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A joint publication of the Filipino American Community Council of Michigan (FILAMCCO)

Fall - Winter and the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) December 2008

Inside this issue: Rizal Day Celebration 2008 by Liza Sollestre

Message 2-3
“The Youth Is The Hope Of Our Future.”
Miss Philippines 4
Kiwanis 6 That is this year’s theme for the Rizal Day festivities, and is a reflec-
tion of the spirit of what the Filipino people’s national hero symbolizes:
Ang Bisaya 7 hope, courage, unity, honor, and pride. Come spend the evening of Satur-
Rep. Hopgood 8 day, December 27, 2008 at this now traditional celebration honoring Jose
Rizal. Enjoy a delicious meal and a great program, while renewing old
Elections 8 friendships and making new ones. Dance the night away with music by disc
St. Rene Sched. 11 jockey, Carter and the Friends and Family Band.
The party will be held once again at the Rock Financial Showplace
Special Diamond Center in Novi, MI. It will be hosted by the Ang Bisaya of Michi-
Announcement gan in partnership with FILAMCCO.
PILIPINAS Newsletter For reservation, please call:
will soon be available Rock Financial
on the, Showplace Jojo or Vicky Atillo: (734) 377-8510 Diamond Center Nona Apigo: (248) 698-1092
websites and via Email. Arcie Gemino: (586) 954-9711
Email us at: 46100 Grand River Tony Kho: (248) 755-6122 Novi, MI 48374 Zairel Flynn: (734) 728-0877
Or call: (248) 443-7037 Van Ong: (248) 348-1494
to receive the Ph: (248) 348-5600 Liza Sollestre: (248) 722-2428
newsletter via email

PACCM Valentine’s Ball 2009

by Steve & Gale Miles

February is fast approaching, and that means it is time for our PACCM Valen-
tine’s Ball. This year we celebrate 26 years of proud service in our community.
Through the years, the PACCM has grown to mean more than just the name of a
building. It has come to represent a community that provides enrichment in Fili-
pino culture and language; a community that encourages our children to explore,
develop and embrace what it means to be young Filipino-Americans; and most im-
portantly, a community that celebrates and preserves the traditions of the Philip-
pines here in Michigan.
The PACCM continues to be a “home-away-from-home” for Filipino Ameri-
cans of Michigan and prides itself in making all feel welcome and part of our family
of members. It is through our membership and the generosity of our community
that we can continue to provide not only a safe environment for our families to For more information about our event,
gather, but also, in partnership with fellow organizations, services such as the please contact:
Health and Fitness Expo and Consul-On-Wheels. To continue offering services to
our community, we need your support. (Event Chairpersons)
Steve & Gale Miles: 313-550-8601
Please join us and celebrate as we host our biggest fundraiser of the year at the
Troy Marriott on February 7, 2009 with reception at 6:00 pm
followed by dinner at 7:00 pm.
Nona Apigo: 248-425-9209
PACCM Members: $45/person Liza Sollestre: 248-722-2428
Regular: $50/person (PACCM Chairperson)
Benefactor: $100/person Dr. Ernie Mac: 248-641-8993
PACCM Valentine’s Ball 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009 (PACCM Exec. Director)
Troy Marriott Fred Porte: 248-443-7037
200 W. Big Beaver Rd. Troy, MI 48084
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PACCM Chairperson message…... FILAMCCO President message…...

We have been blessed as a The year is close to its end and as
community to have a center we call our most clubs, organizations or businesses
own. This is our home away from do, they make assessments and evalua-
home, the home of Paaralang Pilipino tions of their programs, activities or pro-
(currently in session) and NANAY jects that were undertaken for the year.
(National Alliance to Nurture the Aged Assessments measure the degree of suc-
and Youth). cess or failure of something. They are
utilized as means to attain satisfaction for
This year, we have been ex-
things that went well and to focus on
tremely busy with various activities such as consul on wheels,
those that need change and transformation.
Trick or Trunk (co-sponsored by FILAMCCO). Currently.
We just hosted the Governor’s Advisory Council to Asian Pa- They are also productive ways of seeking improvement
cific American Affairs – to name a few. and capitalizing on other means to better operate and function.
The end of the year is the best time for any club or organiza-
The Center is fully paid for. However, its maintenance
tion to reflect on these evaluations to kick off the New Year on
and operating cost runs approximately 50K a year. It operates
a better note.
on a shoestring budget. While support comes from organiza-
tions, individual donations and memorial donors from PACCM- It’s been almost a year since I assumed the role of presi-
sponsored events, most of the budget support comes from dency of FILAMCCO. It’s been both a privilege and challenge to
FILAMCCO & PACCM sponsored fundraising events. undertake the numerous responsibilities that are attached to
the position. Each day becomes a learning experience. The job
Let us keep the PACCM alive. As a community we can
may sometimes entail some pressures and adversities but its
do it. Make sure to keep PACCM in your heart for your tax-
altogether part of creating positive approaches in dealing with
deductible contributions (PACCM is a 501c-3 Organization
them. As time goes by, one becomes adept and tolerant to the
contribution and membership dues are tax deductible). Your
demands of the job.
membership will also help to sustain the building.
Doing volunteer work can truly be rewarding if you get
I appeal to all the organizations to please support the
the support of several dedicated and committed people in our
PACCM. Your financial support will help keep PACCM alive.
community. The pursuit of all the collaborative endeavors
Rest assured that all the monies you give to the PACCM are
shared by everyone makes for better interdependent relation-
spent only on the PACCM’s programs and operations. The
ships among us. FILAMCCO is lucky to have the majority of the
board funds all PACCM advertising.
affiliated organizations participate and actively involved with the
The holiday season is here again. Despite the economy various activities carried on by the umbrella over the years.
and everything that come with it, we must take time and reflect
With the coming of the holiday season, it is my great
– be thankful for what we have been blessed with.
pleasure to wish you all the best with your family and friends.
Once again, I personally appeal to you to support and Allow me to invite you to our annual commemoration of Rizal
keep the PACCM alive - especially financially. Day on December 27, 2008 at the Rock Financial Showplace in
Novi. Together we can end the year with pride and pleasure by
Happy Holidays and Thanking You ALL,
coming together to celebrate and honor the memory of our
Maraming salamat po, greatest national hero, Dr, Jose Rizal.

