By-laws of the Society which was subsequently registered as
a social club with the Alberta Consumers and Corporate Affairs
under the Societies Act on October 6, 1988. Pol was officially
inducted and became the Society’s 1st President in December,
1988 at the Multicultural Building in downtown Calgary. He
served for four years from 1988 to 1991. In 1989, PASOC joined
the newly formed Calgary Federated Filipino Associations (CAFFA),
supposedly the umbrella group of all Filipino Associations
in the city, to liaise with the Filipino community and the
Canadian society in order to achieve better understanding
of the diversified cultures within the province in general
and Calgary, our adopted home, in particular.
Executive Board has officially adopted three major social
functions throughout the year. These are: 1) Summer Picnic
tentatively scheduled during the first Saturday of Stampede,
2) Annual Camping normally scheduled on any week-end in August
and the Dinner and Dance Christmas Celebration every December.
are known to be hard working, caring, compassionate and fun-loving
people. Within four years of Pol’s reign, the organization
blossomed to over two hundred strong and supportive members.
In December, 1991, Albeo (Bing) Baquiran, originally from
the town of Pozzorubio, was inducted as the Society’s
2nd President for the ensuing two years. As expected, he performed
his duties uncompromisingly to the best of his knowledge and
ability. Benevolent donations initiated by Pol were continued
and extended to the bereaved families of departed members.
PASOC was there and lent a helping hand during the Mt. Pinatubo
eruption and to other calamities that continually beset the
Philippines. As expected, members roster keeps on growing.
December, 1993, Narlo T. Serquiña, a native of Pangasinan’s
easternmost town of San Nicolas, was officially inducted as
the 3rd President of PASOC for 1994 and 1995. He introduced
the Casino Fundraising Campaign, a brilliant idea he borrowed
from his membership then with the Calgary Filipino Lions Club.
It became and still is the major fundraising event of the
Society that nets approximately $40,000 to $60,000 per engagement
and finance the major projects adopted designed for the youth,
the seniors, bursaries, etc. With the skillful help and assistance
of Board Member Clem Tigley, Jr., PASOC is once again scheduled
to host two casino days in the third quarter of next year,
more likely sometime in September, 2005. Narlo’s daring
leadership brought the Society to a new height when he introduced
the Scholarship Program aimed to assist financially bright
but indigent high school students in our home province, Pangasinan.
He is one among the signing members of the re-organized Calgary
Federation of Filipino Associations (CAFFA, 1994). PASOC is
now stronger as ever and proved to be a role model in the
Filipino community. The end of his term brought the membership
list to over 400.
(Pepe) Siapno, originally from Dagupan City, became the 4th
PASOC President and was inducted into office on December,
1995 for the year 1996 and 1997. Pepe, together with his wife
Lydia, known locally as ballroom dancing enthusiasts, taught
members and officers to enjoy more the social gatherings in
the form of dancing. With their graceful moves and tutorial
skills, a lot of us became instant line dancers overnight.
As expected, Pepe continued the legacy left by his predecessors.
in any organization, it is not always rosy as we hoped for
or wished to be. PASOC was at its most turbulent times in
1999. However, at the beginning of the new millennium, with
the determination of some Past Presidents and concerned members,
Jovencio (Joven) Bautista, Jr. of Manaoag, was officially
inducted as its legitimate President, this time being the
5th of the Society. It was in 2001 when the original Constitution
and By-laws was amended and ratified by majority of the members
present during the Summer Picnic at Bowness Park. His firm
conviction and resilient determination buoyed by the unequivocal
support of some Past Presidents took him three years of unselfish
service and dedication which brought the Society’s finances
back to stability. Once again, PASOC shines brightly among
the rest. The crisis of 1999 did not deter newly arrived ‘kabaleyans’
in joining the bandwagon. PASOC keeps on growing stronger
year after year.
(Greg) Lacuata, a young and successful business entrepreneur
originally from the western Pangasinan town of Sual, became
the 6th Society’s President when he took over the helm
in 2003. With the profit generated from the Casino Campaign,
his administration managed to donate and help the different
Filipino Seniors clubs in the city and extend other kinds
of support to those in dire need. PASOC’s presence in
all major activities of different Filipino organizations is
noticeable. It is part of their commitment in maintaining
harmonious relationship with the over three dozens different
ethnic groups in the city. PASOC officers had the opportunity
to hone their leadership skills via a seminar held during
the spring retreat in Canmore, Alberta early this year. PASOC,
by this time has an official basketball team in the Filipino
Basketball League. Greg, a golf afficionado himself, together
with Board Member Bong Gamayo organized a very successful
golf tournament in honor of visiting Philippine Consul General
Zenaida Tacorda Rabago. As a result and by popular demand,
Invitational Golf Tournament is now part of the annual events
of the organization. The benevolent list is long and enormous
as stated in the casino application to the Alberta Gaming
Commission. To date, PASOC has general membership of over
600. By the way, membership is not limited to Pangasinenses
alone. It is open for everyone, Filipinos and foreigners alike.
has successfully dared to venture where others have failed
to tread. This is the organization where leaders are groomed,
trained, honed and tested. Three past and present Presidents
of this prestigious organization became President of CAFFA,
the umbrella group of the many different Filipino associations
in the city. They are: Albeo Baquiran (1996-97), Gregorio
Lacuata (2002-03) and Francisco Siapno (2004-05). It just
proved that PASOC produces quality leaders.
PASOC enters its 17th year since existence, another history
is in the making on December 17th, 2004, when Gerardita (Dita)
Serquiña, co-townmate and lovely wife of Narlo, will
be inducted as the Society’s 7th President. She will
also be remembered as the 1st lady President of the group
and the 1st husband and wife team to serve or have served
PASOC as President. When asked on what her future plans for
the Society, she humbly said, “ I will exert every effort
to the best of my knowledge and ability to continue the traditions
and maintain the good name of PASOC. Knowing what my predecessors
have accomplished, this will be a real challenging position.
As a nurse, I have met and seen a lot of our ‘kabaleyans’
as patients in my Rehab Unit at the Rockyview Hospital and
have recognized their needs spiritually, morally and financially
to some. I will initiate to create a committee to look into
this matter and help uplift the quality of life of our aging
members. This is a big task which I sincerely hope my fellow
officers will support”.
road has been paved for our continued success. PASOC now rests
on solid ground. It will be unfair not to mention the many
other names behind the scene that helped during the developing
stages of PASOC, to wit; the Mejias, the Saysons, the Ongs,
the Macaraegs, the Lopezes, the Malicdems, the De Guzmans, the Aquinos to name a few
and of course the general membership who up to now
loyally and unselfishly support PASOC’s good
cause. Without you, we can never be in this pedestal
of glory where we rightfully belong. Our apology to
the many others whose names were not mentioned due
to space limitation.
this brief and rich history of the Pangasinan Society
of Calgary, what are you waiting for? Come and join
us! Membership requires a ‘one-time only’
fee of $5.00. $2.50 for those below 18 years old.