, Jack Feller, several city personnel to
name a few. by Zucette Lumabas Bsn FACO Correspondence Secretary
& Networking Chair.
Birthday President Rein Hanson.
celebrated September birthday awesome President Rein Hanson in
August at the board meeting. We wish her many returns of the wonderful
day. By Zucette Lumabas FACO Correspondence Secretary &
Labor Day to OFD/OFA. September 1, 2018
Labor Day to our heroes OFD/OFA.
A very happy birthday to our amazing hero Kris Kaminski! Wow!
Awesome Jacob Chambers was really ready and sang in his tenor
voice the Bday song! I almost swooned. A big shout out to our
heroes OFD/OFA, OFD Fire Chief Rick Robinson, OFA President/OFD
Capt. David Overton, FF/PM OFA Treasurer Jacob Chambers, FF/PM
Kris Kaminski, Gareth Safe, Kevin Levasque, Capt. Wes McGee, Eng.
Corey Hawk, Capt. Blake Dorst, Daniel Browne, Kevin Lewis, Nick,
Austin, Scotty, James, Brian, Clint, Derrick to name a few for
everything good you do for the community, making sure the community
is safe, saving lives and properties, rescue, fire control, teaching
us to be safe! Our deepest thanks and gratitude. May the Good
Lord keep you all safe always. It was great to see Suzette Kaminski,
her daughter and mom Arsie Steele. We talked about the 6th Hiyas
Award Gala where OFA had been a great support. They were visited
by FACO member Jacqueline Lazaga and Zucette Lumabas FACO CS and
donated to the Oceanside Mission Branch Library
August 23, 2018
Cultural Organization (FACO) donated to the Oceanside Mission
Branch Library to buy tables. We would like to take this opportunity
to thank them for everything good they do for the community. They
provided a place for people of different ages and from all walks
of life, a place to learn and enjoy. Our deepest thanks and gratitude
for all you have done. By Zucette Lumabas FACO CS and Networking
Cultural Dance Group (CDG) was given a Certificate of Participation
by San Diego Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma Foundation Southern
California at Liberty Station, San Diego on July 21, 2018. Congratulations
and thank you Agnes Fernandez by arranging with the foundation
and also performing with Belle Limoge, Enri Fulmore, Esther Adversalo,
Rose Wallace, Janice Ureta-Sanchez, Sheila Frances, Lizette Jones,
Angelina Fleming, Angie Best, John, Lazarus Boys to name a few.
Another stellar performance by the awesome FACO CDG. Reported
by Zucette Lumabas Correspondence Secretary & Networking Chair
and July birthday celebrants Bob Hamilton, Belle Limoge and Rica
Derosier had a combined celebration at the FACO Board meeting
onJuly 2, 2018 at the Oceanside Mission Branch Library.
was a wonderful day indeed! We watched beautiful, talented, intelligent,
great leader, awesome, generous, compassionate, classy Belle Limoge
crowned Fiesta Hermana Mayora! Congratulations!!! Congratulations
Maireen Barnachea! The FACO CDG were amazing. They wowed the audience.
Fresas Flores Balistreri was awesome as the emcee, the program
flowed smoothly. Alessja Morales was in her element, emceeing
and singing to the delight of the audience. The singers were fantastic.
Our prayers for Dr. Yorobe's husband. Still she put out a grand
event! It was well attended by dignitaries, officers, prominent
members of the community, talented guests, cheering squad. Yummy
food by Yolanda Morales, very feeling and delicious, thank you!
Congratulations and thank you to the organizers, recipients, volunteers,
and everyone who contributed to make the event a success! Kudos!
By Zucette Lumabas Correspondence Secretary & Networking Chair.
FILIPINIANA 2018 held on June 24, 2018 at the Philippine Library
& Historical Heritage Museum in Gaslamp District, San Diego
was an event to remember. This is a showcase of Philippine Arts,
Culture, History, Heritage & Tradition. Thank you Dra Yorobe,
Founder and Executive Director of San Diego Fil American Humanitarian
Foundation, Inc (SDFAHF) and the nominating committee for giving
me the honor as Hermana Mayora. Congratulations to Dra Yorobe
and the Fiesta Filipiniana Committee for a successful event! My
deepest gratitude to my family for their love and support Hank
and Marc Manlapaz, and to my dear rriends w Dr. Ida Alfonso, Dr
Maria Carmelita Galdiano, Zucette Lumabas Bsn, dr Tess Mauricio,
Atty Valerie Garcia Hong, Cris Deguzman, Eduardo Bagon, Dra Belen
Clark, Esther Francia Adversalo, Alice Marfil Velasco, Mely Sivage,
Audie de Castro, Alexis Lauren Plaisted, Jonathan R. Enerva, Enri
Pisco Fulmore, Emily Smith, Sheila Frances, Rein Hanson, Zeny
Austria Cruz Nowroozi, Rose Wallace, Lennie Pisco and Leny Bulaclac.
It was a delight to be part of the audience for the first time
and see the FACO's cultural dancers perform. Thank you also for
gracing the event Consul Rea Oreta and the Phil. Consulate staff
Wilma Bautista, Ana Rose Rivera and Edgardo Lim and San Diego's
District 9 Councilmember Chris Ward ; Dr. James Lee, Joe Garbanzos,
Florence Garbanzos, Thomas Hanson, Myrna TF Reyes, Dindo de Guzman,
Mrs. Fil-Am 2018 Tiffany Hernandez. The space is limited so no.
of guests invited is limited . Thank you Yolanda Morales for the
outstanding food and to Alessja Morales for being an outstanding
performer and emcee! Also commendable are the overall chairpersons
- Fresas Flores Balistreri, Juliet Pastor and Julian Oriel. Masters
of Ceremony Ms. Fresas, Rosanna Salcedo and Renato Manzano are
impeccable. Congratulations too to very beautiful Maireen Barnachea
as the Miss Teen Filipiniana 2018 and her equally beautiful mom
Mrs. Filipiniana 2016 Vi Rebolledo Barnachea! The same goes to
our 2018 Mrs. Filipiniana Maricel Twiford. MABUHAY at maraming
Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration. June 9, 2018
17th Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration was a resounding success!!!
Thank you for gracing our event former Mayor Jim Wood and his
wife Pamela Wood, Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery, Council Member Esther
Sanchez, Council Member Jack Feller, Oceanside Police Captain
Fred Armijo, Oceanside Firefighters' Association President David
Overton, Color Guard Captain Ron Owens, Color Guard, OFA Director
community events PF Jacob Chambers, Oceanside Public Library Director
Sherri Cosby, Library Division Manager Brad Penner, Honorary Consul
Audie de Castro, Oceanside Seniors Citizen Association Director
Jimmy Knott, Cressi........Part 1.....Zucette Lumabas FACO CS.
Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration. June 9, 2018
shots. Random shots....... Thank you to our vendors, volunteers,
guests and to everyone who made this event a success.
Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration - June 9, 2018
deepest thanks and appreciation to the very talented, amazing,
outstanding performers of the Pinoy's Got Talent segment at the
17th Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration held on June 9, 2018
at the Oceanside Civic Center and plaza and the beautiful emcee,
professional singer and local actress Debbie Nicastro.
*Ms Jeanelle B Serquina
13 years old, 8th grader at Guajome Park Academy. Won best talent
in 2009, 2011, and 2016. Won little miss Filam 2011 and was Pre
teen miss Filam 2016 . Won the Mabuhay singing competition in
San Diego. Awarded as a 2017 emerging achiever by the San Diego
Filipino American humanitarian foundation on March 2017. Guest
Performer for Vhong Navarro and Karylle concert in Los Angeles
on September 2017 and for Miss Cosmos and Miss teen California
on April 2018.
