Philippine Asian News Today Vol 19 No 18 - Page 3

September 16 - 30, 2017 PHILIPPINE ASIAN NEWS TODAY  YOU’RE READY You have energy, drive, and enthusiasm. We have training, support and a proven system to help you succeed as a Sun Life Financial advisor. We’re ready and waiting to meet you. This could be the start of something great! Criselda Flores Sales Manager 604-219-6886 Mutual funds distributed by Sun Life Financial Investment Services (Canada) Inc. Sun Life Financial advisors are contracted with Sun Life Financial Distributors (Canada) Inc. registered in Quebec as a financial services firm. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada is a member of the Sun Life Financial group of companies. © Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, 2017. A2441-E-05-16 UFCABC Hosts Despedida for DepCon Mandap The United Filipino Canadian Associations of BC held a despedida for Deputy Consul General Anton Mandap and his family, wife MaryAnn and their children, at the Fraserview Church in Richmond. The party was attended by many of the member-organizations of the UFCABC and their respective members. Several organizations gave a tribute to DepCon Mandap. Arcie Lim spoke for the Circulo Pampangueno, Rosette Correa spoke for the UPAABC, Amado Mercado spoke for his family being relatives of the Mandaps, and  councillor Chak Kwong Au from Richmond also spoke in behalf of Mayor Brodie and the city of Richmond, who consider Mandap a true friend. Joel Castillo, president of UFCABC spoke in behalf of the organization, and gave the Mandap’s gifts as a token of their appreciation. Most of the speakers’ tributes thanked DepCon Mandap for being a conduit in uniting the Filipinos and Filipino organizations in Vancouver, and by being present in most, if not all, the activities of each organization.  Two staff members of the Philippine Consulate rendered two songs to entertain the crowd as well, while Shishir Inocalla, of Arte Marcial Filipina and proponent of arnis and other Philippine martial arts in Vancouver, demonstrated the art of arnis in its many forms, as he also thanked the Department of Foreign Affairs for supporting him on his project to bring Philippine Martial Arts to Canada and to the world. Consul General Neil Frank Ferrer gave a speech relating how their team in the Consulate introduced many projects that helped Filipinos as far as Calgary and Red Deer, while Deputy Consul Leo Ausan gave his words of goodbye and inspiration through the song, “Life’s a Constant Change” by Jose Mari Chan. DepCon Mandap gave his thank you speech, jokingly likening the evening and the tributes to him as eulogies, and with a grateful heart thanked everyone for their support and their love. He told the crowd that his dedicated service to his countrymen was one that truly marked his six years in Vancouver, and that he is honoured to have served his kababayans on this assignment. The evening was capped off by dancing and picture taking with the Mandap s. The program was hosted by Tribu Productions Cliff Belgica, and the food was lovingly WWW.PHILIPPINEASIANNEWSTODAY.COM served by the members of the UFCABC. Photo credit : Christian Cunanan and Angelo Siglos)