Toronto region Feati University alumni celebrate 30th anniversary

Community May 24, 2019 at 4:20 pm

The Featineans Association of Toronto (TFAT) celebrated its 30th founding year anniversary on May 11, 2019, at North Thornhill Community Centre, Thornhill, Ontario. Organized in 1989, TFAT is an organization of alumni and former students, employees and faculty members of FEATI University in Manila, Philippines.

Over 250 guests, friends, and supporters attended and joined in the 5- hour pearly commemorative evening of lively dancing, dining and fellowship. The program was opened with welcome remarks by Rudy Ortiz, secretary and event chair; invocation by Rudy Olay, auditor; and an inspirational message by Oliver Rey, president.

A vocal solo was rendered by event co-chair Ed Baruela and special dance exhibitions were performed by the Dynamic Divas, Negrense Dancers, and Multicultural Dance Group led by Cecile Barrientos, Leonisa Aliko and Annabelle Chipongian, respectively. A 50-50 cash draw and door prizes were raffled for the lucky guests. Some cash incentives were also handed out to to top perfoming TFAT members.

Jointly emceed by co-founder Tony A. San Juan and director Ed Baruela, the successful commemorative event received  excellent support from TFAT officers and members, namely: Annie Buiza, Frank Amurao, Rolly Balangue, Tirso Balitian, Christine Baruela, Rose and Tom Flores, Moises Ga, Tony and Mary Ann Gatongay, Lucy, Virginia Maruso, Rudy and Zeny Ortiz, Bert and Rory Pabustan, Nenita & Max Recaido, Darlene Rey, Jocelyn San Juan, and Har & Lina Tawatao.

TFAT is continuously proud of its established and purposeful programs and projects in the Philippines, especially in FEATI University, of supporting scholars and recognizing outstanding graduates for the past 20 years. In Ontario, TFAT is a leading Filipino Canadian entity and is productively engaged in partnership and cooperation with professional, social, and alumni- based organizations on notable community initiatives. — Tony A. San Juan