Original article by Lydia V. Solis published on the Philippine Post‘ website.

C H I N O H I L L S – T h e invitation from the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Tri-County (parts of L.A., Riverside and San Bernardino Counties) says ‘New Beginnings: Induction Soiree’ on Nov. 15, from 5pm to 7 pm at the Wood Ranch Chino Hills.

“Join us,” stated Secretary Eliza Leigh Serna, “for an exclusive evening of camaraderie as we inaugurate our newly elected officers and welcome the distinguished members of our Board of Directors. This invite- only event promises to be a memorable gathering, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Wood Ranch in Chino Hills, 3335 Grand Ave, Chino Hills, CA 91709.”

“Our Induction Soiree,” said incoming president Jv Libunao, “is a night dedicated to honoring the individuals who will lead FACC Tri-County into a promising future. As we pass the torch to our new officers and directors, we come together for an intimate evening of networking, and celebration.”

Jv is a design and marketing professional of 20 years and his experience rooted from advertising, software, and community development. He founded Adobers.Net, a platform that has started as an online directory to represent small business owners, which has now evolved into a company creating opportunities for small brands and organizing community events.

“Throughout the years, I have molded my leadership skills by managing a pool of virtual staff and local team members,” Jv stated. “One of my main focuses is personal development of the people I work with. As a leader, I recognize that if my team is successful, I will be successful. And as a small business owner myself, I understand the experience and challenges of small firms on a day-to-day basis.”

COMELEC Chair during the FACCTC elections was Joseph L. Joseph (FACCOC), Vice President, Member Relations Group, Coalition of Filipino American Chambers of Commerce (COFACC).

Officers inducted by Gerry Palon, President of COFACC, are President Jv Libunao, Vice President John Fleming, Co- Vice President Chirho Garcia, Secretary Eliza Leigh Serna, and PRO Lydia V. Solis. Board Directors are President Emeritus Merwynn Montenegro, Carmela Giliberto, Nick Munoz, Jeanette Burton, and Anthony Lopez.

“COFACC is a national association of autonomously operating Filipino American Chambers of Commerce organizations united together with a common mission of uplifting the economic conditions of the Filipino American small and micro businesses and ultimately achieve to be the No. 1 spot as the most influential ethnic minority group with a significant positive impact to the US economy.” To date, COFACC has 40 chamber partners, according to Gerry.

COFACC’s Advisory Council are Ethel Mercado, Honorary Consul, Texas State, and Gus Mercado, Former Executive Director, Philippine American Chamber of Commerce Texas. FACCTC officers are represented in COFACC: Merwynn Montenegro, VP & Founding Board Member; Nick Munoz, 2nd Representative; Chirho Garcia, 3rd Representative; and Jv Libunao, 4th Representative.

For more information, visit FACCTC’s website: www.facctricounty.org

View the Gallery of April 2023’s mixer.

Meet the newly inducted officers of FACCTC, the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Tri-County, with, seated from left: Ellen Rodriguez-Swing, President of the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Cerritos with Anthony Lopez’ little boy; Boardmem- ber Jeanette Burton, President Jv Libunao, PRO Lydia V. Solis, and Secretary Eliza Leigh Serna. Back row: Neil Estrada, Past President, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce Orange County; Boardmember Nick Munoz and Vice President John Fleming; COFACC President Gerry Palon, Co-Vice President Chirho Garcia, President Emeritus Merwynn Montenegro, and Boardmember Anthony Lopez.).