Pangasinan Brotherhood USA observes 45th anniversary
LOS ANGELES, California—The Pangasinan Brotherhood-USA celebrated its 45th year anniversary last weekend at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton in Santa Ana, California.
Pangasinan Brotherhood-USA officers with Fil-Am Artesia Mayor Melissa Ramoso (5th from right) and Miss Pangasinan-USA, Alyssa Lauren Veloria Soto with sash. Beside her is Dan Niño. (Photo by Mike Mandapat)
Dubbed as Gala Night, the highlight of the event was the crowning of Alyssa Rose Rosario Stiffarm as 2023 Miss PB-USA. She traces her roots to Bayambang town.
She succeeded Alyssa Lauren Veloria Soto of Bani and Mangatarem towns.
According to Dan E. Niño, PB-USA chairman of the board, the last pre-pandemic gala night was held five years ago.
“While some traditional activities were shelved, the association’s optimism was in high gear and never wavered despite numerous challenges beyond our control,” said Niño, boyhood friend and Mangatarem National High School classmate of Punch columnist (on leave) Al S. Mendoza.
Niño said PB-USA, a being a non-profit organization, has very relevant projects in Pangasinan and elsewhere, like livelihood scholarship, humanitarian relief donations and low-cost housing units in the towns of Villasis and Laoac in partnership with Gawad others.
PB-USA is headed by Neil Mandapat Estrada (Calasiao and San Carlos City), Jackie Ferrer (Dagupan City and San Carlos City;), Roger and Lina Cabal, Alaminos City.
Marites Bautista (San Fabian); Rhenee Mandapat-Ferrer (San Carlos City), Josie Kho (Bayambang), Dean Mandapat (San Carlos City), Nieves Coquia and Ping Coquia (Dagupan City). (Leonardo J Galvez, Punch Correspondent).
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