|Convivial Filipino ladies at the 2010 Filipino Night, Goodna, Ipswich. (Photo, from http://division2news.blogspot.com.au )|
words by Erwin Cabucos and Eden Rolfs
When the Filipino Community in Ipswich elected their new set of officers a couple of weeks ago, it was a little chilly yet a sunny and beautiful day.
A number of members and visitors came with a variety of food to share. Nine Drew brought dinuguan and puto, Jenny Draney brought delicious serving of Ginataang tilapia, pancit and tinolang manok, and Tim and Yolly Mackenzie indeed made everyone satisfied with lechon as part of their 13th wedding anniversary celebration.
As the group chose their community leaders, a true community spirit was shown, guided by their chosen theme 'Bayanihan and Pagkakaisa'.
Congratulations to the new set of officers of the Ipswich Filipino-Australian Association, Inc for 2012-2013. Major committee members include:
President: Eden Rolfs
Vice President: Fred Abarra
Secretary: Mariefe Blucher
Assistant Secretary: Marie Lou Morris
Treasurer: Nena Drew
Assistant Treasurer: Tess Murrell
Food treat at this year's IFAA AGM did not rest at the formation of their leaders, but it went on even after the fiesta-like gourmet meals. Tessie Murrell donated scrumptious ube and chocolate cake as well as glutinous rice cake as dessert for everyone to enjoy.
The president of the Filipino Communities Council of Queensland Mena Edmondstone attended the event and she announced that the Brisbane Barrio Fiesta will occur this June, awaiting further confirmation.
IFAA also thanked Harry Rolfs for the souvenir photos of the Miss Charity Quest he donated to the group.