Mrs. Nieves “Bing” Reginaldo is the new president of Bikolandia Association of Michigan (BAM). She led the new set of BAM officers who took their oath of office last April 8 at the Westin Hotel in Southfield.
Mrs. Reginaldo is the wife of FILAMCCO Treasurer Bert Reginaldo, who is also former president of BAM.
The other officers sworn in by Philippine Honorary Consul General Jose L. Evangelista were Bonnie Mape, president-elect; Gloria Solano, executive vice president; Sergio Balatan, recording secretary; Mary Rose Herrera, corresponding secretary; Domingo Garcia, Jr., treasurer; Hermie Tolentino, auditor; Dr. Floro Rayos, Dr. Jaime Balatan, Nestor Herrera and Lucelyn, all business managers; Bert Reginaldo, parliamentarian; Dr. Avelino Mape, historian; and Grace Mussich, public relations officer.
Also inducted into office were the vice presidents of BAM for the six Bicol provinces. They are Emma Skuce, Albay; Aida Manly, Camarines Norte; Cora Franks, Camarines Sur; Nieves Vargas, Catanduanes; Cely Baylon Talaban, Masbate; and Jose Tolentino, Sorsogon.
BAM’s advisors Delia Rayos, Engr. Romeo Laranang and Bonnie Mape were likewise sworn in.
The evening event opened with the singing of the Star Spangled Banner led by Jun Garcia and the “Lupang Hinirang” (Philippine national anthem) led by Grace Mussich.
The welcome address was delivered by Rhodes Porcalla, outgoing BAM president. Delia Rayos introduced the presidents of Filipino American organizations and past BAM presidents in attendance.
Dr. Ernie Mac, Filamcco Foundation president, introduced the guest speaker, Honorary Consul Evangelista, who delivered an inspirational speech. After his speech, Evangelista swore in the new officers. This was followed by the inaugural address by Mrs. Reginaldo, newly installed BAM president.
During the program, 16-year-old Maritai Evans from New York (Alvin Alley Performing Arts) and nine-year-old Madison Steffes, both grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Reginaldo, provided surprise dance numbers. Maritai danced to the tune of “I Got the Beat” by the Gogo, while Madison performed Adele’s “Hello.”
The emcees were Doctors Milagros Flores and Cesar Hidalgo. Music was provided by top DJ Allen Carter.