Ernestina “Ernie” Mac, M.D. Tony Kho

Chairperson, PACCM FILAMCCO President

To All Filipino American Golf Leagues In Michigan
By Fred Porte
The 2009 Annual Michigan Interleague Golf Tournament sponsored by PACCM will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2009 at Devil’s Ridge GC
located in Oxford, Michigan. This is one of the major fundraisers by the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan to help fund the
numerous programs offered to the Asian community. Your league could help by scheduling the aforementioned date as one of your regular
season schedule/venue.

For inquiries, please contact: Fred Porte: (586) 350-5574 or (248) 443-7078


The PACCM Banquet Hall & Conference Rooms
Contact The PACCM For More Info @ (248) 443-7037
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Expanding Utang Na Loob to Include WHEN to SAY NO to PAKI

Americans AND Contributing Finan- By Van S. Ong, FILAMCCO PRO
cially to PACCM This Year
By Jeff Jenks, PACCM PRO Every language has it. I am talking
about a multipurpose word that can be
Utang na Loob (inner debt) is obligation to used in many situations; a word that is
family. And, add to it the Compadrazco system, not only simple and concise but also has
to expand that obligation further – by expand- widespread acceptability and effective-
ing “family” through ninongs, compadres and ness.
sponsors. Do we need to go even further here
in America? Do we need to also practice the ideal of mutual respect, In Filipino I can think only of Paki
combined with utang, for non-Filipinos who actively involve themselves which when used as a prefix has an inflectional effect on the
in the community? I say yes. word's meaning. Language purists who can recommend a bet-
Deacon Bob Rowland has worked for YEARS for the commu- ter term sometimes frown upon its common usage but it mat-
nity, and at the same time he is a fully ordained deacon in the Catholic ters little to me if it is classified as informal or grammatically
church. He has completed formal training and is experienced. He can incorrect. All know is that it is widely understood and that to
say Mass, give Homilies, marry and bury you. Yet when it comes to a me is what language is all about. I'll share my thoughts here
religious service which he is trained for and recognition, and where an while others can argue on its proper usage.
honorarium is often given, he is often omitted, either from the service
or the honorarium. He is frequently ignored religiously, as we look When used alone in everyday conversation, Paki literally
for a “priest” even if it’s someone we don’t know. means please as in Pakiusap (Please, can we talk.) But it can get
complicated. In romance, it is a young man's plea for his unre-
Steve Miles, during the last few years has devoted a huge
quited love. When asking for special consideration or when you
amount of time to making the PACCM a better place - physically, edu-
cation wise, and as a community center. His kids are the only one’s want to get things done, pakiusap under the right circumstances
that still practice “mano po”. He’s even cooked pansit, when it was can be very effective. In law, smart lawyers can pakiusap the
time for meals for the kids, but he shouldn’become a Filipino cook. judge for leniency. Supplicants use paki usap to invoke assis-
He’s only made one request of the community, his recent request for tance from their patron saint for God to answer their prayers.
donations for Little Dresses for Africa. Yet most of us have been
silent to his request - and yes, there were a few exceptions. Paki becomes a problem when it is used as a corrupting
influence (as in pakisama) in a conspiracy to commit an illegal
I’ve had similar experiences during the past 40 years of involve- deed. Government officials are particularly susceptible to this.
ment in the community. When there’s a request for a non-Filipino While honest bureaucrats do not actively participate, they
organization, or business support it is usually ignored.
eventually turn a blind eye believing that it is morally right since
Doesn’t utang and possibly delicadeza apply for those of us who everybody is doing it. By acquiescing to Pakisama the thorn on
are not of Filipino descent? I would like to encourage you to fully the side is removed.
embrace those Americans who love the Philippines - by showing mu-
tual respect. We show you respect, whether it’s a contribution to a Miscreants utilizing the polite expression of paki build on
Philippine medical mission, active involvement in a Filipino club, attend- their success until it becomes a way of life, wielding tremen-
ing a dinner dance, the wearing of a Barong Tagalog, or trying to learn dous power and authority. The rich and the well connected get
and practice your cultural rules. Can you sometimes consider our away with the crime while the poor suffer when paki becomes
requests as well? a political tool to water down the spirit of the law.
One of the uniquenesses in American society, is the high level Paki, like a double edge sword has a good and bad side.
of volunteerism - donating both time and money locally to help others By using it properly, you can obtain favors, build strong rela-
who we don’t know. Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about American
tionships by ironing out misunderstandings, reach amicable or
volunteerism in 1835 and in 1840 in Democracy in America.
extra judicial settlements in overheated conflicts, and even win
Filipino support for family, and communities back home is very a lover's heart. But paki can also turn the naive, and softhearted
high. It’s something to be proud of, and very Filipino, responding to an to become enablers of evil men who seek facilitators to accom-
expanded value of “Utang Na Loob” or obligation. plish their dirty work.
But can you say the same about your “volunteering” HERE in
My advice is to avoid people who over use Paki here and
America? You can combine Filipino “Utang” with American
“Volunteerism,” and work with PACCM. Please, make a generous and Paki there. They manipulate you with their affable charm and
annual contribution to PACCM and ask a few friends to do the same. lavish praises so you will generously accommodate all their Paki.
Donate time as a teacher, food for student breaks, or bring seniors or When you finally meet one, just say NO. >
students to/from the Center. Parents have begun part of this practice,
but it really is also a community responsibility.
But also let other Americans experience the greatness of Fili-
pino culture and values – share your money and time both HERE and
abroad. Volunteer locally in your community, on a board or commis-
sion. Contribute time and money to a local food bank, serve a meal to
the hungry and give your time and money to promote Detroit, the
community you live in, and of course - PACCM. Working TO-
GETHER we can make our communities both here and overseas bet-
ter places to live in. >
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Kimberly Wawrzyniak of Roseville PAARALAN SA PACCM

