Aberdeen School of Nursing opens, CMLA epic new year’s party

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By: Mic Diaz

ABERDEEN Institute School of Nursing officially opened its doors at its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Saturday, January 13 in Van Nuys.

Led by its Anthony Riccomini and Dr. Bernard Sanchez-Ricomini, Aberdeen Institute is the newest school of nursing to open in the San Fernando Valley. Centrally located in Van Nuys, the school is committed to offering the best in healthcare education, offering CNA and LVN programs.

Its owners Anthony and Bernard, and partners Dr. Emelie Cervantes, Glenda Galura, Alodia Laygo, Leila Villon, Carlota Espino among other partners were joined by several representatives from healthcare organizations in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas such as Encino Hospital Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital and various care facilities.

Representatives from various local public offices such as City of Los Angeles Councilmember Imelda Padilla, Gabriela Agarie of State of California Assemblymember Cardenas’s office, Jack Trent-Dorfman of Assemblymember Gabriel’s office, Jasmin Hernandez of California State Senator Mejivar’s office presented Certificates of Recognition to Aberdeen Institute.

Keynote speaker Ms. Lena Resurreccion, former chief of the State of California Department of Public Health congratulated Aberdeen Institute for upholding the quality education and training that future healthcare students deserve.

The Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce (GSFVCC) led by its Chief Executive Officer Nancy Hoffman Vanyek and its Communications and Special Events Director Fuyumi Hashimoto and members of the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce Greater Los Angeles (FACCGLA) led by its President Lois Klavir and United Chambers of Commerce President Annie Nepomuceno welcomed the school to the business community, thanking the school for providing opportunities for prospective nursing students and for reenergizing and revitalizing the local communities of San Fernando Valley.

Henry Chen of FACCGLA expressed that he is so happy and proud that there is another nursing school owned by Filipinos and that as a member of FACCGLA he is here to support Aberdeen.

Bernard Ricommini said that he believes that with all of the members of the institution with a total of over 50-60 years of experience in nursing and health education, Aberdeen will be able to provide nurses that are reliable, professional and nurturing with excellent nursing skills.

Andrew Ferreyra, a new student at Aberdeen said that some of the reasons he enrolled at Aberdeen is the room to expand, job placement, training and experiences that he will get at Aberdeen.

JayR Vienes Datu who is a graduate of Preferred College of Nursing in Long Beach stated that the curriculum enabled him to become a successful NCLEX passer and it enabled him to become a healthcare provider as a LVN.

Edward Ramos, a Registered Nurse for 30 years and a faculty member at Aberdeen, said that he looks forward to graduates of Aberdeen as contributing members of our society being an LVN or CNA and later on as nurses or doctors.

Several members of media and press such as media practitioner and host Thelma Sugay of the Asian American Press Club of California, photographer Joey Yumul and Ronnie Cruz of the Filipino-American Press Club of California, Yugel Losorata of Philippine News Today, and photographers Joe Cobilla and Robert Ryan were present to document the event.

Capping the event was a mingling and reunion of longtime colleagues and allies in the healthcare field as well as performances from international R&B singer Honore, balladeer and Registered Nurse Michael Jurolan, Pop Rockstar Diva and CNA Caren Mempin, and phenomenal guitar player Ronnie Cruz joined Aberdeen partner and event host Glenda Galura in celebrating the momentous occasion with their favorite pop, OPM and disco tunes.

Aberdeen owners Anthony and Bernard invite everyone to visit www.aberdeeninstitute.net to learn about their school and programs.

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Club Manila Los Angeles (CMLA) started the year with an epic birthday celebration of one of its founders DJ Jake Martin at The View in Torrance on Saturday, January 13.

Never losing their passion for music and DJing, CMLA has never been distracted by the monetary aspects of organizing dance parties since it started 26 years ago. Marking its 29th year of bringing the dance club scene of Manila to Los Angeles, CMLA and its DJs — Jake Martin, The Spindoctor (Gilbert Villaroman), Ricky Fabre and Darryl Silva — with special guest DJ Dean Andrew once again takes its arsenal of disco, new wave and house tracks to the dance floor, this time to this Torrance nightspot.

Dedicated dance music enthusiasts such as members of Party Party People led by its founder Michelle Sto. Domingo Advincula and its President Zigmond, Pinky Villegas’ Superfriends, CMLA Family and Spindoctor’s SIP Fam filled the dance floor and danced like there’s no tomorrow.

Steadfast supporters of the local dance scene such as former WEA dancer Katrina Llanes, Movessential Studio owner Abigail Castillo, Viabox owner Vince Roxas, DJ Jerome Sto. Domingo, DJ Dee Buen, Jesse Pacleb, Carlo and Liza Lopez, Melany Del Rosario, Javier Suarez of FastFix Jewelers, longtime event producers Arnold Manaog, Alger Brion and Mutch Carino, and photographer Jason Bascon were present.

Club Manila Los Angeles will be taking its infectious collection of dance tracks to Las Vegas on February 3 in Retro Pop Up Dance Party at C3 Bar & Grill.

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