Guest Performer for Jessica Sanchez American Idol 1st runner up
in Los Angeles on May 2018
"Ave Maria by Beyoncé "
Grace Fulinara, Miss Fil-Am 2017. She resides in San Diego as
a full time student in the Department of Nursing. After she graduates
school as a Registered Nurse, she aspires to go back to school
to earn her MSN and Nurse Practitioner license. She has been apart
of pageantry pretty much all her life, been polynesian dancing
since the age of four, which was her talent for the Miss Fil-Am
in which she won "Best in Talent" and will be performing
at the Annual Filipino Cultural
Miss Costa Mesa Teen USA 2019. Graduate Barbison of Hollywood
Acting and Modeling . Honor roll of California Virtual Academy
Sing and dance
"Havana by Camilla Cabello"
Deguzman from Oceanside CA.
Been a zumba instructor for more than 6 years now.
Teaches Zumba at LA Fitness and Paige Fieldhouse inside the base.
*Cassandra Estrella from Fallbrook.
Been a zumba instructor for more than 3 years now and she loves
Teaches Zumba at LA Fitness and Paige Fieldhouse inside
*Jocelyn Atienza from Oceanside Ca.
Shes registered nurse and she loves to dance.
"Babababoom by MM & MJ Mango"
Angelica is 14 years old and is currently attending Fallbrook
Union High School. Her love for music started as a toddler and
was evident when she would sing along to the tunes on her mother's
iPod. Her very first memory of singing was when her Mom would
put her in the stroller and Angelica would sing out loud while
she jogged around the neighborhood. Her first public performance
was leading the National Anthem during a school presentation as
Currently, Angelica performs with the Warrior Choir group at her
high school, to include 4 large-stage productions with solos and
at other various school events. She was recently awarded as the
"Outstanding Singer" within the Warrior Choir.
"Hallelujah by/in the style of Alexandra Burke
so proud of them! Zucette Lumabas Bsn chair, Dorothy Mahimer cochair.
Presentation - May 24, 2018
Cultural Dance Group (CDG) had a magnificent presentation at the
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration. Awesome
dancers at Camp Pendleton on May 24, 2018. It was a joy to watch
the CDG promote their culture. Congratulations and thanks to the
organizers. Thank for your service our heroes the Military! Reported
by Zucette Lumabas, FACO CS and Networking Chair
at the Coffee with a Cup - May 24, 2018
17th Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration on Saturday June 9,
2018 is fast approaching. Everyone is busy promoting the event.
Flyers were given to people. The Oceanside Police Department is
going to have a booth at the event. Our deepest thanks and gratitude
to our heroes Oceanside Police Department (OPD) at the Coffee
with a Cop where they connect and interact with the community
at Starbucks on May 24, 2018, We're missing handsome #1 and #2.
We thank our heroes OPD Capt. Sean Marchand, Lt. Kedrick Sadler,
Sgt. Rick Favella, Officer Adam Stingley, Officer Tom Cahill,
Officer Tom Wheeler, Officer Jennifer Torres, Ashley Sanchez and
anyone I have missed. By Zucette Lumabas FACO CS & Networking
& Mothers' Day Party. May 12, 2018
was an night to remember!!! Dancing and enjoyment were the order
of the day. And it was achieved. Congratulations and thank you
to the FACO Members' & Mothers' Day committee chair VP Dorothy
Mahimer, Director Virgie Fleming, Director Mely Sivage, Sgt. At
Arms Bob Hamilton, Secretary Ed Bagon and officers President Rein
Hanson, IPP Belle Limoge, Secretary Rose Wallace, Director Sheila
Butler for a marvelous event! Great job! It was a great TEAM work,
Bayanihan spirit FACO officers and board of directors! Thank you
to Council Member Esther Sanchez, Thomas Krouse candidate for
State Assembly 76th District, GL Guadalupe Rios, Queen Victoria
David, Leah David, DJ Aljes, Lazarus Boys, Liz Holandez, attendees,
prize donors, those who helped even though not the committee,
and anyone I have missed!!! More fun to come! Thank you for taking
the pictures Thomas Krouse. Great pictures.
Reported by Zucette Lumabas CS and Networking chair.
Cultural Dance Group wowed the church goers with their dance "Bulaclacan"
at the Filipino community Flores de Mayo celebration at Mission
San Luis Rey on May 5, 2018. Solemn mass followed. May God bless
us all. by Zucette Lumabas Correspondence Secretary & Networking
Miss Fil-Am Mariah Grace Fulinara was awesome taping at KOCT about
FACO, the 17 Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration on Saturday
June 9, 2018 from 12-6pm at Civic Center Plaza and Oceanside Library
Center 300 N Coast Highway, Oceanside. Thank you Miss Fil-Am Mariah
for representing the FACO at the KOCT. By Zucette Lumabas Correspondence
Secretary & Networking Chair
celebrated the April birthday of FACO VP Dorothy Mahimer and Correspondence
Secretary Zucette Lumabas at the productive board meeting led
by awesome President Rein Hanson. It was fun, with great camaraderie.
Thank you Virgie Fleming for this wonderful treat, you're so sweet
Mely Sivage and Dina Chang celebrated their birthday last March
5, 2018. We had fun singing and networking.
By Zucette Lumabas Correspondence Secretary & Networking chair
Hollandez donated a tray of delicious lumpia to Oceanside Fire
Department. We thanked Liz for her support to OFD, our organization
and community . She has a big heart , generous and hardworking.
Visited and thanked our heroes Oceanside Fire Department, Fire
Chief Rick Robinson, BC Peter Lawrence for everything good they
do for the community, keeping us safe, protecting lives and properties,
educating the community, supporting clubs and organization. We're
deeply grateful to the OFD and Liz of Mission Asian Market.
ExOfficio Belle Limoge, PP Marilou dela Rosa, and Correspondence
Secretary/ Networking Chair Zucette Lumabas were at the successful
Annual Carlsbad/Oceanside Salad Luncheon at Junior Essau Ampitheater
on February 28, 2018. Wow! It was great to be served by these
prominent people at the Soroptimist luncheon and just to be a
guest.....not working as a committee member. A shout out to my
favorite people our heroes Oceanside Fire Department, Fire Chief
Rick Robinson, Oceanside Firefighters Association Director community
events Jacob Chambers, Chris Mattia, Nick Kersaw, Kevin Lewis,
Daniel Brown, we are thankful to them for serving the yummy food
and helping people and everything good they do for the community.
Congratulations Soroptimist for a successful event. Yummy food.
American Cultural Celebration held on June 10, 2017
Got Talent was awesome and one of the segments of the Filipino
American Cultural Celebration on June 10, 2017 held at Oceanside
Civic Center. Pinoy's Chair was Correspondence Secretary Zucette
Lumabas, co-chair VP Dorothy Mahimer and emcee Hula Ramos. Audience
danced to the music. Shown here are Philippines Honorary Consul
Audie De Castro, Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery, Council Members Jack
Feller & Jerry Kern, Fire Engine vintage with our heroes Oceanside
Fire Chief Rick Robinson, his wife Cheryl and Honor Guard Captain
Ron Owens, Oceanside Police Department display with another hero
Officer Adam Stingley, Children's arts and crafts, Oceanside Public
Library Director Sherry Cosby and Division Manager Brad Penner
received the FACO donation, Editor Steve Marcotte OsideNews.com
and picture of the audience.
Correspondence Secretary & Networking Chair Zucette Lumabas
attended the very successful Coffee with a Cop at Starbucks, Oceanside
on January 18, 2018. A lot of citizens came to talk to our heroes
OPD. I came to personally thank them for arranging & coming
to the FACO picnic last year when I was on emergency "leave".
They were friendly, accommodating, gentlemen, interested on what
the citizens were telling them, patient, sympathetic. Our deepest
appreciation and thanks for keeping us, our properties, our community
safe Lt. Taurino Valdovinos, Sgt. Kedrick Sandler, Officer Adam
Stingley, Officer Tom Cahill, Officer Tom Wheeler, Officer Gabriel
Cobian, Officer Lonny Harper to name a few..... Great socialization.....May
the Good Lord keep you safe.
celebrated the birthday of gorgeous Virgie Flemming on January
9, 2018 at Mission Branch library, Oceanside, CA. Many happy returns
of the wonderful day! We wish Virgie happiness, success, good
health, richness and contentment! Yeah!
