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Old, new PHILSELA members join force for successful 40th year ball

Posted On 2014 May 15
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City of Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido, assisted by Vice Consul Mary Joy Ramirez, inducts the new set of officers and board of directos of PHILSELA during the association’s 40th anniversary ball on April 26 at Cerritos Sheraton. (Photo by Arturo V. Ramos)

City of Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido, assisted by Vice Consul Mary Joy Ramirez, inducts the new set of officers and board of directos of PHILSELA during the association’s 40th anniversary ball on April 26 at Cerritos Sheraton. (Photo by Arturo V. Ramos)

CERRITOS − With energetic and fresh faces at the leadership helm, the Philippine Society of Southeast Los Angeles (PHILSELA) celebrated the association’s 40 years of  continuous service to the community during its successful anniversary and induction ball at the Cerritos Sheraton last April 26.

During the event, the new set of officers, led by President Nimfa Castro, and board of directors, led by Chairman Frank Yokoyama, were inducted by new Cerritos Mayor Mark Pulido and Vice Consul Mary Joy Ramirez. The event also saw the coronation of Miss PHILSELA 2014 Krisha de Jesus.

Officials from the cities of Cerritos and Artesia, along with guests from the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles attended the event.

Original and pioneer PHILSELA members dating back to the ‘70s in attendance were one in congratulating the new officers, led by Castro and Yokoyoma, for the successful anniversary ball. There was a chorus of praises with how the event progressed, with the dance floor packed until the last dance.

“It was a very fitting celebration of 40 years. Your leadership moved and inspired both old and new members to come together. My hats off to you!” Alice Ramos, former president and past chairman of the board, wrote to Castro in an email message.

Linda Bautista, who has been president and board chairman, and currently vice chairman of the board, said in the same thread: “Kudos to you and your committees for all the hard work they generated to make the occasion an affair to remember.  On a personal note, you have shown, in no uncertain terms what leadership is all about: the ability to lead without a need to dominate and that reliance for help in times of need is the basis of trust.  Inspiring is how I would summarize all the steps you have initiated since you assumed the presidency.  The Society could not ask for more, except of course, keep it up, ma’am.”

Violet Mislang, a former Philsela board director and husband Gil who is a known and active community civic leader, had this to say: “The show of leadership was easily recognizable during the induction and dinner event.”

Inducted during the event were: Nimfa Castro, president; Armin Reyes, VP budget and finance; Nicolle Yokoyama, VP membership; Elizabeth Boschma, VP programs; Larry Camus, VP ways and means; Cindy Garces, treasurer; Aurora Reyes, assistant treasurer; Lea Manalad, recording secretary; Noemi Elicerio, corresponding secretary; Mryleane Tamayo, auditor; Monet Lu, PRO; Dolly Serrano and Michael de Jesus, Affairs coordinators; and Ernie Papa and Chit Yokoyama, advisers;

Frank Yokoyama, board chairman; Linda Bautista, vice chairman; Douglas Bautista, Evelyn Carale, Nimfa Castro, Emma Chupinghong, Norma Fuentes, Daisy Pangilinan, and Lini Teal, directors.

PHILSELA was founded 40 years ago by a group of young Filipino immigrants, mostly professionals from the Artesia-Cerritos area and neighboring communities. It  is one of the few 501©(3) civic organizations in good standing and accredited as Class A by the City of Cerritos. This year saw a remarkable increase in new membership due to a vigorous campaign launched by Castro.

Annual activities include the Scholarship Program and the Santacruzan. It also sponsors and supports city-initiated programs, including the Festival of Friendship, Let Freedom Ring 4th of July Event, and Halloween Festival. PHILSELA has also participated in the Philippine Independence Centennial celebration, and the Filipiniana Library Project.

Upcoming projects scheduled for this year include: Santacruzan, May 31; Scholarship Banquet, June 19; Let Freedom Ring, July 4; Pechanga Turnaround, July 13; Luaua Dinner and Dance, August 30; Picnic, September 27; Halloween Game Booth, October 31; Christmas Party, December 6; and Simbang Gabi in December.

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