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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

1986 President

" 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.



  • 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

 1986 Highlights & Accomplishments

1986 Events, Programs & Activities

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