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May 14

12th Annual SANTACRUZAN – Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles


WHAT: 12th Annual SANTACRUZAN – Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

WHEN:  MAY 14, 2016


Everyone is invited to the 12th Annual Santacruzan sponsored by the Filipino Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  The Santacruzan will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:45 pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. His Excellency Most Reverend Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations will be the principal celebrant.

Highlights of the Santacruzan include presentation of “Sagalas” who are young girls and women that comprise the Court of Honor for the Procession of the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Eucharistic Celebration, Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Flower Offering, and a “Banda Musiko”- accompanied Procession. The theme during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is “Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!”

The celebration is capped with a Dinner-Dance at Casa Italiana, 1051 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Parties interested in participating and for inquiries, please contact Florie Pimentel (818) 242-4522, [email protected]; Eric Cordeta (310) 930-5443, [email protected]


May 27


PUP/PCC to hold 1st Global Reunion


Attention all graduates of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the Philippine College of Commerce: join us in our FIRST GLOBAL REUNION being organized by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Alumni Association, USA Inc. scheduled on May 27-29, 2016 (Memorial Day Weekend) at the New Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. We promise a weekend of fun-filled activities, of friendship and camaraderie as we reminisce our best memories during our high school and college days. There will be lots of entertainment, singing and dancing and photo opportunities with your classmates and friends.

For more information, please contact any of the following: Loi Herrera at 562-544-8210 or [email protected]; Monette Santillan-Rivera at 818-970-8317 or [email protected]; Rose Mejia at 323-997-3838 or [email protected]; Marissa Sugay-Palanca  at  818-281-7460 or [email protected]; Rose Maghari at 661-794-8906 or [email protected]; Sally Mendoza at 323-695-0235 or  [email protected]; Honeylette De Leon at 562-480-5743 or [email protected]; Virginia Herbito at [email protected]; Connie Acosta at 323-854-5303 or [email protected]; Violeta D. Cristobal at 310-880-5808 or [email protected]; Jun Mapoy at 323-627-5326 or [email protected]



June 4


Missionary Society of St. Columban Dinner-Dance

The Missionary Society of St. Columban will hold its annual dinner dance event on June 4th, 6PM, at the Friendship Auditorium (3201 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90941).  Organized by the Dancing for the World, an affiliate of the Columbans, will celebrate the “Year of Mercy” to echo and emphatically support the call of Pope Francis’s Jubilee Year.  This year is very important to be responsive to the call of the church and be faithful to the mission of God because God is by nature merciful. Thanks to the many dedicated missionaries, priests, sisters and lay missionaries who responded to the call of God and live among the poor to make a difference and allow God’s mercy to flow into the hearts of those they minister. For more information, please visit The Dancing for the World event on June 4 is also an opportunity to meet supporters, donors and friends to thank them for their valuable contribution to the Columban mission. Event will include delicious food, ballroom dancing, and fabulous raffle prizes. (For this year, the first prize will be a cruise for two to Mexican Riviera. The second prize is a Flat screen TV. The third prize is a Tablet.) There are many amazing prizes available for all lucky winners. The dinner dance ticket is $40.Reserve your tickets now or before May 15. For information and tickets please contact Carmencita Enriquez (213) 880-5075 or Ariel Presbitero (323) 691-5262, or at: 2919 Moss Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065. Thank you in advance on behalf of the Missionary Society of St. Columban and the Dancing for the World committee members.  Please continue praying for all Columban Missionaries all over the world and the success of this event.

Pechanga Bus trip

The Filipino American Law Enforcement Officers Association (FALEO), a 501c(3) non-profit organization, will host a bus trip to Pechanga to raise funds for its scholarship. There will be two locations for pick up and drop off: First pick up is at 10:45 am; drop off at 8:30 pm at Carson Civic Center, 801 East Carson Street, Carson. The second pick up will be between 11:15 to 11:30 am; drop off at 8 pm at Angels Stadium Metrolink, 2626 East Katella Avenue, Anaheim. Tickets are $35 and include games and a light breakfast while en route to Pehcanga. For more information, contact Pauline at [email protected]


IHM to hold Dinner-Dance


The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will hold their Annual Parish Dinner-Dance on June 4, 2016 at the church’s’ auditorium at 4954 Sta. Monica Blvd. Los Angeles as announced by Fr. Thai Le, Parish Administrator. Music will be provided by The Midnight Motion Duo. For tickets & other related issues, please call Emma Sabido at 323-401-2707.

June 5

Philippine Independence Day New York City Flag Ceremony Independence Day Thanksgiving Mass Philippine Center 

556 Fifth Avenue (between 45th Street and 46th Street) New York NY 10036-5002 8:30-9:30 A.M. It’s Philippine Independence Day in New York City and the Northeastern United States! The day starts early morning (at 8:30 a.m.) with a Flag Ceremony in front of the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue (between 45th and 46th Streets), New York, NY 10036, accompanied by singing of the Philippine National Anthem. Following the Flag Ceremony, celebrators, led by Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. and the President of the Philippine Independence Day Committee Dr. Prospero Lim, along with guests, other VIPs, the PIDCI Executive Committee, members of the Board of Directors, organization presidents and other proceed to the Kalayaan Hall on the second floor for the traditional Independence Day Mass of Thanksgiving. For information, please call Committee Chairs Tambi Wycoco (212) 420-0145, Bert Olimpo (347) 308-0426, Margie Wisotsky (201) 273-2081, or PIDCI President Dr. Prospero Lim (347) 254-5106 or any member of the PIDCI Board of Directors.

