MANO PO                                                                                                SUMMER 2017

Quarterly Journal for Fil-Am Seniors & Families

Theme: Preparing and Enjoying the Golden Years

Health, Financial, Legal & Family Matters

Ma. Consuelo Almonte


…aging is not loneliness and giving up

   .it is a continuing life of fun, diversity and spin.

    must seek it....PCCSA is here for you.




A Heartfelt Profession of a Mission


I have been blessed with an excellent, creative and exciting diplomatic career as Assistant to the Press Minister of the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations for 43 years. Now, the best life path for me is giving back and making a difference in the lives of seniors and elderly persons by "Preparing and Enjoying the Golden Years ". This advocacy has, and still is, giving me deeper meaning in my life, far beyond the personal and professional satisfactions I have already experienced and achieved.  Indeed, the best and most satisfying life is serving those who are truly in need.


My ultimate dream, as I lay the foundation of the Philippine Community Center Services for the Aging, is for it to become an "enduring" institution to serve one of the most forgotten sectors of the Filipino American community and the world at large.


Ma. Consuelo Almonte

Founder/ President

(A Program of The Nursing Office Services for Aging Immigrants)

Editorial Board

Executive Editor 

Myrna D. Santos

Chief Editor


Lutgarda Resurreccion

Contributing Writers

Pauline, Marivir, Cristina

Executive Director


Consuelo Almonte

Marketing Director 

Paul Dantes



Founding Organization

The Nursing Office.Com/PCCSA


Publisher: Four Dragon Global Network, Inc./ PCCSA/TOPS

Ludy Resurreccion


To promote, celebrate and salute the elderly, and provide products and services to influence a change in culture to prepare and enjoy the golden years through a carefully designed program by and for seniors.


Aging should not be a challenge.



We envision Aging Seniors or Elderly Immigrants, who are educated and trained advocates, to access culturally sensitive & competent health-care services or therapies; fair housing practices; technological literacy; and financial independence.


We are seeing immensely Creative, Innovative, and Vibrant Seniors and Elderly Persons, utilizing their experience and hard-earned skills to mentor young people and activate intergenerational dialogues which inspire and motivate the next generation to create their own legacies. 


We see these engaged Seniors and Elderly persons building strength for themselves, their families and communities, through Art, Dance, Theater, Literature, and many other expressive cultural forms.


We see active Seniors reach out to invisible aging or Elderly Immigrants seriously challenged by chronic illness, loneliness, isolation, or separation from close family, and by lack of information on access to government benefits. and engage them in self-empowering health & wellness practices.


We support Active Seniors who are opening their own private homes (or houses) to provide Living Spaces for fixed income Seniors, or Interactive Spaces for dialogues where Elderly Immigrants and Younger Immigrants interact, recall, and document their family and social histories living in Queens and other boroughs of New York City.


We encourage Seniors to expand their range of choices & strengthen support networks that help them navigate resources to address their health, housing, psycho-social, financial, or legal/immigration needs and issues. 


We all look forward to our productive, beautiful and healthy Golden Years!

Ludy Resurreccion

Program Director/ Editor in Chief

Table of Contents

  • Greetings by PPCSA Founder Consuelo Almonte
  • The Mission: Saving our Seniors (Lutgarda Resurreccion)The Endangered Species
  • Mano Po: A Culture based on Love and Respect for the Elderly
  • Featured Story: General Antonio Taguba
  • Once Upon a Time & Ninety Years Later (Myrna D. Santos)
  • Preparing & Enjoying the Golden Years (Retire Stress Free..Glenn Castillo)
  • How to Celebrate your 100Th Birthday
  • The Care Givers
  • Medicare & You
  • Resources
  • Announcements 
Gilda Sambajon on Aging Gracefully
Emma Santos: The Doctor's Wife


When Peace is All that Matters
Succession Planning
Is it I am depressed?
The Doctor's Wife
The Final Bow
Where's Fun?
Reading the same page
I'm ready, take the shot!
Mixing Keyboard Notes
You are not Alone
Pagbabalik Parangal: The Silent Unsung Heroes of Fil-Am Families
Keeping in tune