Founding members of Friends Indeed USA, Inc. at the pre-Christmas get-together on Dec. 4. From left, Nimfa Tinana (president, Masbate Association of America, Inc.), John De Los Santos (president, Citizens Mortgage Corp.), JT Mallonga, Esq. (Abad Constancio & Mallonga, LLC), Medadie Sy (president, NY Phil-Am Lions), Dr. Linda Pelayo (associate publisher, Filipino Reporter), Dr. Connie Quiambao (Rudell & Associates, Inc.), Engr. Roger Alama (NaFFAA Region 1 chair), Nena Kaufman (president, PHHOSO), Cora Reyes (chair, Bulacan Medical Mission), Mary Jane Lerias (vice-president, Sterling National Bank) and Elsa Olsen (president, Sagaynon USA, Inc.). Front, l.-.r.: Buddy Deauna (president, Asian Pacific Travel Services), Joe Ramos (president, La Communidad de Zamboanga), Engr. Rudy Quiambao (CEO and president, Rudell & Associates, Inc.) and Lito Pernia (comptroller, NAACP).  (Photo courtesy of Merit Salud, Esq.)


“Why does Christmas always come just when the stores are so crowded?” 


FROM the Catholic News Service, a letter titled “Waiting in Joyful Hope” goes like this:

Salt Lake City, Utah’s Bishop John C. Wester has urged Catholics to hold off celebrating the Christmas season until it officially begins on the church calendar Dec. 24.

In his first pastoral letter as Salt Lake City’s bishop, he urged the state’s Catholics to keep true to the spirit of Advent — a season of preparation which he said has been “neglected in many places” and often “overshadowed by the holiday season.”

The bishop, who was installed in 2007 as shepherd of the statewide Catholic diocese, noted that in the rush and busyness of the Christmas season, many miss out on its true meaning.

“By the time that the actual solemnity of Christmas arrives, many of us are burned out. We are already tired of all the ‘Christmas hype.’ Christmas has become anticlimactic,” he wrote.

So there — don’t rush Christmas honeypies.


That was a fun-filled pre-Christmas fete and get-together of Friends Indeed USA, Inc. at the opulent home of Engr. Rudy and Dr. Connie Quiambao which was ablaze with the Christmas glow and decor tastefully decorated with the help of Engr. Juvy.

Highlights of the evening were the induction of new FIUSA, Inc. members by unanimous votes — Drs. Rudy and Emy Magpantay, Josie Ciccoto and Gerry Austria; the charitable donation of FIUSA, Inc. to HomeReach Foundation to help a poor little girl back in the Philippines for heart surgery; another donation to the Filipino American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Raffle tickets were sold; sumptuous food was from contribution of each member, as well as prizes for the raffles.

Around 70 attended and it was merry and bright and full of laughter and camaraderie.

Everyone had such a marvelous time — much, much thanks to the Quiambaos — our designated and gracious  Santas.


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Dr. Linda Pelayo, chair, FIUSA, Inc., speaks before the nominated new members. From right, Dr. Emy Duque Magpantay, Dr. Rudy Magpantay and Josie Ciccoto.  (Photo courtesy of Merit Salud, Esq.)



FIUSA, Inc. donates $2,000 to HomeReach Foundation for their gift of life participation with the Rotary Club. Shown are Drs. Pepe and Diane Recitas, and Dr. Ramie Cadag, prime movers of HomeReach, surrounded by old and new members of FIUSA, Inc.  (Photo courtesy of Merit Salud, Esq.)



FALDEF receives donation of $1,000 from FIUSA, Inc.  (Photo courtesy of Merit Salud, Esq.)

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