FOPSNJ Inc. Celebrated 43rd Anniversary and “Gabi ng Parangal” with Glamour

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Newark, NJ -- The Federation Of Philippine Societies in New Jersey (FOPSNJ) Inc. recently celebrated its 43rd Founding Anniversary on September 7, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.


This celebration signifies the consistent effort and strong desire of elected officials and members of the board to keep the objectives of the federation real and substantial.

The event was attended by more than 150 community and political leaders as well as friends and supporters and highlighted the recognition of some 25 Filipino-American Organizations and an outstanding Filipino-American community leader.

The following organizations have been selected by a committee based on their outstanding work in promoting the rich Filipino heritage, and supporting and helping kababayans in their own unique ways. We congratulate the ABBA Happy Valley Global Foundation, Bayanihan Club of Union, Bicol USA, Calamba Association Northeast, Catanduanes USA, Cultural Arts and Dance Company of the Philippines, Filipino International Community of America (FICA), Fil-Am Chambers of Commerce, Filipino American Garden State Association, Handang Tumulong Foundation, Kapampangan Association, Maharajah, National Association of Filipino American Associations (NAFAA), NY-NJ-PA Friends of Asingan USA, Knights of Rizal, Pan American Concerned Citizen Action League (PACCAL), Philippine American Community Executive Council (PACEC), Performing Arts of the Philippines (PAPI), Philippine American Friendship Committee (PAFCom) Inc., Philippine Chamber Rondalla, Philippine Independence Day Council Inc. (PIDCI), Phil-Am Pagasa, Philippine Community Center Foundation of NJ Inc., Senior Club Incorporated and Tarlaqueños Foundation. Also, we congratulate Atty. Victor Sison, former Judge of Jersey City who was presented with the Most Outstanding Leadership Award.

Current and former beauty titlist were also invited and were presented during a choreographed Parade of Beauties that included Ms. Evelyn Dangcil (Miss Young Philippines NJ 2012, Ms Jessica Soriano (Miss Teen Philippines NJ 2012), Ms Monica San Agustin (Miss Pearl of the Orient 2012), Mrs. Joy Aligarbes (Mrs Philippines America 2012), Ms Christine Soriano (Miss Diwa, Miss NAFA and Miss Luzon) and Mrs Henrietta Abenoja (Mrs Federation)

Hon. Mario L. De Leon Jr. Consul-General of the Consulate General of the Philippines in NY, Hon. Zaldy Patron and Hon. Rolando Lavarro, President of the City Council of Jersey City were among the honorable guests and speakers of the night. Some former FOPSNJ Presidents also graced the occasion headed by Dr Zal and Dr Josie Velez, the Founding President of the Federation together with Ms. Zenaida Almario, the Immediate Past President, Mr Dan De Guzman, Mr Ronnie Atinaja, Ms Carmen Flores, Ms Fe Martinez, and Ms Phoebe Andes represented by her daughter Pam.

During the program, Rev Dr Gaudencio Soriano, the very hardworking President of FOPSNJ gave his farewell address as he intends to retire from his active role as officer and member of various Fil-Am Organizations.

The event became possible through the sincere efforts and cooperation among its officers and members especially the Awards Committee headed by VP Francis Sison and assisted by Mr Walter Romano, Mr Sonny Austria, Mr Dick Ong and Mr Brian Manongdo and the Event Chairperson VP Elvira Ramos-Reyes assisted by assisted by Rolly Postadan and Tony Abellar. The Registration and Accomodation Committee was headed Ms Nueva Elma assisted by Ms Beth Manalo, Ocer Dangcil and Eloise Soriano and the Communications Committee and Event’s Master of Ceremony Mr Emiljun Rapada.

Special thanks and appreciation is also given to the very talented and impressive performance of Faye Danika Go and Christine Soriano, the Cultural Arts and Dance Company headed by Mr Rolly Postandan and a very special performance by the Philippine Chamber Rondalla headed by Ms. Tarit Ramos.

To all the supporters, friends, officers and directors of FOPSNJ, we thank you for your untiring support and generosity. In the words of President Soriano, “Pinasasalamatan ko ang ating Panginoon at sa inyong lahat na nagmamahal sa ating Inang Bayang Pilipinas at para sa ating mga kababayan na  pinagtutulungan nating tulungan. Maraming salamat po.