Joint induction of two Camalaniugan groups ‘two of the most solid organizations in So Cal’

ConGen Cruz and wife Catherine
Outgoing presidents, a brother and sister tandem, advocating for their hometown
Incoming presidents vow to continue their advocacy for their associations.
Photo by Agnes

Here’s what Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz stated: “I would like to commend the officers and members of the two associations – the Camalaniugan Circle USA and the Camalaniugan National High School Alumni Association International – for another milestone in their organizations as new sets of officers take the helm of two of the most solid organizations in Southern California.”

The ‘unique’ joint induction and ball happened on April 6, at the Hilton Pasadena in Pasadena, Calif.,

“The two Camalaniugan organizations,” said Josie E. De Jesus, past president of the Camalaniugan Circle and founding president of the Camalaniugan high school alumni group, have separate 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporations organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code.”

ConGen Cruz congratulated the new officers and “encouraged the new leadership to take this opportunity to engage the youth and the next generation of Filipino Americans in their associations’ activities to inspire them to discover their roots and instill in them the value of civic involvement.”

The consul general commended the two organizations for staying true to their commitment through the years through the regular conduct of medical, surgical, vision and dental missions, and education, as well as, their humanitarian programs.

The Municipality of Camalaniugan, according to Henry D. Costales, outgoing president of the Camalaniugan high school alumni group, is in the province of Cagayan, Philippines, and was founded on June 15, 1596. The town was named after the ‘malaniug’ trees which grew in abundance during the early years. Town mates take pride that their church, dedicated to San Jacinto or Saint Hyacinth, houses the oldest church bell in the Far East (Sancta Maria, 1595).

“Giving back to the community with open hearts, open minds, and open treasures,” is our motto,” said Henry’s sister Juliet Ibergs, the outgoing president of the Camalaniugan Circle.

“And this is ours, quipped Henry, “A successful lifelong educational journey starts with keeping our children healthy, motivated and inspired.” He remembers what ConGen said when their Mayor Isidro Cabaddu visited the Philippine Consulate in 2017: “Such projects (‘education, medical, dental, and health missions’) help underprivileged children grow up healthy and educated, empowering them to reach their full potential.”

The incoming president of the Camalaniugan Circle USA is Fe Casabar; president-elect is Ben Aragones. Dennis Arellano is the incoming president of the Camalaniugan National High School Alumni Association International and president-elect is Genevieve Palmea Flores.



The program started on a high note with Yolanda Slate singing the Star-Spangled Banner, followed by Evelyn Vinagrera Nuval singing Lupang Hinirang assisted by Willie Manacsa and the Midnight Motion Band.

Special guest vocalist was Manny Evaldez, an officer of the United Pampanga Leaders Council, whose rendition of God Bless Phil USA, had guest Dr. Bing Chickey swooning, even showing her goose bumps! You’ll get a chance to hear him sing more songs on May 18, when Earthgrain Rising Incorporated presents ‘An Evening with Manny,’ his first solo concert, at the Celebrity Center International in Hollywood. Performing with him are Sam Santiago, “Sensational Singer” from Orange County, and Jasmine Clarke, “You Tube Sensation.” Music by Alegrezza Band.

Emcees at the CCUSA/CNHSSAI induction and dinner dance were Fe Ngayan Casabar and Dennis Arellano.