VP/Chair FACO Christmas party Dorothy Mahimer thanked the courageous
heroes Oceanside Fire Department for their very important job
of keeping our community safe especially during the Lilac Fire
during the FACO Christmas Party on December 16, 2017 at Veterans
Association of North County. Dorothy in behalf of FACO gave Certificate
of Appreciation thanking our hero OFA President/ OFD Captain Dave
Overton for his esteemed contributions to FACO programs and events
and dedicated service in keeping the community safe, he was assigned
to the Lilac fire. I personally would like to thank Pres. Dave
for his commitment and invaluable service to FACO for several
years. We recognize his zealous work and unselfish dedication
not only to Oceanside Fire Department (OFD) but also Oceanside
Firefighters' Association (OFA). He's an awesome leader, on top
of things, intelligent, great teacher (I learned a lot from him
about the firefighters which made me admire our heroes), has firm
convictions, he will defend what is right, friendly, gentleman,
patient, tolerant, supportive of different clubs/associations,
dedicated to his work ( We admire our heroes bc even though they
want to eat or rest the people and community come first, they
sacrifice their safety and comfort to make sure we are safe) We
can't thank them enough. Our deepest appreciation and gratitude
to our hero for everything good you do for the community, protecting
lives and properties, connecting and teaching people how to be
safe, saving lives, properties and keeping us safe. May God bless
and keep you safe always. by Zucette Lumabas Bsn FACO Correspondence
Secretary & networking chair
Members' & Friends Christmas Party - December 16, 2017
much anticipated FACO Christmas party has arrived!!! It was
an awesome event. The party was started with a yummy meal, opened
by amazing President Rein Hanson where she thanked the FACO
board, members and everyone, recognized our heroes the Oceanside
Firefighters for their amazing contribution to the safety of
the community especially during the Lilac wildfires, helping
the elderly and disabled evacuate, and helping put out fires.
It was followed with the melodious voices of Maharlika Choir
led by Ex-officio Director Belle Limoge. The new Binibining
Pilipinas of the world Allana Marie Carreon-Miclat Alonzo and
Teen Binibining Pilipinas of the world Natalie were introduced.
VP/chair Dorothy Mahimer was fantastic thanking everyone and
called OFD Jacob Chambers and his beautiful wife Cienna to the
stage. Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO) gave a
certificate thanking our hero Director Community Event Firefighter
Jacob Chambers for his continued support of FACO and for his
dedicated service in keeping the community safe. I would like
to add my sincere thanks and gratitude to our hero OFD/OFA Jacob
Chambers for keeping our people and properties safe and is an
excellent Director community events, he's on top of things,
intelligent, friendly, efficient, hard working. The Cultural
Dance Group showed their prowess to the delight of the audience.
It was followed by dancing.....fun....fun...fun. I'm so honored
to work with these great volunteers chaired by VP Dorothy Mahimer,
members Zeny Austria Cruz Nowroozi, Nellie Davis, Virgie Flemming,
Mely Sivage, Enri Pisco Fulmore, volunteers Bill Mahimer, Jacqueline
Guevara Lazaga, Denise, Linda Freeman, Agnes Fernandez. Our
deepest thanks to our guests, committee, volunteers, VANC, DJ
for making our event a very successful one!! It sure was a night
of getting to know you, recognition, fun, dancing!!! by Zucette
Lumabas Bsn Correspondence Secretary and networking chair.
& Announcement by ZUCETTE LUMABAS
Hiyas committee celebrates - November 10, 2017
awesome wrap up meeting of the successful FACO Hiyas/Anniversary
event was held at Nattiya's Restaurant on November 10, 2017.
Positive feedback and constructive suggestions were given by
the committee members Rein Hanson, Belle Limoge, JM Ureta, Sheila
Butler, Enri Pisco Fulmore, Bob Hamilton & Zucette Lumabas.
It was a fun meeting led by chair Rein Hanson. Thank you for
a great team work.. Then we unwound and had fun...fun...fun.
Such talents in voice and dancing! Even those who usually don't
perform in public sang well! It was a satisfying and exhilarating
night! Yummy food! We ended the fantastic evening with a group
singing "That's What Friends Are For!" More power
to FACO! May God bless us and guide us! by Zucette Lumabas Bsn
FACO correspondence Secretary and networking chair.
40th Anniversary & 5th Annual Hiyas Awards at Sheraton Carlsbad
Resort and Spa on October 22, 2017
40th Anniversary and 5th Annual Hiyas Award at Sheraton Carlsbad
Resort and Spa on October 22, 2017
Thank you so much Oceanside City Mayor Jim Wood for supporting
our events. The first event you attended after your recovery...that
was so thoughtful of you!! You have such a big heart and your
wife too Pamela Wood! Our deepest appreciation also to Debbie
and Bob Mikulay, Brad Penner and his family for joining us last
night!! Of course, thank you to all the guests, members and
Hiyas Awardees. Congratulations to Rein Hanson and the committee
members who worked hard to make this event a success!! It's
a pleasure working with you and the team who made it happen
- Zucette Lumabas Bsn, Dorothy Mahimer, Rose Wallace, JM Ureta,
Virgie Flemming, Sheila Frances, Enri Pisco Fulmore Bob Hamilton!!
Picnic - September 9, 2017
picnic was held on September 9, 2017 at Luiseno Park. I wish
I was there. Thank you to our heroes Oceanside Police Department
awesome Sgt. Kedrick Sadler for sending Officer Adam Stingley
and another officer to the FACO event. Knowing Officer Adam,
he was such an amazing gentleman, patient, friendly, great
with adults and kids alike, smiling with his twinkling eyes,
a wonderful rep for the police department! Our deepest appreciation
and thanks to our OPD heroes for connecting with FACO and
for everything good you do for the community. I saw the yummy
litson. And people having fun!!! By FACO Correspondence Secretary
& networking chair Zucette Lumabas Bsn.
Awards presentation and Farewell party - August 26, 2017
was an awesome event: the awards presentation to the pageant
winners and farewell party for the Lazarus boys on August
26, 2017 in Oceanside, CA. There were plenty of laughter,
tears, congratulations, how are you's, getting to know you's,
dancing, beautiful poses! Congratulations chair Rein Hanson,
co-chair Sheila Cabuco Butler, Dorothy Mahimer , Belle Limoge
and the MFA committee, job well done! Amazing host Belle Limoge
kept the program flowing smoothly. Thank you and congratulations
to Miss FilAm Mariah Grace Fulinara, 1st runner Jesamea Batister,
2nd runner Joy dela Pena, Miss Teen FilAm Fiona Baumhogger,
1st runner Avalyn dela Rosa, 2nd runner up Soleil Graham.
Farewell, so long and thank you Lazarus Boys Kevin Ferenal,
Paul Lambo JayR Chua, Arjhay Herrera, Ric Dacallos Sabuco
Jr., Martin Cabreros. Thank you JM Ureta and volunteers for
arranging and manning the yummy food. Thank you to all who
came and to everyone for your support. ??????Reported by Zucette
Lumabas Bsn Correspondence Secretary & networking chair.
members attend MSLRP fundraising. - July 26, 2017
Treasurer Rose Wallace, Correspondence Secretary Zucette Lumabas,
member Ed Bagon attended the very successful fundraising at
Feast at the Mission San Luis Rey benefitting the Old Mission,
Oceanside Rotary, Oceanside Museum of Arts, TERI and Y ymca.
There were lots of delicious food, drink, great entertainment,
displays. It was wonderful to see friends, renew acquaintances
and meet new friends. It was a fun and exciting event.
