CIRILO "JUN" GATILAO, JR.
Board of Officers
Vice President: Cezar Obnial
Secretary: Pete Jimenez
Treasurer: Marcel Ibarra
Auditor: Ed Fabregas
Public Relations Officer: Rudy Correa
Board of Directors: Fred Bertulfo, Art Caranto, Nellie Crawford
" I arrived in America in 1968, I was a pioneer, the first in my family to leave the Philippines in search of opportunity. I was recruited by Boeing in Seattle, WA, and was on the team that designed and built the wing flaps on the legendary 747.
I met my lovely wife Cora Dychangco in Vancouver Canada and got married in December 1969 in Los Angeles. Our only son Arnold was born in October 1971. On a sunny, spring day in March 1976, Cora, Arnold and I moved into our new Valencia home and began living our American dream.
In the late 70s, seeing other Filipinos in the Santa Clarita Valley was a rarity, but things started to change slowly. As more Filipinos started arriving in the early 80s, I and a group of other like-minded folks saw the need to form a social network that would unite the Filipino American community.
I was one of several founding members of the Filipino-American Association of Santa Clarita Valley and helped develop, ratify, and execute the original bylaws of the association. I served on the board from 1984–87 and was elected President in 1986. I am still actively involved with FilAm of SCV activities and has been elected advisor to the board for several years.
I graduated from Cebu Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. I am a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the State of California. I am one of the principals of California Engineering Design Group, Inc., a consulting mechanical engineering firm serving the building industry. Cora is a retired executive secretary. My son Arnold works as a web developer at a non-profit organization in Berkeley, CA, and lives in Torrance with his wife Christel Okihara.
HIGHLIGHTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Founding member of the Filipino American Association of SCV and helped develop, ratify, and execute the associations original by-laws
Initiated formal Induction of Officers and Valentine’s Ball
Inaugural annual Easter picnic at Santa Clarita Park
Inaugural annual family camping trip
Formation of Fil-Am Youth Group
Laid foundation fo the Fil-Am Scholarship Program
First place, “Best Use of Theme,” at 1986 SCV 4th of July Parade for our entry “I Shall Return - Douglas MacArthur”
Inaugural annual cultural show - Pista Sa Nayon—with entertainment presented by officers, members and the youth group