GAPanCERRITOS – The Gapan City Association of Southern California (GAPASCA) will hold its inaugural ball at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, at the Cerritos Sheraton Hotel.

The first set of officers of the newly formed association, composed of former residents of Gapan City in Nueva Ecija in the Philippines, will be inducted by Vice Consul Mary Joy Ramirez of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles. GP Padiernos, Nueva Ecija Vice Governor, is attending as guest speaker.

Larry Camus, president, and Nimfa Castro, chairman of the board, lead the inductees.

Also to be inducted are Gina Patulandong, VP Budget & Finance; Marissa Yamsuan , VP Membership; Ramil Garcia, VP Ways & Means; Vangie Garcia, VP Programs; Cindy Garces, treasurer; Marlyn Reams, secretary; Armahn Tinawin, auditor; Agnes Nerona, PRO; Steve Johnson and Germelie Morales, affairs coordinators; Randy Estrella, Veta Garcia, Rolly de Guzman, and Adoracion Palisoc, advisers;

Lito Alfaro, vice chairman; Tipin Johnson, secretary; Teofilo Estrella, Percival Garces, Emmanuel Liwag, Gener Nerona, and Wilfredo Ongpauco, directors; and Gia Janella Padiernos, Miss GAPASCA.

Nimfa Castro

Nimfa Castro

Prior to its formation, California residents with Gapan City affiliation gathered every January and May in Cerritos Park East since the early 80s to celebrate the town’s two fiestas under the leadership of the first group of immigrants called Gapan Club of Los Angeles.  When attendance to the two annual events ballooned to more than 500, the founding members of the Gapan Club decided to turn over the leadership to the younger generation.

The new leadership with bigger vision in mind formally organized early this year as a non-profit organization.

The main mission of GAPASCA is to foster higher education among students from the City of Gapan in Nueva Ecija through its Adopt-A-Student Scholarship Program.

The young group has already launched two projects this year – the PABASA, last April and the Divina Pastora Fiesta last May. It also participated in the celebration of Philippine Independence in Cerritos last June 14 as donor and partnered with the Philippine Society of Southeast Los Angeles (PHILSELA) in running the refreshment booth.