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APCO joins ECC-NSW at Premier’s Harmony Dinner 2017

By Richard J. Ford (PRO-APCO Inc)
March 24, 2017


Dubbed as the biggest annual celebration of cultural diversity in NSW, the 2017 Premier’s Harmony Dinner was attended by 1,500 guests from multicultural communities. Elegantly dressed in their glittering Filipiniana attire, twenty one APCO officers and members led by the current President of APCO Inc. Pet Storey joined other members of the Ethnic Communities Council – NSW.

Held at the Grand Pavilion, Rosehill Racecourse Gardens on the 16th of March 2017, the event host, Hon Ray Williams MP, Minister for Multiculturalism said, in his welcome speech, “Tonight, we come together in a show of strength and unity to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of our diverse community”. Meanwhile, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, inspired the audience by using herself as a living example of a migrant who rose against all the odds and has now become the Premier of NSW.
A special part of the night is the presentation of the inductees into the Multicultural Honour Roll. This was followed by the presentation of the Premier’s Community Medals in various categories: Human Rights, Economic Participation, Regional Communities, Youth, Arts and Culture, Lifetime Community Service and Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony.

To facilitate the big participation of APCO Inc., partially subsidised tickets were jointly offered by ECC-NSW and APCO respectively.  As a member of the ECC-NSW Board of Management, Dr Cen Amores was instrumental in booking two tables this year. Ruben Amores, the 2015 awardee for Lifetime Community Service and Immediate Past President of APCO joined the other former winners as special guests. The outgoing Philippine Consul General Anne Jalondon-Lewis and some members of the Philippine community media also attended.
The audience was entertained by the talented artists like Paulini, Mongolian Throat Singer Bukhu Ganburged, African Beats and the Chinese Youth League. Prizes were also awarded for Best National Dress (male and female) of the evening – both won by some middle-eastern guests.

Outstanding Pinay awardees at WOW 2017

By Richard J. Ford (PRO-APCO Inc)
March 24, 2017

Dr Amores was awarded Commended in 2012 in recognition and appreciation of leadership and contribution to Greater Western Sydney while Ms Cabaero was also a recipient of Commended in 2016 for her over 15 years dedicated service with the Asian Women at Work.

Cen is a multi-awarded community volunteer for her effective involvement in various community organisations like Kapit-bahayan Coop, APCO, ASCON, ECC-NSW and ZEST while Lina is a social worker with SAFSI, head of Asian Women at Work and a volunteer with Migrante Inc and other activist groups. 

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