DOWNRIVER GROUP. Dr. Ernestina Mac (left) inducts into office the 2015-2017 officers of the Downriver Filipino-American Association (DFAA) in the ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in Romulus, Michigan on July 25, 2015. The officers were led by incoming President Myrna Mariano. The event was highlighted by a debutante ball participated in by eight young ladies and their escorts.
DOWNRIVER GROUP. Dr. Ernestina Mac (left) inducts into office the 2015-2017 officers of the Downriver Filipino-American Association (DFAA) in the ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel in Romulus, Michigan on July 25, 2015. The officers were led by incoming President Myrna Mariano. The event was highlighted by a debutante ball participated in by eight young ladies and their escorts.

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“It is what you do with what you have that matters.”

Dr. Ernestina de los Santos-Mac made this assertion when she spoke at the DFAA’s (Downriver Filipino American Association) 14th Inaugural Program and 13th Debutante Ball held on July 25, 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel in Romulus, Michigan.

Doctor Mac, who was the guest speaker and inducting officer at the event, is noted for what she does with her money. She spent her own funds for her various charity and community activities in Michigan and in the Philippines.

In her speech, Mac said she has been supporting the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM), which serves as the hub of the Filipino community, for several years now. She is also the president of the Filamcco Foundation which raised funds for the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

She said, “If you talk, you walk the talk.” This was understood to mean that if you make a promise, you should fulfill that promise.

Mac also talked about her leadership skills that make her credible and effective community leader.

She later inducted into office the DFAA officers led by incoming President Myrna Mariano.

In her inaugural speech, Mariano disclosed the priorities of her two-year stewardship of DFAA. She said that under her leadership, DFAA will focus on “community service, growth and communication.”

Mariano said DFAA will have more outreach projects in Michigan and abroad. “I will encourage our members to entice others to join our organization” because with unity, support and cooperation, “we can achieve our goals.”

She announced that DFAA is now raising funds that will bankroll the organization’s feeding program and “our medical mission in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan in January 2015.”

She also said that DFAA will continue its volunteer work for World Relief Organization, Penrikton House and Capuchin Kitchen.

“We will maintain a positive image as one that is relevant, helpful, fun and attractive especially to the future generations,” the new DFAA president added.

Aside from Mariano, the other DFAA officers who took their oath of office were Arlene Bishop, president-elect; Carmen Concepcion, vice president; Vangie Tong, recording secretary; Norma Catris, corresponding secretary; Lory Sumanting, treasurer; Susan Myrna Good, assistant treasurer; Ceasar Sumanting, public relations officer; Narciso Rivera, auditor; Ron Casquejo, business manager; and Florence Torres, immediate past president.