Induction of Officers and announcement of Scholarship Recipients
Cerritos, California. The Southern California Philippine-US Veterans Association celebrated their 37th Anniversary on September 22, 2012 at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to celebrating their anniversary, the newly elected officers of the Phil-US Veterans Association, the Ladies Circle Auxiliary Unit and their respective Board of Directors were sworn in for the 2012-2013 year. ABC School Board Member Lynda Johnson administered the oath of office to the incoming officers.
The evening included special guest speaker Councilmember Mark Pulido, who gave a personal donation to the Phil-US Veterans Association. The Ladies Circle Dance Troupe, wearing traditional Maria Clara outfits, performed a Filipino folk dance entitled “La Jota”. The association also announcedthree high school students who were recognized for their academic efforts and individual successes. The scholarship recipients were:
- Keanu Andico – Santiago High School. Currently attending UCLAand majoring in Biochemistry.
- Ryan Flynn – Esperanza High School. Currently attending Cal Poly Pomona and majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
- Nicolas Popoy – La Mirada High School. Currently attending California Maritime Academy and majoring in Facilities Engineering.
The Phil-US Veterans Association was founded 37 years ago, forming an organization to reunite old shipmates and friends that served in the United States armed forces. In addition, they wanted to have an organization that is charitable, social and civic oriented. Their youth scholarship program has awarded thousands of dollars to young individual that wanted to pursue higher education.
The 2012-2013 Officers inducted were:
- President – Pedro Dionisio
- Vice President – Gani Azucenas
- Secretary – Tante Camanag
- Treasurer – Ted Quibrantar
- Auditor – Andy Sangria
- Parliamentarian – Wens Bantad
- Sgt at Arms – Gene Ines and Jess Matias
Board of Directors:
- Chairman – Jess Gatdula
- Members: Gani Azucenas, Billy Balmaceda, Tante Camanag, Pete Dionisio, Cesar Doma, Ted Quibrantar, Romy Ricarte, Ed Saclolo, Andy Sangria and Bob Van Patten
Ladies Circle Officers:
- President – Ely Yapo
- Vice President – Lilia Alog
- Secretary – Mely Bantad
- Treasurer – Lily Solis
- Auditor – Bella Angeo
- Adviser – Lily Castelo
Board of Directors:
- Chairperson – Gloria Magadia
- Vice Chairperson – Lorna Dionisio
- Members: Remy Azucenas, Betty Balmaceda, Nellie Bustria, Ely Doma, Agnes Esteban, Dina Gatdula, Julie Nulod, Fely Quibrantar, Toni Skiles and Dove Sonza.
The Phil-US Veterans Association, along with the Ladies Circle, is a community-based organization. They have an annual Scholarship Program and continually support city-initiated programs such as the City of Cerritos Festival of Friendship and the Halloween Festival. The organization meets every 1st Friday of the month at Liberty Park at 7:00pm.
For additional information, please contact President Pedro Dionisio at (562) 881-3480.