Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Appeals For Help Sought

By: Art Pacho
FilipinOnline contributor
A noon fire broke out at the Los Angeles clubhouse of the Leyte-Samar Association on October 14.

The fire started in one of the rooms located in the second floor of the building. The City of Los Angeles Fire Department responded immediately to the incident and firefighters saved the building from major damage. No injuries were reported. As of presstime, the cause of the fire is still undetermined, but sources indicate that the fire may be due to power overload. While the fire was limited to one room, there were smoke and water damages to the building. Losses are estimated at $50,000.

A two-story Craftsman building is located on 1812 W. 49th Street in downtown Los Angeles . The Leyte-Samar Association is one of the few Filipino community organizations in Los Angeles with their own building. The building has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths with 2,582 sq. ft of space. At the time of the incident, the board of directors of the association was meeting on the first floor of the clubhouse to discuss the activities for the 63rd anniversary of the October 20, 1944 Leyte landing of the U.S. forces in the Philippines during World War II.

The association itself was founded 45 years ago. Its building is also used as a transitional housing for newly arrived immigrants from the Philippines . The clubhouse hosted Filipiniana dancers from the Leyte Normal University during its U.S. tour.

Mrs. Marcelina Ortega Jensen, current president of the association, is appealing for help from any individual or organization in repairing the clubhouse. Donations or offer of materials and volunteer services to the association will be appreciated.

To contact Mrs. Jensen, call 323. 294.8808 or visit the association website at http://www.leyte-samar-association.org/. Email may be directed to Brian Arcadio at leyte.samar.association@gmail.com

[picture: Leyte-Samar Association website]

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