Established 1971
MISSION STATEMENT

COPAO San Diego is a collaborative of organizations united by a common concern for the economic, social and political empowerment of its members through developmental programs and projects.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
2014

Dr. Rey Monzon
President

Erwin Sanvictores
Executive Vice President
Luisito Melchor, Jr.
Vice President for Finance
Joseph Mazares
Vice President for Operations
Den Dominguez
Secretary
Devie Yu 
Treasurer
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Auditor
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Sergeant-at-Arms
 
Directors
Francisco Albuero
Juanito Amor, Jr.
Beth Atendido
Herb Delute
Sal Flor
Rosalina Idos
Nedy Lao
Rudy Liporada
Ludy Luevanos
Evangeline Meneses
Frank Montanez
Crisabel Ramos
Arlito Reclosado
Vivian Sanderlin


Marita "Merly" Ferrer Chair

Members
Rita Buencamino Andrews
Fred Gallardo
Palma Hooper, Esq.
Myrna T.F. Reyes
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COPAO CELEBRATES 35TH ANNIVERSARY. HONORS PAST PRESIDENTS, CHAIRS AND SPEAKERS
The Council of Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County, Inc. celebrated its 35th founding anniversary on November 19m 2006, with a luncheon at the Aswan Hall in National City. 

The occasion was highlighted by the presentation of leadership medals by Rita Buencamino Andrews, current president of COPAO to past presidents and chairs of the organization, and to the speakers of COPAO's now defunct House of Delegates.

Among the former presidents/chairs present, with their spouses, were Ronnie Caccam, president in 1973; Grace Pena Blazskowski, 1979-1980; Bayani Abueg, 1981; Jay Ruiz, 1987-1988; Ferdinand Balagtas, 1994; Aurora S. Cudal, 1997-98 & 2003-04; and Oscar Garcia, 2001-02. Mrs. Barbara Monzon and her family represented the late Leonardo Monzon, 1978. 

Former chairs who were also awarded medals were Roy Bautista, 1994; Zeny Ravelo, 1995-96; Greg Alabado, 1999; and Lulu Penetrante, 2000.   
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COPAO  LEADS UNVEILING OF SIGNS FOR FIRST FILIPINO-AMERICAN HIGHWAY IN U.S. 
On October 6, 2007, Philippine Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo Aragon led California State and local officials in the official unveiling of the signs for the Filipino-American Highway. The Filipino-American highway stretches for seven miles from the Interstate 5 junction in the West to the point where it merges with State Route 125 in the East. COPAO president Rita Andrews read Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 157, authored by former Assemblyman Juan Vargas. 

Because Resolution 157 did not budget funds for the new signage, COPAO allocated $4,000 from its funds for the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to prepare the highway signs to complete the name change. The Filipino-American Highway is the first such public highway to be renamed to honor Filipino-Americans and their contributions to American society. 
RIZAL DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION 
& INDUCTION OF 2009-2010 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Members of the New Board of Directors pose with some of the guests who attended.
Members of the Morse High School Kaisahan Choir sing "Bayan Ko"
Some of the many guests who attended the induction and program.
COPAO President Merly Ferrer and NaFFAA Chair Greg Makabenta with COPAO Philippine Faire 2008 Beauties after the wreath laying at the Rizal Bust
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2009 QUEENS & THE ROYAL COURT (L to R)  Tiffany Pascua - Miss Teen PF; Rachel Mortera - Mrs. PF Friendship; Patricia Duenas - Miss Teen Phil Faire; Femie Cupit - Mrs Phil Faire; Ezralyn Avinante - Miss Phil Faire; Isabella Ricasa - Little Miss Phil Faire; Alyssa Buluran - Little Miss PF Friendship; Shyriel Grace Pilitro - Little Miss PF Unity. Back row: Merly Ferrer - President, COPAO.
MAY LAKAS SA PAGKAKAISA - IN UNITY THERE IS STRENGTH
COUNCIL OF PHILIPPINE AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS 
OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY, INC.
P.O. Box 1504, National City, California 91951-1504   Telephone: 619-477-4090
COPAO is a California Public Benefit Corporation and IRS 501 (c) (3) organization.
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2009
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FILIPINO COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE
FOR A SUCCESSFUL CENSUS 2010
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2010 AMBASSADORS OF GOODWILL L TO R) Roselle Lopez, Little Miss Phil Faire ; MARIE JUNTILLA, Miss Teen Phil Faire; Mikaela McLeish, Miss Teen PF Friendship; KATHY MIRANDA, Miss Phil Faire; LITA MARTIN, Mrs. Phil Faire; Demy Din, Ms. PF Friendship; Victoria Anne Panganiban, Miss PF Friendship.
Some of the partcipants in the colorful Festival of Festivals Parade in 2010. This early, plan on join the 2012 Parade. Bring your family and enjoy 
the whole day of entertainment for the whole family! 
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2010
PHILIPPINE FAIRE 2011 & COPAO AMBASSADORS OF GOODWILL
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REGULAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
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Tina Monzon-Palma, program director of Bantay Bata 163 stresses a point as she appeals for help for the many children in the Philippines who are in need of food and education. She visited COPAO and spoke before a full house at the COPAO Center on Mothers' Day, May 8, 2011.

