• Taranaki Filipino Society

    Together We Can Make the Difference

  • Executive Committee 2017-2018

    From left to right are, Chona, Flora, Lulu, Clarita, Jenny, Johnathan, Edna, David, Gemma & Romellia.
    Not in photo: Ulinda and Micheal.


    Front Row (L-R): Lulu Mitchell, Sim de los Santos
    Back Row (L-R): Stella Schmidt, Clarita Nono, David Ban, Edna Wilson, Evanne Hull, Chona Garcia, Lorin Rowe
    Not in Photo: Ulinda Sandford, Gemma Evans, Romelia Rosal, Joemarie Jungco

  • Executive Committee 2015-2016

    in photo from L-R : Romelia, Pat, Ulinda, Tom, Lulu, Gemma, Chona, David, Prescilla & Lorin
    not in photo : Edna & Sim — with Patricia Kemp, Sims Delos Santos, Edna Calzada Pintor Wilson, David Ban and Prescilla Macales.

  • Multi Ethnic Extravaganza 2016

    Taranaki Filipino Society contingent

  • Multi Ethnic Extravaganza 2016

    Taranaki Filipino Society members dancing Philippine national dance “Tinikling”

  • Euniece Ingrid Santos-Gonzalez

    Miss Phils-NZ 2015 – 1st runner up and Miss Congeniality

Together We Can Make a Difference

TFSI is a proud member of

Federation of Filipino Associations, Societies and Clubs in New Zealand Taranaki Mutli Ethnic Council

Executive Committee 2017-2018

Romelia Rosal

Mod. 021 269 7860

Gemma Evans
Vice President
Gemma Evans

Mob. 021 197 6992
[email protected]

David Ban
David Ban

ph. (06) 7590949.
[email protected]

Edna Wilson
Edna Wilson

Ph. (06) 751 1766
Mob. 021 132 0356
[email protected]

Committee Members:

Chona Garcia
Chona Garcia
Ph. (06) 757 9182
Mob. 021 126 3043

Ulinda Sandford
Ulinda Sandford
Ph. (06) 765 5615
Mob. 027 712 8360
[email protected]

Lulu Mitchell
Lulu Mitchell
Ph. (06) 756 8952
Mob. 021 203 5748

Clarita Nono
Clarita Nono
Ph. (06) 759 2270

Micheal Decena
Mob. 022 1269235

Jonathan Jimenez
Mob. 022 1365794

Flora Gaunt
Mob. 021 02545608

Jenny Gutang
Mob. 027 7576223

Harold Jurgens



From the President’s Desk – January 2018

Mabuhay to everyone.

Once again I want to express my gratitude to all of the TFSI officers, committee and members who actively support every Society event and fund raiser. Without the presence and cooperation of each and every one of us, nothing can be achieved. I can’t thank you enough. I am hoping that you will continually support our Society. Let us remember that it is not only to stay connected, but most importantly, to pass on our culture to the younger generation, to show our best traits and share with our fellow Kiwi’s that which makes us Filipino.

The Masquerade Ball was in November followed by the Christmas party in December were both a huge success. Everyone enjoyed themselves with lots of laughs and memories to cherish. Many of you were able to get to Hawera’s Mexican themed Christmas party which looked great, the photo both proved very popular.

A special thank you to Ulinda Sandford who did her best to make the Unified Filipino pre-new Years Party a night to remember. It was a great night, and a privilege to meet our kababayan who live in that area. Sorry I forgot the sound system, but in typical Filipino fashion, people pitched in and solved the problem.

Our next event will be on 03rd Feb. Its an outdoor activity – “Picnic at Ngamuto Beach”. I encourage you all to come along and enjoy another moment together.

Lastly, I would like to honour the people who willingly help Janeth, wherein she and her husband, Terion, had a sea accident that took her husbands life. Janeth holds a tourist visa and is greatly in need of emotional support. Let us show our concern and help her during this difficult time. Applications to change her visa have been started and God willing she will be able to stay and won’t be sent home. If you wish to contact her, please let us know, David our secretary, has her contact information.

Together we can make a difference.

May God bless us all,

TFSI President 2017-2018

From the President’s Desk – October 2017

Mabuhay to everyone.

Being able to witness the annual Pistang Pilipino celebration in Christchurch this
Labour weekend was a great privilege. Seeing my kababayan with great smiles,
and excitement in the faces of all I meet was a true pleasure. It inspired me more
to help make our society reach its goal, to preserve our Filipino culture so we can
pass it on to the younger generation. It is something we should cherish, to unite
all Filipino throughout Taranaki.

I am especially happy to announce that our candidate, Jenny Gutang, won Miss
Talent 2017, best Filipiniana 2017 and 2nd runner up over all for 2017.
Congratulations Jenny, thank you for all the hard work, and representing the
TFSI so well to the rest of New Zealand.

I forgot to mention in the last newsletter that the Society has updated its sound
system with new speakers, mics and sound controller. This was put to great use at
our Karaoke competition this month. This event was so successful that we have
had many requests to do more of them. We are considering hosting two more to
give more people a chance to enter and then perhaps have a grand finale. Well
done to Margie, Yohan and Noreen who were the winners on the night.

It is with great regret that we saw the sudden passing of Harold Jurgens, our
advisor, and publisher of the newsletter. He has been a supportive member of the
society since its beginning and was secretary 1998-2000. Harold was the loving
and cheerful husband of Patricia. We will always remember his solid contribution
to TFSI.

Lastly, thank you all for the outpouring of support for our societies events.

May God bless us all,

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