Former Philippine Navy Captain now heads Australian Filipino ex-Military League in Blacktown


Retired Philippine Navy and United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) graduate Captain Tony Subijano, took over as the new Commandant of the Australia Philippines Services League NSW Chapter (APSL NSWC). He replaced retired Philippine Navy Commander Rick Palenzuela during an emergency meeting held at Blacktown RSL on Saturday, 14 March 2009. 


Retired Philippine Attorney-at-Law Ted Aritao, a WWII veteran accepted the position as the new Deputy Commandant while Australian Defence Force Major Tom Baena was retained as Chief of  Staff of APSL NSWC. 


The former Commandant, Cmdr. Rick Palenzuela applauded the elevation of Captain Subijano, who was his superior officer in the Philippine Navy. He described it as a long overdue and deserving position for a man who had distinguished himself in the Philippines.  Cmdr. Palenzuela, relinquished his position as the main standard bearer of APSL NSWC due to health reasons.


Commander Palenzuela, a Vietnam War veteran and member of Blacktown RSL Sub Branch, made APSL NSWC what it is today,  now   leading Australian Filipino community organisation. 


In the past years, APSL NSWC under the able leadership of Cmdr. Palenzuela, successfully conducted and participated in various commemoration services,’ e.g. Victory in Pacific, Remembrance Day, Fall of Bataan, ANZAC Day parades and Reserve Forces Day parade.  Cmdr. Palenzuela stated that he would continue to serve as an active member of APSL NSWC as his health may allow.


APSL NSWC is an organisation of Australian Filipinos who are current or former members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Australian Defence Force and children of Filipino veterans. Its aims are to foster friendship and unity among other military and veterans associations in Australia e.g. Returned Services League and allied countries.  And, to encourage young Australian Filipinos to join the Australian Defence Force, Police and other essential services through the maintenance and promotion of military tradition and values of good citizenship. – ?

Updated: 04/10/2009 — 00:20:34


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