We had an amazing time this past Friday at our Mardis Gras Carnival – 2019 FAREPA Installation of Officers event! This annual event is always one of our biggest events of the year and this year it definitely did not disappoint. We had a completely sold out venue! Everyone, from new and old FAREPA members, industry players, friends, families, sponsors, and of course the Mayor of Colma Joanne F Del Rosario was in attendance with fantastic energy.

The event kicked off great with Board Member, Fel Amistad, leading the pledge of allegiance followed by a beautiful rendition of the US and Philippine National Anthems by Rosalyn Lavarias. This really set the tone to kick off the night as there were many amazing performances and things that took place as the night went on.

Afterwards it was onto Opening Remarks from Mayor Joanne F Del Rosario of Colma. Just in time for Women’s history month, she celebrated the fact that there are so many women in FAREPA’s leadership and also within the real estate industry. “Empowered women empower women” was a line from her speech worth remembering. We’re so happy that she was able to grace us with her presence.

Our outgoing President, Lourdes Garcia, who served two consecutive years, delivered a wonderful speech. She shared a lot of FAREPA’s accomplishments especially their charitable efforts within the community and in the motherland, the Philippines.   FAREPA would not be what it is today if it wasn’t for her hard work, along with all the previous Officers and past Presidents of our organization.

During dinner, our DJ and MC, George, hand picked some lovely ladies and gifted them with a rose as he serenaded them on the dance floor, including the Mayor! We had a great time watching and listening as he involved our guests in the fun.

Of course this event is called the 2019 FAREPA Installation of Officers and it was time to Install the incoming Officers with Mayor of Colma, Joanne F. Del Rosario. This was a beautiful moment as all paid attention to the incoming officers and looked to the future for what’s to come with FAREPA.

The ceremony concluded with a memorable speech from our incoming and youngest President, Kathryn Mendaros, mortgage broker from Atlantic Pacific Funding. She reminded us to take a moment to rejoice in the important work we do as real estate professionals in service to our clients as they pursue the American dream of homeownership. Lastly, she said “After all, what is our business if not a relationship business”, encouraging us all to say hello to our neighbor as we never know what exciting road it may lead us to, whether it be our next deal or some other wonderful endeavor.

And then we were all surprised by an amazing duo of Carnival dancers! They started the dance party by inviting others to join them on the dance floor!

The fun of course didn’t stop there as it was time for our raffle! Always so fun to see who can come away with amazing prizes. This year we were giving away a number of items like a 55″ TV and 1 week time share among others including Apple Ipods and other techie goodies! Congratulations to the winners for all the prizes!

We want to thank everyone who was in attendance this past Friday and a special thank you to all the sponsors who helped make this event possible. This was truly a great event to kick off this new term and we’re excited for all the future events with FAREPA. Stay tuned for more events and more write ups like this.