Filipino  Canadian Retirees Association of Hamilton (aka FILCRAH) held their first ever Appreciation Night at Hamilton Filipino Community Centre, December 31, 2019. Over a hundred people attended as they dined and danced the night  away and helped usher in the New Year. Shown below are current Officers of FILCRAH

Seated L to R Gaspar Aberilla 2nd VP, Yoyex Chan, Social Director, Ron Chan 1st VP Standing L to R Perla Rafols, Treasurer, Cris Aberilla, Membership Director, Vina Sibayam, President, Evelyn Vanderspek, Secretary, Pong Palafox, Auditor, Bernia Elkami, Social Director, Tessie Abugan, Social Dircetor.

The star of the event was The Star(no pun intended) which was  unique, as it featured the Holy Family in the center of it. See picture below.

It drew a lot of  positive comments. A number of people took pictures as well as posed with it.

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The different organizations such as ATOATO, ZHC, PBA, PCA were well represented.

The activities included handing out of Door prizes, 50/50 draw line dancing, singing Karaoke  which made for a  lively event.

The night started with the playing of the Canadian & Filipino  National Anthems. Mrs. Elizabeth Burgie delivered a prayer before meals. Cris Aberilla , FILCRAH Membership Director emceed and Music was provided by DJ Rey Sibayan. 

FILCRAH officers were grateful for the support of the public and our generous donors who made the night extra special.

The audience ushered 2020 with a lot of noise with the provided noise makers. To cap the night off participants had a shot or two of champagne. It was a great night!

Written by  Jung Aberilla