Nonprofit honors 8 as SF’s ‘Distinguished Citizens’


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SAN FRANCISCO–A nonprofit community service center selected eight Filipino Americans, including California State Assembly member Rob Bonta, as San Francisco Bay Area’s “Distinguished Citizens” for their outstanding contributions in their respective fields.

San Francisco nonprofit West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service is honoring eight outstanding Filipino Americans in a benefit luncheon and auction on June 22, Saturday at the Hotel Intercontinental on Howard St., San Francisco.

West Bay’s board of directors and officers selected the honorees to serve as role models and mentors to Filipino youth in underserved communities. The awardees will be paired with, and mentor eight outstanding students from West Bay’s afterschool program.

The awardees are as follows:
 Public Affairs-Rob Bonta, California State Assembly member, representing the 18th District
; Corporate Leadership-Ezra Garrett, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, vice president for community affairs; 
Community Service-Marily Mondejar, president, Filipino Women’s Network
; Medicine-Dr. Carmelo Roco, MD internal medicine, private practitioner; 
Education -Jeffrey Burgos, principal, Roof Top Elementary School
; Innovation-Ralph Colet, chief Engineer, Colet Special Vehicle Design; 
Entrepreneurship-Rod Mercado, president and CEO, Financial Rescue LLC
; Philanthropy-Angie Louie, owner, Hana Zen Japanese Grill and Sushi Bar

The event is presented by Clearchannel Outdoor together with Hotel Intercontinental San Francisco, and supported by Financial Rescue LLC, Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the San Francisco Filipino American Chamber of Commerce.

Proceeds will benefit West Bay’s Academic Enrichment and Mentorship Program, which provides afterschool help to students from K-12 in underserved communities. Tickets are at $100 and can be obtained at (415) 564-6262 or email For more information, contact West Bay’s executive director Rudy Asercion at (415) 933-4636


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