Sunday, July 14, 2013

FALEO First Annual 5k Run/Wak a Success!

The Filipino-American congratulates The FilAm Law Enforcement Officers Association for their success in their first annual 5k Run/Walk event on June 15, 2013!!!!

Jericho Salvador sharing a few words...
The purpose of the event was to celebrate the 115th Philippine Independence Day (June 12, 1898) and health awareness.

The weather was just gorgeous that day, a little cold but nothing the exciting participants of the event cant handle.

There were several booths from the sponsors set up, Filipino Business and Professional Network, Wells Fargo-Otay Ranch, Sunga Orthondontics among others. 

Law Enforcement Display

The Paradise Valley Medical Missions group was on-hand to provide health screenings.  Blood pressure checks, blood-glucose monitoring, oral health, body mass indexing, and exercise regimens were evaluated.   

The National Bone Marrow Registry ( had a registry booth at the event.  Angie’s brother, RC Ortanez, is a bone marrow recipient and a leukemia survivor.  A portion of the proceeds from the 5K were donated to the National Bone Marrow Registry. 

There were displays of Filipino heroes like Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo and many others.  These national heroes were instrumental in the Philippine declaration of independence against Spain. 

The National City Police Department SWAT had their armored vehicle and weapons on display.  The San Diego Police Department Recruiting Unit was also present.
The participants were treated to traditional Filipino foods such as pancit, lumpia and pandesal courtesy of VJ Sturdivant Inc.  The talented Katriz Trinidad again entertained the crowd with several songs. 

 A free raffle was held.  Several prizes were awarded along with the grand prize which was an anniversary football donated by the San Diego Chargers    

From experience and attending so many of these kind of events I can say it was a great event, really organized, from the parking, registration, program, booth coordination and the run. Note, this was their first too! BUT I would recommend to sponsor again next year around not to mention it is from a great organization and for a great cause!!!- MaG


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