Filipino-American community leaders and the Philippine Consulate General met this week for the resumption of the annual Simbang Gabi at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue on Dec. 4-12.


The annual “Simbang Gabi” at the Kalayaan Hall of the Philippine Center on Fifth Avenue will resume this December after New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan (pictured above) reversed his 2012 decision to stop the holding of masses at the Philippine Center.

New York delegates to the 9th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) pose with Philippine ambassador to the U.S. Jose Luis Cuisia, Jr., Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. and Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno after a wreath-laying ceremony at Rizal Park.  (All photos courtesy of the Philippine Department of Tourism)


Dr. Aida Rivera (4th from left), NaFFAA Region 1 chair; and Frank Celoza (4th from right), regional vice chair, lead the new set of officers of NaFFAA Region 1. With them in photo are (from left) Steven Raga, Roger Alama, Dr. Rommel Rivera, Merit Salud, Deputy Consul General Zaldy Patron, J.T. Mallonga, Lidy Chan, Gwen DeVera, Linda Limcauco, Mr. Peralta and Atty. Harley Barrales.

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