Someone just sent me an invitation to attend a Filipino Christmas celebration on December 10 at the Philippine Australian Cultural Centre (PACC) in Schofields NSW. By now, many Filipinos should know that PACC is the resurrected name of the old Filipino Multi-Purpose Centre or MPC. It is located at 80 Grange Avenue, Schofields.
I just might attend, if only to snoop around to see what improvement has been done. After all, the address is not too far away from where I live.
Everybody is supposed to bring a plate. Sorry, I don’t have time to cook but I promise not to partake in any food that will be served.
Many times, I have been asked why this newspaper keeps on attacking the MPC. Correction please. My intention is not to attack per se, but to awaken the Filipino community to act with finality.
After 23 years, and after collecting more than$1 million dollars in donations and grants from the state government, MPC directors have come up with nothing but the acquisition of a property in a flood prone area.
I know I sound like a broken record but the people behind MPC have been deaf to the clamour of the community to resign. They must all resign and be replaced by new blood to regain the confidence of the Filipino community.
So far, only Ric de Vera and Cosme Purruganan have resigned from the board. They did the right thing and we admire their courage. When will the others follow? We call on the original settlor, Fr. Renato Paras to organize a church meeting for this purpose.
Its chairman, Manong Manny Villon has the temerity to claim that no bank will grant the MPC any loan unless the directors occupy permanent positions. Please do not insult the intelligence of the Filipino community.
Reming Biala, a popular accountant, has reportedly bankrolled the Pops Fernandez concert. He is not a director of MPC but has taken keen interest in supporting the project. We ask him to provide Philippine Sentinel a report on the financial result of the concert. We shall publish it for all eyes to see.
Maybe, he should hold the proceeds in a special fund and wait for the new set of directors to decide on what to do with it. Dino Crescini