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Thank You Hello Kitty

Our sincere thanks to Sanrio, Inc. for donating 18 computers to our organization.

The units which were shipped out from Sanrio’s warehouse in South San Francisco, CA arrived in a holding facility in VA pending the full completion of our Youth Center in San Miguel, Bulacan.
Sanrio, Inc., is a full subsidiary of Sanrio Co., Ltd., a public corporation based in Tokyo, Japan which owns among others, the Hello Kitty Character.

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2011 Medical Mission

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SMDM CUSA sponsored a medical mission at Sta. Inez, San Miguel, Bulacan in coordination with Kapitan and Mrs. Bong Alvarez and the Sanguniang Barangay of Sta. Inez.

The medical mission was undertaken on August 14, 2011.   SMDM was fully supported by a team of San Migueleno doctors made up of Dr. Edwin Tecson and Dr. Jing Aure along with her invited medical professionals from UERM.  Civilian volunteers were made up of our own Treasurer, Gerly Soberano who happened to be visiting the Philippines as a balikbayan,  Medi and Alex Tecson, Vanesza Dino of BPC and our BPC scholars. SMDM CUSA appreciates very much Kapitan Bong, Mrs. Alvarez and their Barangay constituency for their efficient and well coordinated efforts in making the mission a success and most specially for according the medical team their very warm hospitality.  Our sincere gratitude goes to the medical team and volunteers for their willingness to partner with us in this civic duty to reach out and to give their valuable time to provide medical care and assistance to over 400 needy families in the locality.  Mabuhay.

Equipment & Supplies Drive for The San Miguel District/Emergency Hospital (SMDH)The newly appointed Director of SMDH, Dr. Edwin Tecson has requested assistance from San Miguel de Mayumo CUSA in his mission to equip the hospital with much needed medical equipment and supplies.  He is lacking in resources to fund acquisition of such logistics, therefore he has appealed for support from the private sectors like our organization.   Wilma Yu, SMDM’s President, expeditiously networked with a number of relatives, friends and benefactors to gather the list of supplies and equipment as requested by Dr. Tecson.  Three donors came to the forefront in a short period of time.  Freddie Tecson of Toronto, Canada  has shipped out his donation directly to SMDH.  He was followed by Mr. & Mrs. Rey Viola of Boston, MA who has sent out “part 1” of their donation to SMDH with  “part 2” of their donation to be shipped out at a later date.  Another benefactor is Ms. Salve dela Cruz of Peekskill, NY whose collection of used hospital instruments are being gathered and will be shipped out on her behalf courtesy of Highlights Express VA.  To all our tireless supporters,  thank you for responding so promptly to SMDM’s appeal to help out SMDH.  It may be well worth mentioning too that Dr. Edwin Tecson is the first San Migueleno to be appointed by the provincial government of Bulacan to this challenging position.

Congratulations.

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Potluck Picnic 2011

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The predicted rain in the New Jersey area did not stop SMDM CUSA to hold its annual potluck picnic at Bayonne County Park on a cloudy but comfortable Saturday on Aug. 6th. San Miguelenos from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York were all in attendance for a full day of fun, kumustahan, kuwentuhan, pasasalamat and pagkain nang mga lutong San Migueleno.
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SMDM CUSA awarded one of the most influential non-profit organizations

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SMDM Cluster USA was given recognition by The Philippine American Friendship Committee, Inc. based in Jersey City, NJ, as one of the 21 most influential non-profit organizations in the eastern seaboard in the U.S.

The 21 organizations were selected on the basis of their missions and accomplishments in assisting fellow FilAms in the United States and citizens back home in the Philippines. The ceremony honoring SMDM Cluster USA along with the 20 other awardees was the highlight of PAFCOM’s 21st Anniversary Grand Ball held at The Sheraton Hotel-Newark in New Jersey on June 11, 2011. SMDM CUSA was represented during the affair by its officers, namely The Virays, Santiagos, Sinaguinans, Gerly Soberano, Roger Manabat and The Yus.