Monday, April 16, 2012

New Relay for Life Team Leader

Sonny Fincher is FAANEGA's new Relay for Life team leader. For this year, our association has a fundraising goal of $1,200. If you would like to donate to Relay for Life through FAANEGA, please give your check (payable to Relay for Life) to Sonny or any of the board members. FAANEGA will be participating at the Athens' Relay for Life activities on May 11, 2012 at the YMCA grounds. More details will be announced later.

FAANEGA Thanks the 2011 Concession Stand Volunteers

Last February 18, 2012, FAANEGA hosted a potluck gathering to honor the 2011 concession stand volunteers who operated a stand during the UGA football home games. Our volunteers raised around $4,000 during the season donating their time and their skills. Funds raised will be used for FAANEGA's charitable activities.

Those who were generous with their time are the following (in alphabetical order):

Anderson, Austin; Arcibal, Suzette; Baker, Ryan; Bouchard, Angie; Bouchard, Monica; Chester, Maurice; Doydora, Sarah; Erasga, Joe; Erasga, MC; Escalante, Arlene; Escalante, Carmina; Escalante, Cesar; Escalante, Mac; Ferrer, Clarisse; Fincher, Frances; Gemao, Jeprey; Hilario, Bunny; Hilario, Raquel; Jaico, Tracy; Lao, Fred; Lawrence, Julie; Lawrence, Scott; Lim, Mary Ann; Lopez, Jotics; Luis, Marian; Marasigan, Kathleen; Melendez, Lilia; Montano, Niway Hilario; Montano, Raul; Morgan, Jae; Olvido, Alex; Paguio, Lily; Paguio, Nof; Pooser, Jim; Rueter, Mary; Sonon, Bert; Sonon, Faustine; Sonon, Lety; Sonon, VJ; Taylor, Zeb; Vernaiz, Marie; Weber, Dolores; Weber, Steve.

FAANEGA also thanked those who prepared food for the volunteers - Lety Sonon, Cesar Escalante, Frances Fincher, and Gigi Magsalin.

During the party, a slide show of the pictures, showing the volunteers in action, was shown.

The Volunteer appreciation was a great success, thanks to the artistic talents of Frances Fincher (for transforming the St. Joseph Parish Hall into an elegant venue and for preparing most of the food) and Nattie Demesa (for leading the line dancing enjoyed by the attendees). Thanks also to Bunny and Raquel Hilario (for providing the sound system), to Gigi Magsalin (for helping in the preparations), Sonny Fincher and Cesar Escalante (for bringing most of the party items in the Parish Hall).

A big thank you as well to those who attended the party. Your support to the volunteers and to our association is very much appreciated.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bayanihan Dance Troupe in Athens!

The Bayanihan Philippine National Dance Company will perform at the University of Georgia's Hodgson Concert Hall on October 24, 2010 (Sunday) at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be sold to public starting August 30, 2010. To purchase tickets, please call the UGA Box Office at 706-542-4400 or toll free 888-289-8947.
For more information, visit the UGA's performing arts website at Or to read more about the Bayanihan, please go to

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Own a Genuine UGA Football Helmet!

(Please click on the image to see a bigger picture of the flyer.)

FAANEGA is raffling off a UGA football helmet in a display case. The helmet was signed "To FAANEGA" by Coach Mark Richt, former Coach/Athletic Director Vince Dooley, and former GA/NFL Quarterback Frank Tarkenton.

Cost of the ticket is $5 each or $20 for five tickets. Tentative drawing date is June 12, 2010.

If you are interested to buy tickets, please contact the following:
Arlene Escalante (706-548-3724)
Steve Weber (706-714-8441)
Lily/Nof Paguio (706-543-0186)
Esther Sherman (706-255-7838)
Joe Erasga (770-266-6117/ 404-395-5452)

Proceeds of the raffle will be used by FAANEGA for charitable purposes.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Fun!

Our Halloween party was a blast! The place was well decorated - courtesy of Rene, Rutchelle, Esther, & Cesar, with the help from our teeners - Patrick, EJ, & their friend Adrian - and a little help from Mac, too. It was a real feast with the variety of food and drinks that were brought to the party. As expected, the kids came in their cute and colorful costumes. Some adults, too, were playful enough to come dressed up in their favorite characters. You can tell by the animated conversations that the gathering was also a perfect time to catch up with friends.