Crowned Miss Philippines, MI 2008 By Becky Tungol
By Edina Estupigan Klein If you or anyone you know especially your child
(ren) want to learn Filipino Language and Culture the
Paaralang Pilipino PACCM is the place to be. Our mis-
sion is to preserve the Filipino heritage, values and tradi-
tions through education of our youth.
We believe that your stay at the Paaralan will be
meaningful and productive. You will learn and enjoy the
classes offered by qualified instructors committed to
impart and share their knowledge and expertise in Fili-
pino Language, Arts and Culture, Philippines History and
Filipino American history.
The concepts of “Pinoy Teach” used by the Philip-
pine History teachers from the University of Michigan
are diversity, multiculturalism, civilization, perspective,
revolution, imperialism, immigration, racism, discrimina-
tion, and ethnic identity. Once students find the rele-
From Left: Gladys Estrada, Janelle Pangilinan, Kim Wawrzyniak, vance of these concepts they are introduced to content
Jacquelyn Angco, Keroles & Chelaine Dueweke on both Philippine and Filipino American history and
culture. Pinoy Teach advocates critical pedagogy which
Fundraising event delivers entertainment while rewarding encourages students to critically think about what they
Filipina-American role models. learn instead of being mere receptacles of knowledge
The 2008 Miss Philippines, MI (August 16th) proved to be one (Freire, 1989).
of the best fund raising production FILAMCCO has presented. Per- We thank the parents who have enrolled their
formances were choreographed by Arcie Gemino (assisted by Flor children at the Paaralan for giving us the trust and confi-
Penner), with a hip hop number by Black-Eyed Peas (Bebot), led by dence in providing them the avenue to rediscover their
three of the candidates Janelle, Chelaine and Gladys. roots and deeper understanding of their values.
Co-host Jason Klein edited and presented multiple videos. Membership with a minimal fee is required to en-
They leveraged behind the scenes footage from practices, photo roll at the Paaralan. For $30/year /family membership in
shoots and interviews – giving insight into each contestant. Co-host the PACCM tuition is free for 6 – 18 years . We only
Ryan Rosario led audience participation asking a candidate repre- charge $10 per student for materials. Classes are of-
sentative to answer why he/she thinks that their candidate deserves fered on Sundays from 1:30 –4:45 pm from September
the title. to May .
After two and a half hours of cheering fans at the American As I write this article, the students just finished
Polish Center in Troy, the following results were announced. making their “parols” (Christmas Lanterns) in prepara-
Miss Philippines 2008: Kimberly Wawrzyniak, 19-year old tion for the Pasko sa PACCM Party on December 14,
student from U-D Mercy; 1st Runner Up: Janelle Pangilinan, a pre- 2008. They will sing the “Mano po Ninong, Mano Po
law student at U-M; 2nd Runner up: Jacquelyn Keroles of Sterling Ninang”, a song about the Filipino tradition where the
Heights HS; 3rd Runner Up: Gladys Estrada (WSU nursing student); kids go to visit their Ninong (God father) and Ninang
4th Runner Up: Chelaine Dueweke (creative student from Warren. (God mothers) asking for blessings by kissing their hands
Each candidate left with a title, and winnings as they so richly de- to show respect. In return, they are given gifts, most of
served. the time money. The Filipino Youth Initiative at one of
the class sessions tested how much the students learned
The dedication of the committee, candidates and their fami- so far by making them play in a game called “Pinoy Jeop-
lies successfully raised funds as proceeds will help calamity victims in ardy” patterned after the game Jeopardy. It was amazing
the Philippines and National emergency relief. how much they have learned in such a short time. It was
Miss Philippines was chaired by Edina Estupigan Klein indeed a very enjoyable, exciting, competitive afternoon.
(reigning Mrs. Philippines, MI) and co-chaired by Becky Tungol. By popular demand we will schedule another one when
we come back from holiday break.
The Miss Philippines, MI pageant takes place every two years.
The school will be closed for the Christmas Holi-
For more information and to watch candidate videos, go to days. It will resume on January 11, 2009. >
For more information please call
Becky: (248) 755-6119 >
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Michigan Med Techs Storm Houston - National Convention Update

By Daisy Nogoy

The Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) celebrated

their 40th anniversary this year and last August at PAMET USA’s 11th Biennial
National Convention in Houston, Texas.
Eleven delegates from the Michigan Chapter attended included: Nile Al-
concel, Becky Tungol, Letty Hernandez, Gloria Trajano, Norma Escurel, Lav
Mateo, Daisy Nogoy, Fred and Osie Faustino, Elena Perez, and Joseph So.
Continuing Education Seminars were conducted, including topics about
MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), hematologic disorders,
problems in blood banking and many more. National elections were held and
Michigan Chapter president, Nile Alconcel was elected to the top position of
national president. Becky Tungol also won a seat as one of the Board of Direc-
It was not all serious business during the five day convention. The Michi-
gan chapter took first runner up at the “Fun Night” competition. Their act can
be viewed on YouTube titled PAMET MICHIGAN. Gloria Trajano also took first
runner up at the “Ms. Cowboy” competition held at a real Texas dude ranch.
The delegates left just in time before hurricane Gustav hit Houston. >

