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22/10/2010: October 9, 2010, Towson, Maryland – Katipunan, one of Maryland’s largest Filipino American organizations, held its 41st Anniversary Ball and Homecoming Reunion at the Sheraton in Towson, Maryland.

October 9, 2010, Towson, Maryland – Katipunan, one of Maryland’s largest Filipino American organizations, held its 41st Anniversary Ball and Homecoming Reunion at the Sheraton in Towson, Maryland.

With the theme “Diversity and Unity in One Maryland Community”, the Ball served as an occasion to induct Katipunan’s new set of officers and board members who will serve a two year term.  It was a celebration of past and present debutantes and escorts, and second generation Filipino Americans.

The roster of new officers includes Mrs. Helen Sadorra, General Cresencio Maralit, Mrs. Rose Baltazar, Ms. Wileen Maniago, Ms. Raelene Meneses-Sheets, Ms. Thaireen Santos, Mrs. Erlinda Jacobo, Mrs. Marietta Carandang Maralit, Mr. Greg Inserto and Mrs. Mary Ann Sabares-Klemm.

The newly elected members of the Board of Directors include Mr. Brian Castillo, Mr. Proceso Ching Jacobo, Dr. Jay Penafiel, Dr. Bing Slodzinski and Dr. Pio Valle.

Minister Ariel Rodelas Peñaranda, Head of Legislative Affairs at the Embassy of the Philippines, inducted the new set of officers and delivered a message on behalf of Ambassador Willy C. Gaa.

Katipunan which was founded in 1969 implements and promotes cultural, charitable and educational programs that promote Filipino culture and raise the visibility of Filipino Americans in the region.

Minister Ariel Rodelas Peñaranda inducts Katipunan’s new officers and board of directors

Minister and Mrs. Peñaranda (1st & 2nd from left) pose with the new President of Katipunan Mrs. Helen Sadorra (center); and Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Patalinghug (4th & 5th from left)

Ms. Belle Santos – Owens (center), outgoing President of the Katipunan, presents a memento and a certificate to Ms. Marcia Aquino (left), honoree of the night; and Ms. Wilen Maniago (right), co-chair of the ball