ENJOYMENT with each APOGLA fellowship….PRICELESS ! APOGLA had another day of fun and merriment, courtesy of President Sis. Melody Ang-Gayon and event chairmen, Bros. Francis Mejia and Ferdie Yambot, who organized a turn-around gaming and amusement trip to the Pechanga Resort and Casino on September 14, 2013. Pick-up points were in the Pinoy-Pinay parking complex in Panorama City (for those living in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys) and the Puente Hills Mall (for those residing in the San Gabriel, Inland Empire and San Bernardino Counties). As usual, the bus was filled to the rafters. As soon as everyone was seated comfortably, food and ice cold drinks were immediately served to quench the hunger and thirst for those who had to endure the long wait for the pick-up.

Slowly, majority of the brethren gravitated towards the rear section of the bus, with the “back seat boys” providing unending rounds of APO juice, cold cuts, chips and snacks, as well as never-ending jokes amid the boisterous laughter and merriment. It made the road trip to Pechanga so much fun and enjoyable.

Upon arrival at the casino, the Poker pool was started with everyone chipping in $20.00, generating a pool amount of $480.00 for the designated Poker players, Bros. Geoffrey Arroyo and Jobee Jovellanos. The spouses, guests and friends did what normal people do in casinos…they played at their favorite slot machines and card games. Majority of the brothers decided to hang out at the bar, awaiting news from the Poker players.

True enough, the trust and confidence placed in Bros. Geoffrey and Jobee paid off handsomely, who reported that the pool money had more than doubled. The winnings were then divided, with Bro. Geoffrey deciding to try his luck at the Pai-Gow table. As predicted, Bro. Geoffrey returned a short while later, with double the winnings. Time flew by so quickly and before anyone knew it, it was 5:00 pm and time to board the bus for the return trip to LA. Another fun-filled, as well as a fruitful endeavor was in the bag. Proceeds of this fund raising project were earmarked for the organization’s Disaster Relief Fund.