THE PAGSANJAN CLUB INTERNATIONAL, INC.
By: Crising Aquino
The Pagsanjan Club International, Inc., formerly known as the Pagsanjan Club of California, is a non-profit organization. Its conception date was sometime in 1979 when a group of Pagsanjeños met together in Cerritos, California through the invitation of Mr. Rosendo Umale. Primarily, it was religious in nature, to celebrate the town fiesta. Later on, the group became interested for more group meetings attended regularly by Pablo Unson, Eminiano Reodica, Jr., Loida Fabiero, Lisa Filler, David Velasco, Lily Avena, Popoy Gonzales and many others. Finally, the first town fiesta celebration was held in Glendora in December 1979. Eminiano Reodica, Jr. provided the venue. It was a well attended celebration and everybody was happy to see each other. From that time on the Pagsanjan Fiesta was celebrated regularly every December with volunteer managers in charge of the affair.
As the years went by, the officers were elected. Conrado (Popoy) Gonzales was the first elected President. It was during his tenure that membership fees were instituted and the by-laws formulated. Parliamentary procedure was strictly followed during the meetings due to the able guidance of Atty. Guevarra, the brother of Pia Guevarra Abella.
It was during this first tenure of office that many proposals were put to the table such as scholarship grants to legitimate, impoverished but deserving children of Pagsanjeños and to provide medical assistance through the Puericulture Center. Some controversies aroused in these issues since others wanted the gatherings to be just socialization process among the "kababayans", a term later modified and is now uniquely called "kalagaslas."
It was in 1995 during Lorie Opelanio Buencamino's Presidency that the scholarship grant was realized. The succeeding officers expanded their goals to a broader horizon by providing technological assistance to schools such as computers, scientific equipments, video cassettes and books. Medical aids were channeled through the Puericulture Center. During calamities such as floods and typhoons, they raised funds in order to distribute food stuffs to the victims. In so doing they foster the spirit of camaraderie among friends and "kababayans" both in America and in the Philippines thus keeping alive the great and wonderful traditions of a real "pakikisama" and the "bayanihan" values.
To properly identify the club as a worldwide organization of Pagsanjenos, it was re-incorporated in 2006 as Pagsanjan Club International, Inc. under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It was granted a tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service and the State of California. This means that all donations and contributions to the club are income tax deductible.