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[box type=”default” size=”large”] FILAMCCO sets celebration at MET Hotel on December 19 [/box]

Mrs. Lavinia Mateo, former president of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Michigan (UPAAM), was appointed chairperson of a committee tasked to make preparations for the celebration of Rizal Day 2015, it was announced.

The annual celebration of Rizal Day in Michigan is a flagship project of the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO). This year’s celebration will be held in the evening of December 19 at MET Hotel on Crooks Road, Troy, Michigan.

The theme of the 2015 celebration is “Jose Rizal: A Celebration of His Life and Legacy.” The event will start at 6 p.m. and will end at 1 p.m.

Tickets cost $45 each.

FILAMCCO President Imelda Martin-Hum said Mateo was named chairperson of the overall Rizal Day committee by the FILAMCCO executive officers who noted her experience as a community leader and outstanding accomplishments when she was UPAAM president.

An active member of both the local and national Filipino community, she also served on the Advisory Council of the Auxiliary to the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM) and as presidential advisor for the Auxiliary to the Association of Philippine Physicians in America (APPA).

In addition to her work with the organizations that she serves, Lavinia is a property manager in Ann Arbor for Gralni Group. Although she closed her designer boutique in Pontiac in the mid 1990s, she continues to custom design and sew women’s couture evening wear. Lavinia travels home to the Philippines every year to participate in medical missions.

Graduating from the University of the Philippines in 1961 with a bachelor’s of science degree in hygiene, she immigrated to the United States and studied medical technology at Carney Hospital School of Medical Technology in Boston.  She later received her board certification as a medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Lavinia met her husband, the late Dr. Rolando Mateo, in 1964 while she was working as a medical technologist at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio.  After marrying and having her first two children there, they moved to Michigan and settled down in Troy.  She continued to work as a medical technologist at Alexander Blain Hospital then at her husband’s private practice while raising her four children and continuing to build and develop relationships in the community.

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