San Pablo, Ca. — The new officers of the Filipino-Americans of Contra Costa County, Inc. for 2018-2020 were installed during their Christmas dinner Dec. 15 at the Rockefeller Lodge in San Pablo.
Hercules Councilman Roland Esquivias was the inducting officer which included the following: Romeo Serranzana, president; Fil Obmerga and Rey Calub, first and second vice presidents, respectively; AdoracionNues, secretary; LolitObmerga, treasurer; Araceli dela Cruz, assistant treasurer; Mandy Villanueva, auditor; CipAyalin, public relations officer. Sgt.-at-arms are Rick Llamado, Joe Medrano, Roy de Leon and Fernando Poquiz.
Board of directors are Lito Villanueva, chairman; Victoria Bautista, vice chair; Vicky Calub, board secretary; Rollie Rosette, Ernie dePaz, Nemy Bautista, Flor Malicse, James McCabe and Frank Palomares.
Hercules Councilmember and former Mayor Myrna Devera was the guest speaker who spoke on involving more Filipino Americans into the political process even starting in the commissioner level. She said that she enjoyed her 13 years in the Hercules council starting in the planning commission. She is not running for any office as she is stepping down at the end of this year. Councilman Esquivias will be the Hercules vice mayor in January.
Fr. Geoffrey Baraan, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Pinole led the invocation. He also mentioned that with a growing Fil-Am community in the area that this group could connect and attract more members to help their immediate community. He was appointed an honorary member by past president Victoria Bautista. Shown above are the new officers of FACCC which was founded in 1975. Photo by CipAyalin.