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‘Filipino vote’ delivers Pilao win




By Evelyn A. Opilas, PRO- APSL
NSW-Australia
May 23, 2016


 
 


Australia Philippines Services League (APSL) Supreme Commander Col. Chris Pilao (ret) retained his seat as director on the Rooty Hill RSL Board, thanks to the so-called ‘Filipino vote’ that ensured and delivered victory at the club’s recent elections.




“The Team won by landslide victory,” texted an exuberant Pilao after votes were counted at the Club.

Filipino members of the Club supported their kabayan by ensuring that their vote counted towards a win by following instructions from the returning officer and being familiar with the line-up of Pilao’s team.

Several APSL members trekked to the Club to provide support for their leader, the only Filipino to sit on the Board of any Returned Services League (RSL) club in Australia, Rooty Hill RSL being the largest among them.

Comprising Pilao’s team were Ray Johns, chairperson; Dennis Dewhurst, vice chairperson; Johns, Ken Clements, Dewhurst, Pete Hamrol, Alf Davey, Allan Hills and Syd Gibbs, directors; and Allan King, associate director, all voted in for a two-year term by an overwhelming majority.

Rooty Hill RSL sponsors and supports APSL participation in mainstream events such as the ANZAC Day March, Remembrance Day commemoration, and other military-related activities.

The newly-refurbished Rooty Hill RSL, located on Sherbrooke Street, provides gaming, food and entertainment facilities including a bowling alley, an aquatic centre and a four-star hotel.





APSL flag raising rites on June 11



By Evelyn A. Opilas, PRO- APSL
NSW-Australia
May 23, 2016

The Australia Philippines Services League (APSL) will hold its traditional flag raising rites marking the 118th Philippine Independence Day Saturday 11 June in Blacktown.

The event will be held at the Village Green (Bowman Hall grounds) on Campbell Street from 11am.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Supported by Blacktown City Council, the event comprises the flag ceremony, performances from Filipino cultural groups and fellowship among attendees.

APSL commander Col. Chris Pilao (ret) said the event emphasises the active engagement of the Filipino community in the Blacktown area and through its support, Blacktown City Council recognises such contribution.


Consul-General Anne Jalando-on Louis will be guest speaker at the flag raising rites in what would be one of her major events before completing her tour of duty in Sydney in a few months’ time.

Philippine Independence Day was officially observed on July 4 until the approval of Republic Act No. 4166 which moved the commemoration to June 12.

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