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A CELEBRATION OF LEGACY
FIL-AM OF SCV'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY


AN INVITATION FROM THE PRESIDENT

 

Hello to our Friends and Kababayans,

It is with great honor that the Fil-Am association of SVC, Inc. has reached 40 years servicing our community here and in the Philippines. This is a great achievement and an occasion worth celebrating with you!

 

I am personally inviting you to join me in celebrating this huge milestone and witness the jubilation of this momentous event, our 40th Anniversary, A Black Tie Gala, on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia Grand Ballroom starting at 5:00 pm for the Red Carpet Arrival and Photo ops, then on with the evening's entertainment, ceremony and endless dancing.

 

Please contact Linda Crawford or Zeny Justiniano for Gala tickets and for Business Ad and Sponsorship opportunity.

 

My heartfelt gratitude to you for celebrating this momentous event with us. Your participation supports the programs and projects we provide our community.

 

Thank you for keeping our legacy alive! Maraming salamat, Damu gid nga salamat

 

Mul Tayoba

2010/2024 President

40th Gala Chairperson

FIL-AM OF SCV
WELCOMES THE 2024 BOARD OF OFFICERS

We are proud to announce Fil-Am Association of SCV, Inc.'s 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees.

We are grateful that these men and women committed to continue the legacy of our association. Please support us with the programs and projects set forth this year, we will greatly appreciate it.

Our goal is to continue the mission and vision of the association in promoting and preserving our Filipino culture and heritage while engaging our Filipino-Americans in the city of Santa Clarita and beyond.

Thank you and congratulations to the Board of Directors and Trustees, and may God bless and guide us with our endeavors this year!

Nic Montebon, Jr.

2024 PRO

1999/2022 President

FIL-AM OF SCV CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS
"ANG DIWA NG PASKO" - THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

Christmas is one of the biggest holiday Filipinos celebrates. In fact, in the Philippines, Filipinos start decorating the town and their houses as soon as September hits. But more than just the decorations, Filipinos truly celebrates the reason for the season, the spirit of Christmas is felt all across the country.

 

And that is what Fil-Am of SCV does every single year. They bring the Christmas spirit to the Filipino-American community and they have been doing it for 39 years.

 

As always, friends gathered for a potluck dinner, Christmas caroling, fun games, singing, dancing and of course, a visit from Santa Claus.

 

President Jackie Martinez welcomed our guests, Auditor Ronnie Tejada DJ'ed the night away and the rest of the Board of Directors and Trustees had so much fun bringing the spirit of Christmas. And Santa Claus definitely did not disappoint, he showered the kids and the young at hearts with Christmas gifts.

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We Did It Again!  
Fil-Am won First Place for Best Float for
Non-Commercial Float Category!

Yes indeed, Fil-Am Association of SCV, Inc. won again First Place for the Best Float for Non-Commercial Float!

 

"Decorating the float was a labor of love and that's why the win is well-deserved", says past President Fred Bertulfo, the host of this year's parade.

 

This year's theme was "Celebrating America's Independence, The Santa Clarita Way, Live, Work and Play!". Chairperson Bert Salon shared that he and Committee members Jackie Martinez, Mul Tayoba, Myra Miranda, Nic Montebon, Jr. and Alexis Riguerra came up with an amazing idea of featuring professionals as parade walkers and family having picnic on the float which clearly depicts how Filipinos celebrate America, committed and proud professionals while keeping family as the center of their lives.

 

The float was decorated by Fil-Am volunteers and recipients of this year's Jose Rizal Academic Achievement Award. And on parade day, several volunteers showed up. They walked for an hour proudly representing the Filipino community. They cheered and engaged the crowd with their patriotic music, and energetic dancing. It was such a wonderful experience, no wonder, they won!

A SUMMER TIME WELL SPENT
LEARNING PHILIPPINE CULTURAL DANCES

Fil-Am Association of SCV, Inc., Malaya Filipino American Dance Arts and New World Dance Academy partnered together and brought a summer the kids and teens will remember.

 

Malaya received a generous funding from the California Arts Council and chose Fil-Am of SCV as the recipient of their funding. Malaya provided 6 free Philippine cultural dance and music workshops to the community of Santa Clarita.  And the students did not only learn dance steps but delightfully, learned a bit of Philippine history  through dance and music.

 

And we could not ignore that this class would not have been possible without the generous support of New World Dance Academy.  A huge gratitude to owner Marsha Obispo Field for sharing her studio for a very good cause.

And after a series of 6-weeks workshop, the students showcased what they learned with at an open house recital at Malaya's Artistic Director, Peter De Guzman's @Pilates studio in Granada Hills.  The studio was standing room only, the parents and family members were all smiles watching them embrace their Filipino culture.  And indeed, the kids did an excellent job in expressing their Filipino culture through dance and music.

 

With utmost gratitude to Malaya's instructors Anna Lisa De Guzman and Peter De Guzman, and Music Directors Reggie De Guzman and Marlo Campos.

Please come and support Malaya and New World Dance Academy, proud Filipino entrepreneurs.

https://www.malayadance.org/

https://www.newworlddancestudio.com/

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FIL-AM OF SCV NAMED THE
2023 JOSE RIZAL SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2023 Jose Rizal Scholastic Achievement Awards!

These young men and women represents excellence in education and the promise of greatness in their future. Each and everyone of them are bound to excel and become positive contributors to our community and to the society as a whole.

On behalf of President Jackie Martinez, the Scholarship Committee and the 2023 Board of Directors and Trustees, we wish them all the best on their endeavors!

And we would like to extend our utmost gratitude to Mr. Lim, the President of Island Pacific, for accommodating the  association by holding the awarding ceremony at their Crab Mentality restaurant in  Canyon Country

Mabuhay and Congratulations once again to the awardees!

FIL-AM INDUCTED THEIR 2023 OFFICERS
AND RAISED FUNDS FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

On Saturday, April 22, 2023, ladies and gentlemen arrived at the Hyatt Regency Valencia Grand Ballroom all dressed up to the nines.  They attended to witness the induction of the 2023 Board of Directors and Trustees of Fil-Am Association of SCV's. at the Hyatt Valencia Regency Grand Ballroom.

The event was also one of the biggest fundraising events of the association and their generous sponsor and donors clearly made it possible for the association to generate enough funds to support their programs and projects including their staple program, the Scholastic and Scholarship program.

 

Santa Clarita Mayor Jason Gibbs and Los Angeles Consul General Edgar Badajos were the guests of honor. Both delivered a very inspiration message which certainly inspired the viewers at the event. Mayor Gibbs performed the installation and Consul General Badajos joined him for the congratulatory recognition.