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A ‘wacky’ pose at Kalayaan Incorporated’s Christmas party and Induction of Officers

ROSEMEAD, Calif. – As the year draws to a close, Consul General Adelio Angelito S. Cruz once again found himself being invited to several year-end gatherings with the Filipino-American community.

“It is, however, my pleasure,” he said on Dec. 2, at Double Tree Hotel, “that for 2018, I am spending my first-ever Christmas party of the season with the gracious women and men of Kalayaan Incorporated. Thank you, for once again making the Consulate General a part of this important activity.”

Past president Zeny Sabocor introduced the Consul General and she must’ve done such a terrific job, it prompted the ConGen to proclaim: “That’s the best introduction I’ve received… ever!”

ConGen Cruz inducted the new officers and had this message: “As the new set of officers prepares to embark on the projects for the incoming year, I am reminded of a quote that I read somewhere which states: ‘The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.’ Wise words that we could all learn from,” he added. “Kalayaan Inc.’s future and continued relevance rests not on leaders who could only see the task at hand. In order to propel this admirable and commendable organization forward, the leaders of today must ensure that they inspire future leaders to take up the mantle and carry forward the group’s worthy advocacies. I have faith in all of you that you’d be up to the task.

“Being amidst this gathering of excellent men and women gives me a feeling of being at home and among family,” continued the ConGen. “Many of you have truly been like a second family for me and to my team at the Philippine Consulate General.  Indeed, many of you have collaborated with us and supported our programs and projects to promote Philippine investment, trade and tourism, as well as greater understanding of Philippine culture and the Filipino people among mainstream American society. This is because Kalayaan, Inc. is no ordinary organization. It is an association of FilAm associations whose members are themselves leaders in their own right, continually contributing to Filipino-American community building.

“I am even prouder to note that aside from the organization’s flagship project, which is the annual Philippine Independence Day Gala, Kalayaan, Inc., also undertakes charitable activities, as well as programs to educate Filipino-American community, especially the youth about the Philippine Independence Day and Philippine history.  No more noble and more admirable pursuits could be aspired for by any Fil-Am organization. You truly are an inspiration to us all.”

Inducted were Annie Cuevas-Lim, President; Lynda Joco, Secretary; Bituin Villanueva, Asst. Sec.; Erlinda Granada-Sabah, Treasurer; Marilou Perez, Asst. Treas.; Benel Se-Liban, Auditor; Lolita Bandong, Asst. Auditor; Violet Mislang and Lady Hope Robillos, PRO’s. (Editor’s note: Also inducted, OV columnist Lydia V. Solis, Vice President.)

Board Members sworn in included Nonie Belarmino, Arnold Bejasa, Rosalie Caratao, Isabelle Chapman, Vicky De Leon, Aida Jugo, Peter Ramirez, Reddy Babasa-Thompson, Carmelita Paule, Connie Sepulveda, and Archerie Calunod. (Unable to attend: Virginia B. Vivas and Rene Galano.)

“Thank you to all the board members and ex-officios for trusting me to lead the organization this coming year” was Annie’s response. “Let’s all work together in the spirit of teamwork, friendship and camaraderie,” she added.

Annie thanked guests ConGen Cruz and his wife Cathy; Philippine Tourism Director in Los Angeles, Richmond Jimenez; Jessica Caloza, Director of Scheduling, Office of Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, and her husband Atty. Matt Villaruiz;   Senior Asst. City Attorney Eddie Angeles and his wife Evelyn; Gng. Kalayaan Anita Jackson, M.D. and her husband Ben; Binibining Kalayaan Queenie Navarro and mom; Mutya ng Kalayaan Megan Sabocor and parents; and performers Felson Palad, evangelist/singer/composer, and the Junior New System, America’s Got Talent semi-finalist, an all-male Filipino dance group astonishing in six-inch heels.

“And please don’t forget to acknowledge my guests,” requested past President Josie E. De Jesus. They are members of the Philippine Nurses Association of Southern California led by Reggie Valerio, President; Roland Santos, President-elect; and Lilibeth Cruz; the UE Nursing Alumni Association led by Leni Bigornia, President; and Lydia Fernandez, Treasurer; and Catherine Rubio and family from UCLA.

KI’s emcees were past President Gil Mislang and Secretary Lyn Joco. Music was provided by Nila Carlos and Carlos Garcia of the Day & Night DJ Service.

LOS ANGELES –The Philippine Disaster Relief Organization members Pete and Emma Sabido hosted the election on Nov. 28, at their residence. Chaired by Board Director Zeny Sabocor, the election committee presented the newly-elected officers: Benito Moras Miranda, President and Chairman; Santos Capistrano Jr., Vice Chair and President-elect; Lilli Zalameda Khan, Secretary; Heidi Mariano, Asst. Secretary; Joey Cruz, Treasurer; and Cirilo Pinlac Jr., Auditor. Serving as Board Directors are: Manuel Baculi, M.D., Lolita Frialde-Bandong, Cora Cruz, Serry Sabocor, and Edith Sajor. Past Presidents include Bing De La Vega, Gil Mislang, Myrna M. Baculi, and Archerie Calunod. And Edith even baked a cake to celebrate Lilli’s birthday.

MONTEREY PARK – The election of the Philippine Women’s University Alumni Association of Southern California was held on Nov. 25, at the residence of Minda Gorospe in Orange, Calif.

Serving during the centennial of the Philippine Women’s University (2019-2020) are:  Lu Barretto, President; Marilou Kinetz, President-elect; Lolly Enrile, Vice President; Marigene Strouse, Rec. Sec.; Arceli Gagajena, Corr. Sec.; Puring Worrell, Treasurer; Exal Igidbashian, Asst. Treas.; and Vicky Soong, Auditor.  Board Directors: Tessie Lightholder, Tess Go-Hoey, Esther Reyes, Elden Pablo, Nanette Rosadia, Mel Paredes, and Juliet Abrantes (host of the Christmas party on Dec. 9). Adviser: Minda Gorospe and Consultant Emeritus is beloved 98-year-old Milagros Ocampo.