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,
President- Romellia Rosal