CERRITOS, Calif. – True to its name, the Happy Seniors of Cerritos truly live up to its name as an association by organizing activities that entertain them, promoting fellowship and recognizing important milestone among its members.
Hence, the Happy Seniors of Cerritos enhance their quality of life as they journey to the sunset of their lives.
On the eve of Valentine’s Day (February 13), the Happy Seniors of Cerritos Association celebrated this day of hearts with a dinner-dance that included with the coronation of Mrs. Valentine, recognizing the birthday celebrators and inducting additional officers to complement the present officers set-up at the Pat Nixon Senior Center on South St. this city.
The festivities were enlivened by Dr. Buddy Reyes Band. The hall was decked by Valentine-themed motif courtesy of Minda Pleta, one of the association’s advisors and event coordinators. And Treasurer Emma B. Chupinghong kept the evening flowing with cash raffles.
The highlight of the evening was the coronation of Marie Tess Maglanoc as Mrs. Valentine of the night. Mrs. Maglanoc, an owner of a jewelry and accessories store in Buena Park where she also reside was escorted by her husband Joselito Maglanoc. She was crowned by Joe and Doris Iglesias. Mrs. Iglesias is a commissioner of the Fine Arts and Historical Commission of the City of Cerritos. Husband and wife Veron and Carling Bibat pinned the sash while Mimi Edralin presented the bouquet.
Among the shakers and movers of Cerritos who graced the occasion were ABC School Board Member Lynda Johnson and Nora Benson, chairwoman of the Fine Arts and Historical Commission of the City of Cerritos.
There were enormous spiritual wisdom in the evening that commenced during the invocation by Pastor Florencio Clemente and during the speech Rev. Dr. Mario Crisostomo who are both key leaders of the Family Christian Church that conduct its services at the Holiday Inn in Buena Park every Sunday. Rev. Clemente is the head pastor while Dr. Crisostomo who was also the inducting officer is the associate pastor of the Family Christian Church that was established in August 2009 that grew from 60 members to over 500. This congregation whose members are mostly Filipino-Americans will eventually move to a newly $3.5 million church building in Whittier.
Playing up the Valentine’s Day theme, Dr. Crisostomo preached the scriptures of the bible in 1 Corinthians that states “Love is patient; love is kind. Love is not jealous, it is not boastful, it is not snobbish. Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger; neither does it brood over injuries. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth.” This definitely sunk in to core values of the attendees who are mostly married couples in the twilight of their lives.
The three new officers who were sworn in were Rizaldy Melo who was elected chairman of the board, Jose Tinambacan, member of the board and Estefania Wiegman, one of the public relations officers.
Ed Nalundasan Yu, a scion of a prominent political family in Batac, Ilocos Norte, delivered a brief welcome remarks while Rizaldy Melo delivered the closing remarks.