AN INCREDIBLE WEEK, INCREDIBLE DEDICATION…. This year’s Philippine Independence Day celebration has been incredible for the FACO’s cultural dance group – 5 big engagements in 3 days. It started with at least an hour non-stop performance at the 16th Annual Filipino Cultural Celebration at the Oceanside Civic Plaza on June 10, 2017. The following day, in the morning of June 11th, a TV appearance at KUSI news, then on June 12th, another hour performance in Vista and in the same day, in the afternoon, another 1-hour performance at the Sycuan Casino ( special thanks to the Lazarus boys for dancing with us – Kevin, JR and Ric). The following day, another one hour performance in San Diego. We were tired, our feet were aching but the smiles and dancing continued. The engagements are not only incredible but more so the dedication of the cultural dance group (CDG) family. Like a big family, we have some roles to play. Enri Pisco Fulmore is our director who takes care of the line up and oversees that we do well, while I take care of promotions and communications with clients and choreography of fusion dances, Zeny Austria Cruz Nowroozi and Agnes Fernandez do a wonderful job of keeping our costumes together in great shape (which is not easy), Esther Francia Adversalo never fails to remind the members about their schedule and opens her house if we have no other place to practice while Janice Z. Ureta-Sanchez takes care of our music and handle audio technical issues in spite of being a busy mom & wife & building her career, Rose Wallace is one of our lead dancers who never fails to amaze me with her dedication – performing while her daughter is about to give birth, Jonathan R. Enerva who in spite work and acting career is always there. The rest of the family are so amazing with their dedication – Emily Smith, JM Ureta, Sheila Cabuco Butler, Nellie Davis, Pro Serrato who were there to help us fulfill all these commitments, including our new members Lyn Best and her two lovely daughters. One of our original members, great dancer Lennie Pisco, joined us again in spite of her busy schedule. Also, good members of our CDG family are Lizette Jones, Jennifer Tettleton, Analyn Nauta (who even drives from LV just to visit us and perform) and Malou Soliman Hamto. We also have our emcee and photographer who are always there for us, Zucette Lumabas Bsn. You are all amazing!! Also, special thanks goes to Alice Velasco and Bob Hamilton who are always willing to give us a helping hand!! I love you all for you are just incredible people who dedicate so much to the organization and to promote our Philippine culture!!