CDG unwinds - July 23, 2017
a very busy and successful season the amazing FACO Cultural
Dance Group spent a relaxing afternoon on July 23, 2017 hosted
by the awesome couple Hank and Belle Limoge. There was the
yummy boodle fight which was enjoyed by the group. There was
a lot of socialization, swapping stories, swimming, games,
more eating as new food were brought in. Awards were given
in appreciation for " Going Above and Beyond" to
FACO Cultural Dance Group Enri Pisco Fulmore, Agnes Fernandez,
Zeny Austria Cruz Nowroozi, Rose Wallace (not in the picture)
for their perfect attendance in all performances by Belle
from the 2017 Tri-City Medical Center-Oceanside Independence
Parade - OsideNews
CA Oceansides annual Independence Parade took place
Saturday morning, July 1, 2017 with Chuck Atkinson, President
and co-founder of the Veterans Association of North County (VANC)
Resource Center, serving as Grand Marshal. This years theme
was Star Spangled Salute with more than 130 entries
traveling north on Coast Highway which was lined with spectators
from start to finish. The title sponsor again this year was
Tri-City Medical Center with MainStreet Oceanside producing
the event. KOCT carried the parade live and will be replaying
the event numerous times throughout July and on demand at KOCT.org.
attends Los Chabacanos Gala - July 1, 2017
FACO officers and members led by Pres. Rein Hanson, IPP/ Director
Belle Limoge, VP Dorothy Mahimer, Correspondence Secretary Zucette
Lumabas, Director Sheila Butler, Director Virgie Fleming, Mrs.
Fil/Am Marilyn Nunez and friends attended the amazing 45th Los
Chabacanos gala on July 1, 2017 at Handlery Hotel. It was a
successful event. Rein who planned the Belle's birthday celebration,
Dorothy, Belle, Sheila, Alexis and I went to Humphrey's Back
Stage to see the awesome Liquid Blue Band. There was a lot of
dancing esp. by Rein and Belle. It was a fun and memorable evening.
Cultural Dance Group performs at Camp Pendleton - June 29, 2017
From Zucette Lumabas:
It was a marvelous performance by the FACO Cultural Dance Group
at the Dental Battalion, Camp Pendleton! The 1st Dental Battalion
Commanding Officer Capt. Peter Ruocco was awesome, warm and welcoming.
The audience were enthusiastic and appreciative. It was a joy
to watch the CDG perform.
Thank you once again for the dedication of FACO's Cultural Dance
Group to spread the Filipino culture in Camp Pendleton this morning.
It is always our pleasure to dance and be ambassadors of goodwill.
Some of the dancers have to take off from work just to fulfill
their mission. Hats off to Enri Pisco Fulmore, Esther Francia
Adversalo, Rose Wallace, Janice Z. Ureta-Sanchez, Zeny Austria
Cruz Nowroozi, Jonathan R. Enerva, JM Ureta, Lennie Pisco, and
two youngest recruits - Angie and Jaymie Bell Best. Our thanks
to Zucette Lumabas Bsn for being there all the time to support
us and take our pictures. MABUHAY!!
& Announcement by ZUCETTE LUMABAS
at Mission Asian Market. June 27, 2017
Aegis visited Mission Asian Market on June 27, 2017. They
are going to have a show at California Centers for the Arts
in Escondido, CA on July 22, 2017. It's going to be awesome.
FACO President Rein Hanson, PP Marilou Dela Rosa, Paul Nicko,
RJ Herrera, Kevin Ferenel and Correspondence Secretary Zucette
Lumabas met the group.
& Announcement by ZUCETTE LUMABAS
Appreciation dinner - June 19, 2017
FACO Appreciation dinner for the awesome June Cultural Celebration
2017 was a hugh success held at Sunhing Restaurant on June
19, 2017. Present were chair President Rein Hanson and co-chair
VP Dorothy Mahimer, the committee chairs, co-chairs, the popular
CDG, Lazarus boys, to name a few....There was a lot of camaraderie,
socialization and getting to know you cuz we were so busy
at the event. Yummy food.
of Filipino Cultural Celebration - June 7, 2017
AN INCREDIBLE WEEK, INCREDIBLE DEDICATION.... This year's Philippine
Independence Day celebration has been incredible for the FACO's
cultural dance group - 5 big engagements in 3 days. It started
with at least an hour non-stop performance at the 16th Annual
Filipino Cultural Celebration at the Oceanside Civic Plaza on
June 10, 2017. The following day, in the morning of June 11th,
a TV appearance at KUSI news, then on June 12th, another hour
performance in Vista and in the same day, in the afternoon,
another 1-hour performance at the Sycuan Casino ( special thanks
to the Lazarus boys for dancing with us - Kevin, JR and Ric).
The following day, another one hour performance in San Diego.
We were tired, our feet were aching but the smiles and dancing
continued. The engagements are not only incredible but more
so the dedication of the cultural dance group (CDG) family.
Like a big family, we have some roles to play. Enri Pisco Fulmore
is our director who takes care of the line up and oversees that
we do well, while I take care of promotions and communications
with clients and choreography of fusion dances, Zeny Austria
Cruz Nowroozi and Agnes Fernandez do a wonderful job of keeping
our costumes together in great shape (which is not easy), Esther
Francia Adversalo never fails to remind the members about their
schedule and opens her house if we have no other place to practice
while Janice Z. Ureta-Sanchez takes care of our music and handle
audio technical issues in spite of being a busy mom & wife
& building her career, Rose Wallace is one of our lead dancers
who never fails to amaze me with her dedication - performing
while her daughter is about to give birth, Jonathan R. Enerva
who in spite work and acting career is always there. The rest
of the family are so amazing with their dedication - Emily Smith,
JM Ureta, Sheila Cabuco Butler, Nellie Davis, Pro Serrato who
were there to help us fulfill all these commitments, including
our new members Lyn Best and her two lovely daughters. One of
our original members, great dancer Lennie Pisco, joined us again
in spite of her busy schedule. Also, good members of our CDG
family are Lizette Jones, Jennifer Tettleton, Analyn Nauta (who
even drives from LV just to visit us and perform) and Malou
Soliman Hamto. We also have our emcee and photographer who are
always there for us, Zucette Lumabas Bsn. You are all amazing!!
Also, special thanks goes to Alice Velasco and Bob Hamilton
who are always willing to give us a helping hand!! I love you
all for you are just incredible people who dedicate so much
to the organization and to promote our Philippine culture!!
& Announcement by ZUCETTE LUMABAS
of Filipino Cultural Celebration - June 7, 2017
Proclamation of the 16th Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration
and pageant contestants was presented at the Oceanside Council
Chamber by Deputy Mayor Chuck Lowery on June 7, 2017. Library
Director Sherri Cosby, Library Division Manager Brad Penner,
FACO President Rein Hanson, IPP/Exofficio Belle Limoge, PP Mely
Sivage, PP Rica Derosier, Correspondence secretary Zucette Lumabas,
Director Sheila Cabuco Butler, Mrs. Fil-Am, Little Fil-Am, Pre-Teen
winners and contestants (winners will be announced on June 10),
2016 Miss PreTeen Janelle Serquina were present. The children
said the Pledge of Allegiance. Thank you to the family, friends
and everyone who were there to support.
CDG performs at Life Care Center of Vista - April 30, 2017
FACO Cultural Dance Group (CDG) had a marvelous performance
for the staff appreciation dinner at Life Care Center of Vista
on April 13, 2017. They enjoy performing their cultural dances
and add lively dances like Zumba while wearing cultural costumes
like the latest addition Haypa a vigorous dance which they danced
with enthusiasm. Audience were very appreciative.
attends ULOL - April 23, 2017
FilAm Cultural Organization President Rein Hanson, ExOfficio Director
Belle Limoge, Correspondence Secretary Zucette Lumabas, Treasurer
Rose Wallace, Director Sheila Butler, Sgt. at Arms JM Ureta, Jackie
Lazaga, Alice Velasco, Esther Adversalo, Agnes Fernandez, Zeny
Nowroozi, Nellie Davis, Pro Serrato, Janice Sanchez, Bernard Sanchez,
Sabrina Ureta, Malou Hamto, Lizette Jones and more members, relatives
and friends attended the hilarious, awesome show "Ultimate
Laugh Out Loud" (ULOL) Pipay, Le Chazz, Petite, Kim Idol,
Matt Gozon at the Jack Tygett Performing Arts, Chula Vista, CA
on April 23, 2017. We can't stop laughing. And also handsome,
talented, friendly, kindhearted, great singer Daniel Matsunaga.
