• Taranaki Filipino Society

    Together We Can Make the Difference



    Romellia Rosal, Gemma Evans, David Ban, Edna Wilson, Chona Garcia, Ulinda Sandford, Lulu Mitchell, Clarita Nono, Micheal Decena, Jonathan Jimenez, Flora Gaunt, Jenny Gutang


    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.

  • TFSI Dance Group

  • 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 2018-2019

Romelia Rosal

Mod. 021 269 7860

Vice President
Jonathan Jimenez

Mob. 022 1365794

David Ban
David Ban

Ph. (06) 759 0949
[email protected]

Noreen Ongchango

Mob. 022 6373907

Committee Members:
Madeline Layupan
Mob. 024 1537050

Ulinda Sandford
Ulinda Sandford
Mob. 022 4318458

Vicky Gaffeney
Mob. 027 3334041

Minerva Edwin

Johan Ongchangco
Mob. 022 1269235

Mark Biddick

Dianne Knight

Rose Lemos
Mob. 027 2097347

Gemma Evans
Gemma Evans
Mob. 021 2565110

Jennifer Vitug

Marinda Lstimosa

Rowena Trinidad



From the President’s Desk – June 2019


It’s been a while since the last Society’s Newsletter was sent out, and I apologize for skipping the March issue. It has been a hectic several months, with lots of important commitments that I am attending with, so time just passed by without me noticing. Anyhow, let me impart to you all the past events from over the last five months starting with the society’s Christmas celebration. I can say it was indeed a successful gathering, although some members who usually attend in every society’s event were not present, but there were new faces attending and it is fulfilling to have them. It only means that the Filipino population in Taranaki is growing and it is our vision to meet and greet the new comers. Same outcome with the February event. We had no gathering for both April and May. A special thank you to Gemma, who always managed the stage decorations on our past functions and of course with the help of other enthusiastic people – Janet, Vicky, Maddie and Rose Smith. Read more

From the President’s Desk – July 2018



My one-year term as President of the society ends tonight, I may or may not be re-elected, but I am glad I’ve been given this opportunity to experience this exciting role. Tonight, I would like to express my utmost gratitude for the overwhelming support I received during my journey as the President of the society. Thank you for all your help, to my fellow officers, committee members and to all the members who actively participate in every event that the society hosted for the likes of Emily, Evelyn, Rose, Helen, Juliet… Thanks to my loving and supportive husband and to GOD who blessed me and directed me to kind hearted people.
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From the President’s Desk – March 2018


By the end of June 2018, my term as President of the TFSI will come to an end. This may be my last report and I would to express my gratitude to my fellow officers, committee and members who supported me in this exciting and challenging role. What I have learnt over the past 10 months was the importance of being sensitive to the needs of the members, working as a team to get things accomplished. Let us never forget our heritage and be proud a Filipino. I encourage all members to attend our upcoming annual general meeting this June 16th at the St. Joseph Parish Hall, Powder ham Street. It is time to voice out your suggestions, raise any concerns and select a new set of officers and committee.
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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.
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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.
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