HISTORY OF THE
ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS
   

CIRCA  1989.    Aware of the growing population of Filipinos in Illinois, a group from the province of Zamboanga del Norte which lies at the for of forested mountains on the northwestern tip of Mindanao Island, mulled out a plan to form an organization to unite all Zamboanga del Norteans in Illinois as nobody has the time to relate to them as individuals in the hurry and flurry of this newfound land.  In a family get-together and summer picnic at Schiller Park, Illinois in August of 1989 with Bishop Felix Zafra, Fr. King Fuerzas and Fr. TQ Solis concelebrating the outdoor mass, the Association was created,  And given the go signal to chairman and fill up the remaining slates was Ber "Nonoy" Refugio.

The first meeting was held at Ramie Calimotan's place. The following were chosen: 1st vice-chairman, Gregg Trabanca, 2nd vice-chairman, Lydia Filipinas Rusiana, Secretary, Soling Kwan Anderson, Asst. Secretary, Belinda Lunjas, Treasurer, Girlie Arrieta, Asst. Treasurer, Esper Patangan, Auditor, Ruding Bonjoc, PRO, Gilfred Cruz, Business Manager, Eddie Artajo, Asst. Business Manager, Ramie Caliumotan, Social Manager, Nonoy Bajamunde, Asst. Social Manager, Fil Fertig, Marshals, Art Fertig and Vincent Frias, Muse Jiji Ames, Entertainer, Evelyn Bonjoc.  The Board of Advisers were: Pastor Bajamunde, Dr. Juan Lasa, Dr. Leo Pepa,  and Fr. Eutiquio Solis, Jr.

On December 6, 1989, all roads leads to Rizal Center, 1332 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, Illinois 60613.  The non-elected officers were inducted into office by Atty. Alfonso Bascos (pass FACC President).

Other venues on meeting were - Esper Patangan's place, Rizal Center,  The usual agenda was the annual summer picnic and Christmas party.  Also, the perennial problem, the membership dues and how to collect them.  However, everything was in its proper course and route.

On December 23, 1990, Hon. Dr. Jaime S. Bautista, Philippine Consul General of Chicago gave the inspirational talk at the Second Christmas Party at the Rizal Center.  Dr. Leonardo Malalis introduced Consul General Bautistaa while Fr. Manuel Recera offered the invocation.  The theme -  Progress Through Unity was effectively emphasized in the state of the association address of Nonoy Refugio.  Alfonso Culanculan made the closing remarks this time, but on the first Christmas Party and induction of officers, Dipolog City Ex-Mayor Pastor Bajamunde dished out a memorable closing remarks that epitomizes his outstanding political days.  Gregg Trabanca emceed these two beyond forgetting occasions.

On the second year of the Association's existence, a newsletter was born.  It was printed through the energetic and enthusiastic Secretary turn editor Soling Kwan Anderson with the guidance and advice of Gregg Trabanca.  The newsletter was Christened ZEPHYR which means any soft, gentle wind or mild breeze.  It was a name taken out of Zamboanga's azure skies and Illinois's soft gentle snow flurries.  And this is to be the vehicle of expression and conveyor of information for the Zamboanga del Norte Filipino Americans.

Our second annual Family summer picnic was celebrated on Schiller Park with lechon and home made cooked menus.  The outdoor mass was officiated by Fr. Leoncio Santiago in the morning and by Fr. TQ Solis in the afternoon. The third summer picnic was held on the same place was by Fr. Manuel Recera and Ricardo Recera. There were two succulent lechon and a lots of restaurant and homemade foods.

On June 28, 1992, the Zamboanga del Norte Association of Illinois held its first election of officers at Schiller Forrest Preserve Park, Schiller Park, Illinois.  Elected and subsequently proclaimed by Philippine Consul Diosdado Orocio, Jr.  were:  Gregg Trabanca, president:  Eddie Artajo, 1st vice-president:  Lydia Rusiana, 2nd vice-president; Soling Kwan Anderson, Secretary; Girlie Arrieta, treasurer; Esper Patangan, asst. treasurer; Rolliette Equia Aves, auditor; Ruding Bonjoc, asst. auditor; Evelyn Reyes, PRO; Angie Baytion, asst. PRO; Gilfred Cruz; Suerte Sienes, social manager; Ramie Calimotan, asst. business manager and Remchile Sienes &  Vincent Frias, marshals.  These officers will serve for two years after their induction.