We had so much fun. We went to support the show.
Fling Membership Appreciation Event on April 8, 2017 at Oceanside
From FACO President Rein:
I would like to thank the Committee of FACO Spring Fling Night
headed by Dir. Dori Harris, Dir. Rica Derosier, Treas. Rose Wallace
and Sgt at Arms JM Ureta for a job well done. It was indeed an
awesome party with full of laughter, food and dancing. And of
course to all the members and guests who came and joined in the
celebration my sincerest appreciation and thanks!
also like to acknowledge Ex Officio Belle Limoge and Corr. Secretary
Zucette Lumabas for the very inspirational leadership that you
have shown for the past 2 years and likewise to tita Mely Sivage.
You are all pillars of the association and may you serve as our
inspiration and courage to continue the vision of FACO. May God
bless us all! Mabuhay and maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat!
Choral Group. May 22, 2017
newly formed wonderful Maharlika Choral Group chaired by IPP/
Director Belle Limoge with their awesome Musical Director Debbie
Nicastro will perform at the 16th Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration
that will be held on June 10, 2017 at the Oceanside Civic Center
Plaza & Library.
Patrick Butler retire - April 7, 2017
Master Sergeant Patrick Butler retired with 24 years
of service in the United States Marine Corps. Patrick is the husband
of FACO Director Sheila Cabuco Butler. There were FACO officers
and members who wished him the best like President Rein &
Thomas Hanson, VP Dorothy & Bill Mahimer, Ex officio Director
Belle & Hank Limoge, Correspondence Secretary Zucette Lumabas,
Zeny Nowroozi, Esther & Tony Adversalo, Shirley Deleon &
hubby, Lizette Jones, Analyn Nauta, Malou Hamto, Janice Ureta
Sanchez, Sabrina Ureta, and JM who catered the delicious dinner.
It was an awesome event.
CDG performs at Women's Club of Oceanside. April 6, 2017
The FACO Cultural Dance Group (CDG) were awesome entertaining
the Women's Club of Oceanside on April 6, 2017 at their clubhouse.
They wowed the audience who were enthusiastic and wanted to know
how they can be hired. Just go to the websitewww.filamcultural.com
and request for CDG. It was a fun afternoon.
director, assistant treasurer, Sgt. at arms inducted. April
FACO Director Femie Villaflores Cupit, Assistant Treasurer
Sheila Cabuco Butler & Sgt. At Arms JM Ureta! They were
inducted by President Rein Hanson at the productive awesome
meeting on April 3, 2017 at Mission Branch Library. Officers/members
congratulated them. More power to our club!
attend 25th anniversary gala by SD Humanitarian Foundation March
Fil-Am Cultural Organization (FACO) officers and members attended
the 25th anniversary gala by SD Humanitarian Foundation on March
25, 2017 at Marriot Mission Valley. It was an awards studded event
with so many deserving recipients like Alessja Morales as Miss
Fil-Am Humanitarian 2017, FACO Miss Pre-Teen Janelle Serquina
as Miss Emerging Youth Achiever, Director Femie Cupit and her
golf group to name a few, beautiful people, striking costumes,
amazing dances, yummy food. We enjoyed the event.
Fire Department hosts flag burning ceremony. March 18, 2017
Oceanside Fire Department led by Fire Chief Rick Robinson hosted
a United States Flag Retirement Ceremony for the Oceanside Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 10577 and the Oceanside American Legion
Post 146. It was an impressive solemn event. FACO correspondence
secretary Zucette Lumabas attended the event.
books donated to Oceanside Public Library. March 17, 2017
FACO ExOfficio Director Belle Limoge donated several new books
to the Oceanside Public Library on March 17, 2017. Shown are
Library Director Sherri Cosby, Library Manager Brad Penner,
FACO President Rein Hanson, VP Dorothy Mahimer, ExOfficio Director
Belle Limoge, Peter Cruz, and Correspondence Secretary Zucette
Lumabas. Photo taken by Kris Morales.
CDG performs - February 28, 2017
FACO Cultural Dance Group had an awesome performance
at the Lifetime Care
Center of Vista on February 28, 2017. The audience
were receptive, had fun
and very appreciative.
attends Oceanside Women's Club Chili Cook Off. March
Filipino-American Cultural Organization ExOfficio Belle
& Hank Limoge, Correspondence Secretary Zucette Lumabas,
Nellie Davis and husband, Jackie Lazaga, Marc Manlapaz,
Pam Pahnke, Esther & Tony Adversalo attended the awesome
Women's Club of Oceanside Chili Cook Off on March 4, 2017
at their clubhouse. There were a lot of delicious Chilis
cooked and enthusiastic guests. Proceeds will go to the
Oceanside Firefighters' Association (OFA).The club president
Dorothy Arney welcomed the guests. Steve Marcotte OsideNews.com
did the publicity.
First State of the Filipino American Community Address. March
Limoge post: "It was a memorable First State of the Filipino
American Community Address by Hon. Consul Audie de Castro and
to hear LA Consul Adelino Cruz, Atty Valerie Garcia Hong, and
other respected speakers. It was nice to see our organization
(FACO) to be recognized for its mission of promoting our culture
like that of the June event and be one of the donors for the
House of the Philippines project. As what Hon Consul Audie had
addressed to the FIL Am community, we need to preserve and promote
our culture, help one another in Bayanihan spirit and organize
for a unified and collaborative movement."
The First State of the Filipino American Community by Honorable
Audie de Castro was held at the Jacob's for Neighborhood Innovation
in San Diego, CA on March 11, 2017. It was wonderful to see
the awesome support of the Filipino Community. The Filipino-American
Cultural Organization president Rein Hanson, ExOfficio Director
Belle Limoge, VP Dorothy Mahimer, Correspondence Secretary Zucette
Lumabas, Director Sheila Butler and Bill Mahimer attended in
support of the event. It was great to connect, socialize and
meet new friends. By CS Zucette Lumabas
honored March birthday celebrant IPP/Director Mely Sivage
at the lively and exciting board meeting last March 2, 2015
at the Mission Branch Library.
From L-R: Custodian Peter Cruz, Executive Secretary Jonathan
Enerva, Director Wendy Thrower, Director Malou Hamto, President
Belle Limoge, Corresponding secretary Alexis Plaisted, PP
Rica Derosier, Director Dori Harris, IPP/Director Mely Sivage,
Vice-president Zucette Lumabas, Director Virgie Flemming.
FACO General Membership meeting was held last February 21,
2015 at the Mission Branch Library from 1pm to 4pm. It was
successful and well attended. It was made possible due to
the collaborative effort of the Executive Board and General
President Belle Limoge inducted Alexis Plaisted as
recording secretary at the 1st official FACO board
meeting of the newly elected executive directors last
January 5, 2015 at the Mission Branch library. At
the same meeting the officers sang a resounding happy
birthday to the January celebrants Director Dori Harris
and Director Virgie Flemming. It was a productive
and successful meeting.
Cultural Dance Group Performs at Escondido Public
Public Library presents the Filipino-American Cultural
Organization (FACO) Dance Group on Saturday, October
25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in the Turrentine Room. The
FACO Dance Group promotes an appreciation and celebration
of Filipino culture by performing classic Filipino
dances in colorful, traditional costumes.
This event is a highlight of Escondido Public Librarys
partnership with KPBS to promote 2014s One Book,
One San Diego selection, Monstress, by author Lysley
Tenorio, a San Diego native. Monstress describes the
Filipino experience through a series of heartfelt
The FACO Dance Group shares their talent, serving
as ambassadors for Filipino culture through dance.
Their performance includes traditional Filipino dances
such as "Bulaklakan" and Tinikling.