Spirit of Volunteerism work on behalf of others without being or donated to Gawad Kalinga with an
ultimate goal of doing special humanitar-
motivated by financial or material gains.
By Sofia E. Bole, RN
Volunteers may have special training/skills ian projects back in the Philippines, our
NaFFAA Michigan led by Chairperson Willie as rescuers, guides, assistants, teachers, homeland.
Dechavez, celebrated its 5th Annual Banquet on religious missionaries and many more Ma-
NaFFAA MI honored and recog-
October 25, 2008 with a theme “Spirit of Volun- jority work in an impromptu basis recogniz-
nized deserving members of the Filipino
teerism”, at the same time celebrating the month of ing a need and filling in or it can be a dra-
American community who have given
October as Filipino American matic search for a lost child or simply serve
their precious time, effort, monetary
daily by giving directions to lost visitors.
History Month. The event was chaired by Fe donations through sharing and caring.
San Agustin. The Guest of Honor and Inspirational Spirit on the other hand is the vital Their desire to reach out in many ways,
Speaker was Dr. Jose Evangelista, MD, Honorary principle or animating force within living to serve by giving their time and exper-
Consul of the Philippines in Michigan. beings, or in corporeal consciousness of tise in leadership or by extending a help-
what you are or your identity. The spirit ing hand, making time for, and in kind
Congratulations to the 2008 NaFFAA Michi- therefore is the motivating factor towards donations, but most of all they have the
gan Spirit of Volunteerism Honorees: Dr. Victoria volunteerism. In the Filipino American com- spirit of volunteerism to make a differ-
Navarra, Andres Fabello, Arcie Gemino, munity, the spirit of volunteerism is mani- ence. This spirit reigns and comes from
Becky Tungol, Lourdes Lim, Rhodora Racal, fested through fundraising for a purpose or deep within extended with love. Have a
Remedios Lazaga, Regina Mupas-Ash and special projects, medical missions to the Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Annie Collins. Each awardee received a plaque of Philippines, putting up a cultural show and to all!
recognition from NaFFAA and a medallion from the or getting ready for an organizations’ induc-
Rosemar Techaid Foundation. Each awardee exem- tion of officers or celebrating special events (NaFFAA Spirit of Volunteerism Award Com-
plifies the spirit in their own unique way of expres- that impacted the social, political, religious, mittee: Sofia E. Bole, Chairperson, Amy
sion what volunteerism is through humanitarian cultural, educational or economic culture in Risvold, Member, Gene Derayunan, Mem-
deeds. the Philippines. ber). >
Volunteerism is the willingness of people to Some put up a foundation here and

Community Based Rehabilitation in the Philippines

By Sarah Kairis
During our 4-week stay in the Philippines, we visited many cities, though our research was conducted mainly in Laoag in Ilocos Norte and
Sagada in the Mountain Province. Our group of 16 GIEU (Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) students, led by Drs. Gianna Rod-
riguez and Jose Yap, focused on researching more beneficial solutions for people with disabilities in these areas.
We interviewed people with disabilities hoping to identify the most common causes as well as the barriers needing the most improvement
in order to overcome them. We discussed with local government and health officials the importance of rehabilitation centers closer to home and
the need to start implementing community-based rehabilitation. We were fortunate enough to view several, already established, rehabilitation
centers. The most notable was the Breaking Barriers for Children Center in Laoag.
Officials in the Philippines to solicit more government funding and to help community members needing special assistance will use the in-
formation we collected. We also brought our data back to the University of Michigan where it will be used to gain the interest of physical thera-
pists and rehabilitation specialists who may want to contribute their expertise to people in the Philippines.
If more funding and programs can be established, community based rehabilitation will thrive in the Philippines for it is a beautiful country
founded on strong family and neighborhood ties; one that provides incredible hospitality to all! >
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Isn’t It Amazing What We Mission reflections

By Cheryl Robb-Genevich, CRNA
Can Do Together?
By Virginia Rezmierski We're home from the Philippines. The bags and boxes have all been unpacked.
The jet lag is starting to fade. We're all back to work now, and life is back to
Working together always sounds good, but
"normal." ...Or IS it?
is hard to accomplish. People are so busy these
days. How amazing it is, when we can accomplish a Participating in a mission of this magnitude has an unbelievable effect on a per-
many-hands approach in response to a specific son's psyche. Yes, the hours are long, the conditions are poor, and the pay...well…
The pay comes in the feeling that you get. It’s a feeling that you were able to
On our first trip to the Philippines in 1998, change the lives of so many people that would have otherwise done without. The pay
members of the First Presbyterian Church of Ann is in the look of gratitude on their faces. The pay is in knowing that you COULD
Arbor, many who are educators, asked to visit help, and you DID.
local public schools. One principal indicated a dire
need for school supplies. Students in that school The final tally for this year's mission is in. We are happy to say that we were
were without paper, pencils, and crayons for the able to perform 277 surgical procedures. These include such simple procedures as
entire year. cataract and cyst removals to the more complex cases such as heart valve replace-
ments, craniotomies, and facial reconstructions. We are proud to say that not one
Upon return to Ann Arbor, one volunteer death was attributed to our efforts. (Although one young woman died the night be-
and her high school-aged grandson asked custodi- fore her scheduled heart valve replacement.) Our thoughts are already turning to
ans from local high schools, to save anything they next year's mission. How can we do more? How can we be better? >
found while cleaning out lockers at the end of the
school year. Five balikbayan boxes of partially used
notebooks, pens, pencils and backpacks were
shipped to Dumaguete City.
By Arcie Gemino
The following year, to their surprise, custo-
dians from the middle schools asked to be involved Plans are in the offing to have a regular column for the Kiwanis clubs in our
too. That year, 12 balikbayan boxes were shipped. community. This is the initial kickoff information to let you know of future services
and projects the Kiwanis clubs carry on in their respective groups. I have chosen the
Now, most of the elementary schools in title “Kiwanis Kindle” as the term reflects the concept of illumination and glow which
Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Whitmore Lake, Saline, and characterizes the nature of Kiwanis work, that of bringing light and hope in fulfilling
Dexter are involved. Teachers, principals, and the needs of children and communities.
custodians hate to throw valuable supplies away.
However, students leave them behind and districts For now, I merely wish to share an overview of what Kiwanis is and what it
change texts; old materials, though perfectly good, does. In the publications to come I will report specific projects and services each
are discarded. Kiwanis club does for the community and beyond

