Paskong Pilipino 2014

The 39th Paskong Pilipino was held on December 6, 2014 at St. Joseph Parish Church in New Hope and as expected, it was a huge success. Paskong Pilipino is an annual event geared toward our community's youth, giving them an opportunity to showcase their talents in the annual talent show. 

And as part of the Filipino tradition, we feature our "Lolo and Lola" to symbolize the respect for our elders that is a cornerstone of Filipino culture. The youth are encouraged to participate as they approach "Lolo and Lola," saying, "mano po" they take the elder's right hand, touching the back of Lolo and Lola's right hand to their foreheads, a traditional Filipino gesture of "blessing." Of course, Santa Claus took time from his busy Christmas schedule to deliver gifts to the children in attendance. 

Pinoy dishes such as Pancit, Adobo, Menudo and rice, along with the popular pinoy deserts, simply known as "kakanins," were served to all those who came, courtesy of our generous donors.

Vendors had the chance to sell their specialties, and their participation added to the spice and success of the event.

The Paskong Pilipino has become a household name in our community because it is where children from our community have come together over the years to keep real Filipino Christmas traditions alive. Many of those who grew up coming to the Paskong Pilipino in past years now have their own children who can participate, carrying on our traditions not only as Filipinos, but as Filipino Minnesotans.  

This year's event had new participants, talents, committee members, vendors, and ideas that contributed to making it even more successful. This is Fil-Minnesotan Association's goal: to make Paskong Pilipino better and more enjoyable for everyone each year.




“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be 

very silent 

if no birds sang there.......”


The words of American poet and writer Henry Van Dyke remind us of what our young

artists accomplish when they delight us with the talents they share as they perform at

FMA’s Klasika Concerts. Founded in 1994, Klasika serves as a vehicle for recognizing

musically-trained members of the Filipino American community, and for promoting 

classical and Filipino music.


We are calling all artists to share their talents with the community. Play the piano, guitar, 

violin, viola, flute, cello. Sing solo. Do a duet. Be a trio. Remember, “........the woods 

would be very silent if no birds sang there.......”


To perform at Klasika, you may 

contact Jocelyn Quebral, Chair 651-739-4416

Merriam Mirabueno, Co-Chair 651-493-9724 

Lita Malicsi, Klasika Founder/Advisor 612-861-2397

Magkape Tayo (Coffee House)

This is the place, folks! Everything in Magkape Tayo is a homerun -

from the show to the food! Located at the Philippine Center of Minnesota

(PCM) on 1380 Frost Avenue, Maplewood, Magkape Tayo is a welcoming 

venue where one can enjoy flavorful Filipino and local dishes to the sound

of delightful music and fabulous performances of local talents.

If you want a fantastic Friday night, definitely check this place out. Magkape

Tayo runs on some designated Fridays every 2 or 3 months at the Philippine 

Center. Coffee and food sales start at 6:00 pm. The show starts at 7:00pm.

So the clientele could enjoy the performances while dining or snacking, the 

coffee and food sales remain open during the show.

If you would rather be in the show than in the audience, you may contact

Lita Malicsi (director) at 612.209.7032. We welcome singers, dancers, spoken 

word artists, instrumentalists, even magicians!

FMA Members Raise Funds on Lake Minnetonka

by Aleth Flores

FMA had its second Lake Minnetonka cruise, a fundraising event, chaired by Vangie Stacy and Dodge Flores.  This year, the cruise had a Mexican theme. A group of about 60 people boarded the Lady of the Lake on Sunday, August 31, 2014 on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior, Mn.  They enjoyed a Mexican fiesta of chips and salsa, Spanish rice, refried beans, chicken and cheese enchiladas and a taco/burrito bar.  Some danced to the beat of Ray Evangelista and others enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Lake Minnetonka up on deck with their Margaritas!  The event raised more than $1000 which will be used in part to upgrade PCM.

FMA Holds Annual Consular Services for the Filipino Community

By: Aleth Flores

The Consular Outreach Service, chaired by Dodge and Aleth Flores, FMA past president and current Auditor, respectively, started with a dinner on Friday evening, August 15, 2014, at Uptown at City Walk Club Room, welcoming seven staff from the Philippine Consulate of Chicago headed by Vice Consul Ricarte Abejuela III.  Everyone enjoyed a relaxing evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres, delicious Filipino food, and good camaraderie. There was a very informative question and answer forum with the vice consul as different leaders of the community asked questions of interest in regards to the economic and social situations in the Philippines.  The evening ended with so much fun and excitement as photo shoots took place.

The Consular services were held at the Philippine Center of Minnesota (PCM) on Saturday, August 16, 2014.  More than 34 volunteers were at the PCM promptly at 7am to set up and get ready for the big crowd expected at 8am when doors opened.  Volunteers were assigned at the parking lots, registration tables, waiting areas, document verifications, notarizations, copiers and pictures, food, kitchen, clean up, etc.  Serviced for the day were 211 passport renewals, 33 dual citizenships, and 57 special powers of attorney and other services.  The last customer serviced was around 9pm.  Overall, the event was very successful and organized, thanks to Dodge Flores and all the volunteers.

