Back: Gabe Amor, Jonathan Roberts, Jason Calboni, Thomas Leick, and Keenan Dava. Front: Michele Camilo, Patricia Maglalang, Joy Dava (choreographer), Megan Lubansky, Alexa Hammer, and Christina Rae Navarro.
The Fil-Minnesotan Association is presenting its annual Valentine’s Ball and the 35th Anniversary Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts on Saturday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel/ Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport, 3800 American Boulevard East, Bloomington, MN 55425.
The Debutantes Ball is an opportunity given to women and men to be presented to the community, a traditional rite of passage.
This year’s lovely Debutantes are Michele Camilo, Alexa Hammer, Megan Lubansky, Patricia Alyana de Dios Maglalang, Christina Rae Navarro. The handsome Escorts are Gabe Amor, Jason Calboni, Keenan Dava, Thomas Leick, and Jonathan Roberts.
The Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts was conceived in 1977 during the Organization’s Annual Valentine’s Ball by its former President, Mrs. Ophelia G. Balcos. Since then, the FMA has presented hundreds of young Filipinos, Asians, and Americans.
The Presentation of Debutantes and Escorts, as emceed by Mariel Roque and Paolo Debuque, will be highlighted with the traditional Cotillion, choreographed by Joy G. Dava, and Kathryn Renee Navarro and Andrew Jison, assistant choreographers. Later in the Program, Lita V. Malicsi, Screening Chair, will announce the winners of the Dr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Balcos Scholarship Awards.
The recipients of the Scholarship are judged on scholastic standing, community involvement, and extra curricular activities. Dr. José D. Uriarte chairs this year’s event.
Tickets for the dinner are $50. The After-Dinner events are $20. For more information and to RSVP, please contact; Lita V. Malicsi, 612. 861.2397; Dr. David Ong, 651.356.5424; Jocelyn Quebral, 651.739.4416; Mercy Navarro, 763.494.0586.