This Project has now become very popular As many of you may already know, Kiwanis is a global organization of volun-
in Washtenaw County. In 2007, members of the teers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. It fo-
church’s Philippines Task Force shipped forty-six cuses on the needs of ordinary people and children to create life- changing moments.
balikbayan boxes to the Philippines containing over Filipino involvement in Kiwanis dates back to more than 30 years ago.
8,502 storybooks, 103 reams of paper, 68 gallons The three clubs currently affiliated to Divisions I and 7 are Kiwanis Center-
of crayons, 30 gallons of pencils, and 46 gallons of line , Metro North Troy, and Cosmopolitan Detroit. They have consistently held
markers among other supplies. good programs, favorable fellowship, engaging presentations and networking oppor-
In 2008, 22 elementary schools donated tunities among themselves and with other clubs in their divisions for many years.
supplies, 35 volunteers including several local Filipi- The club members have contributed their time, resources and energies for
nos, sorted, inventoried and packed boxes. Ship- countless number of years doing service in their own communities and beyond. The
ments went to Tagudin, Bacolod, Dumaguete City, primary pivotal point in their humanitarian work is the reinforcement of the value of
Davao City, Panganisan, Bangar La Union and other service. Each member learns how to practice volunteerism beyond family and com-
locations in the Philippines. munity , giving them a greater sense of purpose , allowing for diversity and inclusion
Isn’t It Amazing What We Can Do Together? > into the world of giving. >


By Arcie Gemino
March had been designated the month to honor and recognize women all over the world. The Council of Asian Pacific Americans
(CAPA) and the Indian, Chinese, Korean, and Filipino communities are collaborating to organize programs and festivities to celebrate the event.
Since its birth in the socialist movement as far back as in the early 1900’s, International Women’s’ Day (IWD) has become a global day
of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. The United Nations held an annual IWD conference to coordi-
nate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as “International
Women’s Year” by the UN. Women’s organizations and governments around the world are now observing IWD annually on March 8 by holdi-
ing large- scale activities that honor women’s advancement.
Great strides had been taken since then to celebrate women’s achievements through different initiatives in a rich and diverse fabric of
(Continued on page 7)
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(Continued from page 6) Ang BISAYA Celebrates Silver Jubilee
local , national and international activities connect- A lesson in history and a call for renewed commitment.
ing women from around the world ranging from By Pedro Caing, M.D.
political rallies, business conferences and network-
ing events such as women’s crafts, theatrical per- With little fanfare, Ang BISAYA
formances , fashion parades and more. celebrated its Silver Jubilee last No-
FILAMCCO is working with other ethnic vember 29, 2008 at the American
groups to plan a large- scale celebration to honor Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michi-
Asian women in Michigan and celebrate their gan.
achievements. Suggestions from the community are This year’s theme: The Voyage of
welcome as to specific program of activities that Discovery re-enacted Ferdinand Magel-
can be undertaken to recognize them for their lan’s discovery of the Philippines in
work and contributions. March 16, 1521. The tableau high-
Send them to Arcie Gemino lighted the historical significance of the
at . > beginning of civilization and religion in
the only Christian nation in the Far
The colorful presentation also
DEACON’S IN THE traced the roots of Sinulog, the mardi-
CATHOLIC CHURCH gras like festivities held each year in
January to honor the Santo Nino de
Ordained Ministry of Service called to: Cebu, whose image was given by Ma-
Share – Witness – Counsel – Console – gellan to Queen Juana as a gift for her Civilization and Christianity:
Proclaim – Celebrate conversion to Catholicism. The Sinulog, Magellan bestows nobility on Cebu’s King
By Rev. Mr. Robert D. Rowland once an obscure form of prayer/dance Humabon after Queen Juana’s baptism.
where supplicants invoke “Pit Sen-
During the renewal of the Roman Catholic medical missions and scholarships that ex-
yor” (Bless us Lord) to their benefactor
Church begun by Blessed Pope John XXIII, steps tends to the less fortunate in the Philippines.
and protector, has become a major
were taken to restore the Deaconate as a distinc-
tourist attraction in the Philippines for
tive order. In Michigan, Ang BISAYA participates in
its unmatched revelry.
many social, civic and religious activities and
This restoration began with the document partners with other Filipino-American associa-
“The history of Sinulog brings a
“Lumen Gentium”, in 1964 and was completed by tions in building a better community.
reflection of what we were, how we
Pope Paul VI’s promulgation of General Norms in
are and where we’re headed,” says
1967. The National Conference of Catholic Bish- Jojo Atillo, Ang BISAYA’s president
event chairperson Zairel Flynn. “What
ops of the United States called for the restoration calling for a renewed commitment to stay
we do today determines how our
of the Deaconate in 1968. united and work together for more prosper-
children will face the future.”
ous and happier Filipino-American communi-
The Bishops of the Second Vatican Council ties summed it all up this way: “We need each
Ms.Kimberly Danielle
anticipated the Church’s increasing need for the other to contribute and preserve our values,
Wawrzyniak, Miss Philippines-Michigan
ministries of Sacrament, Word, Charity, and Jus- remain vigilant against the corrupting influence
2008 presence graced the occasion
tice, which were, at that time, principally shared of the counter culture and without fail, pass
and her spectacular performance of a
by the priests and bishops. on our legacy to those who will follow us.” >
Tahitian dance was a delightful celebra-
The Bishops reflected on the ministry of tion treat to the invited guests. Kim is
the deacon as recorded in the annals of the early the daughter of Jacqueline Rodriquez
Church and decided to restore the Deaconate as and the late Paul Wawrzyniak of Rose-
ville. She won her first title as Little
a permanent ministry of married and single men.
Miss Bisaya in the 1997 Ang BISAYA
Don’t Forget To Make
Through his humanness, the Deacon
works to compliment and enrich the work of his
Scholarship Pageant. Your
brother priests and bishops. He also fosters and In keeping with tradition, Ms. Reservations
encourages the People of God in their baptismal Marissa Hill and Dr. Emmanuel Dizon
call. dance the Curacha, the Bisayan dance For
The Deacon serves Christ who enriches
of courtship. The Beato Pedro Calung-
sod Choir sang Christmas carols to Rizal Day
the Church with every kind of grace, perfects it
with a diversity of members and serves the whole
bring in the spirit of the season.
Celebration 2008
People of God in a wonderful pattern of unity. Ang BISAYA was founded in
1983 as a support network for immi-
The ordained ministry of the Deacon is an grants from the Visayas and Mindanao. December 27th
opportunity for a person of strong faith to give of Among its mission was to inspire ex- (reserve by Dec. 20th)
himself generously to the pressing needs of peo- cellence especially in its youth and to
ple everywhere. Rock Financial
take a responsible role as guardians of
In the next article, I will address who Dea- Filipino cultural values. In addition, it Showplace Novi
cons are and how they serve the People of God. engages in philanthropy in the form of
> charitable donations to worthy causes,
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By Ben Fajardo, MD
The Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO) of Michigan elections was held on November 10, 2008 at PACCM Center
attended by the membership and delegates of the various member organizations. Twenty nine qualified Board of Directors representing
most of the member organizations were elected, followed by election of the Executive Officers by the newly elected Board in accordance
with the recently ratified (September 2007) FILAMCCO constitution and bylaws.
This year’s election has attracted interested new faces and experienced excitement in the process. The Board has been infused with
a few new leaders making it a more dynamic group. We commend the newly elected Board of Directors and Officers for accepting the
huge responsibility of promoting FILAMCCO’s goals and objectives.
FILAMCCO Executive Officers For 2009 Board Members For 2009
President Tony Kho Nona Apigo Betsy Henry
Vice President Van Ong Ferdie Astorga Jeff Jenks
Corres. Secretary Bong Jaramillo Martha Cabarios Pinky Lacap
Rec. Secretary Eden Klein Ron Damasco Ernie Mac, M.D.
Treasurer Lily Ambrosio Willie Dechavez Ashley Manzano
Assistant Treasurer Carmen Perez Ester Delespiritusanto Steve Miles
Auditor Belinda Hernandez Connie Dowding Fred Porte
P.R.O. Edith Manzano Guada Estrada Rudy Pomar
Immed. Past President Arcie Gemino Vicky Fought Rev. Deacon Bob Rowland
Prime Godoy Liza Sollestre
Alfred Thompson

