Staten Island’s Best Dressed: Philippine American Group’s Christmas luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Featured in this week’s Staten Island’ Best Dressed are scenes from the annual Christmas party of Staten Island Philippine-American Group, held on Dec. 2. The festivities unfolded at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield, where close to 100 people enjoyed a sit-down, four-course lunch, raffles and dancing. The youngsters in attendance, in between playing Christmas games, even delighted in a surprise visit from Santa Claus.

Special guests at the SIPAG luncheon were Rev. Rhey Garcia, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Rev. Frank Lanzaderas of Blessed Sacrament Church, and some of the founding members of SIPAG: Dr. Paul Albano, Jess Legaspi, Lydia Miranda, Ophelia Albano, Joe Parcero, Divina Gaerlan, Ohrley Gaerlan, James Magalong, Naomi Albano, Norma Santos, John Russo, Marilyn Paderon and Erlinda Paraiso.

Created in 1986, SIPAG is a community based, non-profit organization structured to create programs which support Philippine-American communities in the tri-state area.

SIPAG promotes youth development through programs, events and sports, as well as develop activities for senior citizens, encourage religious activities and sponsor cultural programs which promote understanding among the many ethnic groups in the area. Above all, SIPAG strives to promote understanding and stimulate public interest in Philippine culture.

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Scene from the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield: Donna Agoncillo, left, Rose, Josephine Agoncillo, Gloria Pangilingan, and Josefina Pangilingan. (Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente)Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente

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Children playing Christmas games take a moment for a photo at the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield. (Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente)Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente

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Scene from the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield: Tracy Ortiz, left, Daena Albano, Elizabeth Clemente, Eder Miranda, Joanne Retino, and Pinky Albano. (Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente)Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente

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Charlotte Alvarez, left, Layla Albano, and Elizabeth Clemente enjoy the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield. (Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente)Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente

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Photo with Santa at the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield: Pictured are Emmeline Palacios, Elizabeth Clemente, Marc Palacios, Joseph Pablo, Leilani Padilla, Benedict Bagui, Martin Umahag, and Caryssa Pablo. (Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente)Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente

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Scene from the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield: left, Marc Palacios, Elizabeth Clemente, Emmeline Palacios, Josephine Agoncillo, Donna Agoncillos, and Tony Agoncillos. (Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente)Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente

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Scene from the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield: Josephine Agoncillo, left, Donna Agoncillo, and Emmeline Palacios. (Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente) Courtesy Elizabeth Clemente

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Scene from the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield. Pictured are Wyeth Mendoza, left, Krizel Mendoza, Rev. Rhey Garcia, Pastor of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Dr. Gracelyn Santos, and Dr. Michael Mroczek. (Courtesy Eder Miranda)Courtesy Eder Miranda

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Jericho Miranda and Adeline Bursic enjoy the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield. (Courtesy Eder Miranda)Courtesy Eder Miranda

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Scene from the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield. Pictured are Founding SIPAG members: Dr Paul Albano, left, Jess Legaspi, Lydia Miranda, Ophelia Albano, Joe Parcero, Divina Gaerlan, Ohrley Gaerlan, James Magalong, Naomi Albano, Norma Santos, John Russo, Marilyn Paderon, and Erlinda Paraiso. (Courtesy Eder Miranda)Courtesy Eder Miranda

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Esperanza Miranda and Zayne Cheng enjoy the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield. (Courtesy Eder Miranda)Courtesy Eder Miranda

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Scene from the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield. Pictured are Rev. Frank Lanzaderas from Blessed Sacrament Parish and Eder Miranda. (Courtesy Eder Miranda)Courtesy Eder Miranda

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Scene from the Staten Island Philippine American Group (SIPAG) Christmas party on Dec. 2, 2023 at the Hilton Garden of Staten Island, Bloomfield. Pictured are: Standing left to right: John Russo, paul Miranda, Ederlinda Miranda, Rommel Santos, Edwin Grospe, Gary Bonoan, Karen Santos. Sitting: Paul Albano Jr, left, St Nick, Sandy Bonoan, Stephanie Grospe, Daena Albano, Carlos Bonoan, and Champ Albano. (Courtesy Eder Miranda)Courtesy Eder Miranda

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