Hopes are high with the Philippine Artists Group of Canada’s election of a new set of officers lead by recent Woman Achiever awardee for Visual Arts, Nelia Tonido as President. Nelia is a watercolorist, architect and award-winning cake designer.
Also elected are the award-winning artist Antonio ‘Jun’ Afable as Vice President, artist/architect Genaro ‘Gene’ Lopos as Secretary, award winner Teodorico ‘Teody’ Asuncion is re-elected as Treasurer, also re-elected is multi-talented Michelle Chermaine Ramos as the P.R.O., artist/lawyer Joyce Cristino ‘Ato’ Bondoc as Auditor and magic realist artist Francisco ‘Frank’ Tonido as Property Custodian. Artist/architect Rolando ‘Rolly’ Abarilla remains as Archivist and artist/computer wizard ‘Jhun’ Ciolo Diamante stays as the Webmaster.
The Council of Past Presidents/Advisers is composed of those who had served for 2 years or more, namely Romeo ‘Romi’ C MananQuil, Romeo ‘Omel’ Masalunga and Calixto ‘Toots’ Quiachon. Accepted as new members are artist/merchant mariner Alexander ‘Alex’ Gonzales and watercolourist/architect Milagros ‘Mila’ Ureta Navaleza.
The other members are Marissa B Corpus-Gaa, Cobie Cruz, Frank Cruzet, Tony P Doctor, Martin Hechanova, Charlie Hermoso, Lina Jeffers, Koni Marcoux, Maridi Nivera and Mark Edison Salinas.
As a long-time fixture in the Filipino communitys annual observance of the Declaration of Philippine Independence, the PAG will be celebrating its 26th anniversary with their annual summer show to be held from June 2-22, 2014 at the Neilson Park Creative Centre. The opening reception is on Saturday, June 7th 2014 from 1-4pm.