State Representative Hoon-Yung Hopgood Adds Public Value to Michigan

By Jeff Jenks
Leaders from FILAMCCO and the PACCM, most other APA organizations, major corporations, and State agencies came together
to honor Hoon, for his 6 years of service in the Michigan House. He leaves the end of the month, term-limited by the Michigan Constitu-
tion. We expect him to run for the Michigan Senate in 2010. But for now he’s off to Korea for a short vacation.
Hoon was adopted from Korea by Diane and the late Rollie Hopgood in 1976 at the age of two. His parents were wonderful edu-
cators, who spent their entire careers serving the public. Hoon and his sister Mei-Ling (who wrote for the Detroit Free Press) have con-
tinued that practice of public service. His brother Jung-Hoe is an engineer with a major engineering firm. Everyone was raised with a
respect for education and community service.
Hoon grew up in Taylor, graduated from the University of Michigan (1996), with a major in Political Science, and is completing a
Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is married to Sun-Hwa Hopgood and they have a very young daughter, Jenna. Nati Jenks
was the matchmaker.
During the past 13 years he has added public value in public education and, during the last six, added value to the APA community.
His political involvement began in 1995, when he worked as an intern in Washington with Congresswoman Lynn Rivers. He worked as a
Labor Coordinator in the 1996 election campaigns. His candidate won his State House race, shifting the House from Republican to De-
mocratic control.
“The United States has a wonderful system because it offers so many chances for the participation of citizens in things that are go-
ing on because democracy depends on participation,” said Hopgood. “If people aren’t part of politics, they aren’t part of the solution.”
In 1997 - 1998 he worked for the House Democratic Policy staff, concentrating on K-12 education issues. One of the biggest problems in
need of a solution, according to Hopgood, is the education system in Michigan.
In 1999 he began working for Taylor State Representative Ray Basham. When that seat became vacant he ran in 2002 and won it.
He served for six years, that maximum allowed under our Constitution. During the recent presidential election he worked in the APA
community on behalf of Senator Obama.
Hoon has served on the CAPA Advisory Board, co-hosted for six years the annual APA Heritage Month celebration in Lansing,
sponsored the bill that got rid of the Foreign Nurse Graduate exam, sponsored the bill that grants drivers licenses to legal foreigners, and
has sponsored a bill that would make the Governor’s Advisory Council permanent. Outside of the APA community Mr. Hopgood has
worked diligently for children, expanding early education, expanding learning opportunities, fighting Canadian and out-of-state trash, re-
pairing the transportation financing problems in Michigan, increasing unemployment benefits, and creating jobs and diversifying Michigan’s
economy. While in the community Hoon has volunteered in child literacy programs, holiday meal deliveries, Angel Night patrols in the
city of Detroit, and low-income assistance programs.
Hoon-Yung Hopgood represents an ideal model of a politician, demonstrating how you can add public value, and make Michigan
and our communties better places to live in. >
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2008 MSO Crittenton Cup Winner