Go to http://www.abscbnfoundation.org/programs/bantaybata.html to see how you can help feed and/or educate a child.  Donations are tax deductible.
PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY GALA &
AWARDS NIGHT
June 12, 2013


2014 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
Academic Excellence, Leadership, Athletic & Community Service
SEARCH FOR THE 2013 DELEGATES TO THE FILIPINO AMERICAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 

19 March 2013 – The Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles is pleased to announce the search for the second batch of outstanding young Filipino Americans (aged 18 to 40), who will be tapped as future leaders of their Filipino-American communities and advocacies. The involvement of these emerging leaders in the Filipino-American community is expected to further add vibrancy and dynamism to the development of the Philippines and to the Filipino-American community in the United States.
 
The second Filipino American Youth Leadership Program or FYLPro (pronounced “fil-pro”) will build on the success of the first-ever program, held from 13 to 16 July 2012 in the Philippines, which yielded a remarkable batch of young Filipino-Americans who continue to embark on different advocacies to help promote further progress in the Philippines and to further engage the multi-faceted Filipino-American community. The first batch of FYLPro delegates have gone to undertake, among others, political advocacy initiatives, cultural and tourism promotion programs, social entrepreneurship activities, education innovations, Filipino-American heritage projects, voter awareness and education, and have even launched political campaigns of their own.
 
In partnership with the Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), this year’s edition of the FYLPro hopes to attract more young Filipino-American leaders who we hope will be among the movers and shakers among the emerging generation of Filipino-Americans. Program sponsors shall fund the cost of the participants’ airfare, local transportation and accommodations.
 
Among the qualifications for the outstanding Filipino-American achievers and leaders are the applicants’ scholastic achievements and other accolades, leadership skills, accomplishments, active involvement in school, civic, political, business and other organizations as well as their vision, innovativeness and commitment to making a difference in the Philippines and within the Filipino-American community.
 
The chosen delegates will take part in an immersive program in the Philippines from 7 to 9 July 2013 and will likewise participate in the 8th Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) from 9 to 11 July 2013. The special FYLPro program will afford them the opportunity to meet and dialogue with the highest officials and policymakers in the Philippines, leaders of industry, legislators, media, artists and cultural experts, entrepreneurs (both traditional and social), as well as innovators in different fields.
 
Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 40 years old by 1 July 2013. They should be ready to travel by this date (i.e. have a valid passport for international travel), and are expected to commit time, skills and resources to engage with the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the US in ways which would advance the causes and interest of Filipinos and Filipino-Americans.
 
The application form for the search may be accessed at the following link, http://www.philippineembassy-usa.org/uploads/pdfs/embassy/2013/2013-0315-FYLPro.docx. The deadline for submission of applicants is 30 April 2013. The names of the chosen delegates will be announced on the website of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC (http://lyris.globescope.com/t/14152510/2083482/7261/0/) on 15 May 2013.
NOTICE OF REGISTRATION AND ELECTION FOR ALL FILIPINO CITIZENS
(INCLUDING DUAL CITIZENS)

Los Angeles, 07 May 2014.

