Evelyn Aviado Portugal is new press prexy, board chair of FAPCLA

She has been a member of the Press Club since the 1980s

She has been a member of the Press Club since the 1980s

Evelyn Aviado Portugal, a long-time member of the Filipino American Press Club of Los Angeles, Est. 1978 (FAPCLA) was elected president during the club’s general membership meeting at the Pilipino Workers Center near downtown Los Angeles.

Portugal will also serve as chair of the board of directors.

The new set of officers elected with Portugal includes: Muni Zano, vice-president; Dante Ochoa, secretary; Lou Sabas, treasurer; and Cecile Ochoa, auditor.

The new board of directors are Dr. Ludy Ongkeko, Naomi P. Armada, Portugal, Muni Zano, Dante Ochoa, Cecile Ochoa, and Lou Sabas.

Portugal, has been a regular member of the press club since the 1980s.

Career highlights include Philippine bureau chief of Hong Kong-based Asian Finance Publications, Ltd., Los Angeles branch manager of the Philippines News, and hosting her own L.A. radio program “Ang Inyong Kaibigan, Evelyn” during the early ’90s.

She has been advertising manager of The Beverly Hills Courier in Beverly Hills for more than 19 years.

She is an alumna of the University of the Philippines, attended UCLA and was awarded a certificate of completion of the Bible Institute program at Loyola Marymount University.

She has four sons, three daughters-in-law and eight grandchildren with another one on the way.

Portugal says her goals are “to continue enhancing the FAPCLA Est. 1978 with a whole range of activities,” during her upcoming term; “to continue the mission of the club to serve the Filipino American community in Los Angeles and to promote Filipino American journalism in the U.S.”

She chaired the successful Essay Writing Contest for high school students in Southern California in 2013.
Established by former news reporters and writers from the Philippines who had immigrated to this country in the early 70s, FAPCLA (est. 1978), Inc. recently sponsored a two-day Creative Writing Workshop on March 21-22nd, featuring award-winning author Peter Bacho at the Pilipino Workers Center (PWC), Historic Filipino Town in Los Angeles.

Its members rallied behind the showing of two most recent important films in Southern California that highlighted the leadership of Filipino Americans in contemporary American society: “Documented” by Jose Antonio Vargas and Marissa Aroy’s documentary “The Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the UFW.”

Last year, the club joined other community members in urging members of U.S. Congress and Senate to support Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines (Haiyan Relief).

In the same year, it has also joined civil rights leaders from California in advocating for the successful passage of AB 123 (sponsored by Assembly member Robert Bonta) that will re-write California textbooks to include the significant contributions of Filipino American farmers in the state’s labor history.

Press Club in action.  Evelyn and other press club members interview Aqui Soriano of the Pilipino Workers Center on the TPS relief efforts.

Press Club in action. Evelyn and other press club members interview Aqui Soriano of the Pilipino Workers Center on the TPS relief efforts.

The new officers of the FAPCLA (est. 1978) from left Lou Sabas, Treasurer; incoming president Evelyn Portugal,  outgoing president Dr. Ludy Ongkeko, Auditor Cecile Ochoa, Board Secretary Dante Ochoa, Vice-President.  Not in photo is Board member Naomi P. Armada. TFLA photos.

The new officers of the FAPCLA (est. 1978) from left Lou Sabas, Treasurer; incoming president Evelyn Portugal, outgoing president Dr. Ludy Ongkeko, Auditor Cecile Ochoa, Board Secretary Dante Ochoa, Vice-President Muni Zano. Not in photo is Board member Naomi P. Armada. TFLA photos.

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