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Pinays Manitoba celebrates the holidays


It was freezing outside but on December 11, inside Asia Palace Restaurant, over 80 guests gathered to dine, play games, win prizes, and sing Christmas carols. The Christmas party was made merrier with the presence of dear, old Santa Claus assisted by his favourite elf, who graciously sat for photos with the guests. Another highlight was the presence of vocalist Paul Ong who performed Christmas songs and joined the Pinays Manitoba carolers as they sang Christmas songs.

The incoming board of directors (BOD) was also introduced. Winnie Navarro, an APTN executive, is the newly elected president of the organization. Araceli Ancheta, the outgoing president, was honoured by the Pinay members for her three consecutive years of service that included the beginning of the anxious early days of the pandemic. Ancheta continues as adviser and director of the newly elected BOD. The two-year term of the new Pinays Manitoba BOD begins in January 2023.

“I would like to thank everyone for all of your hard work and support to help this event turn out as a happy, enjoyable & festive celebration for our members and our guests...we appreciate everyone’s contribution – from the people that helped plan, invited guests, worked behind the scenes, donated gifts, helped with decorations, among other things. And for all of our members, your mere presence contributed to our well received Christmas party,” said Navarro.