The Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM) will celebrate its 10th foundation anniversary on September 17-18, 2011 in its building in Southfield.
Dr. Ernestina “Ernie” Mac, PACCM chairperson, said that on the first day of the celebration, September 17, the PACCM will hold its annual “Consular Services on Wheels” program that will benefit Filipino migrants and Filipino-Americans who want to apply for and renew their Philippine passports.
She said the “Consular Services on Wheels” will be held in the PACCM building at 17356 Northland Park Court, Southfield. It will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.
Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim and other personnel of the Philippine consulate based in Chicago will come to Michigan to serve the consular needs of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans.
“This will spare them (Filipinos and Filipino-Americans) the trouble of travelling to Chicago to apply for or renew their passports,” Mac said.
The consulate personnel will also provide other consular services such as processing of applications for Philippine visas and dual citizenships.
Teresa Duller, chairperson of the 10th anniversary celebration committee, said there is no need for pre-registration by people wishing to avail themselves of the consular services.
It will be on a first-come-first-served basis, she said. Parking fee is set at $10.
Duller said that the passport services to be rendered will include change of last name, replacement of lost passports and processing of applications of new passports.
Visa services will also be made available. These include processing of non-immigrant visas for temporary stay in the Philippines, tourist or business visa and permanent resident visa.
Chairperson Mac said the second day of celebration, September 18, will mark one decade of operations by PACCM, which serves as the hub of the Filipino-American community in Michigan.
Mac said on that day, a cultural program will be presented and will feature the popular Hula Dance Troupe and pupils of the Paaralang Pilipino (Filipino school).
One highlight of the celebration will be the presentation of Mrs. Philippines-Michigan 2011 Mary Peterson and her court.
Miss Philippines-Michigan Michelle Anicete will also grace the festivities.
Another highlight is the oath-taking by the new dual citizens. Consul Lim will administer the oath.
Other celebration activities will include indoor games and “blast from the past.” Food and snacks will be served during the celebration which will start at 11 a.m.