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Queen’s High Tea Party in NSW-Australia

By Richard J Ford, PRO-APCO and Pet Storey, President APCO Inc,
December 8, 2017


Ms. Terry Spencer, a Global United International Ambassador and Action Member of the Cancer Council of NSW ‘Relay for Life’, hosted a ‘Queen’s High Tea Party’ in conjunction with her 63rd Birthday held on the 22nd of November, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. at her residence’s Garden Court.

The guests’ money gifts were donated to the Cancer Council of NSW “Relay for Life”.  Among those formally invited were: Ms. Classic Global United Lifetime Queens International, Robbie Canner and Nerida Soothill; Global Princesses: Sienna Leal, Isabella Tesoriero and Mini-Miss Australia 2016-2017 Ellie Bojarski.  Supporters for the worthy cause were: The Alliance of Philippine Community Organizations (APCO) Inc. President Pet Storey, Fil-Oz Liverpool President, Global United Lifetime Queen International and Ambassador for Community Services, Cora Bojarski; APCO and Fil-Oz Officers and Community Leaders – Cora Paras, Linda Price and Edwina Vink. In attendance, as well, were consorts Chris Spencer, Ron Lyndon Storey, and Harry Kaya.

Philippine Consul Marford Angeles ‘Greatest Moments in Time with APCO’

A week before Philippine Consul Marford Angeles finished his six- year Tour of Duty in Sydney, NSW, Australia, a group of The Alliance of Philippine Community Organizations (APCO) Inc. NSW Officers, Directors, Advisers and Members had a leisure Day Out with him and his wife, Joan, to Manly, a suburb northeast of Sydney, known for its beautiful beaches and historical significance.

The outing started with a ferry ride on the ‘Freshwater’ from Circular Quay to Manly.  Upon embarking at Manly Wharf, the group walked down the Corso and Esplanade to the beach. Meanwhile, the women dropped into a Sale Clothing Shop and spent almost an hour trying on ladies lovely dresses and outfits and women’s fancy got into them and ended with a shopping bag each full of women’s dresses and accessories.  The men went ahead and waited at the beach. They enjoyed watching people surfing, swimming, jogging and doing some beach activities and beach ball games.  Then, the group came together and ate sumptuous lunch at the Ivanhoe Hotel.  After lunch, they continued promenading along the Esplanade.  Passing by an Ice-Cream Parlour, all ordered a cone of ice-cream each with their favorite flavors. 

Soon after, they proceeded to the Manly Museum and Art Gallery to view the lovely paintings, artworks and background information of interesting facts about Manly and its historical facts encrypted on a steel plate embedded on an erected concrete landmark to signify the first British Governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillips ship’s landing at the Cove.

The group seeing that it was getting close to late afternoon, had to go back to Circular Quay by ferry again to beat the rush hours of commuters.  The day trippers had good views of the iconic Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison, seeing in dock the “Explorer of the Seas” Passenger Cruise Liner, also the yachts, the Sydney Skyline and the Million Dollar Mansions.  They had satisfactorily pleased their aesthetic senses with the beautiful sights along the Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, Manly Beach and surrounds, the Manly Museum and Art Gallery, the Sit-Down Lunch at Ivanhoe Hotel and the Ice-Cream Parlour with different flavours, the shopping at Manly and most of all enjoying Sydney’s Iconic Places and Structures (Man-made and Natural).

APCO Board with Consul Marford Angeles before winding up the Day Out had agreed to continue their itinerary in the next few days.

It was a day out of leisure and relaxation.

Plaque of Appreciation Presented to Outgoing Consul Marford Angeles

A few days after APCO had a Day Out with Consul Marford Angeles, the same group continued their unfinished itinerary. This time APCO Board without work commitments took Consul Marford to the Sydney Tower Revolving Restaurant for dinner. All assembled at Level 4 of Westfield before taking the lift to the Revolving Restaurant. Consul Marford was very much delighted to see the whole of Sydney and suburbs through the 360 degree revolution of the Sydney Revolving Restaurant for the first time ever in his six years of stay in Sydney. 

