PHILIPPINE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION TO HOLD 30th ANNUAL INSTALLATION & AWARDS GALA IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES ON May 6, 2016

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release: April 26, 2016

Contact: Citadelle B. Priagula, paba@pabala.org

PABA to Hold 30th Annual Installation & Awards Gala 

in Downtown Los Angeles on May 6, 2016

FullSizeRender (2)Los Angeles, CA – The Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) will hold its 30th Annual Installation & Awards Gala on Friday, May 6, 2016, in downtown Los Angeles.  PABA is the largest local organization of Filipino-American attorneys in the United States.  Formed three decades ago, PABA serves the needs of Fil-Am lawyers and law students in Southern California.

The Gala is a celebration of the Fil-Am legal community, as well as PABA’s largest fundraiser of the year.  The proceeds are used to carry out the group’s mission: strengthening the legal community through mentoring programs, networking events, scholarships for students, and continuing education.

The keynote speaker for this year’s Gala is Assemblymember Rob Bonta, the first Filipino American state legislator in the history of California. Eduardo A. Angeles, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Associate Administrator for Airports, will be honored as PABA’s Trailblazer.  The Honorable Rafael Ongkeko of the Los Angeles Superior Court will be recognized as PABA’s Distinguished Jurist.  Joe Sayas, principal of the Law Offices of C. Joe Sayas, Jr., will be honored as PABA’s Community Champion.  The Honorable Teresa P. Magno, the first Filipino American to be elected to the bench of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will administer the oath.

Nico Santos, Fil-Am star of NBC’s hit comedy Superstore, will emcee the event.

The Gala will be held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016.  The event includes a cocktail hour, dinner, and a program featuring this year’s award and scholarship recipients.  Recent PABA Galas have been attended by well over 300 lawyers, businesspeople, students, judges, regional political leaders, and community members.  The Gala also attracts numerous sponsorships by law firms, businesses, and other organizations seeking to support and reach out to the Fil-Am legal community.

For further information about attending the Gala or sponsoring the event, please visit https://pabala.org/annual-banquet.

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PABA serves the community of Filipino American lawyers and law students in Southern California.  For more information about PABA, please visitwww.pabala.org.