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Sunnyside man re-elected president of Yakima Valley Filipino Community

WAPATO - The Filipino-American Community of the Yakima Valley held its annual election on Sunday, March 1, and continuity was the word.

Most of the officers and board members for the 350-member organization were re-elected. That includes President Rey Pascua of Sunnyside, re-elected to his 11th one-year term of office.

Pascua, 58, is also a member of the Commission on Pacific American Affairs, appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire in 2007.

Also re-elected was Lorena Silva of Wapato, vice president; June Baldoz, secretary; and Cheryl Viernes, assistant secretary. Both Baldoz and Viernes are also from Wapato.

Anna Tobia of Yakima was elected as treasurer for the group, and Carmen Azurin of Wapato was re-elected as assistant-treasurer.

The board saw only one change, as Hilda Leffel of Selah captured a spot. Mike Antonio, Dori Baker, Carrie Pascua and Tom Silva were re-elected.

Elected as Sergeant-At-Arms were Pedring Frienella, Mely Sarandi, Betty Rodriguez and James DelaCruz.

Elected as auditors were Rose Hernandez and Betty Tabayoyon.

The new officers will be installed at the 57th anniversary celebration of the community hall in Wapato on Saturday, March 28.

The Filipino-American Community is a non-profit organization which advocates for social, health, educational and civic rights for Filipinos, and which maintains the first Filipino Hall built "from the ground up" in all of the United States.

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