The Philippine Consulate General started registration for Overseas Voting (OV) for overseas Filipinos in relation to the upcoming May 2016 national elections in the Philippines for President, Vice-President and Senators.  All qualified Filipino citizens abroad, at least eighteen (18) years of age on the day of the elections, who have not yet registered, may register for overseas voting. 

For purposes of the May 2016 elections, the filing of applications for registration/certification shall be from May 6, 2014 (Philippine time) to October 31, 2015 (Philippine time).

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) announced that the requirement of the affidavit of intent to return to the Philippines to be signed by immigrants was already repealed.  This came after the strong position raised by the Filipino community and Philippine Consulates on this issue.  This development will help encourage more overseas Filipinos to register for overseas voting.

Requests for transfer of registration records may be filed at the concerned Posts or before the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) of the COMELEC during the registration period.

The 30-day voting period will commence on April 9, 2016 (Philippine time) until 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon of May 9, 2016 (Philippine time) at the Philippine Embassy or Consulate having jurisdiction over the place where the overseas voter is registered as such. (The time for voting to be announced later).

For details, please contact the Los Angeles Philippine Consulate General at telephone number 1-213-637-3011 or go to the following website: http://www.philippineconsulatela.org.

Other contacts regarding registration and the 2016 elections:

DFA-Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (Manila)    - http://www.dfa-oavs.gov.ph             
Hotlines: +6328344361, +6328343275, +6328330914   

COMELEC-COAV (Manila):                                           - http://www.comelec.gov.ph
Hotlines: +6325222251, +6325212952, +6325239924

COPAO is proud to announce the launching of its search for Outstanding Filipino-American High School Seniors of San Diego County for 2014. Awards of $1,000 each will be given to recognize four (4) graduating Filipino-American High School Seniors for their achievement in any of the following categories:  Academic Excellence, Leadership, Athletic, and Community Service.  

Minimum Eligibility   
Applicants must be Filipino-American High School seniors residing in San Diego County and graduating from a San Diego County High School in May or June 2014.
Must have a GPA of at least 3.0 with no D or F grade in Citizenship.
Selection criteria include the quality and degree of involvement in the specific award category, as well as, the contents of the applicants’ essay.
Applicants may apply for all the award categories for which they feel qualified; however, an individual applicant can only be awarded a scholarship in one category.

Deadline for the application is Tuesday, May 27, 2014.   Click here for more details.
Click here for a copy of the Scholarship Application.
Dear Friends, Colleagues and Community Leaders,
 
The Council of Philippine American Organizations of San Diego County, Inc. (COPAO) invites you to the annual Philippine Independence Day Celebration to be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at the Balboa Park Club. The event theme, "Spirit of Bayanihan: Generations of Community Leadership”, continues the tradition of reflection, recognition, and inspiration of Filipino American contributions here and abroad.
 
This year’s Bayanihan Award, apart from recognizing individuals as our "Unsung Heroes" making a difference in the community, now also includes nominations for an employee-based association or entity that may be formally or informally organized.  Additionally, we will be awarding four graduating high school scholarship recipients in the categories of academic excellence, leadership, athletics and community service. 
  
Please join us in celebrating the legacy and leadership of our community by reserving your seat and taking advantage of the advance purchase price available through May 30, 2014.  You can also register online through Eventbrite:
 
        COPAOCelebration2014.eventbrite.com
 
On behalf of COPAO’s Board of Directors, we look forward to your attendance. If you are not able to attend the event, you may also consider advertising in our program or becoming a sponsor (see attached forms). For more information feel free to contact us through email at copao_sandiego@yahoo.com, call at (619) 477-4090 or click on the following links to access the forms and more details:

      1. Dinner Reservation Form
     2. Bayanihan Award Nomination Form
     3. Celebration Sponsorship Form
     4. Celebration Advertising Application

ANNUAL PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
Theme: Spirit of Bayanihan - Generations of Community Leadership
BIBAK GRAND CANAO  - July 18, 19, 20, 2014

Go to http://sdcanao2014.blogspot.com/  for details about this event sposored by the BIBAK Organization of San Diego.