At its Annual General Meeting held on July 31, 2016 at 1pm, the Philippine Australian Sports & Culture (PASC) Inc. elected another Fil-Aussie Order of Australia Medal [OAM] holder, Atty Lolita Farmer to the position of President. The position has been held for forty years, during 1976 to 2016 by Manny Castillo, also OAM recipient.
About forty members attended the meeting at Mary McKillop Centre St. Aidan’s Church in Sydney’s western suburb of Rooty Hill and elected unopposed the following officers:
President : Lolita FARMER, OAM
Vice President External: Alberto DIONISIO
Vice President Internal: Marivic Ayap FLORES
Secretary: Jose “Dan” ELIZES
Assistant Secretary: Rosemarie PASCOE
Treasurer: Laura MARQUINEZ
Assistant Treasurer: Nelia BALINIGT
Accountant: Redentor “Ding” SANTOS
Budget Officer: Abelardo “Bob” MENDOZA
Marketing Director: Michael MORALEDA
Business manager: Francis BALAGTAS
Assistant Business Manager: Roldan DISCAYA
Public Relations Manager: Danilo GARCIA
Press Relation Officer: Josie Cervantes MUSA
Artistic Director: Maria “Honeylet” AGORTO
Cultural Officer: Mena SANTOS
Sports Director: James AGORTO
Security Director: Tony FIAS-AYON
Marshall: Christoph KRAUSE
Imnmediate Former President: Manuel CASTILLO, OAM
The new governing board under Atty. Farmer will be inducted on 20th August 2016, at the presentation event of Miss Philippines Australia 2016 candidates. This will be held at Rooty Hill RSL Waratah Room, 6:30pm.
When asked what becoming the President of PASC means to her, Atty. Farmer said: “As PASC President , it means a challenge which magnitude is mind-boggling, humbling and honestly spiritually enabling too. Seriously speaking, PASC which is 40 years old I am sure the oldest running organisation with vision and mission to bring the community together through sports and culture, had ushered in love of Filipino festivals and kindled the “bayanihan” spirit.
She added: “My involvement with the PASC dates over twenty eight years since my baptism into PASC as the Legal Officer. I did the submissions to Marketing Multicultural Award in 1991, Presidential Award Banaag in 206, NSW Premier Arts & Culture Award, and led the PASC delegation with VP Benjie Lualhati and many more where needed.”
In terms of what she sees as priorities of PASC, Atty. Farmer said: “The priorities the Board will be looking into are: to continue the good work of PASC and its charitable causes; revitalise the body; undertake a review of the structures and processes, so to ensure it is efficient and effective; be inclusive; transparent and network with the different community groups; and be a voice in issues of great concern that affect us. In addition, we need to connect with governments in Australia and Philippines at all levels, and globally be linked.”
During the forty years leadership of Manny Castillo, as President of PASC, it has established the “Filipino Fiesta” as a tradition for Sydneysiders to celebrate during the October long weekend. It is generally an all day event where people can view cultural and art exhibits; feast on Filipino dishes and desserts; be entertained by local dancers and singers, as well as by artists flown in from the Philippines; join in or watch sports activities; buy discounted Philippine merchandise or services; and in recent years, also avail of consular services provided by the Philippine Consulate General Sydney. The highlight of the event has been the beauty pageant involving the selection of Miss Philippines Australia, Miss Charity Queen, and other category winners. The beauty pageant raises funds for welfare projects undertaken by PASC.
After this article was published on August 2, 2016, in response to our telephone call and text message for comments, we received on August 9, by email from Manny Castillo a copy of the report he submitted to the Board’s AGM. We wish to share excerpts from his report.
“In between 40 years of PASC community service has met tremendous challenges both internal and external affairs. Some irresponsible members of the community make damaging allegation about PASC. That’s understandable particularly if the community organization such as PASC was very successful in hosting its biggest projects like the Sydney Fiesta Kultura now on its 28th year of celebration. Biggest crowd getter where our activities during the days event such as the Filipino International Food Festival, Philippine – Australia Trade & Tourism, Aliw Festival, Arts & Crafts Exhibition and finally the finale Miss Philippines – Australia & charity Queen Australia beauty pageant.
With our generated large crowd earlier on with less Filipino migrants than at present was described by Filipino media and past Philippines Diplomats as the largest gathering of Filipinos outside the Philippines.
Of course PASC success have been acknowledged by both Philippines and Australia governments. The multi-award PASC has received the National Multicultural Marketing Award in 1992 organized by the NSW Multicultural Affairs. The Philippines government has twice awarded the Presidential Awards in 1991 and 2006.”
He also said: “Once again thank you PASC for the opportunity to serve as the President from 1976 to 2016. Good Luck the new PASC Board for meeting the new task and challenges in the future. My personal support, dedication and cooperation will not diminish. Godspeed and Mabuhay!”
AGM Photos by Josie Musa
Fiesta Photos by Bob Reyes
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