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ISAGANI "GANI" PUERTOLLANO

 

JERSEY CITY — The Philippine American Friendship Committee will hold a turnover ceremony on Dec. 2 at the Our Lady of Victories Church Auditorium (West Side Avenue and Ege Avenue), starting at 7 p.m.

Outgoing overall chairman William Pineda will pass the mantle of leadership to chairman-elect Isagani “Gani” Puertollano, who is no stranger to this role, as he led the organization back in 2002.

Puertollano will be announcing his slate of officers and the coveted title of grand marshall for the grand parade and festival that is now in its 21st year.

A native of Iloilo and currently a resident of Union, N.J., Puertollano has gained prominence as a consummate volunteer and an avid supporter of the general welfare of the Filipino-American community.

PAFCOM is not the only organization that Puertollano has led more than once.

He served as two-term president (2006 and 2007) of the Philippine Independence Day Committee.

Other notable leadership positions he has held include: founding president of the Bayanihan Club of Union Township and Union County; New Jersey Chapter Chairman of the Philadelphia-based International Network of Filipinos Overseas (INFO), Inc.; past president of the Federation of Philippine Societies in New Jersey, Inc.; past deputy commander of the Knights of Rizal, New Jersey Chapter (2006-2008); former vice president of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce (East Coast); and former executive vice president of the Iloilo Society of America Foundation.

“I am pleased to invite our community members and leaders to attend and meet our new set of PAFCOM officers, and learn how you can help and be part of the biggest Filipino parade and festival in New Jersey,” said Puertollano. “There are exciting changes that are sure to delight the public who have been attending our gathering each year.”

Aside from announcing the new set of officers, Puertollano will be sharing some of the planned improvements to the celebration, which in 2010 moved its location from downtown Jersey City to the West Side Avenue area, where more Filipino residents and businesses are located.

Dinner and refreshments will be served.

The evening’s guest is Philippine Consul General to New York Cecille Rebong.

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