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At least 19 couples will be feted at a special program during the post-Valentine Ball and PACCM’s (Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan) 35th anniversary celebration which will be held in the evening of Feb. 17, 2018 at the Detroit Marriott Hotel in Troy.

The theme of this year’s Valentine Ball is “Love Conquers All.”

The couples to be honored are marking their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th, and 55th wedding anniversaries. The couples will be led by Dr. Sid and Del Almeda, who are celebrating their 55th nuptial anniversary this year.

According to a list emailed to the Filipino Star News by PACCM Executive Director Tony Kho, there are 19 couples who will participate in the special Valentine’s program. However, more couples are expected to sign up on or before the registration deadline.

The 18 other couples who have already signed up for the fete are the following:
Dr. Robert and Mila Barretto, 50th; Engr. Arnold and Dr. Virgie Pacis, 50th; Doctors Jose and Stella Evangelista, 50th; Fred and Dr. Maria Ellen Porte, 50th; and Jovito and Violet Yap, 50th; Salvador and Brenda Sanagustin, 45th; Dr. Ben and Remy Marquez, 45th; Eli and Lou Santa Maria, 40th; Calvin and Josephine Calvario, 40th; Alfredo and Liza dela Paz, 40th; Ding and Zeny Pare, 40th; Antonio and Cynthia Arceno, 35th; Juno and Divina Juco, 35th; Rey and Annaliza Sollestre, 30th; Resty and Rowena Teodoro, 25th; Rudy and Lenny Inting, 25th; Jeffrey and Jessica Baker, 10th; and Jeffrey and Eleonor Jenks, 5th.

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The couples will be presented one by one on stage, with the couple marking their 5th anniversary to be introduced first and the couples celebrating their 55th anniversary to be introduced last. The gentlemen will hand over to their ladies red roses. Then the couples will dance to the tune of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.”

PACCM President Becky Tungol noted that the special program honoring couples marking their milestone wedding anniversary has now become a tradition in the Filipino community in Michigan.

Tungol also said the celebration will also feature raffle draws, entertainment, dessert table, dance and music.

PACCM’s Valentine Ball is a much anticipated event in the community. Filipinos in Michigan come together not only to celebrate love but also to encourage support for and appreciation of their community center which has been the source of service, educational and cultural connections among community members since its establishment.

It is also a great opportunity for community members and organizations to lend support to the center through financial contributions.

PACCM is home to the Paaralang Pilipino (Filipino school) where children learn Filipino language, history and culture through dance, art, music and other courses.

It is likewise the venue of choice for various organizational and community activities, projects, workshops, services, social functions and conferences by Filipinos, other Asian organizations and ethnic groups.

For online ticket reservations, individuals or parties intending to attend the event are asked to visit

They may also call any one of the following:
Tess Porcalla, event chairperson – (248) 325-7774; Arcie Gemino, event co-chairperson – (586) 214-2597; Dr. Ernie Mac, fundraising committee chairperson – (248) 641-8993; Flor Sitchon, Celebrants’ committee chairperson – (586) 822-5951; Becky Tungol, PACC president – (248) 755-6119; and Tony Kho, PACCM executive director – (248) 755-6122.