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The Heritage: PNASD Newsletter                                               May 2015
Newsletter Editor: LTJG Trishia Carinio, NC, USN
If you have any interesting PNASD events/activities that you would like to be included in our future newsletter issues, please send articles with pictures with “The Heritage” or “PNASD Newsletter” in the subject line to Trishia (, Marlon (, and our President, Maria Luisa (Merlie) Ramira (  
Maraming Salamat!

Hello Current Members of PNASD, we are issuing you a challenge!

This year of 2015, the PNASD is striving to gain at least 50 new members into the PNASD before the end of this year.  

We are working toward our Association’s transition into a 503c tax status for our San Diego Chapter.   The PNASD accepts members who are of any race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. 

We are strongly encouraging each of you to reach out to a minimum of TWO:

Co-workers   -   Colleagues   -   Nursing students   -   Retired nurses
  • Both non-Filipino and Filipino nurses 
  • LVN – BSN – MSN – Ph.D. – DNP status
  • Any field of nursing practice
  • Anywhere in San Diego County
Provide them a hard copy membership form or this PNASD website link and encourage them to join.

We want to see an increased number of members and for all members to volunteer, attend business meetings, join committees, and attend our functions throughout the year.

Please keep track of what nurses you refer.  A special treat will be given to the current PNASD member who recruits the most new members!

Thank you to everyone,

Mollie Nunn, RN                       Merlie Ramira, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
PNASD member                       PNASD President 2014-2016, 
Past Events
PNASD Celebrated Nurses Week
On Saturday, May 2, 2015, PNASD celebrated nurses’ week with members and their families with a breakfast brunch at Cocina Del Charro in Escondido. Corsages for the ladies and buttoinnaires for the gentlemen were given out. PNASD President, Dr. Merlie Ramira spoke welcomed all the attendees. Deacon Manny Porciuncula led the celebration with prayers.

Members of Philippine Nurses Association of South Riverside County (PNASRC) with President Benita “Beets” Valle were also in attendance. With an abundance of delicious food and spirit of camaraderie among the group everyone had enough hangover for fun to last for sometimes.

Some of the members and officers donated gifts for our opportunity drawing. Dorothy and Bob Brown, PNASD official photographers were running rugged taking photo shoots of the members, officers, and board of directors. As nurses, we have to recognize each other and be grateful for all the blessings that we have received and be united in providing quality care to all our patients.

Thank you to the organizers of this successful event, Cece Echon, and Chona Lutap.

PNASD First Aid Booth at the 6th Asian Cultural Festival

The 6th Annual Asian Cultural Festival was held last May 9, 2015 at Mira Mesa

Community Park in San Diego, CA. It was a free, fun, family-friendly festival that included martial arts, ethnic dances, cultural exhibitions, entertainment, games and food from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego who provided the yearly First Aid and health screening booth, were again present during this year’s event. PNASD nurses who served in the public booth were Crisabel Ramos, Perly Aguinaldo, Ycel dela Cruz, Maria Gida Mamaril, Eleanor Palustre, Jerry Juan, and Vivian Sanderlin.

Upcoming Events!
Join us at the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration!
We need YOU for assistance in the first aid station.


This is one in a lifetime opportunity to see a lot of our Kababayan's, which proves the meaning of what the Historian's call "Filipino  & Filipino - American Diaspora".  It is showcasing a history of the Filipino American experience in Balboa Park, San Diego, and beyond!

We were given a chance by the HISTORIC SOCIETY of San Diego remembering the first & official opening of BALBOA PARK. As you can see, this means the visit of other nationalities, ethnicities, color and most importantly, CULTURES that had the same experience as we did.

There are ten Filipino - American Community Based Organizations (CBO) that are participating in this event. COPAO is one of them, and since PNASD is one of its member organization, along with SAMAHAN and PASACAT, and others  - House of the Philippines, Malaya Filipino American Dance & Arts, Nars Babao Martial Arts, Pakaraguian Kulintangdin Ensemble of San Diego, and some coming from L.A. and its environs make it more exciting!!