Independence Day Street Fair Madison Avenue 

(From 25th Street To 26th Street And 26th Street From Madison Avenue To Park Avenue) 10:00 A.M. To 6:00 P.M. 

As soon as the New York Police Department closes the Avenue to vehicular traffic, this part of the Avenue is the first that starts to hum with frenzied activity after the tents that are divided into selling of exhibition booths are put up. It’s a veritable Food Festival on the one side of Madison Avenue and 26th Street while the other side of the thoroughfares replicate a Mini-Expo. For information or to rent booths, please call Independence Day Street Fair Committee Chairs Gheng Pingol (917) 669-0505, Nonoy Rafael (516) 298-8428, Tambi Wycoco (212) 420- 0145, PIDCI President Dr. Prospero Lim (347) 254-5106 or any member of the PIDCI Board of Directors.

Independence Day Parade Madison Avenue 

(From 38th Street To 27th Street) 11:45 A.M.

With all the important players gathered on Madison Avenue at 38th Street, a short program is held on the Avenue at 11:45 a.m. concluded by a ribbon-cutting that sends the Philippine Independence Day Parade marching on its way downtown at exactly 12:00 Noon. Led by a Spearhead at the head of which are the 2016 Independence Day Parade Grand Marshals Dr. Leonidas “Ned” Pulido and his wife Carmencita “Menchie” Pulido. Also at the head of the Spearhead is a line of VIPs, including Consul General Mario L. de Leon and wife Mrs. Eleanor de Leon, PIDCI President Prospero Lim, honored guests, more VIPs. When the Spearhead reaches 30th Street, those at the head of the Spearhead take off to get up and take their seats at the Reviewing Stand on the East side of Madison Avenue. For information or to participate, call Independence Day Parade Committee Chairs Shiran Ybanez (917) 216-0343, Maryann Sanagustin (908) 456-7063, PIDCI President Dr. Prospero Lim (347) 254-5106 or any member of the PIDCI Board of Directors.

Cultural Festival Open-Air Stage Madison Avenue 

At 26th Street 2:00 P.M. To 6:00 P.M. 

Here is where you see and hear celebrities, performers and talents some of them coming from the Philippines or other parts of the world in an all-afternoon program. For information or to audition for participation please call Cultural Festival Committee Chairs Helen LaBarbera (518) 581-8830, or Miguel Braganza at (718) 483-0045.

June 11

Piyesta Pinoy Bolingbrook

Please join us on Saturday, June 4 for the 3rd Philippine Fest Celebration (Piyesta Pinoy sa Bolingbrook) at the beautiful Bolingbrook Performing Arts Center (375 W. Briarcliff Rd. Bolingbrook, IL). This year’s event will include a variety of food vendors, business, merchandise, and non-profit organizations, as well as hours of dance, games, and musical entertainment, including special guest performances. The Philippine American Cultural Foundation (PACF) is proud to promote and share our rich Filipino cultural heritage and traditions in America. Your participation and support are always valuable and critical to the survival of PACF and its programs. For more information, or to volunteer, perform, exhibit, or donate, please visit

Philippine Independence Day celebration

The Philippine Independence Day Foundation in conjunction with the City of Carson and GMA Pinoy TV will hold the 118th Philippine Independence Day celebration at Veterans Park and Sports Complex, 22400 Moneta Avenue, Carson, CA 90745. The event is celebrated yearly in the City of Carson and is attended by thousands of Carson residents, as well as people from different parts of Southern California. The celebration will take place from 8am to 6pm. For more information, call (310) 549-3111.

June 20 – 27 


Pilgrimages to Mexico and India

Amazing Pilgrimages for the Jubilee Year of Mercy! All are welcome to join Fr. Joe Joseph of Holy Trinity Church for the spiritual and fun-filled experiences of COLONIAL MEXICO/OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE (June 20 – 27): Mexico City, Theotihuacan, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Ocotlan, Xochimilco, Guanajuato, San Miguel De Allende, Guadalajara, San Juan De Los Lagos, Cristo Rey, Zapopan, Tonala; and INDIA (September 15 – 29): Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Kolkata, Kerala. For more pilgrimage information and detailed flyers, please contact Bernadette at [email protected]  OR call 323-344-1548 & 323-547-6618.


September 9-17

 42nd annual celebration in honor of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, 

Patroness of the Bicol Region

United Bicolandia Los Angeles (UBLA) invites everyone, Bicolanos, devotees and friends to come and celebrate the 42nd annual celebration in honor of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Patroness of the Bicol Region. The festivities will start on Sept. 9, with the translacion at 5:00 PM at the Immaculate of Mary Church (4954 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029. A nightly novena Mass follows from Sept. 09 to Sept. 16 at 6 PM except on Saturday, Sep 10, at 3:30 PM and Sunday, Sep 11, at 2;30 PM and culminates on Saturday, Sep 17, with the 9th day novena at 8 AM, foot & fluvial procession at 9 AM, and a Concelebrated Mass at 10 am at Lincoln Park, 3501 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Main celebrant will be HE Most Rev Arturo Bastes, Bishop of Sorsogon. For details, please call Lanie Berrei (818) 281-3169 or Gene Leano (818) 439-6896.

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