[box type=”default” size=”large”] Consul Evangelista inducts Circulo Pampagueno officers, directors [/box]World Medical Relief (WMR) President and CEO George V. Samson and Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) President Arcie Gemino led the awardees during the celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Michigan Circulo Pampangueno (MCP) last Nov. 19 at Somerset Inn, Troy.
During the same event, the new MCP officers led by Ched Nacorda were inducted into office by Philippine Honorary Consul General Jose Evangelista.
Noticeably absent at the affair were MCP President Tony Kho and his wife Mercie who could not attend because they were attending to the needs of their seriously sick daughter Marili, who suffered a stroke.
Dr. Stella Evangelista and Nacorda handed over the plaques to the awardees.
Samson, a native of Magalang, Pampanga, received the Pampangueno Achievement Award for his exemplary humanitarian services to the world’s poor sick. In his capacity as president and CEO of the Detroit-based WMR, he has been instrumental in donating hospital equipment and medical supplies to developing countries, including the Philippines.
Under Samson’s watch, WMR has donated $180 million worth of hospital equipment and medical supplies to the Philippines. More hospitals in the Philippines are expected to receive next year more medical equipment and supplies, which are now being readied for shipment.
Samson has received many awards, including the prestigious Irene Auberlin Award. His other significant awards include the Humanitarian Service Awards from the Cosmopolitan Kiwanis of Detroit and Rotary International, Ten Outstanding Filipinos Abroad-Washington USA and Hall of Fame Award from the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations-Michigan.
Gemino received the Pampangueno Achievement Award for her outstanding services to the community and the youth. The incumbent president of CAPA, Gemino “networks with other Asian leaders and organizations in the efforts to unite Asian Americans through culture, education and community services.”
Three youths likewise received the Pampangueno Achievement Awards. They were Augustus Peter Evangelista, MD, MBA, youngest of the six children of Doctors Jose and Stella Evangelista; Alexandra Tungol, PharmD, daughter of Reynaldo and Aurora Tungol; and Christopher Negapatan, only child of Romeo and Erlinda Negapatan.
Shortly after the simple awarding rites, Philippine Honorary Consul General Evangelista inducted into office the new MCP officers. Sworn in were Ched Nacorda, president; Flor Sitchon, president-elect; Lydia Guiao, vice president; Rosemarie Caoagas, secretary; Lily Ambrosio Sitchon, treasurer; Bert Sitchon, auditor; and Arcie Gemino, public relations officer.
Inducted MCP directors were Ferdie Angeles, Jim Calaguas, Val Cristobal, Bernardo Danan, Jose Evangelista, Stella Evangelista, Marcus Evangelista, Rey Franco, Tet Franco, Ben Marquez, Pat Nacorda. Rudy Navarro, Liberata Pantig, Maria Paz Rivera, Gilda Sese, Fran Sibug, Jun Sibug and Alex Sitchon.
Before he inducted the officers, Consul Evangelista lauded Tony Kho for his accomplishments as MCP president.
Delivering her inaugural speech, newly installed MCP President Nacorda said, “As I accept the presidency of this prestigious organization, I have mixed reactions. I have a feeling of apprehension because I may not be able to measure up to the accomplishments of my predecessors.
“At the same time, I am also feeling a sense of excitement because I want to help the less fortunate children born with cleft palate as well as the elderly who have been abandoned by their families due to poverty. These projects will not materialize without your continued support.”
The emcees were Jon Roldan and Rose Caoagas.