The Bulaklakan is the dance of flowers, usually done
during the month of May in the Philippines when flowers
traditionally bloom. In the Tinikling, dancers imitate
the tikling bird's legendary grace and speed as they
dance between a pair of snapping bambo Escondido Public
Library also presents the following upcoming events
in celebration of the 2014 One Book, One San Diego
from Tinikling and Bulaklakan, the FACO Dance Group
also performed other dances like Uyaoy, Banga, Bumayah,
Pandanggo sa Ilaw, Salakot, Carinosa, T'boli, and
"Salidumay" dance. Performers are : Enri
Fulmore, Belle Limoge, Cita Lime, Esther Adversalo,
Rose Wallace, Malou Hamto, Jonathan Enerva, Janice
Ureta-Sanchez, Sheila Cabuco Butler and JM Ureta.
FIL-AM 2014 TOGETHER WITH OTHER BEAUTY QUEENS AND
CELEBRITIES GRACED THE GRAND OPENING OF IMAGE SPA
IN ENCINITAS, CA
Fil-Am 2014 Criscelle Santiago together with other
beauty queens like Miss Philippines USA 2014, Bb.
International 2010 Krista Kleiner (who was also one
of the Top 10 in Miss International Pageant in 2010)
and other celebrities were guests at the August ribbon
cutting of Image Spa in Encinitas, California. Entertainment
was provided by renowned singers like Pops Fernandez,
Geneva Cruz and Krista Kleiner while Ms. Garrie Concepcion
hosted the show. To represent the organization aside
from Mrs. Fil-Am 2014 Criscelle Santiago were Directors
Zucette Lumabas and Rica Derosier, members Alexis
Plaisted, Virgie Martin and Pat dela Rosa.
Cultural Dance Group was Invited to Perform in Several
Oct. 3rd, the FACO Cultural Dance Group was invited
to perform at a wedding reception in Sheraton Hotel
Harbor Drive in San Diego, to add entertainment to
June 12th, in a big celebration of the Philippine
Independence Day in the US, Sycuan Casino invited
the FACO Cultural Dance Group to perform several Philippine
folk dances at their lobby.
event, on May 30th, the Bonsall Elementary School
in Oceanside invited the FACO Cultural Dance Group
to perform during their Multi-Cultural Night. The
dance group performed cultural dances like Banga,
Uyaoy, Bumayah, Salakot and Tinikling to the delight
of the audience.
OF APPRECIATION WAS AWARDED TO DEBBIE NICASTRO
FACO's May 5, 2014 Executive Board Meeting, Debbie
Nicastro, who is a strong supporter of FACO, was awarded
with a TROPHY OF APPRECIATION for her dedication as
co-chair of fund-raising event for Typhoon Haiyan
victims named "Through the Storm: A Concert of
Hope" which was held on April 12th at Star Theatre,
and for her outstanding services to the organization.
Aside from being in charge of entertainment, she also
performed as member and soloist of the Through the
Storm Gospel Choir and the band Network. She has been
providing her time and talents to the organization
over the years as guest performer and emcee at FACO's
different events. Although, she is not a Filipino-American
or married/affiliated to a Filipino, she had shown
interest in the Filipino culture and rendered wonderful
services to the association.
FACO RAISED FUNDS FOR TYPHOON HAIYAN'S VICTIMS through
"THROUGH THE STORM: CONCERT of HOPE" held
on APRIL 12, 2014 AT STAR THEATER
April 12, 2014 at Star Theater, two concerts were
held - one at 2:00 - 4:30 pm and the other one at
5:30-9:00 pm. The first concert featured Filipino
cultural skit and dances and Through the Storm Choir.
The second concert started at 5:30 pm which showed
three bands performing - Radio-Active, City Reef and
Network. Aside from these performers, guests came
like Oceanside City Mayor Jim Wood and the Oceanside
Sea Lions' Miss Oceanside and Miss Teen Oceanside
and their court. More pictures and write-up to follow
at the website's gallery page
THE STORM: A CONCERT OF HOPE was promoted at the Oceanside
City Council Meeting
Oceanside City Council during its council meeting
had given the opportunity to FACO, through its representative
Sec. Belle Limoge, to promote its fund-raising concert
called THROUGH THE STORM: A CONCERT OF HOPE to benefit
the Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. Chair
Marilou dela Rosa and Co-Chair Zucette Lumabas also
attended the meeting to promote the event.
ADOPTS A ROOM IN THE PHILIPPINES' UP INTEGRATED SCHOOL
Filipino-American Cultural Organization (FACO), through
the generosity of its Hiyas Awardees composed of outstanding
men and women in North San Diego County in their field
of study, adopted a room in the University of the
Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) . Since the school
is moving to its new location (inside the campus of
the University of the Philippines) and with limited
budget, there is a need for donation for various fixtures
of its classrooms/offices, thus the ADOPT-A-ROOM PROJECT
of the UPIS was conceptualized. To adopt a room is
to provide the various equipment and furnishings needed
for the certain classroom. FACO adopted a room by
sponsoring the CA FILIPINO ROOM 1 (Grades 3-6) Room
320. As an acknowledgement, the room was labeled after
FACO thru an 8" x 11" bronze plate installed
near the door.
are about 10 classes held in the room every week and
each class has 35 students. The room was furnished
with 46" LED TV, magnetic whiteboard, bulletin
cork board, teacher table, 35 pcs. of monobloc chairs,
teacher's table and refurbished cabinets. It will
also be furnished with computer desktop laptop and
display cabinet bookshelf.
line with the mission of the organization to support
education, FACO donates another $1,000 dollars to
Oceanside Civic Library to renovate its branch, the
Mission Oceanside Branch Library located at 3861 Mission
Ave., Oceanside, California. The branch will be renovating
its facilities this month of March.
from this donation, the organization donates annually
$1,000 to Oceanside Library which is awarded during
its Annual Filipino Cultural Day celebration.
In addition to monetary donation, the organization
donates books to the library procured from the Philippines.
The books also come from different Philippine agencies
like Department of Tourism, National Historical Institute
and others; while most of the children's books in
Filipino and English are purchased from Philippine
book stores and book fairs.
CULTURAL DANCE GROUP PERFORMS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TYPHOON
Dec. 15, 2013, FACO Cultural Dance Group performed at
the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Zumbathon Fundraising in Encinitas
Community Center. They performed three cultural dances
namely, UYAOY, BANGA, BUMAYAH and a fusion of cultural
dance and zumba in the pop music "Buttons"
by the Pussycat Dolls. The proceeds will go to Gawad
Kalinga to build homes for the typhoon victims of Yolanda
in the Philippines.
dancers were Jonathan Enerva, Enri Fulmore, Dulia
Candelaria, Esther Adversalo and Belle Limoge.
HELPS PHILIPPINE YOUTH BASKETBALL TEAM TO PARTICIPATE
IN APRIL 5TH * 6TH GOODWILL GAMES IN NORTH SAN DIEGO
The association gave a donation to help teams of young
basketball players from the Philippines to participate
in a Goodwill Basketball Tournament in North San Diego
County, particularly Carlsbad and Oceanside on April
5th and 6th, 2013. The Philippines National Boys 13U
& 14U are coming to Carlsbad to participate in
this Goodwill Basketball Games to reach out between
this city and the Philippines. Nicanor (Nic) Jorge
is the director and founder of the largest basketball
program in the Philippines, who brought these two
teams to play a few teams from North County.
YOUTH CULTURAL DANCE GROUP PERFORMS AT THE 2nd ANNUAL
FEAST OF SAN LUIS REY DE FRANCIA ON AUG. 24, 2012
great performance of the Fil-Am Youth Cultural Dance
Group was on August 24, 2012 at the San Luis Rey grounds
in celebration of the 2nd Annual Feast of San Luis
Rey de Francia. They performed three Philippine folk
dances representing the southern part of the Philippines
- "Kapiil sa Munsala", "Pangalay"
and "Singkil". Dancers for the "Kapiil
sa Munsala" were Maria Concepcion, Melanie Pagayonan,
Sage McCray and Tess Concepcion. Solo dancer for "Pangalay"
was Felicia Lime Ramos and "Singkil" dancers
were Mina Giles, Gloria Giles, Maria Concepcion, Conrad
Giles, Marshal Giles, Richmond Pagayonan and Sage
McCray. The group was headed by Toni Lime as choreographer
and Malou Hamto as co-chair for YDP. The organization
has been very active in this festive activity of San
Luis Church in Oceanside, California..