The Halloween party was not complete without the costume parade and contest. The judges (Linda Porquez, Manny Altares, Fred Lao, Rutchelle Enriquez, & Rene Estomo) had a hard time choosing the winners as costumes were really beautiful, colorful, and interesting. In the end, the judges chose two first places (in the 0-9 category) - the pretty Pink Princess and the cute Ballerina in black (who danced gracefully just like her grandma!). The other winners for this category were Harry Potter, Robin, Black Spiderman and the Pink Fairy with wings.

For the 10-15 category, the captivating Cleopatra won first prize, Acrobatic Skeleton was second, and the Rocker Skull came in as third.

Adult costume contest was equally enchanting. Joe Erasga, as the Grim Reaper, had the greatest impact on kids. As soon as they saw him, kids ran to their parents and started crying! It was indeed Halloween time looking at the black hooded guy with red eyes and scary hook! No wonder Joe got the first place, followed by his seductress lady Dracula, in second place, and Ms. Pumpkin, in third place.

After the costume contest the kids had their usual games. The adults had fun playing the musical chairs and the statue dance as well. The highlight of the evening for kids was definitely the "trick or treat" walk. The community did not disappoint the kids as they were ready with lots of candies and chocolates to hand out.

Overall, this year's Halloween celebration was a big success. All kids went home tired, but happy with bags full of goodies.

Thanks to all those who attended the party. Thanks for the food, the drinks, and the candies. Extra thanks to those who stayed behind to clean up the place. Without all your participation and help, our party wouldn't be as fun, and delightful.

Please click on the picture above to see our 2009 Halloween album. Photo credits go to Arlene E. & Amy G.

Friday, October 16, 2009


FAANEGA is having a HALLOWEEN PARTY on OCTOBER 24, 2009, at 5:30 pm at Watkinsville Community Center. It's a potluck party and all members are invited. Please put on your best Halloween costume and enjoy a night of games, fun, and treats! Click on the picture to see a bigger image of the flyer. SEE YOU AT THE PARTY!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009


Dear Kababayans,

As we all know, Metro Manila experienced severe flooding due to typhoon Ondoy. Our kababayans back home are in need of immediate assistance. To show our support, FAANEGA decided to send both monetary and in-kind assistance to the Philippines.


FAANEGA is going to send $2,000 to the Philippines through the American Red Cross (ARC) in Atlanta. Consul R. Donato, in his memorandum dated September 29, 2009 (appealing to the Filipino community in Georgia to help the flood victims) suggested sending contributions to the Philippines via the ARC. An acknowledgment letter will be sent to the donors for tax records within 7-10 days.

FAANEGA members and friends who wish to send monetary contribution can give the money to Lily Paguio (Tel #706-543-0186) on or before October 5, 2009. Please make the check payable to FAANEGA with the note "Philippine Relief/Typhoon Ondoy" written on the memo line. Please note that any member contribution will be an addition to the amount stated above.


We will also collect in-kind donations to be sent to the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) through FOREX. FAANEGA will shoulder the shipping costs.

FAANEGA wishes to send the following items as requested by the PNRC:

Food items: Rice, noodles, canned goods, sugar, iodized salt, monggo beans

Medicines: Paracetamol, antibiotics, analgesic, oral rehydration salts, multivitamins and medications to treat diarrheal diseases

Non-food items: Bath soaps, face towels, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, plastic mats, blankets, mosquito nets, water purification tablets

PNRC requests that we refrain from sending clothes as they already have enough of these items.

To those who would like to give in-kind donations, please drop them off at the following locations on or before October 9, 2009. Kindly attach or put your name in the bag of donated items so that FAANEGA can properly acknowledge the donation for tax purposes.

1470 Prince Avenue, Athens 30606
Tel. # 706-353-2760

2. LETY & BERT SONON's residence
510 Cedar Creek Drive, Athens 30605
Tel. # 706-613-9872

3. ESTHER & JACKIE SHERMAN's residence
335 Edgewood Drive NW (off Whitehead Rd.), Athens, 30606
Tel. # 706-255-7838

1005 Baxter Street, Athens 30606
Tel. # 706-208-8839

This is one of those times when our kababayans back home truly need our support. We, Filipinos, are known for our resilience... it's because our bayanihan spirit never fails to help us whether all the storms. We all help, wherever we are, however we can, in any way that we can. Sigurado 'yan.

We look forward to your favorable response to this appeal. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

Maraming salamat po!