Insurance agent Ryan Rosario was elected president of the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO), the umbrella organization of 29 Filipino-American groups in Michigan, during the council’s general assembly held on Nov. 14, 2015 at the Philippine American Cultural Center of Michigan (PACCM) in Southfield.
Rosario, who was also FILAMCCO president in 2012-2013, was one of three candidates for the prestigious position. The two other candidates were CPA Wilmar Suan and businessman Resty Teodoro.
Before the voting, the committee on elections headed by former FILAMCCO president Van Ong gave the three candidates a chance to introduce themselves and talk about what they are going to do if elected president.
Teodoro, who is a Saladmaster dealer, said he has four years of experience as an active officer of FILAMCCO. He promised to work hard if he is elected president.
Suan said he is a certified public accountant and a master of taxation. He recalled that when FILAMCCO finances plunged into a mess, he was the one who fixed it. He said he had also solved FILAMCCO’s problem with the Internal Revenue Service.
Rosario said he believed he has the capability to lead FILAMCCO, promising that “there will be no in-fighting” among the officers. He also pledged to convince more groups to become FILAMCCO members, recalling that during his term in 2012-2013, there were 45 member-organizations.
The election of the president and the other FILAMCCO officers came shortly after 29 leaders, mostly presidents and representatives of the organizations under the FILAMCCO umbrella, were elected members of the board of directors.
Aside from Rosario, the other new FILAMCCO officers are Wilmar Suan, vice president; Rose Caoagas, recording secretary; Annabel DeBarr, corresponding secretary; Bert Reginaldo, treasurer; Betsy Henry, assistant treasurer; Myrna Mariano, auditor; Arcie Gemino, public relations officer; and Alex Sitchon, parliamentarian.
The new officers and directors will have a term of two years — 2016-2017. They will take their oath of office during the Rizal Day celebration on Dec. 19, 2015 at the MET Hotel in Troy.
The committee on election was composed of Van Ong, Dr. Ben Fajardo, Mel Gambalan, Roger Palaganas, Angel Tuliao, Letty Dancel and Angela Bedia.
Rosario, the new president, is an incumbent commissioner of the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) and a member of the board of directors of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC).
He is former president and board chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Michigan. He has been a State Farm agent since 1992. He is also an executive of 168 Asian Mart.
A BS business graduate of the University of Detroit, Rosario is 2010 APACC Salute to Excellence honoree, a member of the State Farm Life and Health Hall of Fame and a 2011 CORP Magazine Business Leader honoree.
He immigrated to the United States when he was seven years old. He speaks fluent Tagalog. His parents hail from San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City.