SPECIAL CAPAMPANGAN AWARDS. Becky Tungol and Dr. Rey Franco pose for photographers shortly after they were honored with special awards during the Michigan Circulo Pampangueno’s 29th Anniversary and Inaugural Gala held on Nov. 23, 2013 at Somerset Inn in Troy. Tungol was honored for outstanding community service, while Doctor Franco was cited for outstanding humanitarian service. (Photo by Percy Antonio)
SPECIAL CAPAMPANGAN AWARDS. Becky Tungol and Dr. Rey Franco pose for photographers shortly after they were honored with special awards during the Michigan Circulo Pampangueno’s 29th Anniversary and Inaugural Gala held on Nov. 23, 2013 at Somerset Inn in Troy. Tungol was honored for outstanding community service, while Doctor Franco was cited for outstanding humanitarian service. (Photo by Percy Antonio)

[box type=”default” size=”large”] New Circulo officers and directors inducted [/box]Two Pampanguenos (natives of Pampanga, Philippines) received the  Most Outstanding Capampangan Awards during the celebration of the 29th anniversary of the Michigan Circulo Pampangueno (MCP) on Nov. 23, 2013 at Somerset Inn on Big Beaver Road, Troy.

The recipients of the prestigious awards were Filipino-American community leader Rebecca “Becky” Tungol and Dr. Rey Franco.

Tungol was given the award for exemplary community service, while Doctor Franco got the award for outstanding humanitarian service.

Tungol was cited for her almost 40 years of service to the Filipino American community in Michigan. She is the incumbent president of the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM), which serves as the hub of Filipino-American activities.

She is currently executive director of the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), regional director of NANAY, Inc. and secretary of the World Medical Relief (WMR). She is also past president of several organizations such as the Filipino American Community Council (FILAMCCO), MCP, Kiwanis Club of Cosmopolitan Detroit and the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists.

Doctor Franco retired from the medical profession on Nov. 12, 2012. Shortly after his retirement, he was honored by the state government of Michigan with a special tribute (signed by Gov. Rick Snyder), mayoral proclamation by the City of West Branch (Michigan) and a resolution by the West Branch Regional Medical Center’s board of trustees “for his unprecedented achievements and his contributions to the practice of medicine.

“For his invaluable work and outstanding service, the McLaren Bay Region Hospital in Bay City named its new cardiac catheterization laboratory in his honor.”

During the MCP event, outgoing MCP President Ched Nacorda handed over presidential awards to Rose Caoagas for her excellent work as MCP secretary and to Lily Ambrosio Ylen for her outstanding work as MCP treasurer.

During the same event, the new MCP officers were sworn in by Philippine Honorary Consul General for Michigan Jose Evangelista. Sworn in were Flor Sitchon, president; Rose Caoagas, president-elect; Alex Sitchon, vice president; Kathleen Aniciete, secretary; Lily Ambrosio Ylen, treasurer; Lily Ann Lacap, auditor; and Arcie Gemino, public relations officer.

In her inaugural address, Sitchon cited the distinctive qualities of the Pampanguenos, including their noted expertise in cooking. “We (Capampangans) are the best cook, and you are right, Ryan Rosario,” she said.

In her message, Sitchon stated, “Our administration plans to continue what our predecessors have started such as supporting non-profit organizations, organizing worthwhile missions” and assisting victims of disasters in the Philippines.

The event was made livelier by the entertainment numbers. The entertainers included singer MJ Caoagas, PACCM Hula Dance Troupe, Kiwanis Metro North Choir, KKPM Choir and Circulo officers and BFF dancers.

The affair was capped by ballroom dancing.

Masters of ceremonies were Attorney Marcus Evangelista and Arcie Gemino. Music was provided by Carter Sights and Sound.

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