The induction of the first newly elected officers and Christmas-Family dinner was held at the Regency Inn, 5319 W. Diversey, December 19, 1992. The affairs also coincide with the launching of the association first fund raising venture dubbed Project "TABANG" OR "HELP" to benefit the Zamboanga del Norte Emergency Hospital, Dipolog  City, Philippines. Worthy of mentioning was the $170.oo donation to the tornado victims of Upper Disakan, Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte  and Siparok, Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte.

The Association is now on the fifth term. The horizon is rosy. The officers are fraught with enthusiasm, new ideas and noble projects. And the members are ever willing to help, to cooperate, to work.
 


PROPOSED NEW SEAL


2005-2006 ZAMNAI OFFICERS

President:  Soledad Anderson
Vice-president:  Remchile Sienes
2nd vice president:  Maryknoll Berago
Secretary:  Irwin Bilog
Asst. Secretary:  Jhenette Sevilla
 Treasurer:  Manuel  Dinawanao
 Asst. Treassurer:  Teopista Pellerin
Auditor: Desiree Lee
Asst. Auditor: Linda Refugio
Press Relation Officer:  Alan Olarte
Social Manager: Cyd Adriatico,
Info./Publication Director: Armand Frasco
Marshalls:  Mike Berago, Tarry Ganados, Gil Cruz, Jr & Kevin Guynn
 

We would like to inform you that the Induction of Officers of the
ZAMBO NORTH ASSOC OF IL (ZAMNAI) will be on Dec 5, 2004 at Ramada Inn, Lincolnwood, Illinois.  Hope you can attend.  The money for the "Operation Tabang' during Nonoy Refugio and Gregg Trabanca's administration we already purchased Medical equipment and supplies and will be turned over to Provincial Governor Yebes and the Chief of the Provincial Hospital in Dipolog on  12/21.  The officers of these administrations will be given a Certificate of
Award so please request  your representative to receive it for you. 


OFFICERS  2003 – 2004
       

PRESIDENT   ==========  SUZETTE  ANCHETA
 1st  VICE-PRES. === SOLING KWAN ANDERSON
2ND VICE-PRES. == EVANGELINE C. TRABANCA
 SECRETARY======= LOURDES ‘DIDI’ LOFTON
ASST. SEC. ========== MA. MAGDALENA KEIL
 TREASURER  = ANITA CAYUD-ONG  HARTLINE
 ASST. TREAS. = TEOPISTA ‘PAPING’ PELLERIN
 AUDITOR ===========  LILIAN PADAO GUYNN
 ASST.  AUDITOR =========== LINDA REFUGIO
 P. R.O. ===================== RAVINA BILOG
 ASST. P.R.O. ============ MANUEL NALZARO
 SOCIAL MANAGER ===== RUTHIE  ADRIATICO
 ASST. SOC. MGR. ======= ROWENA KARDENAS
 MARSHALLS ============ MICHAEL BERAGO
                                   KEVIN   GUYNN
                                              BOYET PELIGRINO
                                                 FORD VILLARINO
ADVISERS:  ============= ARCADIA LUAYON
                                          RAMIE  CALIMOTAN
                                               EDGAR PELIGRINO  
BOARD OF DIRECTORS ======= BER REFUGIO
          GREG TRABANCA
                       LUZ WATERS
                              NILDA REFUGIO
 

2001 -2002 OFFICER CLICK HERE

 

OFFICERS  2001 – 2002     

 PRESIDENT  ===========  SUZETTE  ANCHETA
VICE-PRESIDENT ======== EDGAR PELIGRINO
SECRETARY ============== JURIFIL ARTAJO
ASST. SEC. ============= ARABELLA ARTAJO
TREASURER  ============= ANITA HARTLINE
ASST. TREAS. ========  MARILYN TENCHAVE
AUDITOR ===========  LILIAN PADAO GUYNN|
P.R.O. ===================== VICKY FERTIG 
SOCIAL & BUSINESS MANAGER = RAVENA BILOG
ADVISORY COMMITTEE  ==== PAPING PELLERIN
                  PHENY SALDARIEGA
                    GINA OROPESA   

