The An Taclobanon Association of Southern California is a 501 (c) (4) non-profit organization which was established because of the strong social ties among the Taclobanons in Southern California. The founding members hoped to nurture this closely knit community and transform it into a socio-civic organization that could benefit the US-based community and those in Tacloban. It was in 1984 that a group of Taclobanons started planning to establish the non-profit organization. On July 20, 1985, The An Taclobanon Association of Southern California elected its charter officers:
Edwin Tiu, President
Ramon Duarte, Vice-President
Carlota Jaojoco-Sta. Ana, Secretary
Raffy Lagado, Assistant Secretary
George Yu , Treasurer
Henry Badar, Auditor
Eddie Ros, P.R.O.
Gendy Sydiongco and Cesar Urbayan, Protocol Officers.
Board of Directors:
Celing Aguinid · Baby Esperas-Cui · Guy Engle · Emily Garcia
Nonie Jaojoco · Butch Ollero · Joe Salem
The following year, with about a hundred members, the Association undertook its first project, which was the celebration of the annual fiesta in honor of Señor Santo Niño de Tacloban. The fiesta celebration became an annual endeavor of the Association. In 1989, the Association held the first Ms. An Maglipayon USA pageant, with Rochelle Romana winning the crown. The Association focused on the annual fiesta celebration and the biennial Miss An Maglipayon USA events as a way of preserving the unique cultural heritage of Tacloban and to encourage Taclobanons to be actively involved.
On August 9, 1996, the Association received its certificate as a Non-Profit, Public Benefit Corporation from the Secretary of State of California. During the same year, it was granted the tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board, making it a full-fledged community-based charitable organization.
The Association has had the following presidents:
Edwin Tiu (1985 & 1986)
Cesar Urbayan (1987 & 1988)
Joe (Tating) Zosa (1989 & 1990)
Ramon D. Duarte (1991 & 1992)
Henry de Guia (1993 & 1994)
Raffy Lagado (1995 & 1996; 1997 & 1998)
Eric Cordeta (1999 & 2000)
Manuel Agner (2001 & 2002) †
Susan Urbayan-David (2003 & 2004; 2005 & 2006)
Peter Caludac (2007 & 2008)
Evelina (Baby) Esperas-Cui (2009 & 2010)
Robert (Bobby) Aguilos (2011 & 2012; 2013 & 2014)
Edna Cañete Asuncion (2015 & 2016; 2017 & 2018)
Jerome Costibolo (2019 & 2020)
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