By Ann Constantino Beck
New York – The Philippine American Communities of the East Coast (PACEC) will celebrate its 53rd anniversary with a grand ball and recognition of community achievers on August 26, 2018 at 1-6 PM. It will be held at Pearl River Hilton Hotel on 500 Veterans Memorial Drive at Pearl River, New York.
The PACEC was founded 53 years ago, born as the Philippine Communities Executive Council, then in later years, it was named Philippine American Communities of the East Coast.
PACEC president Juliet Payabyab said, “We are celebrating our 53rd anniversary to honor our milestones as one of the pioneering organizations of the Fil-Am community.” The Grand Ball will be a formal black-tie affair which will recognize 10 Filipino achievers with exemplary contributions in community service and great achievements in their careers.
PACEC was the first organization to sponsor the Philippine Independence Day under the leadership of Dr. Emmanuel Pagan. The parade was held on 6th Avenue in 1973. It was the only organization that was able to bring four babies with heart diseases to New York from the Philippines for the much-needed invasive heart surgery.
The program which helped facilitate the medical project was the “Gift of Life” project of the Rotary Club Long Island.
According to Payabyab, the PACEC was the original sponsoring organization of the local Mrs. Philippines USA pageant. One of the past title holders is the famous Fil-Am Radio City Rockette Christine Sienicki.
PACEC is expecting about 200 guests from New York and New Jersey state for its 53rd anniversary. JCI Manhattan president Cecile Duyongco said she is looking forward to attend the Grand Ball and meet the honorees. “As a new leader in this community, I want to learn and be inspired by these great leaders and their achievements. Leadership, to me, is about impact and influence,” she said. (Featured photo is Juliet Payabyab, seated 2nd from right, with PACEC officers.)
About the author: Ann Constantino-Beck is an aspiring writer who has taken the Aspiring Writers Mentoring Program which is carried on by OSM! online magazine and the National Writers Union Service Organization. She is a New York-based mom, entrepreneur, and CEO for Arts Music Events.