Some history behind the creation of the OFA back on the 4th May 1987.
There were ten families & 4 “singles” (22 adults + 9 children altogether) gathered at Boy & Maggie’s house on the 4th May 1987 to form the Oxfordshire Filipino Association or OFA.
As a reminder, these are the names of the “ORIGINAL MEMBERS”
(As written in the OFA Minutes of Meeting on 4th May 1987):
1, 2 Boy & Maggie CHUNGTUYCO + 2 children
3 Rey FLORALDE + 1 child
4, 5 Clive & Imelda WILSON + 1 child
6. Melanie FINLAY
7, 8 Bob & Marcy GLENDENNING
9, 10 Glyn & Aida REES
11, 12 Dave & Betty TRANTER
13 Roger PRICE
14, 15 Nick & Bing MILLS + 2 children
16, 17 Lloyd & Mer MOORE + 1 child
18, 19 Keith & Zielfa MASLIN + 1 child
20, 21 Ian & Mari GEORGE + 1 child
22 Ruben ORIJUELA
Dr. EDWIN EMBORGO was also at the original meeting but declined to be a member as he was just visiting Oxford. He was in fact, the one who first met Maggie, Boy & Mer at M&S Oxford in Dec 1986/January 1987 and encouraged Nick & Evelyn Mills to join the meeting at Boy & Maggie’s house (in Blackbird Leys, Oxford) to form the OFA.
We have since then attracted hundreds of members, at one year numbering to more than 200 (those who paid the membership fee)! We still welcome new members and hope the OFA will continue for many more years.
Our children have grown, in fact, some of the “original young members” like Debbie, Lynette, Pippa & Hazel have now all got married and have children. The younger children of those early years (Caroline, Hazel, Nicola, Stephanie, etc) are now beautiful young ladies and are either in college or have already left school. Well…….. So many memories….. I could almost write a book.
This information originated from Evelyn (Bing) Mills 2007