Filipino diplomats to grace Bicol Canada induction gala night

PHOTO shows Philippine Ambassador Leslie B. Gatan (left) and Consul General Pedro O. Chan (right). (Photo by Eugene Deocareza)

By Manny Papa and Romy Zetazate

PHILIPPINE Ambassador to Canada, His Excellency Leslie B. Gatan, and Consul General Pedro O. Chan will grace the forthcoming induction of the new officers of Bicol Canada Community Association Inc. (BCCA) and its gala night on March 31 at the famous St. Peter & Paul Banquet Hall located at 231 Milner Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1S 5E3.

Rafael Nebres, BCCA president, is calling Bicolanos from the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon, who have settled in Toronto and other parts of Canada to join their fellow Bicolanos in this affair so as to renew their relationships and, at the same time, to acquaint themselves of their fellow Bicolanos from other parts of Canada.

He is also inviting other Bicolanos and even other Filipinos to join them.

Aside from President Nebres, the other officers of BCCA include Noli Aquino, vice president for government relations; Jess Cabrias, vice president for membership; Jojo T. Taduran, vice president for public relations; Arlene Martinez, secretary; Beth Malanyaon, assistant secretary; Bobby Achacon, treasurer; Felix Reyes, assistant treasurer; Alex Guerina, auditor; and Eugene Deocareza and Jun Salcedo, directors for special projects.

The other BCCA members of the board of directors are: Naty de la Torre Gutierrez, Fely Ortega, Ching Ragos, Esther Dilla Carpenter, Willy Nabus, Larry Bercasio, Ely Olayon, Floro A. Dabu, Jr., Edgar Recon and
Homer Senson.

For those who are interested to become sponsors, kindly get in touch with President Nebres through 416-618-1362 and email:; or any officers of the BCCA.

For those who are interested to put their advertisements in the souvenir program, please call Salcedo at 416-407-7859, email:; Bobby Achacon, 416-265-2085, email:; or inquire from any officers of the Bicol Canada Community Association Inc. (St. Jamestown News Service)

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