We have Martin Nievera (Friday night) and Jessica Sanchez (Saturday Night) coming to perform. All of the performances are free and will be at the organ pavilion!


Let's make this a FUN and MEMORABLE experience by giving of our time, not just by serving in the First Aid Station but also as a participant in this wonderful celebration.

You may already gathered by now that "we" are just one of the groups that are going to be there. If you have been listening to the news, the City of San Diego is spearheading this, and naturally it goes without saying that the County is very involved as well!

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors!! There are many activities and performances that will make your day!
We need the cooperation and understanding of all PNASD officers and Board Members in this community event. There are multiple volunteer shifts. If you would like to volunteer in our First Aid booth, please contact Cris Ramos at or Ate Merly. Let them know when you will be available on this schedule:
June 5 - Friday     11:00 a.m. - 10 p.m.
June 6 - Saturday     9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
June 7- Sunday     9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The 5th Annual Mabuhay Festival -  celebrating culture & diversity will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kimball Park in National City. The Mabuhay Festival fosters a sense of community and promote pride in the Filipino cultural heritage;  builds collaboration and cultural understanding among the Filipinos and the Filipino-Americans – youth and elderly alike; promotes empowerment in the community of diverse strengths and backgrounds! The Filipino Americans represent the largest Asian group in San Diego County, celebrating to honor the 117th Philippine Independence Day in the community. 
The Mabuhay Festival program will include participation from our honorable public officials, various groups representing businesses, civic organizations, local government, educational institutions, public agencies and nonprofit organizations showcasing arts and crafts, local talents, and trade. It will feature the Mabuhay Bayani Honorees, the Mabuhay Scholarship, the Salute to the Filipino American Military Honorees, and Corporate “Maraming Salamat” Recognitions. It will also feature the Miss Mabuhay Philippines, the Mabuhay Cup Golf Festival, the Mabuhay Singing Star, the Filipino American Business of the Year Honoree, the Paradise Valley Hospital Health & Wellness, and the visit of the miraculous Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag from the Philippines.

Flyer by PNASD member, Dorothy Brown

Please save the date for our annual scholarship and excellence awards dinner ball on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel.  Our theme will be ”Recognizing our Filipino and Multinational Cultures."

Please click here for the flyer and online payments.

If you are paying for more than one person, please enter the quantity and click "update" when at the PayPal website.  $66.95 per person by June 6, 2015 and $77.25 per person after June 6, 2015.  Thank you!
The Philippine Nurses Association
of San Diego County, Inc.

requests the presence of your company at its

41st Anniversary, Scholarship and Excellence
Awards Dinner Dance

Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel
1433 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92108

Attire: Semi-formal
Donation: $65.00 per person by June 6, 2015
after June 6, 2015, will be $75.00.

Dinner will be served promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. (PNAA) Updates:

National Convention_Sponsor_Letter_2015.pdf
Convention Brochure


36th PNAA Annual National Convention, July 22-26, 2015 @ Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honololu, Hawaii. Please register by June 15, 2015. Visit for information.

The nomination for the PNAA Nurse Excellence Award is now open. A new award category was created: Perpetual PNAA Award to a member who had made an indelible contribution or outstanding achievement  to PNAA. Here are the related links:
PNAA Nursing Excellence Award Nomination form
PNAA Nursing Excellence Awards Timeline
PNAA Awards Committee Scoring Tool

Tina Salvador, the Immediate Past President of Hawaii would like to find out from our chapter who will be attending the conference, the date that you will be arriving and departing, if you will stay at Hilton Hawaiian Village or other hotels, or if you are celebrating your wedding anniversary. Please let our President, Merlie Ramira ( know as soon as you can. Please share this information to other members.

Our 2014-2015 Corporate Sponsors


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