The Consular service outreach was also a good opportunity for the Filipino community to see PCM.  There were people from all over the Twin Cities as well as neighboring states who have not been to the center.  FMA officers who were also PCM board members talked about PCM and its journey while people were waiting.  They were encouraged to use the facility for their gatherings and events.  Inspired by the pleas and the appeal of the center,  some people gave their donations and pledges to PCM!

Again, another tiring but very rewarding event for FMA and its volunteers had taken place!

FMA Golf Tournament

By: Arnie Talatala

Another Golf Tournament is in the books! August 23rd marked FMA’s 20th golf tournament. Close to 40 golfers came out to take part in the 4-man scramble tournament, where everyone enjoyed a warm and beautiful day of golf at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater. The day was mixed with a lot of fun and competitive golf and ending in a delicious meal while raffling off numerous donated prizes.

Congratulations to the team of Paolo Dubuque, Bong Soliman, Irving Munar and Tristan Paqcuingan who shot a 12 under (60) to win the 20th FMA golf Tournament.

Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who help keep this event going and enjoyable year after year. If you would like to know more information about next year’s golf tournament or would like to become a sponsor/or donate prizes, please contact Arnie Talatala- (

Minnesota Medical Mission of Mercy (4M) presents Plaque to FMA

By: Virgie Carlson


On August 17, 2014, Minnesota Medical Mission of Mercy (4M) presented two plaques to the Fil-Minnesotan Association (FMA).

Dodge Flores (left), and Jocelyn Quebral (middle) hold two plaques presented by 4M. 

Dodge Flores (left), and Jocelyn Quebral (middle) hold two plaques presented by 4M. 

The plaque Dodge Flores is holding is from the Governor of Northern Samar, Governor Jose Ong Jr acknowledging 4M for conducting a successful medical mission in Laoang, Northern Samar. Since FMA sponsored the mission, members of 4M thought it appropriate that FMA keep the plaque as a token of gratitude from the people of Laoang.

The plaque Jocelyn Quebral is holding is from the members of 4M thanking FMA. Because of the support of FMA as well as donations from other organizations and friends, the medical mission helped and treated a total of 2408 patients in five days as follows:

Medical and pediatrics = 1340

Minor surgeries = 143

Major surgeries = 8

Pairs of eye glasses distributed =827

Referrals to Northern Samar Provincial Hospital (NSPH), Catarman = 90 

Both plaques were presented by Virgie Carlson at her residence during a get-together party with 4M members, sponsors and donors. 

2014 FMA Basketball Invitational

By: Darwin Yasis

The 9th Annual Fil-Minnesotan Basketball Invitational was held on June 28 & 29, 2014 at the Minneapolis Sports Center. Eighteen teams competed during the two-day tournament and hundreds of people attended to cheer for their favorite teams. There were plenty of exciting games and close matches which ended up in overtime and single digit wins. This was evident during the round robin on Day 1 up to the Elimination/Championship Round on Day 2.

Congratulations to the 2014 winners!!!

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1st Place Division A - Team Double J (Blue team) - former champions

2nd Place Division A - Team Avengers (Gold team) - defending champions

1st Place Division B - Team Halo Halo Picks (Light Blue team)

2nd Place Division B - Team Borongbong (Aqua Blue team)

3-Pt Shootout Champion - Matt Campued – Team CSFA

Best Muse  - Kylie Lauren Domingo Tagros – Team Alagad

Logo Design Contest Winner - Aric Asuncion

“…Thanks to FMA for giving us the opportunity to participate in the tournament. It was not only fun-filled event but more importantly it gave us the chance to meet and make friends with our Filipino kababayans here in MN.”  - Ted (Negrenses Team Captain)

Special thanks to our event sponsors Buerkle Honda, Silver Lake Smiles, and to the many volunteers who made this event possible. We also would like to thank our special guest Hailey Steele, Little Miss Minnesota Princess 2014, and to James Calacsan for singing the national anthem and performing at the championship half time show.

To many, as basketball-loving Filipinos, it wasn’t only about playing the game. It was also an avenue to meet and reconnect with our fellow kababayans, enjoy sumptuous selection of Filipino food from Tita Li’s Kitchen, Maricel’s Catering, and Rose’s Catering, and spend time with friends and families. Next year marks the 10th Year Anniversary and we hope to bring in more fun and excitement to this event.



FMA President Receives Community Leadership Award

By Lita Malicsi

In celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage month, the Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) held its annual dinner to honor the accomplishments Asian Americans contribute to our community and the state. 

On May 9, 2014, at the Oakdale Prom Center, Dr. David Ong, then FMA President, received the prestigious Community Leadership Award.  He has championed many worthy causes that included health, education and the arts, and many social justice issues. David is most proud of his missionary work in Guatemala and in the Philippines. Since 2005, he has been serving the indigent people of the Philippines, providing dental work. Last January, he visited the typhoon-struck province of Tacloban, Philippines and provided dental and socio-civic service. He is looking forward to serve, once again, during the next mission.

