Top community housing provider Kapit-bahayan Co-operative Ltd commemorated its 2Oth years of outstanding community housing services in NSW, Australia by recognising its founding tenant-members, great supporters and high-achieving residents.
In a sumptuous luncheon held at the Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, the 120 invited guests headed by State Opposition Leaders Luke Foley MP, Fed MP Laurie Ferguson, FaCS Exec Director of Homes and Places Mychelle Curran, CENSW Board Chair Nassim Assage and Phil Consul Marford Angeles and includes some high government officials, representatives of the housing sector, members from various state housing coops, KCL members and their guests, selected community leaders and the honourees.
An exceptionally well-made 15-minute video documentary that concisely presents KCL was launched. This video chronicles the history of this very successful innovative and pioneering housing coop from beginning to the succession of housing stockholdings and performance-based awards achieved by the coop and its members as told in direct testimonies by the founders and leaders themselves. This video was made by an APCO team composed of Director Albert Prias, Asst Director Chales Chan, Videographer Bob Reyes, Anchor Michelle Balatazar, Scriptwriter Ruben Amores and Editor Cen Amores.
The individuals handed especially designed plaques for supporting KCL were Laurie Ferguson MP, Mr David Borger, Ms Karine Shellshear, Ms Stacey Miers, Mr Robbie Buchanan, Mr Hugo Moline and Ms Emilie Ripinskis
The founding members were Cris and Maring Uru, Rey and Brilla Quinoy, Joe and Delia Caballero, Willy Plan, Diosdado Capulong, Carlos and Ofelia Aloda, Ruben and Cen Amores
The coop residents who were given plaques of recognition for outstanding achievements were Paul John Lee: USA and Aust Mr World Junior Champion, Jose Caballero: Level 6, Under 11, 1st Place Overall, Junior State Champion; Level 7, Under 12, 2nd Place Overall, Senior State Champion and School Captain for St Peter Chanel Primary School; Brian Capulong and Dodong Capulong: Tenpin Bowling Doubles Champions; Dr Cen Amores: Greater Western Sydney ZEST’s Most Outstanding Voluntary Community Leader, a People of Australia Ambassador, a ZEST Inaugural Ambassador, Founding President of Alliance of Philippine Community Organisations Inc (APCO); Ruben Amores: founding president of Kapitbahayan Coop, 2015 NSW Premier’s awardee for Lifetime Outstanding Community Service, ZEST GWS Highly Commended Voluntary Leader and currently the president of APCO and founding chair of Auburn Small Community Organisation Network Inc. (ASCON).
Top-notch entertainments were provided by Brian Lorenz, Linda Trinidad, Gilda Pagaduan, Jerome Pagaduan, Nick Miessner and the Mindanao Ethnic Dancers. Emcees were Albert Prias, Cen Amores, Charles Chan.