The Philippine Children’s Charities Inc., (PCCI) recently launched the 2016 Outstanding Filipino Americans USA, alongside the presentation of 2016 Ambassadors of Goodwill.
These Ambassadors of Goodwill, namely: Miss Philippines USA 2016 Nerfitte Wanzo, Jasmine Morada and Danielle Nicole Viray; Miss Teen Philippines USA 2016 Kyrsten Denise Rioveros, Rheanna Ocampo, Angelique Cobilla and Yasmin Savalan; Mrs. Philippines USA 2016 Dory Baghallian, Leilani King, Judith Catigan, Leenda Balauag and Leticia Jose are to be crowned at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport on December 17, 2016.
The beauties and some of the outstanding Filipino American awardees were presented during a simple ceremony at the residence of Darna Umayam, PCCI Chairperson, in Eagle Rock in the City of Los Angeles.
This year’s top Filipino Americans include medical practitioners, local government officials, members of the academe, journalists, photographers and many other individuals who showed exemplary devotion and achievements in their respective fields.
Dr. Salvador Abiera, president of the UST Medical Alumni of Southern California, recalled the tear-jerking experiences of PCCI volunteers who conducted medical and feeding missions in Barangay Payatas in Quezon City last year as part of the organization’s annual program to reach out to the poor in the Philippines. Barangay Payatas is a neighborhood nestled in a dump site. Umayam seconded Abiera’s testimonial and implored those present to appreciate the value of charity works, particularly for fellow Filipinos in the homeland.
“We have to help them because they have no one to turn to. Sometimes, what we routinely spend here to buy a hamburger meal could already save a life back in the Philippines. This is why we work hard to raise funds every year so we can regularly come to the Philippines and help our kababayans,” Umayam said.
Also present during the occasion were Carson Mayor Pro Tempore Elito Santarina, former Walnut Mayor Tony Cartagena, distinguished medical practitioners Dr. Manuel Baculi and Myrna Baculi, Philippine Department of Tourism-Los Angeles Director Richmond Jimenez , Fay Lena Castro Administrative Officer of Department of Tourism, Manny ILagan Former Acting Tourism Director Cesar Angeles, Jr. Information Officer of Philippine consulate General of Los Angeles and the Executive Council Members of the Philippine Independence Coordinating Council of Southern California.