Saturday, March 5, 2011
SPRING FEVER: FIL-AM ENGINEERS TEE OFF WITH GOLF FOR A CAUSE
A sure sign Spring is upon us, the Philippine Association of Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE) is teeing off with a golf tournament in Sterling, VA. on April 30.
Pepito Solis said proceeds of the tournament will go to maintaining “perpetual scholarships” in the Philippines. Part of it will also pay for scholarships of deserving engineering students at the University of Maryland.
“This is something that we’ve been doing for about two decades to help poor but deserving students,” Solis said.
The PAMWE was established in March 1980 by a group of Pinoy engineers led by Mapua graduate Carlos Albano, a mechanical engineer who’s now retired after working with the Internal Revenue Service.
According to their charter, PAMWE is dedicated to helping Filipino immigrant engineers who just arrived in the Metro DC region and granting engineering scholarships to deserving students.
They have over 150 people in their roster, Solis revealed.
By fate or coincidence, many of them are also avid golf players so it was just a matter of time they started mixing leisure with their social agenda.
After countless strokes and playing several times over through most of the golf courses in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland, PAMWE was able to build a trust fund that now sustains year-round scholarships in various colleges of engineering.
Among them are the University of the Philippines, Cebu Institute of Technology, Dela Salle University, St. Louis University (Baguio), Mapua Institute of Technology, Don Bosco Vocational School, the AMA Computer College and in the region, the University of Maryland.
PAMWE has reportedly granted over a hundred scholarships in the Philippines and US.
Solis said the coming golf tournament – to be held at the Algonkian Park Golf Course in Sterling, VA – is open to everyone and will follow the Calloway system that virtually guarantees a fun day at the greens.
He added they will be giving out a special “pogi prize” and “most promising prize” although they still weren’t sure how one would qualify for them.
Solis is also active in Feed the Hungry and he revealed they’ll be holding their own benefit golf tournament in July – where part of the proceeds will go to building classrooms in Cagayan de Oro and water systems in Sorsogon.
Another group of golfers, calling themselves, Hindi Pa Laos Golf Club (composed mainly of retired Fil-Ams) have kicked off their regular Monday sessions.
Solis explained they put bets in a kitty and despite their very informal set-up, were already on their third year of feeding impoverished families in Samar.