It is for this reason that the APCO Board decided to take him out for the day and treating him out for dinner (where he didn’t have had the chance to go to this iconic place); instead of holding a Farewell Party in an enclosed function room with entertainment of songs, dances, speeches, stalls by entrepreneurs, raffle ticket draws, dignitaries, guests, eating native and multicultural food galore and spot-on upcoming events, business marketing strategies drawing support and other fund-raising techniques.

To wrap up the relaxing night-out dinner, APCO President Pet Storey assisted by Sr. Vice-President, Larry Perez with the presence of some Board Members, Advisers and Joan Angeles, presented a Plaque of Appreciation to Outgoing Philippine Consul Marford Angeles for his genuine interest and support to the community activities and projects that benefitted the Filipino-Australian, culturally and linguistically diverse and mainstream communities in NSW, Australia. It was awarded to him on the night of the 22nd of November, 2017 at the Sydney Towers Revolving Restaurant.

The two activities, The Day Out and Dinner at Sydney Tower with Outgoing Philippine Consul Marford Angeles were indeed very memorable “Moments in Time in Sydney for Consul Marford Angeles and APCO.”

An Affair to Remember Part 2

A Concert, theme of which was “An Affair to Remember Part 2” was held on Friday, the 24th of November at Club Marconi by Linda Trinidad and Brian Lorenz with supporting performances by Rolly Limun, the Filipinas Dance Group of APCO Inc. and other guest performers. 

The proceeds was towards the completion of the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in San Sebastian, Ramon, Isabela, Philippines, where the nightingale singer, Linda Trinidad, hails from.  The first concert on 13th May, 2017 by Linda Trinidad, Brian Lorenz and Marcus Rivera was initiated and supported by the Alliance of Philippine Community Organizations (APCO) Inc., NSW; after two times of site inspection visits by APCO President Pet Storey in December, 2016 and on her second follow-up trip to the Philippines in March, 2017.  With the singing talents of Linda Trinidad upon the advice of the APCO President Pet Storey, her dream to have a church erected in her hometown will soon become a reality, if she makes use of her God-given Coloratura Soprano voice and singing talent. 

The plan was put into action in less than two months’ preparation. The fund-raising concert being for a good cause and guided by faith and determination, gained support of the project by many generous concert enthusiasts.  It’s now a dream come true, in just less than a year!  Linda Trinidad, Roberto Sacillotto, APCO President Pet Storey and other APCO Officers and Members will travel to the Philippines to attend its inauguration in February, 2018.

We wish to thank the multicultural communities, relatives, friends, APCO Affiliates, civic community organizations, social and church groups, and our principal sponsor, Club Marconi for their endearing support to make this project a reality!

The DSHJ, Bossley Park NSW Christmas Party

The Disciples of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mary Immaculate Parish, Bossley Park, NSW had recently held their End-of-the-Year Annual Christmas Party on 25th November from 6:00 pm till late at the St. Johns Bowling Club, 93 Edensor Rd., Edensor Park, NSW.

The DSHJ Over-all Coordinator, Mon Gaspi, and the DSHJ Steering Committee Members team-working together namely: Eleanor Gaspi, Sylvia, Delma and Aurora at the Reception; the surprise performance of the Hot Stuff Dancers headed by Mirasol Loyaga Byers; the sister and brother team dance performance of Jasmine and Glen Gaspi; the skillful DJ, Shaun Gaspi, the ‘Keeping Alive’ dance prowess of Mon Gaspi and Floro Bacalso and the energetic, full of zest gymnastic number performance of Mike Gaspi; Choir Singing of Christmas Carols plus the guest performers Linda Trinidad, a Coloratura Soprano Singer and Brian Lorenz, a veteran Filipino-Australian Opera Singer, all entertained the audience.

APCO President and DSHJ member Pet Storey, with some APCO Officers and Members, also graced the occasion by their presence and camaraderie.  The Christmas Stage Glowing Lights, the Life-Size Santa Claus Mannequin and the center table decors all added ambiance, fitted to the Christmas theme.  Indeed, “Tis the Season to be Jolly...”

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