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The PCCCF Munting Tinig Choir performing at the Christmas Party
on Dec. 6, 2015 at the Wisconsin Club of Milwaukee

Christmas Brunch with Santa

The day started and ended quite perfectly for the FAAWIS Christmas Brunch with Santa on December 6, 2015. The weather was great, the atmosphere was festive, and our guests were dressed in their Christmas bests.!"

The morning started with family photos with Santa, with the beautiful photography provided by Joey Singson and company. After their portrait with Santa, the children moved on to the craft tables where they enjoyed coloring and decorating their Santa hats and stockings.

The Wisconsin Club was packed to its maximum capacity. We had over 280 guests who gathered in the beautifully decorated party room filled with people who gaily chatted with old friends as they caught up with their latest news, shouts of joy from the children as they chased each other as they eagerly awaited their gifts from Santa and his elf, and the festive music from our DJ, Derek Yumang. During brunch, our guests were entertained with a short program from singing to dancing. We thank our very talented performers: The Munting Tinig Choir – the many beautiful children who sang their Christmas carols and Tagalog songs with a guitar accompaniment by Manika Clemente; Ina Ramos with her beautiful piano performance; Alana Michaels with her grand singing and guitar performance; The Gilbert sisters with their upbeat dances; The Wickmans for their beautiful folk dances, reminiscent of our Filipino heritage.

We also had a guest speaker, Angelito Tenorio, who inspired and encouraged us to participate in Community Service.

Representing the Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation, Cream Pepito appealed to guests to support the PCCCF financially during their year-end appeal, noting the strong ties between FAAWIS and the PCCCF. The PCCCF facility hosts events for many Fil-Am organizations and sponsors many community outreach programs for which our Filipino-American Community is well known; including the Free Medical Clinic, the Childhood Literacy Program, Computer Classes, Tagalog Classes and many more. Donations may be sent to PCCCF, 3717 W Howard Ave, Greenfield, WI 53221.

Part of our event was the presentation of the new board members for 2016 namely: Josefina Brunner, Rosalyn Daniels, Maribel Mandella, Grace Malett, Marc Millan, and Miriam Santos. They, along with the current board members, were inducted by Dr. Violeta Singson for FAAWIS 2016. Isabel Maria Piana also presented the following awards: FAAWIS Scholarship for 2014-2015 – awarded to Rachel Hope Wickman. Rachel was presented with a plaque and $1,000.00. The Ninette Santos Youth Dance Award – presented to Clarisse Rebancos with a $250.00 award.

We would like to acknowledge and express our deep gratitude to the following people and groups for making our event a huge success: The Wisconsin Club – for their hospitality and excellent service; Tom Baas for graciously helping Santa with his role, giving us all smiles and for reminding us of our wishes for Christmas; Sol Yoder who played the most beautiful elf I’ve ever seen; Joey Singson for giving us our memorable photos with Santa; our performers for sharing their talents with national anthems; Derek Yumang for giving us a lively party with his festive music; Rose Ricks for her delicious spread of kakanins/desserts; The Committee team who made sure the event ran smoothly, from registration to clean up.

We would also like to thank all of you for attending the Christmas party with your cheers and friendship. Thank you for your continued support of our organization. Your massive attendance made this event a huge success. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Thank you, Mr. Thomas Hey, for your strong leadership of FAAWIS in 2015. Your hard work as well as your dedication to the organization is reflected by the success of all your events this year. Congratulations on a job well done!

Submitted by Mimi Ballesteros

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