It was a great achievement for 70 year old Casiano R. Mangilin for winning the Crittenton
Cup after finishing first in the pentathlon events of Michigan Senior Olympic (MSO) Games last
August 9-16,2008.
Ms. Sheila Tinian, MSO staff awarded the cup last August 14, 2008 at the Royal Park Hotel
in Rochester, MI with over 600 people gathered for dinner and MSO dance sport competition.
Cas Mangilin is a long time UPAAM member with 1963 BSA degree in UPLB member and
retired GM employee. He was the past president of SPO (Samahang Filipino ng Oakland) and is
still active in all its activities. Being healthy and active 70 years young, Cas likes sports and vari-
ous outdoor activities. His wife, Mirza were blessed with two grown up kids, Connie and
Competing in 2008 MSO Games was his first time participation and became the first per-
son to luckily won the Cup which was set aside for the Inaugural Pentathlon Event of 2008 MSO.
Pentathlon games consist of five games. Such as 400 meter run, bowling, horseshoe, putt-putt
golf and shuffleboard. It's played in various locations in Oakland County. Just to finish the games
is an achievement and to win is another.
Fellow Seniors (Men or Woman over 50) get involved and have fun. Sign up for the 2009
MSO games. You can obtain the 2009 schedules and other bulletins from local Senior Centers
near you. These papers are available in early spring of 2009 or call OPC Senior Office in Roches-
ter, MI by dialing 1-800-400-8161 or 1-248-608-0250. Plenty of games are available to suit your
talent and ability.
Get fit and get ready for the games. God May Guide You All The Way. >


MARCH 14, 2009 at PACCM

- Learn About Unique Graduate Programs and Research Opportunities in Medicine and Other Sciences
- Wayne State University Presentations, Interviews, Facility Visits

Contact: Fred Porte (248)443-7037 or Tess Tchou (313)533-3085


Important Health Screening Opportunity For Filipinos Fifty Years Old And Above
By Tess Tchou
The Healthy Asian Americans Project (HAAP) at the University of Michigan School of Nursing is offering to all Filipinos 50
years old and above, whether insured or uninsured, the opportunity to be screened for colorectal cancer (cancer of the rectum
and large intestine). The risk of colorectal or colon cancer rises dramatically among persons 50 years old and older, but symptoms
do not often appear until the disease has reached an advanced stage. Early screening for colon cancer can be done through a home
test known as FOBT (Fecal Occult Blood Test) which detects hidden blood in the stool. Screening participants can receive this
free home test which is completed through the collection of small stool samples by the participant while on a restricted diet for
about six days. The stool samples are sent to the University of Michigan for analysis and the participant will be notified of the re-
sults. If the results are positive and the participant has insurance, he/she will be advised to see a doctor. If the participant has no
insurance, he/she may qualify for a free colonoscopy (internal examination of the intestine) through the University of Michigan
Health System. A free colonoscopy may also be available to uninsured participants under 50 years of age who have a family history
of colon cancer.
If you are 50 years old or older, please consider taking this rare and potentially life-saving opportunity to be screened, or
refer someone who can benefit from it. To receive or to refer someone to receive the FOBT home test kit and for more informa-
tion, please contact Tess Miranda-Tchou at (313) 533-3085 or (734) 936-8913, or e-mail

Gift yourself or a loved one this holiday season with the treasure of health. >
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NANAY, Inc. Michigan Chapter

By Becky Tungol
The PACCM is the home of the NANAY, Inc. Michigan Chapter. Since its inception in May 1992 , the 501c3 charitable or-
ganization has provided services that improve the lives of seniors (62 & older)and has provided mentoring to our youth .
Our Motto: “Age is in the Mind”
Our Mission: To promote the health, welfare and well being of the elders, youth, and the community
Our Goals:
• To improve the personal, health and home environment of elders and youth
• To promote the involvement of elders and youth in community, arts and cultural affairs
• To increase the self-confidence and social interaction of elders and youth
• To reduce the loneliness and isolation of elders
• To provide job assistance to elders and youth
Our Vision: To see the elderly, the youth and the community - being fully empowered and productive members of society.
During the last 3 months we’ve provided free flu shots to seniors. Through free health sessions and/or mini health fairs
we’ve provided cholesterol , glucose screening, and blood pressure check ups. Through World Medical Relief we are able to pro-
vide RX drugs, durable equipment like wheel chairs, glucometers etc.
The most challenging need we face is transportation. We need a vehicle to pick up seniors to take them to their doctors
appointments and to social gatherings that help them alleviate loneliness. As of now, we rely on volunteers and good Samaritans to
do this much needed service.
Please call Becky @248-755-6119 for information to become member or volunteer. >

Philippine Chamber of Commerce – Michigan Takes Off

By Vicky Fough

The second time's the charm... or maybe, the

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce - Michi-
gan was officially launched in October 2008 after a
couple of months of intense execution and a number
of years -- even decades -- in incubation. The resur-
rection of the Philippine Chamber started with the
idea of having a Filipino business network in Michigan.
With a chance meeting with Tony Kho, the idea of
reviving the then Philippine-American Chamber of
Commerce – Michigan ignited. It was much more
than was originally envisioned, but with the promise
of his support, and the excitement of taking on a new
challenge, the idea of Chamber was slowly taking
The first meeting to organize the Chamber was
held on the first week of August with 6 people in attendance: Tony Kho, Becky Tungol, Alvin Tibudan, Chris de Luna, Nina
McCaulley, and I. We wanted to make sure that the first 'founding' members were committed to making the Chamber succeed –
the first test was waking people up at the crack of dawn to attend the very first breakfast networking event to be held at Nina's
International Cuisine in Troy at 7:00 a.m.! 17 people attended, which for us was a success – and thus, a new tradition was born.
By October, we had the core membership and the officers were elected: Ryan Rosario - President, Vicky Fought – Vice
President, Theresa Solano – Secretary, Leon Rivera – Treasurer, Alvin Tibudan - PRO (Southeastern MI) and Alvin Alves - PRO
(Northern Michigan). The Chamber meets regularly every 1st Wednesday of the month at the PACCM Building at 7:30 am. It aims
to promote and enhance the economic growth of Filipino-American professionals and businesses. Next year, we will be having a
series of membership drives through monthly networking events in various venues across the state expected to generate interest
in the Chamber and add new members. Stay tuned for further announcements!
Professionals in all fields and business-owners are encouraged to join. For more details please contact the Membership
Committee Chairperson, Betsy Henry at 248-770-3422 or Vicky Fought at 248-497-3256. >
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Tips For Avoiding Foreclosure