David has 2 children -  Rock and Nico,  a wonderful and supportive wife, Kristina, and their loyal dog, Kenny.

FMA Easterfest

By: Kristina Garcia Ong 

A celebration to welcome the Spring Season. A morning full of wonderful food served by our FMA board members, games and Easter Egg hunt organized by our FMYO and an entertaining program featuring our local community talents.  No one went home empty handed- eggs and prizes for all kids and awesome raffle prizes for both adults and kids.  

At this past 2014 Easterfest which was held on Saturday, April 19th at Guardian Angels Church in Oakdale over 200 people attend the event. Adobo, spaghetti, eggs, french toast, and other yummy food was served during brunch.   Over 1000+ easter eggs were hidden and found! Many kids took home multiple prizes.  Some raffle prizes included: Nickelodeon Park passes Underwater World passes, 2 Balikbayan boxes, and many more.  The Easter Bunny also made an appearance allowing parents to take picture of their kids.  

Please stay tuned to for more the date and location of Easterfest 2015!

2014 Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts

By: Dr. Jose D. Uriarte

The Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts is one of the popular, oldest, original, well-attended, and glamorous projects of the Fil-MInnesotan Association.  Founded in 1978 by then FMA President, Ophelia Balcos, the Debutantes and Escorts’ Ball was an off-shoot of the annual Valentine’s Ball. For 36 years, the Fil-Minnesotan Association has presented hundreds of young women and men in a ceremonial rite of passage, as they are formally introduced to our growing diverse community. Following the formal introduction is the exciting cotillion. For almost three months, the girls and boys, ages ranging from 15 to 19, are trained not only in their dance movements, they are also reminded to hone their leadership potentials in community activism in a positive way.  The weekly activities have given these young people a deeper understanding of the importance of a supportive family, having a circle of friends, and belonging to a compassionate community.

The Debutantes/Escorts Ball is evolving---trailing the path of the changing world and challenges of the 21st century. Changes include flexibility in participant’s age requirements, tailoring down the participants’ expenses, and juxtaposing ballroom dances to the traditional cotillion. With the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Balcos, the couple has established a Scholarship Award Competition open to all debutantes and escorts, in which, award recipients are judged according to scholastic excellence, leadership, and community involvement. With all these new added elements, all factors contribute in making the Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts Ball, truly Filipino and and genuinely Fil-Minnesotan.


This year’s Debutantes’ Ball was held last February 15, 2014 at Hilton Airport, Bloomington, Mn.  The debutantes were Kimberly Boland, Sydney Hough, Cassandra Johnston, Mary Joenah Sisson and the escorts were Mycke Avila, Mathew Fronda, Brendan Tickle, and Rojel Maglalang.  The 2014 Balcos scholarship recipients were Mycke Avila and Mary Joenah Sisson.


On Saturday, February 14, 2015, 7:00 pm, the Fil-MInnesotan Association will present the 37th Anniversary presentation of Debutantes and Escorts and the Annual Valentine’s Ball. The event will be held at the Hilton Hotel-MSP Airport in Bloomington, MN. {Like us on FB- Fil Minn Debs Ball}

Paskong Pilipino

by Lita V. Malicsi

FMA’s Paskong Pilipino is 39 years old this year, and shows no sign of slowing down.

It’s more vibrant than it ever used to be. The yearly celebration is held every first Saturday 

of December at the St. Joseph Church in New Hope from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. As always,

this greatly-attended and much-anticipated event brings the community together in a spirit 

of fellowship and goodwill. Through the years, it has become a forum for Filipinos looking for 

a renewal of traditional customs and cultures, plus the chance to meet new Kababayans and 

strengthen existing bonds with old friends in the community.


Angels and shepherds are now being signed up by excited parents for the Nativity Scene, the 

highlight of the afternoon. Questions always asked : Who will be the Virgin Mary? The St. 

Joseph? The Three Kings? The Drummer Boy? Talent Show performers are expected to display 

their artistic skills. Quite a draw for parents and relatives as they watch their little ones with 

sustained amusement! Other must-not-miss highlights : Santa’s Surprise,“Pabitin,” “Manuhan.”

Dinner for everyone follows the show. ADMISSION IS FREE! This is FMA’s holiday treat !

Maligayang Pasko sa inyong lahat!


One irresistible part of the event is the presence of tiendas - rows of tiendas filling the hallways.

Every table is loaded with mouth-watering fiesta foods, kakanins, native delicacies! Crowds mill 

around shopping for food. 


FMA extends its invitation to all children to participate in the Nativity Scene (tableau) and/or 

the talent show. For more information, please call:

Michelle Tan, Chair 206-228-4877

Jocelyn Quebral, President 651-739-4416

Lita Malicsi, Director 612-861-2397