                    GISCARD ARTAJO

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ========== BER REFUGIO
                            GREG TRABANCA
                                               LUZ WATERS                    
                            
NILDA REFUGIO

 
1999-2000 ZAMBONORTH OFFICERS

President      Nilda B. Refugio
Vice President      Edgar G. Lunjas
Secretary      Villa Rosa Pareja
Assistant Secretary      Suzzette Ancheta
Treasurer      Daisy Villarino
Assistant Treasurer      Alma Acaylar
Auditor      Rolliette Eguia Aves
Assistant Auditor      Ramie Calimutan
Press Relation Officer      Letty Rodriguez
Assistant Press Relation Officer      Santi Bajamunde
Business Manager      Marilou Tate
Assistant Business Manager      Jerry G. Lunjas

 
2000 ZAMBONORTH CHRISTMAS PARTY PICTORIAL
 

  
ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE ASSOCIATION OF ILLINOIS CHRISTMAS PARTY HELD AT  THE POLYNESIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANT ON DECEMBER 18, 1999

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ZAMBONORTH PAST SET OF OFFICERS

   

ZAMBONORTH 1996-1998 0FFICERS

   
president   CARMELITA "LUZ" BAJAMUNDE 
         WATTERS
vice president    MARIANITO "NENE" JUNIO
secretary   EDDIE "DODS" SIENES
treasurer   NILDA "NIL" BENGUA REFUGIO
auditor   JEROME SIENES
press relation officer   RACHEL ARTAJO ADAZA
 business manager   LIGAYA JAVIER SHADD
social manager   BENJIE LARIOSA
miss zamboanga del norte   ANNIE GRACE LEAL
   

VENUE of induction  GOLDEN FLAME BANGUETS / 12/10/94
invocation by  FR. MANNY RECERA
 guest speaker  CONSUL EDUARDO MAGLAYA
closing remarks by  vice governor  CORDING ADRIATICO 
emcee  PURITA PACATANG BAEL 
natl.anthems lead  VINA VELASCO SUNUGAN 
 

 
ZAMBONORTH 1993-1995 OFFICERS

 president      GREG TRABANCA
1st vice president      EDDIE ARTAJO
2nd vice president      LYDIA FILIPINAS RUSIANA
secretary      SOLING KWAN ANDERSON
assistant secretary      BELINDA LUNJAS
treasurer      GIRLIE ARRIETA
assistant treasurer      ESPER PATANGAN
auditor      ROLLIETE EGUIA AVES
assistant auditor      RODING BONJOC
press relation officer      EVELYN R. BONJOC
asst. pro      ANGIE BAYTION
business manager      GILFRED CRUZ
assistant business manager      RAMIE CALIMUTAN
marshals      REMCHILE SIENES
  VINCENT SAGUIN FRIAS
board ofdirectors      DR. ROMULA ABAYGAR
  REV. MANUEL RECERA
    Dr. Leonardo Malalis
  ENGR. BING PABES

venue of induction-REGENCY INN & BANQUET
 


ZAMBONORTH 1989-1992 FOUNDING OFFICERS

president      BER "NONOY" REFUGIO
1st vice president      GREG TRABANCA
2nd vice president      LYDIA FILIPINAS RUSIANA
secretary      SOLING KWAN ANDERSON
assistant  secretary      BELINDA LUNJAS
treasurer      GIRLIE ARRIETA
assistant treasurer      ESPER PATANGAN
 auditor      ROLLETE EGUIA
assistant  auditor      RODING BONJOC
business  manager      EDDIE ARTAJO
assistant  buiness manager      RAMIE CALIMUTAN 
press relation officer      SUERTE SIENES
assistant press relation officer      GILFRED CRUZ
social manager      NONOY BAJAMUNDE
assiistant social manager      FIL FERTIG
marshalls      VINCENT SAGUIN FRIAS
  ART FERTIG
muse     JIJI AMES
entertainer     EVELYN BONJOC
board of advisers:      EXMAYOR PASTOR BAJAMUNDE
  DR. LEO PEPA
  DR. JUAN LASA
  FR. EUSTAQUIO SOLIS

Induction ceremonies was held at Dr. Jose Rizal Center in 
Chicago.The officers were inducted by Atty Art Bascos, 
President of the Filipino American Council of Chicago