By Rebecca Tungol

If you’re unable to make your mortgage payment;

Don’t ignore the problem. The further behind you become, the harder it will be to reinstate your loan and the more likely
you will lose your house.
Contact your lender as soon as you realize that you have a problem. Lenders do not want your house. They have
options to help borrowers through difficult financial times.
Open and respond to all mail from your lender. The first notices you will receive offer good information about foreclo-
sure prevention options that can help you weather financial problems. Later mail may include important notice of pending
legal action. Your failure to open the mail will not be an excuse in foreclosure court.
Know your mortgage rights. Find your loan documents and read them so you know what your lender may do if you can’t
make your payments. Learn about the foreclosure laws and timeframes in your state (as every state is different) by con-
tacting the State Government Housing Office.
Understand foreclosure prevention options. Valuable information about foreclosure prevention (also called loss mitiga-
tion) options can be f found on the internet at and
index.cfm .
Contact a HUD-approved housing counselor. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds
free or very low cost housing counseling nationwide. Housing counselors can help you understand the law and your op-
tions, reorganize your finances and represent you in negotiations with your lender if you need this assistance. Find a HUD-
approved housing counselor near you by calling (800) 569-4287 or on the internet at
hcs.cfm .
Prioritize your spending. After healthcare, keeping your house should be your first priority. Review your finances and see
where you can cut spending in order to make your mortgage payment. Look for optional expenses--cable TV, member-
ships, entertainment – that you can eliminate.
Use your assets. Do you have assets—a second car, jewelry, a whole life insurance policy—that you can sell for cash to help
reinstate your loan? Can anyone in your household get an extra job to bring in additional income? Even if these efforts
don’t significantly increase your available cash or your income, they demonstrate to your lender that you are willing to
make sacrifices to keep your home.
Avoid foreclosure prevention companies. You don’t need to pay fees for foreclosure prevention help--use that money to
pay the mortgage instead. Many for-profit companies will contact you promising to negotiate with your lender. While
these may be legitimate businesses, they will charge you a hefty fee (often two or three month’s mortgage payment) for
information and services your lender or a HUD-approved housing counselor will provide free if you contact them.
Don’t lose your house to foreclosure recovery scams! If any firm claims they can stop your foreclosure immediately if
you sign a document appointing them to act on your behalf, you may well be signing over the title to your property and
becoming a renter in your home! Never sign a legal document without reading and understanding all the terms and getting
professional advice from an attorney, a trusted real estate professional, or a HUD-approved housing counselor. Additional
tips can be found on Freddie Mac’s “Don’t Borrow Trouble” website:

Simbang Gabi Mass at 7:00 pm - Saint Rene’s Church, 35955 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(586) 939-7500 – Between 15 Mile & 16 Mile on Ryan (west side of Ryan)
Dec “Schedules & Sponsors”
15 Good Samaritan
16 Our Lady of Fatima
17 Ms. Mary Ann Maputol
18 Ms. Maria Salud, Attorney-At-Law
19 Bukas Loob sa Diyos (BLD)
20 Mojares Family
22 Cora Franks et-al
23 New Century Home Health Care Services
24 Maxi-Care Home Health Care Services
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Fax: (248) 443-7078
Editor Van Ong
Co-Editor Jeff Jenks
Production Steve Miles
Layout Jason Klein
Circulation Fred Porte
Pictures Mac Fuller
Writers: Arcie Gemino
Becky Tungol
Ernie Mac, MD
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Eden Klein
Steve & Gale Miles
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Daisy Nogoy
Liza Sollestre
Ben Fajardo, MD
Virginia Rezmiersji
Cherry Genevich
Rev. Bob Rowland
Vicky Fought
Tess Tchou

Community Calendar of Events December 2008

Dec 5 PNAM Christmas Party 6 pm at Nina’s Restaurant on Dec 18 Kiwanis Cosmopolitan & Centerline joined Christmas
One 9 Mile Road, Hazel Park, MI 48030 (Southeast Party – 6:30 pm at PACCM. Kiwanis Centerline Instal- PACCM Center

Dec 6 Kahirup of MI Christmas Party - 5:30 pm. Contact: Tony Dec 19 Filipino American Sports Association of MI (FASAMI) –
Lim- (248)761-2714 or Betsy Henry (248) 770-3422 at Snowball Party and Induction of new Elected Officers at
the PACCM Center 6:00 pm at St. Mary’s Cultural and Banquet Hall in
Dec 12 Bicol Association of MI Annual Christmas Party – 6 pm at
PACCM - Southfield Dec 20 Pangasinan Club of Michigan Christmas Party at UAW
on 7450 Mound Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48312 at
Dec 13 PTSM Christmas Party – 6:00 pm American Polish Cul-
tural Center – Northwest Corner of Maple Road (15
Mile) and Dequindre Road in Troy Dec 21 Simbang Gabi (FILAMCCO) at Saint Rene’s Church at
7:00 pm on 35955 Ryan Road, Sterling Heights (Bet 15
Dec 13 USTNAM Christmas Party & Induction of Officers – & 16 Mile) Contact: Rev. Deacon Robert Rowland at
Macedonian Cultural Center on 43133 Ryan Road, Ster-
ling Heights, MI 48314 between 19 & 20 Mile Road –
Dec 27 Rizal Day Celebration – Rock Financial Show Place,
Novi - Contact Jojo Atillo @ 734-397-0518 or email to
Dec 13 FILAMCCO Council meeting at 10 am - and Christmas Lisa Sollestre (248) 722-2428 Nona
Party at 12:00 PM at the PACCM Center Apigo (248) 512-4192
Dec 31 Ilocano Association of Michigan New Years Eve Party at
Dec 14 PACCM / Paaralan Christmas Party 12:00 PM at the the Sheraton Novi – Haggerty & 8 Mile in Novi -
PACCM Center Contact Mel Gambalan at (248) 321-6869

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