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Board of Officers

Vice President: Fatima Purdy

Secretary: Zony Gordon

Treasurer: Rey Manzano

Auditor: Jeck Narciso

Public Relations Officer: Pilar Peña

Board Members: Sunny Sarte, Joe Conte, Annie Bella

Board Alternate: Cecille Gordon

Board of Advisors: Jun Gatilao, Cesar Obnial, Dr. Carol Mendoza, Ralph Molina, Fred Bertulfo

2002 President

Ed Argüelles is a writer, photographer, and software engineer. He is a strong advocate for education and healthcare. He is also the founding editor of Kababayan, Fil-Am’s newsletter. Ed is currently the president of the Kappa Epsilon Alumni Association of North America. The fraternity, founded at the University of the Philippines, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Ed’s charming better half is Dr. Verna Argüelles, a talented pianist, and currently Fil-Am’s Scholarship Committee chairperson. Ed and Verna are proud parents of a gifted son,
Paolo Argüelles, Fil-Am’s Jose Rizal Scholarship awardee in 2014. Paolo graduated summa cum laude from CalState Los Angeles last May with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering. He, at only 19-years young, pursued and graduated with a degree in Master of Engineering at Cornell University.



  • During Ed’s term, the Fil-Am Apolinario Mabini Scholarship Award was established. Through this program, the Fil-Am partners with the Hospicio de San Jose, an orphanage in Manila and has, as of this year, succeeded in helping four worthy students finish college.

  • The town of Sariaya, Quezon was selected as the sister city of Santa Clarita.

  • The Fil-Am Cultural Dance Troupe was created and headed by Malou Resella, Cecille Gordon and Sandra Barlan.

  • The Jose Rizal awardee for the year was David Schein.


The family enjoying fall at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

The Fil-Am Cultural Dance Troupe

Dr. Verna Argüelles awarding Cecela Apit, a recipient of the Apolinario Mabini
Scholarship Award in Manila.

 2002 Highlights & Accomplishments

2002 Events, Programs & Activities

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