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FCCP welcomes new president Noel Gonzales

The Friends for the Cultural Concerns of the Philippines (FCCP) held its induction of officers and turnover ceremonies at the newly constructed SJW building in Paseo de Magallanes owned by incoming President Noel Gonzales.

After their recent successful event “Ilustrado” at the National Museum, FCCP immediate past president Martin Lopez welcomed guests and gave his valedictory address to an appreciative audience. After thanking the past officers with certificates of appreciation and token gifts, CCP Chairman Dr. Jaime Laya led the swearing in for FCCP ‘s new Officers led by president Noel Gonzales, vice president Terry Tambunting, secretary Ningning de Ocampo, treasurer Mimi Valerio, asst. secretary Baby Tan and asst. treasurer Gilda Salonga.

Celine Bautista, Baby Ortiz, Mimi Valerio and Baby TanCeline Bautista, Baby Ortiz, Mimi Valerio and Baby Tan 

President Noel Gonzales with friends sing entiile, Solo MioPresident Noel Gonzales with friends sing entiile, Solo Mio

Atty. Anel Antero, Atty Jui Tongco, Mark Nass and Cherry KawajiriAtty. Anel Antero, Atty Jui Tongco, Mark Nass and Cherry Kawajiri 

Past president Tessie Rodrigo, Thelma Gana, Rose Lazaro, Mellie Ablaza, Beth Cristobal, Mimi Valerio, (seated) Chloe Periquet, Nene Pe Lim and Nene LeonorPast president Tessie Rodrigo, Thelma Gana, Rose Lazaro, Mellie Ablaza, Beth Cristobal, Mimi Valerio, (seated) Chloe Periquet, Nene Pe Lim and Nene Leonor

Noel Gonzales inducted his new members, Atty. Vic Ceballos, Loubs Gardiola, Charina Ebbah, Jef Assistio, Atty Ronald Pasamba, Alvin Magpantay and Fred HuiNoel Gonzales inducted his new members, Atty. Vic Ceballos, Loubs Gardiola, Charina Ebbah, Jef Assistio, Atty Ronald Pasamba, Alvin Magpantay and Fred Hui 

Virgie Monton, Randy Ortiz, Joy Rustia, Emmy and Andrea GonzalesVirgie Monton, Randy Ortiz, Joy Rustia, Emmy and Andrea Gonzales

Kammerchor ChoirKammerchor Choir

Merjohn LegayaMerjohn Legaya

FCCP officers and board membersFCCP officers and board members

Martin Lopez, Nikki Valerio, Marion Salonga and Chacha CamachoMartin Lopez, Nikki Valerio, Marion Salonga and Chacha Camacho 

Cong. Gas Tambuting for mom Tere Tambunting receive plaque of appreciationCong. Gus Tambuting for mom Tere Tambunting receive plaque of appreciation

Four scholar Kenneth Fabian, Joshua Mondares, Lance Capitan and Donna BaluyotFour scholar Kenneth Fabian, Joshua Mondares, Lance Capitan and Donna Baluyot

Remz Tamayo, Ricky Davao, Hi Society, Dr. George Sarakinis, Yoli Ayson, Titser nel Sarcol and Gregory DyRemz Tamayo, Ricky Davao, Hi Society, Dr. George Sarakinis, Yoli Ayson, Titser nel Sarcol and Gregory Dy

Gonzales Family: Rosey Gonzales, Ton Gonzales, Joaquin Fraginal, Kris Eillen, Prima, Marge and Kevin GonzalesGonzales Family: Rosey Gonzales, Ton Gonzales, Joaquin Fraginal, Kris Eillen, Prima, Marge and Kevin Gonzales

Aldrin Galang, Nora and Rudy Robles, Mr. and Mrs. Cristina HildawaAldrin Galang, Nora and Rudy Robles, Mr. and Mrs. Cristina HildawaThe host also presented FCCP ‘s Board of Trustees namely David Ackerman, IPP Martin Lopez, Yoli Ayson, violinist Raul Sunico, Nonie Basilio, Solita Tan Gatue, Cristina Galang-Caedo, Letty Hahn and newest board member Mars Lambino as replacement for the late PP Boysie Villavicencio as well as the board of adviser which included past presidents Mellie Ablaza, Rose Lazaro and Tessie Rodrigo. His first duty as president, Noel Gonzales inducted the club’s newest members Jeffrey Assistio, Loubs Gardiola, Atty. Vic Ceballis, Alvin Magpantay, Czarina Ebbah, Atty. Ronald Pasamba and Eden Manaog.

Congratulations FCCP!

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Student Julia Beck Halliwell, Ayama Yasuma and Nayori FernandezStudent Julia Beck Halliwell, Ayama Yasuma and Nayori Fernandez 

With mentor Rodrigo PassoaWith mentor Rodrigo Passoa

Ayana Yasuma, the youngest student of Riding schoolAyana Yasuma, the youngest student of Riding school

Nise doing the jump with London KingNise doing the jump with London King

London KingLondon King

Nise with Hailey Barbas, Pipo and Nayori and Anna FernandezNise with Hailey Barbas, Pipo and Nayori and Anna Fernandez

Meanwhile, Denise Cojuangco reopens the Riding School.

The Riding School in Ayala Alabang Village opened its doors in the 1980s up to 2000, ran by my dear friend Denise “Nise” Cojuangco, who to date is one of the Philippines’ highest achievers in show jumping having consistently placed first in show jumping competitions in the Philippines from 1976 to 1983.

She eventually entered the international showjumper scene in the US and went on to bag the prestigious Washington International Amateur Owner Championships and the Cartier Classic in 1991. By 1992, she was joining professional European Showjumping circuits, including countless Grand Prix events. Her biggest showjumping event was winning the CSI-W World Cup in Mexico. She has competed in two Olympic games.

Her competition results are impressive, having been awarded “Leading Lady Rider of the Show Award” a total of five times in Germany, Switzerland and France. She won Best Style of Riding in Mexico after her victory in Monterrey. During the pandemic, Nise had a chance to view her life in retrospect and realized that she is at her happiest when she is teaching students how to ride with discipline and passion, having mentored great equestrians our country has produced. Over 100 students learned from The Riding School from the 1980s to 2000. Many students became successful riders. Some competed in international events. Some are now teaching and spreading love for the sport, which gives her the feeling of fulfillment.

This led to her decision to reopen her riding school in Ayala Alabang Village and along with that, she bought a spectacular stallion, London King, who is still in his prime as a show jumper, stunning in his beauty, is very well-educated and has marvelous athleticism. Throughout her career, Nise has literally ridden thousands of horses, so when she wakes up and rides King, she gets to appreciate his greatness every single day.

She worked extremely hard in the ’80s to ’90s to raise the level of the equestrian sports in the Philippines, flying back when she could from different parts of the world where she was joining the international circuits to teach at her school. For Nise, London King, good exercise and eager students are what inspired her to open The Riding School.

“With what is left of my life on earth,” she said, “I want to teach students who are eager to learn and perhaps help raise the level of riding in the Philippines. That would be my legacy”.

That is “Nise” for you — an inspiration, the equestrian-teacher-coach of the Riding School.

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