For the first time in its 62 years, the umbrella organization of all Filipino groups in Guam will be lead by someone born in the US territory.
Norman Analista, 41, will take the helm of the Filipino Community of Guam (FCG) and help steer its 29 member-associations, a report on Pacific Daily News said.
Analista, who is currently FCG's vice president, garnered 56 out of 94 votes cast at the Ilocano Association of Guam Clubhouse on November 19. His reign as president will start on January 1, 2017.
"I will work hard every single day to deserve the position entrusted to me," the report quoted him as saying. "The FCG is a prestigious organization and I will strive to ensure we continue to be a contributing and relevant part of our island community. All are welcome to partake in our mission."
The president-elect is the second FCG president whose lineage can be traced back to the province of Iloilo.
He will also be the 57th president of the organization founded during the 1954 celebration of the Philippines' independence day, then-celebrated on July 4.
Formerly a marketing director, television news anchor, and columnist, Analista is the director for development and alumni affairs at the University of Guam.
Analista plans to create fundraising initiatives, special Philippine exhibits in collaboration with the Guam museum, and a goodwill tour with officials of the Philippine government.
Meanwhile, the other new officials are:
James M. Robinson, 1st Vice President
Patrick S. Luces, 2nd Vice President
Lynda D. Caasi, 3rd Vice President
Kayelea Custodio, Secretary
Nilfa M. Milan, Assistant Secretary
Edna Rebanal, Treasurer
Clarito Viray, Assistant Treasurer
Frank Huelar, Auditor
Loisa M. Cabuhat, Public Relations Officer
Noly Caluag, Peace officer
Annabelle Dancel, Peace officer
The FCG has previously given relief aid to areas stricken by natural disasters in the Philippines and in nearby areas and funded scholarships for University of Guam and Guam Community College students. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News