Lawyer Lolita Farmer OAM, newly elected president of the Philippine Australian Sports and Culture Inc (PASC) is setting her sights on leading the body to play a more active role in community services and in the global forum affecting Filipinos overseas.
Ms Farmer was elected president of the PASC at its last annual general meeting in July. She was officially inducted to head the board along with other elected officers at induction rites held last month at the Rooty Hill RSL.
The PASC is one of the oldest Pinoy organisations in NSW. Ms Farmer replaces Manny Castillo who headed the organisation for 40 years.
“I would like to continue the good things and the good projects that the PASC has done. But I also intend to revitalise and review the performance of the organisation,” Ms Farmer told the AK.
“We will look at how we can improve the services, how to cut down on spending, to ensure that the organisation becomes a more vibrant and self-sustaining body. We want to become more responsive to the needs of the community, I hope to inject more substance for PASC – not only in organising the annual Fiesta – but in making it active in engaging issues in Australia and in the Philipines,” she said.
“It is time that we can link the organisation globally.”
The PASC has been known to the community as the organiser of the annual Fiesta Kultura – considered the largest annual gathering of Filipinos in NSW every year – and its satellite activity, the charity-oriented Miss Philippines-Australia pageant which draws participants from around Australia.
Foothold in Blacktown
Among other plans, Ms Farmer said that she also hopes to bring the fiesta in the future to Blacktown – a city that hosts over 20,000 residents with Filipino ancestry.
“The Fiesta is a great project. Other cultural communities have established some base in other cities, perhaps we can also bring the Fiesta to Blacktown in the future. Blacktown is home to many Filipinos,” she said.
The PASC Fiesta Kultura has been held in recent years in the Fairfield area, at the Fairfield Showground. The PASC has been twice a recipient of the Philippine Presidential Award for Pinoy organisations overseas.
Ms Farmer has been active with the PASC for almost three decades now starting as its legal officer in the late 1980s. She is one of the most active community leaders involved in various Filipino organisations in Australia and in other countries.
NEW PASC OFFICERS: President Lolita Farmer Oam, VP External Alberto Dionisio; VP Internal Marivic Flores; Secretary Jose Dan Elizes; Assistant Secretary Rosemarie Pascoe; Treasurer Laura Marquinez, Assistant Treasurer Nelia Balingit; Accountant Ding Santos; Budget Officer Bob Mendoza; Marketing Director Michael Moraleda; Business Manager Francis Balagtas; Assistant Business Manager Roldan Discaya; PR Manager Danilo Garcia; Press Relations Officer Josie Musa; Artistic Director Honeylette Agorto; Cultural Officer Mena Santos; Sports Director James Agorto; Securitydirector Tony Fias-Ayon; Marshall Christoph Krause; Immediate Past President Manny Castillo