Rizal Monument on Rizal Day
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Several lucky guests at the Rizal Day celebration – which will be held in the evening of Dec. 27 at the Cobo Center in Detroit — will take home valuable door prizes that will be raffled off. To participate in the raffle, a guest should secure a ticket for a donated amount.

The prizes at stake in the raffle are really something we can get excited about. I cannot recall prizes as valuable as these ones offered in FILAMCCO-hosted Rizal Day celebrations in the past few years.

The top prize is a round-trip plane ticket to the Philippines, thanks to the generosity of FILAMCCO President Imelda Martin-Hum, who is the donor.

Yes, you read it right, a round-trip plane ticket to the Philippines. For this prize, there are some stipulations: Booking should be one month in advance, and the ticket should be used within a one-year period. This means that the ticket, if not used, will be voided on Dec. 27, 2015. Another stipulation is that the donor (Hum) will be the one to book the flight.

Another prize consists of two premium tickets to a Piston game in January at the Palace in Auburn Hills. The tickets are for lower- level seats. This prize is donated by Piston cheerleader Elizabeth Leymer, who happens to be a niece of Imelda Hum.

Another valuable prize is an afternoon of boating in St. Claire Lake in summer. Donated by Loida Moses, this prize is worth $250. Knowing Loida, I expect that the winner will also be given some food.

Still another exciting prize is an overnight stay at Motor City Casino, courtesy of Oscar Dechavez, brother of this writer. The winner will have to make arrangement with the donor on the date of the overnight stay.

A gift basket is also one of the door prizes that will be raffled off.  This prize is donated by Dr. Ernie and Angie Bedia.

Another come-on for the event is a top-class entertainment show headlined by Filipino American Malaya Watson who finished Top 7 in the 2014 season of the American Idol competitions.      

The entertainment portion will also feature outstanding local talents and cultural numbers.

We will have a popular master of ceremony in the person of Andy Choi, Channel 7 reporter. His co-emcee will be Meaghan Penning, Miss Philippines of Michigan 2014-2016.   

The members of the planning and working committees are working very hard to make this year’s Rizal Day celebration a successful event. So far, the community’s response to the call for attendance is very encouraging.

The committee has already received favorable response from a number of corporate donors, table sponsors and advertisers (in the souvenir program).

The sale of dinner tickets is now in full swing. We’ve been receiving a lot of inquiries about the event from prospective attendees. The committee is hopeful the event will draw a full-capacity crowd.

The program will start sharply at 7 p.m. The registration of guests will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is set at 7:30 p.m.

To purchase or reserve dinner tickets, individuals or groups are asked to call either Resty Teodoro at 586-303-5054 or Wilmar Suan at 810-695-2620. Ticket prices are $50, regular; $40, students; and $100, dinner sponsor.