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“WhooHoo its Rey!! From WAMU…” …But this message won’t be about opening up a WaMu free checking account. I am banking on the Fil-Am Association to stand strong for another 25 years!! I encourage all Filipinos to get involved in this association, especially the youth. I have been an active member since my younger days. Living in L.A. with my mom and two siblings, I would come to visit relatives and friends in the Santa Clarita Valley. SCV was my home away from home, and Fil-Am was my second family. To this day I am grateful to Fil-Am. I remember how the association embraced me and allowed me to deposit my time in various activities and projects. I also met my wife Irmina while participating in Fil-Am functions. Many of our close friends today were once youth members themselves, and are still current members even after 25 years! My message is to get involved! Joining Fil-Am will be a great investment for the entire family. You will be preserving the traditions of the Filipino heritage, while gaining assets as you develop lifelong friendships and the feeling of extended family. The year was 2001…Rey became president of the Fil-Am Association. Prior to his

presidency, Rey served several offices in Fil-Am throughout the years. He was one of the co-founders and Sergeant of Arms of the youth group CYPA in the early 90’s, Treasurer (1997, 1998), Auditor (1999), Vice-President (2000), and then President (2001). After his presidency, he still served as the board Treasurer in 2002.

The Manzano Family…Rey is the Financial Center Manager for WAMU in Newhall. He has

worked in banking for 15 years. Rey attended Los Angeles Valley College and Cal State L.A. and received his Associates Degree in Political Science. Rey met Irmina in the summer of 1988 and they were married in 1993. Irmina earned her BA Degree in Art3-D, Interior Design at Cal State Northridge. She later earned her teaching credential in Special Education also at CSU, Northridge. She has taught in the field of Special Education for 11 years. She currently works at Rancho Pico JHS in Westridge. Reyne is a sophomore at Valencia HS. He has enjoyed playing baseball since the age of 8. During his freshman year he played for Valencia’s baseball team and earned his freshman letter. This year he is active in the school’s Associated Student Body (ASB). Rhodel is a freshman at Valencia HS. He began playing baseball at the age of 7. Last summer he had the privilege of traveling to New York to play ball at Cooperstown Dreams Park with his travel team. This year he is excited to be joining Valencia’s freshman baseball team as well. Raderic is 9 and attends Tesoro del Valle Elementary School. Following in his brothers’ footsteps, he began playing ball at the age of 5. Aside from baseball, the boys’ favorite activities include skateboarding, playing Wii and Guitar Hero, and socializing with friends…The entire family enjoys eating out, going shopping, and vacationing with close friends and family.

2001 Board President Rey Manzano V.P. Ed Arguelles Secretary Rainel Caranto Treasurer Sunny Sarte Auditor Willie Bella P.R.O. Fatima Purdy Board Members: Ivan Dalisay, Jeck Narciso, Pilar Pena Alternates: Zony Gordon, Neil Montebon 2001 Association Highlights *Sister City project began *Fil-Am young adults and youth produced and performed “Sinkil” in June Festival *1st Place in July 4th Parade for Clubs/Fraternal Groups Category *By-laws amended       

2001 Significant Events Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sworn in as Philippine’s 14th President Ravens won first Super Bowl Title Barry Bonds hits 72nd home run this season Apple Inc. releases the I-Pod Microsoft releases Windows XP Diamondbacks first-ever World Series win Tragic 911

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