YOUTH CULTURAL DANCE GROUP PERFORMS AT THE CLOSING
AWARDS OF THE OCEANSIDE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
AT THE STAR THEATRE
Fil-Am Youth Cultural Dance Group was invited to perform
during the closing ceremonies on August 19, 2012 at
the Star Theatre in Oceanside, California. The group
performed beautifully to the delight of the audience
the Philippine folk dances from the southern part
of the Philippines. They performed "Kapiil sa
Munsala" and the Muslim-inspired wedding dance
called "Singkil". The dancers for the first
dance were Maria Concepcion, Melanie Pagayonan, Sage
McCray and Tess Concepcion. "Singkil" dancers
were Mina Giles, Anthony Pagayonan, Gloria Giles,
Maria Concepcion, Conrad Giles, Jr., Marshal Giles
and Richmond Pagayonan. The group was inspired and
chaperoned by their choreographer Toni Lime and co-chair
of Youth Development Program (YPD) Malou Hamto.
APPRECIATION LUNCH TO ALL FIL-AM OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
appreciation lunch was given on August 12, 2012 at
the West Buffet in El Camino Real, to all the officers
and directors who worked so hard for the past year
up to the most recent June 9th Annual Filipino Cultural
Celebration and July Parade. It was a refreshing time
for a relaxing get-together among these hardworking
executives with their spouses or guests.
CULTURAL DANCE GROUP PERFORMS AT THE CAMP PENDLETON'S
NAVAL HOSPITAL'S MULTI-CULTURAL DAY
July 25, 2012, the FIL-AM Cultural Dance Group performed
at the Naval Hospital of Camp Pendleton, CA in celebration
of its 18th NHCP Annual Multi-cultural Day. The group
was led by Chair/Choreographer Enri Fulmore, together
with Jonathan Enerva, Cita Lime, Dulia Candelaria
and Esther Adversalo. A booth for Filipino food was
also put up to the delight of consuming public.
CULTURAL DANCE GROUP performed at the Library of Marine
Corps Base Camp Pendleton
May 17, 2012, the Marine Corps Community Services
for Lifelong Learning/Libraries at Marine Corps Base
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055 held their Annual Customers
Appreciation Day and also celebrated May as ASIAN
PACIFIC Heritage Month. To celebrate the occassion,
they invited the FIL-AM Cultural Dance Group to perform
different Philippine folk dances for their patrons
to experience the Filipino culture, among the different
cultures in the Asian Pacific region. The group composed
of, from left to right, Belle Limoge, Esther Adversale,
Dulia Candelaria, Cita Lime and Jonathan Enerva. They
peformed Uya-oy, Banga, Bumayah, Itik-itik and T'boli.
Joining them as narrator and sound manager is Zucette
Lumabas. Also in the picture is Ella G. Fritz, library
technician of Mainside Library in Camp Pendleton.
CULTURAL DANCE GROUP PERFORMS AT KAISER PERMANENTE'S INTERNATIONAL
The Fil-Am Cultural Dance Group was invited to perform in
San Diego on October 21, 2011 during the International Day
celebration of Kaiser Permanente. The group performed several
dances like Uya-oy, Banga, Bumayah, Pandanggo sa Ilaw, Itik-itik
and Carinosa. The pictures showed the cultural dancers like
Jackie Lazaga, Mitchelle Rotulo, Malou Hamto and Belle Limoge
performing the Itik-Itik (Duck) dance. Other cultural dancers
but are not in the picture are Mark Jones and Jonathan Enerva.
CULTURAL DANCE GROUP PERFORMS AT SAN DIEGO PADRES FILIPINO
CULTURAL NIGHT PRE-GAME ENTERTAINMENT ON SEPT. 3RD AT PETCO
The FIL-AM Cultural Dance Group, as the ambassadors of the
association promoting the Filipino culture and dances, performed
at the San Diego Padres Filipino Cultural Night Pre-Game
Entertainment on Sept. 3, 2011 at PETCO Park in San Diego,
California. The dances performed as seen are Uya-oy, Banga,
and Bumayah. Other dances performed are Itik-itik and Carinosa.
The dancers are Gloria Giles, Mina Giles, Dulia Candelaria,
Cita Lime, Mitchelle Rotulo, Malou Hamto, Belle Limoge,
Jackie Lazaga and Enri Fulmore. The male members of the
group are Anthony Fulmore, Esteven Gombio, Jonathan Enerva,
and Mark Jones. Reigning Miss Fil-Am Dejah Urbanovitch narrated
the history of each dance.
JOINS SAN LUIS REY CHURCH IN ITS FIRST MULTI-CULTURAL
EVENT ON AUG. 26TH
FIL-AM members and Cultural Dance Group joined the
San Luis Rey Church in its first multi-cultural event
on August 26, 2011 at the grounds of San Luis Rey
church in Mission Avenue, Oceanside, California. The
FIL-AM members joined the procession of San Luis Rey
de Francia wearing Filipino costumes to represent
the Filipino community. The Fil-Am Cultural Dancers
performed seven (7) Philippine folk dances representing
the different regions of the Philippines from north
to south. The performers are, from left to right,
Jonathan Enerva, Cita Lime, Michelle Rotulo, Belle
Limoge, Enri Fulmore, Dulia Candelaria, Malou Hamto
and Esteven Gombio. Other performers but are not in
the picture are Darrell Fulmore and Ted Lintan. The
kids who also performed but not in the picture are
Mina Giles, Gloria Giles, Conrad Giles and Angelina
An appreciation lunch for the association's officers
and directors was held on August 21, 2011 at West
Buffet Restaurant located in El Camino Real, Carlsbad.
This is in recognition of the time, effort and even
monetary contribution that the executive officers
had been donating to the association.
CULTURAL DANCE PERFORMANCE
The FIL-AM Cultural Dance Group performed for the
80th birthday of Julie Gilchrist held on Aug. 14,
2011 at the Oceanside Counry Club Senior Center. In
the picture are (from left to right) Mark Jones, Belle
Limoge, Enri Fulmore, birthday celebrant Julie Gilchrist,
Jonathan Enerva, Cita Lime and Anthony Fulmore.
Fil-Am Member Made it to the Top
Source : North County Times, Sunday, June 16, 2011
CULTURAL DANCERS PERFORM AT BONSALL WEST ELEMENTARY
SCHOOL ON JUNE 3, 2011
FIL-AM Cultural Dancers performed at the Bonsall West
Elementary School in Oceanside, California, on June
3, 2011 during the school's Multi-cultural Day. Pres.
Mely Sivage represented the group as she did the introduction
about the organization and the history and origin
of the Philippine folk dances to be performed. The
dances that were performed are Banga, Carinosa, Pandanggo
sa Ilaw, Itik-itik, Tinikling and T'boli. Kids who
performed were Angelina Flemming, Conrad Giles and
Divina Saguing. Adult performers were Jonathan Enerva,
Anthony and Enri Fulmore, Estiven Gombio, Malou Hamto,
Mark Jones, Cita Lime, Belle Limoge and Mitchelle
AT THE OCEANSIDE CITY COUNCIL MEETING ON
JUNE 1, 2011
FIL-AM kids, in Filipino costumes, were given the
honor by the Oceanside City Council to lead the Pledge
of Allegiance during its June 1st council meeting.
It was also an opportunity for the association, represented
by Pres. Mely Sivage and Sec. Belle Limoge, and the
Oceanside Public Library represented by Brad Penner,
to promote the forthcoming June 11th Annual Filipino
Cultural Day to be held at the Oceanside Civic Center.
The children in colorful Filipino costumes are Angelina
Flemming, Mona Abrazado, Sivage, Conrad Giles, Mina
Giles and Divina Saguing.
