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Philippine Cultural and
Civic Center at Zablocki
Park - Flag Raising
September 27, 2014
We would like to express our gratitude to all the Officers, Board and Ex-officio Members of the PCCCF and members of our Filipino-American community who participated in this September 27, 2014 historical flag raising event. Let it will always be remembered that on this day, the Philippine flag was officially raised at the premises of the Philippine Center.
The presence of Philippine Vice Consul Ricarte Abejuela III, City of Greenfield Mayor Mike Neitzke, County Supervisor John Weishan Jr., Milwaukee County Parks Director John Dargle, Executive Director Kaye Garcia from Forest Co. Potawatomi Foundation, Former Vice President Jim Marks of Greater Milwaukee Foundation and presently United Way, Consultant and Linda McFerrin, Vice President of United Way validated the positive impact that the Filipinos have contributed to Milwaukee County.
Please take note that our special guests commented that our Philippine Center is a place of Giving. Milwaukee County Executive Director Chris Abele honored the PCCCF thru Parks Director John Dargle with a Certificate of Appreciation highlighting our partnership and our programs such as the Free Medical Clinic, Children's Workshop, Literacy Programs (computer, cooking, etc).
Attached are 2 youtube hyperlinks, for you and the others who were not able to make it, to watch this momentous event. Our Philippine flag was raised beside the American flag with full military honors, provided by the American Legion Post 416. Double click one of the links and watch in theater mode (full screen seems not to work) for a bigger screen.
Please share this video to your friends and family, constituents and other contact. Let us all be proud of this accomplishment, the first in the U.S.
By Heidi M. Pascual
Philippine Center Update
The Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation (PCCCF) Board and Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund Major Contributors, represented by Dr. Ric & Mrs. Carol Sinense, Atty. Raphael Ramos from Quarles Brady, Drs. Max and Letty Cueto, Fred Astaire Dance Forward fundraiser organizers Dr. Fe Visaya, Dr. Oscar & Mrs. Becky Toledo, were given a first hand video report by Jo Ann P. Kyle, managing director of ABS CBN Sagip Kapamilya, on the $30,000 contributed by the PCCCF towards rehabilitation and medical assistance for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Updates were given on the usage of funds and the progress of their ongoing relief and rehabilitation efforts prior to the PCCCF Board Meeting last July 30, 2014 at the Philippine Center.
Renee Mondano, with husband Don, were designated by the PCCCF to hand deliver the donations to the Don Bosco Salesian Fathers and the Asilo de la Milagrosa Orphanage in Cebu City, Philippines. Renee's report went as follows:
Part of the PCCCF donations were used to build storm shelter housing in Candahug, Palo, Leyte as part of the Don Bosco Adopt and Rebuild a Community Project. Storm shelters were constructed inside each house to protect the inhabitants during catastrophic typhoons. The storm shelters were built with reinforced concrete walls and roof deck to withstand high winds. The roof deck was set at a height where people can stay and be safe during surge flooding.
In addition to the $3,500 of the PCCCF donation to Don Bosco for medicines, vaccines, medical supplies and equipment, the Pelayo-Mondano family contributed funds to supplement other requirements used during the PCCCF Cares/ Mondano-Pelayo Medical Mission to Polambato, Bogo City, Cebu