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Goodbye summer, welcome fall

phpwOysQoThe summer of 2009 is coming to an end and the Filipino Americans in the area are taking advantage of the good weather.
As always, multiple events are happening every weekend and there are a lot of choices. Others prefers simple picnics, dancing, karaoke singing, fund raising, anniversaries, award ceremonies, cruising, pilgrimage, concert, christening, weddings, induction, etc.
One of the most successful gathering is the Filipino American Republicans of Virginia, Inc., or FARV held at a hotel in Tyson’s Corner area last September 19.
This journalist covers and attends both DNC and RNC political and social events and I could attest that this one was packed with a lot of substantive guests like Cong. Frank Wolf, Atty. General Kenneth Cuccinelli, Lt. Governor William Bolling, Edward and Cathy Gillespie, Mrs. Susan Allen, former First Lady of Virginia, over a dozen elected State and District Delegates, Board of Supervisors, and appointed officials.
Also present were the presidents of the different Asian American Republican organizations in the metropolitan D.C. area.
Filipino American Ron Villanueva, 21st District running for State Delegate was over-whelmed with the presence of so many RNC personalities.
Host FARV committee members made sure that all guests were happy by providing a cultural program, candidates were allowed a couple of minutes to speak, there was dancing, raffle prizes, and the delicious steak and salmon dinner, plus free wine for all to enjoy all night long.
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Jason Ignacio’s The Mountain has created a lot of buzz in the community.
Even a non-ballet fan has become a believer and a fan. The two days showing of The Mountain packed the Millennium Stage of The Kennedy Center.
On the first day, there were over three hundred guests, including ballet aficionados and the media, and of course the Filipino American community.
Several community leaders treated Jason and his brother Sidney to a Chinese Lauriat at a restaurant in Virginia. Philippine Embassy headed by Ambassador Willy C. Gaa, and Mrs. Linda Gaa came in on the second day.
It was also on the second performance that Ambassador Gaa honored Jason by giving him the recognition as an artist.
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Time to say Thank You to all the Philippine Festival 2009 committee chairs and volunteers.
The event took place at the Suntrust Building along Maple Avenue in Virginia. It’s the same place where they held meetings, planning, strategies, rehearsals, etc.
Of course, even it was a Sunday, loyal volunteers came to share their stories, enjoyed the simple but delicious food and also to received certificates of appreciation. Lucky for those who came because they got extra helpings of food courtesy of PAFC, and ampalaya (bitter mellon) fruit and leaves from Jon and Elvie Melegrito.
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Wow, that’s the best way to end a summer of hard work and volunteerism, right?
Not too fast, as everyone was leaving, freshly minted tickets, flyers are being distributed.
And as in the past, the same lines: Can you be in the committee? can you volunteer? can you sing or dance? if not, can you donate or be a sponsor? Let’s all have a great Fall fun ahead!

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