CULTURAL DANCE GROUP PERFORMS AT CAMP PENDLETON'S
MULTI-CULTURAL DAY ON MAY 25, 2011
FIL-AM Cultural Dance Group was invited to perform
at the Multi-cultural Day event of Camp Pendleton
on May 25th from 11:00 - 1:30 pm, at the Mainside
Library. The performers were Enri Fulmore, Belle Limoge,
Cita Lime, Mark Jones, Anthony Fulmore, Mitchelle
Rotulo and Estive Gombio. Pres. Mely Sivage gave an
introduction about the association and the dances
to be performed, namely - Carinosa, Pandanggo sa Ilaw
Donates More Books from the Philippines to Oceanside
May 12, 2011, during one of the organizational meetings
between the Fil-Am Cultural Association of North San
Diego County and the Oceanside Public Library in preparation
for the June 11th Annual Filipino Cultural Day, the
officers and directors of the association presented
to the Oceanside Public Library headed by Deborah
Polich, the donation of historical and cultural books
imported from the Philippines to be added to its Philippine
collection of books, DVD's and literature. On the
picture (standing from left to right) FIL-AM Dirs.
James Viado, Dulia Candelaria, Zucette Lumabas, Aida
Viado, Enri Fulmore, Sec. Belle Limoge, Library Staff
Brad Penner and Marie Town. (Seated from left to right)
FIL-AM Pres. Mely Sivage, Library Head Deborah Polich,
Staff Monica Chapa-Domercq and Kristine Moralez.
FIL-AM CULTURAL DANCE GROUP PERFORMS AT UNIVERSITY
OF SAN DIEGO ON APRIL 2, 2011
Fil-Am Cultural Dance Group performs at the Filipino
Cultural Night of the University of San Diego on April
2nd at USD Shiley Theatre . The event was hosted and
organized by a young group of Filipino-American students
of the university called Filipino Ugnayan Student
Organization (FUSO). The dance group performs the
dances - CARINOSA, ITIK-ITIK and T'BOLI. Performers
are Enri Fulmore, Belle Limoge, Jonathan Enerva, Mark
Jones, Anthony Fulmore, Cita Lime, Malou Hamto, Mitchelle
Rotulo and Esteive.
from this, the FIL-AM Cultural Dance Group also performs
at wedding, birthday and other special occassions.
They were last seen performing at a wedding on April
16, 2011 at Pala Casino and Resort in Pala, California.
To contact the group,
kindly leave you feedback or inquiries on our website.
DONATED TO OCEANSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY ON
JAN. 11, 2011
FIL-AM association gave its annual donation of $500
to the Oceanside Public Library during the Jan. 11th
Board Meeting of the Friends of the Oceanside Library.
Receiving the check in behalf of the Oceanside Library
is Library Director Deborah Polich and Suzanne Williams,
President of the Friends of the Oceanside Library.
Representing the FIL-AM association are Past Pres.
Rica Derosier, Pres. Amelia Sivage, Sec. Belle Limoge,
Auditor Dulia Candelaria, Sgt.-at-Arms Buddy Martin,
Directors Suzette Lumabas and James Viado, and members
Aida Viado and Genevieve Wunder.
HOC COMMITTEE AT WORK
January 8, 2011, the Ad Hoc Committee (comprised of
Chair Jun Juguilon and members Dee Weber, Wendy Thrower,
Elwin Derosier, Hank Limoge and Asst. Sec. Mark Jones)
conducted a mock election at the residence of Hank
and Belle Limoge, to put to a test the guidelines
and procedures the committee had formulated. It was
also a post-Holiday gathering of the officers, directors
and members where they had fun at the same time!
JOINS SAN DIEGO MESA COLLEGE'S CELEBRATION OF CULTURAL
organization and its Cultural Dance Group was invited
to join and perform at Mesa College's Cultural Awareness
Day on Dec. 2nd from 11 - 2:00 PM, organized by Filipino-American
Cherie Deogracias, Senator/Student Leader of Associated
Student Government of San Diego Mesa College. The
celebration aims is to inform the students and public
about different cultures in the community whereby
the association promoted the Philippine culture by
putting up a booth with Philippine handicraft and
through dance performances. The association's representatives
are Dirs. Zucette Lumabas, Dulia Candelaria, Jun Juguilon
and the FIL-AM Cultural Dancers composed of Auditor
Enri Fulmore, Sec. Belle Limoge, Dir. Cita Lime and
Miss Fil-Am 2009-2010 1st Runner-up Tatiana Robinson.
Miss Fil-Am 2009-2010 Dejah Urbanovitch was the emcee/narrator
for each dance. The cultural dance group performed
five Philippine folk dances namely Banga, Itik-itik,
Carinosa, Pandanggo sa Ilaw and T'boli.
OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS
monthly executive meetings are not complete without
the celebration of its executives's and active members's
birthdays. There would always be a personalized cake
made out for the celebrants. Birthday celebrants for
October are Dirs. Dee Weber, Dulia Candelaria, Jun
Juguilon and Wendy Abon-Thrower; for November - active
committee members Aida Viado, Jonathan Enerva and
Mrs. Fil-Am Runner-Up Lucy Awde-Dickson and for December,
active committee member James Viado and members Rolly
Hamto and Vangie Soliman. It's also one of the many
ways the association develops strong bonds and camaraderie
among its members.
Birthday celebrants like Dir. Wendy Abon-Thrower shared
their special moments with their family, friends and
loved ones in more ways than one!
SEPTEMBER 26TH ANNUAL PICNIC AT THE PARK AND ELECTION OF
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS
Sept. 26, 2010, the Annual Picnic at the Park was held to
give opportunity for members to get together with their
friends and loved ones as they share their favorite dishes.
It was held at the Luiseno Park from 12 noon to 4 PM. At
the same time, the election of new set of officers and directors
was held under the guidance and direction of the COMELEC
Committee composed of Pat dela Rosa, Malou Hamto and Nelly
Taguba. There was a huge turn-out from the more than 200
members that the association has. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
NEW SET OF OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS who will serve on 2011-2012!!!
(5) deserving FIL-AM scholars received their cash
awards on June 12, 2010 from the association - (left
to right) FIL-AM Scholarship Committee composed of
Asst. Sec. Anthony Fulmore, Dir. Dee Weber, Nelly
Taguba, 4th placer Audrey Foronda, 5th placer Isaiah
Luzon, 3rd placer Oliver Hamto, 2nd placer Alexandra
Tuazon, 1st placer Wade Licup, and FIL-AM Pres. Rica
The Committee did some fund-raising activities solely
for this project like the May 1st and May 29th Rummage
SUPPORT TO THE OCEANSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY
SHOWS SUPPORT AND APPRECIATION TO THE OCEANSIDE PUBLIC LIBRARY
BY DONATING ANOTHER $1,500
During the association's APPRECIATION
DAY on June 27th at the Community Room of the Oceanside Public
Library, FIL-AM showed its appreciation to the Library by giving
a donation of $1,500. The Library has been the association's partner
for more than eight years in promoting the culture of the Philippines
in the community. Shown in the picture at the center is the Oceanside
Public Library Head Deborah Polich accepting and thanking the
association for the donation, as Library Sec. Cheri Noel and FIL-AM
Pres. Rica Derosier listen.
donated $ 1,500 to the Oceanside Library.
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DONATES PHILIPPINE CULTURAL BOOKS, CD's AND POSTERS TO OCEANSIDE
donated at least sixty (60) different kinds of interesting
reading materials, audio and visual aids on Philippine
culture, arts, history and children's books. These
materials were procured by Asst. Treas. Belle Limoge
when she was in the Philippines, in behalf of the
association, aside from some personal donation. Many
thanks to the Philippine Department of Tourism, National
Historical Institute, and the National Commission
for Culture and the Arts chaired by Mr. Ambeth Ocampo.
There are books that show even the history and culture
of specific groups like the Ilocanos, the Ifugaos,
and others, not to mention some books on the Philippines'
World Heritage Sites, culinary and cultural landmarks.
Value-oriented and bilingual (English and Filipino)
books for children were also donated that depict the
Philippine myths, legends, and anecdotes. CD's that
show what the 7,107 Philippine islands can offer and
some Filipino musical classics are available. Please
check them out at the Oceanside Public Library at
330 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054.